Plautdietsch word of the day: huach-näsich

Plautdietsch word of the day: huach-näsich

From the two words: high,nose.

Meaning; pretentious

Taunte Liese wanted to appear cultured and a high-society type. So she always presented herself in a manner that elevated herself above others. One day Uncle Pieta and Taunte Liese went to Red Lobster in Winnipeg. She explained to their friends that a special soup comes before the meal. With her pinkies raised, she picked up the tiny bowl and took a sip of the warm “soup” that had a slice of lemon floating on top.  She also remarked how uncouth some of the other patrons were. “They have no idea” she remarked. “Look at the couple at the next table. They’re dipping their fingers in it!” Evidently, Taunte Liese had never heard of a finger bowl.   :-) 

*Follow ALL the instructions in this old Mennonite recipe and you will loose exactly 20 pounds in just 10 days! (You can only eat this heenasup for 10 days)

Mennonite Heenasup Diet



1 stewing hen

1 bunch parsley

12 whole pepper corns

1 bay leaves

3 quarts water

2 tsp salt

2 pieces star aniseed (if you can't find star anise seed in it's whole form, then use anise seed).  Take a spice ball and fill.

3 tablespoons butter


3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed

Mix and roll out thinly.  Cut noodles or use noodle machine.


Skin the stewing hen so it is not so fatty.

Put chicken and water in a big pot.

Add spice ball with bay leaf, peppercorns and aniseed.

Simmer for 2- 2 1/2 hours, skimming off foam occasionally.

Add butter and simmer for about 1/2 hour.

Remove the chicken and pull meat off carcass, place in a separate bowl.

Skim off any remaining fat from broth.

Cook your noodles in clean water and place in another separate bowl.


To serve, fill your own bowl with noodles and meat desired, pour hot broth over top.

*The diet will only yield the indicated results if soup is consumed with the spoon pictured below. (if you don't have one of these spoons, Peter Hilderbrand from Steinbach can cut a suitable sized hole in your spoons for a small fee. Peter is currently saving up for a new pair of false teeth and does small jobs to finance the purchase of his new "jebiss".  Minimum charge $5 or 4 spoons drilled and cut to size for $15 )

Mennonites love soup.... like chickens love star aniseed. You’ll even feel better wearing this 100% cotton ringspun T-shirt that celebrates the most well known Mennonite soup, heenasup! Click on the image below to see our line of quality Mennonite t-shirts.


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