kohaku: (Gisbert_Krone)
2014-12-26 12:49 am
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Let's talk music

In keinem Jahr war Musik so wichtig für mich wie in 2014. Ich kann die Tage nicht zählen, wo mir Songs Mut machten, mich trösteten, mir Rat gaben. 2014 hatte eine Reihe deutschsprachiger Singer-Songwriter für mich, die je nach Situation über Ihre Musik für mich da waren.

Im August verliebte ich mich sehr in das Album Das Paradies der Gefälschten Dinge von Niels Frevert, der mir zwar immer wieder empfohlen wurde, aber zugunsten von Gisbert zu Knyphausen und Nils Koppruch ein wenig weiter nach unten auf der Dringlichkeitsliste rutschte.

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Eins der schönsten Lieder gibt es in einer Akustikversion auf Youtube, und ich war so schlagartig verliebt, dass ich das Album nach Erscheinen kaufte, ohne Reinzuhören.



Den Song mit der für mich schönsten Textzeile ist allerdings Das mit dem Glücklichsein ist relativ. Die Akustikversion ist einfach zauberschön, und der Song macht mich dann auch tatsächlich glücklich.

Niels Frevert - Das mit dem Glücklichsein ist relativ

Da er auf seinen Alben seit 1997 thematisch diverse Themen abdeckt, bin ich immer wieder überrascht, über was ich so stolpere: Wortschöpfungen, die ich bejahen möchte, Lieder für Situationen und Gefühle, sei es ein wütendes "Meine Zuständigkeit endet hier - Schluss!" oder ein traurig zärtliches "Ich würd Dich gern mal anrufen, es wär schön, wenn Du mir schreibst. Eine Postkarte aus dem Jenseits."

Seine neueren Alben sind vielleicht auch ein wenig Herbst- beziehungsweise Winterplatten, mit dieser leisen Melancholie, die nicht unwillkommen ist, während man bei Tee durchs Fenster in den frühen Abend schaut.

Hach.
kohaku: (domestic bliss)
2012-06-10 11:42 pm
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Cross Buns

I first discovered them while staying in England around Easter, which is when they are traditionally served, but they are so good, I want to have them all through the year! I like the ones baked after this recipe even better than the store-bought ones (shhh, don't tell anyone, especially not M&S). They have the right texture and smell, and with butter, they are heavenly. They are best fresh from the oven, but you can also stuff them in your toaster. Yay!

Again, you cannot buy them anywhere near my hometown, which is why I tried making them in the first place.

Now, there are different versions of cross buns floating around, this is one without almond paste. Because I am lazy like that. And did not have any almonds for the almond paste.

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Ingredients

For the dough:

50 g sugar
450 g flour
1 p. dry yeast (you can use fresh! If you do, use 20 g)
150 ml warm water
2 tbl spoons mixed spice*
bit of salt
100 g mixed dried fruit (I used cherries, blue berries and cranberries. Fabulous!)
25 g candied lemon peel/ orange peel (if you like that stuff. I don't. So I used raisins, which should be in here anyway. I decided to have a fruit explosion and it was lovely.)
orange zest from one orange (please do not omit. It is too lovely.)
1 egg
50 g butter, melted
50 ml milk, warmed (Um, alright, so, I did not warm the milk. I just put it into the pan with the melted butter. Which kind of is like warming, I assume? Well, it worked.)

For the cross decoration:

100 g flour
50 ml water
1 egg

For glazing (if you want to.)

2 tbl spoons sugar
juice from 1 orange (neat, you get to use the whole thing in this!)

*In the UK, you can buy mixed spice. Here, not so much. So I made my own mixed spice using cinnamon, coriander, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

What to do with the above:

Mix 1 tbl spoon sugar, the dry yeast and the warm water until it is foaming. It will foam. It will foam out of the mixing bowl if you pick a too small one.

Put flour, salt, spices into a big mixing bowl. Pour in the dried fruit, the orange zest and the rest of the sugar. Make a basin (a dent? a pit?) and pour in the yeat mixture that is threatening to get out of the other bowl and run away. Put in egg, milk and butter and stir with a wooden spoon until it's a dough. Yeast does not like metal, and is pretty ambivalent about plastic.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Put it back in the bowl and cover it with a moist towel. Let it rest for an hour somewhere warm, until double in size.

