Spoonfuls of Germany

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Finding German food through love

Cured meats 1

The story of Michelle and Bill is the reverse of the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Through Michelle, Bill not only discovered German food and learned to love it. He also got into making it himself. And by making I do not mean cooking. In his free time, Bill, a police officer, brews beer, cures meats, makes bratwurst, sauerkraut and more. Continue reading


A different kind of treat for October 31


Friends of mine who live outside of Berlin complained once about the Halloween hype at their son’s school, whereas most kids don’t know much about why October 31 is a public holiday in the state of Brandenburg, just like in the other four East German states. Continue reading


The joy of cooking has no age limit

Photo by Caro Hoene

With my grandmother’s generation gone, handed-down recipes drifted into oblivion. And a common sight when I grew up also vanished: my grandmother, great-aunts or friends’ grandmothers who lived with the family, sitting at the kitchen table with a bowl in their lap, peeling potatoes or helping out with some other food preparation. Continue reading