In part one, it was all about the big & fluorescent things, here in part two we focus on the food. It’s almost, an all German, all Bavarian affair. Only two more days left to go. Last day is Sunday 4th Jan folks. The official site is here.
At the end of part one, I left you with on the door step of the christmas market ( and after spinning about on the UFO thing ). After a much needed lunch break, I’m firmly back in my blogging chair to resume part two of this series. Funfairs are great for the puke inducing rides and all, but it wouldnt be much of a fun fair if the air was not filled with aromas of all kinds of grilled meat now would it?
The story of a german grill
So I alluded to those german long things in part one, and here we jump straight into it. Legend has it the wurst is long, bouncy and full of flavour. Ok, well that’s depending on which kind of wurst you’re having that is. The last time I check, currywurst (literally sausages with curry) was Germany’s most favorite dish (bit like our chippie I suppose) and are basically grilled pork sausages, diced and then smothered with smooth curry sauce. Yowza.
Personally, I prefer my seasoned minces between nice warm bread, but the German eat it sans flour. I should know, I was in Hamburg when I was introduced to it. Anyway, they sell these things out of carts in Hamburg and serve them with a choice of baguette. You can actually catch a pretty authentic cart ( I think they brand themselves as dutch/german though I could be wrong) which is a permanent feature at portobello market – unmissable because you can see the queue from a mile away and you can hear the sizzles of the grill and smell the meat. Yummy. Otherwise, the christmas market at hyde park has about five or six of the sausage grill stalls. Take your pick, they are all good.
German sweet things
Gummies, liquorice, dried sweet stuff and other rubbery sweets ( sour apple? perhaps ) and a stall featuring the whole lot of them. Interestingly enough, the gummy bear originates from Germany and the most famously consumed staple among german little ones ( and probably the main source of income for German dentists ) are the products from Haribo. I’m certain they sell them at Sainsbury’s or Waitrose… but the imported crap just doesnt rate when compared to the ones they sell in Germany… ah, maybe it’s just all in my head.
A tip that may come in handy for the boys: learn how to stick a gummy bear to a tree and you’re half-way to getting that first date with the lovely german mate of yours whom you’ve had a secret crush on for years and years now.
( I still don’t know how to do it and as a result she dumped me… take it from one who’s been there.)
Give a Lebkuchen heart before they go back to germany
If you love me, fraulein, you can buy me one of these Lebkuchen hearts (with an extra special message scrawled over it with icing) that could say “I love you, Kang.” or “You’re special, Kang”, perhaps “You are the only one… I keep in my heart, Kang.” but what I really want is “I want to hug you…. tight, Kang.”
Or maybe you don’t want to give me a cookie with a special (if abit creepy) message.
These German Christmas cookies tastes rather like gingerbread cookies , dry and crunchy, they are sometimes also known as Honigkuchen, or honey cakes and are sold wrapped in cling film. They are perhaps mostly infamously prominent in the raunchy tale of Hansel and Gretel, and makes for a nice winter stocking filler. There you go – that’s one less christmas present idea to worry about, only another 350 odd days left (early bird, always catches …something.)
Ok so that’s what’s hanging above, below we have….
… even more sweet things! More liquorice and honey cakes and also chocolate coated fruits. Hang on, let’s get the next picture out:
Look! Chocolate coated apples. They also do the apples in a candy (sugar?) coated variety , but the really good stuff are these giant chocolate coated strawberries. Super yummy. Oh, almost forgot to mention my favorite – the chocolate coated banana.
Yeah, get the white chocolate one girls, and oh whoops, I think you have abit of white chocolate hanging off your lips. Tissue?
(sorry, being cheeky there.)
Europe representatives of sweetness
More french than german this one – complete with nutella, not that I have anything against the crepes at wonderland, but if it’s london crepes you’re after, then you need to head to south kensington, just outside the station there’s a small french creperie (next to oriental canteen and their roast duck which is lip-smacking too) that does fillings such as eggs & spinach & cheese, ratatouille and my favorite white belgian chocolate with banana.
Since we’re going around the continent then I may as well throw this one in..
….. come on England! Yup, thats aberdeen angus burger baps with fried onions. I’d like mine with cheddar please.
While we’re on the topic of pancakes and europe, these dutch mini pancakes are like mini pockets of joy. Sorry I didnt get a shot up close…. I gobbled them up as soon as I ordered them.
Before the final act befalls
I am assured that this is a bavarian style food market and is complete with a bavarian style hog roast on the spit. Poor thing, it really tastes great, especially with those german style pan fried potatoes ( think fat thick cut and juicy crisps ) . Now, what are they called again, ah yes that’s it – bratkartoffeln, lovely stuff they are.
You know what, all this snapping is making me thirsty, time for a break and one of these:
Coming in part three…
So there are large pieces of machinery throwing people around in all ways to turn stomach (at extortionately high prices) and you have also set up dozens of ‘authentic’ food stalls ( also, at extortionately high prices ) .
However, all this means nothing if you don’t have these guys:
Yup, that’s right, in part three it’s all about the people who make the magic believable….
You, and you and you and you too.