lady_of_clunn: (LOC Arnika)
I just supervised two 12-year-old girls baking two chocolate cakes that somehow shall evolve into one castle-shaped cake by Friday. The kitchen was not destroyed. I call that success.

So, to celebrate my still-standing kitchen, and hopefully just in time for barbecue season, I give you:

Potato Salad

2.5kg small salad poatoes
2 medium onions
2 apples
1 jar sweet 'n' sour gherkins
salt
pepper
vinegar
oil

Mayonnaise, yoghurt, crème fraîche to taste for variations.

You can probably find more potato salad recipes in Germany than regions. This one is a very popular basic salad that can then be altered.

I usually make one big base salad and then halve it to have one oil salad (in Berlin we call it Swabian Potato Salad - Swabians are probably laughing their heads off) and one with mayonnaise/yoghurt.

The bad news: it takes about three days to make. The good news: the amount of work required each day is manageable.

Day one:

Boil potatoes in their jackets. Let cool completely over night.

Day two:

Peel potatoes, cut in slices, ad chopped onions, chopped gherkins and chopped apples (I leave the skin on to give it a bit of colour but you can also peel the apples). Add some oil, vinegar and liquid from the gherkin jar (for 2.5kg potatoes I normally end up using all of the liquid but I wouldn't add it all at once, the salad should not be soupy), season with salt and pepper. Let rest in a cool place, ideally not the fridge - I use the basement laundry room.

Day three:

Add more salt, pepper, vinegar or gherkin liquid as needed.

If desired, add mayonnaise, yoghurt or crème fraîche - if you do add any of those, let rest for another two hours or so. Be a bit stingy with the creamy sauces, don't drown the salad. In some regions, hard boiled, sliced eggs are also added. You can also try to add chives or parsley, some chopped tomatoes or sliced radiches - the variations are nearly endless :)
lady_of_clunn: (Christmas)
More vegetarian recipes from Germany!

The first one, Silesian Heaven, is a sweet winter dish for those times when no fresh fruit and vegetables were available. Also, it is one of those examples of how regional Germany's cuisine is. My maternal grandmother, whose family had come to Berlin from Silesia in the mid-1800's, made this dish regularly. My paternal grandmother, whose family had come from East Prussia around the same time, had never heard of it. But she made heavenly Plinsen that nobody else knew!

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Recipes and a video under the cut. )
lady_of_clunn: (Christmas)
A little while ago, [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith and I happened to be talking about German cooking and how all recipes seemed to be quite heavy on meat.

I think this is mostly the case as after WWII, eating (and being able to afford to eat) a lot of meat was seen as a status symbol and possibly even healthy. So, dishes that used to be reserved for Sundays or even once-a-month-after-payday, became a daily feature in the German diet.

Older people might also have been eager to indulge after decades of war, recession, war, rationing that seemed to go on forever...

So I thought I'd give you some German recipes that don't warrant a trip to the butcher.

I hope you guys like potatoes and eat eggs and dairy, though.

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Sorry about the messy plate - Ida decided to cook with me and I was too busy to keep her from pulling the pots off the cooker or burning herself so my plating skills suffered a bit.

Recipes under the cut )


Enjoy!

I am planning on cooking "Silesian Heaven" tomorrow, so hopefully I will post that and the recipe for Stewed Cucumbers tomorrow evening :)
lady_of_clunn: (Default)
My
biscuit recipes
have posted over at [livejournal.com profile] bakebakebake!

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate since I still haven't found out what egg nog is. I could google it, I suppose...

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? I wouldn't know. Father Christmas wraps his presents.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White, candle-style lights on both the inside and outside tree and colourful fairy lights in the tiny round gable window. Although... I have to check. The fairy lights are nearly as old as I and spare coloured bulbs seem to be rare. I think the fairy lights might have morphed to white lights by now.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Rarely.

5. When do you put your decorations up? General decorations go up between the weekend before first Advent and the Saturday before first Advent. The Christmas tree itself goes up in the morning of Christmas Eve.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Stollen. And 'Baumstamm' marzipan = a chocolate-covered marzipan log with a noisette filling.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Finally being allowed to help decorate the tree.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What do you mean?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We open all our gifts on Christmas Eve. As is proper over here. *nods*

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Candle-style lights, glass baubles, glass bells, wooden ornaments (Erzgebirge style:
Wooden ornaments
) such as angels, nutcrackers, little toys, our very old leonic wire stars, gilded nuts. Tinsel only every other year.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? LOVE IT!! Unfortunately, a white Christmas is rather unlikely in Berlin.

