Schlager music is a style of popular music prevalent in
Central and Norhtern Europe, and Southeast Europe and also (to a
lesser extent) in France and Poland. Typical schlager tracks are
either sweet, highly sentimental ballads with a simple, catchy melody
or light pop tunes. Lyrics typically center on love, relationships
and feelings. The northern variant of schlager (notably in Finland)
has taken elements from Nordic and Slavic folk songs, with lyrics
tending towards melancholic and elegiac themes. Musically, schlager
bears similarities to styles such as easy listening music.
Himmel und Erde(English: Heaven and earth; in the Rhineland: Himmel un Ääd) is a traditional German dish most popular in the regions of the Rhineland, Westphalia and Lower Saxony. It was also popular in the past in Silesia. The dish consists of black pudding, fried onions, and mashed potato with apple sauce. It has been known since the 18th century.
The name of the dish originates from the name of two of the main ingredients: the apples coming from the trees, i.e. from up in the sky, and the potatoes coming from the ground. (A dialect word in German for potato is Erdapfel (English: earth apple), or Äädappel in the Rhineland, so there are two kinds of "apples" in the dish)