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Mai 01, 2021

Vegan sushi rice bowls



  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha

Braised tofu

  • 200g tofu
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • 250 ml orange juice
  • 4-5 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sambal Olek
  • Ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


Cook rice according to instructions. Combine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Once the rice is done, add vinegar mixture. Meanwhile, Drain tofu and cut into cubes, toss with flour and pan-fry until crispy. Mix orange juice, soy sauce, sambal olek, ginger and sugar. Add sauce to the pan with the tofu and braise until the sauce sticks to the cubes. Cut toppings into bite-size bits. Mix vegan mayo and sriracha. Place rice and tofu into bowls, add toppings.

Sep 06, 2020

Bell pepper burger sauce


  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 3 red onions
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 jalapeños
  • Whisky or brandy
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sweet paprika
  • Chili powder


Cut up the bell peppers and the jalapeños, halve the lemon and place the pieces into a casserole. Toss with olive oil and salt, then roast in an oven at about 200°C for 30 to 45 minutes, until the bell peppers are thourougly browned. Meanwhile, slice the onions and sauté them and the garlic in olive oil. Deglaze with whisky or brandy, then combine with the roasted bell peppers, the jalapeños, and the lemon's juice in a mixer or a food processor. Pulse until smooth, then pass through a fine sieve.

posted at 12:39  ·   ·  sauce  vegan

Jun 13, 2020

Berry muffins


  • 1 egg
  • 70g brown sugar
  • 180g yoghurt
  • 80g butter
  • 16g baking soda
  • 210g all-purpose flour
  • 20g vanilla pudding powder
  • 2g salt
  • 110g berries


Beat egg and sugar with a whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is slightly foamy. Then add joghurt and melted butter, mix until combined. Sieve in flour, pudding powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until a dough has formed, then use a spatula to fold in berries.

Distribute evenly into large muffin pans – I like the silicone kind since there's no need for muffin cups with them. The dough should be enough for about 6 muffins. Bake in a convection oven at 180°C for 20 minutes. I've found preheating to be unneccessary with this recipe.

Jan 19, 2020



  • 800g potatoes
  • 300g onions
  • 800g celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 large pickled cucumbers
  • 75ml cucumber pickling liquid
  • 8 slices of beetroot
  • 75ml beetroot pickling liquid
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar
  • parsley


Cut the celery and the onions into small cubes. Panfry with grated garlic, salt, pepper and sugar until browned. Add cubed pickled cucumbers, cubed beetroot, and the liquids. Simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in salted water. Once done, mash the potatoes and mix with the vegetables. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with pickled vegetables, fried pumpernickel, or as a non-vegan option with fried eggs.

Nov 24, 2019

Bolognese sauce


  • 1 large can tomatoes
  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 large onions
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 500g minced meat (beef, pork or a mixture)
  • Olive oil
  • Oil
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red wine
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • (optional) Cinnamon
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon Butter


Cut the carrots, celery and onions into small cubes, then sauté in olive oil until lightly browned to create soffritto. Transfer into a bowl. Then increase the heat to high, add some heat-resistant oil and brown the meat, adding salt and pepper to taste. Once done, deglaze the pan with the wine and re-add the soffritto. Add the tomatoes, garlic and paprika. If going for the optinal ingredients, add them now. Let simmer for at least an hour. About 10 minutes before serving, add the herbs. This sauce works as is with any noodles and some parmesan, or can be combined with a bechamel for lasagna.

posted at 19:14  ·   ·  sauce  tomato  meat

Sep 15, 2019

Jul 14, 2019



  • 1kg roast beef, cubed
  • .3l red wine or red grape juice
  • .3l beef stock
  • 6 large onions
  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • rose pepper
  • sweet paprika
  • smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • clarified butter


Cut the beef into cube, salt generously, cover and set aside for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut onions into stripes and sauté in clarified butter until starting to brown. Preheat a pan, add clarified butter and in batches brown the beef from all sides, deglazing inbetween with red wine. Add browned beef to the onions and season with black and red pepper. Once all beef is browned, add bay leaf, stock, paprika, tomato purée and mustard. Once boiling, add bell peppers. Reduce heat to a simmer for about two hours. If desired, thicken with some corn starch.

Jun 20, 2019

Summer salad


  • 600g watermelon, diced
  • 500g cucumber, diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • 1 handful Moroccan mint, finely chopped


Add watermelon and cucumber to a bowl, season with a pinch of sugar and salt. Add lime juice and mint, mix thoroughly. Put into the fridge for about an hour to let the flavors mix.

Jun 16, 2018

Dez 14, 2014

zed, the ZFS event daemon

ZoL 0.6.3 introduced the ZFS event daemon, zed. It can execute scripts for every event ZFS generates (see zpool events). A basic, but pretty useful example: Get a mail including a detailed report every a pool scrub finishes. Of course, anything you can script, you can do. The (small) drawback: At least the ZoL packages for Ubuntu ship without config files, examples and an upstart script for zed.

