Storms

Gotta call Mom today to see if she’s boarded up the windows yet. Just checked the hourly forecast for her town, looks like the hurricane action will be peaking at 3 a.m. on Friday with heavy rain and winds at 57 mph.

For a change, we are again having lovely weather, sunny and 75 degrees and I bet it’s got something to do with the fact that the Oktoberfest will be opening on Saturday afternoon.

Here some stats from last year: 5.9 million visitors consumed 5.7 million liters of beer and 459.259 chickens. Since most visitors have more than one “Maß” of beer (one liter), this means some visitors actually did not drink any beer. Odd, isn’t it?

For those of you who want to know more, go to Official Oktoberfest Website – everything in english as well.

Malaysian Curry Chicken

This is a recipe I discovered a few years ago, which I like to make quite often actually as it is incredibly tasty and wonderfully easy and quick.

Here’s what you need:

– Skinned chicken breasts (1 per person)

– 1 Can of Coconut Milk or better yet, Coconut Cream

(see the Asian section of the supermarket)

– a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger (ginger powder comes nowhere near fresh)

– couple of garlic gloves

– 5 pineapple rings

– curry (about 4 Tbsp)

– turmeric powder (about 3 Tbsp)

– cayenne chili, crushed

– 1 cup of beef broth

Cut the chicken breasts into mouth-sized pieces and sautee (if you are using teflon coated pans, you will need no oil). Add the peeled ginger (diced). Add garlic cloves, crushed or diced. Crush a cayenne chili into the pan (or more, depending on how hot you can stand – it should not be too hot, just somewhat spicy). I usually add three cayenne, but I’m used to eating hot. After having sauteed all of these ingredients, stir in the beef broth, then the coconut milk. Season with turmeric and curry. Cut the pineapple into bite sized pieces and add.

Let simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, then remove from heat and thicken up a bit with corn starch – not too much. Return to heat until thicker. Serve with rice (preferably Basmati).

This dish tastes so wonderful because of the extreme different aromas of the ingredients – coconut and curry, pineapple and cayenne.

Try it – it is one of my favorites and absolutely delicious.

Let me know how you liked it!

Goodbye to an Incredible Musician and Personality

I don’t know about you folks, but I sure am going to miss him.

…..Known as the “The Man in Black” to millions of music fans around the world, Cash struggled up from Depression-era sharecropper roots and became a true folk hero by listening to the myriad marginalized voices around him and setting them to song.

“Johnny Cash was a guy who was really an American cultural icon,” said longtime Atlanta country music disc jockey Rhubarb Jones.

“What I loved about Johnny Cash is … Johnny Cash had a great sense of humor — a very funny guy,” Jones told his listeners on Eagle 106.7 this morning. “We’re not going to mourn his passing, we’re going to celebrate his life.”

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution

….”U2’s Bono noted, “Nothing is as macho as Johnny Cash’s voice. A real threat you will not find in a 22-year-old. You just won’t. You can dress him up in leather pants, you can have him throw his TV out the hotel window. He can roar in front of all manner of white noise, but there’s no real threat when you’re a teenager, when you’re in your 20s or when you’re [in your] 30s. The real sh–, or what they say in New Orleans, the other kind of sh–, comes from the perspective of being in the trenches and having been around a while. All the blues guys had it. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King. Johnny Cash has that and the voice of authority for me.”

From MTV

“…”All through the Air Force, I was so lonely for those three years,” Cash said during a 1996 interview. “If I couldn’t have sung all those old country songs, I don’t think I could have made it.”

Cash launched his career in Memphis, performing on radio station KWEM. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single “Hey Porter,” which became a hit.

Sun Records also launched the careers of Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

“Folsom Prison Blues,” went to No.4 on the country charts in 1956, and featured Cash’s most famous couplet: “I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die.”

Cash recorded theme albums celebrating the railroads and the Old West, and decrying the mistreatment of American Indians.

From the Melbourne Herald Sun

“…He recorded more than 1,500 songs and was the youngest person chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Cash won 11 Grammies, including the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2002 shared Grammy for Best Country Album.

He had two singles on the country charts for 38 consecutive years, including 25 hits between 1958 and 1960.

He posted over 130 hits on the Billboard Country singles chart.

His daughters Rosanne, Tara, Cindy and Kathy and son John Carter performed with him at one time or another.

Rosanne is a country music singer-songwriter.

Cash was honored with a Kennedy Center Award in December 1996.

According to www.legacyrecords.com, he began his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment and came to define country music over the last 40 years.

From Rediff-India

Pancake Soup

I know, I know, you will all be saying …uuughhhh.

Pancake soup is a standard soup in the Bavarian (?german?) kitchen, which I finally made for the first time the other night.

Thought I would share this with you. I have eaten this soup time and again, and it is absolutely delicious on a cold evening, or as a light meal.

I never dared to try and make it before because the pancakes used are VERY different from american pancakes, heck, using those you would have something like bread soup I guess.

The batter for the pancakes in this case is quite different actually. You sift one cup of flour into a bowl, make a hole in the middle. Plop three eggs into the middle, add a small amount of milk (total amount needed is 1 1/2 cups). Stir the small amount of milk together with the eggs, and begin mixing in the flour, slowly. While folding in the flour, small amounts at a time, keep adding more milk. It is less complicated than it sounds.

The batter is relatively thin, get a large frying pan (if it isnt teflon coated, you will have to heat up some oil). Anyhow, pour one soup ladle of the batter into the pan, let brown well, turn. The pancakes will be pretty large and pretty thin, this is normal. Make the pancakes one after the other. That is all there is to that.

Get a pot of beef broth, about six cups. Get that broth warm. Finely chop fresh parsley and chives (as with all fresh herbs, please add after removing the pot from heat, thus avoiding the aroma loss – fresh herb should never be cooked, always added afterward).

Cut the pancakes into thin strips (half an inch) and dont leave them too long – it is too dificult to eat the soup.

Serve the pancake stripes separately from the broth to avoid then getting too soaked up.

Happy Eating!

(Let me know how it turned out – you will love it – it tastes wonderful!)

Ramblings

Hey Folks. That is my very first (embarrassing to admit that at my age) animated graphic!

Yes, I know, it is extremely rudimentary and crude, but nevertheless. Perhaps the world can expect great things from me…(roflmao).

Anyhow, its better than film footage of some darned jalapenos. (Is it really?!)

Things are getting kinda “fall-like” here. It’s dropped from 88 degrees to about 55 (I’ve got that old wood burning stove churning). Today, I saw pumpkins for sale, and in the meadows, the heather is starting to appear. Heck, it is only the first of September, but due to the extreme drought and heat we have had since spring, many of the trees are turning as well, and look like they usually do at the end of October.

Guess its time to accept that the summer is somehow officially over, time to make cider and jam and pumpkin stuff.