Archive for January 29th, 2009

Knoephla Soup

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

This evening my son-in-law treated us to a traditional German/Russian soup, called Knoephla Soup, which he learned to make from his dad.

When I asked Darren what ‘knoephla’ means, he said, ‘dumpling.’ told me that the word ‘knoephla’ comes from the German word ‘knöpfle’, which means ‘little knob/button.’ These little dumplings seem somewhat noodle-y to me, and are made from flour, milk, eggs and salt (no leavening). I watched Darren roll a portion of the dough into a ‘rope’, and then snip pieces of the dough into the simmering soup to cook.

The soup itself has chicken broth, potatoes (cubed) and chopped onion, and is seasoned with bay leaves. When the veggies and the knoephla were all done, Darren stirred in some real cream, and cream of chicken soup.

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious this simple soup is. Darren says to just look up the recipe on the internet, because he doesn’t measure anything. Here’s a picture for you, though:


Simple Cinquains

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Recently I was looking through Write Source 2000: A Guide to Writing, Thinking, & Learning, a reference book that we use at the middle school. Since I’m interested in poetry, I meandered on over to that section of the book and came across a fun and easy poetry form called the CINQUAIN.

There are two ways to compose this non-rhyming poem of five lines, by SYLLABLES or by WORDS.

For the SYLLABLE CINQUAIN, the pattern goes this way:

First line        2 syllables

Second line        4 syllables

Third line        6 syllables

Fourth line        8 syllables

Fifth line        2 syllables

Oh, just one more thing: The first line is the TITLE of your poem, and the fifth line restates the title in some way.

Here’s my example of a SYLLABLE CINQUAIN:


My morning drink

I pour it from the pot

Warming aroma, bitter tang


For the WORD CINQUAIN, the pattern goes this way:

First line        1 word

Second line        2 words

Third line        3 words

Fourth line        4 words

Fifth line        1 word

Here’s my example of a WORD CINQUAIN:


Word game

Strategy and spelling

Fit the words together