Well I find myself stuck inside suffering from the flare up of a pretty nasty injury I picked up many years ago.
In between visits from my best friend and, to be honest, rather frightening dreams - I thought I might share with you the antagonist from one of the dreams.
The background is simple, in the early 90s I was working in Germany and myself and some colleagues decided to go to a rather upmarket restaurant for a slap up dinner. Traditional German food, in my opinion is wonderful; if a bit oversized in the portion department, it's generally bursting with flavour and ingredients. It's a rare occasion indeed to leave a German restaurant without being stuffed to the gills, if you can actually stand up.
So I asked the Oberkellner for a recommendation, and without hesitation he recommended a dish called "Karpfen Blau". Now I know carp aren't blue in colour, and was concerned the blau referred to it being raw - "no no" I was assured, this a special German recipe often served on Good Friday and Christmas. Being a bit of a fish fan I took him up on his recommendation.
Why have you come back to haunt me Herr Karpfen? My friend would tell me it's a zen thing, I ate it ergo I should be haunted by it - nonetheless it's the most terrifying nightmare I've had in a long time.
One last thought: If you do find yourself in a decent restaurant in Hamburg and the waiter recommends this dish, just bear in mind - it's for life...