I learned German for a short period during my school days, and apart from interpreting Burda sewing patterns from the magazine, waay back in the late sixties and seventies, really never had an opportunity to practice using the language. Consequently, I now have no skill left in that area, although Andrea Kidman, on You Tube, produces ATC videos she calls "German For Beginners" in which she uses often old-fashioned or unusual German words as sentiments for her fun artistic endeavours and I really enjoy watching these and getting my tongue around the words she presents.
When I was very young my family had a shack at Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, where we spent most of our holidays or weekends. Our only neighbours owned a farm at the end of the road in East Cove and I, or my older siblings, walked across their front paddock to the farmhouse each morning we were at the shack in order to buy a billy of fresh milk after milking.
The farmers name was Tas Dorloff, and he lived there at that time with his wife, daughter and mother.
His mother seemed to me, being just a tiddler, a very elderly little woman indeed,short and bent and always dressed in black. She spoke no English, but despite the language barrier we got on pretty well. She showed my mum how to cook what I, not being able to get my tongue around her strongly accented German dialect, called "Cartoofle Boompers". These were a great favourite for tea for all of us when we were children, served with mum's spicy tomato relish. They were a deep fried, spiky, very crunchy, potato fritter.
I now know these to be more correctly called "kartoffelpuffer". But old habits die hard, and my family still secretly call them, on the now extremely rare occasions we indulge in these nostalgic treats, by my old childhood name...
Well, enough, on to the inchie...I used one of my photographs this time. I was delighted to find that the Cornflower is the National flower of Germany...one of my favourite flowers. the intense and varied blue of the blooms is always a delight in the flower borders over Summer, their ease of cultivation and care make them an annual favourite. I always broadcast a few seeds about the garden beds in spring.
The petals of cornflowers are edible and can be added to salads and I add them to potpourri if I have them in the garden when I am making it, as the blue colour lasts very well. They are also, I believe, added to Twinings Lady Grey tea blend. The blue floral image was used on the Corning Glass cookware of my youth...mum had quite a range of these as white casseroles with clear glass lids, and other oven dishes.
I made Easter Hunt biscuits, rich with ginger and chocolate...we are all a bit old to be scrabbling about in the undergrowth looking for questionable chocolate eggs wrapped in foil, so this is my alternative, much more civilised! If one fails to find a trove of chocolate in the biscuit one has, then simply reach for another and keep searching, this process suits our Autumnal weather much better!
I had made a pavlova the evening before, so I piled on the cream and then drizzled it with Nutella and roasted hazelnuts as a nod to the Easter theme. I also tried a new recipe for a caramel tart to utilise the resulting egg yolks...I won't be making the caramel tart again as I much prefer my simple original version...this one was way too sweet and sticky, but I will retain the coconut base recipe, as that has definite promise for future delights... also I prefer my pavlova with the tart counterpoint of fresh passion fruit and berries rather than the hazel and chocolate version, but then I am not a fan of chocolate anyway, although it was a nice change as long as one only ate a tiny portion.
I was going to refrain from mentioning the very shaming ball tampering disgrace concerning the Australian Cricket Team in South Africa during the past week or so but find I need to record my disgust...how appalling it is for a Nation who prides themselves on being "good sports" to have to witness such unthinking school-boy antics from these extremely well paid professional sportsmen and mentors, (especially in relation to those children who hero worship them), whilst representing their country overseas...well, words almost fail me.
In addition, we are now seeing comments in the media about how it wasn't really all that bad, they should not have been penalised so harshly etc. etc. ad nauseum. Some folk would do much better not to open their mouths than make the issue worse, in my eyes, so that I am appalled all over again...
I liken these revelations to the morning when we woke to find that Australia had won the America's Cup....a momentous and proud sporting moment...it's just the same, only different!
Having not said all that, I'm offski,