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Christstollen

No peeking!! Not yet. This is Christmas at its best: Have tea and eat a slice of Stollen. With marzipan or without, with butter or without; to me this means Christmas. Every year when we come home on Christmas Eve, we sit down at the coffee table, have tea and wait for Santa Claus. Let me tell you the full...

Cinnamon Stars / Zimtsterne

1 month to go till Christmas .... Time to bake some Christmas cookies. The first time I made those Cinnamon Stars was in primary school. Ever since they were in the back of my head. When I made them again last Christmas in Stavanger, Norway the whole office was completely crazy about them. Now they had a new recipe...

Hamburg on a rainy day

Here are top 6 things to do in Hamburg on a rainy day: Unfortunately, Hamburg has quite a few rainy days to offer each year, so you better be prepared. You should know that there is no such thing as bad weather, but only inappropriate clothing. No matter if you do have the right clothes or don't want to be...

Apple Strudel / Apfelstrudel

This amazing strudel is an old recipe from my Bohemian great-grandmother. No she was not wild and wacky, she was from Bohemia / Moravia. My mum remembers, how she used to come into the kitchen when she was little and see my great-grandma stretching the strudel dough to as thin as possible. Well this is how you do it...

Swabian Pizza / Schwäbische Flammkuchen

Swabian Pizza comes from the region close to the Alsace. This is the reason why it is also known as tarte flambée. Furthermore it is the easiest way to have an amazingly quick dinner on the table and still enjoy a freshly made dish. You only need about 15 minutes to prepare, basically the time your oven needs to heat up...

Bavarian Plum Cake / Zwetschgendatschi

This cake is a Bavarian specialty. The very original Bavarian Plum Cake or Zwetschgendatschi is from Augsburg. A "Datschi" is a plum cake where the plumbs get pressed into the dough, which comes from the word datschen or detschen respectively. This cake is a great one, for any Sunday afternoon. It takes about 75 minutes (including time for the dough...

Maultaschen (Pasta Squares) – Traditional German Recipe

The south-west of Germany, the so called Schwabenland is home to the Maultasche, hence the regional description "schwäbische Maultasche". In the early days any leftovers from the days before, were used to be the filling for the Pasta Squares without the family members noticing. In the period of fasting meat was forbidden. So people filled the Pasta Squares with...

Things to do in Leipzig

It was back in 2014, when I worked out of Houston and went for a weekend trip to San Francisco. There I was on one of these sightseeing busses. At one bus stop I bumped into a couple and was asked to take a photo of them. What has this to do with Leipzig, you might wonder… Well this...

Old German Apple cake

Apple cake has a long German tradition. Like lemon trees in New Zealand, we have apple trees in our backyards. Since the medieval age, apples have been used in autumn to bake and cook sweet dishes. Now that we have apples available all year round, there is no need to wait till autumn and harvest season. However now is...

Lübeck

Lübeck is, again, one of the cities of the Hanse trade union that Hamburg, Rostock, Bremen, Wismar and many others belonged to. Lübeck is only about 45 minutes away from Hamburg. So, if you are in the area around Hamburg, take your rental car or the Regio train from Hamburg main station, which goes every half hour and have a...

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