Copenhagen Calling: Pickled Plums in Black Tea

Recipes, Sweet Treats

Autumn’s here!

This week I will share with you a dish that I learned from my Danish housemate Lisbeth when I lived in Copenhagen two years ago. She always had a gigantic preserving jar with pickled plumsin her kitchen. Her secret ingredient: black tea. Now, I come from Germany’s wet and dreary North Sea coast  where people are said to be consuming more black tea than anyone else in the world. So you can guess she got me exited with that recipe.

Granny’s greatest: Cucumber Soup and Italian Bread Sticks

Recipes, Soups

Granny would be proud!

With autumn approaching, what is there more comforting than a steaming pot of soup on the stove? My favourite soup (apart from Jeanne’s delicious Soupe à l’Oignon, of course) is one that my grandma always used to make. It is almost shockingly easy to prepare, the ingredients cost nearly nothing and it’s very very healthy. In fact, when I googled cucumber soup today, I found tons of diet websites adverting similar recipes. Anyhow: The recipe is not only healthy, but also very yummy, so you should go ahead and give it a try.

To elevate my Grannys dish to the next level (god, I watched too much Master Chef lately) I decided to bake two types of italian bread stick shat you can dip into the soup; one with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt, and one with chilipepper and garlic.

Banana and chocolate leftovers cake

Recipes, Sweet Treats

Few things annoy me more than throwing away rotten food, which is why I find it extremely satisfying to make something delicious out of aliments just in time before they go bad. Yesterday we craved something sweet after dinner and as my eyes scanned our kitchen for anything containing sugar, they were caught by a brown and mushy banana in the fruit basket and a half eaten bar of chocolate. The decision was made- a banana and chocolate cake had to be baked!

Liquid breakfast: Refreshing green shakes

Breakfast, Recipes

Good Morning everybody!

Before I can tell you about the incredible boost that you get from a green smoothie for breakfast I have to explain why I needed one so much this morning. Yesterday I went hiking in the woods outside of Berlin. In Grunewald you can climb up a hill and look down on kilometres of dark green forest. Hidden between the trees there’s a small lake in which you can refresh yourself after a long hike (so far so healthy).

Simple French Onion Soup and Puff Pastries with Gruyère Cheese

Recipes, Soups

La fète: Manger comme des gourmands gourmets

Last week my lovely friend Jeanne came over from Paris and she brought with her a recipe for a Soupe à l’oignon with white wine and a stunning snack of Gougères: hearty puff pastry delights with French cheese  (can it get any better?). Although you don’t normally eat these two components together, we found they go really well together; you can dip the Gruyères into the soup for an even richer flavour combination.

Jeannes Vegan Onion Soup impressed me particularly: It is the perfect dish for a sunday evening, as all you really need is onions, a cup of white whine and some old bread (and it is ridiculously inexpensive, too). The thinly sliced onions are caramalized and become so aromatic and sweet that it’s hard to believe the taste of the soup comes from such a humble vegetable. Voilà: here’s Jeanne’s recipe.