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Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason for celebration.
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, the New Year and Spring held no promises.
Frugal Fashionista Chic Behind The Berlin Wall
Fashion was inseparable from politics in East Germany, with a "one style fits all" mentality. A sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine that supplied dreams as well as patterns, made possible a world of individuality and escape from every day grayness.
Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure the Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord; an over sized ravioli.
Carnival in Germany
Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasching, a German Mardi Gras. Different regions, different names and traditions as "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets with "crazy, zany, Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen". Not enjoyed by everyone so Karnevalsmuffel, Carnival Grouchers, head for the hills.
Carnival Jelly Donut, a Faschingskrapfen Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless traditional food is involved, and for Karneval, "Mardi Gras", it is Faschingskrapfen, the Carnival Jelly Donut. Here is its story and recipe for those Berliner, Pfannkuchen, Fastnachtskrapfen - same thing, different names depending on the region.
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