• Bunter Spargelsalat

    Spargel schälen, in mundgerechte Stücke schneiden und kochen
    Gelbe Paprika
    Frische Gurke
    Nüsse, z.B. Walnuss
    Pro Person ein hartgekochtes Ei
    Räuchertofu in Stücke schneiden und anbraten

    Dressing: Olivenöl, weißer Balsamico, Salz, Pfeffer, evtl. noch etwas Orangensaft.

    Die Zutaten in mundgerechte Stücke schneiden. Menge je nach Bedarf. Die Kombination von Spargeln und Erdbeeren gibt es nur ein paar Wochen im Jahr. Das ist ein Fitnesssalat, erfrischend und sättigend. Wer keinen Tofu mag, könnte ihn mit Garnelen oder Fleisch ersetzen. Copyright liegt bei mir 🙂

  • The Boredom Game

    In the 70s, children’s playgrounds were different from today. They were more inviting to hang out and think of things to do. Near our house in the development area, there were two large new playgrounds. One was built as a fort. Rough beams of dark wood framed it. While long-haired teenage girls or boys in their bell-bottom jeans sat on the benches next to boom boxes, trying to look cool while smoking cigarettes, we ran around, balancing over the fort and jumping off the edge into the soft sand as if it was a jump from the two-meter board at a pool. On the other playground, there was a wooden Indian tent where we found shelter when it rained. When we couldn’t think of anything else to do, we played the Boredom Game. I invented it. In the sand zone there was a row of rough beams arranged in the shape of a corner and there were three cement cubes. It was a construction that we didn’t know what it was for. The generosity of the arrangement somehow reminded me of a seating area in a living room. I still remember the sequence of movements. Stepping on one cement cube, climbing onto the beam (at best without using your hands), balancing along the row of beams for three meters, then the bend to the right and balancing another three meters. Jumping on the first cement cube, jumping on the second cement cube, never touching the sand, the abyss, the sea. Jump on the third cement cube, then back onto the beam and the round starts again. If you fall off, you’re out.

    Decades later, an elementary school teacher told me that these games had a tremendous impact on children’s language development, and that today, as children spend more and more time with electronic devices and learn less and less to move their bodies skillfully, they are often unable to develop their language properly. Back then, we didn’t know how important it was for us to train our bodies, to let boredom take over, and to organize the afternoons ourselves until it was time to go home – at the latest when the lanterns began to shine.