In the Farmer's Kitchen in Carinthia
The farm is where it all starts. It’s the place where our food is produced. And it’s also the place where the traditional Austrian cuisine has its roots. Apart from fun and relaxation, this is an important part of a farm holiday in Austria. In the farmer’s kitchen, you can watch, learn, join and taste the fresh meals right on the spot. If you’re lucky, the farmer might give away one of her secret recipes.
What you need to know: there’s a story behind every traditional dish. Simply ask your hosts on the farm about their favourites. They will gladly tell you more. A family’s culinary traditions are as old as the farmhouse they live in. In a lot of cases, there’s only one secret ingredient that makes a dish taste completely different compared to the neighbouring farm.
A Country's Cuisine Reflects Its Culture
Originally, the culinary delights were simply the result of what the land had on offer. The Austrian provinces in the west have a traditional focus on dairy farming. Therefore, cheese is an essential product. “Kässpätzle” (a type of fresh pasta with grated cheese) and “Kaspressknödel” (fried cheese dumplings) in different varieties are much celebrated dishes. Each region and sometimes even each farm has its own recipe. But no matter how different they might be: they always taste delicious!
The traditional Austrian cuisine is colourful, diverse and creative. Vegetable farming has always been the cornerstone in the Austrian provinces in the east. The culinary delights typical of these regions are based on potatoes, pumpkins and cabbage. “Krautrouladen” (stuffed cabbage rolls), “Kürbisgulasch” (pumpkin goulash), “gefüllte Paprika” (stuffed peppers) or “Krautfleckerl” (cabbage and noodles).
The latter can be prepared in different ways: vegan, with bacon or sweet. That’s also characteristic of the traditional Austrian cuisine: for some dishes, there’s a “sweet” and a “savoury” variation. You’ll be amazed! In the Mostviertel region (Lower Austria), cider is used to marinate meat as well as to prepare a sweet pudding. Even the name of the historical region derives from this delightful drink - it translates to “cider quarter”. The Mühlviertel region (Upper Austria) is a paradise for all beer drinkers. The hoppy drink brewed from barely adds the finishing touch not only to roasts but also to soups.
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From Grain to Bread
On the farm, you can taste where your food comes from. Do you know that feeling you get when you hold a warm loaf of bread in your hands? Have you ever taken a bite of its thick crispy crust after removing it from the oven?
Have you ever taken a sip of fresh milk, right after the cow has been milked? Believe us when we tell you that you can taste every herb that the cow has eaten on the alpine pastures. You can taste the sun, the rain and the adventures.
Food on the Farm: Simple but Delicious
In the farm garden, you can pull the tomatoes straight from the plant. Get some basil and parsley from the herb garden. Add chives and mint leaves. And that’s it: the most delicious salad. For breakfast, you can go and collect an egg directly from the nest.
Enjoy it with some bread and butter. Everything’s home-made: bread, butter and a spread made of quark and herbs that the kids can’t get enough of. You’ve been there when the butter was stirred. Yes, you’ve even helped the farmer and learned which ingredients make the spread such a mouth-watering delight.
A Cuisine Full of Surprises
Each of Austria’s regions has its own unique specialities. Meat products, vegetables, cheese from the cows in the barn or desserts. “Kaspressknödel” (fried cheese dumplings), “Krautstrudel” (cabbage strudel), a pork roast with crispy crackling or a cake that the old farmer has brought to perfection.
On an Austrian family farm, every meal during your holiday will be a delightful experience.
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FARM HOLIDAYS IN CARINTHIA
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