Category: Food


Recipe: Pumpkin ‘n stuff stew

I discovered this tasty combination by randomly throwing together leftover vegetables. You need random amounts of:

pumpkin

potatoes

carrots

parsnip

parsley

Also:

vegetable stock

ground cumin

peanut butter

(some cream)

Cut. The secret to a good stew is that the pieces have roughly the same size, so they’ll cook evenly. Cook in vegetable stock for as as long as it takes for the bits to done, but they still have some snap left in them. Add a spoon of ground cumin. Add a spoon or more of peanut butter (preferably chunky). If you want to, add some thickened cream or sour cream. Or you can leave it vegan. Add the parsley ca. 5 min. before eating. Spice to your liking with salt and pepper.

Enjoy this easy but yummy food!

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Begin Japanology – Vending Machines

Recently, a friend recommended NHK’s program “Begin Japanology”. The show has been running for years. It points out different and sometimes entirely weird aspects of Japanese everday culture. I think it’s very soothing to watch. Though at times it’s rather capitalist propaganda, like hey, everything we do is awesome, never mind the environment and the poor people… But it’s NHK after all.

Anyway, here is the episode about vending machines. Camera recognition for choosing drinks and such is a bit creepy!

You can also watch other episodes for free. Check out the one on toilets!

Trant and Eddy, who is a moderator at the infamous video game show Game One, star in a brand new cooking show “Baking Bad”. Milchschnitte  is a German spongey sweet with cream enclosed by to chocolate cakes. Its texture is not unlike a Twinkie.

Anyway, these two rascals decided to “bake” a cake out of Milchschnitte, and since they are also international star cooks, they moderate in “English”. Well, if you want to see two German nerds baking something (anything but the pie), you can watch it here. Milchschnitten Torte estimated calories: Over 9000!

Thias described it: “It’s like a car accident in slow motion!” Be warned, there are three parts… And you’d probably die if you ate it.

PS. Do you know cakewrecks.com? I once got stuck there for over an hour..

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Here are some lectures given @29c3 that I have watched (many more to come!) and found noteworthy – so far.

The keynote “Not my department” by Jacob Applebaum

Security nightmares “Damit Sie auch morgen schlecht von Ihrem Computer träumen” by  Frank Rieger and Ron (in German).

Also, Everycook. As one member of the audience put it: “Shut up and take my money!”

More selective bits will follow.

 

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Real-Life ‘Skyrim’ Recipes

Since it’s that time of the year where eating lots is socially recommended, let’s try some recipes. Let me share some ‘Skyrim’ yummies I found at other peoples’ blogs!

How make Sweetrolls (from geekychef.com)

How to make Black-Briar Mead, grilled leeks, and Elsweyr fondue (from gourmetgaming.co.uk)

Grilled leek and the fondue sound pretty easy to start with:

Grilled Leeks

What you will need: A pot, a bowl, and a griddle pan.

Ingredients:

Leeks

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

1 Clove Garlic

  1. Slice the leeks vertically in half and wash thoroughly in cool water. Pop the halved leeks in a large pot of water and bring to the boil. Cook for 4 minutes or until cooked about half way through, then drain and instantly submerge the leeks in a bowl of ice cold water to stop them from cooking any further.
  2. Dry the leeks in some paper towels then season with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic. Warm a griddle pan on a medium heat.
  3. Lay a few leeks at a time, open side down on the pan. Try to keep them intact so they still have their shape. Turn them gently every few minutes to prevent from burning. Once cooked, lay on a plate or tray to serve.

Update: I tried grilling leek a few days ago.

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I didn’t use either ice cold water nor a griddle pan, it worked without both just as well. Also, I added some mods to the above recipe: I used less garlic and dressed the leek with a few drops of honey and sesame seeds. It tasted delicious, but it’s really hard to cut. Use a sharp knife or you will probably end up with leeky mess.

Elsweyr Fondue

What you will need: A fondue pot/a heavy pot and a grater.

