Pavlova research reveals dessert’s shock origins

I looked up this article in Google here:

It seems to me that it is impossible to tell the exact origins of this dessert because in one form or another it probably existed long before someone gave it the name pavlova!

The following is a little extract that I copied. What caught my attention was the German name “baiser torte’. It reminded me that as a four year old I loved “Sahne Baiser”.
I think meringues are baisers. It says with meringues are “melt-in-the-mouth moments” created. And this is exactly like this with “baisers” and especially “creamy” baisers (Sahne Baiser)

“As German-speaking immigrants moved to America, they brought with them meringue-based desserts called schaum torte (which translates as foam cake) and baiser torte (commonly known now as Kiss Cake). A large proportion of these immigrants settled in the mid-west of America . . . ”

This little video shows that Meringue Cookies is the same as Baisers.

Why did I say I loved them as a four year old? Well, in the early German summer of 1939 we spent the holidays in Zoppot at the Baltic Sea. This is where I was introduced to “Sahne Baiser”. I could not get enough of them, meaning every afternoon I was allowed to have one going out with Mum to a cafe with that “Kalte Platte”. The “Kalte Platte” was a dance floor in the open, if I remember right.

And here I found something CHRISTMASSY by Mr Bean:

The 21st of December 2018

Before we went to the cinema, we had a few snacks and coffee. We saw ‘The old man and the Gun’ with Robert Redford. It was quite hilarious how the bank-robber (Robert Redford) smiled at his victims and behaved like a ‘gentleman’. It is said this is Redford’s last movie.

The second movie we saw was ‘Colette’. I found it very interesting how Colette did become a famous author!

On the 21st of December 1956, that is 62 years ago, we saw in Berlin the following two movies together with Peter’s sister Ilse and brother-ilaw Klaus:

The Lady and the Tramp – Susi und Strolch:

We watched it in German and loved it so much!

21st and 23rd of December 2017

I reblog here some memories about what we did exactly one year ago!


DSCN3609 We had lunch with Martin on the 21st of December

DSCN3601.JPG My vegetarian Lunch


DSCN3612 At home we had some desert

DSCN3600 Martin looks at his new Wollongong Calendar

Towards evening Monika and Mark came to see us. It was the day of our Wedding Anniversary!

Martin had arrived at our place the previous night. He did arrive a bit late. He arrived at Moss Vale by coach because his train had been cancelled because of signal failure in extremely bad weather. Because some passengers arrived late at Moss Vale, the usual coach to go down Macquarie Pass had not been waiting. But a taxi to go down to the coast had been organised by the railway. Martin had had some hot take away when his coach had stopped at Yass. He messaged to Peter not to wait with dinner. We had planned to have dinner ready for Martin’s arrival. I had cooked…

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Sources Of Greenhouse Gases

This is a very timely article!

Lew Bornmann's Blog

It seems to me….

A more robust approach to global warming is needed if we are to avoid catastrophe. Unlike the recent financial crisis, there is no bailout option for the earth’s climate.” ~ Jose Angel Gurria[1].

A global warming of just 3 degrees Celsius could render much of the world unrecognizable and vulnerable to mass starvation (a number of studies predict yield declines of up to 70 percent for produce if the world warms beyond 2 degrees Celsius). The probability of environmental catastrophes – global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, biodiversity extinction… – is rapidly increasing. While any single weather-event cannot conclusively be considered a harbinger of climate change, the planet is experiencing an increasing cascade of non-normal weather and climate incidents. 16 of the 17 warmest years in the 136 years of recorded weather data have all occurred since 2001 with 1998 being the only…

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ABUL RIZVI. Dutton Sets New Asylum Seeker Application Record Posted on 8 December 2018

Abul Rizvi was a senior official in the Department of Immigration from the early 1990s to 2007 when he left as Deputy Secretary. He was awarded the Public Service Medal and the Centenary Medal for services to development and implementation of immigration policy, including in particular the reshaping of Australia’s intake to focus on skilled migration. He is currently doing a PhD on Australia’s immigration policies.

“Why did 50,000 asylum seekers arriving by boat represent a crisis for our border sovereignty while the arrival of a similar number over the past two and a half years by plane is just ho hum? Peter Dutton in 2017-18 has set a new record for the number of asylum seeker applications received. His record surpasses that set in 2012-13 under the Rudd/Gillard government. This is the result of a crisis in our visa processing system (see here) which is likely to be creating a honeypot for people smugglers. “

And so on

It continues here:

I reckon the above article is an eye-opener as far as our immigration policy is concerned!

