(Culinary) Customs

Enjoy some traditions from the English-speaking world!


This week have a look at a traditional Good Friday (Karfreitag) recipe.

A recipe

Do you pay attention to (darauf achten) what people eat, cook and bake in the books you read? 

The lady in this beautiful and relaxing video will show you how to bake some goods from famous novels.





Have you ever tried or even baked Hot Cross Buns?

British people eat them all the time but especially during Lent (Fastenzeit) and they are traditionally for Good Friday (Karfreitag). 

In this video you find the true expert Mary Berry from the British TV show "The Great British Bake Off" explaining how you can make the perfect Hot Cross Buns. 


There are many recipes for Irish soda bread with slight variations - they are all yummy, and all best eaten fresh!

Those who have the chance to visit my bookshop "Sweet Things & Stories" on St. Patrick's Day will get a small homemade bread as long as stock lasts. If you can't drop by, here's the recipe I usually use, it's easy! Try it warm with salted butter, delicious!


225g flour (wheat or spelt=Dinkel)

225g wholemeal flour (Vollkornmehl)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda (Natron)

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 tablespoons butter

1 tespoon sugar

350 ml buttermilk


Preheat oven to 190°C. Sieve flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Add butter and grind (zerreiben) it together with the flour mix with your fingers. Add the buttermilk and knead the soft mixture only very shortly, then put it on baking paper, sprinkle a little flour on top and cut a cross into it, then put it in the

oven for about 35 minutes (put a small water bowl on the floor of the oven). When you turn the bread and it sounds hollow when you knock on it it should be ready.  



I found this recipe for Welsh cakes on visit.wales.com (you can also watch the video above) and transferred the British measurement for you: 

You'll need these ingredients for 10-12 cakes:


about 225g self-raising flour (mix German flour with baking powder)

about 55g sugar

about 115g margarine or butter

1 or two handfuls of sultanas

one to two free range eggs




Sieve flour into bowl, then add margarine or butter, rub in finely together, add sugar and sultanas and mix.


Add one egg and mix, if the mixture is too dry and not bound together add the second egg.


Roll out on a floured board to about 6mm thick, cut with a (approximately) 5cm cutter then cook on a greased pan or bake stone on medium heat for about 4 minutes each side - they must be cooked in the middle but not become dry, so they should be springy but not wet to the touch.


When cooked dust with sugar and enjoy.

A tradition

World Book Day on April 23rd is a fantastic day for children in the UK because it's much more celebrated than in Germany. There are lots of events, readings and books for one GBP only and children also have special events at school and often dress up as (sich verkleiden) their favourite book characters. There's even a song for World Book Day! Watch this year's song in the video above! 

There's also a little song called "Hot Cross Buns". It was originally a street cry (Verkaufsruf) that the vendors (Verkäufer) in the streets used to sell their buns to the people.

Today it's a nursery rhyme (Kindervers) and it's often used in English classes because it's so simple.



St. Patrick's Day on March 17th is celebrated worldwide with parades and events, the one in Dublin is of course the most important one, being part of a four-day festival called "Awakening" this year. It usually also offers offers beer and whiskey stands, fun fairs and free live music while Irish monuments are spotlit in green light. This year, due to the pandemic, the parade will be mainly virtual and can be watched on SPV TV. However, a few of the biggest parades are taking place in New York, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Boston and London - and lots of the worldwide festivities will no way be cancelled but held differently: Dublin, OHIO, for example, had a "reverse parade" last Saturday, out in the fields, that could be watched by the people from inside their cars. No sweets were thrown, but activitiy packs for children could be downloaded and people were asked to wear their finest green clothes, decorate their cars, "bring their Irish Spririt" and share their pictures online. Until March 17th people in Dublin, Ohio, can still go and see an Irish exhibition, get a "Celtic Cocktail Trail Digital Pass" or search for Irish fairy doors in the shop windows downtown. 

In the above video, though, you'll find the "real thing", the live parade from 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Enjoy. 





March 1st is St. David's day, David being the patron saint of Wales. Did you know that St. David's in Pembrokeshire is the smallest CITY (not a village) in Britain?

Although there'll be only online events this year in St. David's, the special day is usually celebrated with a whole series of events, among others a Dragon parade and a marathon. 

If you'd like to learn ,more you can watch the video above or follow this link.