This year First Advent falls on to the 1st of December .
Frohe Adventszeit ! – Happy Advent Season !
This year First Advent falls on to the 1st of December .
For New Year’s Eve or “Silvester” as we call it in Germany almost every family has a unique culinary tradition to ring in the new year. For many it is serving a zesty Gulasch at the Silvester Party while counting the hours to midnight, for others it is inviting family and friends to a delicious and fun Raclette evening or Fondue. One of these many traditions is the “Feuerzangenbowle”.
Perhaps this delicious party punch finds its way to become also one of your traditions in the years to come. For the preparation just follow the recipe below that our guest author Gabriele Utz is sharing with us, … and for everyone who hasn’t seen or wants to see Heinz Rühmann in his famous role again, enjoy the whole movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” below at the end of the post.
Feuerzangenbowle – German Party Punch with Sugar Hat (by Gabriele Utz, MyBestGermanRecipes.com)
Feuerzangenbowle is a special German party attraction especially for New Years Eve or in the winter time before Christmas (Adventszeit). You can find the hot spiced wine on German Christmas markets. The biggest Feuerzangenbowle was served in 2005 in Munich. 9.000 liter punch had been mixed and heated in a huge copper kettle with a diameter of 2.5 meter and served to the visitors of the market. Near the Nuernberg Christmas Market you can find a similar kettle. The hot party drink became popular in the German movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” with Heinz Ruehmann from 1944.
To make the hot beverage you need to have a special Feuerzangenbowle set – Find it here: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?gdcom+cbJvSj+feuerzangeset.html
(Article by our Guest Author Gabriele Utz)
Germany has the most beautiful Christmas Markets. I put together a little collection of German Christmas Markets Videos that you will love. Find out about how Germany really is. It is not what you might think. It can be very modern but also very traditional. It is a combination of both and this makes it unique. Old World charm combined with contemporary features. German Christmas Markets are in almost every big or smaller city of Germany. There are markets in Castles like the famous one at the Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen or the castle Thurn and Taxis.
Find hand crafted Christmas ornaments like the Erzgebirge pyramid or the Herrenhuter Star. Find different kinds of Lebkuchen and home made cookies; honey candles and Gluehwein mugs.
Enjoy the good German food like Bratwurst, local specialties and Gluehwein or Feuerzangen Bowle. That’s how Germany is – More than what you might think. Enjoy!
German Christmas Markets: Berlin
German Christmas Markets: Heidelberg
German Christmas Markets: Siegen
German Christmas Markets: Nuernberg
Article Source: MyBestGermanRecipes
Today for the second Advent Sunday we have another delicious recipe waiting for you! Rumkugeln or rum-balls are a special treat that can’t be missing at Christmas time. Please enjoy the following recipe by our guest author Gabriele Utz from MyBestGermanRecipes.
Rum balls or in German “Rumkugeln” are almost mandatory for Christmas but, in my opinion, they taste awesome throughout the whole year. The rumballs are made after a traditional Austrian recipe from the good old times, when the emperor Franz Josef used to reign Germany and Austria. In fact you don’t even have to bake them in the oven. Mix all ingredients per instructions together and you will get an unforgettable chocolate delight for Christmas and the Holidays.
Ingredients (30 pieces)
100 g powdered sugar
100 g almonds ground
100 g semi-sweet baking chocolate grated
1 egg white
1 hard boiled egg yolk
30 g butter
1 vanilla bean
1 tbsp powdered sugar
- For the dark dough mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- For the light dough press the egg yolk through a sieve and mix it with the remaining ingredients; keep it cold.
- Make balls out of the dark dough of walnut size; the light dough should have the size of a cherry pit (so quite small).
- Place in each dark ball one light one; take the ball slightly apart and fill in the smaller one; then close it. Place them into little matching cups.
- Keep them for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Roll the balls in the cocoa powder and place them in small paper cups.
Article Source: MyBestGermanRecipes
Christmas Season officially starts on the First Advent in Germany. Since this year that day is actually on December 2nd, children will also have already opened their second door on their Advent Calendars, a beloved holiday tradition that marks down the days to the highly anticipated Christmas Eve (Heiligabend).
