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2nd meeting: Finnish – German

It took us a while to arrange our second meeting, because our schedules were quite different and we were busy studying for uni, but now we finally did it! Yesterday afternoon Sofia visited me at my place and together we made “Kartoffelpuffer”. They are a bit like pancakes, but made out of grated potatoes. You can eat them both, sweet and salty, we chose sweet, so we ate them with apple puree.

The cooking was a good opportunity to revise some kitchen and food vocabulary, such as “kulho” (bowl) and “keittiövaaka” (kitchenscale). 🇫🇮
Since we were making German food, we also listened to some German music and compared German and Finnish food and grocery stores. When I moved to Finland it was quite surprising for me that the stores are open on Sundays, because in Germany they are always closed.

For our next meeting we are planning on cooking/baking some Finnish food, I’m excited how that will turn out!

German food and Next level UNO.

After a long week of vacations, we gathered at Jacqueline’s place to try some German dishes. I arrive with Nedas at the given time. Maria was already there helping Jacqueline. Jacqueline’s roommates were also there. The first thing we tried out was the “Apfelsaftschorle”, I was told by Jacqueline that this is really common amongst Germans, they even water down wine with mineral water!

We were presented with the first dish ““Kartoffelsuppe.” It is a potage with a salty taste. The ingredients on the soup were:




bay leaves


vegetable broth.



I loved the dish even though it was a bit salty for my taste.

The second and third dish we tried out was “Maultaschen mit Kartoffelsalat” which was a basically a salad with the added potatoes, but my favourite dish was the “Maultaschen”  which was really similar to ravioli, but instead of the cheesy filling, they had a sort of ground meat filling. (If I can buy them somewhere around the airport in Munich on my way home I probably will.)

At this point of the meeting we were pretty full, but we power trough another dish and dessert. the last main dish we had was called “Kässpätzle”. This dish had pasta with a lot of cheese, some onions and it was cook on a pan. It was majestic, I truly love all of the dishes.

At the very end, we spend some time having fun. We played some UNO and we ate German chocolates. I learned that Ferrero is a German company that makes this chocolates called Duplo, they ressemble a similar brand that we have back in Mexico but with a different name.




Whenever it comes to food, I would be sooo excited. What about you? Do you feel excited now?

This time we had a perfect lunch with lecker German-Finnish starter, Vietnamese-style main dish and herkullista Finnish desert.

This is Tabea’s blog post: http://eoto.blogs.tamk.fi/2017/10/22/international-lunch/. You can find all the ingredients there.

Swabian potato salad was the name of the starter. It took Tabea two hours to cook it. Well I would say it was worth cooking as the dish was good! and Tabea could save much time for next cooking tryout.

Hmm it seems that I forget something. Ohh the legendary “pastry”. I love the moment we made fun of this pastry. Tuuli even showed us the home-made one, which surprised us all! In my opinion, the one from Lidl supermarket (out of 3 biggest) is the best!

I love cooking. Since I moved to Finland, I tried to mix many Finnish raw ingredients for cheaper price with Vietnamese and Asian sauces for familiar taste of food. It is great experience in general. This dish was no exception. Basically, this dish was not from Vietnam, but I tried to make it with Asian style. You will love it for sure!!!

This is mud-cake, the desert. Anyone crave for sweet?

What I learnt during the whole food-date was the difference between Vietnamese cooking style with Finnish/German one. I love cooking with hands so that I try to use hands to do as many things as I can. Meanwhile, it is considered dirty in Finland and Germany. It was quite surprising to me that Germany and Finland shared quite similar table manners besides cooking styles. Should I call it in general as European style? Other than that, we had discussion about Finnish law, housing price in Finland, European citizen benefits and all kinds of jokes.

Such wonderful experience, looking forward for upcoming food-date!!!

Cooking German Food Together! (02/12/2016)

Our fifth meeting, we decided to cook German food together. We met at Khassy’s place again like last time we cook Chinese food. And Khassy invited her German friend Laura, to help us cook together. We cook meat balls by mixing meat, eggs and bread, and I tried the step of making those stuffs into ball although I’m not good at it. Then we cooked mashed potatoes with milk. I really love the taste of this kind of potatoes.

While eating, we talked about some words in Chinese and German with weird pronunciation. That’s so funny because some words in German I really cannot pronounce. And I also asked Khassy something in Germany, like some famous places to visit, some famous delicious food and drinks. I know the sausage and beer are famous in Germany. So, I am looking forward to travel to Germany in the future.


I really enjoyed eating and cooking with them! I hope next time we can have chance to eat local traditional German food together!

#10 – Last meeting and Pre-Christmas Party

We’re nearing Christmas, holidays and me leaving Finland.

