I was cooking dinner recently, when the German boyfriend yelled out quite a strange statement just as I was about to put the meat into then pan:

“We have to wait for all of the bladders to pop first!”


“I mean bubbles,” he said after a moment.

That’s right — in German, the word for bladders (Blasen) is the same as the word for bubbles. And if you are still wondering why he said that, check out this nice German commercial:

(for my non-German readers: they say that when using this cooking oil/butter mixture, you know that the meat is ready to go in the pan when the bubbles all disappear… no, this blog post is not an advertisement for the stuff, although we do really like it)