Monday, 31 December 2012

January: Snowy days and cosiness

Snow, January Gingerbread House Snow, January Snow, January There were some snowy days in January and I tried to spent most of my spare time outside walking through the snow. And there was a left over gingerbread house full of chocolate and other sweets waiting to be eaten.

December

Christmas time Advent wreath Stars, December Christmas Market, Heusenstamm, December Offenbach, December As usual December went by way to fast. I spent some time in Offenbach and visited the lovely Christmas Market in Heusenstamm. I baked a lot of cookies, but wasn't in the mood for taking photos. Unfortunately there was no snow on Christmas Eve, but I spent the days as cosy as usual.

Friday, 30 November 2012

November: Stockholm and preparations for the cosiness of Christmas

November Stockholm, November Bears make friends so easily Christmas surprises In November, I went to Stockholm which was a lovely trip but no photo weather. But the cold made us spending more time in cafés drinking coffee and eating way to many kanelbullar. At the end of the month I went to Valkenburg to visit the often recommended Christmas Market in a cave which was the worst Christmas Market I have ever visited. No Christmas spirit at all. But I met this friendly bear on the way to the market. I am quite fond of bears.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

October: Berlin

Berlin, October Berlin, October Berlin, October Berlin, October DSCN7923 In October, I spent a lovely time in Berlin. The weather was fine and walking around was as nice as it always is.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

September: Brigitte & Paris

La tour Eiffel, September Paris, September Paris, September Paris, September Le Bon Marché, September Brigitte! Brigitte! September was a real French month: I saw the band Brigitte - those girls are really fun and make great music. And I also spent some time in a lovely apartement in Paris with a wonderful view over the roof tops of the city. Went to the Bon Marché to see the Catherine Deneuve exhibition by Marjan Satrapi and waited for the Eiffel Tower to make its *blinkblink* every full hour at night time.

Friday, 31 August 2012

August & July

July Blueberry pancakes, July DSCN7538 Healthy food Summer went by really fast: The weather was fine, I went blueberry picking in the forest, made jam, pancakes and muffins and ate a lot of quiche and salad.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Something from my kitchen: Very berry


Tourbillon chocolat blanc et fraboise Take two at something from my kitchen is very berry! This year I am so into raspberries, that I chose to make a sweet spread of white chocolate and fresh raspberries called "tourbillon chocolat blanc - framboise" by Rachel Khoo. Each of its million calories is unbelievably delicious...

For one common sized jar you need:

130g white chocolat (cut into small pieces)
70 ml cream
1 pinch of salt
200g fresh raspberries
120g jam sugar

1. Melt the white chocolat, the cream and the pinch of salt and let it cool down for about 15 minutes in the fridge.
2. Mix the raspberries with the jam sugar and cook the mix for about 5 minutes. Let it also coool down in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
3. Whisk the white chocolat cream until it gets a little bit stiffer and creamier.
4. Layer cream and raspberries alternately in the glass, finally stirring  a little with the end of a spoon to get a marble effect.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Carrot cake cupcakes with vanilla icing

Carrot cake cupcakes with vanilla icing Bridal bouquet
I made some carrot cake cupcakes with delicious vanilla icing for a friend's wedding (that's were this bridal bouquet is from). Carrot cake is my all-time favourite cake. It is so moist and although with wintry spices a great treat the whole year around.

For about 18 cupcakes:

250 ml vegetable oil
250g brown sugar
3 eggs
720g coarsely grated carrots
120g coarsely chopped walnuts
375g flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. quatre-epices (or cinnamon)

For the icing:

30g butter (at room temperature)
80g cream cheese
1/2 vanilla bean
240g icing sugar

1. Preheat oven at 200 degrees, prepare muffin pan with paper forms.
2. Beat oil, sugar eggs until thick and creamy.
3. Stir in carrots and nuts, then sifted dry ingredients.
4. Pour mixture into the pans and bake about 35 minutes.
5. Prepare the frosting and spread the frosting over the cold cupcakes.

Enjoy your cupcakes!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

This weekend

I made my first mini gugls but they were not really good. They had absolutely no taste at all although I used really nice fresh blueberries. I ate them anyway... I tried on my new dress that I bought for a wedding next weekend and spend four nice hours at the theatre watching Dostojewski's "The Idiot".

Mini Gugls with blueberries New dress Cologne Cologne

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Such a nice day

Today was such a nice day. I left earlier from work and spent some time in town, drinking coffee and reading. Also got some new baking books, you never can have enough baking inspiration. And I found a nice blooming branch for my window sill.
Cozy coffee Flowers Such a nice day

Friday, 11 May 2012

Rhubarb cupcakes with marzipan and cranberry icing

Rhubarb cupcakes with marzipan and cranberry icing
I love rhubarb! It is a pity that is always only available for such a short time. I made some great cupcakes wih rhubarb, almonds and marzipan which are really moist ( I love that!) and topped with a cranberry icing. Yummy!

For about 20 cupcakes:

For the dough:                                                For the icing:

400g fresh rhubarb (cut into small pieces)       250g icing sugar
120g marzipan                                               some water
250g butter at room temperature                    2-3 tsp. of canned cranberries
120g sugar
a pinch of salt
6 eggs
120g flour
60g cornflour
1 tsp. baking powder
120g ground almonds

1. Grate the marzipan and cream it for about 5 minutes with the butter, sugar and salt.
2. Continue mixing the batter and add one egg after the other.
3. Mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and sift the mix before stirring it in (very shortly). Add the almonds and the rhubarb.
4. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees and bake the dough in for about 25 minutes in a cupcake tin.
5. After cooling down make the icing by adding as much water and cranberries as you like. I prefer less water and more cranberries to get a thick, pink icing.


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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Current flowers obsession

I am quite a flower addict but quite an arrogant one because I only like flowers in bloom. I just don't like green plants, at least not in my apartment. The only exception is a Christmas tree but with all the lights and ornaments it definitly is in bloom!
Flowers Flowers Flowers

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sunday


Asparagus tortilla with cherry tomatoes, avocado and salad Sunday was such a lazy day. As usual I wanted to do so many things but the only thing worth taking a photo of was dinner: asparagus potato tortilla with cherry tomatoes, avocado and salad.
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