Oct 272016

If you are in Westphalia you can find an interesting recipe that is a Westphalia White Beans Stew with dried plums. You can use also cooked plums (from Sunsweet) instead and add to the soup after it had been served (not while it is cooking). This is a specialty from the eastern part of Westphalia and they call it "Bräbel or Zwetschgenmittag". We think it is worth it to try! Happy Cooking!

Westphalia White Beans Stew
Ingredients Westphalia White Beans Stew

100 g white kidney beans, dried or 1 can (15oz)
800 g potatoes

Vegetable for the soup: 2 carrots, 1 celery, 1 onion, 10 branches parsley or parsley root, 1/2 small celery root
500 g prunes, dried (optional)
some sunflower oil
boiling meat or beef bones (optional)
1 liter vegetable broth - Find the Home Made Veggie Broth Recipe Here -
2 bay leaves
4 sausages or if you can get Mettwürstchen - Find them at -
salt, pepper to taste
1 dash sugar
summer savory or Bohnenkraut to taste - Find it here -
marjoram to taste

Cooking Instruction Westphalia White Beans Stew

  • If you use dried beans place them the day before in water.
  • Peel potatoes and cut in cubes.
  • Cut all soup vegetable in cubes or slices.
  • If you use prunes cut them in halves and quarters.
  • The meat should be cut in smaller portions as well.
  • Brown the meat in some oil on all sides on high heat.
  • Add onions and vegetable, saute for 2 min. Add bay leave and fill up with broth so everything is well covered.
  • Let cook for 20 min, add beans. If you use canned beans add them 5 min before soup is done. Let simmer for 20 min.
  • Add potatoes and prunes, let simmer for another 30 min until everything is tender. 10 min before stew is done add the sausages sliced or whole.
  • Spice to taste with spices and herbs. Some use all spice and cloves too.
  • Before your serve the stew add 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley.

Oct 272016

german home made basic gravy

Ingredients German Home Made Basic Gravy

3 medium sized onions
100 g butter or clarified butter (or margarine)

as needed, for example:
- Red wine, Port wine makes a dark gravy
- Curry, coconut milk makes a curry gravy
- spices of your choice

Cooking Instructions German Home Made Basic Gravy

  • Chop onions fine, fry in butter on high heat.
  • after 3 min when onions are visibly dryer add 2-3 tbsp water, stir well. You should see that onions get darker.
  • Let the water evaporate, saute onions, after 2 min add again 2 tbsp water, stir well. Do this for 4-5 times at same temperature until onions are dark brown.
  • From this point on you can decide if you want a light or dark gravy. Use red wine, port wine, herbs or spices of your choice (salt, pepper, paprika, etc). Add heavy cream for a light and creamy version.
  • Puree with a stick mixer.
  • Should the sauce not have the desired thickness you can mix some cornstarch with some cold water and add it but a brown sauce  would get lighter with this.


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Oct 252016

Cook and eat like a sailor! Today find out about a local dish specialty from the city of Bremen in North Germany: The Sailor Stew Bremen Style. It is a hearty stew with beef and pork, served with boiled potatoes and vegetable of your choice. In German it is called "Matrosenfleisch". Feel like being in Bremen when enjoying this dish - Greetings from the wonderful city of Bremen. Happy Cooking!

Sailor Stew Bremen Style
Ingredients Sailor Stew Bremen Style

(serves 4-5)
1 lb beef for stew, cubes
1 lb pork cutlet, cubes
2 tbsp sun flower oil or lard to brown the meat
2 small-medium sized onions
2 medium sized carrots
2 celery stalks
1/2 smaller celery root
ground black pepper, salt to taste
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry red wine
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2-3 tbsp freshly grated horseradish
3 tbsp parsley, chopped

Cooking Instructions Sailor Stew Bremen Style

  • Cut meat in cubes. Peel onions and chop fine.
  • All vegetable must be cut in small pieces.
  • Heat oil or lard in a big skillet, brown meat evenly on all sides.
  • Add the onions and chopped vegetable.
  • Saute for 2-3 min, add spices, horseradish, wine and bay leave.
  • Cover it and let cook on medium heat for 45-60 min or until meat is very tender.
  • Mix starch in some warm water, add to stew.
  • Chop parsley, add it with more salt, pepper and horseradish if necessary.

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Oct 242016
North German Labskaus Recipe - Hamburg Specialty

The North German Labskaus Recipe has not been originated from the German city Hamburg but it comes from that region, is popular in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. It is a dish they cooked on the fishing ships when they were on sea for weeks and months. Because on these ships there were no fridges or … read more …

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Oct 242016
German Pumpkin Soup - A Black Forest Recipe

The German Pumpkin Soup is from the popular German region Black Forest. For this German recipe we use caraway seeds and thyme. It is a delicious seasonal soup – Happy Cooking! Ingredients German Pumpkin Soup 1 kg pumpkin 2 potatoes 1 leek 2 tbsp clarified butter caraway seeds, coriander, pepper corns, 1 branch thyme 1 liter … read more …

Oct 232016
Dracula Bundt Cake - German Halloween Recipe

Do you need a great Halloween recipe? Maybe for you Halloween party? Here is  the Dracula Bundt Cake, a German Halloween recipe. It is a German Bundt cake or as we say “Gugelhupf”, that you also can bake during the year. You would just not coat it with the red “blood” glaze but with, for … read more …

 October 23, 2016 Posted by at 10:07 am Dracula Gugelhupf, Halloween Recipes Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 222016
How to make Sauerkraut at Home

How to make Sauerkraut at home is not so difficult as you may think. When I wrote the last recipe for Sauerkraut I thought it would be good to know how you actually can make Sauerkraut yourself. It is an old traditional way and it is healthy. It might be a bit tricky as it … read more …

Oct 202016
Sweet Bread Rhineland Style - Authentic German

This Sweet Bread Rhineland Style is very popular in the Rhineland and they call it “Butterstuten”. It is a sweet bread with raisins made out of a yeast dough. Awesome for breakfast with butter and jam. Happy Cooking! Ingredients Sweet Bread Rhineland Style 500 g flour, all purpose, unbleached – 4 cups 250 ml milk … read more …

 October 20, 2016 Posted by at 12:26 pm Sweet Bread Rhineland Style Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 192016
Home Made Vegetable Broth - German Recipe

Many German soups and dishes use as a base a vegetable broth which can be packaged, instant or home made. We prefer instant or home made and that’s why today we show you how to make a home made vegetable broth. It is so easy. Happy Cooking! Ingredients Home Made Vegetable Broth 2 liter water … read more …

 October 19, 2016 Posted by at 3:05 pm Vegetable Broth Home Made Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »