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About Alsatian Cuisine

Alsatian Cuisine

Alsatian cuisine, strongly based on Germanic culinary traditions, is marked by the use of pork in various forms. Traditional dishes include Baeckeoffe, flammekueche, Choucroute, and fleischnacka. Southern Alsace, also called the Sundgau, is characterised by carpe frite.

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is inexpensive and is widely used. It can be substituted for fat (e.g. butter or oil) in baking.

Apricot and lemon clafoutis

Apricot and Lemon Flaugnarde

When made with stone fruits other than cherries the dish is correctly known as a flaugnarde. This recipe for apricot flaugnarde is scented with lemon and has a beautiful creamy texture.

Austrian Cuisine

Austrian Cuisine

Austrian cuisine is a style native to Austria and composed of influences from throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Bohemia, Germany and the Balkans have had an effect on Austrian cuisine, and in turn this fusion…

Baeckeoffe - Alsatian Meat and Potatoes Casserole

Baeckeoffe – Alsatian Meat and Potatoes Casserole

A mix of sliced potatoes, sliced onions, cubed mutton, beef and pork which have been marinated overnight in Alsatian white wine and juniper berries and slow cooked in a sealed ceramic casserole dish. Leeks, thyme, parsley, garlic, carrots and marjoram…

Banket - Dutch Almond Pastry

Banket – Dutch Almond Pastry

Banket or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands and is popular in the Christmas season, especially on Saint Nicholas’ eve, 5 December. Banket is made by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling and then…

Bearnaise Sauce

Béarnaise Sauce

Like Hollandaise sauce, there are several methods for the preparation of Béarnaise sauce. The most common preparation is a bain-marie method where a reduction of vinegar is used to acidify the yolks. Escoffier calls for a reduction of wine, vinegar,…

Boerenomelet – Dutch Farmers Omelette

In the Netherlands, a Boerenomelet (“farmer’s omelette”) is a popular dish, usually consisting of 2 to 3 eggs, a mixture of sautéed onions, mushrooms, potatoes, capsicums, leeks, garden peas, salt and pepper (for seasoning). The dish has many variations.

Brown stock

Brown Stock

Brown stock is one of the basic stocks in French cuisine and is the basis of Espagnole Sauce and Demi-glace.