When I met my husband, he had been living alone with his two children, 8 and 10 at the time, for several years. I was a 30-something having little experience with children, let alone ever any responsibility for anyone except myself, and an only child at that. As I slowly began to settle in the vast and unknown terrain of parenting, the kitchen was the place where I felt the most comfortable. That’s where I sort of knew what I was doing, and where I could literally bring something new to the table. I remember the times when both kids climbed on the kitchen island to watch me cook.
This is a preview of German Cooking: Comfort in a Clay Pot.
At the beginning of November, Berlin celebrated an unprecedented event–the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall. The event was highlighted with a great lighting installation that marked the border of the former Berlin Wall. The installation stretched for around 15 kilometres and featured 8000 helium-filled, white balloons clipped on stands that use battery-lit LEDs to illuminate the balloons like street lamps.
The event took place on from November 7th to the 9th. The 9th November is the day the Wall ceased to exist–not physically, but in people’s’ minds.
This is a preview of Berlin Lichtgrenze: On the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
My parents came to visit me last week and even though they only stayed for a few days, I know we all had a nice time together in Berlin. The day they arrived just happened to coincide with my final exam for the BCGS 6-week German course, so it definitely proved to be a tiring afternoon.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: A Visit From the Eltern.
We had several inches of snow at Thanksgiving. Our house with its lit windows created a winter wonderland look – like the gingerbread house in Hänsel and Gretel. It put me in the mood to make a gingerbread house.
As I looked through recipes and assembled ingredients and patterns, it hit me that I do not know much about the origin of the gingerbread house tradition. I vaguely recalled a witch’s gingerbread house as the crime scene in Hänsel and Gretel, a fairytale by the Grimm Brothers.
This is a preview of Spoonfuls of Germany: The Truth About Hänsel and Gretel.
Peter Georgi (72) in his living room in Berlin, Germany, 02 December 2014. For thirteen years Georgi was the Santa Claus at the Kaufhaus des Westen (KaDeWe) department store. The KaDeWe’s separation from their long-time Santa Claus is cause for outrage. Photo: Lukas Schulze/dpa