All posts tagged: European

Auswandererbier (emigrants’ beer) – perfection in taste and function!

The eccentric, edgy blog of Michael Risse brought this little pearl among the beers to our attention. True story – the beer called ’emigrant’s beer’ – was created in 1849 by a father for his son who needed to escape Germany to America due to political reasons.The loving and very skilled father created a beer that was uniquely suited for the long transport to America.  Intense hopping and a high alcohol content makes the beer very robust and long-time storeable. Mr Risse – an acknowledged gourmet and realist – describes the taste as “incredibly intense, especially accentuated, and impressive” beer. The brewery Faust (Brauerei Faust in Miltenberg) has remained in family ownership ever since and you can buy this for €  9,95 per bottle. Currently it is run by Johannes Faust by the way. So – nice little bit of history here 😉

Bulgarian Milk Creme

It is time for another granny-style Bulgarian recipe. Be aware this one does not help to lose wait — BUT it is so delicious 😀 For this you need: 1 glass of water 6 glasses of milk (I usually use 3 cups of whole milk and 1 cup of a cream/milk mix) 1 cup starch flower 3 spoons of rose water (in fact the outermost Bulgarian ingredient ever) Almonds And, if you want, sugar. (I prefer using honey flavoured with vanilla – at least something healthy) Mix the starch into the water. Meanwhile cook the milk. And, once the milk is boiling, pull it into the starch dilution. Mix it well and put it back in the cooking pot. Add as much sugar as wyou want and let it cook well. Take a glass bowl and wash it well with the rose water. Put the almonds on the bottom and sides of the glass bowl and pour the creme over it. Once it is cold pull it quickly onto a plate. Finished!  

The 10,000 Year Old Delicacy

Apparently the French weren’t the only ones who liked snails… In a paper published in the  Plos One journal, humans were digging the taste of these shelled creatures over 10,000 years ago in Spain. ‘Humans evolved in Africa and then spread out and colonised the whole of Eurasia, and in each of these new environments they were moving in and adapting. ‘They were experimenting with things that had not been done before. The paper also refers to the period when an explosion of art is going on, which is another aspect of people experimenting.’ He added: ‘You see people beginning to use more of the smaller resources… I see the land snail as another example of catching small animals.’ While I appreciate the creativity of early man and their focus on survival in new environments, I have to wonder who thought that slimy snails looked tasty enough to actually eat… I think I will pass on this delicacy.

Pastel de Belém

When visiting Portugal, I was told I had to try a Portuguese pastry called the Pastel de Nata. In particular, I needed to try the original called the Pastel de Belém produced in the Belém civil parish of  Lisbon. After visiting the Tower of  Belém and seeing the final resting place of a Vasco da Gama in Jerónimos Monastery,  I stumbled across a long line outside of a bakery called the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém. ‘Aha,’ I thought to myself. ‘I found the bakery.’ I saw a group of British teenagers eating the last of a large box that they purchased. One was sucking the powdered sugar off of his fingers before telling the others he was going back in line for more. To be honest, I debated slightly if I felt like waiting in the summer heat, but the the line was surprisingly fluid and I took the plunge. After about 10 minutes, I was by the counter trying to communicate with my fingers (unfortunately Portuguese is not my forte)  the amount I wanted in front of a …