Spoonfuls of Germany


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Stollen meets bread

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It was butter that made the city of Dresden the home of Germany’s most famous edible Christmas tradition. In 1491 Pope Innocent VIII gave in to the request of the Saxonian rulers to lift the ban on dairy products during the days of fasting. After he sent the legendary Butterbrief (“Butter Letter”) the bakers in Dresden started to use butter in their Stollen, and the sweet bread that we know today was born.

I love a good Stollen and frankly, in the time leading up to Christmas, I could eat it every day – if only it was a little less rich. Continue reading


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Sausage for the soul

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This has not been a week of good eating habits. Hastily put together meals, gobbled up in front of the TV or tablet screen, loss of appetite altogether, followed by junk food. And, odd coincidence, on Tuesday, Election Day, Continue reading


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German food basics: How to make vanilla sugar, vanilla pudding and and vanilla sauce

Vanilla sauce

In a recent podcast with my friend and fellow blogger from Phoebe’s Pure Food I talked about the diversity of German cuisine as opposed to the common stereotype of sausage, sauerkraut and beer. Phoebe asked me whether there is a condiment that’s used all over the Germany. I had to think hard for a moment, then I said, “Vanilla sugar”. Continue reading