Silver Travel Cook Club - December 2019

Emerald Waterways' Recipe of the Month

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Silver Travel Cook ClubEmerald Waterways This month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a delicious helping of the classic Germanic dish lemon and pork schnitzel, courtesy of Emerald Waterways and inspired by their fabulous Jewels of the Rhine river cruises. Glide from the canals of Amsterdam, through contrasting cities and regions of Germany, skirt the eastern extreme of France and end in Basel, in Switzerland but close to the French and German borders.

And you could win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wines and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Holland.

Emerald Waterways on board chef Aboard their award-winning ‘Star-Ships’, Emerald Waterways’ experienced chefs take great pride in preparing dishes to the highest standards, and in ensuring that their menus showcase the fantastic regional cuisines of Europe. Evening meals feature international and regional specialities, and dessert tables offering collections of fine sweets. Delicious wine, beers and soft drinks are included at lunchtime and dinner on board.

Their river cruises include inspiring days ashore into the very heart of each town and city, led by knowledgeable and experienced guides whose stories and insights bring the cultural history to life. There’s even the chance to visit a Black Forest village and learn how to make your own authentic Black Forest Gateau!

Jewel of the Rhine

Amsterdam to Basel river cruising

Keukenhof GardenArchitecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful 8-day river cruise along the Rhine.

In Amsterdam, explore modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise, before sailing the charming countryside witnessing traditional windmills and blooming tulip fields. With a history spanning two millennia, a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s oldest cities touches on Roman mosaics, the Great St. Martin Church concluding at Cologne Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the fairytale-surrounds of ancient Koblenz, continuing upstream to Heidelberg for a wine-tasting before strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Old Town. Cross the border into France and soak up Strasbourg’s beautiful architecture on a guided tour and, in Breisach you will have the opportunity to visit a postcard-worthy Black Forest village, or embark on a guided hike Emerald Watyerwaysweaving through the woodland and lush greenery. Later, attend a Black Forest gateau presentation with tasting.

Enjoy generous inclusions such as return flights and transfers, delicious dining with drinks and insightful excursions, we even include all tips. Prefer not to fly? You can choose to travel via Eurostar and rail on this itinerary at no extra cost.

Departure dates and pricing:

  • 8 days, May-October 2020 (Jun to Sep departures sold out)
  • Prices from £1,495pp including flights, tips, excursion options and wine and beer at lunch and dinner.      

Recipe: Emerald Waterways’ Favourite Lemon & Pork Schnitzel

Ingredients (serves 2-4):

  • Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 15g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 heaped tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 2 handfuls of watercress, to garnish
  • 1–2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Lemon & Pork SchnitzelPlace a pork loin steak between two sheets of cling film and bash it with rolling pin or meat mallet until it is about 1cm thick all over. Remove the cling film and cut the flattened steak in half lengthways, then prepare the other steak in the same way. Season the steaks on both sides with salt and black pepper.

Beat the egg in a bowl. Sprinkle the flour on to a plate. Mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, Parmesan, thyme and a good pinch of salt in a shallow bowl. Take a piece of pork and dredge it in flour, then dip it into the beaten egg, and lastly in the breadcrumb mixture until it is completely coated. Repeat with the other pieces of pork.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. Take care: hot oil can be dangerous so don’t leave the pan unattended. Add two of the schnitzels to the pan and fry for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until the pork is cooked through and the coating is crisp and golden brown.

Remove them from the pan and set aside on a warmed plate lined with kitchen paper. Keep them warm while you cook the other two schnitzels.

Serve garnished with watercress and drizzled with a little olive oil. Some potato salad on the side is just right with these.

All Along the RhineHow to win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of All Along the Rhine full of delicious recipes evoking this iconic river

Simply tell us in the Comments section below about your favourite Black Forest Gateau memory! Was it at a Berni Inn in the 1970s, or perhaps in Freiburg on a more recent family holiday. We’d love to know, and the best entry will win a super Emerald Waterways goodie bag and copy of this fabulous book.

