Hello! I’m freelance food and travel writer Christie Dietz. Originally from London, I lived in the north of England and France and travelled all over the world and back to London again before moving to the Rheingau – Germany’s Riesling region – in April 2010. I live in the beautiful spa town of Wiesbaden, not far from Frankfurt, with my German husband, our two small children, my great aunt’s steak knives and an awful lot of books. The four of us moved to Washington, DC, for 12 months in October 2016, but are now settled back home in Germany.[For a list of my most recent freelance writing work, please see Work With Me.]
I love food and travel and films and books. I’m an adventurous cook, an impatient baker and a curious sampler of just about anything (though I can’t deny I’ve turned down spider). I prefer savoury dishes to sweet, but am helpless in the face of a 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 or spending a Saturday in the kitchen, cooking for family or friends. I’ve grown to adore German wine, but am also partial to a local Apfelwein (apple wine), or a rhubarb spritzer come summer.
Don’t be misled by the shininess of this site or some of the images on my Instagram page; I’m mostly a laid back, slightly chaotic sort of a person, so just because I’ve rustled up a half-decent photograph of a plate of food, it doesn’t mean I didn’t create a huge mess (and probably burn myself) in the making of it.
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This week, I tried very hard to bake @wednesdaychef's Zimtsterne. The first time, a three-year-old boy (mine) enthusiastically added cinnamon to the meringue-in-progress, rendering it an irreparable flat mess. The second time, my impatience and imprecision led to a rather unworkable dough. So, I made "Zimtschneebällchen" with it instead. Aesthetically speaking they may be almost as far from snowballs as they are from stars, but they taste sublime: chewy and almondy with a lovely festive hint of cinnamon, and they're perfect with a mug of hot chocolate. Happy 3. Advent!
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 haven’t travelled much further than that to get to my plate. We eat mostly vegetarian chez Dietz, but I do eat meat, fish and eggs, just not an awful lot of any of them – and I do my best to buy them only from sources I know and trust.
About A Sausage Has Two
The name of this site comes from a German saying that translates as “Everything has an end, only the sausage has two”. A Sausage Has Two is a blog all about the food in my adopted (permanent!) home, fuelled by my passion for a traditional and fiercely regional cuisine that is broadly dismissed as being nothing but beer and Bratwurst. Yes, there are plenty of enormous, hearty German dishes composed of potatoes and vast slabs of meat, but there are very many unheard-of regional dishes besides that use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and it’s a shame they’re not more widely known. Whatever the dish though, they all follow recipes that have been handed down through the generations and vary from home to home, village to village and state to state. I love that, and I’m doing my best to explore it all.
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 life here in Riesling country, please come and say hello on Twitter or Instagram. A Sausage Has Two also has its own Facebook page full of enthusiastic and engaged German food-lovers. If you manage your blog reading with Bloglovin (which I recommend), you’ll find me on there, too.
I love to write, mostly about food, drink and travel. I contribute not irregularly to National Geographic Traveller, and have updated chapters in two editions of Fodor’s Germany Travel Guide. I’ve also written for the Guardian, Time Out, Singapore Airline’s magazine, EATEN, and had my 4-days-post-partum face featured in the German press. In 2016, I was also shortlisted for the YBF award for food writing. 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!
P.s. All of the content on this website – words and images – is my own, original content unless otherwise stated. If you’d like to use any of it, please get in touch. You can read my disclosure policy on my Sponsored Content & Affiliate Links page.