Asian instant soup

Thursday, March 2. 2006

I’ve already mentioned that I found my passion for some Asian instant soups.. I think I’m going to bother you with some of the different varieties. Today I had a soup with shrimp-flavour. The taste is somehow a little Tom-Yam soup like, since some ingredient cause a lemon-grass like taste. There is also a soft shrimp flavour.

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Burning pleasure

Thursday, February 16. 2006

Right now my mouth is burning, my nose is running, and I’m feeling really satisfied. It is one of those moments, when I can lean back and dream about the spicy hot food in Malaysia, because I’m having a piece of it here. Quite interesting that some 39 cent instant soup from the next asia shop and some extra chilli can get me to such feelings.

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A new year has come!

Monday, January 2. 2006

Once again I celebrated the new year's party with friends in Bamberg. But before I could go for decent partying I faced a challenging task. I had to get a bed for my new room! So I started early to get an overview of available beds at Mömax and Neubert. It didn't take me too long to find a suitable bed (all inclusive bed, slatted frame, mattress for some 120 EUR). But I took the chance and had a look at some sleeping room arrangements at Neubert.. Now I now for what I should earn money later.. Well, anyway. I wanted to get a big bed (140X200) so everything got a little bulky. But the problem was of course the length of about 2 meters. Since I only have a trunk in my car and no chance to turn down backseats it would have been impossible for me to transport the bed in my car. So I had to find someone who would help me out in this issue first. To tell a long story short: In the end wo helped me with his Mercedes A-Series! We now know that goods with a length of slightly more than 2 meters can be transported in that car. At around four o'clock Tim an Markus helped me to put together the bed - which was not as easy as you might think.. But three people who are used to handle information systems shouldn't have problems with some wood and some screws.. It took a little more than an hour to complete the bed - but now I can sleep in my own big bed in Bamberg :-)).

Markus and I had arranged to have the dinner with Michael, Michaels girlfriend Martina and a friend of her's (Julia) at Martinas place. I was the one to prepare the hors d'oeuvre I had bought some fresh seafood and vegies to prepare a Tom Yam Soup. Michael created some tasty collared beef and as desert we had raspberry cream. The cooking was at least as much fun as eating the delicious food. After the dinner we started for the party at the Haas-Säle.

At the cathedralI shot a whole series of images about the party there for the homepage. But I guess I'll also post a few outtakes in my image gallery. The party at the Haas-Säle was hot as ever and I met a lot of friends from the university there. At ten past midnight we met with some friends who didn't make it into the Haas-Säle at the cathedral and celebrated the changing of the years there.

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Running Dinner – My Story

Thursday, December 1. 2005

I had the chance to take part at the running dinner a few times before – but not as a team member cooking some meals, but as member of a photo-team taking pictures for Taking pictures was always even a Greater challenge, since we wanted to take pictures of at least 2 teams each dish. And visiting six different teams an evening can keep you really running.
But this year I wanted to have it easier, so I asked my friend Katrin, whether she was up to cook with me for the running dinner. Since Katrin is always a inspiration for me, I was always sure, that we would have great idea what to cook. But first of all we had to get rid of a organisational problem – where to cook? Katrin’s flat is really small and you wouldn’t want to have 6 persons eating in her kitchen or living room. I for myself don’t have a flat yet, and didn’t want to ask Christian (who gives me a place to sleep) for his flat. My next idea was to use a kitchen at the student apartments, where I used to live, and where I know a lot of people. I asked my friend Holger and after talking to some other occupants he said, that he didn’t think that this would be a problem, although there was already someone else cooking for running dinner at the same kitchen.
The last week Katrin and I where very creative in thinking about possibilities to cook, since we only were told that we’d have to cook the main dish on last Sunday, we brainstormed about all possibilities before. I will never forget Katrin talking almost half an hour in 4 messages to my phone mailbox putting forward proposals for a dessert. In the end we decided against fish fingers and potato salad and for lasagne. The timing for the evening intended to arrive at the hors d’oeuvre at 7pm, go for the main dish at 8pm and arrive for dessert at 9.15pm. We started our preparations at quarter to five at the Lidl supermarket. Unluckily we didn’t get the special pasta we needed for our lasagne there, so we also had to go to the real.- supermarket. We managed to get all ingredients, but were still missing a oven dish. I talked to Holger and he said that he would have a big one, which sounded sufficient. But it turned out to be to small, so I had to borrow my brothers oven dish, which did cost some more valuable time. It was already quarter past six, when I finally got back to the student apartments with the oven dish, and Katrin had already cut the onion and garlic and was starting to sear the mincemeat. When we were done with preparing the lasagne into the oven dish, it was already five past seven.
So we were a little late for the hors d’oeuvre, but since we only had to walk to the “Schranne”, we didn’t lose too much time. Finding the right house was a little challenge, but then we got a really warm welcome by our hosts. The tendency that more girls than boys take part in the running dinner was proofed at this occasion. I ended up being the only guy at this dish! The dish which was served was a salad and Italian Bruschetta. It was so nice that we really had to pay attention, that we’d keep some appetite for our main dish.
After finishing most of the prepared meal (only a little salad was left) and almost two bottles of sparkling wine we headed “home” for our main dish. By coincidence the two other guests of the hors d’oeuvre had the same target like we did – the kitchen at the student apartments. So it was clear that we would face another challenge – 12 people together in one kitchen for the main dish?! Arriving at the kitchen the other guests had already arrived. So time was pressing to get a solution for our time. Although we had this problem considering space, the mood was really relaxed, and no one did complain about the initial situation. Luckily two of our guest had to cook the dessert at the kitchen at the first floor. So we could borrow their kitchen for our main dish. So we moved one floor higher and everyone got his drinks first. The red Sangiovese-wine was a good choice, and by the time everybody hat his wine the lasagne was done, too (I’ve got to thank Holger here, who put in into the oven). This time we were an evenly mixed group, and we had quite some fun finishing our two bottles of wine and enjoying the lasagne.
Before we could start for the dessert we had to do some cleaning up, since we couldn’t leave a dirty kitchen at the student apartments. But it didn’t take us too long and we were only some 15 minutes late for dessert. Arriving at the Jesuitenstraße, we met another couple, searching for the same number and we initially thought they might be the other guests at our hosts place. But then we found out, that one floor below our host there was another party cooking for running dinner. This time it was guys vs. girls 2 to 4, and we started our dessert with some red wine ;-). The dish itself is hard to describe in English, but was very tasty! We had some really nice discussions, and so it went late.. at 10 to midnight we really had to hurry for the running dinner party, since entrance was only guaranteed until midnight. And the party was really crowded, so we had to wait some minutes for admittance. But it was worth the waiting, just have a look at the pictures taken by

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