I am one of the many German students studying abroad. I am one of the people who love travelling. I can't sit still, I always have to do stuff. I am curious, always chasing for stories. Stay here for a while and be part of my respaced world

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Battle III

Findings on the christmas market

I went to a christmas bazar in Aarhus on Tuesday, hoping to find a new hat. I accidently ruined the last one by tearing its price tag. :) In Germany, christmas markets are usually crowded and expensive. I love them anyway, but i never buy anything but food there. I'm not the type of person who's willing to pay 15€ for a selfmade candle if there is one at IKEA for 3€, which looks nice as well. Next to the stand with the candles, I met Anne Grethe, who was selling her selfmade hats and scarves. 

When I looked at the tag, I was kinda surprised.It said Chow Chow.?

Anne Grethe has three dogs. They have wonderful hair. She collects their hair and knits wonderful scarves, gloves and hats with it (not really). I was tempted to buy one (not really), but I was worrying about other people's health. I mean, imagine I am finding myself in a crowded bus, and then someone is standing next to me who is allergic against dog hair? Wouldn't that be a crime?

Anyway, I love the crazy idea, dog hair scarves are definitely much more entertaining than candles or other stuff you usually find on German christmas markets.

P.S: You can get gloves for only 250 DKK! (€33)

Danish culture: 2
German culture:1

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Brookie

A Brooklyn Baker came up with „The Brookie“. You wonder what a brookie is?
A brookie combines a brownie with a cookie in one thing. Seriously, how clever is that…I will invent the mookie and the bromallow then. Where’s my price?

However,during my stay in New York I had been to Matt Lewis’ bakery and had a home baked marshmellow there. And of course it was finger-licking good.

If there’s anyone excited about the brookie idea and wants to try the recipe, please feel engaged to do so and upload a picture here. I know, nobody will do this, but I’m just saying…

My Red Velvet Cupcake and Marshmallow at the "Baked" Bakery in Brooklyn

Speaking about the brookie, as I am obsessed with baking at the moment, I started a third site recipes where you can find the recipes of the cookies I made. (all low calorie of course). I am getting a bit proud of me, because yesterday I got TWO texts from a baker’s son (a Danish baker’s son!): “Oh my god these cookies are good” and “You have some serious baking skills. I’m hoping your doing a round of Christmas cookies before you go to Germany J

Aaaaand Julie, who is very picky about pastry and is the grandchild of a (Danish) baker, wrote:
“The cookies were too good simply, I’m not surprised that they are almost gone, I’m just surprised that the meringues have lasted so long…”

Ok, I’ll come back to earth, promise. And I’ll start with my assignment. Soon…

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Battle II

Round Two: Baking

Made German christmas cookies today, namely Hildabrötchen. And as I just found out, this treat is originally from Baden, Southern Germany (almost the area where I come from!). I am really surprised that Julie and her 3 danish friends haven’t tried them before. Hell, I am in Denmark, this is bakery heaven, but you never had two cookies with jam in between them?? HA! If you wanna now how they liked them check out pic 3!

Apparently they also never heard about Vanillekipferl. Go Germany!

Danish culture: 1
German culture: 1


The Battle

Round One: Partying

There are the people who get really aggressive about stores selling Christmas products from the middle of November on. And there are the people who don’t. My impression of Danish culture lets me group the average Dane without any doubt into the last category.

Last week I blogged about J-Day. Apart from J-Day, you can find lots of parties here which have a Christmas theme. A few days after J-Day I learned that it’s a common habit in Denmark to have Christmas dinners with friends...in November!! I was told that a Christmas dinner includes Christmas meals such as duck, red cabbot, caramelized potatoes and so on. 

I was shocked: How can Christmas Eve still be special if you have had the same meal one or two weeks before? The answer I got was “Oh, it’s special because on Christmas Eve you have the meal with your family. And it’s nice to have Christmas dinners, because then you can also celebrate it with your friends.”

Kinda nice, isn't it? By the way, Julie and me went to a Christmas party in a kollegiet (student dorm) last night. Some students dressed up in red or in Christmas – theme clothes. Seems like Danes just loooove to celebrate!

Danish culture: 1
German culture: 0


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