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Baba Ghanousch also spelled Baba Ganoush refers to a tasty dip from the Middle Eastern which is made with baked/grilled/roasted Eggplants (Aubergines), garlic, lemon juice, Tahini (Sesame Paste) , onions and spices, such as Mint.

Beef Masala refers to a popular dish from Kerala, India made from slices of beef cooked with onions and other spices such as black mustard seeds, Masala powder and curry leaves.

Beef Masala is usually one of the dishes cooked during special occassions and during Sundays.

Bawang is the Filipino word for Garlic. Bawang is one composition of the Holy Trinity of Philippine cooking. We always use Bawang in all of the dishes we prepare or cook there is no doubt about it.

In the Philippines where I was born and grew up, the smell of lots of pounded and finely chopped Bawang is a joy. In Germany, the smell and taste of Bawang is not a welcome treat, but still even if i can not buy fresh Bawang, I buy finely ground Garlic available in the spice and herb section of the local supermarkets

Knoblauch is the German word for Garlic.

Banana Fry refers to a snack in Kerala, India made of ripe bananas/plantains dip in batter then deep-fried in coconut oil.

Banana Fry is also called Pazham Porichathu, Pazham Pori, Ethakka Appam or Ethakkappam.

Brathering refers to a traditional dish from Germany made from fresh Herring (green Herring) which are cleaned (with head and guts removed), filleted , dusted with flour or floured and fried and then pickled in vinegar marinade.

Brathering literally means "fried Herring". But a Herring can only be called "Brathering" when the Herring is fried then marinated in vinegar

Brathering is served cold usually with Bratkartoffel (cooked and fried potatoes with slices of onions), or with newly baked Brötchen, a German bread or buttered toast and green vegetable salad.

Below is a picture of Brathering (on the right side) which is served in a Restaurant in Bremen (Goedeken in Berckstrasse) serving traditional foods from North Germany. This Restaurant also serves another traditional food called Labkaus.

Baumkuchen refers to one of the many traditional cakes from Germany, a German Tree Cake. It is a layered cake coated with chocolates . Baumkuchen is literally translated as "Tree Cake" (Baum = Tree and Kuchen = Cake)

Baumkuchen has a characteristic concentric rings that appear when sliced which resemble tree rings that give the cake its German name.

The origins of Baumkuchen which is known in Germany as the "King of Cakes"can be traced back into the distant past, from the 15th century and lingered in Europe until the 20the century.

Baumkuchen is also well known in Japan as it is in Germany. In Japan, it is known as "the Ultimate Wedding Cake". The first German confectionaer to bake Baumkuchen in Japan was Karl Juchheim who was captured by the Japanese during Worl War I in China. The Juchheim company is very famous in Japan and their Baumkuchen is usually used for presents or souvenirs given for the guests at wedding receptions.

Enjoy the pictures below of Baumkuchen I always buy in Germany during the Christmas season.