On the British Students tumblr here.
"We have four meals a day here," a German friend announced to me last
week. Sensing the confusion on my face, he elaborated: "breakfast,
lunch, Kaffee und Kuchen, and dinner."
Ah, of course. Just as we
Brits have our afternoon tea, Germans enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen either in
the morning or the afternoon - or, if your sweet tooth is anything like
But how does German patisserie compare to our own?
It’s certainly not reminiscent of the light, airy, refined concoctions
you’re likely to find in Paris, nor the buttery, sugared shortbread
rounds and jam-topped scones served with cups of Earl Grey. Oh no.
Germans go all out: portions are huge, from streusel-topped fruit slices
to towering slices of cream-filled tortes. With cream on the side.
There’s a German song called ‘Aber bitte mit Sahne’ which sums up the
attitude perfectly: ‘But please with cream’. Inside the cake, on the
side, piled high on top of your coffee - you can definitely count on
getting your daily cholesterol-raising mound of Schlagsahne in one
So where do they put it all? Our stereotypical image of
sausage-loving, beer-wielding, stocky Germans only goes so far. The
majority of Germans I’ve met are highly fit and active - most of my
colleagues cycle to work and the office football team is a force to be
reckoned with. It must be all that Kuchen fuelling them.
tradition I’m partaking in perhaps a little too enthusiastically - the
waistbands on my clothes have certainly tightened a little since my
arrival. You’ve got to make some sacrifices to fully immerse yourself in
the culture, I suppose. After all, it would be rude to turn down a
second helping of my friend’s freshly-baked Sachertorte, wouldn’t it?