Bautzen – Mustard Shop and Mustard Parlor
Clearly there is no Bautzen without Bautz’ner mustard. So we started our tour in the mustard shop, which is slightly disguised as a museum. It’s also right on the Rathausplatz (town hall square), where our B&B was located. Bautz’ner mustard is truly one of ten products that West Germans knew from the former zone. However, behind Rotkäppchen sparkling wine and Radeberger beer in ranking. But the blue plastic containers are really also in every supermarket. And in the meantime, western kids have also grown up with the mustard, at least my three boys. Recently, they were pretty upset that I bought a glass jar of Kühne semi-spicy. Just to be clear: in addition!!!! I wasn’t being disloyal. I only wanted to have the mustard of my childhood again. (Back then Kühne was still a Berlin company.)
Senfladen – Mustard Shop
Fourteen stone-ground mustards etc. are available for purchase in the shop. I had already seen a few types in the mustard store in Görlitz during the spring. I think the line with the stoneware pots are really pretty. We bought a few pots for Christmas presents. More on the selection: http://www.bautzner-senfladen.de/shop/.
What is stone-ground I pondered and found an answer on the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts- Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Association) website. Mustard production is explained here: http://www.dlg-verbraucher.info/de/lebensmittel-wissen/warenkunde/senfherstellung.html
Bautzener Senfstube – Bautzen mustard parlor
On the way back from the Ortenburg we ate lunch in the “Bautzener Senfstube” (mustard parlor). Lilija had goose with a beer from Görlitz, “Landskron”, a dark yet light beer. I had classic mustard eggs. And as always, water. Tja, true German cuisine, everything sort of boring and bland. I really had expected more in a mustard restaurant; an unexpected meal but this is not it. Slightly grumpy service. Everything somewhat eastern. So discover yourself and cook.