April 2012 Archives

Ten tips to make sure your chili plants grow

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  1. Provide a sufficiently large flower pot. The minimum is 17-19cm (about 7").
  2. Make sure the plant is not exposed to temperatures below 10°C (50F).
  3. Don't keep the plant too moist - water only if earth is very dry or if plant looks exhausted.
  4. Put plant in a bright, warm spot. Direct sunlight is advised.
  5. Don't use fertilizer - if you do, the plant will grow lots of branches and leaves, but no chilis.
  6. Remove the first blossom or chili. This will multiply your harvest.
  7. If there are blossoms, but no chilis, use a cotton swab to pollinate them.
  8. If the plant has aphids, put the plant outside and hope for ladybirds, carpenter bees or ichneumon wasps.
  9. If the plant has lots of aphids, shower it with lukewarm water.
  10. If the plant has lots of aphids and lots of black larvae, rejoice, for the ladybirds have arrived.

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(plants in office, awaiting collection)

Still plenty of chili plants where these came from, contact me if you want some.

Bibimbap, or The art of visual frustration

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I guess the Korean dish Bibimbap must be one of the visually most frustrating foods in existence. Essentially, what you do is cook rice, sauté some vegetables, stir fry some meat and then arrange everything in a bowl.

Immediately after serving, Bibimbap looks something like this:

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However, immediately before eating, Bibimbap looks like this:

Dietary recommendation

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If you are in Munich and are trying to lose weight, you should probably not enter this restaurant.

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(Further investigation has revealed that the name of the restaurant is not a warning for weight-conscious customers, but instead the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese letters below, which read "Wan Fa Jiulou", meaning "restaurant of the ten-thousand accomplishments" or "restaurant of infinite riches". - Thx to the colleagues from the East Asian Studies Library and @kattebelletje on Twitter)