2016 in pictures: super moon

2016 In Pictures

Barbara Klein Australia, Basel, dog, Italy, Japan 9 Comments

A picture says more than 1’000 words   January My favourite cherry tree on my daily dog walk   Vogel Gryff on January 27, 2016 Read more about it in last year’s post. Mark your agenda: next Vogel Gryff will take place on Friday, January 13, 2017.   February   My five minutes of fame when I was interviewed for …

Happy birthday, Switzerland

Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Barbara Klein Basel, Switzerland 7 Comments

Many Happy Returns On Your 725th Anniversary, Switzerland! In 1291 three communities (Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden) in the mountainous region banded together to ward off outside interference, mainly against the powerful Habsburgs, and founded Switzerland. We learnt in school all about the founding of Switzerland, how canton after canton joined the confederation, the many bloody wars they fought against intruders, …

summer is pickling time

Summer: Dog Days And Pickling Time

Barbara Klein recipes 8 Comments

Summer Is Pickling Time Summer is in full swing: dog days make you feel mellow and lazy. Probably you are not dreaming about standing in a hot kitchen and pickling. But this is the season for it and towards the middle of July the first produce will be offered on the markets. I love pickles and always watched my mother …

Late Bloomers Tomato Ketchup Recipe

Tomato Ketchup Recipe (revisited)

Barbara Klein recipes 4 Comments

When I was browsing my summer recipes I came upon this tomato ketchup recipe from 2011. I want to be prepared when the fully ripe tomatoes come on the market and make a new batch of tomato ketchup in two variations: one hot and spicy ketchup and a regular one. Some Background Information The origins of tomato ketchup are not …

Late Bloomers green smoothies

Green Smoothies – Health in a Glass

Barbara Klein Health, recipes, smoothies and juices 3 Comments

On Green Smoothies and Smoothies in General Smoothies, especially green smoothies, offer you all possible vitamins, minerals (calcium and iron), antioxidants, fiber and proteins, depending on the chosen ingredients. Sheer health in a glass! The thick juice has become exceedingly popular since the 1990s, what was once only to be found in health food shops is now a mainstream industry …

on catching spring and fragranced blossoms

I Caught Spring

Barbara Klein Basel, garden 7 Comments

How do you catch spring? By taking a picture of some lovely blossoms, stepping closer and all of a sudden you are enveloped by a magnificent fragrance that embodies spring. I have yet to put it in a bottle! Clematis (Clematis armandii)   There are more than 300 species of clematis (in ancient Greek it means climbing plant), mainly originating …

DIY Easter project

My DIY Easter Project

Barbara Klein DIY, food, recipes 5 Comments

How I loved to dye eggs with onion peels for Easter when I was a child. We used to paint patterns on the dyed eggs with the help of tooth picks and diluted formic acid, closely watched by our mother as not to harm ourselves. My finished eggs never looked too good, I liberally sloshed formic acid around and my …