Now, BEAT the dough until it's the same size as before it's slumber. Evil laughter optional. Make sure the gf does not get a heart attack should she sit in the kitchen as well. (Sorry. The recipe said slap the dough. I swear.)

Make 12 nice little round buns and place them on a either lined or greased baking tray. Cover them with a towel again and let them sit for 35 - 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to hot (220 C/ 430F).

Mix water and flour for the cross decoration and thus make a cheap white dough. Roll it until it's about 1 cm thick and cut into 6 parts. Roll again until they are about 5 mm thick and cut them into 24 pieces. Beat the egg (rather violent recipe, isn't it?) and brush the buns. Lay to strips of dough on each bun to form a cross. Brush again with the egg.

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Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

If you want to put glazing on them, heat sugar and juice until the sugar has completely dissolved and the sirup is bubbling. Glaze buns with, um well, glazing.

EAT.

No wait, cut in halves, spread with butter and EAT.

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The end.

All pictures taken by the everlovely silme711.
kohaku: (Sherlock_John)
2012-01-20 10:18 pm
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Fic: The River so Dark, the Night so Quiet, Sherlock, John

So, I wrote something. I not only wrote something, but I finished it after what felt like two years of not writing and not finishing anything. I'm curiously nervous about it.

Title: The River so Dark, the Night so Quiet
Word Count: 3,317
Summary: During a case, Sherlock vanishes and John is left to guard 221b.
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] loreley_se who once upon a time commissioned a Sherlock Holmes story when I offered myself as a writer for charity. I did not forget but I liked nothing I wrote. So, here it is now. I moved it from movie!verse Holmes to BBC Sherlock, but I have this feeling that she won't mind. <3 Enjoy, hon.

Further Notes: Although written after 2.03, this is by no means a post-Reichenbach story. It is set some unknown time before that. Comments are ♥ as usual.

It wasn't that Sherlock hadn't done this before, oh, he had, on one memorable occasion Sherlock had been missing for over a week (9 days, 14 hours, and John had told himself often enough that he hadn't been counting, yet he had been). )
kohaku: (typewriter_the phone rang)
2010-02-28 12:12 am
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The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it i

Back home from field trip, exhausted.

Couldn't resist this one, though: from [livejournal.com profile] jb_slasher If you see this, post a poem in your own LJ today.

For Meghan, for the Haiti relief. <3

The stillness of a winter's day, revisited

The silence of an icy, altogether too early
winter's dawn is disrupted by the rustling of the wings of birds,
hundreds of them, swooping from tree to tree in smaller
flocks of twenty.

Shy red wings that don't chatter or chirp,
beady black eyes on me, white feathers like an eyebrow
raised as I pass, some seem to frown, their beaks yellow
in anticipation.

They are all changing trees until I'm inside
looking from behind my living room window, curtains half drawn
as if spying on them, my new feathered and unexpected neighbours,
feasting on red berries,

Brought here by the cold, I briefly think of
climate change, but still turn up the heat.
The coldest winter for thirty years even quiets down
those birds,

and finally me.
kohaku: (typewriter_the phone rang)
2010-02-28 12:12 am
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The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it i

Back home from field trip, exhausted.

Couldn't resist this one, though: from [livejournal.com profile] jb_slasher If you see this, post a poem in your own LJ today.

For Meghan, for the Haiti relief. <3

The stillness of a winter's day, revisited

The silence of an icy, altogether too early
winter's dawn is disrupted by the rustling of the wings of birds,
hundreds of them, swooping from tree to tree in smaller
flocks of twenty.

Shy red wings that don't chatter or chirp,
beady black eyes on me, white feathers like an eyebrow
raised as I pass, some seem to frown, their beaks yellow
in anticipation.

They are all changing trees until I'm inside
looking from behind my living room window, curtains half drawn
as if spying on them, my new feathered and unexpected neighbours,
feasting on red berries,

Brought here by the cold, I briefly think of
climate change, but still turn up the heat.
The coldest winter for thirty years even quiets down
those birds,

and finally me.
kohaku: (RDJ_hiding a giggle)
2010-02-04 08:17 pm
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All-clear!

