Sunday, July 24, 2016

Apricot Compote

Apricot compote is a very tasty and simple dish to prepare. Here is a recipe:

10 apricots halved with pits removed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water

Place the apricots in a saucepan and add the water, sugar and cinnamon.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.

Apricot compote is very popular in Germany and is often served with plain yoghurt and also with whipped cream.

Friday, July 22, 2016

English t and German z

English and German are both Germanic languages. They have a common ancestral language, Proto-Germanic. As a result, it's not surprising that there are many similarities between them. In a number of words an English t corresponds to a German z.

Here are examples of English words with a t and German words with a z:

heart Herz
heat Hitze
salt Salz
ten Zehn
time Zeit
toe Zeh
tongue Zunge
twenty Zwanzig
two Zwei
wheat Weizen

The number of words in which an English t corresponds to a German z indicates that the two languages are related. In Proto-Germanic these words were the same. Historical linguists believe that the German z of these words developed from the t which is still preserved in English.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Difference between e.g. and i.e.

The abbreviations e.g. and i.e. are both from Latin. Though these abbreviations are used for clarification, they aren't the same. Let's look at how these abbreviations function.

The abbreviation e.g. provides an example. Here's an example: He has many hobbies, e.g., chess, tennis, photography and karate. In contrast, the abbreviation i.e. restates an idea more clearly or gives more information. For example, it happened in April, i.e., three months ago.

In certain cases, the use of e.g. and i.e. can change the meaning of the sentence. If we write "The fish are thriving in the new pond, e.g., the new goldfish," we can infer that there are more fish in the pond than just goldfish.

But if we write "The fish are thriving in the new pond, i.e., the new goldfish," we can infer that the only fish in the pond are the new goldfish. The abbreviation clarifies that the fish in the pond are the new goldfish.

Though e.g. and i.e. are both used for clarification, they serve different functions. The abbreviation e.g. provides an example, but i.e. provides more clarification or information. In fact, the abbreviation i.e. can be replaced with in other words. Though the two abbreviations are similar, they aren't identical.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sour Cream Porridge

Sour cream porridge is very popular in Norway. When made with Norwegian sour cream, butter separates from the sour cream when it is boiled. This is an easy dish to prepare. Here is the recipe:

2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt

Boil the sour cream for about 5 minutes. Add half of the flour and stir constantly. Lower the heat and slowly add the rest of the flour and some milk while stirring. Continue to add the rest of the milk and stir. Boil the porridge for five minutes and add salt. Serve with sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sour cream porridge can be served hot or cold.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Revival of Hebrew

The revival of the Hebrew language began at the end of the nineteenth century. Hebrew changed from the sacred language of Judaism to the spoken and written language of Israel. The revival of Hebrew is unique in history. There are no other examples of a natural language with no native speakers acquiring millions of native speakers.

The revival of Hebrew included linguistic additions. It incorporated characteristics from various periods of the Hebrew language and other languages used by Jewish communities around the world. Of these languages, Yiddish was the predominant.

With the rise of Jewish nationalism in nineteenth century Europe, many Jews believed that one of the criteria needed to define a nation was the use of a common language. In the early twentieth century, the Hebrew School Program founded in Palestine created a few hundred fluent Hebrew speakers. This proved that Hebrew could be used on a daily basis.

After World War II, it was clear that Hebrew would become the language of Israel. Though the immigrants to Israel did not speak Hebrew as a mother tongue, their children learned it as a native language. This made it possible to revive Hebrew and make it the official language of Israel. This revival can truly be considered remarkable.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Apple Cake

Apple cake is delicious and easy to make. Here is a Swedish recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
100 grams melted butter
4 apples

Mix the dry ingredients.
Melt the butter and add with the egg to the dry ingredients.
Butter a pan and add the peeled and sliced apples.
Pour the batter over the apples and bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius for about 35 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this apple cake as much as I do.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mexican Eggs

Mexican eggs are tasty and very easy to prepare. Known as huevos rancheros (farmers' eggs) in Spanish, they're a common addition to Mexican breakfasts. Here is the recipe:

Fry a tortilla until crispy.
Fry an egg.
Put the egg on the tortilla.
Add red or green salsa.

Mexican eggs are often served with refried beans, Mexican rice and guacamole. Enjoy!