vesper

Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit)

“Meatloaf With Sautéed Cabbage, Horseradish Potatoes And Mushroom Cream”
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Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit) (Meatloaf)

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There is a little story about the origin of the name Falscher Hase.
(Also: Hackbraten, Faschierter Braten, Heuchelhase)
(It might be funny now, but back then it was not funny at all, since it tried to cover-up the poverty and embarrassment of ordinary folks who were too poor to put a meal  on the table of which they could be proud of)
You see, not too long ago there was a time in Germany, Baden-Wuerttemberg in particular, when ground meat was not considered a proper entrée. It was ok for burgers (buletten), which were mostly consumed as a vesper (snack), served cold with bread and mustard.
But meatloaf was perceived as nothing to be proud of, an inferior dish only served when there was no money for a real cut of protein. Usually, it contained hard-boiled eggs in the center and sometimes blanched carrots, celery and bell peppers, not to make the meatloaf prettier but to further stretch the budget, since eggs and veggies were even cheaper than ground meat.
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So, in order to trick casual visitors or passersby to think there is a more prestigious piece of roast in the oven or on the table, “Hase” (Rabbit) was the usual answer to the question what smells so great at lunch or dinner time. This was a time before A/C and long notices before one went to visit one’s neighbor for a chat. Kitchen windows were always open, especially while cooking, everybody stopped by for a quick chat, either the passerby talking to the person inside or the person inside talking to the passerby. After all, before TV came along, leaning on the window and seeing the world go by was some of the choice entertainment as well as the main local news source – who walks with whom, who has new clothes, whose clothes are not properly ironed, how does this or that look……. 🙂
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Of course, everything has changed considerably since then (at least in our “advanced, modern” part of the world, what with tv, the internet, and so forth, a/c which requires closed windows and therefore less personal contact with our neighbors. etc…….. 😦
However, to get back to the dish at hand, if one is able to prepare a good meatloaf, one can and should be proud if this once “inferior” dish. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find a good meatloaf around here, neither in restaurants or in many homes.
Therefore,  I give you this recipe which has been in my repertoire for 50 years. It was one of the very first things I learned to cook as an apprentice when I was 14 years old and I have done it with minor variations ever since. 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit) (Meatloaf)

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Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit) (Meatloaf)

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Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit) (Meatloaf)

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Falscher Hase. Fake Rabbit. Meatloaf

Falscher Hase (Fake Rabbit) (Meatloaf)


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Preparation :
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P.S.
Each meatloaf serves 10-12.
Potatoes and cabbage – 5 servings each
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Every Day Should Start Like This- Bauern Frühstück

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I am  hoping that once I will be retired, this is how all my breakfast’s will look like 🙂

Bon Appetit And Have A great Day !   Life is Good !
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onion/garlic -focaccia, ham, emmenthaler, salame, brie, boiled egg, boursin, salted radishes, salted tomatoes, chilies & merlot

onion/garlic -focaccia, ham, emmenthaler, salame, brie, boiled egg, boursin, salted radishes, salted tomatoes, chilies & merlot

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bauern frühstück

bauern frühstück

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vesper

vesper

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” Bauern Vesper ” # 2

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Today  was a very lazy sunday for me, I did not even feel like cooking. So, instead of a hot meal, I had a simple  “Vesper”  of bread, horseradish, salame , brie and gorgonzola. Good stuff 🙂

Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !
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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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“Brotzeit”

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Tonight’s  dinner is simple but delicious.
Daikon (white radish) sprinkled with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, heirloom tomato sprinkled with sea salt, german weisslacker cheese, sourdough bread.
I was looking forward to have this  “brotzeit”  or  “vesper”  for a few day’s now; today, it fit perfectly into my schedule. Hardly any time to prepare but oh so good. Maybe you have to have been raised on food like this in order to appreciate a simple radish as a snack or dinner. But I grew up with goodies like this and I regret not having a “Brotzeit” like this more often.

Mahlzeit !   Life is good !
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Rettich Harmonika

Rettich Harmonika


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” Bauern Vesper ” # 1

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The word  “Vesper”  has two very different meanings, and is used in different languages.
Obviously, we don’t want to discuss the religious meaning here, but the culinary one.
In southern Germany we use the word “Vesper” as an alternative to “Brotzeit“,
which means a meal consisting of bread (Brot) and usually, meat, poultry, cheese or fish.
It is a meal traditionally consumed at around sundown (there is a religious connection)
and used to be a simple version of dinner. These day’s, vesper has more or less taken on
the meaning of snack, consisting of  bread and protein during any time of day.
Yesterday I skipped breakfast and lunch and instead, in the early afternoon,
had a VERY substantial bauern vesper  (farmers meal),
consisting of smoked pork knuckles, slowly simmered until tender,
served with dijon mustard  and a dipping sauce of cider vinegar with roasted garlic,
chilies, salt and onions.  And last, but not least, a glass of fine merlot.
– And yes, this is one portion. (lot’s of bones)   🙂

Bon Appetit & Cheers !   Life is good !
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