I copied part of this Article by Oliver Burkeman: Declutter – don’t bother

Letting go of the craving for tidiness applies to physical possessions too.’ Illustration: Thomas Pullin for the Guardian

It’s a mysterious truth of the digital era that we can build self-driving cars and astronauts can tweet from space – yet there’s still no half-decent, non-maddening system for organising the photos you take on your smartphone. Actually, it’s not that mysterious: there are simply too many photos. Back in pre-digital days, when nobody owned more than a few thousand snaps, arranging them in albums made sense. Then came software that tried to replicate albums, which worked for a bit. But now that it’s normal to return from a day trip with 100 snaps, a threshold’s been breached.

Naturally, the same goes for emails, electronic documents, bookmarked websites and so on: we’re each expected to manage a volume of data that once might have kept a whole government department fully occupied. “I spent days experimenting with neurotic tagging systems, tedious backup processes and album management,” Brian Chen wrote in the New York Timesrecently, before concluding that the only way to manage your photos is to give up. Upload them, blurry mistakes and all, to the least bad service, Google Photos. Then rely on its search function to find what you need when you need it.

For those of us with neat-freak tendencies, it’s a harsh truth we have to keep relearning: treating your digital “possessions” like your physical ones is a loser’s game. You could spend a lifetime trying to keep them tidy. But as Chen notes, you’d be making a bad “search/sort tradeoff”: it would take so long, and search technology is now so good, that you’d be wasting countless hours. That’s also why you should abandon your complex hierarchy of email folders and use a single archive instead, and chuck every document into an “everything bucket” app, such as Evernote. Accept the mess – which, if you like keeping things orderly, won’t feel good at first. I speak as someone who regularly deletes emails from my spam and trash folders, not because I need the space but because it offends me to think they’re still there.

Want an antidote to chaos in the world? Maybe Barack Obama has the answer

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Letting go of the craving for tidiness isn’t only useful in a digital context, though: it applies to physical possessions, too.

December Diary

Only one more week to Christmas!

Two more weeks to the year’s end!

So very soon a New Year, namely 2019, is going to begin.

I still have a lot of memories how last year ended.

The above post from December 2017 brings back memories what our place looked like one year ago. I find it is interesting to compare last year’s pictures with this year’s December pictures! did-on-the-day- of- the epiphanie

On Saturday, the 23rd of December 2017, we went with son Martin to Berry for morning coffee, then to Kiama for an early fish and chips lunch, and later to Shellharbour for ice-cream. After we have had our delicious ice-cream, Martin drove us to the Beach Farm with is now a beautiful public area  close by the sea.

Our Christmas Season started with Sunday, the 24th of December, when the family gathered at our place for our customary Christmas Eve celebrations. Matthew and Caroline had arranged that Yittah, Matthew’s mum could join us for Christmas Eve and stay overnight at our place. This was really great, that Yittah could join us!

I think the link to the above post leads to some pictures that I published about Christmas in 2017. But now I do not want to forget to publish already a few pictures that I took over the last weekend! Here they are. No sorry, it did not work.

Apparently I did not pay attention and the photos went right to the top. They are of some pictures that Caroline and Matthew attached to the wall for us yesterday, on the 3rd of  Advent Sunday. Some pictures are in new frames! We are very happy with the work they did for us. They spent many hours of work doing all this. The four pictures in the vestibule  are all Berlin pictures. So we call this wall our ‘Berlin Wall’ now.

The other picture in the living-room looks great in this new frame.

It is this pictures by Sir Edward John Poynter: “The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon”

I think I leave the publishing of more pictures to another day. The settings are different from what they used to be. This is why I have difficulty finding my way around with inserting pictures and some other problems with changes that I have to get used to first. 

Hidden History: Exposing the Roots of the Korean Conflict

The Most Revolutionary Act

Imposed Divide: Exposing the Roots of the Korean Conflict

RT (2018)

Film Review

This documentary dispels many myths promoted by Western media about the real purpose of US sanctions against North Korea. Predictably the real purpose of North Korean sanctions isn’t to end the North’s nuclear program but, as in Russia, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria etc., to cause sufficient civilian misery to bring about regime change – either through popular uprising or a military coup.

The film begins by describing Korea’s historical division along the 38th parallel. During World War II, the entire Korean peninsula was occupied by Japan. When the latter surrendered on August 14, 1945, Soviet troops accepted their surrender north of the parallel and US troops in the South.

While Soviet troops withdrew, US troops continued its occupation of South Korea,  installing a series of puppet dictators to brutally suppress any dissent through surveillance, arrest, torture and assassination…

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Gaby’s Farewell Slideshow

Published on Jul 25, 2012

A selection of photos from the life of Gaby Hannemann 1957 – 2012. A tribute to a courageous person who was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Every time, I, Uta, watch these photos and listen to the music, I become very emotional again. What a celebration of our daughter’s life! As Peter says, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. And she always cared for every one in our family. We are never going to forget her!