Can a potato salad ever be healthy? Potatoes sometimes have a bad reputation for being high in calories. Considering how satiating they can be, their nutritional value is “ok”. Traditional German potato salad is prepared with lots and lots of store bought mayonnaise – below you can find a lighter version using vegetable broth (and a little bit of oil) instead.
Kartoffelsalat – Potato Salad
Recipe by DECourse: Sides, SaladsDifficulty: Easy
1 kg potatoes
3 small onions
4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 spoon of mustard
350ml vegetable broth
5-6 tablespoons of vinegar
80g of cubed ham
Salt & pepper
Wash the potatoes and cook in boiling water for 20-25 minutes. Peel the onions and cut into cubes. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add onions, cover them and steam for about 15 minutes. Add mustard and stock and bring to the boil. Add the vinegar and ham, season the broth well with salt and pepper.
Drain, rinse, peel and slice the potatoes and add them to the broth. Let them steep in the broth for at least 20 minutes.
Wash the chives, cut diagonally into fine rings and add to the salad. Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar. Serve the potato salad with the stock warm or cold.
Some people say that salads are boring. Or that they don’t have any taste. Or that they are difficult to prepare. None of that is true. Just get creative and toss together a few fresh veggies and voilà, you’ve got a meal.
Serve your salad with a slice of bread on the side. Or mix in a handful of pre-cooked pasta, lentils, potatoes, or rice. In this way, you have created a filling meal. (Also, it’s a good method to use leftover pasta etc. – use salads of all kinds to reduce your food waste.)
Bunter Salat – Colourful Salad
Course: SaladsDifficulty: Easy
50 g rucola
1 head of green lettuce
150 g cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons oil
5 tbsp vinegar
salt & pepper
Clean and wash the rucola and green lettuce and tear into smaller pieces.
Wash tomatoes and cut in half.
Wash the cucumber, peel the carrots and grate both finely.
Lentils are used all around the world. They may be used in all kinds of dishes, for example salads, stews or as a side dish. They can also be used to replace meat, for example by substituting it in a Bolognese Sauce or by creating a loaf. Here’s a quick and easy version of a lentil soup from Germany.
Lentils are known to be quite healthy: They are low in calories but high in fiber, minerals and proteins. Another plus is that they are relatively low cost.
For this recipe, you may use any type of lentils – depending on the version you use, you might have to adapt cooking times slightly: Brown lentils tend to need longer cooking times, red lentils are soft more quickly.
The five days of our Erasmus+-project-meeting went by very quickly. On the last day, students worked in groups on an evaluation. Unanimously, they agreed that participating in a European project is very valuable and that there are many advantages, for example:
getting to know other cultures
improving language skills
getting to know people
becoming more independent / learning how to travel
Pictured below are both the brainstorming process and posters created.
In addition, students were asked to reflect on what they liked about the meeting in Lille. Even though this is specifically about this meeting and this location, the feedback can be used to improve future meetings both in Lille and in other places. While Erasmus+-projects are a lot about project work, students’, parents’ and teachers’ satisfaction beyond project work will directly impact their retention of the experience. Moreover, if satisfied, they will talk to friends and peers about Erasmus+, thus spreading the idea even more.
Even though movies are made primarily for entertainment, they also show us real life problems. One example is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Working with excerpts and quotations, students reflected on possible themes and topics of this movie. They reacted to it with a piece of creative writing. Moreover, they conducted a survey on what for them personally is important for their mental well-being.
It is interesting to observe that in this survey, many students put friendship first. Even more interesting to see is that also health in general (so the well-being of the body) is in the top quartile of their answers. The well-known sentence of “Mens sana in corpore sano” obviously is still true for today’s youth.
When asked what is important for their mental and emotional well-being, students name (among other things) physical well-being. The Erasmus+-meeting included a both theoretical and practical program.
Sports, exercises are sometimes seen as boring. The school in Lille, its gym offer a variety of sports opportunities, in this way enticing students to discover new sports and to do these together with friends in a good spirit. For most students, it was their first encounter with climbing. While they were very skeptical, even afraid at first, they quickly overcame their fear and followed the example of their already experienced partners. In this way, physical exercise, the confrontation with a challenging task also led to a growth in self-confidence with the discovery of being able to do more than first thought.
The ”Louis Pasteur Museum” is situated in Lille. It houses a small and interesting exhibition on the history of Pasteur’s work in the field of vaccination. Students learned about the times before vaccination was invented and widely available. Other topics covered are the production of vaccines and the different types that exist. In an interactive exhibit, they were able to see how well they are using disinfectants, scanning their hands for residues (germs etc.) after disinfection.
To feel at ease with oneself is a necessary prerequisite for emotional and mental well-being. Knowing one’s origins helps to understand oneself. What has shaped me? Which influences have created the person that I am today? These are questions people can ask. As a person, we are influenced by our closer environment, such as families, our friends, other close people we come into contact with. Both in a positive or negative way. But also our wider environment does have a large influence on us, on our lives, our well-being. This aspect is often enough ignored when talking about identity.
During the meeting in France, students travelled to Brussels in Belgium (which is ~40 minutes away). There they visited the House of European History and explored the roots and achievements of the European Union and how its creation has changed its citizens’ lives to the better.