barbecued potatoes???

“You want to put potatoes on the barbecue?” my man asked a little puzzled the first time we had a barbecue this year. And I thought: Is that really that weird? Seems just fine to me. So I just put those potatoes that I marinated in olive oil with pepper, salt, thyme and rosemary on the barbecue. And voila, of course he loved them and while he still thinks it is a little weird I had to make them again for our barbecue this weekend. And just to be mocking him a bit I put a radish in the remaining oil and put it on the barbecue too. We couldn’t taste anything else but the radish though, because it wasn’t in the oil long enough. Still, I like to be experimenting and it was fun.

Also I am kind of experimenting with stevia at the moment. For the barbecue, I made lemonade with stevia instead of sugar. Lemon-water is supposed to be so good for your body but of course sugar is not. And I was surprised that the lemonade actually tasted pretty good. I also made it a little more sour than I normally make my lemonade using sugar. This is definitely something I will make again.

barbecueplate stevialemonade

On that plate you can see the barbecued potatoes and the radish. And in the other picture you can see the stevia-lemonade. Doesn’t even look different from normal lemonade, right?

While the meat was on the barbecue I picked some berries. Not quite as many as we would like though. Last year we started out with two young raspberry bushes, transplanting them and all the new little “baby” bushes to a bigger area, we now have a bunch of raspberries. We also transplanted all the offshoots of the strawberries and now have way more than last year. However, strawberries and raspberry bushes won’t grow many berries the first year. In addition to that, so far we weren’t really lucky with the weather. It rained too much therefor the strawberries tasted somewhat watery and many molded when they weren’t even ripe. Now it is sunny and hopefully the last few strawberries will taste better.

In my last post about our gardening adventures I said that we were growing our own seeds. We didn’t research at all in the beginning, just let some radishes grow and as you can see we succeeded. These radishes are produce from this year grown from our own seeds. And we got a lot of seeds. When the radishes were growing beans, I did research a bit and knew that we had to let those beans dry. Each bean has multiple seeds which can easily be removed once the beans are dry.
In the future we will definitely try to get as many seeds from our own plants as possible. This way we can ensure that they are grown 100% organically and not genetically modified even though of course you can buy such seeds. It’s just another step to being as self-sufficient as possible, and it just feels good to know that those vegetables grew from your own seeds.

Are you buying your seeds or do you also grow some on your own?

berries radishes


puff pastry apple cinnamon swirls

I love cinnamon. I love the smell of cinnamon even more, and I adore it with recipes like Franzbrötchen or this new simple recipe. I don’t really make Franzbrötchen very often at all because yeast pastries always take so long. So it is a very nice alternative to make puff pastry apple cinnamon swirls. It takes about 20 minutes and they are done! And again: the smell….mmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhh. 😀
Just brush a puff pastry square with melted butter, sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture and put diced apples on top of it. Roll from the long side and cut into 2cm wide pieces. Put in the oven at 180°C for about 12 minutes and you are done! Sounds easy and quick, right? If you want you can skip the apples or use raisins, nuts or whatever else comes to your mind.