Sautéed King Oyster Mushrooms with Pommes Dauphinoise (Sautierte Kräuterseitlinge mit Kartoffel-Gratin (Pleurotes Du Panicaut)

: : : I feel so lucky to be in Germany during the mushroom season. Mushrooms are so affordable right now, you can buy them by the basket for a few € and really pig-out without putting a dent into your wallet. I prepare different varieties at least three times a week, and still, I […]

Sauerkraut Soup

> > > > If you’ve ever lived in Germany or even just visited for a short time, you know that sauerkraut is everywhere, especially as you go further South. Sauerkraut is surprisingly versatile. At some time not too long ago, before fridges and freezers were found in every household, cabbage was one of the […]

Knusprige Schweinshaxe Mit Rotkrautsalat (Roast Pork Knuckle With Red Cabbage Slaw)

Pork knuckles are without a doubt one of the most loved comfort food by those in the know. No matter if roasted, braised,  soused , served whole or cut-up in stew’s, prepared any which way – pork knuckles rock ! 🙂 The one featured today is probably the most simple, yet also the best version. Seasoned […]

The >OTHER< Kraut

> > Bayerisches Kraut  (Bavarian Cabbage) is the lesser known cousin of  Sauerkraut. Also made of shredded white cabbage, it is prepared from fresh, (not fermented) cabbage and its main characteristic is the inclusion of caramelized sugar and caraway seeds, which gives the dish its distinctive flavor and color. In my opinion, the only reason  Bayerisches Kraut […]

Schälrippchen Mit Sauerkraut Und Bratkartoffeln- Spareribs With Sauerkraut And Sauteed Potatoes

> > I will  not tell you how wonderful, tasty, scrumptious, delicious, ambrosial, appetizing, dainty, delectable, delish, flavorful, flavorsome, luscious, lush, mouth-watering, palatable, savory , sumptuous, succulent, tasteful, tasty, toothsome, toothy, yummy and just far-out super this dish is 🙂 Why not, you ask? Because, if you look at the pictures below and you don’t see it, words can’t help, and […]

Schwäbisches Rotkraut Mit Kasseler Rippenspeer Und Knoblauchkartoffeln

> > Easy  now with the German tongue breaker – it’s just red cabbage with smoked pork loin and garlic potatoes, jawohl 🙂 > The secret to a good red cabbage (as well as sauerkraut) is to cook it long enough and to bind the juices, two simple steps that most cooks ignore. Unlike some […]

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

> > Here  you see  the  lunch I enjoyed today, which must be one of the most satisfying sandwiches I have ever prepared  (Or maybe I was just very hungry). In any case, I had these ingredients at home and just put together what I found in the fridge and in the larder. However, in […]

Bayrisches Kraut, Geräucherte Schweinehaxen Und Petersilien – Kartoffeln

> > Cabbage  is one of the most used vegetables, yet these day’s it has a less than stellar reputation. In my opinion the reason for this is that most cooks in this part of the world have no clue what to do with it, except maybe coleslaw or the crappy so called “Sauerkraut” they […]

” Weisskraut Salat ” ( White Cabbage Slaw )

> > > ” Weisskraut Salat ” ( White Cabbage Slaw )  This is so much better than the limp, tasteless coleslaw offered most of the time. This is crispy, tangy, refreshing. In Germany (and many other european countries) we use this for different occasions, as snack, side dish or appetizer. The ingredients are cabbage, […]

TODAY AT “CHEZ BELLA” – Pork Knuckle (Schweins Haxe)

: : For this most-easy to prepare, super delicious meal, just simmer one large knuckle in salt and pepper-seasoned water (about 2 to 3 hours) until tender, but NOT falling apart. DONE ! 🙂 Serve with mustard and / horseradish, rustic bread, sauerkraut, sauteed potatoes, dumplings, or whatever tickles your fancy. 🙂 : Bon Appétit […]