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Saturday, October 18, 2008

lamb pizza

By popular demand, here is a quick and easy recipe to make a home-made, fresh, delicious lamb pizza. For faithful Planet KDE readers who are sick of my occasional food ramblings, please skip this one (again).

lamb pizza

A little story about this pizza. Signor Portale (better known as Alessandro), our beloved Italian-German Troll who was in Oslo for a visit, once wisely described the typical pizza sold in the common pizzeria as a bread with homeopathic tomato sauce, simply because the crust is so thick (like a bread) and is not even covered properly by those few accidental tiny drops of the tomato sauce. And let us not even talk about the toppings, usually so thin it is more a bread spread then the well-deserved pizza toppings. Hence, the subsequent real-pizza-making sessions with him. BTW, the result of the following recipe has been surely tested by some Trolls, including Signor Portale himself. As a matter of fact, only from him I could complete my amateurish skill by having to learn the magical charms of love and passion, the two most important cooking ingredients ever!


For the dough:
400 gr all-purpose flour
1 small-pack of yeast
300 ml warm water
a few drops of olive oil
a pinch of salt

For the meat:
500 gr minced lamb
1 tbsp garam masala
1/4 tbsp curry powder
few drops of vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
2 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
2 well-beaten eggs
4 tbsp sweet soy sauce
4 stems lemon grass
10cm piece ginger
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
4 basil leaves
1 coriander leave
40gr dried or chopped parsley
salt and black pepper to taste
chili pepper (optional)

For the toppings:
200 ml tomato sauce
1 medium aubergine
400 gr ripe tomatoes
1 bunch basil
200 gr corn kernels
a handful of oregano
some pizza cheese
200 gr fresh rocket leaves

It always start with the cooperation between human and microorganisms. Mix the yeast with warm water. Then mix with the flour and some salt and form a dough. Occasionally drop the olive oil. Set it aside, e.g. for one hour, in a warm place until it doubles its size. For the lazy (who isn't?), just place the dough in a warm (but not too hot) oven and after few minutes, pull it when it already grows.

To prepare the meat, sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper to the minced meat. Mix garam masala and curry powder, pour in the vinegar and lime juice and then set aside the meat for 1-2 hours. Crush the garlic and chop the onion and shallots, sautee them with olive oil. Mix the eggs as if you would make a scrambled egg. Then finally put the meat. Next are sweet (not salty) soy sauce, tomato ketchup, sliced basil and coriander leaves, bruised lemon grass, ginger cubes. Continue to cook everything with a low heat for one more hour. If necessary, pour in a glass of water and let the water vapors slowly with the heat. You know you are successful when it does not have the typical often-annoying smell (of lamb meat) anymore. Add chopped chili pepper if you like it hot and spicy. Taste and correct seasoning.

For the toppings, first of all you need around a glass of thick tomato sauce. If you're lazy or in a hurry, use a ready-made one. Otherwise make it yourself: peel fresh tomatoes, chop them in a food processor, mix the result with sauteed onion and garlic with olive oil, blend some basil, chopped spring onion, and of course salt and pepper to taste. Give another few seconds in the food processor. While waiting for the sauce to blend its taste, slice the aubergine, rub each piece with a drop of olive oil, spray some salt and then bake it (e.g. 5 minutes at 200 C) until it softens.

Now knead the dough. Roll the dough into a pizza base. My preference is usually a very thin one (after all, we're making a pizza here, not a bread) but some favor to have a thicker crust on the side. Lay the base on a baking sheet, then spread the tomato sauce and sliced fresh tomatoes as well. After that, add chopped basil, already-prepared-and-well-cooked minced lamb, oregano, baked aubergine slices, corn kernels, and the cheese. As with any other pizza, you are of course free to experiment with your own favorite toppings. For example, olive halves, fine-sliced tuna, pepperoni, sliced onion, mushrooms, preboiled shrimps, or cubes of tofu could be a very nice extra. Never hesitate to build your pizza vertically!

Bake your pizza, say at 250 C for 10 minutes. It really depends on your oven, so check it every now and then quickly pull the pizza when the cheese completely melts and the crust looks ready. Serve with few rocket leaves (in some places, better know as rucola) and you are done!

