When you think of German food, you probably immediately picture Sauerkraut and potatoes. But don‘t worry. There’s a lot more to German cuisine than that.
You can try out the menu at your host university cafeteria to get a first impression of German cuisine. Or even better, cook German dishes on your own. This is the ideal way to get to know the diversity of German cuisine.
Whether it’s a quick breakfast in between or an extended brunch at the weekend, lunch for you alone or dinner for all your flatmates: discover your new „Lieblingsessen“ for sure.
There are quite many vegetables that are grown in Germany. The most typical might be potatoes and asparagus. We included two easy and delicious recipes in our recipe book #HelloLieblingsessen. But due to the varying climate not all vegetables are in season year round. Use the seasonal calender in our recipe book to find out which vegetables are in season.
Home-cooked food tastes even better when you use fresh regional vegetables available at farmers‘ and weekly markets. Such markets are also popular places to meet. Especially at the weekend, you can combine shopping trips with meeting friends for a coffee or tea.
Of course there are some typically German dishes with meat. But since many people nowadays avoid animal products there is a wide variety of dishes without meat that are typically German, too. There are no limits to creativity when cooking: swap or add any ingredients you like, and that you feel might complement the dish.
Apples are Germany‘s most popular fruit, and there are more than 20 varieties available. They can be sweet, sour, firm or juicy. But just like with vegetables there are many different fruits that are in season in Germany over the course of a year. Have a look at the seasonal calendar and eat your way through your year with locally grown strawberries in spring or apples in winter when living and studying in Germany.
One very popular sweet baked dish in Germany is pancakes. Pancakes and crêpes are popular throughout German-speaking Europe and are known under various names. You can prepare them in many different ways, sweet or savoury, to create your own favourite. We included an easy pancake recipe for your flat-share and two other recipes for sweet baked dishes in our recipe book.
Morning, noon, night and at every hour of the day – Germans simply love Brot, or bread. The German Bread Register lists more than 3,000 different bread
specialities. Mixed wheat and rye bread is the most popular in Germany, followed by sliced white bread. And rolls? Defined as small loaves up to 250 grams,1 they come in seemingly infinite varieties. For instance, round, oval and square, or topped with poppy, pumpkin and sesame seeds or cheese.
In our recipe book #HelloLieblingsessen you’ll find two recipes and lots of information on different bread types.