Spaetzle or spätzel is an authentic German dumpling. It is a small type of noodle made of just egg, flour, and salt. Spaetzle is a popular dish in the area of Swabia in Germany. It is a versatile dish that can be served alone or with a fraction of meat or vegetables. The name most likely comes from the German word Spatzen that means “little sparrows”. The word spaetzle also is an endearing nickname meaning “treasure” or sweetheart”.
What we had: Cheese and Onion Spaetzle
- Spaetzle (Pre-made spaetzle from the Maggi company and imported from Germany)
- Sautéed onion
- Grated swiss cheese
After cooking the spaetzle according to package directions just add in sautéed onion and mix in cheese. (alison’s note: I didn’t totally follow the recommended recipe when I made the spaetzle. I browned some onions, and threw in a ton of butter and a white cheese I had. Still amazing.)
Bier: St. Pauli Girl Special Dark:
St. Pauli Girl beers are brewed and bottled by the St. Pauli Braueri located in Beck’s brewery in Bremen, Germany. The original brewery established in 1857 was located next to the former St. Paul’s Monastery in Bremen. This is where the brand got its name. This beer is produced only for export and not sold in Germany. Currently three types of beer brewed: St. Pauli Girl Lager, St. Pauli Girl Special Dark, and St. Pauli Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage.
Films: Schlussmacher & The Experiment
This movie is about Paul who works at a professional separation agency. The agency helps break up couples. The main character Paul gets stuck with helping Toto, the boyfriend of a customer. As he tackles Toto’s problems he also deals with rethinking the meaning of love and relationships.
Schlussmacher is currently streaming on Netflix. This movie was a cute simple movie similar to a light American romantic comedy. For those interested in learning the German language this movie uses common everyday language and is easy to follow without English subtitles.
Das Experiment (2001)
This movie is about an experiment where for two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The “prisoners” are to follow mild rules and the “guards” are to retain order without using physical violence. As you can guess the experiment goes south.
Das Experiment is based on the infamous Stanford prison experiment (SPE). SPE was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted at Stanford University from August 14 – 20, 1971 led by a psychology professor, Philip Zimbardo. 24 male students out of 75 were selected to take on the randomly assigned roles in a mock prison made in the basement of the psychology building. Participants adapted to their roles beyond expectations and some prisoners were ultimately subjected to psychological torture. After just six days of the two weeks the experiment was abruptly stopped. Certain portions of the experiment were filmed and excerpts of the footage are publicly available.
This movie was very intense and disturbing, but had really good acting. If you are a beginner to the language English subtitles are a must. The language used is not everyday language and they talk very fast. Due to the fact that we turned this movie on way too late in the night, ate too many noodles, and the intensity we didn’t finish. After reading other reviews and the history of the true story it is known as top rated thriller. This will be a movie that we try to watch again, but earlier in the day when we can pay full attention.
Research: All the information on the background of the food, beer, and the real experiment from Stanford came from Wikipedia pages, the back of the package, or company website.