I made Cevapcici yesterday evening doing something that I normally never do: I used a pre-made spice mix. This one is from a small local northern germany company (“Frau Poppes“) selling a variety of mixed herbs and spice blends. Generally I like it best to season to my own liking and with my own supplies, but I can really recommend this particular one. Besides, they support a german blind peoples society with their sales.
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So the new chickens moved in today and after an hour or so of being a little sheepish and insecure they became curious and lively, digging around, cackling and exploring their new home. We delibertely chose races that are suitable for the beginner and thus also might forgive the one or the other beginner’s mistake – we want them to be happy and thrive. We’ve got:
Last two week’s big project is finally done! I made a chicken coop in the back yard and now I’m waiting for some chickens to move in! Living in a rather rural area, I took great pains in creating an as much as possible predator-proof construction.
As the last try with the hydroponic tower system failed completely and I’m not willing to give up the idea itself, I tried a new approach. This time it’s a more standard horizontal construction, capable of holding 24 net cups in 4 “stories”. Construction was cheap and easy enough – the most time consuming thing was letting the paint dry. I’m waiting now for my seedlings to grow big enough to be placed into the tubes.
I tested my apple cider for the first time after letting it mature for almost eight weeks – it’s amazing what you can do with a load of apples, a little work and some time. It tastes good and refreshing, it definitely has some alcohol (7% vol. as per calculation) and a nice color.
It is a little acidic, not really sour but rather with a sour-ish hint. Next time I’ll not use “some apples” that I can get hands on but I’ll try to select some really sweet and ripe ones. Other than that: Great! I’m very pleased.
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