Subtle Differences: Baked Goods

When you are part of an intercultural relationship, you encounter differences both big and small. Today’s subtle difference is very small… in fact, you might even call it bite-sized.

Recently, I wanted to make some cookies. Specifically, I wanted to make a peanut butter cookie recipe that I had seen on Pinterest, but BV had an objection to that. According to him, cookies are something that you only eat around Christmastime.

Plätzchen/Christmas cookies, circa 2012

Plätzchen/Christmas cookies, circa 2012

I replied by saying, okay sure honey, Plätzchen might just be for Christmas, but since Plätzchen just means cookie and I am an American, cookies are for everyday consumption. Just ask the Cookie Monster! They are a year-round option! Plus, what do you pack for dessert in  your school lunch if you don’t have cookies?

From there the conversation spiraled into a whole discussion about how weird it was that I went to a school that we weren’t allowed to leave at lunchtime. He couldn’t believe that we couldn’t nip out to the bakery if we wanted, just to get a snack. Then I had to explain that there really wasn’t anywhere to go except for the Burger King attached to the gas station. Classy. His solution to this was that we should open up a bakery van and park it outside a similar closed-campus rural American school.

My response?

“Oh BV. You can’t just park a van outside a rural school in America without the possibility of being arrested as some kind of child creeper.”

And no, I still haven’t made the peanut butter cookies.


7 thoughts on “Subtle Differences: Baked Goods

  1. What about Bahlsen? And DeBeukelaer? And Leibniz? These brands of biscuits are sold all year round. And people eat them, all year round. It’s actually quite strange that Germans, who love to bake, do not make their own at any other time of year bar Xmas.

    • Three brand names not oft found in our pantry. Leibniz sometimes appears in the car on road trips but our house is pretty cookie-free 11 months of the year. BV isn’t a sweets guy, but chocolate is totally acceptable. Whereas I like all sweets, and thus hoard Haribo like a squirrel so he won’t tell me how terrible all that artificial sugar is. Wee!

  2. Oh dear, I’m glad Jan has no objection to me baking biscuits at any time of year I want (but obviously the Plätzchen have to be saved for Christmas). I will never make peanut butter anything though because he’s allergic to peanuts.

    • Ohhh, condolences to Jan. But good that he doesn’t mind all your delicious baking!
      Incidentally I made an insanely good Thai peanut dish for dinner and converted BV. Previously he said that he wasn’t crazy about peanuts in “dinner food.” Peanut!

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