Kire ka Raita

It’s kinda redonkulous how easy this recipe is. We first made it at our cooking course a few months ago.

500 g yogurt
half a cucumber
ground cumin

Grate the cucumber. Drain out most/all the liquid. Mix in with the other ingredients. Serve cold.

See what I mean? That’s it. Dead easy. Here are my ingredient modifications:

250 g Greek-style yogurt
a big cucumber
ground cumin
pinch (freshly) ground cardamom
pinch of some kind of ground hot red pepper (cayenne, paprika, whatever)

I like it heavier on the cuke flavor and with a bit more zing to it, so I go big on the cumin and the pepper. Be careful with that cardamom — it can take over very easily (and if that’s what you want, rock on). I shredded the cuke with our KitchenAid and then let the shreds drain in a colander for twenty or thirty minutes, squeezing them occasionally.

We usually count on the raita at indian restaurants to cool off a mouth on fire, when we can convince the waiter that we’re not German and can handle a proper vindaloo — which is not every time.

Pilsumer Leuchtturm

This was the last thing worthy of mention we did up in Ostfriesland. We spent a ridiculous amount of time driving around looking for this red-and-yellow striped lighthouse thing, only to find out it really was less than 10 minutes from our vacation apartment door, and not in Pilsum at all. And when we got there, it was cold and blustery. I tried playing with perspective shots.

The next day, I was hoping to find something interesting to do kind of spontaneously in Wilhelmshaven, but we drove all the way there in crappy weather, didn’t like the looks of the town on our way in, hit a tourist info center at the mall, and promptly turned around and drove back to Greetsiel. At least our rental car had a USB port to hook up our iPods, so we didn’t have to listen to terrible German radio (honestly, how can you people with cars and functioning ears in Germany stand it?).

This proved invaluable again on the way back home to Regensburg, when our project 8-hour drive ballooned to 11, thanks to the miserable driving weather, the A7 freeway closing while we were on it, 4 lanes of traffic trying to squeeze off the freeway through one lane, and then following the trucks around the countryside on the Landstraßen to get back on the freeway.

All in all, not a very relaxing trip:

  • My toe issues kept us from walking much along the dikes and completely out of the salt marshes and paddleboats on the canals
  • Every twenty minutes a new rainstorm moved into position to keep everything soaked
  • That drive back really drained us

I get the impression that Ostfriesland would be worth another try, but good luck to you if you’re not able to hike around much or get your feet wet.


A few months ago, we decided to check out a corner of Germany we’d not yet explored: Ostfriesland. (Rest assured, there are plenty more corners in Germany to explore.) Turns out, that was pretty good thinking. The air in Regensburg was thick and moist and very resistant to movement. Quite the opposite of what we’ve found up here in Greetsiel. Continue reading Greetsiel

Hit the (prosthetic? toe) nail on the head

Sort of a belated Fourth of July thing happening this weekend brought us to pals Jentry and Markus’ parents’ place in Hirschau for an evening of grilling and breeze shooting with a number our English-language Regensburg peeps. Note: it’s interesting to see how the alliances flesh out at one of these types parties when you’ve got Northern-Irish-married-to-Irish, American, and English types present for an independence celebration (I would have enjoyed some other colonial representation in the mix, but maybe next year). We rented a car and drove up. I almost parked in front of this sign (pictured). At the start of the evening I would have been an inconsiderate, improper driver, but by the end of the evening, I would have qualified for that parking spot a tiny bit more.* The squeamish are advised to continue reading the rest of this post at their own risk!
Continue reading Hit the (prosthetic? toe) nail on the head

ESME e.V. Summer Concert, 20:00, July 28, 2012

Looking for something to do in Munich on Saturday, July 28? Might I suggest an evening at the Gasteig with the English Speaking Music Ensembles (formerly Toytown Singers and Orchestra)?

The choir (of which I am member) and orchestra will be performing an eclectic program, with classical, folk and modern pop elements. There really will be something that appeals to all tastes. Tickets are available through München Ticket or one hour before the performance at the Gasteig ticket counter.

Any questions? Comment here!

If you liked it, then you shoulda watched Matlock

Go get the file from its creator if you like it (i.e., put a ring on it).

I wonder if Andy Griffith was a fan of Beyoncé’s, and what he would have thought of this rendition.

Big thanks to Party Ben for the enjoyment — and also more serious mashup artistry.

I love it when a WEBMU comes together…

Are you interested in attending the expat blogger meetup that’s sweeping the BRD? Then it’s time to check in on the Whiny Expat Blogger MeetUp forums, where the planners are looking for input. If you’re an English language blogger living in Germany and you don’t have an account yet, go sign up already! We need a little input from you and have some more details on what’s in store, so check out the Friday side trip, who’s coming and Hotels threads.

If you’re on the fence about coming, a word of warning: there is a consumer electronics trade show taking place that same weekend in Berlin. As a result, accommodations are becoming scarce. So you might need to decide soon whether you’re going to attend in order to get a room or apartment. That’s addressed in more detail in the Hotels thread.

Any questions? Feel free to ask here or, better yet, in the forums. And I hope to see you all in Berlin!

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

The strawberries have been calling to us. Yesterday at the Donaumarkt we heeded their summons. We picked up a kilo (2 × 500 g Schalen, which I guess are about a pint each).

It’s been so dang hot around here lately that we only wanted to do something cool with them. Having had such great results with homemade chocolate ice cream and a few other varieties so far, we tried our luck with homemade strawberry frozen yogurt. Big benefit here: it all happens at room temperature or cooler. Not an ice cream = no custard = no cooking! (And it was the logical next step after loving David Lebovitz’ chocolate and vanilla varieties). Continue reading Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt