The banana mystery is almost solved


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Last week I had the yearly meeting with the kindergarten teacher of my elder daughter.
Every year, near the end of the year, the teacher gives feedback and scores to the behaviour, activities, progress of the kids.
I was pleased for the nice feedback, but my energies were already all directed towards the… mysterious topic!
And so finally I came to the million dollars’ question: Why (the hell, but this I did not speak out loud) the kids cannot eat bananas during their break in the kindergarten?

The teacher seemed a little surprised for this “nutritional” question, but she immediately understood!
OK, to make it short, a dental specialist sometimes visits the kindergarten to teach the kids how to clean their teeth properly and inform them on other matters somehow related to orthodontics, including “healthy” and tooth-friendly food.
Apparently, as the teacher reported, banana tends to stuck and melt in between the teeth, due to its soft texture. This might increase the risk for caries.
I don’t know whether it was because of the heat of the day or the astonishment for such piece of information, but I remained still, like stunned, for some seconds.

I never heard someone condamn bananas in such a way, being banana still a recognised very healthy fruit!
But this is it!

The mystery is solved by now.
But it probably needs a follow-up!
As far as I know, there are many other fruits which can stick, stuck, glue themselves between small teeth, but they have not been softly “banned” by the kindergarten dental consultant!

Is this just racism against bananas or maybe the dental consultant absolutely hates… minions??

(See also my previous post “The banana mystery in the Kindergarten”: https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/the-banana-mystery-in-the-kindergarten/)

The banana mystery in the Kindergarten

A big question mark has stuck in my head since yesterday.
I’m gonna tell you a real mystery, something which is fully out of any common human comprehension.
Every day my 5 years’ old daughter, when she goes to the Kindergarten, shall bring a small snack for the mid-morning break.
This normally means fruit and something crunchy like bread, crackers, etc.
Quite easy, right?

Yesterday I was in charge of preparing her small box and I gave her some slices of banana…
When she was back home, we found the same untouched banana slices. Strange! My daughter normally likes bananas. Which kid wouldn’t like this fruit?

With curiosity I asked for details and I found out that the teacher does not allow the kids to eat bananas!!!
What??
I could not get the real reason though…

I was quite astonished and even a little upset. Bananas are apparently forbidden, but other kinds of well-known unhealthy food, like sausages, are welcome in the kindergarten or even in the nursery and are often the delicacy of the day!!

I’m still not sure about the background of this “banana ban”.
But I shall go on investigating, because I’m actually going bananas with this banana matter!
… How not to in such case?????

Fleischk√§se (“Meat cheese”)

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Today I tried again one of the most unusual Swiss specialities: the so-called “Fleischk√§se”, which translated in English sounds something like “meat cheese”.
According to Wikipedia, it consists of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and is made by grinding the ingredients very finely and then baking it as a loaf in a bread pan until it has a crunchy brown crust.
It looks actually weird and the Swiss name really gives an idea of what this food is. Meat with the texture and the appearance of cheese… or eventually cheese with the taste of meat.
If you really know what this dish is, you will probably not eat it.
But pretending not to know the preparation and the ingredients, it is actually quite tasty. Better if accompanied by some beer.
Beer? Yes, of course. This food is a speciality of Switzerland, but also known in Austria and Germany.
And how can you quench your thirst in such countries without beer?

Feeling like Heidi’s grandpa

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Today I even felt like Heidi’s grandpa during my walk to the office.
After a nutritious breakfast with the cows, I had a tight and adult discussion with another cow on different events of these days: election campaign in USA, Zurich as the most sustainable city of the world, global warming of planet Earth.
After a while, unfortunately, I had to leave this session finding again my way to the office…

The pearl of Ehrendingen

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Ehrendingen is the small nearly 5’000 inhabitant village where we live. All the main services are granted as usual in Switzerland (supermarket, post office, pharmacy, etc.), including some local restaurants.

And when I say “local” I mean… very Swiss: Wienerschnitzel and French fries being one of the main and most exciting dishes!

But today at lunch we found a restaurant which is really a pearl: the restaurant is old (it was a Piemontese restaurant, “Heimat”) but it was re-opened two months ago! And now it is based on international flavours with Asian and African influences. All with great presentation of the dishes, marvelous tastes and perfumes and unique recipes. All made by the young and friendly cook Tim, who was working before in a one-Michelin-star restaurant in Basel! I have been living in the Confederation for 15 years but, when eating outside, I never felt the real joy which only special recipes or extraordinary meals can give you!

Congratulations to the new crew of this reborn restaurant! If you are passing by Ehrendingen, a meal in the Heimat is really worthy! Heimat, like homeland…
But don’t worry: The tastes you will experience in this nice restaurant have nothing to do with its Swiss… “homeland”!

Grass ice cream?

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Some days ago we had the first (and very short) snow in Switzerland.
Everything was (for a very short time) white…

What could you find in Switzerland as typical as the snow in winter?
Cows…cows…cows…cows…cows…

They are normally eating grass and grass and grass all day long on almost every visible field in the Confederation.
Unfortunately the grass became “grass ice cream” and so probably they were enjoying such unusual ice cream on their usual fields.

It’s really a strange country, the Confederation!
Only here you can find poor cold animals strolling around without any coat eating ice cream in the completely wrong season.

Special gift under the windscreen wiper

Today was a pleasant sunny day and so I went to Zurich with my family to get some sun before the long Swiss winter.
While walking, I saw something which I would have never expected…

A black car was parked in the city centre near the lake with something quite strange under its windscreen wiper…
An advertisement leaflet? No, too normal!
A leaflet with information about some cleaning or moving company? No, too normal!
A leaflet advertising discounts for some dress shops? No, too normal!

Then it should have been something very typically Swiss, you might think…
Not really.
What was the mysterious object under the windscreen wiper?
Look at the picture below and you will have some doubts on the serious, “square” and very normal Confederation…!

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