Tag Archives: Germany

Kartoffel-Knodel

15 Jun
Knodel.

Knodel.

Kartoffel-knödel are German style potato dumplings. They are an ideal side dish and can easily replace rice or pasta in a meal. Their texture is chewy and sticky and their taste is rather similar to mash potatoes.

A box of knodel, ~$5 (CAD).

A box of knodel, ~$5 (CAD).

The ones pictured above are an instant version and simple to prepare. Being from Canada, they are not readily available here but I found some at a local specialty store called Vincenzos. Each box is approximately $5 (CAD) and contain six knödel.

This is how the knodel appear before cooking.

This is how the knodel appear before cooking.

Knodel at the begining of the boiling process.

Knodel at the beginning of the boiling process.

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Christkindl Market

6 Dec

Christkindl Market in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Chrsitkindl markets originated in Germany hundreds of years ago and is now a common occurrence leading up to Christmas. Every year Kitchener (in Canada) hosts its own version at the beginning of December.  Many of the displays at the Christkindl market reminded me of my amazing trip to Germany in June such as the miniature replicate of Germany’s famous high speed train, the ICE.

A model of Germany's fast, famous and efficient ICE trains.

An actual ICE train I travelled on during my Germany trip.

Kitchener’s Christkindl market offers traditional German fare, shiny beautiful holiday ornaments, sweet treats, fuzzy warm winter accessories, sparkling jewelry, handcrafted toys and much much more. There is also a model railway room, children’s activities, live music and a nativity scene.

Delicate and detailed dolls' dresses.

Two cute ponies that were part of the live nativity display.

One of a number of outdoor food vendors.

Most of the hot food vendors are outside while the nonfood vendors are indoors. I tried some famous apple fritters for the first time at “Das Fritter Haus”. Essentially, these are slices of apples dipped in batter and deep fried. They were made to order and tasted like sweet soft fluffy clouds that’s been coated with sugar, cinnamon and other spices.

Six apple fritters, $4.75.

Although the weather is bitterly cold, the atmosphere is warm, bright and cheerful. Everyone is in a happy and welcoming mood. The festival is charming, unique and a perfect addition to the holiday season.

Germany

17 Jun

Blaubeuren, Germany taken from high up at the ruins of a castle (Rusenschloß).

I recently travelled to Germany; in particular, I spent one week in a small picturesque town called Blaubeuren and then one day in Frankfurt.  Below are some highlights of my Germany food adventures.

Beverages:

Bottled water in German is called mineralwasser and when I purchased my first one, it was carbonated which surprised me.  But I soon realized that carbonated water is the norm and non-carbonated is less typical.  It took a bit of time before I found some “still” mineralwasser.

Bottled water with bubbles.

Bottled water with a bit of bubbles.

Noncarbonated bottled water.

I also had a fizzy apple juice pop called apfelschorle which I was told is quite popular in Germany.  It tasted like a diluted apple juice with a hint of fizz.

A carbonated apple juice drink called Apfelschorle.

Lastly, I tried some German beer.  I was told that Augustiner-Bräu München is one of the best and that there are many local beers. The local beer in the region of Germany I visited was Autenrieder pilsner (I think).

Augustiner-Bräu München beer.

A fridge full of Autenrieder pilsner.

Dishes

One of the most unique dishes I tried was currywurst which is a roasted sausage cut into bite size pieces topped with a ketchup-like sauce and a generous sprinkling of curry.  My currywurst came with a crusty bun and it really reminded me of a hotdog. I purchased my first and only currywurst outside the Hauptwache station in Frankfurt at a snack shop named “Imbiss an der Hauptwache” which loosely translates to “snacks at Hauptwache”.

Currywurst which is sausage cut into small pieces topped with a ketchup sauce and curry powder served with a crusty bun.

A snack shop outside Hauptwache station where I purchased my currywurst.

I also learned that spätzle is commonly mixed with a cheese sauce and then baked and topped with fried onions, rather than served with a meat sauce which is what I always thought.

Spätzle mixed with cheese sauce and then baked.

Desserts

I ate a number of sweet treats such as a strawberry cream cheese made with mascarpone and Schillerlocken, which is a flaky pastry in the shape of a horn filled with cream.  It’s named after a German poet and made to resemble his curly locks of hair.  More familiarly, I also had a few samplings of ice cream.

A strawberry cream cheese made with mascarpone.

Schillerlocken is a horn shaped puff pastry filled with cream named after a German poet who had curly hair.

Chocolate ice cream with walnuts and topped with cream.

Vanilla ice cream with sliced strawberries.

Stores

I visited a couple of grocery stores and also happened upon a small outdoor farmer’s market at the end of Zeil Street in Frankfurt.

In the parking lot of one of these grocery stores, I  saw a truck selling rotisserie chicken. These trucks are apparently common throughout Germany.

A rotisserie chicken truck.

The grocery store, REWE, was quite similar to stores in Canada and I simply enjoyed walking around seeing products I recognized and didn’t recognize.

The produce section of REWE (a grocery chain) on Zeil Street in Frankfurt.

At the outdoor market, I happened upon two items which I had never seen before.  I think they were vegetables.

An item at the farmer's market which I couldn't identify.

Another item at the market I didn't recognize.

I had a great time in Germany and especially enjoyed all the unique and familiar foods I ate.  The most memorable was definitely the currywurst!