Birthdays in Germany
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.
Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce.
A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
German Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" from pagan times have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on some streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.
St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to a typical Sankt Martinstag. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, children singing, "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor it often ends with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose and all the trimmings.
Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana was to be seen on television but not in a store. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.
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