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German Struwen, A Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Mouths water on Good Friday in Muensterland as for generations it has been the tradition to serve Struwen, fried yeast pancakes. Originally made only for the Lenten Fast now they are enjoyed throughout the year, nevertheless few Muensterland tables will be without them on Karfreitag.
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 follow many of their own traditional, sometimes unusual, wedding customs, but throughout the country May is the most popular month to get married. Age old traditions begin weeks before the ceremony 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, and "New Year" held no promises.
Germany and its Cheese Culture
From the North Sea to the 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, ranging from mild to spicy, highly flavored and sometimes less than fragrant.
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 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.
Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
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