Sunday, 18 February 2018

Cauliflower à la Miznon

Hello!

What better than testing a new recipe on a Sunday afternoon?



I am a big fan of "Miznon" – the Isreali Street Food restaurant in Vienna. Miznon is famous for serving roasted cauliflower.  

All it takes is a cauliflower, olive oil and salt and a really hot stove for your home-made cauliflower à la Miznon. 

Please excuse the plastic. It will fuel the local heating plant, promised.


First things first: boil the cauliflower head down in very salty water (it should taste like sea water). Meanwhile turn the oven to max. heat

Boil the cauliflower until it responds to pressure, not too tender. This takes a few minutes.

 


Rub the hot cauliflower with sea salt and olive oil. (does not have to be Fleur de Sel)

Roast the cauliflower in stove until it gets darker

To my surprise it did not take that long.





Steamy cauliflower

Serve to your liking. I added sundried tomatoes and olives and some white bread.



 
Bon Appétit!

Paula

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Dull but Pleasant

Hello!

The days are getting longer and everyone is having a good time outside, enjoying the warm sunlight in Vienna.


 Not! 


For weeks the skies have been overcast. This weather has been around for such a long period, I've stopped counting the weekends deprived of sunlight. 

Seagulls at the Wienfluss, Stadtpark

It takes some effort to motivate oneself to leave the house and enjoy ... what exactly? 

And picture ... what? 


Desaturated February 2018 look like this:

A very dear friend recently told me how her head did get stuck in a historic fence, back when she was a child. They had to call firemen to free her. 

Due - or should I say thanks? - to today's standards regarding safety, such a railing would not be permmitted today. At the same time you still find them in Vienna securing dizzying heights, as seen at the Stadtpark.

Design: Otto Wagner

For an art lover, February can be tough. The winter exhibitions have ended and the upcoming exhibitions are not open yet. Which leaves me with lots of free time on weekends.     

On a rare occasion, when sunlight makes it through the clouds (often on late Sunday afternoons) Schönbrunn is the place to go. As a regular visitor, I know what to expect: recreation and relaxation.

You'll have to search for occurrences, except for people walking around there is almost nothing going on. Picture my excitement when I spotted this:

A setting made for David Lynch's Snowmen


The walk turned out to be pretty dull. 

So dull, I even came up with a concept for educating projective geometry:

Instructions: Bring pupils to Schönbrunn, show them the apparent chaos trees form in front of you, only to discover that there is a concise order, hidden within the chaos. 

Can you imagine how good it feels to see an actual shadow? I have not seen one in days, probably weeks.

Enjoying the rare event of light and shadows and a flock of seemingly unorganised trees.

Perspective and focal points en nature

On with the dull (but nevertheless pleasant) walk. The slope leading upwards is facing north.

The whole area quickly becomes a slippery slope.

Zig-zag. Getting closer to the Gloriette

Not long ago the sculptures underwent renovation works. In the summertime their newly white appearance seems too bright. But today, surrounded with ice and snow, the appearance is 100%.

Ha! A fellow flâneur photographer!

Feel free to interprete  ... #exclamationmarksinthings
How I wrap up an afternoon after a walk:
Back home a vegetable soup delivers comfort and warmth.  

Have a cozy weekend!
Paula

Friday, 26 January 2018

Upcycling the Fat Balls

Hello!

January 2018 has been not too exciting so far, and almost dull. Grey skies, no snow at all and at the office we have successfully been passing all sorts of viruses and germs along.

Time for some DIY play.

Even though winter has not been very frosty until now, the birds are regular visitors at the fat balls in front of the kitchen window. They happen to be quite picky when picking from the fat balls. The peanuts were gone in no time, whereas the average fat ball did not meet their taste.



Looking at empty nets in front of the window is not a satisfying view - neither for the birds, nor for me.

I opened some empty nets and filled them with walnuts.  The walnuts turn ranzid so fast. Even the ones I buy at the supermarket with a due date way ahead are already rancid when I opened the bag. ... leaves me with plenty of bird food.



Great tits haven proven to be the largest bird pupulation in Austria. A common sight at the window. 

The bird is thoroughly inspecting the new menu.

Look who's here!
Ususally Blue Tits make way for Great Tits, Blue Tits are about 1/3 the size of a Great Tit.
The Blue Tit has no intentions to make way, pretending to be interested in the "lesser" menu ...

... only to taste the new menu as soon as the Great Tit has left.


The station has been really busy. The birds don't seem to mind the rancid taste of the walnuts at all.

 
Since I have been leaning at the window, I pictured the sky which is 100% dull. It has been like this for days.

10am. It's is a sunny day, few hundred feet above this blanket of clouds and mist.

Friday is Skywatch Day in the Blogsphere. A regular skywatcher is Rosemary (Share My Garden).

This skywatch was last week, right after sunset in the late afternoon:
The moon happens to be very, very beautiful in 2018.



Have a lovely weekend!
Paula