German Cooking: Comfort in a Clay Pot

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

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.

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Berlin Lichtgrenze: On the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

by Arthur Yatsenko

Photo courtesy Travels in Germany

Photo courtesy Travels in Germany

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.

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One Year in Berlin: A Visit From the Eltern

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

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.

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The Week in Germany: Choosing a Favorite Soccer Team, Christmas Gifts, and a Supermarket

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Elevators with no cables

I both like and dislike this idea.  But hey, futuristic looking, huh?  Read about Germany’s new cable-less elevators here.

I will never think about the word Mannschaft in the same way again.

Wherein Expat Eye on Germany picks a favorite soccer team. Can you relate?

In case you’re brand new here…

This blogger put together a guide to German supermarkets.

As usual, something interesting is coming out of Berlin.

In this case it is a photo book that iHeartBerlin is talking about this week.

Some gift ideas for people who like Germany.

If you’re into that whole Christmas gift-giving thing.

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Spoonfuls of Germany: The Truth About Hänsel and Gretel

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

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.

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Wordless Wednesday: Berlin Santa

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

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

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