The Authoritative Guide to German Foods and Cuisine

A Middle European DietMiddle Europe_Diet_sm

Coinciding with the beginning of Lent, the US Department of Agriculture published its Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 with recommendations by food and nutrition experts what we should and should not eat. Although not adhered to by many people, these guidelines are likely to influence public school lunch policies, food regulations and nutritional labels over the next five years. As can be expected, consume less sugar, beef, and caffeinated drinks, and more nuts, fruits, veggies, and coffee. And, yes, eggs are “in” again. In the spirit of dietary guidelines and healthy eating advice, we’re offering our own solutions based on Middle European recipes (touching on Germanic, Nordic and Slavic cuisines) and, well, common sense … read more.

Canned Fish_edited-1Fishing for a Healthy Heart

Once considered a poor man’s food, herring are a gourmet delight to rich and poor alike today. It’s served as Fischbrötchen or Fischsemmel, a sandwich made with fish and onions often with pickles or remoulade sauce added. The Bismarck herring or soused herring,  a skin-on herring filet, soaked in a marinade of water, white vinegar, oil, bay leaves, mustard seeds, peppercorns, onion rings and salt, makes a great snack after a boozy night. Sprats (Sprotten), part of the herring family are small silvery fish smoked over beech log fires. Added alder and oak wood gives the fish a golden shimmer.   …read more

Roship – the hip and healthy superfruitRosehip1

Want to shield yourself from the common cold during the cold season? Spread a  spoonful of rosehip jam onto a slice of whole-grain bread or fill it into your breakfast donut. Drink a cup of red hot rosehip tea.  Rosehip, considered a Heilpflanze in Germany (a highly nutritional fruit with medicinal or health-promoting properties), packs an enormous punch of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients and is a must-eat food during the cold season. … read more