Share Your World: 2016 Week 32

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

New in the Migros at last

Mostly British products that are not sold so much in Switzerland. One of which is lemon curd, a spread on the bread, or to add a lemon flavour to a cake mixture. It is made from lemon juice and mixed with egg. You can make it yourself, but cannot keep it very long because of the fresh ingredients.


Crumpets are also something I like very much in England: toasted with butter and perhaps jam. If I am in England I usually bring some with me to Switzerland.

However, need no endless supplies of anything. I have grown accustomed to other countries, other food, throughout my 70 years, so why be so fussy. I like english sausage that Mr. Swiss tells me taste like sawdust with a bit of meat. I am sure if I had an endless supply of the same food it would soon bore me.


What is the worst thing you ate this last recently?

The Swiss national sausage, the cervelatSome time ago Mr. Swiss suggested fried cervelat sausage (the Swiss national sausage that you can eat cold or fried) with pasta for lunch. I did not have a better suggestion so decided OK. I usually eat these sausages cooked with fried potato. I don’t mind pasta, Mr. Swiss would eat it with every meal, I would not: just now and again. I discovered that these sausages with pasta are not the hightpoint of 5 star cooking and I found the meal absolutely not appetising. You can bring me your Swiss sausage in a salad, or fried, but not as a noodle accompaniment.


You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

Cooking tomato sauce




No absolutely not, unless I happen to be sleeping, then I am very comfortable, somtimes too comfortable. I have to have action, be it just reading a book or on the computer, even cooking one of my 5 star meals. Sitting around and wondering what to do next is for me a complete waste of time.








List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.

List? No thankyou, it is too late. I had my last career change 8 years ago and now have the best job I ever had. I am my own boss, have no fixed working hours, and can organise the day to suit I, me and myself. I don’t even have to worry about getting enough sleep. My job allows me to compensate. The State even pays me for doing nothing as well as my ex work place. What could be better? Of course, there are days when the work pressure gets a little too much to bare, and I have some health issues, but don’t we all. For that we have pills, medicine and all sorts of remedies. Yes, life can be fun – who needs a career, just keep to your medicine timetable. I am at the top of my class – a super golden oldie. You can hear my joints creaking before you see me.


Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I survived again last week, although there were a few health obstacles on the way, but I made it until today so what could possibly be better?

There are so many things to look forward to I do not know where to begin. My diabetes tablets, checking my sugar household, avoiding food containing lactose, being careful when I walk and not putting the bread in the fridge instead of the bread bin (golden oldie moments of forgetfulness and confusion?) and of course above all, my golden oldie midday sleep. There are untold possibilities of a perfect life style.

Share your World: 2016 Week 32

Share Your World: 2016 Week 23

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

Perhaps the question might be better formed as to “Why did you work for money?”. Of course a Saturday job was always something lucrative for a young teenager, to boost the pocket money, but I had a target behind working every Saturday in the male clothing department of a local small department store. I was at school during the week and Saturday morning I would arrive to sell shirts, ties, socks and also trousers and suits. Yes, I did get some cheeky remarks from the young male wannabe funny ones about measuring them up for a pair of trousers, which left me speechless and of course, they did a silly giggle. Today I would probably tell them, “why not” produce the tape measure and move towards them, which would probably drive them into retreat. When you are 17 years old it can get embarrassing.

And this is the reason why. Me on the left with a school friend on board a cruise ship bound for the Baltic sea. We had the chance at school to go on a two week cruise of the Baltic Sea making stops in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Leningrad. This was in 1964 (note the fashions of the day), my last year at school. The ship had been converted into dormetries for sleeping and there was a canteen for the food. We had to make our own beds, no luxury cruise care. Two of our teachers also accompanied us. It was exciting seeing Leningrad (today St. Petersburg) as it was in the communist days and life on board the MS Devonia was exciting.

My parents did not have the money for this cruise, so I earned it all myself with my Saturday job. I think most of us girls from working class families had to find the money to go on the cruise, but it was worth it.


What is your favorite month of the year?

I would say anything between when it stops snowing until it begins to snow again. I don’t mind cold or even rainy weather, but please no ice or snow. Of course Switzerland in the summer is a wonderful place to be. Photo taken from my village towards the Jura Mountains.

View towards Jura from Feldbrunnen

What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?

To many to make a choice. I think this photo sums it up.

Wheat field in Feldbrunnen

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

herbsThe spice must suit the food. If it is Italian, then origano, if Chinese then some ginger and soya. If it’s Swiss then it should have some Aromat, no Swiss eats without Aromat. Otherwise I have my own herb garden, so I choose what I want from sage, rosemary, thyme and  lemon balsam with some fresh chives that grow in a box.


Share Your World: 2016 Week 23