26 February 2010

Karin's Carrot Sauce

(6 servings)
  • 4 big carrots
  • 50g cabbage
  • 2 onions
  • 1 red chili
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 600g chopped tomatoes
  • 150g crème fraise
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Grate carrots and cabbage and fry together in olive oil. Put aside and fry fine chopped chili, onion and garlic. Mix everything together with tomatoes and spices. After a few minutes add the créme fraise and let the sauce simmer. Serve with pasta.

Edit: Actually this is Karin's boyfriend's mum's pasta sauce. Just to credit the right person for it ;)

21 February 2010

Chiles in Stockholm

Chiles in Stockholm

I found this site when I started growing chilis some years back, what amazed me was the vast amount of good pictures of different chili varietes. It also had a nice seed exchange function from which I got in contact with chili nerds from Sweden, USA, Hungary and Germany and succesfully exchanged chili seeds back in 2005.

The original chili exchange page is long gone but there’s an inspiring blog, beautiful pictures and useful growing tips to be found here.

16 February 2010

Romanian Chili

Capsicum annuum

Photo: ez, Romanian Chili 2005

This is a very generous chili to grow, the pods are small and firm and will give a robust standard heat perfect for stews. It may not have a sensational taste but is on the other hand very reliable and therefore one of my favourite varieties to grow. The plants are small with dark green leaves and the pods grow upright and ripen from green to deep red.

13 February 2010


Liberty, Hot Lemon, Romanian Chili and Czeckoslovakian Black. Just Peruvian Purple missing now.

09 February 2010

My brother's chili balcony

Chile balcony!

There’s some lovely pictures here, check them out.

05 February 2010


Two days ago I went from despair to hope as I found a third healthy looking seedling on it's way amongst the dying ones, and now it's out! What a beauty!

03 February 2010


I decided to mess around with the poorly looking seedlings and found another one on it's way! Maybe this one will make it. If I ever get a successful plant out of this variety I'll name it Liberty. As it was picked at the Liberty wreck diving site on Bali. An unforgettable dive btw.

I'm dissapointed

The North Bali chili seeds had two seeds germinating and looking strong, but now they are just mushy and sad looking. Same goes for the Peruvian Purple but that one might still make it. Have I kept them too moist?

Pictures of them a couple of days ago and now.

02 February 2010


The best drink in the world!

It seems it’s not the most common drink amongst adults, but not only does it taste good, it’s also the best drink to hot food!

When I order milk at restaurants I usually get an odd glance, when I order in Indian restaurants they right out laugh at me. I don’t mind and I’m used to it. Although, my stubborness ever so often makes me end up with a glass of old lukewarm milk that they keep for when they serve coffee. In a more fancy restaurant I will get a glass of milk with ice cubes and a straw. Ok I get it, only kids order milk… but don’t mess upp my milk with ice cubes and seriously, I’m not going to blow bubbles.

At home it’s always been the most normal thing in the world. Everyone in my family drinks milk, so the fact that most people don’t is still something that haven’t totally settled in.

Now to why milk is the best way to finish a hot meal. The casein in milk have a detergent effect on capsaicin. This is what makes it so soothing.

Nothing beats a simple glass of cold milk.