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…

Little Sweet Tooth in a Purple Dream

I know these are not exceptional shots, but I love the purple color and the bumblebee was so sweet ūüôā First I hoped it was a bee, because Germany is struggling with alarming bee dying at the moment…..

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…

The post about the fence post

Just some new pictures, I have had no time for my Pentecost dinner post with some gorgeous recipes….but it will follow soon. Bye and have a nice week!!

Dead Giants

Here is another part of Charley’s adventure: On our way we passed a field of huge sunflowers from last year. They haven’t been cut, they just dried in the sun¬†still standing there, that really looked some kinda creepy… See you soon and many more pictures are on their way!!

Travels with Charley

Today I want to introduce our little friend Charley who took an rather long and interesting journey with us. The weather today was brilliant so my sister and I took a walk into nature…. When we were at home my sister noticed our little stowaway in the envelope of her trousers..a tiny snail we named…


Some other pictures of nature from a little walk after a terrible working day – the only thing that keeps me alive at the moment….. Have a nice weekend!!


This weekend is Pentecost and so I decided to show some pictures of Peonies. Why a Peony? Their German name is Pfingstrose and that means Pentecost Rose, because they blossom around Pentecost. BTW our Pentecost Dinner will be a mixture of Turkish, Greek and North African food

The Grave Chapel – a victory of nature

Today I want to show you another piece of art and history of my hometown, the so called Grabkapelle ¬†(grave chapel). It’s a small Baroque chapel next to our church and the graveyard. It has a little altar in it showing a Piet√° with a Veil of Veronica beneath. The chapel is named after a…

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…

Little Lionheart

Just a few pictures of my little Hannibal, who has been diagnosed chronic renal insufficiency (yeah I know after losing Mimmi this March)…he has become so thin, but this guy¬†has¬†been fighting his whole life after his accident, he won’t give up…I hope he still has some power left…