The config file zed.rc can be found on github, as well as examples to get you started. Both the rc as well as the scripts go in /etc/zfs/zed.d/.

This leaves us with a working daemon, but it won't automatically start. Here's a basic upstart file to fix that.

# zed - the ZFS  event daemon

description "The ZFS event daemon"

start on local-filesystems
stop on runlevel [!2345]

expect daemon

exec /sbin/zed

Put that bit in /etc/init/zed.conf and you've got zed up and running after reboots.

Dez 05, 2014

Installing Livestreamer with ustream support on Ubuntu 14.04

Lots of interesting events are being streamed live on the web these days. Unfortunately, most streaming providers use flash players with annoyingly complicated protocols to distribute the video, which makes it hard to view the stream in your favorite player. Luckily for us, there's Livestreamer. Given a URL, it extracts the video and pipes it to a player of your choice.

Livestreamer is written in Python and can be installed using pip. To be able to access all of its features, a little additional preparation is needed.


In order to access ustream's HD streams, Livestreamer needs python-librtmp, which also is available using pip. The library needs cffi, so we have to install its dependencies, too. They are python2.7-dev and libffi-dev. python-librtmp needs librtmp-dev.

sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev libffi-dev librtmp-dev

After installing those development headers, we can install cffi and python-librtmp.

sudo pip install cffi
sudo pip install python-librtmp

Once that is done, Livestreamer can be installed.

sudo pip install livestreamer


All of Livestreamer's options are available as CLI switches, but setting your preferred player and stream quality in the config file saves you from having to input them every time.

The config resides in ~/.config/livestreamer/config, a viable minimal config can be found below.


With this config, you can start Livestreamer with a URL as the only argument, and it will start playing the stream in the best available quality in mplayer. Of course, Livestreamer offers lots of features not mentioned here, including support for sites requiring the user to login before viewing streams, and several options to tweak the streaming behaviour to fit to your hardware, connection and favorite player.

Feb 28, 2014

Watching Amazon Prime Instant Video in Firefox on Ubuntu

Since a few days, Amazon's video streaming service is available in Germany. If you're on Linux, you'll be greeted with an error message and will be unable to view videos in your browser, though. This is because Amazon uses Microsoft's Silverlight to deliver the videos. Fortunately for us, there's Pipelight, a one-stop solution for running the Silverlight plugin in Wine and piping the streamed video back to a native browser.

Since the installation, while rather easy, consists of several steps, I'll detail the installation process here.

Installing Pipelight

Add the Pipelight PPA to your sources, update your package list and install pipelight. This is straight from the Pipelight readme.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi

Then, get the latest Silverlight plugin and activate it. You will probably be prompted about some licences, press Y to accept them.

sudo pipelight-plugin --update
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight

While now you've got a working Silverlight plugin, Amazon will still refuse to stream to your browser. That's because your browser's user agent betrays the fact you're running Linux.

Installing a user agent switching addon

Thus, we need an addon to fix that. I use UAControl, since it allows for site-based switching. Unfortunately, it can't change the response of Javascript's navigator.UserAgent call. User-Agent JS Fixer takes care of that for us.

Install those two addons, then open UAControl's preferences and add Firefox 15/Windows: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:15.0) Gecko/20120427 Firefox/15.0a1 as your new user agent for Save that and you're done. Enjoy streaming!

Mai 21, 2013

Feb 18, 2013

Fixing awesome's mouse cursor

Getting awesome to use the GTK2 and cursor theme you want it to is a matter of simply creating a file named .gtkrc-2.0 in your home and setting the theme there.


Setting the GTK3 theme is as simple, but the file is ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini.

Most GTK apps honor that setting. But X has a default cursor that is used for non-GTK apps. That, annoyingly, includes the desktop background. In order to get X to use the same cursor, you have to run one additional command:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

That will present you with a list of cursor themes to choose from. Pick your favorite, restart your session and you're set.

Jan 04, 2013

Multi-line ZSH prompts

Not that I'd be using something like this, but since the question came up in #zsh and I couldn't find any post listing the most sensible solutions, I decided to document the results.

In order to get a prompt that looks like

host – 13:33:37

just set your PROMPT variable to one of the following values.

