Spoonfuls of Germany


Rick Stein meeting Germany’s Cinderella cuisine

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Next Monday, August 5, German Bite, the first part of a BBC program by celebrated English chef, cookbook author, and TV presenter Rick Stein, will air in the UK. In the hours after the announcement was posted on the Facebook page of The Seafood restaurant, his famous first restaurant in Cornwall, I had fun watching the comments pouring in. Continue reading


All about quark (the food, that is)

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After my book signing last weekend, one of my gardening buddies sent me an email telling me how much she enjoyed the book, and ending with, “Quark? Really? How did it get that name?” This made me think that I need to set things straight about my favorite dairy product, which, alas, is hard to find in the United States. Continue reading


A reviving 1970s drink


For my mother, it was a quick and easy dinner to make on a Sunday night. For me as a child in the 1970s in Germany, Toast Hawaii was the culinary highlight of the week: buttered toast with a slice of boiled ham and a slice of canned pineapple, topped with a processed cheese “single” and put under the broiler until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. This type of food was quite unusual in my family, as otherwise I grew up mainly on wholesome dark bread, real cheese, and almost no processed foods. Continue reading