German Christmas spirit part two

We both woke up quite early the following morning and decided to go and see what the breakfast buffet had to offer. It was quite large but a little unusual for out pallets. This did not stop me from trying, tomato and mozzarella salad and crab salad, but they also had some wonderful German sausages and very fresh bread!

Energized by the breakfast we jumped on the Schweberbahn to the other side of the city (almost all the way) and were greeted with the largest amount of Christmas stalls I have ever seen! It was just amazing!

German Xmas gingerbreads

German Xmas gingerbreads

Fresh sandwiches

Fresh sandwiches

Sausages being cooked spreading a lovely smell

Sausages being cooked spreading a lovely smell

I am not joking when I say we followed the Christmas stalls all day, street by street but didn’t make it to the end! Admittedly we did some stops in various shops and cafés and it was a lovely day!

We did see some shops with very unusual things but this table would really creep me out if it was ever in my home!

01Dec_SkeletalTable

Happy with all our shopping we decided to take the bags back and book a table for dinner, not wanting to make the same mistake as the previous night!

We did have a think about what, an where to eat but decided to settle for Turkish food. We booked a table not far from Katzengold at a restaurant called Alaturka. When we got there it was pouring down with rain and it was quite miserable, we were happy to get in to the warmth and it smelled lovely.

We had a bratwust quite late as we got a bit carried away shopping so not too hungry we decided to share the food. It was perhaps the best decision we made that day as the portions were very generous!

With no starters we had kofta for main. The kofta was deliciously grilled and was served with an aubergine dish, rich rice cooked with a lot of butter, bulgur wheat and a herb butter, very delicious and perfect for two!

Izgara köfte

Izgara köfte

On the side we had a salad, it was very fresh and crunchy with a very nice dressing based on beer.

Coban salatasi

Coban salatasi

To go with this we could not resist some Cacik, a Turkish version of Taziki, the spiced were on top and we mixed it ourselves.

Cacik

Cacik

It might not look like a lot of food but we were more than happy. I had some velvety Turkish wine but it was house wine that came in a carafe so I didn’t see the label. A belly dancer showed up and gave a sparkling performance. She was great fun and very entertaining.

Coming out we wondered if it was still raining and got a lovely surprise, it was snowing and Wuppertal had gone white! It could not feel more like Christmas!

01DecSnowyWuppertal

The snow didn’t keep falling so we had no problems getting on our way back the following morning, for me via Belgium. Annamaria had cooked another lovely lunch! The weather was cold and the food so rich and warming! The family is Hungarian so this is genuine Hungarian foods!

It was a wonderful dish cooked in a clay pot in the oven and was layers and layers of different ingredients. I think I might remember them, the bottom layer was breadcrumbs, on top of that was rice, Hungarian spicy sausage pan fried mince meat, Hungarian soured cabbage, cocktail tomatoes and on top was sour cream. It was cooked on low heat for a long time so the flavours could marry resulting in a gorgeous, rich and lovely dish!

Annamarias Hungarian soured cabbage dish

Annamarias Hungarian soured cabbage dish

It was time to head home after this but we parted with a promise not to leave it for another four years taking better care of our friendship!

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