“Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei”
Everything has an end, only the sausage has two
Hello! I’m Christie Dietz and, originally from London, I lived in the UK and France and travelled all over the world before moving to Germany’s Riesling region in April 2010 with my German husband (a story you can read a little more about on deutschland.de). We are based in the beautiful spa town of Wiesbaden, not far from Frankfurt, with our two small children and a vast collection of books. EDIT: As of October 2016, we will be spending 12 months living in Washington, DC.
I’m an adventurous cook, an impatient baker and a curious sampler of just about any kind of food. I prefer savoury dishes to sweet, but am helpless in the face of an apple crumble or a crème brûlée. I love learning about culinary traditions and processes, cook almost everything from scratch, read recipe books in the bath, and am at my most content pottering around farmers’ markets poking at fruit and veg. Please don’t be misled by the shininess of this site or the images on my Instagram page: just because I’ve rustled up a half-decent photograph of a hot chocolate, it doesn’t mean I didn’t scald the milk and throw cocoa powder all over the kitchen whilst making it.
How I eat
Since moving to Germany, I’ve embraced a diet that largely comprises locally-produced, seasonal food. The Germans make it very easy to eat this way and happily so, for everything tastes much better when it’s been plucked off a tree down the road instead of shipped, unripe, across oceans. I’m not saying I never pick up a pomegranate or plump, purple aubergine (I’m helpless in the face of those, too), but the majority of the fresh ingredients I prepare have been grown in this region, or not travelled much further than that to get to my plate. I eat meat and eggs, but not an awful lot of either, and I do my best to buy them only from sources I know and trust.
About A Sausage Has Two
I started blogging about my life in Germany as soon I moved here, but quickly discovered I was mostly writing about food. I began a second blog, Eating Wiesbaden, focusing on reviewing local restaurants, yet soon found I was writing on food-related topics relevant not just to English-speaking locals but German food-lovers all over the world. So at the start of 2015, in order to expand on the topics I now love to write about the most, A Sausage Has Two was born.
The name of the site comes from a German saying that translates as “Everything has an end, only the sausage has two”, meaning, rather wistfully, that everything must come to an end. A Sausage Has Two is a blog all about the food in the area in which I live, fuelled by my passion for a traditional, fiercely regional cuisine that is broadly dismissed as being nothing but beer and Bratwurst. Yes, there are plenty of enormous, hearty German dishes composed entirely of potatoes and vast slabs of meat, but there are very many lighter regional dishes besides that use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Either way, they all follow recipes that have been handed down through the generations and vary from home to home and state to state. I love that. And I’m doing my best to explore them all.
Social Media and Other Things
I fiddle about on all the usual social media channels, so if you like photos of food, wine and German landscapes and/or are interested in sporadic rambling commentary on my slightly chaotic life here in Riesling country, please come and say hello on Twitter or Instagram. A Sausage Has Two also has its own very chatty Facebook page; and I occasionally remember to add seasonally-oriented recipes to my modest collection of Pinterest boards. If you manage your blog reading with Bloglovin (which I highly recommend), you’ll find me on there, too.
I love to write, mostly about food, drink and travel, and contributed to the 2016 edition of Fodor’s Germany Travel Guide; I’ve also written for the Guardian and been featured in the German press. You can find a list of some of the various online (and offline) contributions I’ve made on my Work With Me page, and learn a bit more about me on my Press page.
So there we have it. That’s A Sausage Has Two. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by – and guten Appetit!
Christie Dietz, Wiesbaden, 2016
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