Try the Central European Diet during Lenten

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The Diet of Central Europe

Here is shout out to the benefits of the Central European Diet. Not everyone is fond of olives, nuts, eggplants and other Mediterranean staples. The region that includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Liechtenstein (you may include the Scandinavian countries as well) offers a lot of culinary choices that are no less nutritious and good for body and soul than what’s served South of the Danube river. Try the Central European diet for a healthy lifestyle…

Irish-German Culinary Connections

St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is all about celebrating Irish culture, food and lifestyle. Here, we cannot help ourselves pointing out some obvious Irish-German culinary connections: the love for beer, cabbage, potatoes, and raucous parties and parades. Get the facts on common customs and recipes for St. Patrick Day meals.

Green Seven Herbs Soup
Rosehip Fruits and Jam

Rosehip the healthy superfruit

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. Put a few spoonfuls of rosehip jam onto a slice of bread. Or sip a rosehip tea in the morning.  Here’s what you need to know about rosehip.

A Lenten Special: Pretzel and Beer

Pretzels and beer are traditional Lenten foods. This may come at a surprise to those who regard Lenten as a time of lean diets. Indeed, over many centuries, Christians were forbidden from eating any animal products including eggs, milk and lard for forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  And it was not unusual for religious observers to partake of only one meal per day. This gave birth to the pretzel: a simple type of bread made with water, salt, yeast and flour, that would satisfy both the fasting and abstinence rules.

Pretzel and Beers
Green Egg Medium Boiled

Spotlight on Eggs for Easter

It’s hard to imagine the Easter and Spring season without eggs. They are pagan symbols of earth’s rebirth. In the Christian religion they represent the boulder that was rolled away from the tomb of Jesus Christ. In the Jewish Passover tradition, boiled eggs on the Seder plate symbolize renewal. And eggs are an integral part of the sehri meal consumed by Muslims before dawn during Ramadan. Add the chocolate-, marzipan-, or dyed hard-boiled eggs for Easter Sunday. We put a spotlight on the various ways to use eggs during the Easter season…

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