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Junges Gemüse

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Löwenzahn / Dandelion An dieser Stelle soll es nur einen kurzen Blick in unseren Garten geben. Kaum haben wir ein Paar Tage Sonne, scheint alles nur noch raus zu wollen. Wir aus dem Haus und das Grünzeug aus der kalten Erde. Endlich kann Thomas wieder den Garten umgraben, stundenlang Unkraut jäten, neues Gemüse einpflanzen und darüber grübeln, was man als Rankhilfe benutzen könnte. Da ist es wieder, dieses glückliche Gesicht, obwohl der Rücken schmerzt und Kratzer und Schnitte auf den Armen und Händen brennen. Es scheint immer noch die Wirkung einer Meditation plus 3 Stunden Ausdauersport zu haben: der Mann ist erschöpft und zufrieden. Ich komme mir immer etwas überflüssig vor, weil ich nur nach getaner Arbeit den Garten abschreite und das Ergebnis bewundere, aber leider lassen meine Kniegelenke nicht viel anderes zu. Ich freue mich aber schon wieder auf das Erbsen-Pulen und liebe es, beim Kochen frische Kräuter und Gemüse aus dem eigenen Garten zu verarbeiten. Hier die ersten Zeichen der gesunden Zutaten in spe. Zwiebel / Onionjunge Erbsenpflanze / young peasWilder Rosmarin / Wild Rosemary Here’s a quick view into our garden. Since we had a couple of days of sunny weather it seems everything wants to get out, ourselves out of the house and the plants out of the ground. Thomas is so happy, finally he can spend hours digging in the garden again and it really has this effect I’ve discovered last year. Every time he looks like he’s spent hours on a wellness farm. Happy face although the back hurts and the arms and hands are covered with scratches. Unfortunately I have serious problems with my knees, so I’m not a great help there but I can admire his work when he’s finished. And I’m already looking forward to cook with our home-grown veggies soon.

High in potatoes, rhubarb and elderberries and possibly a change in the law

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
waffles with elderberries

waffles with whipped cream and jelly of elderberries

Finally we had our first big potato harvest. It was a beautiful day, sunny and dry, Thomas spent the morning in the garden and proudly presented the fruits of success: about 25 kilos of gorgeous-looking potatoes. He was sweaty and full of dirt but..gee!…he looked so damn happy.

our own potatoes

our own potatoes

Now we store them in my dad’s workshop where it’s cold and dark and every time I see them I have to smile. Never ever in my entire life I would have imagined that I could possibly have such strong feelings for comparatively shabby dirty fellas. I always loved eating them though and last week we had them in four variations: mash, salad, simply boiled and potato fritters.

Jamie's potato salad with smoked salmon

Jamie's potato salad with smoked salmon

The salad is from Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie At Home” book and you serve it with smoked salmon and horseradish sauce, it really is delicious and one of our all-time favourites (more…)

Chilling out in Bavaria

Friday, August 14th, 2009
Schliersee

Schliersee

We went to Schliersee in Bavaria the other day in order to pick up Thomas’ daughter from her holidays on a farm. Although the drive was quite long and we only stayed over one night it was a recreation and we enjoyed the Bavarian weather, food and beer. We had breakfast outside together with a cattleherd and in this moment it was impossible to think about anything else than love, peace and harmony. Maybe all heads of state should have their breakfast in the neighborhood of ringing cowbells and the world would be a better place.

breakfast in the mountains

breakfast in the mountains

our breakfast "room"

our breakfast "room"

Before you think this post is all about naive philosophies of life let me switch over from chilling in Bavaria to chilis in our backyard.

Red hot chili peppers

Red hot chili peppers

German summers are quite rainy and we only have a couple of days with tropical heat, the rest is more like what in other European countries is called spring. (more…)

The premature birth of our potato babies

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Curiosity killed the cat. After four months of staring at the piece of land where Thomas had planted the potatoes, watching closely the smallest changes, we had to dig up the first potatoes. I know it sounds so nonsignificant but it’s a great moment for potato parents. Look, aren’t they lovely?

our first potatoes from the garden

our first potatoes from the garden

It’s very impressive how many potatoes come out of simply putting a single one into the ground. And you don’t have to do anything but water them and protect them from daylight by earthing them up once or twice. In the next 2-6 weeks all of them will be ripe and we’re so much looking forward to it. Here’s one of our favourite recipes for roast potatoes in the oven. Wash and quarter the potatoes (peel if needed) and put them into a bowl with a marinade made of olive oil, sliced garlic, sea salt, black pepper, rosemary and season with dried chili flakes. Mingle everything with your hands and put it on a baking tray into the preheated oven (160°C), about 30-40 minutes and you’ll have lovely crispy potatoes which are great with most meat, fish or a nice yoghurt dip and bread. We had ours for dinner with chicken breast (with home made breadcrumbs) the other day, simple and yummy, that’s how we like it.

crispy oven potatoes with chicken

crispy oven potatoes with chicken

This Every summer here is so unsettled. What was wrong with July and August being hot, tons of ice-tea for everyone and millions of kids in public pools? Since a couple of years it’s always the same: spring is nice and warm and then everybody’s waiting for summer to come. While you’re still waiting one morning you wake up and it’s September and autumn’s nearly there. This year again, we already had a couple of very hot days which alternate with cold rainy days. Sounds like perfect garden weather but unfortunately both come excessively. Our first carrots died due to dryness (thank god we both have jobs and can’t water them every two hours) and the 2nd generation nearly drowned in a sequence of thunderstorms. Right now everything looks good and after we finished eating our peas and beans we’re getting prepared for tons of courgettes and tomatoes.

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

Luckily we discover interesting recipes for both here and there but any hints for preserving them ( maybe with a special kick) are very welcome.

Our first harvest of peas

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Erbsen Ernte I was very surprised that there were any left at all after I started to pinch one or two pea pods everyday but fresh from the garden and uncooked they’re extremely good, almost sweet, I couldn’t resist. Luckily in the end there were some left the other day and we brought the harvest home. You should really eat them raw in a salad or blanched for less then 10 minutes in a pasta sauce because that’s when you really taste the difference. We went for the pasta, it was very sunny and we enoyed the mixture of soft peas and crispy bacon. Apart from peeling the little peas out of their pod homes (which took me about 15 minutes) this is real fast food but so much better and healthier than the stuff you can buy.

Pasta with bacon and peas

Pasta with bacon and peas

liberating the peas

liberating the peas

you’ll find the RECIPE here

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