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Project Balcony 2014: Who needs flowers?!

Deutsche Küche: Nudelsalat

10 June 2014

Whether picnic, BBQ or party, next to Germany’s favourite Kartoffelsalat, a Nudelsalat (pasta salad) is never far away.  It’s also great on hot days like this - we’re currently in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures around 35 C - where you can cook the pasta the evening before after the weather has cooled down, and then just throw everything together after work the next day and you have dinner for about two days. This recipe comes courtesy of my brother. Serves 4-6 adults as a summer meal, or more if it’s just a side dish.

Ingredients

  • 250g cooked and cooled pasta (I used gluten free fusilli)
  • 4-6 gherkins (depending on how small or big they are)
  • 1 small tin of peas (aprox. 150g drained) or alternatively defrosted frozen peas
  • 1 “Fleischwurst" (aprox. 200g) - I’ve sometimes seen them in the UK, but if you have trouble getting any then alternatively you could chop up some hotdog sausages
  • 1 small red pepper & 1 small yellow pepper
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 small jar of “Miracle Whip” (250ml) or an equivalent salad mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  • Chop up the gherkins, Fleischwurst and peppers, and mix with the cooled pasta and peas.
  • Mix together the salad mayonnaise, vegetable oil and milk and season with salt and pepper. If the dressing seems too thick, add a little more milk.
  • Mix the dressing in to the salad - all done!
  • As a finishing touch, cut the hard boiled eggs in to quarters and arrange on top of the salad (I forgot to do this before taking the photo, and remembered the eggs half way through eating - d’oh…)

A Long Weekend in the Country

8 May 2014

After all the craziness of the last few weeks - overseas trip, illness, attempted break-in etc. - the boy and I escaped to my sister in the country for a few days to recharge. There’s nothing quite like sleeping in (well, as much as a toddler allows for), feeding rabbits, baking bread and going for walks, to make you see the world through rose tinted glasses again.

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Some sustenance for the train journey!

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The cutest little train station.

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My sister’s beautiful garden.

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The boy was obsessed with the rabbits and feeding them flowers - we did not have the heart to tell him we was helping to fatten them up!

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Little excursion to a pretty awesome playground.

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Freshly baked bread!

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Time for some gardening.

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On the journey home: “When can we go visit Auntie J. again?” 

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Happy Easter!

21 April 2013

Hello and a slightly belated Happy Easter to you all!

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here recently. We went on holiday to Scotland at the beginning of April, where I managed to pick up a pretty bad cold. This then morphed in to the worst sinus-ear-infection-combo I can ever remember having, and I’ve pretty much spent the past ten days ill in bed. Add to that the fact that someone tried to break in to our basement - they didn’t succeed, but they mangled the padlock so much we now can’t get it open either and need to wait until everything opens up again after Easter to source something to cut the padlock open. Sigh. Anyway, we decided to kick all that bad luck in the teeth and improvised on some Easter decorations. Thankfully the chocolate was all hidden away in my wardrobe, and not the basement, so at least the Easter Bunny could do his duties! Here are a few photos from our Easter weekend. Hopefully you all had a slightly less stressful time than us :)

Snapshots

31 March 2014

And here’s March in snapshots, according to my iPhone (mostly): 

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