Thai Pumpkin Soup [en]

2 Onions
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Green Curry Paste
4 cups Vegetable Stock
2 Carrots
1 kg Pumpkin (peeled and seeded)
2 Kumara (a.k.a. sweet potato)
400 ml Coconut Cream
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
Coriander Leaves


  1. Chop and sauté onions using olive oil.
  2. Add curry paste, boil and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable stock and keep cooking.
  4. Add sliced carrots, then diced pumpkin and kumara.
  5. Cover and boil for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Sieve vegetables, purée them, and re-add to soup.
  7. Add coconut cream and soy sauce, bring to boil again.

Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves.


Step 6 – sieve the vegetables – is kinda controversial. My original notes on this recipe didn’t anything about re-adding them. That would make this a rather clear soup. I prefer adding them back in, which makes the soup nice and thick. Usually I don’t bother sieving the veggies out, and just treat the whole soup with a hand blender.


Not sure how Thai this recipe actually is. I got it from a co-worker (forgot her name) in Tauranga, New Zealand. That’s why I like to stick to the word Kumara for sweet potato. I think it’s of Maori origin, but it’s in common use all over the place.

The weather in Tunisia [en]

So I’ve spent waiting for wind on the island of Djerba, Tunisia, for almost one week to no avail. (With one exception yesterday, that is, when I finally got the opportunity to go kite-surfing. For about 30 mins.)

All forecasts for today looked equally bleak: around 5 knots in the early morning, afterwards nothing for most part of the day. So I went to the spot early trying to  seek out the last remains of wind.

Then, this happens:

Wind and Weather on Djerba TodayThe wind was already at 18 knots when I arrived, so I hurried into the water. Pretty soon I was overpowered with my 14 m² kite – unexpectedly the wind went stronger, not weaker.

Around noon, it was a full-blown storm. This also meant nearby lightning, so I had to get off the water after roughly 2 hours. It took quite some time for the thunderstorm to clear, and I was eager to go for another round. However, before we realized the storm was over, all the wind was gone. Never seen it fall from the mid twenties to almost zero so rapidly.

Weird day. Great spot nevertheless. I may be back some time…

Postcard from Sri Lanka [en]

Never was a big fan of paper postcards, let alone Facebook postings. Hence, I’m going to dump random travel impressions here instead. Alongside some generic pics. And shout-outs to all my friends! Here goes…

Firstly, getting around can get exciting in itself in Sri Lanka. The way of right always belongs to the vehicle with the most inertia. Which makes the ubiquitous buses preferable, as compared to puny tuktuks. However, the latter can be more tasty…



Some may skip road traffic altogether and prefer the railway. While being surprisingly sluggish, it does offer very scenic views, especially in the central highlands. Cup of tea then?


These highlands are also home to one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent sights, Sri Pada. This mountain peak is popular amongst both foreign tourists (due to the impressive landscape) and locals (due to mythological connotations).

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Of course, nature in 2015-12-11_EllaRawanaFalls_002other parts of Sri Lanka has it’s own charm. Traveling at the end of a Monsoon season ensures that waterfalls, reservoirs, and otherwise dry bush lands are flooded with water. The water buffaloes seem to like it that way – as do all the bats in the trees.

There’s also some cultural goods to be seen throughout the country. Personally I don’t seem overly receptive to that. So don’t ask me about the difference between a Stupa and a Dagoba!


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Last but not least, Sri Lanka holds a plethora of beaches. Some invite to fishing, others to surfing, yet others just to chill…

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.tax me! [de]

Wer hätte gedacht, dass in der Finanzverwaltung jemand mit einem Fünkchen Witz sitzt? Ich habe mich gerade für Elster-Online registriert, und habe mich doch einigermaßen über die Datei-Endungen gefreut, die sie dort durchgehend in Ihren URL-Pfaden verwenden. Hier z.B.:

Und, dass die Leute dort überhaupt genug Englisch beherrschen? Das ist schon mal einen Oettinger wert! Da zahl doch fast gerne meine Steuern – bzw. hole mir welche zurück.

Aber mal ernsthaft: auf den ersten Blick macht diese Seite, und deren Sicherheitskonzept, einen durchaus ausgereiften Eindruck. Nicht mal externe Tracking-Codes oder sonstige Skripte sind drin. Bin mal gespannt was mich noch so erwartet…