Long time ago, the British or the Americans or some other enemy of Germany during world war I or II decided to nickhname the entire populus as ‘Krauts’. Apparently, back then, Germans dieted on an – for the Western world – unusual high amount of sauerkraut. As mentioned – that was of course long time ago. Since then, Germany was not only globalized but had a huge influx of Italian and Turkish migrants (aka. Gastarbeiter) that shaped modern German cuisine and eating habits like no other nation. Kraut dishes have lost hugely importance in daily cooking (despite a revival cause of modern health food trends). However, there is one evening in the whole year when kraut still dominates dinner plates all over the country (see photograph taken from this blog): new years eve! The reason of course is that – as in many other countries – Germans believe that eating the right thing for new years eve increases monetory success the upcoming year. And, hey, sauerkraut does have a gold-like colour – right? – it must help to become rich the next year.
Ah, and, by the way polls revealed that there are two types of new years eve sauerkraut chefs across the country: the ones that bought a sufficient amount of sauerkraut stores before christmass – and the one’s who will get it last minute tomorrow… So, don’t forget to buy your sauerkraut!
New Years Eve Dinner; Money; Luck; Sauerkraut