Option 1: Use \n within $'' (that's two single quotes):

PROMPT=$'%m – %*\n%n:%~:%# '

Option 2: Use a line break within "":

PROMPT="%m – %*
%n:%~:%# "

Option 3: Use $prompt_newline

PROMPT="%m – %*$prompt_newline%n:%~:%# "
posted at 16:52  ·   ·  linux  zsh  prompt

Jan 02, 2013

Use nginx as SSL reverse proxy for almir

almir is a bacula frontend, but its embedded web server does not (as of the time of writing) support SSL. So, in order to get at least a token amout of security, I decided to use nginx to add SSL capabilities. After instructing almir to only accept connection from localhost, I configured nginx as a reverse proxy with those features:

  • Redirection of http requests to https
  • Basic auth
  • Automatic rewriting of almir's absolute URLs for including JavaScript etc. to relative URLs, in order to avoid problems with XSS protection from modern browsers

The first item in that list is easy to do, as the following snippet from the config and the wiki page it is copied from show.

server {
    listen      80;
    return      301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

The next item is trivial as well, see snippet and wiki.

location / {
    # …
    auth_basic      'Your realm';
    auth_basic_user_file    /path/to/passwd;
    # …

Figuring out that last feature was a lot more annoying. After finding the cause of the problem – my browser's XSS protection – dealing with it was a matter of configuring nginx' HttpSubModule to substitute the absolute URLs used by almir with relative URLs.

location / {
    # …
    sub_filter  '' '/';
    sub_filter_once off;
    # …

For your (and my future) reference, here's the complete config file.

server {
    listen 443;

    ssl         on;
    ssl_certitficate    /path/to/ssl/crt;
    ssl_certificate_key /path/to/ssl/key;

    location / {
        proxy_pass      http://localhost:2500;
        proxy_redirect      http:// https://;
        proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Proto https;
        proxy_set_header    Host $http_host;

        sub_filter      '' '/';
        sub_filter_once     off;

        auth_basic      "Your realm";
        auth_basic_user_file    /path/to/passwd;

server {
    listen      80;
    return      301 https://$server_name$request_uri;
posted at 23:51  ·   ·  linux  nginx  ssl

Okt 03, 2012

Rebuilding debian packages with custom options

Let's assume foo is a package that I want to configure differently than the package maintainer does, but I don't want to go through the hassle of creating my own build scripts. Luckily, Debian (and Ubuntu) provide a way to use the package maintainer's scripts without the need to do anything yourself but enter a few simple lines into your shell.

The following commands will

  1. Download the source code of the latest version available for foo into a subdirectory of the current working directory
  2. Install all the dependencies needed to build foo
  3. Configure foo more to your liking
  4. Create installable deb-files while skipping the signing of those files (since you probably don't have the keys to do that anyway)

Notice that you don't need root for any of those commands!

apt-get source foo
apt-get build-dep foo
cd foo-4.2
./configure --with-more-awesomeness
dpkg-buildpackage -b -us -uc

If you want to, you can increase the version number of foo after configuring it by editing the debian/changelog file. Just copy the previous entry and adjust to reflect your changes.

Sep 16, 2012

Creating language agnostic shell scripts

Usually, when writing a shell script that relies on parsing the output of some other program — using grep, awk or whatever the text manipulation tool of your choise is — I check the output of the command on my machine and write my regex accordingly. What I — and lots of other people, it seems, when you look at the scripts you find online for any given problem — tend to forget: Even though I consider it almost mandatory to have my servers' shells set to English, not everybody uses English as the default language for their system and thus, your carefully tested regex either fails to parse the output or, even worse, parses wrong values, causing your script to misbehave in unforeseeable ways.

Fortunately, forcing your script to run with a locale of your choice is simple. Given you want your script to use the 'C' locale, which is plain ASCII english and available on every machine, simply add the following as your first command to your script. This will cause the script to print all messages, times, and numbers using the given locale without changing any systemwide settings.


You could also use LANG, but that setting might be overridden if the user has LC_ALL set.


This Ubuntu help page has a list of all language related environment variables.

posted at 15:32  ·   ·  linux  shell

Sep 13, 2012

Winter glogg

Since the leaves seem to think it's autumn, here's a simple yet tasty glogg that'll compensate for the rainy weather and digging out the winter clothes.


  • 300ml apple juice
  • 4cl Amaretto
  • cinnamon


Pour apple juice into a pot, add cinnanom (either a pinch, or if you're feeling fancy, a stick), heat to about 80°C. Pour into heat-resistant glass, add Amaretto, stir a little.

Sep 13, 2012

Fixing a 'connection reset by peer' error in bacula

This is probably a very setup-specific bug, but since it took me quite a while to figure out, I though I'd blog about it anyway. The problem was one specific bacula client — connected to both director and storage daemon via VPN — not completing any backup larger than a few megabyte. The logs didn't show anything but the not very helpful 'Connection reset by peer' message. Strangely enough, the files were copied just fine, but the director considered the backup failed afterwards, anyway.

