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Just like Oma's ... "L"
October 17, 2014

Just like Oma's - "L"

Hallo,

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

We're checking out "L" foods, going to some "L" places in Germany, meeting some "L" people, and learning some "L" words!

"L" Foods

There’s an abundance of foods starting with “L” … here are just a few …

1. Lauchsuppe (Leek Soup)

This leek soup recipe with cream cheese is made in under 30 minutes. Creamy rich with mushrooms added for that extra touch, this is a fantastic starter course for your dinner party.

Check it out here

2. Linsensuppe (Lentil Soup)

Here's my lentil soup recipe that I put together quickly in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. (I just love slow cooker soups!)

I'll usually add smoked sausage or ham while it's cooking. Or, when the whole family comes, I’ll make it vegan and serve some sausage on the side! Either way -- delicious!

Do check it out right here, right now!

3. Linzertorte

Rose (Roswitha) Seeman, one of our readers, shared this with me and I asked her if I could share it with you! Rose's Linzertorte is one that's been handed down for generations.

This isn't a quick German recipe, but, sometimes, tradition just wins out! Make this ... you'll want it!

"L" Recipe, just for YOU!

The recipe for this very traditional soup comes from one of our dear German Foodie Fans on my Facebook page. Corina Grieger posted this recipe for us …

Corina's Leberknödelsuppe

Ingredients:

  • 200g liver about 1 1/2 slices
  • 5-6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 1 large tbsp. parsley chopped
  • 1 very large tbsp. Marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions:
  • Put liver through a grinder or blender.
  • Beat batter in mixer, mix breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, onion, parsley, marjoram.
  • Put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Form dumplings and simmer in chicken broth for 10 minutes or until done.
  • If dumplings fall apart while cooking, add more breadcrumbs to batter.

    Oma's Hint: Cook just one dumpling to start and see if it holds together. If not, add more breadcrumbs. Also, check the seasoning. If needed, re-season. Then, test cook another one. If all's good, do the rest. :)

    "L" Places

    With over 130 places in Germany starting with “L”, choosing 2 special places is a bit difficult. Here are two that hubby and I have visited not too long ago.

    1. Ludwigsburg

    If you’re going to visit Ludwigsburg, make sure you arrange it for the annual pumpkin festival … the largest pumpkin exhibition in the world.

    With around 400,000 pumpkins arranged in huge sculptures and a PUMPKIN REGATTA using 500 lb pumpkins, and pumpkin-flavored everything from burgers to popcorn, it’s hard not to have fun. Then there are the castle grounds and gardens to wander through. And, a boat ride through the 'tunnel-of-love'... :)

    It’s a ‘been-there, done-that, and doing-it-again’ kind of thing!

    2. Lüneburger Heide

    Situated in the northern Germany, the Lüneburg Heath Nature Park is the largest area of heathland in Central Europe. My hubby and I had an opportunity to hike through a bit of this beautiful and tranquil place a couple of years ago while we were visiting relatives in Walsrode. It was a very open landscape covered in purple heather (Erika) and juniper with sheep wandering around.

    This reserve can be explored on foot, by bike, on horseback, and even by a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Just make sure to stop at the local restaurants that offer food and drink made from the local produce. I’m thinking a nice Lammbraten … lecker!

    "L" People

    Some famous "L" Germans:
    • Gottfried Leibniz (1646–1716), physicist, philosopher
    • Gotthold Lessing (1729–1781), writer
    • Alexander Lippisch (1894-1976) designer of the Messerschmitt Me 163
    • Henry Lomb (1828–1908), co-founder of Bausch & Lomb
    • Albert Lortzing (1801–1851), composer

    "L" Words

    Want to learn some German words to use in the kitchen?

    • Labskaus - sailor’s hash
    • Lachs - salmon
    • Lakritze - licorice
    • Lamm - lamb
    • Lauch (also Porree) - leeks
    • Leber - liver
    • Leberkäse - “Liver Cheese” type of meatloaf with or without liver (no cheese!)
    • Leberwurst - liver sausage
    • Lebkuchen - German gingerbread
    • Lecker! - Delicious!
    • Lederhosen - leather pants
    • Liebling! - Darling! (good to hear while cooking)
    • Limone - lime
    • Linsen - lentils
    • Löffel - spoon
    • Lorbeerblatt - bay leaf

    News from Quick German Recipes

    It's the perfect weather for soups. I’ve been adding all kinds of new soups onto my website and Facebook, mostly German ones, but also others that my family enjoys.

    I posted a Slow Cooker Chili. It wasn’t German, but it was delicious. One of my readers, James Raum, made the following comment and kindly granted me permission to share it with you all. He wrote,

    “I think that the German spirit is one of exploring, adapting, and recreating. You are as likely to find stroganoff or goulash in Bavaria as Wurst. One of the best Mexican beers (Dos X's) is the invention of a German brewer who went to Mexico. The most popular American food is "steak in the style of Hamburg” … aka, the Hamburger. The German palate cannot be contained by a map. Wherever we go, we will share our heritage and take the best the host has to offer. And we might just improve on it. That is our legacy. So enjoy your ‘German Chili' and celebrate the best the world has to offer!”

    Very well said, James. That is our legacy, indeed.

    So, indeed, go check out all the soups and everything else. Make it. Adapt it. Improve it. Share it.


    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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