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  • Mara44
    over 1 year ago
    On a driving holiday around Germany we stopped beside a waterfall and sat on a balcony to eat tall slices of Black Forest Gateau, watching the water cascading down and listening to the cuckoo clocks chiming in the clock shop next door. The gateau was the lightest most delicious cake enjoyed in a perfect setting.
  • Epicurious
    over 1 year ago
    As a child, to be taken to a Berni Inn was such a treat, always prawn cocktail to start, steak and chips and then always Black Forest Gateau to end our meal. Are there any still in existence?
  • DRSask
    almost 2 years ago
    I had tried Black Forest Gateau many times in the 70s but the best one I ever had was in Germany in the early 80s. It could have been in Dinkelsbuhl - such a stunning little town and the atmosphere certainly added to the flavour!
  • JoTea
    almost 2 years ago
    I always thought of Black forest gateau as a decadant heavenly posh chocolate cake. Done properly, its the right balance of chocolate, fruits and cream. Just love it and reminds me of yummy dinners ending with this classic.
  • Chilledout
    almost 2 years ago
    When I first met my husband in 1980, we went for tea at his sisters house. I'd never tried black forest gateau before, she'd made a trifle out of one. Absolutely gorgeous. Always a fond memory
  • LH
    almost 2 years ago
    Black Forest Gateau always used to be on the pudding menu back in the early 70s in the UK - dare I say did it happen after we joined the EU, not that it was called that then. I remember eating it in Harrow in a pub - the lovely black chocolate covering, the dark black sponge, and chocolate and ice cream oozing together, a great sugar burst and thoroughly satisfying as a teenager. Makes me hungry to think of it!
  • Su
    almost 2 years ago
    Black Forest gateau!
    It was our first choice of chocolate heaven when as a family we’d had a whole days skiing on the slopes. We had taken off our skis, staggered into an alpine restaurant, sunk into a comfortable chair and endulged in a Black Forest Gateau! No need to count the calories! We’d burnt up hundreds, so a second helping please!
  • SilverTravelEditor
    almost 2 years ago
    I first travelled to Germany as a callow 16 year-old, on an exchange trip to stay with a family in Koblenz.

    I have vague memories of eating a Black Forest Gateau during my visit, but it's all a bit hazy amongst the blur of drinking way too much wine from the many Rhine & Moselle vineyards nearby, and practising my German language skills with local Frauleins.

    Like others have already commented, a more vivid memory of eating BFG is at the classic Berni Inns in the 1970s. I can still taste that sweet accent of cherry cutting through the unctuous chocolate. So exotic then, but how dated now.
  • Jacks10
    almost 2 years ago
    Black Forest Gateau goes along with Steak Diane and Berni Inns - they are intertwined! Such lovely food and places to eat! Brings back so many memories. The Berni Inn near Solihull was one of the first places my then boyfriend now husband of nearly 49 years took me to eat...and of course we had Prawn Cocktail, Steak Diane and then naturally Black Forest Gateau! So sophisticated!!!!
  • happytraveller
    almost 2 years ago
    Often make schnitzel using my own breadcrumbs (dried in oven & blitzed to a fine crumb). Oddly the breadcrumbs appear to have been omitted from the recipe above :) Best Black Forest Gateau I had was in Germany in the 60's.
  • Sararose
    almost 2 years ago
    I was sixteen years old and on my first proper date, We had dinner in the local pub and it was the first time I had ever been in a public house! I expected it to be "spit and sawdust " as my strict Methodist parents has warned me of the perils of drink! However it was really quite smart and the dining area was well away from the bar, We had steak (another first) and of course Black Forest Gateau which was quite delicious and served with squirty cream. Although I enjoyed the meal I thought my date was rather boring and chose not to take it any further,
  • kgnw28225
    almost 2 years ago
  • Valencia
    almost 2 years ago
    My favourite memory was just recently. A friend of mine asked me to make a Black Forest Gateau for her husband's birthday. So it was a pleasure to help create a lovely birthday memory for him. I was so happy to learn not only was he surprised, he also enjoyed the Black Forest Gateau.
  • Helloitsme
    almost 2 years ago
    Love German food but love to try schnitzel receipe. But don't think turn out like shown but gave it a go loved to go on this holiday type but am not good at traveling
  • ESW
    almost 2 years ago
    Black Forest Gateau - that really is a blast from the past, along with prawn cocktail... They were so sophisticated then!