Holly recommended that we finish our Introductory German Course by making Austrian pancakes! On further investigation these turned out to be ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ (‘The Emperor’s mishmash’), a rich and highly calorific confection whose origin lies within the marriage of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth of Bavaria. It appears that she was more conscious of her waistline than her husband was of his, and refused this latest offering from the Imperial chef. Franz Joseph, however, after wondering what ‘mishmash’ the chef had served up, was happy to wolf down both his and his wife’s portions. A quick check with the History Department confirmed that this story was not only entirely true, but also led to the downfall of the whole empire. It takes only a few Kaiserschmarrn to make the consumer incapable of movement, let alone defending his or her domain. This we experienced firsthand as the girls vied with each other to produce ever more tasty yet devastating mouthfuls of the evil mixture. The accompanying picture(s) therefore show the girls whilst still able to move mouth and limb. Many thanks to Holly and the rest of the class for a very enjoyable year finished off in style.
Mr Vaughn Malcolm