- Posted February 9, 2013 by
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Who taught you to love food?
The Germans love and know their meats. Meat is a staple food in Germany and they have almost every meat there is–pork (the most popular), beef, chicken, duck, goose, turkey, boar, and rabbit. These meats are pot-roasted in various ways, usually to soften the tough parts so it could easily be chewed and eaten. Another popular way of preparing meat is by turning them into sausages. Germany has a lot of sausages (called “wurst”), and these are often served with bread or as main meals. For fish, trout is the most popular freshwater fish. Tuna, herring (usually pickled), and salmon are also available.
Vegetables are served as soup or as a side dish. Where in some cuisines starches like noodles and potatoes are staples in German cuisine, they take a side step and are served as sidings. Bread is also common and is served during breakfast. Cakes, pastries, and pies appear at the dessert section, mostly made with fresh fruit.
For beverages, there is one very common drink–beer, with delicious versions served throughout Germany. It must be of German origin when guys nowadays have sausage and beer fests during barbecues and gatherings. The famous Oktoberfest beer festival had its origins also in Munich and is celebrated all over the world, even in North America and some parts of Asia. Other popular drinks are wine, korn (a spirit made from malt), and coffee.
Breakfast is usually light consisting of bread, a few slices of cold cuts, cheese, and spreads accompanied by coffee, tea, or milk. Lunch is usually the heaviest, the main meal of the day. Dinner is lighter than lunch, quite similar to breakfast – a hot meal enjoyed with the family after a long day at work or a sandwich with vegetable sidings. Smaller meals are eaten during the day, like snack. Snacks may be coffee and cake at the middle of the day or another bread meal.
During the course of time, as well as global influence, Germans have adopted other dishes from other parts of the world as part of their meals. Pizza and spaghetti, meals with Italian origins have become part of their diet. Just look nowadays how pizzas are typically enjoyed with a cold glass of beer and, well, with sausage and cold cuts on the side. Doner kebab, a Turkish sandwich is also popular among the Germans. Germans have also influenced French food, which is why if you may pass by a new restaurant in your neighborhood, you may find dishes from these two countries in one menu. As globalization continues and the gaps between countries become closer, foods and dishes shall continue to evolve.