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German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe
"Koelner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings are enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.
German Summer Drinks Recipes
Cooling drinks for those hot days during a German summer range from all types of colorful Fruit Punch and Radler to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. "Summer in a Glass" to suit not only all tastes but also sunless as well as sunny days.
German Wedding Traditions
Germany's different regions have many of their own, often 'unusual', wedding traditions, although May is the most popular month to get married throughout the country. Customs surrounding the ceremony begin weeks before it takes place and celebrations can last for days.
German Wine and Vineyards
Grapes arrived in Germany via the conquering Romans, and ancient traditions surrounding hillside vineyards with huge sundials and the annual harvest continue. But the German wine industry has changed, and is returning to producing high quality wines so Liebfraumilch is on the way out.
German Words Used in English
Where did that word originate? You might be surprised. "Gemuetlich" and "Kindergarten" are at home in English and German, as are many other words which traveled from Germany to international worlds of business, science, technology, history and culture, and there absorbed into English.
Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, Spring and New Year held no promises.
Germany and its Cheese Culture
From the North Sea to Allgaeu, Germany's "foodie" favorite, Cheese, is produced in small mountainside farms and industrial dairies across the country. With hundreds of regional specialties and national varieties that range from mild and buttery to spicy, highly flavored and less than fragrant.
Germany and its Storks
Storks are amongst Germany's favorite wildlife, the subject of many myths and superstitions, and when they return to their German nests, most after having spent the winter in Africa, it's a clear signal spring can not be far away. Although it might be cold and even snow covered in places.
Germany and its Turkish German Communities
There was no history of immigration in Germany when the first Turkish ‘guest workers’ arrived, cheap labor to fuel the country’s ‘Economic Miracle’. Not expected to stay, fifty years later Turkish Germans have powered German industry, settled in its cities and their influence is everywhere.
Germany's 'Lucky' Chimney Sweeps
Throughout Europe Chimney Sweeps are surrounded by tradition and superstition, including in Germany where both the practice and customs of the country's 'Lucky' Schornsteinfeger, in their black gold buttoned suits and top hats, are rooted far in the past.
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