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Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. During summer's last days and the beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
Chestnut Soup, German Recipe
Chestnuts are amongst many things that the Romans introduced to "Germania", and during the fall and winter they are a favorite for "Food Foraging". Used as a base for many traditional German dishes one of the most popular is Chestnut Soup, with variations ranging from simple to exotic.
Chestnut Jam, German Recipe
Chestnut Jam, Kastanien Konfitur, is a seasonal recipe produced in Germany's kitchens from foraged nuts. The Romans brought chestnuts to "Germania" as they conquered the region, so during fall and winter they are found throughout the country, and their jam is one of many popular recipes.
German Americans Who Made a Difference
German Americans make up almost 25 percent of the US population. It was 1608 when the first immigrants arrived, with those following mainly hoping to improve on the way their life had been "at home", and their work and lives have had an effect not only in America but worldwide.
The Day of German Unity
German Unity Day, "Tag der Deutsche Einheit", an annual celebration held on October 3, commemorating the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years, 1949 - 1989, as a separate, and second, Germany.
German Gingerbread Spice Recipe
German Gingerbread Spice, Lebkuchengewuerz, is one of those versatile store cupboard staples which can be used for many things throughout the year. From flavoring pumpkin pie, hot chocolate or yoghurt with apple, to the gingerbread for witches cottages, cookies and hearts.
Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottoes are an unmissable part of its calorific food, and a 'sweet' accompaniment to 'Wiesn-Mass', Oktoberfest beer.
Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
It's "Oktoberfest" although most of it takes place in September, an "Angel" on hiatus from heaven attends every year, one Mayor opened it shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped), and that was before any beer was consumed. Oktoberfest Fun Facts.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries is well deserved, and house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". Even in the "laid back" 21st century this is an image reflected in 'real life'.
Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Elderberry syrup is an "all rounder". Fun to forage, harvest and easily made in the fall it is a great 'mixer' for summer and winter drinks, delicious with savory and sweet dishes, and in Germany a popular natural remedy for all types of ailments.
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