The First Advent, when in November, often marks also the first day of the Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkt) which are then open until December 24, the ‘Heiligabend’. For the next few weeks visitors will enjoy hot and scented Gluehwein, warm roasted chestnuts and all kinds of Lebkuchen (a variety of Gingerbreads ) while listening to festive Advent music and walking along little booths selling a great variety of Christmas decorations, the real attraction for young and old. Beautifully handcrafted wooden manger scenes (Holzkrippen) are usually also on display at bigger Christkindl Markets, and Saint Nikolaus is walking the streets to great little children.
To ring in the holidays for everyone here in California, and fill your home with the delicious fragrance of freshly baked Christmas cookies, we have invited guest author Gabriele Utz, founder of MyBestGermanRecipe.com, to share some of her favorite German holiday recipes with us.
Gabriele, born and raised in Germany, lives with her family in Los Angeles and has always been interested in cooking and baking. After her move to L.A. she thoroughly missed German food, and thinking that other fellow ex-pats might feel the same, she founded MyBestGermanRecipes.com in 2010. The website has now more then 300 original recipes for German food lovers!
Look out for a new holiday recipe on each Advent Sunday. A special ”Silvester Rezept” will await you for New Year’s eve!
Some German Christmas events around California are happening tomorrow (December 1st) to welcome the holiday season. Check out our Event Calendar for location and time.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season !
Many countries around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways and on different days. In Germany, Austria and the German part of Switzerland it is custom to celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24th, and many families end the holy night with the midnight mass at local churches. In contrary to the American Christmas Eve parties the celebration is one mostly with only the immediate family. The days of the 25th and 26th are the days to visit other relatives and close friends and celebrate with them as well.
December 24th is also often the day when the Christmas tree is festively decorated together with the whole family and some pay a last visit to the Christkindel markets, which close that afternoon until next year’s Christmas season.
Who will bring the presents to the children in Germany? Well, this depends if one is from the south or the north. The children in the north of Germany traditionally have the “Weihnachtsmann” similar to Father Christmas bring the gifts in the evening, whereas in the
south of Germany, and also in Austria, children are waiting for the “Christkind” (Christ Child) to bring them presents.
With this CaliforniaGermans wishes you all a wonderful Merry Christmas, Fröhliche Weihnachten, and a prosperous and happy New Year!
If you would like to know where you can find a German Christmas Eve church service in your neighborhood, please follow the link to the German Consulate.
Cornelia & CaliforniaGermans
The holidays’ festivities are only a little more than a week away and that’s most often the time when we remember Grandma’s precious silverware that has been stored away in some distant drawer over the year.
Stored silverware often surprises us with some unsightly looks at first. But there is immediate help on hand! In order for your silverware to shine and be the centerpiece of any festive table, one just needs to follow some simple tricks.
You might have heard of the special cleaning trick of brushing your silver with toothpaste. At least that was one tip I had heard of already before, but new to me was the unique technique of using aluminum foil, baking powder and boiling water. This special cleaning secret will not only take care of the buildup tarnish but also diminish unattractive rust spots on your silverware!
Other ways to take care of silverware are soaking it in sour milk (!) for 30 minutes; then rinsing it off with hot water and buffing it up until shining. Applying lemon juice to a soft cloth and cleaning the silverware thoroughly and wiping it clean with a dry clean cloth is another option.
Some interesting facts I found about silverware use in general:
It is better not to save up your silverware for just the special occasions and moments in life, but to use it as frequently as possible. This helps to bring out the silver’s rich patina. Rinsing your silver utensils right after use will prevent tarnishing.
By the way, silver made after 1939 is apparently safe to put in the dishwasher according to a note in “The Week” and its source “Southern Living”, but one needs to avoid citrusy detergents . More information can be found on “The Silver Lining”
Important is that one keeps stainless steel dinnerware far away from silverware. “Stainless steel causes a reaction with silver, so avoid contact while cleaning as this may damage the silverware.” (e-how)
To familiarize yourself more with cleaning silverware, take a look at this link: How to Clean Silverware With Household Products on eHow.com
Another advice I wasn’t aware of yet was that proper storage of silverware plays as significant a role as proper cleaning methods. Apparently only “…A piece of chalk in a display cabinet will absorb the chemicals that cause tarnishing “ (The WEEK). If you have your silverware stored away over the year then line your drawers with an acid-free Pacific Silvercloth or another option is to just use a simple plastic bag to store silverware in order to protect it!