Sunday, 5 October 2008

Wetten daß...? Food for Thought and Knitting

This weekend I regret not watching one of Germany's most popular and long-running live shows that I used to watch when I was younger. Wetten Daß...? (also known as Wanna Bet?) actually had a bet involving knitting this Saturday!

In every show, the audience suggest bets of which they choose one to be either won or lost by the end of the show. This time, the host Thomas Gottschalk bet that there would not be 10 women from Nuremburg, the host city, who could knit a jumper with the famous Nuremburg bratwurst instead of needles. That's something I would have loved to see, even more so because the women actually managed to do it! Since Gottschalk lost, he was dipped into a big jar of mustard in the end.

The use of food may spark discussion and I have heard some critical voices already, which I do not wholly agree with, however. True, there is famine elsewhere in the world, so letting good food go to waste like this seems very wrong. But then again, this is an old argument I know very well from parents, including my own, trying to guilt their children into eating up. Just because you eat up your plate is not going to help starving children in Africa, after all. and there are other ways to try and help. Such an approach - guilting anyone into doing anything - is far worse, in my opinion. Mind, I wouldn't want to knit with sausages or be dipped into mustard, but as a one-off bet and entertainment - why not? It's fun! It's supposed to be.

As far as I'm concerned, we ought to rediscover the pleasure in food and forget the warning of our parents not to play with it. Why not play with it? There is so much you can do with it, so many ways to enjoy it. Nobody would have bothered developing the art of cake decoration, for instance, if being playful with the ingredients hadn't been allowed. The reasoning behind parents' warnings of this kind are completely unrelated to enjoying food, at any rate: children are meant to eat up and not make a mess, that's all. I would advocate playing with food in order to develop a healthy appreciation of food.

For those who are interested, here is the vid of the sausage knitters:

And here's a video of Gottschalk being dunked in mustard after losing this bet:

1 comment:

  1. Ich muss zugeben, dass ich ja immer noch von einer Essens-Schlacht träume. Ha, ha. Keine Ahnung, wo das herkommt! Aber sowas gehört sich ja nicht, deswegen darf man so einen Wunsch nicht haben. ;)
    Bei dem Argument mit dem Teller aufessen gebe ich Dir vollkommen recht. Es ist so falsch, den Kindern ihr Gespür dafür zu nehmen, ob sie satt sind oder nicht. Das passiert nämlich wenn sie immer den Teller leer essen müssen. Mein Opa redete mir das mit den Kindern in Afrika früher auch immer ein.
    Die Kritik kann ich verstehen. Diese Kritiken aber immer als einzig richtig und wahr hinzustellen, damit habe ich zugegebenermaßen ein Problem. Das Problem habe ich aber mit allen sogenannten "Wahrheiten". ;)