Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sepia Saturday 131; Fun at the fair;


Knabenschiessen is a traditional target shooting competition in Zürich .held on the second weekend of September each year. The festival, officially held for the first time in 1889, is one of the oldest in Switzerland, dating back to the 17th century
The competition is open to 13-17 year old, who either reside or are enrolled in a school in the canton of Zürich. Originally reserved for boys (German: Knaben, Plural, Singular der Knabe).
The competition has been open to female participants since 1991. The shooting is with the Swiss Army ordonnance rifle, SIG SG 550. The competition is held in the shooting range at Albisgüetli to the south-west of the city center, on the slope of Üetliberg.

Traditionally it is surrounded by a large fair.

I wished I had some of the photos, my mother made when I was a child and attended many fairs with her..
I went to fairs with my children, but I did not made photographs.

Two amateurish videos when I was in SWL and my cousins took me to the Fair in the Albisgüetli. It shows a little of the surroundings and the fair.

I have now managed to upload the videos. Enjoy. They are 1 minute each.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Wednesday; peace;

This morning when I went in to the garden, I noticed the flowers of this Hawaiian Hibiscus. The cold  has added  to its white flowers a deep pink flush. It looked so beautiful and peaceful under the early morning sun. Small wonders of nature lets one feel utterly content and happy.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tuesday; Sunday's Soup dinner, revisited...

Simple and nothing fancy... for a Goulash soup dinner.

The soup, made after an old family recipe does not need any commercial additives like stock cubes.

It needs, beef about 150 to 200 g per person cut into cubes.
2 medium potatoes and a couple of large carrots, 2 big onions.
3-4 tblsp sweet paprika, home made herb salt,  1 tblsp organic tomato paste,  my secret ingredient add 1 tbsp  of  a very good curry powder  while braising meat and onions;  a few laurel leaves dried or fresh; Water;  sour cream and hot chilie jam served extra to spice up the soup for the ones who like it HOT!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish, 
Game, or any other dish? 
Who would not give all else for two 
Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup? 
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

From a poem by Louis Carroll.

Fresh bread from the oven is a must!

A couple of reds; Coonawarra was always a palatable wine, this one was a nice Shiraz and went well with the soup.

Dessert was Almond Orange cake. This was the leftover..

As we have now so many Navel Oranges, I cooked two big oranges skin and all as they are not sprayed  nor waxed, until pulpy  and mixed  them  with 250 g of ground almonds, 150 g caster sugar  and 5 whole eggs' and 1 teasp, baking powder; presto, bake on 190 C for  at least half  an Hour. Top with a chocolate ganache made from 100 g of Lind 85 % cocoa  a small lump of butter and some cream. You can make this cake a few days ahead as it is getting better day by day!

At this time the guests have left...

All had a jolly good time!