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Tying a Bowline Knot

I’ll need this one in the next days, so I tried to dig up some long forgotten boyscout knowledge from 30 years ago. Didn’t work… 🙂

Thus, here’s a very good video on how to tie a bowline knot the easy way and if I remember it right, this is the method that I learned as a boy. It is used for mooring ships as well as securing climbing harnesses, aaaand – in boyscout camps all over the world in every imaginable way.

The most common german word for it is “Palstek” in the north (and resembles the vast use in shipping). But I grew up in southern germany and I know it better as “Rettungsschlinge” (used e.g. by rescue personnel) or as “Ankerstich” (which is the term that I learned). Here’s more on it on Bowline – Wikipedia.

It’s very useful, fairly simple and absolutely worth the effort to learn.


Stir Frying 101- Chinese Stir Fry Techniques

Have a look at this guys cool YouTube Video:

Yes, it is nicely made, it’s informative and yes, I did learn from it… But the actual hammer is this elaborate article that guy wrote on reddit as a complement for the movie. This is downright premium content – if you’re even only slightly interested in asian cooking, this is a must read!


Patch

So this is the girl next door in the northern germany refuge. Her name is “Patch” and she’s sooo pretty, sooo nice and sooo cute. I fall for her 🙂


Heating Unit for the Drying Box

I wanted to add a means of heating to my meat drying box (e.g. here or here) so I can also make some beef jerky or biltong directly in it. What I eventually came up with is a 100W heating bulb for… terrariums! Just added a drip plate and mounted it to the already provided (and sealable) hole in the back wall. Looks nice by now.


The Simplest Imaginable Cellphone Holder

The mobile communications network in my house is downright lousy (welcome to the germany of the year 2019… no more comments needed…), but I identified the perfect spot for my iphone on the windowsill.

Since I’ve got some Airpods lately, my phone finally doesn’t have to be close to me when I’m at my desk, and since standing upright seems to improve reception, I made this veeery simple cellphone holder:


Chinese-style Bacon: Part 3

I took the bacon out of the drying box today and did a little taste-test. It tastes absolutely great, though absolutely nothing like the bacon the classically skilled western european ist used to. It is very dry on the outside, yet juicy and soft enough on the inside to be yummy.


Garden Status Quo in the Northern Germany Refuge

I could cry for not being there… just listen to the birds.


Asian Stir-Fry Sauce

Turns out, the marinade for the chinese bacon experiment is a legit hammer-stir-fry-sauce: I didn’t want to pour it away because it smelled so aromatic, decent and savoury. So I boiled it up to kill off any probably existing bacteria from marinating.

Then I stored it in the fridge and used it as a sauce for my evening dinner stir fry (just as you would use teriyaki sauce or similar). Recommendation!


Bathroom Sticker

The sticker that I ordered for the bathroom in the northern germany refuge. It says “No Diving” 🙂


Chinese-style Bacon: Part 2

I am that pissed. Yesterday my wife started her ride into her holidays to the northern germany refuge, visiting her sister and going to relax a little… and I am stuck here having to work and stand to attention, right in the middle of summer… 🙁 Whatever. Here’s the chinese bacon progress so far:


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