Germany vs Spain – The Final

June 29, 2008

weihenstephaner schneider erdinger

The German Cup
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
Georg Schneider & Sohn Aventinus
Erdinger Weissbrau Dunkel

spicy ribs

The German Plate
Gerwurzte Schweinsrippchen – Braised Spicy Spareribs


little m
4 stars

I was really keen to have Spanish again, but we went with German instead (I think the beer options swayed the chef!) These finger-licking spareribs were a solid dish to finish the challenge on. I’d leave the cloves out next time, as I didn’t care for them in this recipe. The potatoes were bought at the Kelvin Grove markets on Saturday, and were well worth the special trip.

I’ll let you in on a little secret – I had a go at making a Spanish flan (from a packet) – it tasted just like bottled custard. I also made German chocolate pudding (from a packet) – and it tasted just like yogo! Neither of them were photogenic and water condensation spoilt the tops. They were both duds, so we agreed to not include them in the score.

Big M

4.5 stars (cup)
4.5 stars (plate)

The 3 German beers I picked this time were basically the dark (dunkel) versions of those I had earlier on. Again the Schneider rained supreme, however at 8% was a little too much for me, you could only have one.

The German dish we picked I am not sure is completely authentic, the roast potatoes were an English favourite. We found king edward’s at the markets as well as nicola and kipfler. The king edwards were simply better as they crisp up well and remain fluffy and strong tasting inside. The ribs were very tender and flavoursome and I will be having them again.

Germany vs Turkey

June 25, 2008

weihenstaphaner schneider erdinger

The German Cup
Weihenstephaner original
Georg Schneider’s organic wiesen edel-weisse
Erdinger weis bier


The German Plate
Knackwurst mit spatzle, karotten im bier


little m
4 stars

We have German sausages quite regularly as the meat has a fine texture, with no mystery bits or fatty lumps. We confess the spatzle was from a packet – Big M was surprised it would take 25 minutes to cook. His initial estimate was only 10 minutes (like pasta). We’ve had this style of carrots before and I remember them to be more sweeter – perhaps play with the amount of sugar and choice of beer.

Big M
4 stars (cup)
4 stars (plate)

The best cup here was the Georg Schneider’s. In comparison to the other 2 it is much more flavoursome and complex with cloves heavy on the palette. All 3 are worthy matches to knackwurst.
4 stars.

The knackwurst gets 3 stars on its own. We get ours from the Chiberg stall at the Jan Power’s markets. The Gotzinger brand of beer is much more accessible recently, you can find them in Woolworths and IGA.  They also do a great Kassler as well. Unfortunately the spatzle was plain, the Carrots in beer were nice, a good way to cook them.
3 stars.