Tuesday, July 3, 2012

About Strawberry Tartlets and Broken Dishwashers

It's strawberry time! Okay, it's nearly over but I really can't count the pounds of strawberries I ate last weeks. On Saturday I made two tartlets, one for me and one for my granny. I bought two already baked tartlets in the grocery put some strawberries on the top and cooked a glaze. The glazes we can buy in Germany are called "Tortenguss" and it's made out of sugar, starch and delicious chemistry. You add 1/2 pint of water and cook it for two minutes. I know I am crazy but I indeed bought some organic glaze (sic!). I am still wondering what I was thinking about - chemistry is chemistry, but one time is no time we say in German. The tartlets were made in 10 minutes and tasted really good - you know chemistry ;)

On Friday evening, I collected my dishes for 3 or 4 days I switched on the dishwasher and everything worked as always. After about 5 minutes I switched it off for a while because I wanted to follow the news on TV. After a while when I switched it on again the automatic fuses cut-out. After I got rid of the problem I tried it again and again I lost the power in my flat. After a few times I realized that my dishwasher is the problem and I can not do anything about it. After so many years it has been in use it finally said bye bye to me. I took out all the dishes and washed them for more than one hour. My God, how could we live without dishwashers?!? On Saturday I went to a retailer and bought a new one which is going to be delivered by Thursday morning - the best thing is, they will recycle the old one for free. Since the European Union has very restrictive laws about recycling of the white goods and othe electronic appliances, I can not just ask the local garbage collection guys to take it away. 

Since 4 days I am washing the dishes and swearing and washing and swearing. I can't wait until Thursday to get rid of the extra work I have since a few days. I try to think twice before I take out a clean cup out of the shelf and I'm asking myself questions like: "do you really want a new cup? You'll have to clean it!" Horrible! Only two days left...

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