evening worship service & a pyrotechnical christmas tree launch…

ever seen a fireball swishing through a christmas tree three meters high, incinerating the wax candles as it goes? we just did.

as our curate had fallen ill, dorothee and i stood in for her and basically repeated the worship service that we did last sunday in adliswil in wollishofen — with a twist though: the wollishofen united methodist church has the tradition of having a real christmas tree — i know, a lot of churches have that tradition, stay tuned — and of lighting the wax candles on that tree with a fuse. that’s right: with a fuse.

the tree is about 3-4m high, and an appropriately long fuse — which we were told one can only get through special connections — is tied around each candle wick, from the bottom up to the top. at 18:00 on the dot, a girl from one of the local families gets to ignite the fuse — causing an orange fireball the size of a football to swish through the christmas tree, jumping and forking in places, all the way up to the top of the tree.

impressive. scary.

— and, no, we didn’t have our camera with us.

the case of the giant tea bread

today is tea bread recipe time: the idea is to have a nice tea bread for after-church on sunday. so, off we go: i follow the recipe and dump everything into my bio-reactor, err, bread maker. in my excitement i choose the wrong program: rapid bake instead of the normal long bake…hmph…stopping the beast is easy: just punch the “start/stop” button, but how to get it going again? pressing “start/stop” once more just results in the default program roaring to go (bread size XL, normal bread, normal crust — no good)…i try pulling the plug on it: no go, still the default program…hmph, i’ve got a bloody phd in computer science and can’t get a bread maker reset, great…finally i work out that once one has done the “start/stop” bit, one can immediately press the “program” button and reprogram the beast..pheeew

this time we end up with the correct program and everything is “go”…

hours later: the tea bread is done: a bit to my surprise it’s become humongeous: over a feet high! the recipe said something about “tea bread for two” — it dawns on me that it didn’t specify two “what”, really…

btw, in the picture on the right you can see how the kneading hook leaves its mark on the finished bread: not to obtrusive…

p.s.: inspite of it being really huge, it tastes excellent!!! however, we don’t finish it all off on sunday (dorothee enjoys the rest of it on her journey back to germany on monday)