At lake Constance there are days when nature seems to get inspired so it starts transforming everything around into the piece of art with one simple instrument, - fog. I look around and ask myself, "is it real or am I inside a painting?".
On Sunday I got inspired by two wonderful vegetarian recipes on this mouth-watering blog http://lamiacucina.wordpress.com
The recipes are called Green Onions Iced with Marsala Wine and Rosemary-Polenta-Terrine With Olives and I swear, one day I will do it right! I was missing Marsala, green Onions and black olives and the stores were closed. Ugh!!! So I followed the recipe replacing green onions with normal ones, Marsala with port wine and black olives with sumach fruits. Every cook would have probably killed me for that but you know what? I don’t regret it as it turned out very tasty and totally different from what we normally eat.
Here is the recipe as posted by Robert Sprenger in the blog mentioned above.
for 4 persons, for 1 cake or terrine form
4.5 dl milk (1 dl = 100 ml)
4.5 dl water
270 g fine corn flour (polenta)
3 twigs rosemary
60 g black olives
40 g grated parmesan
(1) Mix milk and water, bring to boil, add salt. Add corn flour, cook 10 minutes while stirring. Reduce the temperature and cook ca 30 minutes while stirring from time to time till you get a pretty thick polenta. Take the pan of the cooker.
(2) Cut the rosemary fine, pit the olives and cut them fine. Mix rosemary, olives and most oft he parmesan with the polenta.
(3) Cover the terrine form with backing paper and put in the polenta pressing it gently so that it fills the form. Put the rest of the parmesan on the polenta and put it aside for 30 minutes.
(4) Heat the oven to 170°C. Bake the terrine in the mid of the oven for ca 30 minutes. Take it out of the form, cut into 2 cm thin pieces and roast them with some oil in a coated pan until gold-brown.
1 bunch (some 9 pieces) Cipolle di Tropea green onions or ordinary green onions.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons good butter
1-2 tablespoons good Balsamic vinegar
(1)Wash green onions and cut along the thicker ones into two halves .
(2) Put sugar and lemon juice into a pan and caramelize until light brown. Take of the fire and put the onions in as fast as you can with the cut side down. Press them gently with a fork. Don’t get frightened by the loud fizzling and use kitchen gloves not to burn your hands.
(3) Spice the onions with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, cover the pan with a lid and steam them for ca. 15 minutes. Turn the onions over after 7 minutes. Add some water if they get to dry. The sauce should be thick though. When ready you can add some butter as to your taste.
And here is my variation of these tasty recipes:
Ok, honestly thist wreath exists because I couldn't wait for the Christmas tree to come into the house. Decorating it was fun and I love the result. A bit overloaded you say? No way, it's the style!
Today is St Nikolaus day and the guy was really sweet to me! Just look at than orange chocolate and chocolate orange sticks made by Läderach confiserie (http://www.laederach.com)!!! Ok, it's swiss, not German but OMG, it was difficult not to eat all of it while taking the pictures. :-) And the beeswax candles are adorable and smell like honey.
This weekend I tried out an old German Cheesecake recipe and it turned out to be a great one. Just the perfect thing for a relaxed and papmering Sunday breakfast! It was everything but light so I ate myself fill with one piece but it was so yummy that Peter just couldn't stop eating.
If anyone wants to get the recipe, please leave a comment and I'll post it here.
And since there are the rests of my birthday flowers in this cake picture I decided to show what it looked like as I've just put it together.
Yesterday I let the bus drive by and walked to the city of Constance which is about 12 kilometers and took me exactly 2 hours. Sounds a bit crazy but it was totally worth it because of all this beautiful views on the way...
Here are only a few of them.
Christmas time is not about spending money buying things nobody needs. It is about holding on and spending quality time with people we care about, about doing special things and showing our love. So my dear and me decided to do slightly different advent calendars. We wrote 24 notes each with things we will do for each other. Here is what calendar I did looks like. And the first note I got said "Whatever you did is right, I apologize for not having noticed it right away!" This means I have an allowance to do something totally girly-unlogical-crazy one time. Ha, I will have to use this chance wisely!
To complete the natural decoration of the entrance posted below I did some really quick and easy decorations for the windows. It takes no more than 5 minutes to make one and would also look great on a gift package.
oh, that moment!