For our last meeting I invited my students Kaisa and Maija to my own place for having a small Christmas party 🙂 I still have some German Christmas candies, cookies and cakes from my visiting friends so I let them try out these snacks.

As a special treat, I had Glühwein from Germany. It’s flavoured red wine and super typical for Christmas in Germany, they sell it in every store/supermarket during Christmas season and at every Christmas market. It has to be heaten up in a pot since you only drink it warm ;D

While sitting around in the living room of my apartment we were listening to German Christmas songs, read the lyrics, sang along and talked about the meanings. Christmas songs have a wonderfully cozy touch to them, so we had a very relaxing evening with some sweets, wine and good music.

Here you can listen to a nice mix of the most popular German Christmas songs 🙂

>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_-e9EWPjI

As a little Christmas gift I baked some cookies for Maija and Kaisa like I did for all my exchange study friends, the whole load looked like this 😀

When I asked for feedback they said that all in all, they were able to refresh and expand their German language very well and in a very funny way, which makes me feel glad that I was able to help them out. EOTO was a really new but positive experience to me. I am glad that I chose this course, EOTO is about more than just learning or teaching languages, it’s something that made my stay abroad more valuable.

I even received Christmas presents from my students, thanks a lot, Maija and Kaisa for the chocolate, it was sooo good! ♥ It was very, very fun with you, I could do it again any time! To have all the meetings, to talk and laugh about the German and Finnish language and just to hang out, talk with you about life and universty and walk around in Tampere. It has been a pleasure! I wish you all the best, let’s keep in touch! 😀

With this entry I want to finish my EOTO blogs, hope you enjoyed it, kiitos for reading! Hope we see each other again sometime, somewhere! 🙂

~~~ Theresa ♥

#8 – Christmas market in Tampere and the German holiday calendar

Recently, Joulutori opened in Tampere and of course we didn’t want to miss it, so our location for the 8th meeting was determined easily 🙂

I went to Joulutori on the opening day with another exchange student (Sanne who also did EOTO :D) and found out that there were some German stalls with German-speaking people and food there, so I decided to introduce them to my students.

Lebkuchennnnn 😀

I started our conversations in German only while we walked around and chatted with the stall owners (in German of course haha), so Maija and Kaisa joined and purchased some goods while talking in German, it was very funny because they had to turn everything into German so suddenly, but they did well! 🙂 There were Lebkuchen, Marzipan, gebrannte Mandeln and Krapfen/Quarkbällchen at Joulutori – pretty normal food you can find on any German Christmas market, well done! 😀 I bought some Quarkbällchen (that’s how we call them in the state where I come from but they actually have many different names that German people call them) and treated Maija and Kaisa to try them and they liked it, I’m so glad 😀

After walking around a lot we decided to sit down in a wooden house, drink some Glögi and talk about the German holiday calendar and compare it to the Finnish holidays. We found out that our calendars are pretty much the same with all the Christian holidays. Exceptions like Independence Day or Thanksgiving exist of course but talking about our different cultures was very interesting and fun 🙂 I learn so much about Finland and Finnish culture despite having this set up as a one-way learning/teaching group only, I like EOTO a lot because of this 😀

See you next time!

German foods – “Flammkuchen” and “Apfelstreusel”

This our meeting was cooking German foods. It is “Flammkuchen” and “Apfelstreusel”.

“Flammkuchenis a dish composed of bread dough rolled out very thin in the shape of a rectangle (traditionally) or circle, which is covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons. It means “Flame cake” which translates as “Pie baked in the flames.”

Apfelstreusel is cake or pie with apple.


Here is short recipe.

First, Apfelstreusel is….

Die Zutaten

350 g Mehl = flour

150 g Grießzucker = sugar

180 g Butter

1 Ei = egg

6 Äpfel = apples

Zimt = cinnamon

Die Zubereitung

– Peel the apples and cut into 6 thin slices – This then vanilla sugar, a little cinnamon and about 30 g – Insert the caster sugar – Meanwhile, mix by hand the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Between the hands so long rub until you get a Streuselteig. – Half of the dough in a buttered give Tourtière (pottery-form) and a small edge shape. – Then give the apples with the drawn juice and the rest of the sprinkles cover. – Bake 50 minutes at 160 ° C.


Second, Flammkuchen is very simple.

Spread the flour dough and then add chopped onions and meat. Go to oven!


Flammkuchen is like almost thin pizza. Every food is sooooo good.

Danke Katri!!!

And I met Johanna who lives together with Katri. We have a chat long time. She is so kind and really good at speaking English.

After eating, we watched ‘One-piece’ animation with dubbing German. It is impossible to understand every meaning. But I tried to listen a short sentence.