Thank you so much for the support! I just came home to your lovely comments. *tear* Flist group hug! *squishes you all*

So: All clear! It's nothing! Well, it's just my normal tissue being an arse, but nothing bad! My doc is a very lovely doc who really took his time and checked me four times or something and while we agreed yes, there is a lump, he said it's really nothing, well, threatening or bad or malevolent or anything like that. Just the tissue being more lumpy on one side (bet you needed to know that! How's that for tmi?) and due to my weight loss, it was more visible? touchable? errr, you get the idea! So BIG BREATH OF RELIEF! He also told me it was very good of me to come to have it checked. (And then he even went "Omg, how much weight did you lose? 15 kg??? How on earth did you do that? That's amazing! Good for you!" Which really really calmed me down further.)

Phew. I was so relieved I bought myself chocolate cake after to soothe my nerves. ;)

God, I'm knackered now. That was enough anxiety for the whole month! But, you know, it's good to have something like this checked right away.

More tea now. And much love to you and thank you again. It means the world, really. ♥
kohaku: (RDJ_hiding a giggle)
2010-02-04 08:17 pm
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All-clear!

Thank you so much for the support! I just came home to your lovely comments. *tear* Flist group hug! *squishes you all*

So: All clear! It's nothing! Well, it's just my normal tissue being an arse, but nothing bad! My doc is a very lovely doc who really took his time and checked me four times or something and while we agreed yes, there is a lump, he said it's really nothing, well, threatening or bad or malevolent or anything like that. Just the tissue being more lumpy on one side (bet you needed to know that! How's that for tmi?) and due to my weight loss, it was more visible? touchable? errr, you get the idea! So BIG BREATH OF RELIEF! He also told me it was very good of me to come to have it checked. (And then he even went "Omg, how much weight did you lose? 15 kg??? How on earth did you do that? That's amazing! Good for you!" Which really really calmed me down further.)

Phew. I was so relieved I bought myself chocolate cake after to soothe my nerves. ;)

God, I'm knackered now. That was enough anxiety for the whole month! But, you know, it's good to have something like this checked right away.

More tea now. And much love to you and thank you again. It means the world, really. ♥
kohaku: (Jude_Watson_blue)
2010-02-04 01:43 pm
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Another cup of sweetened tea is in order.

I have an appointment today to have a curious lump checked out. In my tit. There really shouldn't be lumps in your tit. :( I'm really glad I got the appointment though. I've been meaning to go for weeks now. This is slightly upsetting even though I am sure it will be nothing.

See you after.
kohaku: (Jude_Watson_blue)
2010-02-04 01:43 pm
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Another cup of sweetened tea is in order.

I have an appointment today to have a curious lump checked out. In my tit. There really shouldn't be lumps in your tit. :( I'm really glad I got the appointment though. I've been meaning to go for weeks now. This is slightly upsetting even though I am sure it will be nothing.

See you after.
kohaku: (Christian_Eliot come on)
2010-02-03 09:18 pm
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In which Eliot has prettier hair than me.

I found the worlds most comfortable pants and they are curderoy.

It's still a win. :D

For [livejournal.com profile] elebridith ♥ I hope that is the smirk you meant, hon! The cap turned out fabulous, don't you think?

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And proof of life prettier hair:

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Proper pic spam soon! Sorry I am so late, guys. :/
kohaku: (Christian_Eliot come on)
2010-02-03 09:18 pm
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In which Eliot has prettier hair than me.

I found the worlds most comfortable pants and they are curderoy.

It's still a win. :D

For [livejournal.com profile] elebridith ♥ I hope that is the smirk you meant, hon! The cap turned out fabulous, don't you think?

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And proof of life prettier hair:

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Proper pic spam soon! Sorry I am so late, guys. :/
kohaku: (RDJ_KKBB_<3 OMG)
2010-01-23 05:55 pm
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back home, beat.

Am back from the hospital. I have minor smoke poisoning, which is why I was dozing in a hospital bed for two hours, breathing sweet oxygen through a mask. I feel like I was run over by a truck but I am better now. Will make myself some hot cocoa and go to bed. I will leave the window open for as long as I can with these temperatures, and cuddle up under all my blankets.

Thank you so much for your support and comments. It really means a lot. ♥
kohaku: (RDJ_KKBB_<3 OMG)
2010-01-23 05:55 pm
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back home, beat.