Ingredients:

200ml / 1 Cup Ale

110g / 1 Cup Mature Gruyère (Grated)

110g / 1 Cup Emmental (Grated)

1 Tablespoon Flour

¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Sugar

  1. If you have a fondue pot with a heater than use that. If not – you can also use a heavy pot to melt your ingredients.
  2. In the pot heat the Ale on a medium heat – do NOT allow it to boil.
  3. Mix the grated cheeses with the flour until it is lightly coated. Add the cheese a little at a time to the ale, stirring gently. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Once the cheese has melted, add the nutmeg and sugar and mix gently. Grate over a little more fresh nutmeg and serve.

How to make Apple Cabbage Stew (from feastygeeks.blogspot.de). This version uses vinegar and apple juice to spice it up a little. Here is another version using chicken stock and onions.

You always have the ingredients to make this dish, maybe not at home but at least ingame. If only salt wasn’t so damn rare…

Skyrim Tomato Soup

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2 large Leeks (3 small)
1 TB Butter
2 cups Broth of Vegetables
1 pound Tomatoes (pureed)
1 TB Garlic
1/4 tsp from Salt Pile
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Black Pepper

1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot. Add the diced leeks and saute for 15 minutes. Add in the basil and garlic and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
2. Add in the vegetable stock and tomato puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.

And now, the food of kings: How to make Sunlight Soufflé (from Feast of Fiction)

Enjoy your meal and regain stamina and health!

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Artist or Cheese?

While buying one of these cheeses, I invented this little game.

Riddle me this: Artist – or CHEESE? No google-ing!

C is for cookies!

….or for “crap” or “cock”. Oh my. This couldn’t end well. (Of course…lots of wine and really really bad german music…. guess we had it coming…)

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand: the octopussies (ha!) and dinosaurs turned out really nice:

No need to say they’ll be extinct soon.

Btw. if someone really wants a receipe for the dough or know where to get the fancy cookie cutters – lene will be glad to post everything you gotta know in the comments (I guess :-D).

Miles away from home…

Im stranded. Nothing to worry about – I was visiting my parents and when I wanted to head back home my car started to fall apart. Nothing bad, actually things that are supposed to happen after a while. And the timing was good, too – at least that happened very close to the best garage I’ve ever been to. They know what they’re doing and I’m pretty sure I’ll be up and running by tomorrow.

Meanwhile I won’t starve to death.

Being detached from my normal work place and all the things that come with it has it good sides too! Time to relax, do nothing, read a book. (Or hang around drinking beer in front of the TV – yeah…) And I managed to turn my Android-mobile into a  ip-webcam using an app called “Droidcam”. Had a long skype-videochat with Lene without any problems, nice. Oh and I really enjoy the silence of the country. And yes, it is really really silent here.  Which reminds me of “Silence of the Lambs” which reminds me of horror-flicks which reminds me of this little gem I found. A slightly different “Home Alone”-Trailer. Will I be disappointed watching the original from now on?

Knew it all along..

OMG! while shopping this morning my suspicion was confirmed!

Via Wiesenhof

VS.

Via itsabeautifulwreck.com

FYI, “Pute” is German for a female turkey. It’s sort of lame having to explain jokes.

“Wissen, was drin ist” – “Knowing what’s in it”… could this be more obvious, please. ^^

Way to start a day..

We are total coffee junkies. Personally, I can be a real bitch in the morning if I haven’t had my coffee and/or shower. Sadly, we mostly buy our food at discounters ’cause we’re artists with a relatively low budget for food. But with some of the items like sugar and coffee, we choose to make an exception and shop ecologically/politically.

This week, we finally got around to pay a visit to a local coffee collective (Kaffee-Kollektiv), which a friend recommended to us. Café Libertad made it their goal to sell good coffee while sponsoring projects, mostly in South America. So now we support Zapatistas while getting up.The prices are alright and I liked the taste of this particular roast (as in wine, I have no clue of what real quality is,) and it got me working in the morning so that’s gotta mean something. They do have mail order (within Germany).

Coffee for freedom

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