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  1. Extra Cheese -> Flammkuchen We do it at baking house days sometimes with Quark, raisins, onions, hazelnuts, bacon, Schmand, beargarlic... Much like this but this pic lacks the bear garlic
  2. Labradoodle -> Siegerländer Kuhhund An old dog race used in the haubergs in my area. Bred for intelligence and agility, good looking was not a goal. The Kuhhund (cow dog) used to keep the cattle -which should feed from the leaves and herbs in the forest parts short before coppicing- away from the parts used for grain. Our Kuhhund is a very good frisbee catcher.
  3. A weasel can enter a hen cage if there is a hole bigger than just two centimetres. It wants to bring its prey to its hideout but can't leave with a hen in its mouth. So it let the dead hen go, kills a hopefully smaller hen, repeat till all dead because a hen never fits in just two ceentimetres. There are weasel traps which catch them alive. Killing is forbidden here. The twins have a tame one, hand fed after the mother was killed by an eagle owl. Better than a cat, because it can enter mouseholes. Terroir -> Terrier Both relates to latin terra=earth. A terrier was a hunting dog which was digging into the holes of badgers or foxes. My hunting dog is a German Shorthaired Pointer because I most often need it to trail animals wounded by cars. Also she is really family friendly.
  4. chicken curry -> Mistkratzer Our hens live in the open and have access to the dunghills and compost. Mist is dung and kratzen is scratching. So it are hens which scratch the dunghills in search for worms, maggots, mice,... The word is most often used by restaurant chiefs who prefer hens with less taste of their own done by a diet with a special corn mix. So they can use their fine spicing. Mistkratzer have a strong taste of their own which I actually like because I grew up with it. My younger brother with a Mistkratzer and future Mistkratzer. The cage is a protection against hawks, otter, weasels,...
  5. delicious -> family recipes If I had to choose between the same menue from either a 5star restaurant or the one from mom or grandma, I would vote for the family one. Must be that I was watching them while cooking and remembering the love they put into the food, or that they we were a large family and making big portions just taste better, or memories connected with the food, or... A german actor was saying: A snob is someone who considers a lobster just a starter for a real good jacket potato. With this definition I must be a snob because I really like jacket potatoes filled with Quark and would leave the lobster alive.
  6. cheesecake -> village baking house day My favourite is a thin cheesecake with yeast dough from full grain spelt, a layer of poppy seed (or place some spots with a spoon in the cheese) and then a topping of Schichtkäse and some sprinkles on it as mom did it. Schichtkäse translates as layered cheese. Quark (soft cheese) with different fat contents is poured into a container. The high fat one is more yellow, the low fat white so it gives a nice texture.
  7. music -> Erklärungsnot (the trouble to explain something) How to explain to the twins that Ticket to Ride from The Beatles is probably not about a ticket to drive bus or train. The Beatles lived in the red light district of Hamburg. The Bockschein was the health ticket for prostitutes to be allowed to do their job. Summer of 69 ... it is not about the year ...
  8. Joy -> Freiheit (freedom) X-Mas 1989, readiness duty at naval airwing, I wasn't firefighters yet but weapon officer in a subhunter plane. We had the TV on when it was performed. Some moments in life you just never forget. Leonard Berstein did Beethoven's 9th (ode to Joy) in Berlin short after the fall of the wall.. He let the chorus sing Freiheit when it would be Freude (joy) in the original. Interstingly both Schiller (text) and Beethoven had Freiheit and not Freude in early versions. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/classical-news/bernstein-beethoven-ode-to-freedom/
  9. pinocchio -> ice cream You can order a pinocchio in some ice cream parlors for your kids. Typically a ice cone is broken in two parts. The bigger one gives the hat, the smaller one the nose. Some use special cups.
  10. 80's -> cold war Alphaville - Forever Young Nena - 99 Luftballons ... Living in the yet divided Germany in the 80's was a constant fear that the cold war would turn into a hot war and if going nuclear all the 'tactical' nuclear weapons would turn Germany in a desert. Most people forget that Forever Young tells about the fears of young people that they perhaps won't get old. Doing the lyrics version because the lyrics were whatwe feeled at that time. Nena -> 99 Luftballons was brought into the USA by GI's returning from Germany. Only song who was number one in both the german and the later english version 99 Red Balloons I think. But the 80's ended with The Scorpions and 'Wind of Change'. But winds have their own will, see the Russia-Ukraine 'conflict'.
  11. McDonalds -> X-Mas Market There was a food truck selling Waffelpommes (translate as waffle pommes frites) with a sweet softcheese/strawberry dip to look like ketchup(majonaise. But it are sweet waffles made to look like fries:. Our waffle iron could be upgraded with these special waffle fries forms. Video looks so easy to make.
  12. waffle fries -> Belgium What are waffle fries? Are they these longly waffles which are fried and look like french fries, or are they these potato cut to look like a waffle and then fried? But both, french fries and brussel waffles, are from Belgium.
