Our Book Sale
A recipe book and short biography of my Grandmother Emma Block. Her recipes, culture and cooking styles that were brought over from Germany. How they evolved when she came to America in the early 1900s and settled in Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the United States. Over 100 recipes
to order just the cookbook with the CD
Bonus Recipe CD with the Ebook and recipes with step by step pictures
10 Goulash recipes
1.5 oz package (1/3 cup)
of Goulash Spice Mix
enough to make most of the recipes.
Order the Cookbook and Eintopf Special Here
order just the Goulash Spice
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Lets take a break from History
I was asked what would be a good appetizer platter to take to an Oktoberfest party.
Here is a Brotzeit platter sometimes called a
Vorspeisenbrettl (appetizer platter)
Here is the Oktoberfest menu for the Hacker Feltzelt
Hacker's large festival tent
(this is not a gathering place for computer geeks)
The Hacker Feltzelt menu is titled
Schmankerl which means something like "treats"
Here is the whole Hacker Feltzelt Menu
Schnittlauch und Schmaltzbrot
Westphalian ham, Obatzda (Cheese Spread) and
Rettisch (white radish) and Radieschen (red radish)
This is Chive Bread Schnittlauchbrot on the left and Griebenchmalzbrot on the right.
From the Hippodrom
The White Radish (Rettisch) that is shaved is done with a special tool and the red radish (Radieschen) are just usually plated whole.
The Schmalzbrot is an interesting spread made from simmered chopped pork fat with some of the skin and meat to give it cracklings also may contain onions and apples. Those are the bits that look like chopped nuts on the bread, This spread is called Griebenschmalz
The Chive Bread (Schnittlauchbrot) is made with good German bread, butter, quark or similar and chopped chives.
Obatzda is a creamy cheese dip made from camembert and sometimes other cheeses colored with paprika, a little beer and seasonings.
Go Here to make a Vorspeisenbrettl Platter
with Step by Step Pictures
You can of course add all kinds of other goodies, here is a meat, radish and obatzda platter.
Karin Elliot born and raised in Germany
is a chef and wonderful friend giving me encouragement through the years here and donated her recipes for our newsletter. She also does wonderful volunteer work like providing meals for school children in need in Tuscon, Arizona.
Many German-Americans and German immigrants are interested in Native American items from books and movies to jewelry and arts and craft supplies. Karin will take care of you personally with her online store Native Rainbows
Oktoberfest Party Stuff!
The Indispensable Radish on the
German appetizer plate
I have not eaten radishes that much, When you start to work with them
you start to fall in love with their flavor. In the United States you don't usually see them
in restaurants much except cut up in a green salad or on empty vegetable platters
Different Styles of Radish
You can enjoy fresh radish all year long
Often called Radi in Germany.
These are similar to the Daikon radish that you find in the stores in the United States. They are milder in flavor. These originated in China and made their way to Europe in the 16th century. The red small globe variety was developed later on.
These smaller white radishes are called "Bier Rettisch"
they are wonderful with a glass of beer and dark bread and butter topped with chopped chives.
Radieschen or small radish, are grown in Spring.
The Black Radish is planted in July and harvested in the Fall. They can be stored through winter like carrots and turnips.
After you slice the radish salt it and let it sit
"until the radish cries" this brings out the flavor and mellows the sharpness.
to the left
A perfect snack in the Biergarten is bread, sliced salted radish and a Mass.
Often cut like a Slinky
Everyone can pull off what a slice and it keeps intact.
See below how to make this with a kitchen knife. It is not that hard but takes a bit of practice to do very well.
Get yourself a Spiralizer to make the Zoodles and
other fun vegie curls
5 Blade Spiralizer - Spiral Slicer, Vegetable Maker, Shredder !
Makes Zucchini Noodles,
Veggie Spaghetti, Pasta, and Cut Vegetables in Minutes.
Includes Blade Storage Box!
How to make a Radish Accordion
Step by step how to cut a radish accord ian
Schmecht den Süden
Video of cutting a radish accordion
Triangle Radish Cutter
Radish salads are perfect side for a bbq and a meal. salt, drain and add a vinaigrette and some chopped chives.
the small red radishes
Makes a nice garnish for this brotzeit with quark.
It seems the smaller the radish the more powerful. The strong bite is caused by mustard oils.
These of course ward off predators, but to our advantage it wards off bacteria in our system. Also they
aid in digestion so it is perfect accompaniment for a meal. To soften the "bite" salt the radishes either whole, cut
in quarters or slices and let them sit until they, as the Germans say "cry". drain and dry off the liquid which
contains much of the mustard oil.
For more information, Red Radishes Small but Powerful
More links to working with Radishes
Working with Radishes
The history of radishes in Germany
More about Radishes from Essen und Trinken a German website.
You can find programs to translate this online. If you have a chrome browser
just right click and choose translate to English.
German Style Cheese Dips
When you order a Laugenbrezel be sure to get an order of ...
( a special cheese spread)
when you order a pretzel you can order a side of this wonderful dip called Obatzda.
It is generally a camembert that
that is seasoned and whipped smooth.
Go here to make Obatzda Cheese dip with step by step pictures
How to make a Simple Cheese Dip that is similar to the look of the Bavarian Obatzda,
that is great for USA folks,
the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available and
most all folks I have ever made this for in the 20 years have loved it and wanted
Go here for the Simple Cheese Dip Recipe with Step by Step Pictures
Make Soft Baked Pretzel
This got a bit long we will get to "The Bavarian"
and how she got to be looking over the
Oktoberfest even today
next issue in a few days.