Glossary S

- Suppengrün / Suppengruen :

Suppengrün is a German term which refers to a bunch of herbs and vegetables  which is used  as the  basic ingredients for making or cooking soups and sometimes stews (Eintopf) in Germany. Suppengrün is mostly composed of bunch of Knollenselerie (Celery root), Mohren (Carrots) and Lauch/Porree (Leeks), but sometimes stalks of Petersilie (Parsley) are also added. 

These herbs and vegetables are tied together and sold as a bunch and is always available in weekend markets and supermarkets in Germany. 

Suppengrün which literally means "soup greens"  is also known in cooking terms as Bouquet garni.

Below is what German calls Suppengrün sold in weekend farmers markets labelled as "Suppengrün" sold for about 2 euros a bunch

Below is the Suppengrün I bought from a supermarket which is packed in a plastic container. There is a bit of Blumenkohl (Cauliflower) added

 

 

Strammermax / Strammer Max refers to Germany's type of ham and egg sandwich. It is made of buttered brown bread topped with ham (Scheiben Schinkenspeck) and sunny side up fried eggs (Spiegeleier). 

Strammermax is called as Katerfrühstück,  a German word which means "a morning after breakfast", the morning after all activities in the evening, like partying, disco dancing, etc.

Strammermax are usually available in pubs/bars (Kneipe in German), restaurants and street stalls as snacks and are mostly eaten with beer. It an also be ordered sometimes anytime of the day in some small restaurants.

Picture below of Strammermax in one of the many Motorway restaurants in Northern Germany on our way to Sylt. Sehr Lecker !!!!

 

 

 

Sauerkirsche a German word for a variety of Cherry. They are sour even when fully ripe but best when made into jams or marmalades

Pictures below of Sour Cherries we harvested in our own tree in our backyard.

 

Semiya Payasam refers to a traditional Kerala dessert. Semiya Payasam which is also called Vermicelli Payasam is a milk-based pudding prepared with fine noodles (Vermicelli) cooked in ghee and milk. It is then flavored with cardamom, pistachio, raisins and cashew nuts and sometimes raisins are added. Below is the picture of Semiya or Vermicelli

Semiya Payasam is a perfect ending to a south Indian meal called Sadya. The sumptuous "Onasadya" or Onam Sadya, the feast on Onam is always finished up with the serving of this delicious and delicious dessert.

In Allepey, Kerala, India, they told me that the secret make a perfect Semiya Payasam is the right and perfect timing to add the ingredients.

Below are pictures of Semiya Payasam, cooked by my 2 "Aunts" in Allepey, Kerala, India:

Aunt Fely's version of Semiya Payasam:

Already in plastic container for giving away to the neighbors
Already in plastic container for giving away to the neighbors

Pictures below show Aunt Lily cooking her version of Semiya Payasam in a traditional pot for cooking Semiya Payasam, called the Uruli

Aunt Lilly, a bit shy for photo shooting while cooking. They told me that she cooks the best Semiya Payasam in the family
Aunt Lilly, a bit shy for photo shooting while cooking. They told me that she cooks the best Semiya Payasam in the family
The cooked Semiya Payasam, looks really so creamy
The cooked Semiya Payasam, looks really so creamy
Hers has many Cashew Nuts
Hers has many Cashew Nuts

Soya Beans and Kozhi (Chicken) Varutharacha Vechathu refers to one of the foods in Kerala, India made of  Chicken meat (Kozhi) and Soya beans simmered in coconut milk and lots of spices. like Turmeric, Chili, Black mustard seeds, Cumin,  and Curry leaves .

It is a soya beans and chicken Curry.

Varutharacha means the dish is made with roasted and ground coconut paste.

My "adopted Mom" made this dish when she was able to purchased fresh Soya Beans from the vegetable market

 

- Sharja / Sharjah :

Sharjah Shake or Sharjah Milkshake refers to a popular  cool beverage made with bananas and a malted (Horlicks) drink. It is very much loved in Kerala. Sharjah shake is a kind of milkshake made from small bananas (Njalipoovan variety) and Horlicks and is commonly sold in Kerala juice shops and bakeries. This one is with added chocolare syrup and ice cream and sometimes with grinded cashew nuts as toppings.

Below is a close up photo of fancy Sharja which I enjoyed very much when I was in Allepey, Kerala, India. I found it a bit different from other milkshakes I already tasted probably because the version from Kerala is made using Horlicks. 

 

Sharja/Sharjah with ice cream and chocolate syrup toppings
Sharja/Sharjah with ice cream and chocolate syrup toppings

Please see other photos below of the different Sharjah sold in various foodshops, Chaya Kada and bakeries in Allepey, Kerala, India

 

 

 

 

Below is the picture of one of the most important ingredients in making Sharjah, the Horlicks (please see article about Horlicks)

Horlicks is a famous brand of malted oat drink sold in Kerala