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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
The Day of German Unity, "Tag der Deutsche Einheit", is an annual celebration held on October 3rd, commemorating the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years of communism and Soviet rule.
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 is a "super sized" version of the traditional Bavarian harvest festival. Heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottos are an unmissable part of the calorific food, while strong beer ensures willing voices to join in with the continuous "musical" background.
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 by shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped), and that was before any beer was consumed. Some Oktoberfest Fun Facts.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a reputation as being one of the best kept and well ordered countries around. In fact house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". And even in the "laid back" 21st century this image is reflected in life.
Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Elderberry syrup is an "all rounder", which is fun to forage, harvest and easily made. It makes great drinks for summer and winter, is delicious with dishes savory and sweet, and in Germany is used as a popular natural remedy for all types of ailments.
Germany's Unique Theme Routes
Ever since the Romans swept in with their Asparagus, Chestnuts and Baths, the German speaking lands have been a playground not only a battlefield, and the "Theme Routes" which crisscross the country show its amazing legacy from both nature and history.
How to Make a Schultuete, School Cone
For Germany's first graders the first day at school, with its Schultuete filled by small gifts and candies, is a source of great excitement. The school cone tradition began in early 19th century Germany, is as popular now as it was then, and perhaps a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
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