Convertible roast leg of lamb

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NOTE: you need to start the day before you want to serve it.

The meat becomes very tender when marinaded and cooked this way.

If there are leftovers, blend the marinade and juices assembled in the pan, dice the meat and add , to make a lamb curry. When reheated the meat becomes even more tender.

A 3-3.5 kg leg of lamb (in Berlin easiest found in Turkish supermarkets or butchers).

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 heaped tblsp coriander seeds

1 heaped tsp black pepper corns

Seeds from 6 cardamom pods

3 cinnamon sticks (Ceylon or Sri Lanka – NOT cassia)

3 dl yoghurt

8-10 garlic cloves

8-10 cm fresh ginger

150 g ground almonds

Juice of 1 lemon

Chili – any way, shape or form, whatever you have in the house, and to taste

2 tsp salt

 

The day before you want to serve the dish, cut deep slashes in the meat on all sides.

Grind the spices. Blitz the ginger and garlic in a small food processor with a bit of water.

Mix all ingredients together and rub all over the meat and into every cut and cranny. Put in a solid plastic bag suitable for storing food, or a snugly fitting bowl and cover. Refrigerate over night.

Preheat oven to 180 Celcius. Place lamb in a deep baking tray. Add about 1.5 dl water to the bottom of the pan. Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours.

Homemade body cream

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This is less oily than a lot of other homemade creams and lotions:

50 ml (one half dl) grated beeswax

50 ml (one half dl) carrier oil (I prefer argan, sweet almond, apricot, avocado or jojoba)

50 ml (one half dl) shea butter

50 ml (one half dl) coconut oil

2 dl distilled water

1 dl aloe vera gel

1 tsp vitamin E oil

10 drops frankincense oil

10 drops cedarwood oil

10 drops clary sage essential oil

Heat carrier oil and beeswax slowly in a bowl placed over a pot of gently boiling water till the beeswax has just melted. Add shea butter and moments later coconut oil and melt. Remove from heat.

When cooled some, but still soft, whisk while adding the distilled water little by little. Keep whisking till light and fluffy. This can take a while.

Add essential oils and stir in.

Keep in small, clean jars and refrigerate what will not be used within 2-3 weeks.

Homemade facial serum for problem areas

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Mix the following and use on trouble areas (eyes, mouth, neck, …..)

5 drops Frankincense eo

5 drops Myrrh eo

5 drops Lavender eo

1-2 drops Rose eo

2 drops Helichrysum or Geranium eo

5 ml argan oil (other good carrier oils are almond, jojoba and rosehip.

Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf

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Impressions from a guided walk on Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf

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Madrid February 2017 – gallery walks and art fairs

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Day 1 (arrival)

I wish I had known BEFORE I did the research and completed the two gallery walks outlined below that there is actually a website which maps out the contemporary art galleries in Madrid. It did not come up in a google search, and either the art group in InterNations Madrid did not know about it, or they decided it should remain a well-kept secret. Anyway, for next time (for example the gallery weekend in September, which unfortunately coincides with the Berlin Art Week), here it is, and the Facebook group is here.

My relatively short art walk on day 1 started in La Casa Encendida, Ronda Valencia 2, and continued to C/ Doctor Fourquet with six galleries in the numbers as follows: 5 – Joaquín García, 8 – Sin Fin, 9 – Juan Risso, 12 – Bacelos, 17 – Espacio Minimo, and 35 – Alegria. However, be aware that they have very limited, and very erratic opening hours. Heaven forbid that they attract visitors by coordinating their opening hours like galleries in the rest of the world logically do. Also, the numbering seems to be a complete mess. The walk ended in CaixaForum – a must visit, especially for the architecture.

Note to self: Many tapas restaurants in C/del Leon.

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Day 2

This is (more or less) the map of my gallery walk on day 2. There were more galleries to visit along the way, for example Gallery Antonio Suner, but for some reason, google maps cannot cope with more than ten destinations in one map.

Day 3

Impressions from a long walk:

And later visited a new international fair for contemporary art: Urvanity. Not the biggest fair I have ever visited.

Day 4:

ARCO International Fair for Contemporary Art

On the way there:

Impressions from the fair which, with close to 200 galleries in two large halls, must be one of the biggest contemporary art fairs in the world:

(Note to self: Next time, set aside more than three hours, and do not plan on going to the opera in the evening).

Followed by a snack on Plaza del Oriente before going to the opera.

Day 5

First, a visit to JustMad Emerging Art Fair:

Followed by Drawing Room:

The Berlin-based gallery Collectiva had a stand there (the last two photos above).

Some more walking:

And finally, a visit to the botanical gardens:

On my final day in Madrid I walked south to the river. Through the whole city, both sides of the river are now a recreational area with walking and biking paths, playgrounds etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Berlin: On the waterfront 2016

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Loving Berlin: Street, and street art 2016

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Loving Berlin: Köpenicker Straße 2016

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Loving Berlin: Spandau Citadel

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Loving Berlin: The U-Bahn 2016

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