Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
An Easter Tradition, delicious and easy to make: "Struwen", fried yeast pancakes. They are enjoyed throughout the year these days, but for generations Struwen were a Lenten Fast tradition in Muensterland, Nordrhein-Westphalia, and were eaten only during the Fast and especially on Good Friday.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.
Germany's Unique Theme Routes
Ever since the Romans swept in with their Asparagus, Chestnuts and Baths, the German speaking lands have been a playground not only a battlefield, and the "Theme Routes" that crisscross the country show its amazing legacy from both nature and history.
Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for window boxes with each change of season in Germany. Throughout the year, including winter, there are colorful plant filled containers everywhere. From door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes to trailing down from apartment block balconies.
White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist. "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When cherries are red the asparagus is dead".
German Beer, Fast Facts
German beer has "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" in April; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; the smallest region usually has its own brewery; beer is cheaper than some mineral waters and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's Beer.
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