Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blogtober Fest ... I'm off

Let the Tinniegirl's Blogtoberfest begin. I am going to do my darndest to keep up this blogging malarky for the whole month of October! Been thinking about the whole German influence and realise that it is a culture that has been delicately interwoven in our lives. I could almost claim citizenship. How?

1. I have spent a lot of time in Germany ... well not exactly in the country .. rather in transit in Frankfort Airport. We were so busy playing travel scrabble ... that by the time we realised we should be boarding, we also realised we were in the wrong terminal. Yep we were those bastards who get on the plane when everyone else is seated and waiting to get clearance for lift off! ... there is another story with the German Flight Attendant - but I will leave that for another time.
2. I love sauerkraut. Could eat it every day. Edie loves it too. We are all over the sauerkraut like a rash in our family ... even contemplating having a crack at making our own. Apparently it a very stinky process. I am not deterred. I am a mother. Stinky is a part of what I do. daily.
3. Despite shifting schools for my final year of primary school and thus not getting to study German - I can still count to 10 and say goodbye ... almost fluent you would say. The fact that I can say Danke Schoen is down to Ferris Bueller. Auf Weiderzein may be down to The Sound of Music.
4 I have flown Lufthanza. Twice.
5. I still dream of the lederhausen I picked up and then put back at Evandale market a few months ago. I should have gone with the gut and bought them. Every family needs a pair of lederhausen. I know Dunc would have protested ... but if he just gave them a try he could see that they are hot.
6. I love Cabaret.

That's it. Bring on the blog


Bec said...

Ich liebe sauerkraut! (and pfeffernusse) (not together though!)

trasha said...

Mmmm ... pfeffernusse :-)

Truly you are millimetres off being claimed as a German native - watch out Angela Merckel!

Isis said...

hey Helga, if you really want to make some sauerkraut let me know... we have way too many cabbages growing in out garden (not ready yet though)
x isis

Tina - Melbourne Vintage said...

a happy German post! Yay! I would seriously not recommend making it yourself - as a native German I can confirm that it stinks like all hell and it takes YEARS to get it soft! :)

willywagtail said...

Das is gud! To think that my mother was German and I can't do more than count to twenty and ask you to please pass the butter or honey. But sauerkraut is yum. Mmm. Although I think I might prefer stinky nappies because they get cleaned but the sauerkraut doesn't. Cherrie

Gina said...

You are a very funny woman, Gemma.

Loz and Dinny said...

Bec and Trasha ... you have out Germaned me - now I have to find out what pfeffernusse is to maintain credible links!!

Tania said...

Hold on to yer hat, lady! Oh, sorry, should have said that in German. Here you go: Halten Sie an zu Ihrem Hut, Dame! I'm sure that little translation website I was just visiting has prompted me to write something rude and uncouth on your blog.

sophiehillartist said...

Guten Tag Frau Burns!

Wie gehts?

Oh I love German. I haven't been yet, but I will. 8 years of German at school... should put it to good use! I want to eat bratwurst and check out some hot German couture... ein lederhosen und ein anorak!

Ja, Ich bin eine dumbkopf!
(Yes, I am a dumb head!)

Okay enough German prattle.
Hand me the sauerkraut!
Mwah x

Kris said...

You need to start going to Black Forest Meats, then.

Good fleisch, if you're that way inclined,

and pfeffernusse (which are not to hard to make)

and sauerkraut (which, yes, really must be bought),

and German speakers who will often give your kid a free bit of wurst.

We love.

mrs smith said...


This was the culture exchanged from Jorgen the German exchange student in year 12.

We taught him how to say 'wanker', so I suppose it was a fair exchange.

2paw said...

I studied German for four years with Frau Plachta (sp??) We made apfel strudel one day and we sang songs, it was great!!
Not so sure about the sauerkraut though.
Of course being in an airport transit lounge immediately confers citizenship upon one!!!
Happy Blogtober: Good Luck!!!

Fer said...

Now this is going to be a real hoot! (coming from someone who can still count to 100 in German - that's about it after 3 years of it at high school.....)

You realise you're going to have us in laughing fits every day?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

For all that I live 2 1/2 hours by public transport from a pretty little German market town , I see very few lederhosen roaming wild . That could , of course , have something to do with the briskness of local winters . But the bread alone is worth the trip , the creamy yoghurt , the local ham ....and on a different note the lovely fabric shops .
Hmmm , I'd better go again before November .

Rach said...

we have lederhausen... And pfeffernusse in the house and sauerkraut for lunch. No surprise that there is a German in this house... x

Loz and Dinny said...

Aah! Smitonius and Sonata: Again you make me salivate with jealousy over your cheeky tales of travel in Europe ... and then rub salt with trash talks of culinary delights and fabric ... I tell you - I'll get there - one day - again soon!!!! Gemmax

Linda said...

Wow. I have moved to a German area I think. Our Foodworks only stocked sauerkraut, chicken mince, rookwurst when we first came here. Everything else was hit and miss so I learnt to like sauerkraut and we make Bigos to use the two ingredients. I am also able to buy bratwurst.

I love your banner pic.