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Germany - All Things "H"
June 24, 2014
Quick Fix Recipes - "H"Hallo,
"H" is our letter this month as we travel through our series on Germany from "A" to "Z".
We're checking out some "H" places in Germany, meeting some "H" people, learning some "H" words, and most importantly, featuring some "H" recipes!
"H" PlacesWe're going to three places, starting with "H", two of which are in the TOP 100 sights and attractions in Germany according to the 2013 survey from the German National Tourist Board* and the other one is just a bit different - a place we visit every time we visit Germany!
1. Hamburg"When is a hamburger a Hamburger?"
"When it's a hamburger made in Hamburg."
The history of the hamburger (that common meat patty between two halves of a bun) is so difficult to establish. Just googling it will show you how contentious the argument is. Does this common American food really come from Germany or not?
The recorded history of the hamburg goes back to Genghis Khan in the 12th century. Traditionalist will say that the original hamburg was first introduced at the end of the 19th century by a snack seller in Ohio who ran out of sausages to put in the bun.
It really doesn't matter to the Hamburgers (people from Hamburg), because their main cuisine is seafood. After all, Hamburg is situated on Elbe River, which runs into the North Sea. Hamburg has a lake in its center and has more canals than Venice with over 2,000 bridges.
The above photo is from a boat tour we took heading out to the harbor. This international harbor has brought spices and foreign foods to this part of Germany for hundreds of years and has greatly influenced the traditional foods available.
Below, I've included the recipe for Eel Soup, which is popular here, in a version you'll LOVE to make. Really!
2. HeidelbergOne of my favorite places that we visited during our bus tour of Germany several years ago was Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg. The main tourist attraction that draws about one million visitors a year is Heidelberg Castle.
The saying that 'lightning never strikes twice' is so incorrect. The ruins of this castle were mainly caused by two lightning strikes! Built in 1214, the upper castle was destroyed by lightning in 1537. In 1764, fire caused by another lightning strike destroyed some of the restored parts.
Although there is much history associated with this castle (such as the Thirty Years War), the main attraction is the ‘romantic appearance of the ruins’ which overlook the city. The views from the castle are amazing.
3. HeilbronnHave you ever visited a place … encouraged someone else to visit a place … and not really know much about it? Well, that’s Heilbronn, for me.
We’ve been visiting Germany for the past 8 years and every time we go, we make a point of going to Heilbronn in northern Baden-Württemberg, just to have some ice cream at a wonderful Italian ice cream shop.
We tell people that “if you go to Germany, you’ll need to go to Heilbronn for the ice cream” and then show them picture after picture of the treats we’ve eaten there.As I was about to pass this on to all of you, I thought, “I should check to see what else Heilbronn is known for.”
My goodness, on our next visit to this city on the Neckar River, we’ll search out the over 700 km of underground roads and the salt mine, the over 500 hectares of vineyards in the city itself, the botanical orchards, the theaters, the festivals, and the shopping.
Of course, we’ll have some ice cream … :)
"H" PeopleSome famous "H" Germans:
"H" WordsWant to learn some German?
Here are some common "H" words that you can use when you're cooking.
1. Herring Salad
Do try my Herring Salad ... and let me know what you think!
2. Hazelnut TorteThis wonderful torte has no butter, no oil, and very little flour. Covered in marzipan and decorated with whipped cream, it's a heavenly treat!
Or you could serve it without the marzipan and whipped cream. Rather plain, yet delicious.
The marzipan and whipped cream make this into a delectably wunderbar dessert.
Do try this Hazelnut Torte when you want that something extra special for your family and/or friends.
Don't wait for Oktoberfest to make these Pork Hocks.
What's New at Quick German RecipesHere are some of the new and/or up-dated recipes that have been added to the Quick German Recipes.
A Recipe, just for YOU!Aalsuppe (eel soup) - originally meaning "all soup" was made from everything except the kitchen sink.
Eel was not part of it. However, because it sounded like "eelsoup" (Aolsuppe) in German, eel is often added, especially in restaurants so that people won't complain that there's no eel in the "eelsoup".
So, here's a recipe for this delicious soup, that's so common in Hamburg.
Aalsuppe (Eel Soup)Ingredients:
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Tschüss and guten Appetit,
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