German foods are as varied as the landscapes and the people. No, we don't live all on sauerkraut and sausages :).
Let me introduce you to Spätzle and Sauerbraten, Black Forest cake and German Christmas cookies. Join me on a journey to the culinary delights of German cooking.
Traditional German cuisine is rich, some say heavy, but it is tasty and delicious. After all, fat in food is the medium to carry flavour. But we also adapted customs from our European neighbours & immigrants and we love fresh vegetables.
So, apart from traditional rich fares you will find a wide variety of light and international dishes in modern German cooking.
German cuisine also differs widely during the year. Mushrooms, game, vegetables, they all have their season. It is the secret of many German dishes that they are cooked with local and fresh ingredients.
Why are there so many traditional recipes in Germany?
You'll find the answer in our history.
For hundreds of years the German Empire consisted of a large number of smaller sub-units, kingdoms, free cities, duchies etc. People of these small territories were (and still are) proud of their culture, customs and, of course food specialties.
As a result Germany still has such a wide range of traditional foods and customs which often don't relate to an entire state but to a certain region.
Germany is famous for its variety of bread and sausages. Actually, that's what I miss a lot when I am abroad, especially the bread. Although we have many favourite meat dishes, sausages are very often the alternative for meat in daily meals.
This is just a quick overview of some well-loved regional dishes. As the German foods section grows, you'll get a complete guide to the German cuisine.
"Eat breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dinner like a beggar". It would be healthy to follow this advice, but it is hardly managable in real life.
People who go to work have only a light breakfast. Cereals, a slice of bread with jam, cheese or cold cuts. I can't eat much when I am in a hurry in the morning either.
Germans love to have their main meal of the day at lunchtime!
At least this was the common custom when women didn't go to work.
"Kaffee" is similar to the British tea time. A break some time between lunch and dinner, to enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, or cookies.
The traditional German dinner consists of bread, cold cuts, cheese, salads, pickled vegetables, canned fish, or even leftovers from lunch.
Germans love to barbecue! As soon as temperatures are climbing towards the 20°C mark, the smell of grilled meat and sausages is in the air at dinner time. There is nothing better than a spicy char-grilled sausage and German potato salad, yum.
Having said that, not all Germans like the smell of a barbecue. So it can become a controversial issue, especially in apartment buildings with many residents. In some houses it is prohibited to grill on the balcony with an open fire.
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