Traditional Bavarian Cooking

 

Germany is an old country that is moving to a modern pace. The cities are an extreme contrast from the rustic countryside. Although it has always been considered mostly an agricultural nation, it has fast become one of the leading industrial strengths. The economy of Germany has leaped forward to become one of the strongest in the world.

In spite of the rapid growth in industry, the food of this nation retains the earthy goodness that comes from centuries of agriculture. 

 

"Meat is the best vegetable" say the Bavarians, and their favorite meats are pork and Kalbshaxe (veal shank). The size of a Bavarian Kalbshaxe braised or roasted to a crisp gold, has to be seen to be believed, and so does the speed with which the natives put it away, usually with potato dumplings and a mixed green salad. Yes, hearty meat dishes with sauce and dumplings are very popular.

 

Another category of Bavarian food, called Mehlspeis, includes all good things made with white flour. Mehlspeis started as peasant fare to save money especially during the cold winter months. Some examples include Dampfnudeln (yeast dumplings) served with vanilla sauce or stewed fruit, Kaiserschmarrn (description is with the recipe), and Fingernudeln (finger noodles).

 

Whether you are into meat dishes, Mehlspeisen, soups, salads or desserts,...the Bavarian way of cooking makes it better by using fresh ingredients from the farmers, the gardens and by cooking it the old-fashioned way. It may take a little longer, but it is so worth it!

 

"Es gibt nichts besseres als etwas Gutes."  

 

I will continuously be adding recipes to the website. All my recipes are made by myself first to make sure the ingredients are measured correctly. I am not a chef, I just love Bavarian food and would like to share my passion with others.  

 

     


Spies...

During World War II, American spies had to be taught not to eat like Americans, or they would blow their cover. You probably won't have to risk your life because of the way you use a knife and fork, but Europeans hold the fork in their left hand and the knife in their right hand when cutting food and eating. They also use their knives to help scoop food on to the fork. Rather than cutting their food then laying the knife down, American style, Germans continue to hold the knife in their right hanbd while eating with the fork in their left hand. Dont be surprised to see German seating their pizza and fruit with a fork and knife.

The meaning of "Stammtisch": The Stammtisch is a long lived  tradition in Germany. The word comes from "Tisch" meaning table, and "Stamm" meaning tribe, race, or family. Combine the two and you get "Family Table".   

An Guad'n!