German National Meal: Sauerkraut.
S a u e r k r a u t??
Apparently the EU celebrates Europe in a Day tomorrow. If you search a while you even find information on that. You can go on a "Europe Rally" through the embassies of the EU member states in Vienna, visit exhibitions and open houses in the chancellor's palace and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. On Minoritenplatz a youth band plays.

You find the information on the website Austria created last year on the occasion of its EU presidency. What you also find are brief introductions of the member states. I had a look at Germany. "National meal: Sauerkraut" it says. Sauerkraut?? Not even the neighbors are able to make the difference between Bavaria and the rest of Germany. But if Sauerkraut is not the national meal of Germany - what is it? Beer?

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alcessa, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:07
I have always been a great fan of Sauerkraut (MY version of it, that is: vegetarian), but we do consume loads of it in Slovenia (my farmer-Granny makes it herself and in Ljubljana, people buy it at the market and eat it raw from the bag on the way home - one of those habits), so I cannot consider it typically German, even though I know the cliche. Beer could easily be the Chech national meal as well... I worked for a person who claimed Slovenia has much of Mediterranean flair to offer - I am sure you do not agree, either. But she was selling it, she promoted healthy (Mediterranean, of course) food, so I swallowed my ... What? Is this already knowledge? Awareness that things are never as simple as they seem? It is not pride.

As funny as it sounds, Germany as a Sauerkrautland does not bother me at all. Lecker :-)
A wurstland is much worse.

novala, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:17
The German national meal is Döner Kebap. Or Pizza.

alcessa, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:20
Yes, I though about Döner Kebap, too. Or Falafel, because I ate it in Berlin for the very first time. But you know what? Döner is getting popular in Slovenia, too :-) We may identify with it one day, too.
Since I like Northern Germany so much: what is typical there?

novala, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:26
In Northwest Germany Grünkohl is typical. And any kind of hard liquor in any kind of mixture you can possibly think of.
Fish, of course, too.

alcessa, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:45
Sanddornlikör, for example? :-)
I didn't know about the Grünkohl, though. Actually, I didn't even know what it was, so I looked it up in Wikipedia. Looks good! I am very tempted to try it (I like all Kohl-related vegetables), but I think I haven't seen it here.
Fish, yes :-)

novala, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 16:55
Sanddorn is typical for the coast, not that much for the interior. Sanddorn jam is delicious. Also the liquor.

Yep, Grünkohl (Braunkohl in Hessen) is good stuff. Eat it with Pinkel.

alcessa, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 17:03
I have just decided to do my best to find it and to eat it with DINKEL. I am a vegetarian living in Baden-Württemberg, remember? :-D

novala, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 17:07
Eating it without Pinkel is only half the fun. :-)

alcessa, Sa, 24. Mrz. 2007, 17:13
That's enough for me. :-)
I hate fun. :-D

hase, So, 25. Mrz. 2007, 19:54
Currywurst. Yes, indeed, it's a German invention.

novala, So, 25. Mrz. 2007, 21:24
Axel Hacke. "Die Entdeckung der Currywurst". Super Hörbuch, übrigens.

Currywurst. Stimmt.

kelef, So, 25. Mrz. 2007, 23:04
i just had a look at some of the other countries, and, i can't help it, i'm worried.

germany: sauerkraut
france: escargots
hungary: gulyas, pörkölt
italy: pasta, pizza
austria: wiener schnitzel, kaiserschmarrn
poland: bigos
sweden: smörrebrod

there are some associations in my head i do not dare to publish here.

i did not look up the other countries. but i am - once again - ashamed. but: we are not all like these.

novala, So, 25. Mrz. 2007, 23:46
Ja, dass es einer Sau-er-graut.
Well, don't worry. Collective guilt doesn't exist.

laras welt, Mo, 26. Mrz. 2007, 19:59
as far as I see (or am I wrong?!) Romania is left out completely :)). Bulgaria too. no need to worry in any case about the national food (which would that be? "sarmale"? us, Serbs, claim that too- we just call them "sarme", not a big difference, you see. I keep saying it is all one big Balkan cuisine after all...). and by the way, Romanians eat LOTS of Sauerkraut too... hmmm...

novala, Mo, 26. Mrz. 2007, 21:01
The website has obviously not been updated properly since the end of Austria's EU presidency last summer. So RO and BG are not in it.

Sarme, yes, delicious! I love that stuff.