26 Nov German Market, Edinburgh, Scotland
On arrival at the apartment, we realised that the German Market had already opened even though it was only 5pm (someone earlier had told us it opened at 7pm). We briefly went around to see what food there was. It was mainly hot food such as sausages, crepes, various potato dishes, alcohol and chocolate, trinket stalls and stalls selling gingerbread and German Christmas cake, which has marzipan and raisins in it. The other part of the market had rides including a ice-skating rink. At a lower level there was another sausage stall, where A2 bought a bratwurst sausage with onions in a bread roll, pizza, coffee and a few other stalls. It was very quite at this lower level. When we were about to start walking back up to the main stall area, a small fireworks display begun at 5:30pm. The fireworks are only on the first day, to launch the festival. After that finished, our walk back to the other stalls took a while because it was very, very crowded.
We got the food that we had planned to get before. The first stall we saw was the one selling pretzels for ₤2. I also bought a loaf of sunflower seed bread (₤3.90). The bread was square-shaped and also very dense. Later when I tried some, I realised that it was pretty much all sunflower seed inside. It’s slightly sour, but nice, especially when toasted. The next stop was the fried potato and bacon place. Dad decided to change to grilled pork in a bun. Mum got her potato with pickle, even though she doesn’t like pickle (and it was very sour), I asked for one with krautsalad, which was basically like coleslaw. Then we got kasspatzle (₤3.50). It’s a Belgian ‘noodle’, kind of like small randomly chopped pieces of gnocchi, with milk, cheese and spices. With fried onion, it was quite tasty. We went one more time around the stalls and tried samples of the German Christmas cake and also a German Christmas biscuit, which mum said was like butternut biscuits. At another stall that sold bratwurst I was choosing between potato cake with applesauce (₤1.50) and potato noodles (₤3). In the end I went with potato noodles, because it sounded more interesting. The potato noodles were called ‘schupfnudeln’. When I first saw the schupfnudeln in the bain marie I thought they were the chips, although they were weirdly shaped. They were like elongated American footballs. I thought they were nice, although no one else did. They were also a bit like gnocchi, though tougher. Maybe I liked them because of the herbs they put in it, and also the slightly burnt bits.