kaffee und kuchen {a tradition}

christmas cookies, third advent coffee

between lunch and dinner in germany, there is traditionally a short break for a social gathering with cake or a hot steaming cup of coffee or tea. it is a wonderful way to make time to see friends and family. this ritual, referred to as kaffee und kuchen, kaffeetrinken, or kaffeeklatsch, is one of my favorite german traditions- even more so during the holiday season, and one i will be sure to keep anywhere i go in the world.

6 Responses to “kaffee und kuchen {a tradition}”

  1. BusyBee254 http://busybee254.wordpress.com/

    I also like this tradition and am looking forward to our Kaffee und Kuchen tomorrow!
    But I do hope you will stay my neighbour for a long time and donĀ“t have to take this tradition with you …

  2. stephanie http://rodrigvitzstyle.typepad.com

    I’d love to have Kaffee und kuchen…with you


  3. Kelly from Sell Gold Jewelry http://www.sellgoldjewelryx.com/how-to-sell-scrap-gold

    They look really yummy. What are those chocolate cookies called?

  4. Celina from Learn French Online http://www.learnfrenchonlinex.com/how-to-learn-french-fast/

    I really miss this tradition back in Germany. I’m going to go back soon and have kaffe und kuchen again!

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  6. Andres Carroll http://reciclablepiensaverde.wordpress.com/

    Christmas, however, seems to really key in on food: egg nog, Christmas cookies, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts…) and it’s wonderful that the food traditions aren’t the same the world over. I love the differences in our traditions! In our family (we’re originally from the southern states, my mother from Mississippi and the rest of us from what’s known as the boot heel of Missouri, that little bit that hangs down into Arkansas). So pecan pie (so sweet but delicious) used to be a tradition. Nowadays, we’ve set that one aside, at least temporarily. And my mother used to bake fried apple pies every Christmas. She would buy dried apples (or dry them herself in a dehydrator), then cook the apples, make up the pies and fry them three or four at a time. It was a time-consuming task, and we knew that this wasn’t the healthiest treat, but we all love those pies and we’d argue (jokingly, of course) about who snitched an extra pie or whether someone was being singled out as a favorite by being given extra pies. It’s too difficult for my mother to still do that, and while one or two of us have tried to recreate the pies (I’ve attempted this on a small scale at home, but I don’t have the magic touch), none of our pies can compare to hers. It’s still a nice memory. I’m going to conclude this with a graphic (How to Make a Full-Size Gingerbread House by Movoto, a real estate company that shares fun graphics), but before I do, here’s the contest entry info below. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the contest. If you haven’t entered before, check out the contest page for more chances to enter: In the comments section, share at least one of your favorite Christmas food treats (doesn’t have to be sweet, just a traditional–or nontraditional–Christmas food that you love). See you in the comments!

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