Legal notice: You are free to copy, alter, and/or distribute the verbatim or modified copies of this recipe. In fact, do whatever you like with it. This recipe is also provided without any expressed or implied warranties, including if your pizza is burnt or you experience any other casualties.

Credit: the gorgeous picture is thanks to this girl and her Sony Alpha.

bye, Munich. see you in US!

I am back in Oslo for a short rest before flying again to US. Of course, I am still having symptoms of sleep deprivation, in the last 5 days in Munich I managed to accumulate only 19 hours of sleep. Though the schedule was tight, I could squeeze few hours of sight-seeing, among others to visit Castle Neuschwanstein and Viktualienmarkt.

At least in my opinion, Qt Developer Days 2008 in Munich was a success. Our fellow Trolls who organized this event did a great job. We announced a fresh Qt IDE called Greenhouse and also the first Pimp My Widgets contest (the pimp himself was there on-stage), ate a piece of the 5-years DevDays cake, had a wonderful dinner with the partners and customers, and of course enjoyed a lot of talks and discussions with them as well.

I was quite content with my technical talks: QtWebKit: Present and Future and Beautiful and Blazing-Fast Graphics with Qt. The room was jam-packed for both of them. Lots of questions in the QA session, even more after the talks.

In about 10 days I will be in Redwood City for US Qt Developer Days 2008. Looks like I will be in around in San Francisco even from the weekend before. In addition, next week I will be in Boston for another business trip. Thus, if you are around and want to have a snack or a chat, just mail me at!

Friday, October 17, 2008

message from the pumpkins

Don't skip Viktualienmarkt, a 200-years-old food market in a square in Munich downtown (Viktualien apparently means food, or rather Lebensmittel in German). In those hundreds of stalls, you can find a lot of things, from fresh organic vegetables (and pumpkins, see above) to a wide selection of ready-to-eat seafood.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pimp My Widgets

You think you are good? Why don't you try to win a Segway or some N810. Head straight to:!

Update: our pimp announced the contest right after dinner here at DevDays 2008:

Monday, October 13, 2008

through my fingers into cold sunlight

Castle Neuschwanstein

"The view from up above is enchanting, especially the view from the Marienbrücke of the castle,..."

-- King Ludwig II

Castle Neuschwanstein from Marienbrücke

the map of my world gets smaller as I sit here

Last weekend, when the weather was just about perfect, there was "Norwegian food in the streets" (official website is It comprised quite a number of stalls that sell (and offer you to sample) products such as honey, fresh organic vegetables, crabs, organic salmon and many others.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

magnificent skyline out of my reach

As I mentioned before, few hours more until Qt Developer Days 2008 at Hilton Munich Park. Feel free to contact me at if you are around!

/me is getting ready for the flight.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I fashioned you from jewels and stone

These days, here at Qt Software (nee Trolltech) we are as busy as working bees. Not only due to a point release, but also because the exciting, upcoming Qt 4.5 is in the horizon. Some of us have blogged about its new features, such as Cocoa support and Qt Falcon. As part of the QtWebKit team, we integrated a fresh version of QtWebKit into 4.5, which you might notice already when you monitor our snapshots. In the past few months, we wrote a bit about QtWebKit development, but hopefully we can still present an overall summary once time permits.

From my side, I just completed the first 6-month period in Trolltech. Things are exciting as ever. In one week, I will be in Munich. In three weeks, Redwood City is the next stop. Yes, I will be there for the Qt Developer Days 2008. I'd have two talks in the technical tracks: QtWebKit: Present and Future and Beautiful and Blazing-Fast Graphics with Qt. See the abstracts for details. Actually, just skip the abstracts and enjoy some demos that I will premiere there.

So, if you are around and want to have a snack or a chat, just let me know!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

waiting for a revelation, for someone to count me in

Just welcoming the autumn equinox, several things happened in Oslo. Some worth noticing were river walk by torchlight along Akerselva, the 8 km river in Oslo, Culture Night with its closing fireworks, and of course Oslo Marathon right at Aker Brygge.



Also, check out the photo sets for torches and fireworks.

(Credit: photos are taken by this girl)