The need for strict milkshake regulation

Sept. 29, 2016, 6 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian soapbox

I understand that the name does not help. It’s not called icecreamshake for one.

Here is the issue: You go out for a burger you ask for a milkshake. Not chocolate milk and specially not milk with cheap crappy semi-expired chocolate syrup from the bargain shop, but that is what you get here 90% of the time.

And here is ...

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The all mighty Tayberry

July 19, 2013, 12:31 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: fingertips fruits german vegetarian

One city, many discoveries

Dundee is almost boastful for it’s discoveries: the autoadesive stamp, the marmalade, and so many others that I can certainly name and account for without the need of flattery and distraction to point you, dear intelligent reader, into another direction: The Tayberry

Born of crossing blackberries and red raspberries in this very city, by the river ...

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Shoga Gari: Japanese ginger pickle thinguie

Nov. 13, 2012, 6:48 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: easy garnish german vegetarian

When you have it you have to use it

Some time ago I stumbled on a bunch of the new season ginger on the Asian market close by my place. And by “some time ago” I mean almost an year ago (this is one of those posts that stay forever on my backlog).

I love the new season ginger for ...

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The German Vegetarian tag

Oct. 30, 2012, 4:46 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: announcements fingertips german vegetarian tags

The single most popular request that I get

Yup. First thing I thought was you people take me for someone else. An obvious case of mistaken identity, I guess, but it got me thinking. It could do a kind of a flag into the post that said veggie or not, or a sub-blog something on the line of veggie.secreteproject ...

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My new addiction Iced Tea

Oct. 22, 2012, 1:13 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: drink fingertips german vegetarian tea

The story so far

Disclaimer: This is a somewhat silly personal post. It deals with my addictions. It is not like you really need instructions to make iced tea.

Since last November I’ve cut down a little on my intake of Coke Zero. I went from 2 to 3 liters a day for the last 15 years (you can convert ...

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Memories of Lille, the Tarte flamande

Oct. 2, 2012, 11:39 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: fingertips France german vegetarian Lille tarte flamande

The high point of my lunch time in Lille

Last year I was in Lille, France. Some of the surprises, both good and meh, was the food.

It was very hard to get really hot spiced food, and I’ve tried. On the other hand I had great bacon, wonderful cheeses, bread, found madeleines to be sold in bags, nutella was ...

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The Best Food I've had in the USA: Mustard Seeds Pickle

June 4, 2012, 11:59 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: condiments easy german vegetarian

My Experience with Food in the US of A

First of all: DISCLAIMER: I should not need to say it, but all of this are my limited experience (I did stay mostly in Virginia and North Carolina ,not the WHOLE USA), my biased views and above all my little minded ..huh.. mind.

So no way around it: Food sucks in ...

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The Amazing DryIcecream

Feb. 13, 2012, 8:24 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: dryice german vegetarian icecream molecular gastronomy

Oops, I molecular gastronomed1 again

So there is this molecular gastronomy thing called Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, which addresses the nemesis of home making Ice Cream: Large Ice Crystals.

The idea is the faster you cool something the smaller the crystals. What is the coolest cool of all? Liquid Helium that boils at 4.2 K. But it is ...

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Kimpira: Sautéed spicy Burdock(Gobo) root

Feb. 7, 2012, 6:54 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian Japanese Starters sushi

Get it out of your system: It is a different ingredient.

Burdock (Bardana in Portuguese or Gobo in Japanese) is a long root root that when sautéed becomes this wonderful and tasty dish called Kimpira.

I have no idea how difficult (or easy) it is to find it where you live, but if you do it is worth it.

The ...

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Mimolette: French cheese with mites

Oct. 18, 2011, 11:58 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: cheese France german vegetarian Lille

It is one of those foods

You know. In a party or group of friends some one comes with the “did you know that people eat….” Corn fungus (huitlacoche, I did and liked it) , ant’s larvae (escamoles also delicious) , coffee shat by small mammals and so on and on.

Well this cheese is made with mites on the surface ...

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Oct. 16, 2011, 8:55 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: Germany german vegetarian travel

A German beer soft drink

Have you ever thought “Hey I wish I had a beer tasting non-alcoholic soft drink”?

I haven’t.


I’m Brazilian. Our beer is pretty much a soft drink.

The literal translation is keg brew. It is a non alcoholic soft drink made with malt extract and fruit juices (I assume).

Yeah, that’s Germans for you ...

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French Fries in a Pressure Cooker

July 5, 2011, 1:31 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: deep fry french fries german vegetarian potatoes pressure cooker sidedishes

Brazilians and Pressure Cookers

At first glance it seems that we love them. Almost every single house has one. The typical smell and sound of a Brazilian home is beans being cooked in a pressure cooker.

Truth to be told is that we have a LOVE-FEAR affair with them.

Most houses do have one, but most people are a little ...

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Baked Camembert with Pistachios

May 5, 2011, 11:55 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: brie camembert cheese easy german vegetarian snack

Camembert and Brie

Although they look pretty much the same they vary a lot in flavor. My alliance has changed over the years, when I was younger I was more of a Brie person.. Nowadays Camembert has been often my choice.

