Science - November 25, 2004

Food/ Hagelslag

Katrin and Marlies, exchange students from Austria, cooked a meal for about 35 KSV International members in the kitchen of student club KSV St. Francisco last Friday night:

‘Tonight we’re making griessnockerlsuppe (soup with semolina dumplings), Wiener schnitzel with potatoes and green salad, and apfelstrudel for dessert,’ explains Marlies, as she rolls out the dough for the strudel. ‘It’s all traditional Austrian food and it’s fun to cook. I usually don’t make apfelstrudel for myself. I eat student food like pasta. But apfelstrudel is wonderfully sweet, and the kind of thing grandmothers often make.’
Katrin is busy organising people to help prepare the schnitzels. First they have to be beaten thin, and then dredged in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. ‘I’m cooking because they asked us to. We’re the first Austrians in KSV International. I’ve never cooked for more than ten persons, so it’s kind of a challenge. But it’s fun because we’re doing it together.’
After the dough Marlies continues with the griessnockerl. ‘I got the recipe from the internet. It’s not difficult, but it’s a long time since I’ve made it. My grandmother knows how to do all this.’ She uses spoons to make balls from the semolina dough, which she puts in boiling water. ‘Although it’s traditional food, I don’t eat Wiener schnitzel at home,’ she admits. ‘But you can get it in every restaurant.’ Fortunately, Katrin has more experience with meat. ‘My grandmother sometimes makes them.’
Marlies is pleased that Wageningen has many international students. She’s less positive about the Dutch. ‘Generally they are cold and distant. They also seem shy.’
Beside the warmth she also misses Austrian bread. ‘Our bread is much harder and a bit sour. I also miss pumpkinseed oil, a dark oil that we use on salads. And last week I e-mailed my mother that when I come home for Christmas I want schweinsbraten (roast pork).’
Katrin misses the snow and the mountains. ‘Fortunately we live in a Dutch corridor on the fourteenth flour, so at least we have a bit of a view.’ They like their corridor. ‘They are really friendly and have helped us a lot. The only thing is they eat a bit late, about seven, and a lot of fried food.’ The girls both independently name hagelslag as the strangest feature of their corridor. Katrin: ‘I do like chocolate, but this is not attractive.’ / YdH, photo GA

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