Yesterday I wanted to watch the wedding, and since I do not own a tv, I wondered how to do it. But then the wonderful made the great suggestion to watch it online via live stream, so I was happily looking forward to wedding pleasure around midday – thanks to living in Germany, I did not have to decide whether or not to pull an all-nighter.

Everything seemed to be perfect. But then, unfortunately, the live stream decided to look like this after about 10 minutes.

~ turquoise everywhere ~

~ at least I could see some faces ~

And I totally loved the speech about spiritual growth in marriage. So good! Listening to that was worth it alone.

Then, I had thought that it would be nice to make some shortbread to go with it, and looked up a nice almond shortbread recipe on the internet which I adjusted a little to make it gluten-free and low in sugar.

Everything seemed to be perfect. But then, much to my regret, it ended up like this.

~ nothing could be saved here ~

So, no almond shortbread for the wedding. I just had tea – English breakfast tea with cream.

~ mmmmmmmmm, never lets me down ~

Ah, it looks like I am not yet a baker. But I am not giving up! The recipe would have worked, I think, if I had just had an better eye on my creation while it was roasting in the oven. I will try it again!

At least, not all things went like that. My supervisor (who currently is in New Zealand on a research scholarship) has finished the programming of my thesis study, and after countless weeks of delay due to earthquakes getting in the way, troubles with the internet server, and emails getting lost in the cyberspace between Germany and New Zealand, it finally looks as if I could start data collection next week. I will open a bottle of sparkling wine if everything will somehow work out in the end.

Also, while I suck at baking (for now), my cooking skills are getting better. I made another pot roast, this time using turkey, and it turned out delicious. I highly recommend to try this – the meat was incredibly tender and flavorful – and I think the recipe would also work well with fish like trout or salmon.

Lemon, Garlic, and Ginger Flavored Turkey Pot Roast

4-5 servings


ghee, butter, or oil
750 g (1 1/2 lbs) turkey meat (I used a turkey breast filet)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and cut into slices
1 tbsp fresh gingerroot, peeled and cut into slices
1 small handful dried kaffir lime leaves (from the Asia store)
1 stalk lemon grass, cut into diagonal slices
1 handful fresh parsley


Heat some fat in a big pot and roast the meat from all sides. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, ginger, lemon leaves, lemon grass, and parsley, then fill some water into the pot so the bottom of the pot is covered.

Bring to boil, then put the lid on and roast on low heat for about 1 1/2 hours. When the meat is done, carefully take it out of the pot, drain the liquid, and let it cool a little. Cut slices from the meat, serve with a nice side dish, and enjoy. Leftovers stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of days, or can be stored in the freezer.

Now there is a thunderstorm outside, and I still need to do the weekend grocery shopping. Ah, life …

Did you watch the wedding? Have you experienced any kitchen disasters lately?

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