The Rich Tradition: Episode 9 Germany



The Black Forest in southern Germany is a land of small farmers and foresters. Elisabeth Luard is shown how to make the regional onion tart, apple tart and also spätzle by both the traditional method and a more modern way. As in many communities of small farmers, nothing goes to waste; the farmers have the right to make schnapps, often from fermented apple and pear mash, and after the distillation, the left over mash goes to feed the cows. The Black Forest is also famous for its sausages, hams and other pork products, and Elisabeth visits a 300 year-old family pork business. The winters there are long and snow-bound, so traditional skills like wood-carving and black-smithing are preserved. Of course, Germany is famous for its drinking songs and its beer, so with a beer and a chaser of schnapps

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In Revisiting "The Rich Tradition", Elisabeth Luard gives an updated introduction to the video series based on European Peasant Cookery. Other episodes in The Rich Tradition include: the Island of Mull; Andalucia in southern Spain; The Ruthines of Slovakia; Mediterranean Seafood; Provence in France; Holland; Sweden; SlovakiaHungary; Friuli in Italy; Cork in Ireland; Lent and Easter in Eastern Europe; and the bonus episode, Home from the Sea, in Tangier, Morocco.

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