Friday, December 26, 2008
Here are some pics, so you can see that it also looks quite nice most of the time.
First was the cream of potatoe soup with some coriander green on top to make it more exotic or just because I didn't get any chervil in winter, who knows. this recipe is my mother's hence I can't post a recipe.
Then we had the 'Christmas Salad' from petecarpenter.com (http://www.petecarpenter.com/2006/12/14/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-chrismukkah/) which was as good as it looked in it's Christmas colours:
I served it with soybean-baps a la bruschetta and it came out really nice:
We restricted the main course to the nut roast and it was a wise decision. I put Wendy's nutroast (http://teach77.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/cumin-carrot-and-cashew-nut-roast-and-a-tag/) in a star-form dish to give it a bit more festive character.
This is a really light and wonderfully cashew nut-roast, which would be lovely in summer, too. Mini-gnocchi, roasted carrots and asparagus with a creamy crème fraîche lemon basil sauce rounded off our main.
For desert we had the lemon-tofu cake, a recipe from the Eight Day Café in Manchester. Instead of the digestive cookies I used spekulatius Christmas cookies (a kind of gingery biscuits) and I decorated it with a drizzle of rosehip jam, again to give it a festive look, but also because I put too much lemon juice in it and it was quite sour *lol* any way, it was tasty and not bad for my first vegan cheesecake, altought still worthy of improvement.
Stay tuned for the rest of our Christmas dinner which we will have tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas time. Our tree is in purple and silver decorated, though I really do not have the space for a large standing tree. It is therefore a bit cramped in the corner but still nice to look upon and the smell is worth it anyway.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
A peaceful Christmas to all my friends and readers, have a wonderful time!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is Manchester Cathedral, or rather one of it. I learnt that there are two cathedrals in Manchester, why, I don't know.
This is one of its modern, yet wonderful, stained-glass windows:
The townhall of Manchester with the European Christmas market (one of the seven markets in Manchester):
The old city centre with a ferris wheel. But this time a bit more discreet, being in front of the modern departmentstores instead of the old timber-framed buildings:
and a nice pub (this photo is especially for P and C, stay sharp!)
This is the International Christmas Market:
And of course the German one with -what is so typical for Germany- Bratwurst!
Christmas Carols in the shopping centre:
And funny buses:
I also had the chance to test one of Manchester's vegetarian restaurants, the Eight Day Café (http://www.eighth-day.co.uk/index.htm). I had a marvellous vegan cottage pie. And don't forget to check out their webpage because they post a lot of their fav recipes.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
This here is the townhall of Bradford, which was built in the second half of the 19th century and extended in the early 20th century. It actually is a nice building but at the moment it is defaced by the Bradford Christmas spirit. A ferries wheel is obviously the highlight of Christmas, and the illumination doesn't help either. So sad.
The best thing Bradford has to offer is certainly it's university. One of the finest universities (archaeology-wise) in the country with a beautiful campus. And let's not forget Waterstones, not because of it's divers selections but because there is a Star Bucks on the second level.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Something from the Bronze Age, a Feuerbock, the English name is totally elusive to me, sorry.
I then went farther south to the French speaking Switzerland. My first stop was Courgenay, where a dolmen portal plate with a so-called spirit hole was supposed to have survived. Since it is getting dark very early, I stayed at a very charming and rustic hotel in Courgenay. This is the bathroom.
And after I had a pizza which tasted more like a tarte flambée in the restaurant 'La pierrre percèe' I had my first glimpse of a Jura dolmen:
Monday, November 03, 2008
We left the Garden Island with a lot of things unfinished, unvisited, not yet done. But this is one reason to go back, right? And it is not as if we went to a barren and inhospitable place. No, we had the pleasure to go to O'ahu, the main island.
At the entrance to the Wahiawa Botanica Garden is situated a heavily reconstructed heiau, the Hale o Lono heiau, the "House of Lono". It was build around 1400 and was dedicated to the God Lono, one of the four Principal gods of ancient Hawaii. He ruled agriculture and harvests, weather, sports, and medicine.
The garden itself should not be missed, apart from all the beautiful plants of Hawaii it harbours the Waimea Falls (depending on the rain, they were dry this year) and some archaeological sites, including, reconstructed on the spot, Taro towers:
they were freshly planted, hence you can only see some small taro leaves looking out of the tower.
But there are all kinds of flowering plants, ferns, trees:
Heliconia stricta belongs to the order Zingiberales like ginger
Alpinia purpurata or Hawaiian Red Ginger
Platycerium or elkhorn fern (Geweihfarn) growing on a tree
In short a well kept up and informative botanical garden, well worth a visit.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Die 'dunklen Jahrhunderte' Griechenlands 1200 - 700 v. Chr.
The Mycenaean civilization flourished betweenn 1600 BC and ca. 1100 BC, the late Bronze Age in Greece. It ended with the collapse of their Bronze-Age civilization. The last phase of the Bronze Age is also the setting of Homers epics and heroes, hence the name of the exhibition. But it wasn't so much about the heroes themselves, with the exception of a virtual pyre for Patrokles, where Achilles (Achill, Achilleus, they couldn't agree which version of his name they should use) offered his hair.
There is also a cuneiform tablet with some scribbeling on it:
And here you can see how the megaron of the palace changed in size after the catastrophic horizon, however, it was still in use:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
|Wellen - Zauber der Bewegung|