  13. food -> potato Potato harvest is kind of a family reunion in our case. We do potatoes for nearly the whole family, but at harvest they have to help at a weekend The dried plants are put on heaves and burned to prevent fungal potato plant diseases if having them on a nearby field the coming year. In the hot ash we place potatoes, kind of campfie potatoes. They have a nice strong potato taste and we cut them in halves and smear Quark on them. Wish mom will be back at the next.
  14. steak -> deer I know that the americans are proud of their steaks. But the word is from nordic german and just means roasted (on a pole). So a lot of animals qualify for the word steak. My family does mainly steaks from deer, easier access for me than good cattle steaks. Often it has to be wrapped with bacon stripes if it is too dry. And then the old wild game rules: serve with what the game was eating: juniper, mushrooms, ...
  15. paella -> pilaf I do a very regional spring variant: Grünkern (smoke dried unripe grain from spelt) instead rice, bear garlic instead garlic, dried mushrooms from late autumn, very thin slices of roasted deer, thistle oil, Quark,some berries from forest, a nomato (no tomatoes) sauce with local stuff to get the typical slightly red colour,... We got so used to Grünkern so we take it in nearly all recipes which have normally rice. Luckily I can buy it in 10 pound bags. Grünkern is way better than rice if a visitor has diabetes. A nearby farmer has spelt and I asked him to get some this year for trying to make our own village Grünkern in the remaining heat of the baking house. A 91 year old remembers how it was done. So we will have a Grünkern-day in our village. I did some vegs in our new indoor garden so I may experiment a bit.
  16. Piranha -> The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The AMT Piranha was the car used in the TV series.
  17. Close do the Döner the twins like to eat while waiting for the train home from school? Ever since our first I have an agreement with the döner restaurant that the kids can make their homework in the hour waiting for the train there and I pay him monthly. I played soccer with the owner when I was younger. Or the low carb variant more aas a salade:
  18. friendly -> Broholmer The Broholmer is an old dog race from Denmark. It isn't much used outside central Europe. The twin sister of my wife has one as family dog. She lives near Marburg which has a bid hospital for eye surgery and several schools for blind people. The Broholmer is often used there as a guide dog. We have too many lakes and ponds so I prefer our Leonbergers which are great water rescue dog after some training. A Broholmer:
  19. scale -> blind Caution!!! Scales seem to be dangerous devices. Most of the people using them use eyefolds to protect their eyes and a sword to protect the wonderful scale from being stolen.
  20. sun -> weight The ancient 21inch monitors of the SUN workstations at university had a big warning sign: Be careful when lifting: 35 kilogramm. I was always called to lift them by the secretaries of the math department. Don't know if it was because of the weight or they considered me the most sexiest ma[n/th] alive...
  21. intelligent -> son September: They did an anonymous IQ test at the school of the twins. One person managed to do 0!!! points. When returning the tests the teachr said to my son: ' I reported you to the university running the tests. They said that giving always the answer with the least points would be a sign of great intelligence!' Strangely his twin sister who answered every question with best possible points wasn't interviewed by the university.
  22. Grey goose -> drafted When I was drafted into army we were often singing the wild geese song when marshing. A soldier in WW1 sees chains of wild geese flying north over his trench and compares the army of grey birds with the grey uniforms of his platoon. He wonders if they will be still alive when the birds will fly south again. Wild geese are rushing through the night With shrilling cry northbound their heading – Attention, take care! Unsteady flight! The world is full of murdering. Fly through the world engulfed by night, Gray yeomen-soldier squadron! Battle cry yelling, wan quivering light, Far heaves the quarrels cauldron. Gray-colored host, rush on, fly – flee! Rush on, fly on to the north! When you fly south across the sea – What will our fate have brought forth! We are like you a host in gray We fly on the emperors call, If sans return we fly away, Rush an amen for us in fall!
  23. We did our traditional firefighters celebration with units from 5 surrounding villages. Big tents for our families and all trucks on top of the hill in case we would be called. My thoughts were at my mom however. Final surgery was on saturday. Hope all the best for everyone for 2023.
  24. Not so happy x-mas. As I posted we signed for emergency duty on x-mas. My mom was at my younger sis. Mom was walking back with my sis from church and someone ran against her. Stumpled and with her osteoporosis: four very complicated fractures. My sis is a child doc and she called the ambulance right away because she didn't want to move mom unnecessary. Probably three surgeries, one done two waiting... 3 weeks at hospital, then 6 at a special senior home to recover and then 6 more in rehab to learn limb using again. Sis works in the hospital. We have a speical senior home just back of the hill 3 miles away and the rehab can be done at the place the mom of the boy friend of our third works. So she won't be that alone because with covid the hospital/rehab rules are one visitor per day for one hour and a daily negative covid test. Luckily we siblings made a special health insurance for mom once we knew she had bad osteo. So all costs are covered but we hever thought that the insurance would be needed.
  25. camouflage -> tiger Deer, boar and many other prey of the tiger is colourblind. So they see orange as green. The colour is a left over from time tiges hunted in red stone areas. But with colourblind prey the orange was never changed, just bigger stripes. Camouflage is relative. The red plane of the red baron was harder to see when attacking out of the sun than normal camouflage which was to hide a plan from side when attacked from above. Camouflage is relative.

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