Recipes, Travel

Kaiserschmarrn

On a recent trip to Munich I sampled this traditional Bavarian dish. It’s essentially a smashed up pancake served with stewed apple and it’s very quick and easy to make.

The name isn’t really translatable – Kaiser we know as Emperor, but Schmarrn means something like nonsense, or mishmash or rubbish. The story goes that the Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) was concerned about her waistline and had instructed the chef to only make desserts that were low in fat. The Emperor wasn’t impressed by this as he preferred the usual heavy desserts. Sisi found this dessert too rich for her and so refused it. Emperor Francis Joseph quipped, “Now let me see what “Schmarrn” our chef has cooked up”. He liked it so much that he finished his and even his wife’s serving.

If you’d like something a little heavier you can add rum-soaked raisins to the batter, but since I think raisins are horrible I naturally leave them out.

Ingredients
3 Egg
1 pinch Salt
2 tablespoons Flour (plain), heaped
100ml Milk
25ml sparkling mineral water
2 drop vanilla essence
2 teaspoons caster sugar
3 tablespoons butter for frying
Icing sugar for dusting
Ground cinnamon for dusting
Stewed apple for serving

Method
Whisk the eggs and salt together. Add the flour, essence and sugar, whisk until all lumps are gone. Add the water and milk.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until it starts to bubble.
Add the mixture to the pan, leave to cook until the base is formed and starting to brown.
Flip the pancake and break into chunks, don’t worry about being pretty. Cook for a few seconds until the pancake is cooked through.
Serve with apple and dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon.

Stuff

iPad

I feel that today I really must jump on the bandwagon and make comment on yesterday’s announcement regarding Apple’s latest toy. And since I think it’s pretty fair to assume that you’ve been given all the specs and know what I’m on about I shall not bore you with the details, instead I’ll just bore you with my thoughts in a fairly random fashion…

– stupid name
– no usb so no uploading photos direct from your camera – you still need a computer
– daft name
– no webcam
– no flash
– stupid name
– only 64Gb?
– it’s not earth-shattering
– it’s not even exciting really
– it’s still a stupid name

In the end you just keep coming back to that daft name… here’s some of the better comments I’ve seen about it…

– Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?
– If I order this, will my boyfriend and I have to worry if it comes late?
– Yes, the iPad is small, lightweight and slim. But can you swim with it?
– If you and your friends all buy one, will they sync up?
– Can I get a scented iPad for when my data feels not-so-fresh?
– Is Apple making a smaller iPad for light-flow days? Just wondering…
– iPad has changed “the conversation” from how we use tech in context to how we use tech as Kotex.
– Somebody give the iPad a Red Bull, because it ain’t no good without wings.
– Meh. I’ll wait until they come out with the iDivaCup
– someone needs to make a ‘mysterious blue liquid stain on white’ wallpaper for this.
– The iPad: protecting your data from embarrassing incidents.
– So will iffy Wifi coverage be called iSpotting?
– Later in the year they will be releasing the companion tablet pen, the Ipon.
– 64 gig iPad will forever be known as the heavy flow model.
– Did the prototype come with a belt?
– Does the Period Tracker app come free?
– If it is meant to be so cool why not call it the iCycle… sorry the wheels fell off that joke
– Wondering when Apple will release the iRonic.

OK, that’s enough – at the end of the day it’s not really the device that will be the big deal but what the device enables people to do and I think the big deal will be things like magazines and newspapers which will be fabulous and something that I am really looking forward to.

I don’t have an iPhone yet, that’s next on my list. This one I think will go on teh shelf until it matures a bit more so maybe in a couple of years.