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Germany and Austria – a food photo album part 4

September 3rd, 2009

My family owns a small condo in Mühlbach am Hochkönig im Salzburger Land in Austria, a pretty little village with a copper mining history that goes back thousands of years (5000 if I recall correctly). We stayed there for a couple of days to go on smaller hikes (what a 2 year and a 6 year old can do). One fun thing in the Alps and elsewhere in Europe are the Almhütten, little huts formerly used as summer residence for farmers who brought their cattle and other animals up to the lush and tasty pastures once the snow of winter thawed. Nowadays many of those are at least partially rustic restaurants that serve traditional meats, cheeses, and breads that are often made on the premises. You also get to taste their fresh milk that tastes nothing like the manufactured slop in the supermarkets, their own butter and real butter milk. Real butter milk is basically what is left over after you made the butter, maybe mixed with some more fresh milk. There are little butter pieces here and there and it has a nice sour taste. Butter milk here in the US on the other hand is some cultured product that really has nothing to do with butter.

To close this travel report I thought I’ll show you some of the tasty fares we got to enjoy visiting some of these alms.

This first photo actually shows our first dinner with some of the wonderful wares we brought with us from Herrmannsdorf (see prior post). Excuse the plastic wrapping, I kept things wrapped for freshness, as we had enough for several meals.

Herrmannsdorfer Brotzeit

Herrmannsdorfer Brotzeit

Our first hike brought us to the Wildrauchegg Alm, where we enjoyed self made charcuterie and cheeses. The little pile of “shredded cheese” is actually freshly shredded horseradish, a delicious condiment I will have to make myself.

Lunch at Wildrauchegg Alm in Austria

Lunch at Wildrauchegg Alm in Austria

My son could not get enough of the fresh well water that runs continuously, according to him “this is how water should taste like, it’s the best I’ve ever had!”

The best water ever!

The best water ever!

Rooms (with optional views for the daring ones). Note the sink and mirror to the left.

Private rooms

Private rooms

The next day, my boy’s 6th birthday, we took a gondola up to the Karbach Alm, a small hut many years ago, now one of the main restaurants of the ski area in Mühlbach. I had Essig Wurst (vinegar sausage, thin slices with onion, vinegar and other condiments, my boy enjoyed his first Kaiserschmarrn, something like a scrambled pancake made with eggs and flour, served with apple sauce and a tangy berry preserve, and my wife enjoyed a soup with a cheesy baked dumpling that was quite delicious too.

Essigwurst

Essigwurst

Kaiserschmarn

Kaiserschmarrn

Soup with cheesy dumpling, once I remember the real name I will add it here

Soup with cheesy dumpling, once I remember the real name I will add it here

And to end this little food centric travel report, what better image than a great sunset enjoyed on the balcony of our condo!

Sunset

Sunset

And as a PS: back in Bavaria we went to a restaurant where I enjoyed Schlachtschüssel (slaughter bowl) with Blut und Leberwurst (blood and liver sausage), some boiled pork belly and meat. Delicious!

Liversausage, Bloodsausage, boiled pork belly and meat with potato and sauerkraut

Liversausage, Bloodsausage, boiled pork belly and meat with potato and sauerkraut

PPS: I’m still learning this wordpress thing, once I figure out how to get the images to go with the text I will update this article. Sorry for the odd layout!

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