Catching up…

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I’ve been a really slack blogger, not having written anything for a while. I thought I should do some kind of update rather than simply leave my blog languishing, so here goes.

I’m still happily living in Berlin. We’ve been here over a year now and still enjoying the many benefits that Berlin has to offer.

What I’ve been up to

I’ve been doing more tech writing, primariliy for ReadWrite and periodically for Sitepoint.  I really enjoy it, I get to research fascinating topics and talkt o many interesting people. Here’s a few of my favourite articles:

Occasionally I get the urge to write something that doesn’t quite fit for the publications that pay me, so I’ll be adding some of those articles on medou

I still enjoy cooking though my next cookbook is on indefinite hiatus. The reality is that it is difficult to make a living in the food industry, especially in Berlin for a range of reasons. The biggest is  that the labour involved in many cases in teaching cooking classes, writing cookbooks, working in catering or whathaveyou does not match the actual money you make. And we all need to make a certain amount of money to pay our rent, pay bills etc. Good old reality!

How have I been

My health has been a bit odd. I’m facing another double fasciotomy due to chronic compartment syndrome which I’m not looking forward to so have been putting it off. It’s one of those things that doesn’t hurt too much unless I want to move around a lot so of course it’s easy to avoid exercise. Bad excuse really.

I had a bit of a odd experience recently. I developed a brain infection from viral encephalitis. In my case this was caused by the chicken pox virus. If you ever have had the chicken pox or cold sores, a version of the virus sits dormant in your body then can decide to show it’s head when you have a lowered immune system. Most people get shingles, I got encephalitis. Basically i spent two weeks in hospital on a drip- 4 bags of drugs at once every 3 hours (so exciting). I was quite comfortable pain wise etc except for the woeful Deutsch tv and the food that was rather challenging at times. It was quite stressful yet boring being in hospital especially with the language barrier-medical terms are not something you learn at german school.

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Ahh the delights of hospital food

 

Have I been travelling?

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Chris and I in Nürnberg

Yes! I’ve been to Lake Tahoe for Linux Open Source Summit. A trip to Barcelona. We spent the weekend in Nürnberg- a beautiful city! 

 

Anything else?

Not that i can think of! I’m still on twitter and facebook of course.

Cheesy potato balls

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This is a recipe I developed after I found myself with leftover mashed potatoes.Sure, you could deep fry them, but the mess of dealing with big pots of boiling oil, oil splatters and the like is something that I find less than appealing. It’s a recipe that really gives you room to move. You can use different brands and flavours of vegan cheese, flavour your potatoes and bread crumbs with herbs or spices or event replace the bread crumbs with crushed cornflakes for a gluten free variation. I like to serve mine with homemade herbed mayonnaise and Srircha sauce with a squirt of lime, but mustard also works well.

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Foodie gift boxes: FAQs

I’ve written this section in anticipation of questions, especially as this is a trial project to determine interest. I have tried to keep things very simple in lieu of a real online shop. Happy to answer further questions of course!

How do I make an order?

  1. Fill in the survey form here.
  2. You will then receive an invoice (including postage/delivery fee).
  3. Once paid via paypal, your order will be prepared.
  4. Your order will then be delivered/posted or made available for pick up.

How do I pay?
Please pay via paypal. You will receive the details after sending through your order request.

Don’t have a paypal account? 
No problem, I will direct you how to pay using pay pal without an account.

What is the minimum order?
The minimum order for a gift box is €22 (plus delivery/postage).

I want to send the box as a gift
No problem, just specify the name and address of the recipient. We can even add a printed message from you in a gift card, no charge.

How will I receive my order?
You order will be posted or hand delivered (in Berlin) for a fee. You also have the alternative of picking up your box from Prenzlauer berg.

Why don’t you post vegan cheese?
Basically because it won’t be refrigerated during postage time. Also cheese is quite delicate and might get bumped around despite our best efforts to post the package securely.

How long will delivery take?
Where absolutely possible, we will hand deliver on the same day (if you book before 10am) or next day during business hours (Monday-Friday).

For hand deliveries there must be someone to receive the package (ideally you or the gift recipient).Otherwise we will need to bring the package back with us and you will incur an additional charge for repeat delivery.

For postal deliveries, we will post on the same day and arrival will depend on the timing of Deutsch post. We will let you know when your box is posted!

If you request something that we are need to make more of (some cheeses take a while to cure), we will let you know and give you the option to order an alternative product.

What will the box look like?
We focus on providing quality products for foodies and ensuring that the box gets to you securely. We’ve done careful budgeting. We’d honestly rather spend your money on both of these factors rather than an expensive box or basket and gift wrap and cellophane.

You will receive a box (possibly recycled from an Amazon or Zalando order) and carefully