tger greenhaddock: An away win

Monday, April 03, 2006

An away win

On Saturday the Haddock Family drove down to the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt to watch the Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen Bundesliga game. Before the match we met some friends we know from Marburg and a work colleague of mine, all of course Eintracht fans. Inside the Stadium we met up with, and sat with family members of ours, all of course Werder fans. Werder didn’t play so well in the first half, but improved considerably in the second half, resulting in a converted penalty from Miroslav Klose for Bremen to win the game. The referee was very wayward in his decisions and seemed to hand out yellow cards on a whim. The Juniorette even thought he was a Frankfurt supporter. We all had a really good time, even if I ended up with a sore throat and croaky voice from all the shouting I did – In English – It really is the best way to shout abuse at the referee!

We took delivery a few days ago of a 1/8th of a cow from a Bio farm. Fortunately it was a small cow and it was already chopped up correctly (technical term). I still remember the amount of work (and mess) it took to chop up half a cow when I was in the Falklands. Four blokes with knives and saws, with not much of an idea of what to do. We got the job done but the roasts and steaks were all shaped a bit funny. Fortunately the Bio beef was all pre-cut and I must say it does taste so much better than the normal stuff from the supermarkt

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Blogger J said...

I do hope you used my new favourite German phrase of 'You've got tomatoes on your eyes' in English when shouting at the refs.

April 03, 2006 12:37 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Whoah! a whole eighth of a cow! I would love to have that in my freezer- we hardly eat any beef any more!

April 03, 2006 8:28 AM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Hey...did the roof leak this time?

As for the Falklands cow experiance...hell...It's challenging for me to carve a Turkey at Thanksgiving without making it look like a massacre. Hat's off to ya.

April 03, 2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I saw the Frankfurt / Bremen game when they played up here. We sat in the Frankfurt fan block because all of the tickets were sold out. Sorry, but a steadfast Bremen fan. I get no kisses when Bremen loses. How about the Bavaria / Cologne tie??

April 03, 2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I prefer to remain blindingly innocent about my meat consumption. I buy it (post-chopping) at the market and try not to think about the fact that it used to be a living, breathing thing.

If I had to take a saw to cow flesh, I'd most likely walk away from the experience a vegetarian.

Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

April 03, 2006 3:21 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

J - Funnily enough I didn't use that phrase. But I did use a couple more colourful ones! :)

Ms Mac - We don't normally eat beef either..... but we will be for a while now! :)

Just another - We were lucky with the weather. It only rained after the game. Chopping up the cow in the Falklands was more luck than judgement. My carving skills are terrible as well :)

Claire - We were at that game in the Weser stadium last october as well! Beautiful weather and a good result as well :) 4-1 for Bremen.
Its good to see Bayern dropping points. It's a shame that Köln didn't win! :)

Eurotrippen - I must admit that if I couldn't kill it I wouldn't eat it ( I have slaughtered sheep and pigs many years ago). I eat a lot less meat nowadys and like to have some idea where it comes from. Unfortunately on a commercial basis most animals nowadys are treated badly and the the slaughter process is not very humane.

April 03, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

the soccer sounds fun. I don't mind the beef as long as it's small and cut up already. But from the sounds of things, that sounds great...

April 03, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Our freezer is not big enough to hold all that (unfortunately)!! On the other hand, once you've had Canadian beef, I'm sure the biological could still not measure up. But it's certainly high above the non bio!! I try to buy as much bio meat as possible. Much better, but still, I'm spoiled! ;-)

April 03, 2006 11:21 PM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Footy and roast beef! Englishman through and through!

Bye mate!

The weather is shitty here with a bit of pissy coming in from the South West later in the night.

April 04, 2006 12:41 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Expat - The soccer was fun. we had a great day out :)

CS - I'll have to try Canadian beef one day. I'm sure it must taste great :)

Martin - Sounds like good old North Devon weather! :)

April 04, 2006 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

It was big fun in Frankfurt, and it was good to enjoy a Werder-Game with "normal" fans as you guys, for Mr. Blue concerning Werder is very special, as Nick Hornby describes it in "Fever pitch", and the kids made him smile even in the first half!

April 05, 2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger Nordbank said...

I was also at the game & if the ref was a Frankfurt supporter how come he awarded a dubious penalty to Werder??? Frankfurt supporter I don't bloody think so. It looked to me as if money had changed hands, otherwise the entire Werder team would have been sent off for blatant time wasting. I am thinking in particular of the Werder goalkeeper feigning injury for a good 5 minutes before ambling off the pitch like an OAP strolling back from the pub on pension day.

April 05, 2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Tara's World said...

So what did you name the cow?

April 05, 2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger christina said...

"correctly chopped up" - LOL! I hope you got the good 1/8th. Nice beef is hard to find these days. I had a friend in elementary school whose father used to hunt and then chop up the deer on their kitchen table. Bleh.

April 05, 2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Mrs Deepblue - We really enjoyed the game and your company. My throat was sore for days with all the shouting I did. Mr Blue & the Juniorette were certainly having some good football conversations :)

Nordbank - You need your eyes testing sir! it was a blatant penalty. You are obviously a sad ranting Arsenal supporter! :)

Tara - Moo! :)

Christina - It most certainly tastes like the good 1/8th :)

April 05, 2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

No kidding? An eighth of a cow, huh. Now I'm wondering where one would lay hands on such a cow. I'm so tired of pork.

April 06, 2006 11:28 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Lisa - Yeah pork does get boring after a while, but the thing that amazes me in Germany is the lack of bacon. You can buy everything elese from a pig.......but where's the bacon! :)

April 07, 2006 8:29 AM  

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