Mmm, donuts. When donuts are half the price of veggies, which do you put in your shopping cart? Photo copyright dpa/picture alliance
Today YG guest blogger Cup of tea anyone? talks about supermarket shopping in Germany versus in the UK. You can find her posts here every Monday morning.
Nine days in the UK and two kilos heavier, I am now safely back in the bosom of my much-loved Berlin home and family.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my homeland and my albeit mad-as-a-bag-of-cats family. I even get quite nostalgic when it rains or when I see a person walking around in shorts in the balmy 12 degree sunshine (clearly British: Who else dresses for summer, purely based on the level of sunlight?) However, Berlin / Germany appears to have gotten under my skin.
This is a preview of Food: Germany versus Britain.
Is it actually possible to take an interesting picture of sausage? This week, after discovering a hilarious game featuring 30 varieties of one of Germany’s best-know foods, I decided to find out. What do you think?
Weisswurst breakfast. Photo (cc) flickr user elkit
A German butcher. Photo (cc) flickr user reiner.kraft
Bratwurst on the grill. Photo (cc) flickr user oxfordian.world
Germany is known for its vast bread selection. Photo (cc) flickr user david__jones
The following post is YG guest blogger Guarav Kedia. Check out his perspective on German cuisine.
My last blog described my experience with German language. Learning German was fun, but still I wasn’t very aware of the language, and I wasn’t really enjoying my stay. I can say the same about food. It’s not that German cuisine isn’t delicious but I really didn’t know much about it and my lack of knowledge made it hard for me to appreciate it.
This is a preview of How I Learned to Love German Cuisine.
A slightly ambiguous photo of a park sign... "Please BBQ dogs" (Flickr: bleicher)
If I said to you barbeque, you’d say to me: America! After all, it is the land of BBQ sauce, rib and steak cook-outs and, oddly enough, a variety of grilled “dogs” – which, I have to confess, I always had the Koreans down for, but whaddya know?
Anyway, I’m not the only one who’s a little limited in his range of associative thinking when it comes to barbequed food: after all, how many of you would instantly think of Germany when you smell charcoal and singed sausages?
This is a preview of Germans could win the World Grill Cup.
My small size may lend the impression that I eat just vegetables and salad. Well, this is definitely not the case! I actually come from a very strong kitchen, the Arabic one! I’m not sure what ingredients you associate with the Arabic kitchen, but it’s without a doubt one of the heaviest cuisines I’ve ever tried. But for some reason, I’ve been unable to appreciate the German cuisine, and have found company in this with Italians, Greeks, Turks and of course other Arabs. I keep wondering what exactly is our problem? Is it that we’re not open enough to appreciate other cuisines and local food?
If there’s one thing almost everyone new to Germany soon learns, it’s that the Germans take their food very seriously. Anyone who then spends time in anything more than one part of Germany also learns that they take their regional food even more seriously.
Serious means: regions, cities and small villages with their own cookery books. Serious means: dishes that are not only unknown in other parts of the country, but frequently impossible to pronounce there, too. Serious means: don’t use the wrong word for bread-rolls in a bakery if you value non-spat-on wheat and rye products.
This is a preview of Learning about regional cuisine in Germany.