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German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
The Egg, the Hare and Ostara are interwoven in Germany’s Easter celebrations. It is a mixture of History, Easter symbols, Pagan and Christian tradition, and of course now with the addition of all those chocolate eggs and rabbits.

German Farmer's Breakfast Recipe
A German "Bauernfruehstueck", Farmer's Breakfast, has many variations but is basically a large hash of potatoes, ham or bacon and onions, which, especially in the colder months, not only makes a delicious and popular addition to a breakfast table but at any time of the day.

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.

German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922 as fruit gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company, their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Now a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", they make couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

German Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on the streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.

German Hot Potato Salad Recipe
Potato salads have become a favorite throughout Europe but "Warm Potato Salads" originated in Germany, where they have been a popular staple of the country’s cuisine for centuries.

German Inventions in Everyday Use
Germany's inventors and scientists, past and present, helped build the country's reputation for invention and technology. However many of the items used in homes worldwide, including coffee filters and toothpaste, were created in German kitchens, attics and workshops, not laboratories.

German Music - Fast Facts
There's a spirited German music scene, ranging from classical to techno. It has one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost a million music school students, world famous music festivals and a singer whose continuing live show hit is a song sung in praise of a sausage, 'Curry Wurst'.

German New Year Tradition, Bleigiessen
A quirky way of telling the future. Melting heavy metal, dropping it in water and divining the future from the shape it makes. Bleigiessen, 'lead pouring', is a favorite German New Year tradition, but it's more 'eco-friendly' these days, and here's a version to try out, with interpretations.

German Nut Cookie Recipes
For anyone who likes nuts here are two quick, simple and delicious cookie recipes. Classics from "Oma's kitchen" they are favorites found on any dish of German "Weihnachtsplaetzchen", Christmas Cookies, but are enjoyed all year round.

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