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whipped cream....

PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:56 pm
by manfred
Yesterday I was walking round in Rotterdam with my nephew (returning from Poland) and we went to a place called Centraal Markt, a sort of speciality food market similar to Borough Market in London, but smaller, and completely under a roof, with a lot of residential property either side. You get amazing fried fish there.

I was tired, so we stopped at a stall offering hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, and we had one each.

The stall had a sign like this:

kopje cacao met slagroom 2.30€

If you know German you can figure out that "slagroom" matches "Schlagsahne"(whipped cream) ("Rahm" is also an old fashioned German word for cream, so it's quite easy to guess.) So "slagroom" is just "whipped cream".

However, if you approach this as an English person, you may get the idea that "slagroom" is a room in which you find, well, a slag.

And sure enough, up rolls an American guy.... "Is that slag room for 2.30€ for one hour or half an hour? And I have to buy some cocoa to get in, because that's the law, right?"

Apparently the poor seller gets four or five like that a day...

Re: whipped cream....

PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:13 pm
by Fernando
("Rahm" is also an old fashioned German word for cream
I remember coffee "mit Rahm" from the '60s in Switzerland. Is that just Swiss usage now or are the '60s old fashioned already?
On second thoughts, that would have been the '70s, even less old fashioned.