Language and vocabulary notes
“schwitzen” – usually this means to sweat. So I wasn’t really sure what sweating peas meant. Apparently it can also mean to steam up or be in a sweat. I chose “steam” in the end. Anyone else have any other suggestions?
“Zergangen” – “zer-” is one of the most beautiful prefixes of the German language, at least when it comes to the emotions it invokes. The very thought of it gives me shivers and images of violence. “Zer-” usually implies something being destroyed. So when reading “zergangener Butter” the first image that came to mind was that of pulverized butter. Turns out it just means melted….
“Griesflöße” – (Kudos to anyone who can actually pronounce this!)
Last week I attempted to translate an Italian legal document. Their hanging adjectives, which in many cases could have referred to either the mother or the daughter, its need to turn one word into twenty (Italian is beautiful, but NOT concise), and its excessive use of Latin phrases, left me with a headache and in need of a stiff drink.
When your head is aching from vague Italian, what a relief it is to then turn to that most unambiguous and methodological language with its never ending list of nouns.
For six people, take three or four chicken livers and carefully remove the gall bladder with a paring knife, remove the pieces of liver that will be found in the intestines. Start cutting these livers and chop them until they have been reduced to pulp. Also chop a big bunch of flat-leaf parsley and cook each ingredient in a pan with a little butter. As soon as the livers are cooked – something that should happen almost immediately- add two pieces of washed garlic with the knife blade. Season with a pinch of pepper (salt isn’t necessary because of the garlic) and sprinkle 1/2 a tablespoon of flour over the mixture, soak with one or two tablespoons of broth or water,
For six people: 300 grams meat- 50 grams butter- 100 grams of pancetta – a onion- a carrot – a celery stalk – a cup of broth or milk – a teaspoon of tomato paste – salt – pepper – liver – chicken gizzards and hearts – prosciutto – dried mushrooms – half a cup of cream – white truffles