Peanut-butter chocolate "Madeleine" (GF, vegan)
I mean, ok, when you don't speak German, like myself, life is a bit hard, but all in all it's a good country.
But there is something here that drives me up the wall.
The school system is build in a way that after the fifth class each child and his parents need to decide to which school will the child go – the training school, the “a bit better than training school” school or the high school which is the only school can send you to university.
If you went to the first two training schools you can't go to university, you can just go to, let's call it a “high training school”, like a training college.
In itself it's a pretty great thing.
First of all, no matter what you did in your school years, how much you didn't give a shit about studying, there is always higher education waiting for you.
Higher education includes as well professions as plumbers, carpenters, metal workers, sales people in any kind of shop, even a supermarket, cashiers, tailors and even, yes even, and here come the drums – even cleaners. All these trainings are three years training. Yes, you read me right, three years. The bus driver who takes you to your station has trained 3 years, half time as practical work and half time he sat in a school, to be where he is.
Secondly, every skill and every profession are very respected here. A teacher is no better than a street cleaner and a lawyer is no better than a shoe maker, if those still exist. Every profession is equal to the other, because everyone trained or studied hard and long to get where they are.
What does it all mean?
That if you are a car mechanic from another country and you have 20 years experience you might be able to get a job as a mechanic twice a week for 400 Euro a month, no one will look at you like a serious mechanic and you will never be able to go up the ladder or open your own shop.
My other half for example, is trained in organic horticulture. If you know him you know that everything this man puts in the ground grows and every animal he has cared for was healthy, strong and happy. He trained in Ireland and was running a farm there, while at the same time being responsible for a group of people with special needs working with him.
But here in Germany, no one would even look at him as a farmer. And why? Because he doesn't have the right paper, the German paper.
But what else does it mean?
That people like me, foreigners, who has a training from a different country and want to work in this profession need to start their training all over again.
Sad, isn't it? All the wasted talent of thousands if not ten of thousands of foreigners.
In my German class sitting a journalist, a music teacher, a dentist assistant, a kindergarten teacher and tv producer, among others, that with all their experience will have to go and train again for three years to be able to get a respected work in their field. All these people are currently unemployed.
And when I wear those glasses, those German glasses, the world doesn't seem at all like a global village. It just looks like Germany still thinks it does it better than the rest of us.
And maybe it does.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup peanut-butter, unsweetened
6tbsp cocoa powder
200g salted peanuts
2 cups crushed oats
Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add the peanuts and the oats. Mix well and press the mixture into your desired silicone mold (I used a Madeleine silicone mold because I thought they will look pretty that way, and because using a big mold, like a muffin mold would create a too big thing to eat).
Freeze to let it set and keep refrigerated.