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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediakaiserchmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn (“Kaiser”, meaning “Emperor’s” and “Schmarrn” is “Mishmash” in Austrian German) is one of the best know Austrian desserts, popular in the former Austria–Hungary as well  as in Bavaria. In Hungary it is called “császármorzsa” or simply “smarni”. The translation of Kaiserschmarrn has generated some etymological debate. While “Kaiser” is literally translatable as Emperor, the same cannot be said for “Schmarrn”. “Schmarrn” has been translated as a mishmash, a mess, crumbs, a trifle, a nonsense, a fluff or even as a mild expletive.

Gerda made Kaiserschmarrn yesterday from a recipe she found in the German language WIKIBOOKS. Unfortunately, there isn’t an English version of this same recipe. The other recipies I found don’t really come close, but I can translate this one if someone wants it. 

It may be interesting to learn how this Austrian dessert or light meal became known as Kaiserschmarrn. To me though, the only important thing to know is there is no better way to combine eggs, flour and milk. If I were a condemned man, this is what I would want for my last meal.


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The Ultimate Breakfast


We enjoy our own version of müsli just about every single morning and never seem to tire of it.  Most of the ingredients are available in a decent grocery store, but we have to drive to Johnson City where we shop at the Whole Foods Market .  Here’s how we make it.

  • 1/2 cup mixed thick rolled (not instant!) oats (50%) barley flakes and rye flakes (25% each)
  • 1 tbs raisins
  • 1 tsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbs walnuts
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • in-season fresh fruit, such as strawberries, peaches, blueberries, etc.

In a good sized individual serving bowl, mix the first six ingredients together and soak in soy milk for an hour or so at room temperature.  In the winter, we heat this in the microware for about 30 seconds to take the chill off it.  You could use regular or non-fat milk but the soy gives it better flavor.  Just make sure to use regular and not flavored soy milk.

Slice, dice, or otherwise prepare the fruit and add to the bowl. Apples, bananas and canned pineapple is always available and are standard in our mix.  Now add whatever other fruit that is in season until your bowl is as full as you can get it. There really isn’t a downside to overeating this stuff.

Top with a generous dollop of plain, non-fat yogurt and sprinkle with a teaspoon of wheat germ. The whole thing now looks like an ice cream sundae.


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It’s Good!

I tried the Schlenkerla smoke beer last night.  We had it with Gerda’s homemade broccoli soup and laugenstangen with cheese.  It was a little milder than I expected but this could be the difference between the bottled and on-tap versions.  In any case it was excellent. The smoke flavor wasn’t at all overbearing, even at the beginning.  The beer went very well with the soup and a sandwich.  This is what I call an indoor beer, to be enjoyed with a good meal.

PS: A laugenstange is a type of bread roll I make from time to time.  These are pretty good and close to the original we get in Germany.  Next time I make them I’ll post a recipe and a picture or two.

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