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Traditional German Breakfast
Every country has it´s own customs and traditions. As I am living here in Germany, I would like to share with you the customs and traditions of the Germans. But first I will start with the food which is the first thing we do in the morning, eating breakfast. Well not all of us of course, as every person has it´s own habit.
I have the habit of escaping breakfast when I am not working. But whenever I have to go to work, I eat my one piece of German bread with salami or Gouda cheese so that I have the strenght to massage my clients as it is a hard work. I am not hungry at all in the morning, only late at night. Maybe that is why I am still full when I wake up in the morning.
You don´t have to follow me escaping breakfast because as we all know, breakfast is the very important meal of the day. When you are a hard working woman or man you have to fill your stomach with food so you will not collapse while working.
Not all German breads look apetizing as there are about 300 kinds of German bread. They look white, brown, dark and even black. The darker, the better in nutrition. That´s why the Germans are big and strong people. My favorite bread is the Pumpernickel and as what my husband says, I am the only filipina he knows of eating Pumpernickel.
Traditional German breakfast is a simple breakfast. It consists of different varieties of Brötchen (bread rolls), marmalade or jam, chocolate spread, cheeses, hams, salami, Schwarzwälder and honey.
Types of Brötchen (bread rolls)
- White bread rolls (weiße Brötchen) is a kind of bread roll made of wheat flour and is crispy outside while soft and white inside.
- Mixed rye bread rolls is a mixture of wheat and rye flour. It is very healthy as rye flour has a lower gluten compared to wheat flour and has a lot of useful vitamins. Pumpernickel is an example of this kind of bread.
- Wholemeal bread rolls is made of wholemeal flour. It has a lot of valuable minerals and vitamins that are needed in our body.
- Sunflower bread rolls is made of wheat flour mixed with sunflower seeds.
- Sesame bread rolls is made of wholemeal flour and sesame seeds.
Note: If you can´t buy rye bread in a bakery near you, why don´t you buy rye bread mix from the supermarket or online and bake it yourself. Your kitchen will be smelling yummy.
Breakfast with the family
A member of a German family goes to the bakery every morning to buy fresh bread rolls. German families enjoy their breakfast with glasses of orange juice, cups of coffees, glasses of fresh milk and sometimes cups of teas. Some Germans are still using coffee grinders for making their fresh coffees. They butter or put margarine's on their rolls. Then spread marmalade's, cheeses, hams, honey or Mett (raw spiced ground pork with onions) on them. Boiled eggs are usually served. Some will decorate their rolls with slices of tomatoes, gherkins and hard boiled eggs to have a change on their breakfast table. The Germans seldom talk to each other while eating. They are usually quiet when they enjoy their meals. Germans seldom talk, while their mouth is full.
Homestyle German Breakfast
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