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.
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.
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. When we bought the Jalapeño plant we both weren’t convinced that it will grow in the garden but 1. we love cooking with chili, 2. it wasn’t expensive and 3. we could still bring it inside and put it on the windowsill once it starts looking unhealthy. Thomas got a chili plant (amongst many others like peppers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, salad etc.) for his birthday and we expected neither of them to survive. Little did we know that soon we’d have almost a hundred chilis and jalapeños. They’re all coming out now and while I was thinking that green chilis turn red if you don’t pick them before I’m wondering why some are already red as fire the moment they see the light. This is when we realize that we’re absolute garden beginners. Somebody said that it’s a myth that the heat is in the seed of the pod. Regardless whether it’s a myth or not, it definitely is milder if you cook it without the seed. Once my entire mouth starts burning and breathing gets almost impossible I’m willing to believe in many myths. I’m still looking for jalapeño recipes and found some good ones on www.jalapenomadness.com (like grilled jalapeño poppers…mmmhh) but if you have other ideas leave a comment, please. In the meantime I’ll try not to put them into every meal.