Eat, sweat, love

I know I haven’t posted much this week so let’s look up what I have to tell you. Hannibal had his birthday party! Officially I chose 24.7 as his birthday (it’s Punic Hannibal’s Birth year 247.) but due to his bad condition we decided to make him a birthday week… And here is a nice…

La trattoria

So the birthday party is over and here are some recipes as promised: Ciabatta: Lievito madre (start at least 3 days ahead): 100 g flour 100 ml water Mix and put it on a warm and sunny place, wait until it starts bubbling and smelling sour. But remember, this could take 3-5 days!! After bubbling…

Of Syracuse, Cotton fields and an unpopular journey

Welcome to La Trattoria di Leonardo, our little Italian restaurant, open just the week of my Mother’s birthday! This Monday was my Mother’s birthday and we decided to make an Italian Birthday party for her with ciabatta, tonno alla siracusiana, breadsticks, cantuccini and Italian salad, bottles of wine, prosecco… My sister and I had to…

Hail to the cook and may the fork be with you!

Today’s post’s just about cooking as I promised…. Our Pentecost dinner was a mixture of Greek, Turkish and Northern African food: The decoration was opulent with gold but at the same time not overdone. In the evening I served home-made simit (Turkish sesame yeast rings), I made them rather small, not as they are usually…

Lenny’s Tapas Bar

After a short glimpse on what to serve in a French Brasserie (Btw I checked the menu card of our new Brasserie in town – no artichokes, shame on them!!!) here is another idea for small dishes and appetizers which in combination give a great party dinner for summer: Spanish Tapas with Mexican touch For Lenny’s…

Bienvenue à la Brasserie

Next month a new restaurant is about to open in our town, called Brasserie Amelie, a French inspired restaurant with snacks and wine. And this inspired us to try some French delicacy: Artichokes with dips and garlic-honey bread I have never eaten artichokes, but they turned out to be really easy to cook and VERY…

Pie is the Path to the Outsize

So I hope you also had a nice Star Wars day or (in my case) weekend. Our Star Wars weekend was very springlike! We had green asparagus with smoked salmon and eggs: And a Whiskey Mai Tai (I had no rum around): With a Grenadine Darth Vader Ice Cube! And we ended our dinner with…

The Queen of Hearts still making tarts

Here is the recipe for our weekend cake: Rhubarb-Banana Pie Dough: 75 g sugar 150 g quark cheese 6 Tbsp milk 6 Tbsp oil 1 tsp vanilla essence 300 g flour 1 pck baking soda Mix all ingredients with an electric mix, knead by hand and roll out. Cover the bottom of a springform with…

The curious incident of the bunny in the Easter-time

I know I’m not really blogging a lot the last weeks…maybe I get more time and a clearer head in the future…. But here’s a short review on our Easter weekend, starting with Good Friday and our Meatless dinner: I made a Pasta with mussels and squid 1 glass fish stock 200 ml white wine…

Herbal Fancy Food – Part 1

Hi there, it’s been a long time since my last post, but I’m so busy at the moment…..V_v…. but I have found a few minutes to try a new recipe for cookies and this one I’m going to share with you out there… Rosemary cookies: 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup…

The tragic fate of Humpty Dumpty and the Fish-Footman

It’s Friday again 🙂 and a really warm and sunny one here in Germany, much too warm for this part of the year, more May or June than March…but it was a great day for cleaning our balcony. Our tomatoes last year had been a disaster, so we decided to plant only bell peppers and…

Today’s Dinner: Labskaus, easy and fishy

Today my sista made Labskaus, a Nordic German dinner, really not very common down here in Bavaria. It’s eaten with salted herring, typical for recipes from the Nordic Sea, but in South Germany nobody really likes fish, except maybe fishfingers… It looks like this: Ingredients: 2 onions, cubed 1 can corned beef, cubed 5 potatoes,…