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Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine in Taipei

On our first evening in Taipei, we went to the Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine, a popular small chain of vegetarian restaurants around Taiwan. The interior has several Zen elements with lots of wood, flowing water over a black marble wall, and a little stone garden. The menu is quite big and most prominently are many diverse vegetable stews and soups. In October, there were also many specials with pumpkins and different kinds of mushrooms. We went for the option of a set meal with salad, soup, a main course (mostly stews), and dessert. Here is the salad that came out first: Shortly

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Balcony harvest 2014

Here is the first harvest from the balcony this year. The tomatoes are the same kinds as of last year’s season – Rutjes (red), yellow date and purple cherry tomatoes. The black jalapenos came from the same plant as last years as it moved into our living room for the winter. New this year are two chili plants – Bhut Jolokai and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the two hottest chilis currently known. I am pretty sure they will be too hot for us to enjoy, but I wanted to grow them at least once. Both plants have currently about 10 green

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A day in Samarinda

Between Kutai NP and Derawan island, we made a one day stop in Samarinda, the capital of East Kalimantan. We got the exit seats on the 5h bus ride from Sangatta, so we arrived quite exhausted and treated us a nicer hotel right in the city center. Samarinda has about 750,000 inhabitants. Thus, there is an abundance of street food carts, selling all sorts of Tofu, Tempeh and fried Bananas. And after 3 nights in Kutai with our sad ramen noddle dinners, we were more than ready to enjoy them as much as we could. We spent most of the

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Spicy applesauce

On their last visit, my parents brought a lot of ripe apples fresh from their garden. Applesauce seemed like a good idea to use a lot of them right away. Since the black jalapenos on our balcony were also doing well, it was time to put it all together. Next to the apples and jalapenos, we added the juice of one lemon and vanilla extract made with vodka. We peeled the apples, boiled them together with a little water, the lemon juice, and diced jalapeno. As soon as they got softer, we mixed it a bit and let it cool down.

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Spicy Soy Chorizo Burgers!

Being a big fan of vegetarian protein sources and meat substitutes, the decision to bring home a Soy Chorizo from Trader Joes was quickly made. Especially, since there is nothing similar available in Berlin. And hell yeah, it was worth it! With some left-over quinoa, beans, onions, and half a habanero of last year’s balcony harvest, a spicy burger mix with the rather soft Chorizo was quickly assembled. The Chorizo is indeed quite spicy and the texture is more close to a paste than to a sausage. Its taste is very meaty, a little bit like a very thick bolognese

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