A good solid broth makes all things possible! And a vegetarian one is accessible to everyone. This recipe is very simple and can be personalized to your own taste or use case. The amounts shown are what I use for an 8-liter (roughly 8 quart) pot.
1-2 onions, root end trimmed and sliced in half
3 carrots, trimmed and cut into 3-4 pieces
4 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into 3-4 pieces
1 bunch parsley
1 clove garlic, lightly crushed
5-6 sprigs thyme
2 T salt
2 T soy sauce or tamari
Add all ingredients to a large soup pot, fill with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a bare simmer and allow at least 2 liters to cook off. Filter and adjust seasoning as desired.
For the last eleven months I’ve been cultivating a beard. I told everyone at work I’d shave it when we reached a certain milestone at work. Well, the work thing finally happened today. True to my word, the beard is gone, as of about 20 minutes ago.
I’m not excited about shaving (nearly) every day again, but I do look forward to eating without
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- straining my food like a baleen whale
- giving food particles hundreds of jumping-off points as they try to land on my shirt
- hogging the napkins
We planned a rendezvous with some of Sarah’s extended family months ago and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
We’d been to Berchtesgaden before, several years ago, in that dark, rainy period before Christmas. Visiting it in the summer was a very different experience! Also, this time we stayed in the Kempinski hotel above the town. We were only there one night — just long enough to catch up with the fam and send them back on their way home to the USA.
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- Don’t re-use passwords, ever.
- Make the passwords you use cryptographically strong — adequate length, no stock phrases, and a mix of cases, numbers, and symbols can’t hurt. Lots of sites are dumb about these rules.
- Use a system that works for you to generate and store them: Password Safe, KeePass, 1Password, LastPass, whatever. Google them.
- Retire old passwords, and replace them with completely unrelated new, better ones.
- Use a password system that replicates across all your devices (lappy, tablet, desktop, phone).
- Save yourself some headache by generating human-readable (but still of acceptable complexity) passwords for when you do have to read from one device and type/tap into another, or read one off to another human.
- Set your password system bug you to update your passwords periodically.
https://pw.cliff1976.net is my gift to you for generating those.
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Our birthday/Christmas/anniversary presents to ourselves was a long April weekend attending a cooking course at a winery/abbey in Tuscany. If you watched “Salt Fat Acid Heat” on Netflix, this is the place (and these are the people!) where Samin makes pasta from scratch.
Continue reading Good Harvest at Badia a Coltibuono
Oops! This post has been lurking in our drafts for a couple months. Sorry about that!
We needed to get outta town for a change of scenery after getting most of the way through the winter. Plus, it was a chance to celebrate a milestone and a Hallmark Holiday.™ Barcelona was the right mix of travel effort, climate, and activity.
Continue reading Cutting Winter Short in Catalonia
If you’re going to visit Regensburg, try for the Ides of May.
Easter weekend was a great time to bug outta town (again, some more) for a long weekend with our pal Snooker. Berlin welcomed us with these pretty trees all over town. Here are the photos. Click to embiggen.