Germany has a rich and varied culinary Christmas tradition, as well as a huge selection of festive foods which makes coming up with a definitive list a tricky task. But here, plucked from typical German Christmas fare, are the essential tastes you are likely to encounter. Glühwein - mulled wine Let’s start with a boozy ice breaker. Glühwein is the German version of mulled wine known and enjoyed the world over. But there is more to it than meets the mouth at a typical Christmas market stand in mid-December. The ingredients range from from cinnamon sticks and vanilla pods to cloves and citrus, but the German version is frequently blended with rum or brandy and therefore known as a great way to encourage mingling among party guests – or simply to take the edge off German family gatherings over the holidays. Ever the masters of the literal, the translation of the German word “glowing wine” will add some colour to your cheeks. SEE ALSO: German word of … [Read more...] about What are Germany’s holiday food favourites?
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Crofters in Sheringham. Picture: STUART ANDERSON Archant The charming thing about cuisine from the German-speaking part of the world is that it usually comes with a foundation story. The spicy fish cake bites at Crofters in Sheringham. Picture: STUART ANDERSONTake currywurst. Legend has it that a woman in postwar, hungry Hamburg had got some ketchup and curry powder from a British soldier, tripped going down the stairs and dropped everything to the ground. Cleaning up, she dabbed a finger into the mixture this odd couple of condiments had made and liked the taste. In a typically German move she then poured it over the next sausage she could find, and a snack-food legend was born.Though currywurst is on Crofters’ menu and it’s long been favourite of my wife, Becca, we decided to sample other dishes. After all - who would want what’s essentially the equivalent of a 3am kebab as their main course at a nice restaurant?Crofters is called an Austrian eatery and its menu … [Read more...] about Crofters, Sheringham food review: ‘World food and Austrian classics with tales to tell’
Us Brits haven’t got the best reputation when it comes to food. It’s pretty common in the UK to hear people flippantly talk about “European dining culture” as the foil to our own. “How European”, we’ll comment, on having a late dinner or eating al fresco. It’s not just the culture, however, but the food, too, that we tend to prefer to our own. We long ago gave up the notion that any of our national cuisine trumps a really good pizza, and as a result, the UK’s high streets are lined with Italian, French, Greek and Spanish restaurants. German food, however, is the curious exception to this rule, and for all our differences, when it comes to food Germany might have more in common with the UK than its nearer neighbours. Just as you’d be hard pressed to find a Sunday roast abroad, you would also have trouble finding a German restaurant on the average British high street. In America, German restaurants are closing by the … [Read more...] about How traditional German cuisine is overcoming its PR crisis
PUBLISHED: 09:49 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 14 August 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Krafty Braumeister is brewing German-style beers on the Esat Anglian coast Picture: Krafty Braumeister Archant New German-style beers being brewed on the East Anglian coast. Craft beer lovers listen up, because there’s a brand new brewer in East Anglia – and he’s doing things decidedly differently…Hailing from Germany, and having spent most of his life in beautiful Cologne, Uli Schieselbein moved to the UK to be with his British wife in 2013, following the end of his contract working as a rule of law expert.Settling in the Leiston area in Suffolk, the keen beer aficionado had one goal once he’d put down roots here – open a brewery. But not just any brewery, oh no no no – a proper German brewery, because according to Uli, the difference between our brews and those crafted back in his mother country is poles apart.At the centre of … [Read more...] about Try Uli’s unfiltered, bottle conditioned German beers
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. It was only as I bit into my second Laugenstange (pretzel stick) of the day that I realized I had rebuilt my problematic relationship with bread. That was a few weeks ago, but for years I had tried to avoid any kind of bread, believing it was the root of my problems. It’s not that I had an intolerance to gluten and I’m not a sufferer of the debilitating coeliac disease. But I had read countless articles on why eating bread would lead to piling on weight and health difficulties. I struggled with self-esteem and body confidence issues during my 20s and took these warnings to heart. Cheese on toast and tuna sandwiches were banned from my stomach, but this only led to cravings – and, looking back, it didn’t actually make me healthier at all, only more anxious. Despite it being an integral part of our meals historically, bread today has become controversial and even a … [Read more...] about How Germany’s marvellous bread helped me overcome food anxiety