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Monthly archives: July, 2018

New Chili Harvest

Yesterdays harvest from my two chili plants – they really seem to like that hot weather. The small ones are mean little fu**ers… 🙂
Edit: I’m going to dry them and I’ll also keep some of the seeds.


Road Trip Planning 2018

I’m planning to finally go on another road trip again this summer – I need this so fu***ing badly. So, in the progress of planning, preparing and organizing everything, I’ll try to post here what I do. Perhaps some of you can relate or even take the one or the other hint. This will be updated irregularly. 


My Balcony Crop

These are the veggie-pots that I’m trying to nurse on my balcony. They’re spinach, chard and sage, each grown from seeds. On the images, the plants have already been “harvested” once and have since regrown really well. This is a fun and easy thing to do, and – hey – you can even eat it!


Curing Fish (Trout, “Lox”, etc.)

Someone from America (!) commented very nicely on my old “Home Cured Trout” post (thank you, Sir!) and wanted to know what to do exactly. I feel honored to answer – it’s not difficult and the results are great. Here’s how I did it:

(I used a fairly large trout that I caught that day, but you can also use salmon – since that’s where the recipes comes from – or for example char. I use the old images here.)


Todays Harvest!

This is what we managed to gather from our small, experimental gardening space today!

Together with a soup as a starter, a steak, perhaps some rice and a little chicken as well as some ice cream afterwards, you get two people easily full with that 🙂

Joking aside: I’m proud.


Alabama White BBQ-Sauce

(“Ahh-la-baah-ma whide baarb’quu sooosss” – as I’ve been told 🙂 ) Very delicious, everybody in the family likes it.

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
3 tsp. water 
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt 
1/2 tsp. garlic powder 
1/2 tsp. onion powder 
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 
1/4 tsp. hot sauce 

Only fly in the ointment is that it’s almost impossible to get hands on apple cider vinegar here in germany. A substitute is mixing apple juice and apple vinegar 50:50 but, honestly, it’s not the same.


The Lady of the House: Gattina Picture Compilation

So here’s an image-collection of my big, beautiful, bulky and brave still-a-kitten Lady of the House “Gattina”. A german slang word for a cute small kitten is “Maunzele” (“Meower”) and that’s what I still call her – and “Gattina” is Italian for “Kitten” – that says it all, although she’s really more of a “Big Mama” by now… 🙂


Six Hours Rib Smoking Session

I tried smoking pork short ribs using the “professional” 3-2-1 Hours Method yesterday and they really came out outstandingly great! So what does that mean? It means you have three stages of cooking:


Pond-in-a-Barrel, 2018 Edition

So after the old Tub was rusting away under our feet und loosing water faster than we could refill, we made a new Pond-in-a-Barrel. It came out nice and works perfectly. Sorry for the portrait mode!


Simplest Possible Rope Tensioners

Well, I was a boyscout when I was young and, yes, I did learn some useful things back then. So when we set up our new awning lately, I recalled the simple line-tensioners we made back in the days when we went camping with the boyscout group. They’re easy to make, simple to set up and cost next to nothing. Here’s how they work:


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