Feuerzangenbowle At The Thedens (Page One)
November 24th 2017 - Last Updated: 12/15/2017 04:19:AM
The Turkey is gone and to kick of the Christmas season Hans and Kerstin Thedens have a Feuerzangenbowle "Get Together" at their home. This year was smaller than previous years but it made for great amount of sharing and story telling and a lot of laughing! Great fun... So, without ado, "Lass die Festlichkeiten beginnen!"
Like being in Germany... Food and snacks everywhere!
Sauges, herring, bakery goods, chocolates... A meal in itself
The chocolate look harmless until you bite into it!
Did You Know? - Chocolate liqueur is not a new invention. There is mention, in French, of producing and selling chocolate en liqueur as early as 1666. Context suggests this is a chocolate liqueur, not a chocolate liquor or other chocolate beverage. In New England prior to the 18th century American Revolution, a "chocolate wine" was popular.
Its ingredients included sherry, port, chocolate, and sugar. A French manual published in 1780 also describes chocolate liqueur. An 1803 French pharmacy manual includes a recipe for a chocolate liqueur (ratafia de chocolat, also ratafia de cacao).
The witches cauldron is about ready to boil...
We are looking for some more "Éye of Newt!"
...and they have their own glasses!
Serious beer being underway
Hans showed us his winter garden... Hope it works!
Our "Hostess with the Mostess"
Geri looking good after six months of retirement
Marion arrives after two hours in the car...
All the way from San Diego!
They are ready for a drink!
Friends for nineteen years!
Curt is on an H2O diet... He gets to see AND REMEMBER all the fun!
Stories are told and retold! They get better every year!
So much food... So little time! Checkot the reflections!
Kerstin has some interesting snacks!
Sounds like the lyrics to a song!
The living room was so quite when the kitchen in full!
They haven't seen each other for days!
It's a feast!
He has a "secret ingredient"
(We think it is Love)
See all the bags hanging out of the cauldron?
The kitchen was cleared before the top was removed!
"He cooks; I drink... Seems fair to me!"
Potato soup (Kartoffelsuppe) is served...
Geri jumps right in...
Soup be served
Did You Know? - Evidence of the existence of soup can be found as far back as about 20,000 BC.
Boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of waterproof containers (which probably came in the form of clay vessels). Animal hides and watertight baskets of bark or reeds were used before this. To boil the water hot rocks were used. This method was also used to cook acorns and other plants.
The word soup comes from French soupe ("soup", "broth"), which comes through Vulgar Latin suppa ("bread soaked in broth") from a Germanic source, from which also comes the word "sop", a piece of bread used to soak up soup or a thick stew.
A delightful dinner before the main course... Mulled Wine!
Many stories were told this evening...
Gary casts a spell over the guest of honor... The Wine Bowl
Cleanup begins in the kitchen!
Marion makes sure she has room for the wine glass!
Checking his fortune cookie