For Punkt, Punkt, Punkt there were two posts.
One was about Insects and I chose to make it about the Eden Project – as I visited that place in 2003. There is a huge artificial bee in the link I give, so that gave me the excuse to bring up Eden. Eden is a place well worth visiting for grown ups. I think as a child I would have been underwhelmed.
My second Punkt, Punkt, Punkt contribution from yesterday was about my favourite meal. Well, I am not really picky when it comes to eating, but as I am cooking only for myself I prefer meals that are not too elaborate, as the time eating would be disproportionally small compared to the time preparing otherwise.
So I chose one of my easy favourites, chicken breast fillets with a cream sauce with mushrooms and onions – very simple, cream and an onion I have in my supply, meat and mushrooms come fresh, mushrooms I wash and cut with an egg slicer, onions I peel and slice with a mandoline in even, thin slices. Then I heat oil in a pan, fry the salted and peppered meat, put it in an oven dish after it is done, fry the onions, add the mushrooms, add pepper and salt, close lid, let simmer a while and add to the dish. I dust some nutmeg over that and add a package of cream. In the oven, 175 ° C / 375 ° F – and about 20 minutes l eat it with rice.
Simple, quick, tasty … no glutamate.
And the post in between those Sunday posts was about our local council election, at which I was an election assistant. For a local vote we had a good participation, 3 out of 5 people voted. We had the odd voter complaining about having to queue (hey, we did not choose the time he came) or about inaccessability (there was a phone number on the polling card which got send out weeks before – where wheelchair and zimmerframe users could have phoned to be admitted to a better suited location, some did not). But most were really grateful we did that job – which lasted well into the evening hours. Voting closes at 6 pm, but then the counting begins. Voting for local councils in Lower Saxony is rather complicated. Here you vote for the town, for the district of the town and for the region Hannover. On each of those papers you had three votes to distribute. The easy versions were those voters who voted for the whole list of a party with all their votes. Splitting that up between several parties or several candidates or even several candidates of more than one party were allowed, though – and some voters did it. To count those papers takes some time. So we finally went home at half past ten. PM.
Did we get paid? Yes, in my case, as I had a deputy secretary role, 30 Euro. For 10 hours. Half an hour before opening (we open at 8 am for voters) to arrange the classroom (we vote in schools here) and organize. And as I got into the afternoon shift, it was from 1 pm to 10:30 pm in a row. On a Sunday. 10 hours, half of which were night hours. 30 Euro. For refreshments officially … (Why secretaries need more refreshment than other election assistants, do not ask me.)