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Just like Oma's ... "K"
September 19, 2014

Just like Oma's - "K"

Hallo,

"K" is our letter this month as we travel through our series on Germany from "A" to "Z".

We're checking out "K" foods, going to some "K" places in Germany, meeting some "K" people, and learning some "K" words! But first things first …

Oktoberfest!

It’s here! Starting tomorrow until October 5, it’s time to celebrate EVERYTHING GERMAN! Especially if it’s BAVARIAN!

It’s not too late to plan your party … or perhaps you just want to celebrate your German culture with your family and friends.

I’ve put together the Top 10 Oktoberfest recipes found on Quick German Recipes … my top 10! Grab your copy and download it right away, get out your pots and pans, and cook Just like Oma!

"K" Foods

Unlike the “J” foods from last month, there is an abundance of food starting with “K”, so the ones I’m showing today are those that keep their “K” even in English.

1. Königskuchen

Here’s a traditional holiday cake that’s often served at Christmas. It’s a non-yeast raisin and currant fruit cake that is usually baked in its own traditional loaf pan. Easy to make and easy to enjoy!

The literal translation for this is ‘King’s Cake’, but it is not the same as the one that’s known by that name in the States.

Save this for your holiday baking

2. Kaiserschmarrn

In reality, these are just torn or scrambled pancakes. It originated in Austrian and was a favorite of emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph.

It’s now a traditional German pancake, especially in the Bavarian area. There are several ways to make this, but generally, it’s a pancake that’s torn apart with two forks towards the end of its cooking time, then caramelized with sugar and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s served with fruits, either for dessert or as a lunch.

Here’s my easy way to make this delicious dish!

3. Kassler Chops with Sauerkraut

Such a wonderful meal for these cool autumn days, kassler and sauerkraut will bring you right back into Oma’s kitchen.

Kassler, a type of smoked pork loin, needs very little cooking.

A quick fry in the pan. It's ready! Wouldn't this be perfect for Oktoberfest? And it’s so easy! Do check it out right here, right now!

4. Königsberger Klöpse mit Hollandische Sosse

I love saying this “Königsberger Klöpse mit Hollandische Sosse” … sounds so elegant. A quick translation is “meatballs in a white sauce” … sounds so simple, but they taste so wunderbar.

What makes these traditional is adding anchovy paste and capers. But, my Mutti didn’t add those, and neither do I. And, we LOVE them this way.

These are a real ‘comfort’ food … very easy to make. Check them out … print or pin … you’ll be wanting this!

"K" Recipe, just for YOU!

This one’s absolutely perfect for this Canadian autumn weather we’re having. Had frost last night … Brrr!

Kürbisgemüse - Stewed Pumpkin

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely diced
  • 1 leek, well washed and cut into rings
  • 2 lb pumpkin (Muskatkürbis), peeled, deseeded, and cubed
  • 2 apples, peeled, deseeded, and cubed
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • ½ tsp honey
  • salt, pepper, curry powder
Instructions:
  • Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and leek. Sauté for several minutes.
  • Add cubed pumpkin and apples. Continue cooking, stirring, for several minutes.
  • Add the cider and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Add a pinch of curry powder.
  • Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Re-season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve as a side dish to meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Serves 4.

Want to Cook just like Oma?

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Even if you've never cooked before, you'll be able to make a potful of deliciousness just by following along with me as I make some of the most traditional and wonderful of all German soups.

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"K" Places

We’ve been visiting one place in Germany every day on my Quick German Recipe Facebook Page. Of the 39 random places we’ve visited so far, two started with K. (There are around 100 places in Germany starting with the K!)

1. Kitzingen

Surrounded by vineyards, Kitzingen is located in Bavaria. A town of many legends, it has it's own Leaning Tower as well as the Grave of Dracula. Really!

2. Kassel

Kassel is located on the Fulda River in Hesse, Germany. Almost 90% of the city centre was destroyed during WW2, but has been almost completely rebuilt. It is the home of the Wilhelmshöhe Palace, the Lions Castle, a replica of a medieval castle, many parks and museums.

"K" People

Some famous "K" Germans:
  • Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), philosopher
  • Erich Kästner (1899–1974), novelist
  • Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), discovered the laws of planetary motion
  • Erhard Kietz (1909-1982), physicist, pioneer discoverer of video technology
  • Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811), poet, dramatist and novelist
  • Wolfgang Franz von Kobell (1803–1882), mineralogist
  • Robert Koch (1843-1910), physician, discoverer, inventor and Nobel Prize winner
  • Max Kramer (1903-1986), aircraft engineer

(just a few) "K" Words

Want to learn some German?

  • Kabeljau - cod
  • Kaffee - coffee
  • Kakao - cocoa
  • Kalb - Veal
  • Kaninchen - rabbit
  • Karotte - carrot
  • Kartoffel - potato
  • Käse - cheese
  • Kassler - smoked pork loin
  • Kirschen - cherries
  • Klopse - meatballs
  • Klösse - dumplings
  • Knoblauch - garlic
  • Kohl or Kraut -cabbage
  • Kokosnuss - coconut
  • Kotelett - chop as in pork chops
  • Kräuter - Herbs
  • Kuchen - cake


That's it for now. I hope you're following all the news on my Facebook Fan page as well.

Tschüss and guten Appetit,
Gerhild Fulson

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