bean there, done that

by Eva Felis on May 20, 2014

 

Mediterranean-style bean saladYou know what they say: if it tastes good it’s not good for you. These days the only exceptions seams to be chocolate, I am kidding, totally not, that’s what I need to believe. Let’s say there are two exceptions that prove the rule: the delicious Mediterranean cuisine is known for colorful vegetables, lots of omegas from fresh saltwater fish, plant-base proteins from beans, herbs and olive oil and red wine (here you go!). I am not so sure about the latter, but that’s ok. Read more >>


 

kale pesto with a touch of lemon and capers

by Eva Felis on May 12, 2014

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I had been going back and forth about if and how to remodel my living room. The whole situation is a complex one, as in small or rather tiny. I needed to close an opening between two rooms to creating a proper office space but would create a living room in size of a shoebox on the other side of the wall. And who wants to climb over the sofa to cross the room? The solution is actually quite simple, if I put up a wall on one side, I need to remove another wall on the other side. First I convinced Mr. F about the imperative of this operation and then got cold feet and conscience about making such major changes to this almost a century old house.  Confession: I am one of those girls, I start off with having trouble to make a decision and then change my mind every other minute. This one was a tough one, it took me some time, but we finally did it. Read more >>


 

munavalgekook – egg white cake with brown butter

by Eva Felis on April 27, 2014

I don’t know about you, but beside April being the month for the first sunburn on my nose and getting soaked to the skin during one of those rain showers, it’s also the time I start making ice cream, like it’s out of style next month. Egg whites are usually a by-product, which I don’t want to go waste. According to the principle that let them go to waist rather than go to waste, I am on the hunt for ideas to use up egg whites and stumbled over an Estonian egg-white cake: munavalgekook on nami-nami.

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my big fat Greek Easter Sunday

by Eva Felis on April 22, 2014

I was pretty excited about this year’s Easter Sunday, because I knew it is going to be quite different than the usual egg hunt day. I celebrated my first Greek Easter feast at my friend’s house. Preparation had been going on for days and I can tell you, if Greeks celebrate, they do it big and proper. Everyone was talking about a whole lamb on a spit for days. The bummer is, I was not even sure if I like lamb, I am one of those crazy eaters that don’t eat cute animals. Growing up I tasted rabbit once – only because my aunt tried to trick me. I guess she wasn’t even offended, as I told her straight forward, that her “chicken” tasted strange. Other than that if it comes down to explore new food, I am usually first in line, so I hoped I would get over it and try some lamb.

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chai chocolate banana bread

by Eva Felis on April 7, 2014

chai chocolate banana bread

The mother of all questions, at least if it comes to banana bread, is for sure: Do we really need another banana bread recipe? For the last couple of days, knowing I am working on one of those “another” recipes, I paid more attention to blog posts and articles related to this topic – take it from me, there are a lot out there. And this essential topic runs like a thread through a fair amount of articles, don’t we have enough banana bread recipes? I am sure I would gladly find a different recipe for every day until the rest of my life and wouldn’t have to repeat one. Read more >>


 

greyhound meets elderflower cocktail

by Eva Felis on April 2, 2014

grapefruit elderflower cocktail

I obviously missed the peak of grapefruit season by a couple of weeks. Yet it’s never too late for a good recipe and too early for a bracing cocktail. Thus I am right on time somehow… Read more >>


 

white chili in the blue ridge mountains

by Eva Felis on March 29, 2014

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Well this snapshot above might not go down as the best food picture in history, but it’s all about the taste, isn’t it. I guess that’s what you get, if you are in a hurry. Mr. F came up with the idea to spend the weekend in a cabin in the mountains and I didn’t think twice. As a result we had to pack fast and I am not famous for that. I was just about to hastily stuff my camera into my bag, with my food already waiting for me, so I took a fast shot for you. I thought it would be hard to convince you to try out my white chili recipe without a picture, but if I look at it and it reminds me of a brain eaten by worms (sorry but it is what it is…) I am not sure if I should rather post this without a picture at all. Read more >>


 

very healthy coconut and nut granola

by Eva Felis on March 19, 2014

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Valentine’s Day is a little more than a month ago. As every year the opinions had varied outright about this topic. Some of you had been waiting all year for flowers or some romantic hours (no details please). The other half couldn’t care less or is even totally averse to Valentine’s Day. I am kind of in the middle of this, our anniversary is to close to feel the need to celebrate again, but we like to take this occasion as an opportunity to pamper ourselves with a nice dinner. Read more >>


 

applesauce tiramisu

by Eva Felis on March 12, 2014

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The majority of people who come into our life, don’t stay. They hang around for months or even years, until we move on or they do. They are former classmates, neighbors and coworkers. Afterwards most of them disappear from our sight. Often they don’t leave more behind than fading memories, not all of them are good. That’s life.

One of those people, I did like a lot. We had never been besties, but I appreciated her and her nature. She impressed me with her persistent as a bulldog (I mean that in a good way), her strive to achieve what she wants and she taught me to see things through. Read more >>


 

crema di orancello

by Eva Felis on March 4, 2014

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A couple of days ago we celebrated an anniversary. It had been five years since we left Germany to life for the next three years in the USA. Life may be a journey, but the path is not a long and straight stretch of road. And I don’t mind. Wouldn’t it be tedious to have your life planned in details until you retire or even further? Nothing against fulfilling dreams, that’s a whole different story, but strategic life planning was never me. Read more >>