Obazda – A Bavarian pretzel spread

You will need

  • 0.30 lb of ripe camembert cheese
  • 0.10 lb butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (dried and powdered)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon diced onions
Mix Cheese and Butter at room temperature until it becomes a paste with about 3 mm chunks of cheese in it
Add other ingredients, mix well and keep in a covered container. Refrigerate several hours, serve chilled with warm pretzels and German beer (preferably Augustiner or very cold Paulaner Oktoberfestbeer).
Fun facts: Those huge beer mugs aren’t called “Stein” in Germany. Universally they are called a “Krug” (pronounce it Kruhk).
Also, pretzels are not widely eaten with mustard in Germany. They are eaten plain, with butter, as cheese pretzels (baked with a cheese crust) or with Obatzda or soup.
A Good way to order a beer at the Oktoberfest is to say (yell): “I mog a Mass!”  wich is pronounced “Eeh mock ah Moss!”
See you at the Oktoberfest.
Tolling from Munich.

Learning and Education – Part 3: University, the state of things

The state of german universities is scandalous to say the least. Where to begin…

Most university buildings I have seen where in a state of disrepair. The walls had cracks, the paint was flaking off and the wooden pews creaked loudly. During the summers it got unbearably hot and in winter the lecture halls where freezing. The only subversion was the newly built physics wing in Göttingen. All other buildings fit that bill on at least two or more (mostly all) points. The quality of education is pretty good. If you can get it. Courses are often booked out semesters in advance. There are long waiting lists even for required courses and it can happen that some of your credit expires while you are waiting for that one slot.

Now, university used to be free in Germany. I know that the 500 euros we pay per semester are laughably little in comparison with US college fees. But it used to be free, and the now payed money has not gone to improve conditions as it was supposed to. Instead it was squandered for filling budget holes elsewhere.

Lots of students find that very frustrating and there is opposition against it so now we are at a crossroads. Which path should we take?

to be continued… 

Keep tolling the Bell

Overkill

You know what the recommended amount of kcal, commonly called calories (although they are kilocalories) is for an adult per day? Around two thousand. So either thist thing has less calories than a slice of buttered toast, or it can feed you for a day

Oh, and aparrantly it contains crustaceans.