Christmas markets food

Now seems like the best time to be a bit nostalgic about the food, and the food from the Christmas markets in particular.

We spent 3 days in Cologne, and in those 3 days we didn’t eat anything except for the food from the markets. No restaurants or cafes or take aways.
I can’t say I felt really good after that, but it was totally worth it. I love Christmas markets food, and even if I can’t spell the name of most of it, I will still be missing it over the year.

This is how they make Käse Rösti (something like hash browns with melted cheese on top).
The cheese piece is cut in half and it’s being melted under a heater. When the Rösti is ready, they cut the upper layer of the melted cheese with a knife into a pan, sprinkle it with some nutmeg and serve it like that. So far it’s one of the most unhealthy and tasty at the same time thing I’ve ever had.

Travel Photos: Germany, Christmas Markets

Travel Photos: Germany, Christmas Markets

Fried meat, Russians would call it шашлык, but I have no idea how to name it in English, according to my Irish boss at work it’s not a common thing in Ireland at all. Basically it’s a marinated pork fried on the open fire on a stick.
Travel Photos: Germany, Christmas Markets

Butterbrots with rye bread, smoked ham and pickles.
Travel Photos: Germany, Christmas Markets

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  • Charles Smith

    Sweet mother of God that cheese. Holy crap that looks like all my Christmases at once :D :D

    The meat-stick… looks a bit like a shish kebab… the name in Russian sounds a bit similar too I guess. What the hell is a “butterbrot”? :D

    • Blackie Warner

      Butterbrot, well, this is how we call a sandwich with one piece of bread. So b asically it’s just a bread with some spread or butter, cheese or meat on top. Just a general name to separate it from sandwiches. I still don’t understand why would people use 2 pieces of bread, when the tasty thing is the filling anyway? )

      Yes, that was so unhealthy but so tasty! Kebab is a bit different I guess, in shahlyk we use small pieces of meat marinated in wine or vinegar with spices and onions. It’s a weekend dish, I guess something like a barbeque for us )

    • Zeth Ater

      yup, it’s shish kebab :) you can buy such things in kebab houses in Cork as well. But these ones look very delicious!

      • Blackie Warner

        which kebab houses? the turkish ones?

  • Christy

    Wow, these looks like an interesting lot of festive food and there’s so much meat, gosh!
    What a feast you must have had for Christmas :p

    • Blackie Warner

      Yup, Christy, that was a real feast, but I must admit after 3 days it was a bit too much. But if you have it occasionally, when you visit the markets – it’s definitely something I would recommend to try! )

  • Sergej Dikun

    as Homer Simpson would say:

    mmmmm…. шашлыыык…..

    • Blackie Warner

      Look who’s talking, you can make one at home!!
      And I can’t ((