garden / citrus

It´s been 2 weeks already since my aunt visited for the weekend. We planned to attend the “Zitrustage” in Schönbrunn, an annual exhibition of citrus plants and fruits with some of them going back to the times when the emperors still ruled this country. The main reason i wanted to go there was the tasting of several rare varieties of citrus you normally don´t really get in your usual supermarket by Katharina Seiser who knows her stuff pretty well.

The weather was cold and shitty so we got there early because hanging out outside was not really an option. But we were lucky to catch a guided tour of the gardens and greenhouses you normally don´t have access to. Below i show you a bit of the stuff we saw. Follow me my little Dr.Greenthumbs:

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This is the orangery of Schönbrunn. I want to have something like that too!

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We entered the orchid house. Lots and lots of different beauties to find.

 

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Unlike the orchids you find at your usual cheapo discount store, some of these are pretty rare.

 

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All those flowers can be a little intimidating.

 

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Especially if you enter a house full of carnivorous plants….

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But hey, aren´t they beautiful?

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The house full of cactuses was also a place to watch your hands.

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This looks like hair. I was so tempted to touch it!

 

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This is the oldest pot plant in the world (about 800 years old). I imagined it to be more majestic.

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Oh yeah about these fellas: the head of the cactus house is a big fan of turtles. And it happens that he takes care of the ones that were smuggled to Austria before he finds them a new safe home.

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After that it was time to explore the world of citrus.

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And the best part: Taste 17 different varieties!

 

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This is a buddhas hand showing my love for these versatile beauties.

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Foodcamp / Foodvie 2014

Last saturday was the long awaited day for the 3rd Foodcamp to take place. I was really looking forward to it, cause the first two events were great, so i knew number three would be too. And i can tell you: it was!

I brought my camera with me to take nice pictures. Unfortunately the camera decided otherwise and died after the first 3 pictures (does anyone know what to do when the lens doesn´t want to go back ?) so i had to take them with my crappy Iphone – sorry for that.

Anyways – some pictures to show you what you might have missed:

The #Tofu was not showing other people i was vegetarian but meant that i was later up for a session to learn stuff about making such.

The #Tofu did not state that i am a vegetarian but meant that i was going to learn stuff about making such. Also i found it funny, cause my friend Lilian always calls me Tofu.

 

Nina talking to Mr. Riess. Yes, the boss of Riess Email.  He was pretty nice and told us that you shouldn´t use too much heat for their tableware as it doesn´t need that much.

Nina (one of the two awesome organizers of this event) talking to Mr. Riess. Yes, the boss of Riess Email.
He was pretty nice and told us that you shouldn´t use too much heat for their tableware as it doesn´t need that much.

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Even though i don´t eat fish, i was curious to learn something about the Alpenlachs.

You could even try it - including sausage made of fish.

You could even try it – including sausage made of fish.

There was more stuff to try: from different oils..

There was more stuff to try: from different oils..

... to pork

… to pork to pesto and jam.

One thing i really liked were the green smoothies made of wild herbs.

One thing i really liked: green smoothies with wild herbs.

This green smoothie contained apple, zucchini, blackberry leaves and dates

This green smoothie contained apple, zucchini, blackberry leaves and dates

Katharina Seiser told us how to write a cookbook and showed us a sneak peak of her new project!

Katharina Seiser told us how to write a cookbook and showed us a sneak peak of her new project!

Some peops made delishious sweets without gluten

Some peops made delish gluten free sweets

Last but not least we learned to make tofu

Last but not least we learned to make tofu

Not that hard after all

Not that hard after all

 

After a day full of interesting stuff, everyone got a goodie bag. The one last year was pretty cool already but this one left me quite amazed and speechless at the same time.

Besides various awesome goodies (i ate most of them already) this was in it:

 

A Phillips Airfryer

A Philips Airfryer

Crazy, right? I will live of french fries and stuff for a while i guess :)

A BIG THANK YOU to Nina and Dani and their helpers for organizing this event as well as all their generous sponsors. I am really looking forward to next year (even though i don´t know how to top this goodie bag …)

LINKS:

Foodcamp PHILIPS /Zero Waste JammueslibrikettPorcellaDie Pfefferei /Fandler ÖlmühleAvernaBols /Neff /Riess /Alpenlachs /Julius Meinl /Ja! Natürlich/ Marias wilder Smoothie 

 

 

 

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green almonds / israel

i brought back some green almonds from israel

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i wanted to try to some fancy recipe with them but instead….

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i ate them all in one sitting.

whoopsy daisy.

i might have to go back to israel RIGHT NOW!

 

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Tel Aviv / Weekend

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Jaffa Port

Jaffa Port

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Market - i wanted to take more photos but it was too hot!

Market – i wanted to take more photos but it was too hot!

Watermelon Juice - serious business°

Watermelon Juice – serious business°

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The guy behind me was shaving his face at the beach

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Shakshuka with Feta on top!

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Despite hanging out in the shade and using suncream, i managed to get a sunburn

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Selfie Time!

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Hummus! Hummus! Oh glorious Hummus!

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Nonono i don´t wanna go home!

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soup / meadow herbs

I´ve been back at home on the countryside for easter and nature around

me has been oh so beautiful!

Everything´s in bloom and green at the moment and when i noticed the

masses of herbs growing in the meadows around me i was  overjoyed. 

So i decided to take a stroll and collect some herbs to prepare a tasty soup.

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Dandelions, Forget-me-nots and and daisies growing next to my father´s house.

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Right below this tree i found a huge amount of stinging nettle.

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This place has some magic feel to it.

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So this is what i got: Stinging Nettle, Sorrel, Dandelion, Radish Leaves, Turnip cabbage leaves

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After sauteeing an onion and chopping the herbs and putting them to the onions, i added 2 small chopped potatoes and some water, a little soup stock and let it boil for a bit. Then i put it in a blender and that was it. Pretty easy and tasty!

 

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rain / sun

 

 

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weekend / home

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