And in all counts doesn’t matter.. It is a little more difficult to find small Bries? Yeah it is ...

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Summer harvest: Fresh Guava Juice

Feb. 9, 2011, 2:14 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: Brazil german vegetarian guava hotday juice refreshing

The guava tree

Finally! The first ones are ready for picking!

When we moved in 3 years ago one of our first important decisions was which fruit bearing trees should we have. We didn’t have much space so we had to choose 3 trees wisely.

The lemon tree was easy, but it is in a large flower pot not on ...

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Croatian Festive Sweet Bread: Povatica

Jan. 15, 2011, 12:12 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: bread croatia Easter german vegetarian nuts sweets

It’s complicated (the situation, not the recipe)

My Croatian grandmother evocative was not Baka, but Nonna.

The thing is: Nonno and Nonna escaped from Croatia into Italy. (Yeah they escaped into an Italy controlled by Mussolini, smart) and they had my father there. So as it happens my father is Italian, my grandparents were Croatian but called nonno and nonna ...

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More Pomegranate pr0n

Nov. 15, 2010, 3:19 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian Israel pomegranate Tel Aviv travel

Sorry about that.. It is just that I took more pictures.

BTW I am still having a glass of juice almost everyday.

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Israeli Cottage cheese with grapes in syrup

Nov. 13, 2010, 6:20 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: breakfast german vegetarian grapes Israel travel yogurt

First things first. They call them raisins in syrup but they are actually grapes in syrup. I can prove it.

In order to something to be called a raisin it must abide by the following conditions:

1) They have to be sad
2) They have to be evil
3) They have to be hated by me
4) They have to ...

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Hummus(chickpea paste) much more than dip

Nov. 7, 2010, 10:25 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian Israel Tel Aviv travel

Sometimes a person have to do what a person have to do. After a bit of searching I found out what I had to do.

My fate (hard as it seems) was to taste the best hummus in Israel

So I grabbed my map and courageously set in direction of Jaffa. I would like to make clear that it was ...

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The epoxy method pizza dough

Aug. 20, 2010, 2:06 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: dough easy german vegetarian Italian pizza whole wheat

This post is motivated by the pizza contest at the instructables and it is cross posted there in a different form with some more pictures

Working with Baker’s Percentages

From a physicist point of view a baker’s world is a very odd one percentage wise.

It is a place where a recipe can be made with 70% of this plus ...

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Addicted to Passata

July 13, 2010, 11:42 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian Italian passata tomato

It is a tidbit odd I might say

The winter has just began here in the South hemisphere, and what appears on the grocery stores?

Wonderful red tomatoes

And what did your nonna told you to do when you get great tomatoes?

Nothing.. She just grabbed grabbed the sieve and made tons of Passata di Pomodoro.. or should do, truth ...

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Caramelized Kumquats with Ginger

June 3, 2010, 11:32 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: 5 ingredients or less dessert easy german vegetarian ice cream

Kumquats at the market

There are only three seasons(although some people argue that’s only two) in Sao Paulo: spring, summer and fallwinter (pronounced as a single word outonoinverno)

Spring is when it is sunny, hot and rains every week; Summer is when it is unbearable hot, sunny and it rains every day (not all day long, but once every ...

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A little bit of Uruguay: Chimichurri

May 7, 2010, 6:23 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: dip easy german vegetarian herbs meat sauce Uruguay

The mystery sauce

Just recently when we (the wife and I) were in Uruguay for our honeymoon we went for a barbecue at the central market. Sure it was a gigantic tourist trap, or at least most of the restaurants there were. We found a place to eat which A) had some natives eating there and B) had no tables ...

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Mayonnaise-less Potato salad (or edible potato salad if you want)

March 23, 2010, 11:05 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: easy German german vegetarian potatoes salad

Love, hate and indifference

I feel guilt from time to time for not liking some kinds of food. I really do. I try to be open minded, but sometimes I fail miserably: I Hate Mayonnaise.

There foods that I don’t like, eggplant is one example, but I don’t dislike it either.. A case of pure indifference. I wouldn’t cross the ...

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Edible cacti in Chile

March 18, 2010, 9:48 p.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: cacti chile fruits german vegetarian

Deserts and Valleys

Driving through north Chile is amazing.

The semi-arid landscapes seems to stretch all the way, that is, until you find a river coming down the Andes.

Where there is a river there is a fertile valley.

I didn’t go all the way to Atacama desert but I was lucky to stop in La Serena and follow the ...

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Mote com huesillos - and earthquake update

Feb. 28, 2010, 2:30 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: chile drinks german vegetarian sweet travel

We are in santiago. It was a hot day and one of the first things we did was take the funicular to see the city from above.

When we got to the top there were a couple of stands selling “Mote com huesillos”

As I can’t resist something new I asked for one.

And to be clear about my ignorance ...

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Montevideo bakeries

Feb. 25, 2010, 9:28 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: german vegetarian Montevideo sweets travel

Short post, sorry! I’m in honeymoon so I might not take time to write properly..

We arrived in Montevideo and on the way from the airport bus to the hostel I had to stop for cookies.

Walking down the 25 de mayo street we passed not one but two windows full of gorgeous sweets.

I was resisting the urge so ...

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