Thursday, June 28, 2007

Language Week Day 4: Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten schmecken immer besser*/the grass is always greener on the other side

[*literally: The cherries in the neighbour's garden always taste better.]

Es gibt eine Redewendung auf Deutsch: "Mit dem ist nicht gut Kirschen essen." Es hat nicht wirklich was mit Kirschen zu tun, bedeutet aber, daß man mit diesem Menschen nicht gut auskommt und daß es vielleicht besser wäre, ihn zu meiden.

Der Spruch kommt aus dem Mittelalter und heißt im Original: "Mit hohen Herren ist nicht gut Kirschen essen, sie spucken einem die Steine ins Gesicht." Damals waren Kirschen nicht so verbreitet wie heute und waren eher für die Reichen reserviert die die Armen oft schlecht behandelten.

Unsere Nachbarin ist zwar eine Gräfin, aber sie ist sehr nett und mit ihr ist doch gut Kirschen essen. Zur Zeit besucht sie allerdings ihre Familie in München und wir dürfen Herr über ihrer Kirschbäume sein. Leider sind die Kirschen dieses Jahre nicht ganz so schön wie letztes, aber wir haben trotzdem einige gepfluckt.

Ich probierte ein neues Rezept aus - Salat mit gegrilltem Hünchen und Süßkirschen. Sehr einfach und auch unheimlich lecker.

There's a saying in German: "Mit dem is nicht gut Kirschen essen." Literally it means that you can't or shouldn't eat cherries with this person. Figuratively it's a warning to avoid someone who you probably won't get along with.

The saying comes from the Middle Ages and translated into English goes as follows: "Don't each cherries with nobility, for they will ony spit the pits in your face." Back in those days cherries were reserved for the rich and the poor were warned to stay away for fear of being badly treated.

Our neighbour may be a countess, but she is very nice and we'd be happy to eat cherries with her. Right now, however, she's visiting family in Munich so we have free reign over her cherry trees. Unfortunately the fruit isn't as nice as it was last year, but we did manage to pick some.

I tried a new recipe - Grilled Chicken Salad with Sweet Cherries. Very easy and quite delicious.

There's still so much fruit on the trees and I'm eager to tackle some other recipes so I guess you could say that my life right now really IS just a bowl of cherries! Worms and pits included, of course.

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At June 28, 2007 9:40 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

yummy! That looks so wonderful!!! And well even if the cherries aren't as great tasting, they look wonderful...

Thanks for the well wishes while we are away!

At June 28, 2007 11:15 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

HA! My only remembrance of picking cherries was as a kid but we never wanted to eat them because we were sure we'd find another worm! All you need is one to set that stage of revulsion! UGH.

I love these sayings/ditties that get handed down. So fun.

At June 29, 2007 1:33 a.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

We just netted our cherry tree today. The birds love to come and raid our tree. A lot of swearing was done, but I think we will get maybe 15 pounds of cherries this year!

At June 29, 2007 7:57 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Mmmmm.... I love cherry season. But they're still so expensive! Must be a bad year or something.

At June 29, 2007 6:22 p.m., Blogger swenglishexpat said...

I LOVE fruit, any fruit, and those cherries look just mouth-watering! Sadly our neighbours don't have any ;)

At June 30, 2007 9:38 a.m., Blogger ColourMeCrazy said...

That salad looks lovely and colourful! Good thing your neighbour is away!

At July 01, 2007 2:45 p.m., Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

Hilarious! I especially love the part when you say "they're not as good as last year."

We have the deep red, almost black variety here. Wish I could send you some! :)


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