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White Asparagus Soup Recipe
White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe, is a 'must' during Germany's Spargelzeit. Two months beginning in April, when the white asparagus season is in full flow with Fruehlingswonne, "Springtime Delight", and entire menu's are dedicated to a "Royal Vegetable's" white stalks.
Germany's Palmbuschen for Palm Sunday
Palm Bouquets are a ancient German Easter tradition. Good Luck charms kept until Ash Wednesday next year or added to Easter Sunday Easter Fires, the colorful bunches of twigs, herbs and flowers are decorated, carried in Palm Sunday processions then blessed in church. With DIY instructions.
German Struwen, A Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Mouths water on Good Friday in Muensterland as for generations it has been the tradition to serve Struwen, fried yeast pancakes. Originally made only for the Lenten Fast now they are enjoyed throughout the year, nevertheless few Muensterland tables will be without them on Karfreitag.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach is the last Baroque era composer, and recognized as one of the greatest geniuses in music history. However there was relatively little appreciation of his more than one thousand works during his lifetime, and after his death they were consigned to history.
Storks are amongst Germany's favorite wildlife, the subject of many myths and superstitions, and when they return to their German nests, after spending the winter in Africa, it's a clear signal spring can not be far away. Although it still might be cold and even snow covered in places.
Germany's Stork Theme Route
The German Stork Route, which crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany, comes to life towards the end of March, and until September spectacular, large and often bulky, stork's nests are filled with breeding pairs and their young.
Caroline Herschel – German-British Astronomer
Caroline Herschel, sister of William Herschel and pioneer in her own right, cataloged stars, nebula, and was the first woman to discover a comet. She was also the first woman astronomer to earn a salary, acquire honors, and be accepted into scientific organizations usually open only to men.
Stolpersteine, Stones of Remembrance
Stolpersteine, Stumbling stones, are a memorial built one stone at a time. Small 'memory' blocks embedded in sidewalks in front of homes where victims of Nazism last lived freely, simple memorials bearing their names and documenting their lives with the barest of details.
Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, or Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, dried plum boys, were joined by girls, Zwetschgenweibla, long ago, are one of the most popular traditional German handcrafts, and as symbols of GOOD LUCK very popular both to give and receive. With a DIY "How To" guide.
The Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel
A red apple sits amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachten. "Der Paradiesapfel". The Paradise Apple. A symbol of "hope" and "promise", to regain something lost or reveal an aim to work towards.
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