Today is my first day off of the Christmas holiday season and this afternoon, I decided after wrapping lots of presents and battling my way around Tesco, that I would treat myself to a visit to the Frankfurt German Christmas Market in Birmingham. Today was the last day of the market for this year, however it returns every year at the same time and I thought I would tell you about a few highlights of the market to encourage you to visit it next year, if you have not already.
By the way, the title of this post translates to Merry Christmas if my A Level German is correct! There are many things sold at this market and I have listed a few of them below:
- Crafts/candles and other assorted similar stuff
- Cider, both hot mulled and normal
- Mulled wine (Gluhwein)
- Hot Cherry Beer
- Bratwurst (sausages)
- German Beer
- Mushrooms and chips in a creamy garlic sauce
- Fresh baked bread and cakes
- and so on…
I think you get the idea. I also think that you get that what I really like is the food! It is fantastic, cooked fresh everyday and is delicious. It is slightly on the expensive, but what the hey, it only comes once a year. The last couple of years, the German market has been joined by a craft market with local UK producers in it and this year, it was bigger than ever. When I went a couple of weeks ago with some family and friends, one stall took my interest and it was called Dutch Pot (Sorry unable to find its website) and it sold Jamacian dishes, like Jerk Chicken and Ackee and Saltfish. However, the one dish I really wanted to try was Curried Goat and this is what I went back to try today. I have never tried goat before and I will always try anything once and I do not really expect to be cooking it at home, anytime soon either.
I was unable to get a picture of the Curried Goat as lighting conditions were poor. It was served with Rice and Peas and some sort salad thing with carrots, peas, sweetcorn and some sliced white thing that I could not tell what it was. The goat was lovely, very tender and it tasted a bit like lamb. The curry sauce was yummy. I was not to sure about the rice and peas to be honest, not much flavour there, nor in the salad thing. I could not see what the salad thing added to dish. On the other hand, I loved the goat and would like to have it again.
After trying the Curried Goat, I went and had a mug of mulled wine and while drinking it, it started snowing! How much more Christmassy can you get? I am now geared up and ready for a few days of eating, drinking and being merry! Please let me know in the comment, on Twitter or on Facebook, your experiences of Christmas Markets, not only the Birmingham one, I would love to hear them.
I will be back again sometime between now and the New Year to tell you about the Boxing Day Feast I am hosting for my family. Until then,
Happy Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!