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How To: Make a Roux

Roux - Stolen Image (allrecipes.com)

Roux – Stolen Image (allrecipes.com)

I was asked by a member of the extended family circle about a recipe requiring a roux.

So let’s make a “Roux“… Ahh… yeah, right. Sure. Of course. This is french. It’s pronounced ( /ˈr/ ) and this sounds sooo much better than the german Mehlschwitze, which – honestly – sounds more like a sore throat 🙂 .

A roux is used as a basis for things like heavy sauces, soups or stews. It thickens them up and makes them creamy and rich. Since it’s a base-ingredient, it is very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of cooking tasks from the standard french cuisine mother sauce Béchamel up to New Orleans Gumbo. Google “roux usage” and you’ll see what I mean.

Some people find making a roux a little intimidating because, yes, you can absolutely screw it up, but if you follow these simple steps here, I promise you’ll nail it every time. It’s no magic.


Blamco™ Mac & Cheese

I put the Bethesda Cookbooks that I got recently to use and, after making Skooma from the Elder Scrolls Cookbook, yesterday I made “Blamco Mac & Cheese” (Fallout 4 Item ID: 0002fbe4) from the Fallout Vault Dweller’s Cookbook. Yummy!

Admittedly, basically this is an ordinary Mac’n Cheese, but souped up Fallout-colored. I like that! It’s easy to make, yummy and convenient.

Again, this is the only recipe I will post from the book since it’s all copyrighted (but I’m a fierce and fearless Wasteland Raider and Mac’n Cheese is not such an uncommon recipe). See it as an appetizer if you’re pondering on buying the book.


Street and Front Yard in the Northern Germany Refuge

Just an evening dusk view of mine and my neighbours driveway with our two newly installed vis-a-vis pillar lights. I like the quiet and homely evening atmosphere.


Pasta Cooking for Dummies

These are my 5 commandments for cooking italian pasta that I’ve gathered over the last years and that have proven useful. It’s not that hard anyway but not everyone is a routined chef and I would have been happy if I had known some of these seemingly plain tips in the beginning.

These basic steps and fundamentals will hopefully help you nail it as much as they helped me 🙂

If you’re still pondering with pasta to cook, have a look at Jamie Oliver’s pasta shapes guide.


Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili

Someone inquired the recipe for the White Chicken Chili I made recently, so here it is, I’m glad to deliver:

Ingredients (for 4 – 5):

500 g ground chicken
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
400 ml chicken broth
4-6 green chilies
1.5 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cans white beans, undrained
Salt & Pepper


Raised Garden Beds: Finishing

So, just before leaving for work for another some weeks, I managed to finish the raised garden beds from earlier this month. I added the first plants (tomatoes, chillies, paprika and strawberries) and installed a paling fence around. Yes, the slightly shabby and irregular look was intended! Done for now.


Rigatoni alla Gricia

A very simple italian pasta dish that requires only three ingredients, but, when done properly tastes heavenly. Read about the interesting origin of the dish here.


Soldering Flame

I had to solder some zinc pipe these days for the garage gutter. I wonder what substances are contained in the tin-lead solder that the soldering iron gives off such a beautiful vibrant green flame. Does anybody know?


Fassl Action Shots

 

I had time to fire up the “Fassl” yesterday evening and everything worked like a charm. I made some white chicken Chili in the Dutch oven, accompanied by some grilled flatbread. Here are some action shots:


Recommended Reads: Bethesda Cookbooks

Who else loves Bethesda’s famous Fallout and Elder Scrolls games series? I liked them so much and I had great fun playing them for hours. So I was excited when I found out that they published two cookbooks relating directly to the games – and still took a year before finally purchasing them.

The Official Vault Dweller’s
Cookbook (Amazon)

 

The Elder Scrolls Official
Cookbook (Amazon)

Now that I’ve tried some of the recipes and read the books, I can recommend them warmly to everyone who likes cooking and has a soft spot for atmospheric video games, props and apparel. They’re fun, written enjoyably and very beautifully designed.


 

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