Spoonfuls of Germany


Girlie beer


2016 is a big year for German beer. It marks the 500th anniversary of the German Purity Law for Beer (Deutsches Reinheitsgebot für Bier) which established that only water, hops, malt and yeast and no artificial ingredients, enzymes or preservatives may be used in beer-brewing. For a quick, fun intro, I recommend the video 500 Years in 50 Seconds by the German Brewers Association (in English).

So why am I writing about beer only now? No, I have not been waiting around for Oktoberfest. Continue reading


Rote Grütze, the dessert misnomer

Rote Grütze Cheesecake slice

There is no beating around the bush: Rote Grütze, one of the most delicious German summer desserts, has an ugly, unappealing name. Literally, Grütze means “grits” in English. To German ears, Grütze sounds actually worse than that; it evokes associations with Continue reading


Wild about ramsons (Bärlauch) and ramps

Ramps Quiche

“Where are we going”? I asked my mother after she picked me up from the airport in Frankfurt on a day in early May a few years ago. I had been dozing in my seat and first thought I imagined that she took unfamiliar country back roads instead of heading back home. “Didn’t you want do pick Bärlauch (ramsons)? I will take you to a great spot.” Of course I wanted to. Continue reading