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German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
Alongside the religious background, the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, also star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. The mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, make the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

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; based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

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. Although many of the items now used in homes worldwide, including coffee filters and toothpaste, were not created laboratories, but in German kitchens, attics and workshops.

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 shapes made. Bleigiessen, lead pouring, a favorite German New Year tradition that's more eco-friendly these days, and here's a version to try complete with over 100 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.

German Spaetzle Recipes
Spaetzle. What are they and how are they served. Documented back as far as the 11th Century, it is a traditional German pasta dish that played an important role in every day diets until potatoes were finally accepted in Germany. Try some popular regional Spaetzle favorites.

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