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  1. "Have a happy Easter"

    ...and happy Passover (starting tomorrow)!!
  2. Why are you happy today?

    A beautiful day outside gardening and fixing a greenhouse with other people.  A barbecue and then a bonfire. What a fine evening to walk between the vegetable beds in the moonlight!
  3. Why are you unhappy today?

    @fraufruit: We talked about this, I had an inkling the end of a very difficult situation was nigh. Call me any time if I can assist. Please give my condolences to Himself!
  4. 3G in Restaurants?

    "Was kümmert mich, was ich gestern gesagt habe!" ("I don't give a damn what I said yesterday!")   kind sad. I expected better.   *leaves thread*
  5. What made you smile today?

    My tomatillos are booming (AND blooming) on the windowsill, and even finicky sweet potatoes want to grow now! *jungle* Isn't Nature wonderful?
  6. Transfering large sum to my future wife

    Anything over 10k Euros between non-related (here: not yet married) persons will trigger a gift tax problem! That isn't such an enormous sum anymore in Germany. Meaning, it doesn't matter if it's 11k or, say, 400k.
  7. English-speaking lawyers in Berlin

    What was stolen? Do you have proof?
  8. This week we have a Toytown reservation for 7:30 pm at Palast der Winde, Hans-Sachs-Str 8, 80469   München. Nearest station: Fraunhofstr U1-U2 or Tram 16, 17, 18 Müllerstr 1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. scook17 3. Cragrat 4. Metall 5. Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Wednesday   BTW, I am meeting Julian (yes, *the* Julian ) in Hans-Sachs-Straße for a chat outside (he's still being careful) around 7 before curry. Let me know if you'd like to see him, too.
  9. What are you cooking today?

    Yo're welcome! And no, you can't use the brine for cooking afterwards, way too salty. But it will make meat in danger of drying out tender and moist, with a hint of salt. Brine a few hours, overnight, or up to 24 hours in a cool place (or keep in a cooler with ice/chill packs added).  
  10. What are you cooking today?

    The brine was 1/2 cup salt to approx a gallon (3.5 - 4 liters) of water for the brine. I couldn't edit the post any more.
  11. What are you cooking today?

    I slow roasted duck the other day to an excellent result. Key points: - Don't get a cheap Polish duck. Instead buy the more expensive but superior in all ways French Barbary duck (darker tastier meat, less fat). - Brine the bird: Add 1/2 salt to 4 liters (or approx 1 gallon) of water, add some orange juice&orange peel. Soak the bird in the the brine overnight in a cool place. - Slow roast 3-4 hours at 160° Celsius on a rack over a pan with water in it until inserted thermometer shows at least 85°C and the legs become somewhat loose. - Make sauce: Fry some flour in collected duck grease until lightly browned. Add water from roasting pan (lats of flavor dripped in there), as well as a bottle of beer, thyme, pepper, marjoram, bay leaves. A shot of orange liqueur makes it even better.   Pour any leftover drippings in a jar and chill to collect the duck fat - wonderfully tasty for frying anything.
  12. Please don't make me cry. Ahem.
  13. Same here - the hard mattress with all sorts of natural materials became harder still over the course of time, to the point where my back was fine, but shoulder and butt hurt. ;-) A light memory foam topper did the trick, now all of me is happy. And the cooling gel on one side of the topper is great in Germany's A/C-free summers.
  14. The War in Ukraine

    Indeed. Germany likes to mask it these days, but the country still is terrified of the Russians.
  15. Mobbing by employers in Germany

    We need details!
  16. Only in America

    OJ "The glove doesn't fit" Simpson?
  17. Random pointless comments

      No... I believe they are completely unaware of themselves.   (unless of course they are moles.)
  18.   The answer of Bundestagsabgeordnete Svenja Stadler, SPD, on March 24 was "we intend to make multiple [sic] citizenship possible within this year".   Watch me apply first in line when that happens!