Nice bites


Time to pay tribute to some of the everyday quick bites that are available in this neck of the woods.

Above is the livid pink meat loaf known as 'leberkäse' (literally 'livercheese'). They make the best version of it in southern Germany and Austria. If you can find a bakery or truckstop who'll serve a warm crusty slice of it on a wholegrain bun (ideally with hot mustard instead of the sweet stuff), you'll be in junkfood heaven.


Sauerkraut comes into its own as a side-dish, obviously. But at 25 cents per 100g from the biomarkt delicatessen counter, it could be the healthiest and best value snack ever. And it's good on american-style hotdogs, a worthy late-night indulgence (see photo below).
Yes, I was scared of canned hotdogs in the beginning too.

no comment


Sauerkraut has other uses. Like this sourdough bread (from a recipe in Backen Was Allen Schmeckt), which I could eat all day. It's a crunchy-crusted, densely crumbed and moist bread with lots of tang and toastiness. Ingredients include ground caraway and sauerkraut juice, which you can buy bottled at the biomarkt.


A kiwi friend tipped me off to this wasabi-sharp beetroot, sunflower seed and horseradish spread. Apparently it's good on pretzels.

I'm a fan of most foods that come in crazy colours. I also like this spread's red hat logo (the brand name is Zwergenwiese, or 'Dwarf meadows').


'Stuff on bread' is the proverbial German snack. Here is one of my favourite 'stuff on bread' combos. The paté-type spread known as leberwurst, beloved by children, together with electric violet french mustard, with fruity notes of bottom-of-the-wine-bottle-sediment. Sooo good.
This leberwurst is 'Baron Beitzelsche's house-slaughtered' variety, from Manufactum handmade goods emporium.


    On 17 February 2011 at 14:58 Anonymous said...

    Hey kinakoJam,
    Thanks for your posts, I've been reading through them for a couple of weeks and have living here in Köln since September.
    Wondering if you've ever been to the Jamaican Night "On the Corner" every Thursday night at the Schmelztiegel. As a fellow foodie I thought I'd share if you hadn't heard of it.
    Keep posting!
    zauber jim


    Hey zauberjim,
    thanks for your message!

    Am traveling in NZ right now (visiting family), but will be sure to check the Jamaican night at Schmelztiegel when back in Köln next month. what do they serve there?
    my workmate Wulf does a mean jerk chicken, will have to let him know about it too..

    cheers + keep in touch


    Reading this brought back memmories of the food i ate when living in Germany during the 90s, I still try to get some of the stuff that is available here in the uk in Aldi and Lidl.


Blogger Templates by Blog Forum