On Sunday we celebrated the anniversary of our marriage. To get back a feeling of that crazy and wonderful day I decided to make our wedding cake - the millefoglie. Ok, not an exact copy of the state of art torte Italian pastry cooks made for us two years ago but rather a rustic variaton of it with lots and lots of strawberries. Because it's strawberry time!
It turned out to be the most opulent breakfast: creamy, fruity, refreshing, - just perfect for this special day!
And here is the recipe:
+ 300 g fresh srawberries
+ a handful of blueberries
If this wasn't the perfect and a little bit crazy Saturday then I just don't know what a perfect and a little bit crazy Saturday is!
The Joy Of Gardening
Always eager to discover more of the wonderful region we live in we drove to a small village named Öhningen to have a look on the what they call "tree school". It is something like a garden center in which they teach gardeners and also sell plants to us mortals. We were prepared to see lots of plants but we were not prepared to see a gosh-if-I-know-the-name-of-one-percent-of-these-plants-then-I-am-damned-good variety. It was ways better than any botanical garden because every big tree and every little flower they had would survive in our garden (if we had one). I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to take photos. The next time I will, promised!
The absence of a garden didn't stop me though. I ended buying a fig tree and a pine tree for our terrace! Even if we will not harvest any figs this year I can now be sure to have enough fig leafs to cover the critical bits of me, ha!
The Joy Of Talking To Open-minded People
After leaving the garden paradise we went to the wonderful little city called Radolfzell (ups, no photos again) to eat Italian ice and have a quick look on the closing farmers market. We had no intention to buy anything but bread... First we passed this incredible cheese sales booth. Peter had to pull himself together not to start begging for cheese. Then we stopped at the flower booth, and I saw these roses, and I just got weak... My weakness was followed by guilty conscience so I offered to return and get this special Brie for my darling. This is what we did and that's where we stayed for at least an hour talking about people, politics, traditions and spiritual values with the shop man and one of the customers. The market has shut down and all the other sellers left. The cheese guy has closed the booth but the four of us were still staying there and discussing, discussing, discussing... It is a great feeling to bump into people who are so open-minded and intelligent while just doing some cheese shopping on a farmers' market. Wow!
The Joy Of Good Food
And here come the photos of the third joy - enjoying the little treasures we carefully pulled together: fresh asparagus from the neighbourhood, the French Brie, the goat cheese, the salt with flower petals and the joy of my eyes lily of the valley...
I know I should stop posting pictures of bread but how to do that? Everytime I go shopping for groceries I tell myself "this time no bread, you eat too much of it already" and in the next moment I watch the shop assistant pack this delicious loaf for me. "Schwuppdiwupp" like Germans say and it is in my bag! And how can I stay firm if they are just so great in backing bread here in the Southgermany!!! Probably it is the best they serve apart from the rhubarb meringue cake, and Maultaschen, and sausages, and... ok, enough is enough.
And here it comes: rye bread with an eatable trade mark sign
And spring bread with butter and radish from the island Reichenau
Yes-yes-yes, we opened the ice season! The address? "Fernando" in Radolfzell am Bodensee - good Italian ice. La dolce-deutsche vita, da vero!
One of the good things about living in the South Germany is that you have all these exciting neighbour countries like Switzerland, Austria and France, oui! Last night we have alredy jumped into our bed & turned off the lights as I got this "Schnaps Idee", this crazy idea that we have to do a day trip to France today... Two and a half hours by car and we were sitting in this wonderful, breathtaking chocolate paradise in Mulhouse! And the only picture I took was my husbands lunch, his chocolate lunch...
It was a cold day today, something between a friendly winter and a hostile spring... just the right time to bake something that feels the house with great smell and the soul with warmth. Quick search in the Internet and voilà!
I took the recipe from lunchboxbunch.com and adjusted it to my needs: I added two bananas and some 50-60g cashew nuts, replaced half of the coconut oil by the canola oils (is cheaper and more healthy) and reduced chocolate chips. I can only recomend to use the bananas, they made the cookies incredibly soft and rich in taste, the rest is up to you!
And here are the evidence pictures:
The easiest, peasiest breakfast ever? Good bread with a home made spread! There are so many variations of bread around here that you could it a new one every day without reapeating yourself for... let's say three months. Today we had a spelt bread on our breakfast table. M-m-m...
I know, I know I am about three month too late with this pumpkin recipe. Though honestly speaking I normally start to hate pumpkin by the end of November. Pumpkin antipasti, pumpkin spaghetti, pumpkin soup, pumpkin dessert... How much pumpkin can one eat? A totally different story to find this little bright orange ball at a farmers store in the beginning of February. It looks so uplifting and jumps itself in my shopping basket...
So rich in taste and totally easy to make!
Roast a parsnip and some chilli flakes (parsley root would do it too) in a pan, cut in small pieces half of a Hokkaido pumpkin and add it to the parsnip. Pour over some boiling water and add two potatoes and two or three peeled apples. Put a lid on the pan and let it cook slowly till the pumpkin gets soft. Puree everything with a blender; add at least one tea spoon of nutmeg, a tea spoon of sugar, a little bit of cinnamon, salt, a bit of Modena vinegar and some two-three spoons good olive oil. Checks if it is spicy enough otherwise spice a bit more. That's it!
I served my soup with fresh cress, chill and roasted pumpkin seeds. M-m-m...
oh, that moment!