12. Can you ice skate? Not really. I don't fall every few steps but I am far from doing pirouettes.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A huge Playmobil robber baron castle!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? My family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Baked apples. Mmmhhh.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Decorating the tree with the radio playing Christmas songs in the background. Christmas markets and Mutzenmandeln. Watching 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella' at least ten times between first Advent and New Year (have already seen it twice this year :)) Watching the children unwrap their presents. Cooking swede and potato stew with the turkey leftovers on Boxing Day. I guess it's just the magic of it all, the predictability of the season that comes with old traditions, wherever we might be :)

17. What tops your tree? Either a traditional tree topper similar to this one:
Baumspitze
or a silver-plated star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving:) Although I wouldn't mind if somebody would pick up on the broad hints I've been dropping regarding that necklace we saw at the pumpkin market.

19. Candy Canes? Exotic.

20. Favorite Christmas show? As in film? 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella', 'Good King Wenzeslas' and 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'.

21. Saddest Christmas Song? Little Drummer boy. *bawls*

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? 'Morgen Kinder, wird's was geben' because it's so happy, 'Silent Night' just before the gift-unwrapping-madness starts and 'Gloria in exelsis deo'.

23. Christmas morning: up at the crack of dawn, or sleep in? Sleep in. We celebrate on Christmas Eve, so Christmas morning is for sleeping in before getting the turkey ready and the red cabbage and the potato dumplings and the apples :)

24. Do you send actual paper Christmas cards? Only to people who live far away. When living abroad I send cards to all my friends and family in Germany but not this year - I'll see all of them at some point :)

25. Strangest place you've ever spent Christmas (Eve or Day, your choice)? The Autobahn. My parents thought it would be a good idea to start our skiing holiday on Christmas Eve because the highways are empty on that day. We arrived rather late in Austria, decorated the little tree that the forester had delivered and 'celebrated' Christmas at around ten o'clock. Might sound romantic but was just tiring and rushed.
lady_of_clunn: (Default)
My
biscuit recipes
have posted over at [livejournal.com profile] bakebakebake!

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate since I still haven't found out what egg nog is. I could google it, I suppose...

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? I wouldn't know. Father Christmas wraps his presents.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White, candle-style lights on both the inside and outside tree and colourful fairy lights in the tiny round gable window. Although... I have to check. The fairy lights are nearly as old as I and spare coloured bulbs seem to be rare. I think the fairy lights might have morphed to white lights by now.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Rarely.

5. When do you put your decorations up? General decorations go up between the weekend before first Advent and the Saturday before first Advent. The Christmas tree itself goes up in the morning of Christmas Eve.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Stollen. And 'Baumstamm' marzipan = a chocolate-covered marzipan log with a noisette filling.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Finally being allowed to help decorate the tree.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What do you mean?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We open all our gifts on Christmas Eve. As is proper over here. *nods*

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Candle-style lights, glass baubles, glass bells, wooden ornaments (Erzgebirge style:
Wooden ornaments
) such as angels, nutcrackers, little toys, our very old leonic wire stars, gilded nuts. Tinsel only every other year.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? LOVE IT!! Unfortunately, a white Christmas is rather unlikely in Berlin.

12. Can you ice skate? Not really. I don't fall every few steps but I am far from doing pirouettes.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A huge Playmobil robber baron castle!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? My family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Baked apples. Mmmhhh.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Decorating the tree with the radio playing Christmas songs in the background. Christmas markets and Mutzenmandeln. Watching 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella' at least ten times between first Advent and New Year (have already seen it twice this year :)) Watching the children unwrap their presents. Cooking swede and potato stew with the turkey leftovers on Boxing Day. I guess it's just the magic of it all, the predictability of the season that comes with old traditions, wherever we might be :)

17. What tops your tree? Either a traditional tree topper similar to this one:
Baumspitze
or a silver-plated star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving:) Although I wouldn't mind if somebody would pick up on the broad hints I've been dropping regarding that necklace we saw at the pumpkin market.

19. Candy Canes? Exotic.

20. Favorite Christmas show? As in film? 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella', 'Good King Wenzeslas' and 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'.

21. Saddest Christmas Song? Little Drummer boy. *bawls*

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? 'Morgen Kinder, wird's was geben' because it's so happy, 'Silent Night' just before the gift-unwrapping-madness starts and 'Gloria in exelsis deo'.

23. Christmas morning: up at the crack of dawn, or sleep in? Sleep in. We celebrate on Christmas Eve, so Christmas morning is for sleeping in before getting the turkey ready and the red cabbage and the potato dumplings and the apples :)

24. Do you send actual paper Christmas cards? Only to people who live far away. When living abroad I send cards to all my friends and family in Germany but not this year - I'll see all of them at some point :)

25. Strangest place you've ever spent Christmas (Eve or Day, your choice)? The Autobahn. My parents thought it would be a good idea to start our skiing holiday on Christmas Eve because the highways are empty on that day. We arrived rather late in Austria, decorated the little tree that the forester had delivered and 'celebrated' Christmas at around ten o'clock. Might sound romantic but was just tiring and rushed.

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