Lately on a girls night out… that’s pushing it a bit, it was a weeknight and nothing about it said party at all, rather catching up with long missed friends, good talks and nice food. But there had been a cocktail, that left a strong impression on me and it wasn’t even mine. I tried a sip and was sold, that was right down my alley.
Ordering cocktails can be tricky, they have names like Yuppidoo and Gogol and don’t let me start on all this sex on/of/at somewhere (never thought I would use that word on my food blog). Neither my imagination nor my taste buds are able to figure out what the heck I am getting, if ordering one of those. And when there are the uber everything ones: too sweet, too boozy, too sour or a combination of all that. The fine print is usually just a list of all ingredients, with no explanation. All hope lies with the knowledge of your server for guiding you through this cocktail scavenger hunt. I have to admit, I tend to fall back on one of my all time favorites more often than I am proud of, save but never sorry. Read more >>
Tastewise there is a lot going on with this cakelettes. They are little bundles of flavor, no doubt about that. Nevertheless I have to admit, I went somehow overboard with this title: white chocolate macchiato cakelettes with coconut flakes. What you read is what you get. Although all this different ingredients come together very well, each of them bring it’s own personality with them: the strong espresso blend with the sweetness and vanilla of the white chocolate into a nice macchiato and the coconut brings beside the exotic touch also a little chewiness to these little cakes. Read more >>
Yesterday I approached the grocery store with only the best intentions: there should be some greens on my plate tonight. This had been the plan. I grabbed myself a shopping cart and passed by kale, chard and collard greens as fast as I could. I am even bad with new years resolutions and let’s face it, I have a whole year to accomplish them. I usually don’t eat meat very often. So when my belly said, I should pamper myself and go for a roasted chicken, I didn’t disagree. Without any further thinking I had chicken and a big package of salt in my bag. My no-brainer go to recipe since years. Read more >>
I am sitting at my desk and it doesn’t actually matter if I look to my right or left, there are piles of papers and notebooks everywhere. The stacks continue behind me on my bookshelf and even on the floor. All these pages are about food, they contain ideas, tips and tricks, but mostly recipes. I started to index them by title without success and anyway I ended up with the same stacks in a different order, just another picture of the same madness. Some pages are ripped out of magazines, some are given to me by friends and some are recipes “in progress”. Recipe testing is one of my favorite things, when I put on my apron and turn on the oven, I feel like a weird scientist in a lab. Most of the time I use up an ingredient that’s at risk to go bad like a basket full of apples. I try to pick a direction, am I going for apple pie or cake? Or apple butter? What else should come in it? I try to imagine what the flavor will be like. Do I need more almonds or should I rather go for coconut flakes? I make my notes on a sheet of paper and create another addition to the paper stack party. Read more >>
I told you, I would serve you a cake as soon as my oven is back on duty. The service guy gave us the pleasure of his company – finally. I have to admit I had been miffed about this situation. We are in the era where anything can be delivered in between 24 hour nationwide. I don’t really get why it took him almost four weeks to replace a glass panel in the oven door, just because he had to order it in California. I wonder if he took the wagon train through the Great Plains or the donkey caravan via Mojave Desert? As soon as Mr. customer-service-guy-of-the-year arrived in my kitchen, he started raving about the cookies I gave him last time. I couldn’t resist explaining to him: no oven-no cookies, not for me and not for him. Can you believe this guy? Read more >>
October sneaked in on me, it’s getting colder, even in the South. Although we are blessed with gorgeous weather throughout the day, the nights really cooled off. Yet it’s not the time to give you the fall speech for me, you know… get your blankets out, heat up the fireplace and make yourself some hot chocolate. No. No, that’s too soon. But it’s about time to make this liqueur before the plums disappear from the market and it also needs to sit for some weeks to develop the flavor. And you want to be ready when the fall weather kicks in and you need something to sip on to warm up from inside?! Read more >>
What can I say? It’s sat but true. My oven still suffers from a mysterious case of an exploding glass door. There is nothing about good customer service if you need it, ya think? Yes this is sarcasm! But me uber excited about the approaching fall and the affiliated arriving of seasonal fruits like plums and of cause pears and apples, I went nuts and bought a bag full of just mentioned goodies. And there it sat and waited to be turned into cake and pie… and days went by without the anticipated stop by of the service guy and the repairing of my oven. Read more >>
I had been eager to share one of my favorite fall recipes with you. I had been literally waiting for cooler weather, as well plums to show up at farmers markets. I was looking forward to turn on my oven and pull out a fragrant cake. But this doesn’t look like my beloved plum cake because things doesn’t always turn out like planned. Read more >>
Come a little bit closer, I going to reveal a secret. Shush! The Southeastern of the US is magnificent. If everyone would know how beautiful the South is, it would be too crowded down here, so we rather keep it as a secret. If you drive less than two hours northbound from Atlanta, you’ll find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is what we did last weekend. The next day after my birthday party, Mr. F and I packed some leftovers and the rest of my birthday cake (check out instagram for a picture) and our dog Lily into the car and we spend a whole weekend in the wilderness of this mountains. Well wilderness more or less, how wild is the wilderness, if your cabin has a hot tub and a coffee machine?! But you know what I mean. For a city slicker like me it was rather rural. Warnings like: Black Bears had been sighted in this area lately or make sure your car is well maintained and you fill up your gas tank before you drive this route, already scares me a bit more than I like to admit. It was a little adventure and also peaceful and calm, I enjoyed every minute of our getaway. Here are some snapshots, I hope your are as smitten as I am of our beautiful South. Read more >>
Last week had been my birthday. Since my family and most of my friends are not living on the same city country continent as I am, I couldn’t get the urge for a big party. I wasn’t even in the mood for a party and time would have been tight for preparation anyway. And to add to all of this, most of my local friends had been traveling for work, studying for a soon exam or had been on vacation… my birthday had bad timing. Actually that’s ridiculous!
My expectations had been a dinner in a fancy restaurant and afterwards me eating most of my birthday cake and a nice bottle of something bubbly to wash it down… and it doesn’t sound bad at all. This had been the plan until two days prior to my special day and it had been a good plan. Read more >>