I often envy people growing abundant amounts of veggies in their garden with seemingly no effort (I know that’s not true). As of may now, I don’t have anything to harvest yet. Well, I don’t seem to be the best gardener before the Lord, but undoubtedly, at least there IS some progress 🙂
We got two beautiful chars from our favourite fishmonger and brined (see below) them over night. Then they were “hot smoked” – a fast and delicious cooking method, but not suitable for long-term preservation.
Hot smoke for about 30++ minutes (depending on the size of your fish) at up to 90°C/195 °F and until golden on the outside. Add your favourite smoking wood after 10 minutes for a nice aroma. They’re done when you can pull out the back fin very easily and can be served for example with toasted bread, salad and horseradish. They’ll keep in the fridge for max. 2-3 days.
Uahhhh… 🙁 I went to the basement today and discovered this. Seems I’ll have to defrost the fridge (actually, both of my fridges) to make sure they work properly again. Here’s how to do it (this is a manly hint):
After 4½ days in the fridge I went to try the pickles I made last week. Summary: Really not bad at all, but of course improvements are possible.
Asparagus and onions are perfectly ok; Crunchy, fresh and bright. A great addition to “Brotzeit”! I won’t do it again with green onions though, they became rather mushy and even got a little brown. Absolutely edible but not very appealing.
Also, I’ll try some more sugar next time since that distilled white vinegar is very acidic and needs to be balanced out a little more.
Lovely Hilde had to visit the vet a couple of days ago – she seemed a little lethargic and passive in the last few days and we wanted to avoid a catastrophe as with Schakkeline at all cost. I assume she wasn’t exactly happy about having to sit in her travel box and being transported in the car, but eventually – after a profound examination and survey – it turns out she might well have been just a little bit lazy… 🙂
I tried making pickles for the first time lately, among else using asparagus as a vegetable. Since I didn’t want to throw away the trimmings I made cream of asparagus soup. Not complicated, not time consuming and tasty.
I wanted to try pickling, so I decided to give it a try on the weekend, but starting with only small batches. My beloved aunt Inge would vividly oppose to the term “pickling” (she’s an institution on home grown greens as well as food-preservation and she’s some kind of an old-style, longtime proficient german homesteader, not the american style 🙂 ). But I’ll try anyway.
There’s a sh*tload of videos online from people making oven roasted garlic and using it for garlic bread, etc. I wanted to try that too eventually – and boy, is that amazing! The whole house smelled of garlic and I don’t want to know how *I* smelled afterwards 🙂 This is luscious, delicious and by the way absolutely easy to make. Do try this if you haven’t already.
My sister in law’s birthday was a few days ago, so my wife invited her to a campervan tour to the baltic sea. Amazingly, they even had some decent weather and enjoyed some quiet days in the wild coastal nature.
Among else, they stayed at a lovely coastal campsite, located in a small village named “Brazil“, right next to the village of “California” – no joke!