Nothing connects people as food does. And it’s a great conversation starter, too. I have often found myself talking with total strangers at a grocery store about a German ingredient or a recipe. The last time this happened was at a Christmas market outside of Philadelphia, where I overheard a conversation in German about making your own Eierlikör (spiked eggnog). I boldly jumped in, and before I knew it, my friend Gabriele and I found ourselves debating with half a dozen other German-Americans whether sweetened condensed milk or heavy cream makes the better Eierlikör.
Most of those encounters however don’t happen in person but online. I am in touch with the readers of my blog and with others on social media, trading and comparing German recipes, tips for substituting hard-to-find ingredients, and where to find them, or just reminiscing about food memories from Germany. If I could, I would initiate a potluck to bring us German food aficionados together.
One of the people with whom I have an ongoing dialog but have never met in person is the blogger German Girl in America. I interviewed her for this blog four years ago, and her experiences as a German-American are as relatable today as when I wrote her story four years ago.
She and I share the same passion for the red berry pudding Rote Grütze, and I could not have summed up better what German food is all about when she told me, “What I love about German food is that it tends to be seasonal, with lots of fruit and vegetables. Yes, there are ‘heavy meals’ but overall, people eat well. There is less of a junk food culture, fun foods like chocolate and candy exist, but there is a balance. And Germans stand firm on keeping chemicals and GMOs out of their food.”
I am thrilled that German Girl in America agreed to join me in #AmericaCooksGerman.
Between January 31 and February 17, 2019, we are inviting you to share your photos of German food on Instagram. It’s like a virtual potluck all across the United States, as part of The Year of German-American Friendship.
A few basic rules:
- It needs to be a photo of prepared food, not products straight from a supermarket shelf. In other words, no Toffifay® on its own, but your favorite cake decorated with it is OK.
- In your post, indicate what’s in the photo and your location (city and state, or state only).
- And, very important, don’t forget to add the hashtags #AmericaCooksGerman and #WunderbarTogether (which is the hashtag of The Year of German-American Friendship). This is the only way we can locate your photos.
Not on Instagram? If you are not on Instagram, and you cannot ask anyone else to post a photo on Instagram for you, you can email me your photo at spoonfulsofgermany[at] gmail [dot] com, or, if you are on Facebook, send me a photo via Facebook message, and I will post the photo on Instagram for you. Please include the name you would like to appear with the photo, what the photo shows, and your location.
Towards the end of February, German Girl in America and I will do a recap of all the photos and highlight some of the more unusual ones.
Next… grab your camera or smartphone and snap away to show us how #AmericaCooksGerman!