Am back from the hospital. I have minor smoke poisoning, which is why I was dozing in a hospital bed for two hours, breathing sweet oxygen through a mask. I feel like I was run over by a truck but I am better now. Will make myself some hot cocoa and go to bed. I will leave the window open for as long as I can with these temperatures, and cuddle up under all my blankets.

Thank you so much for your support and comments. It really means a lot. ♥
kohaku: (RDJ_Holmes blue)
2010-01-23 01:17 pm
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(no subject)

I'm at work but curiously dizzy. Should I go to the hospital and have myself checked? I don't know you guys, I was feeling alright-ish when I woke up.

I really don't need this at the moment.
kohaku: (RDJ_Holmes blue)
2010-01-23 01:17 pm
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(no subject)

I'm at work but curiously dizzy. Should I go to the hospital and have myself checked? I don't know you guys, I was feeling alright-ish when I woke up.

I really don't need this at the moment.
kohaku: (Default)
2010-01-23 03:40 am

(no subject)

Okay, just so you know what's happening, and yes, it is really really weird to fucking blog when there's a FIRE somewhere near, but the fire fighters told me to get back into my apartment and close the door and stay in so I don't think I will burn to death. Unless those are demon fire fighters from hell or something but I don't think so. Jesus fucking Christ, this is like one of my childhood fears and I'm in here and and and.

I can't see any fire, which I guess is good and there is less smoke then when I called the fire department but STILL OMG.

And there is so much soot! I just ran downstairs and back up again and my nose and hands were COVERED in it.

ETA (4 am): They're packing away their fire hose. I'm still all shaky and dizzy from the smoke but that means the fire is out. RIGHT?

ETA2 (4.25 am): Okay, they left. I still have my window wide open, even though we have -5 C/ 23 F right now. My karma, let me show you it.

Have some pics, because apparently, when a fireman tells me to get back into my apartment and close the door, I lean out of the window and take pics. SOMETHING had to calm me down, right? In my case, it's collecting data and witnessing what's going on. There were no visible flames and I think the fire was in the garden, since I made it all the way downstairs without seeing any accumulation of smoke or soot around one of my neighbours' doors. So somebody probably burned down the trash or the fucking ugly gazebo from the landlord. Shit. My bike was in the garden.

This year just gets crazier and crazier.

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I look bloody scared. But this was right when I came back up and grabbed my camera to take a pic from my window. I had the scarf across my mouth so I could breathe, and still all the soot got in my nose.

The smoke is clearing now. The smell stays. I will need to Febreze my whole apartment, me thinks. :/ Well, this really is the lesser of two evils, so I am not complaining. How I am to sleep after this, I don't know.
kohaku: (Default)
2010-01-23 03:40 am

(no subject)

Okay, just so you know what's happening, and yes, it is really really weird to fucking blog when there's a FIRE somewhere near, but the fire fighters told me to get back into my apartment and close the door and stay in so I don't think I will burn to death. Unless those are demon fire fighters from hell or something but I don't think so. Jesus fucking Christ, this is like one of my childhood fears and I'm in here and and and.

I can't see any fire, which I guess is good and there is less smoke then when I called the fire department but STILL OMG.

And there is so much soot! I just ran downstairs and back up again and my nose and hands were COVERED in it.

ETA (4 am): They're packing away their fire hose. I'm still all shaky and dizzy from the smoke but that means the fire is out. RIGHT?

ETA2 (4.25 am): Okay, they left. I still have my window wide open, even though we have -5 C/ 23 F right now. My karma, let me show you it.

Have some pics, because apparently, when a fireman tells me to get back into my apartment and close the door, I lean out of the window and take pics. SOMETHING had to calm me down, right? In my case, it's collecting data and witnessing what's going on. There were no visible flames and I think the fire was in the garden, since I made it all the way downstairs without seeing any accumulation of smoke or soot around one of my neighbours' doors. So somebody probably burned down the trash or the fucking ugly gazebo from the landlord. Shit. My bike was in the garden.

This year just gets crazier and crazier.

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I look bloody scared. But this was right when I came back up and grabbed my camera to take a pic from my window. I had the scarf across my mouth so I could breathe, and still all the soot got in my nose.

The smoke is clearing now. The smell stays. I will need to Febreze my whole apartment, me thinks. :/ Well, this really is the lesser of two evils, so I am not complaining. How I am to sleep after this, I don't know.