What (probably) happened

The VPN tunnel, while not unstable as such, seems to drop idle connections after a while, causing the files to be copied without problems — after all, that connection is active all the time — but the control connection to be killed during that time, leading to the problem described above when bacula tries to update the database after finishing the file copy process.

How to fix it

The fix, it turns out, is trivial once you know why the problem occurs. Bacula has a Heartbeat Interval directive for director, file daemon and storage daemon. Activating a 30 second heartbeat for both the affected file daemon and the storage daemon did the trick.

Sep 11, 2012

Chili con carne


  • 500g ground meat
  • 500g (1 can) tomatoes
  • 500g (drained weight, 2 small cans) kidney beans
  • 2-4 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of dark chocolate
  • 2 large chilis (I usually use Habaneros, but adjust to taste)
  • 1 bottle (dark) beer
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • olive oil

Heat olive oil, add sliced onions and chopped chilis, fry until onions browned, set aside. Season meat with salt and pepper, fry until meat turns brown. Re-add onions, deglaze with beer, add tomatoes, drained beans, garlic, and chocolate. Season to taste and simmer for at least an hour — the more patience you have, the better it will taste.

posted at 17:19  ·   ·  chili  hot

Sep 11, 2012

Install pelican on Ubuntu

Static blogs are all the rage now, and while setting up one of these is not as easy as registering an account on tumblr, it still isn't rocket surgery.

In addition to using the latest and greatest in publishing technology, you have the added benefit of not needing any executable code on your server. All the work — like generating the HTML files served later — is (or can be) done locally, on your own machine.

Since I like python, I decided to use pelican as generator, so the machine you want to use it on should have python installed. Their quickstart is actually pretty good, but since it doesn't cover using distribution-provided packages when available, I figured I'd document my approach here.

Let's get started. My machine runs Ubuntu 12.04, but most commands should work on any halfway recent linux installation, even though some paths might differ.

Setting up virtualenv

In order to not install any python eggs systemwide, we start by setting up a virtual environment for all of pelican's dependencies to live in.

  1. Install the needed programs

    sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
  2. Add those lines to your shell's resource file (e.g. ~/.bashrc) and rehash your shell (source ~/.bashrc should do the trick).

    export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/.virtualenvs
    source /etc/bash_completion.d/virtualenvwrapper
  3. Create a virtual environment for pelican and associate it with the directory your blog is stored (I will use ~/blog from now on).

    mkvirtualenv pelican
    mkdir ~/blog && cd $_

Installing and initializing pelican

  1. Install pelican and, optionally, Markdown. I recommend using pip to do so.

    pip install pelican Markdown
  2. Initialize your blog by answering a few questions. Afterwards, you're done.

  3. In order to locally test your new blog, I recommend using python's builtin web server. pelican includes a script to automatically watch your content directory, building new files and serving them using said server. Unfortunately, this script didn't work out of the box on my machine. But don't worry, it's a rather trivial fix. Replace line 4 of the script with


    and line 7 with


Writing your first blog post

  1. More, you say? Alright then. Here's how to write your first blog post: Create a text file in ~/blog/content/. The name, depending if you're using reStructuredText or Markdown, should end with .rst or .md respectively. This small example should get you started.

    Title: My first blog post
    Date: 2012-9-11
    Tags: blog,post
    Everything but the title tag is optional, anything that's not a tag is turned into content.
  2. Let pelican do its magic and visit http://localhost:8000 afterwards.

    make html
    ./ start
  3. Upload the generated files (located in ~/blog/output) to a webserver of your choice — or let pelican handle that, too.

Useful resources

Sep 10, 2012

Peanut soy sauce marinade


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (about ¼ lime)
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt


Stir together, use to marinate chicken for at least ½ hour, fry.

Sep 10, 2012

Restart stuck printers on remote CUPS servers

Our CUPS servers tend to, from time to time, get stuck sending data to a printer. Once this has happended, the server pauses the printer, which leads to angry calls, since the server continues to accept jobs for said printer without notifying the Windows client machines of its status. Instead of configuring CUPS' webserver to accept connections from other machines (or using SSH -X to start a local browser), this problem can easily be solved using good old plain SSH.

  • SSH into the machine running CUPS.
  • Run cancel -a <printer> to clear the printer of all jobs, usually they accumulate some jobs until someone bothers to notify me.
  • Run cupsenable <printer> to unpause the printer.

Sep 09, 2012

On intelligence and dissenting opinions

You probably know some of those people — yeah, exactly those — who are sure their and only their opinion about, their explanation for or their belief in something is true is and cannot be persuaded, even if presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that they might be wrong on this matter.

How can those people ignore evidence, arguments, pleading? Why are they that stupid? Are they evil demons plotting to destroy the world with their ignorance?

Now take a step back and think about all the things you know — beyond the shadow of a doubt, with utter certainty — to be absolutely true.

We're morons, every single one of us.