Tartine breakfast


tar·tine (tär-tēn′) n. A French open-faced sandwich, especially one with a rich or fancy spread.   Rich or fancy spread, that is the question here. I tend to go with fancy and colorful. And most important of all: Tartine sounds nice (better than bread breakfast). You will find lots of varieties of tartine bread or sandwiches…

Mini Franzis


Hamburg is my home base. A very lovely city that is not as hyped as other European cities (Berlin, London, Paris) and my hidden gem with loads of outside activities to do, secret spots to discover off the path, a varied culinary scene and the best about it: Some traditional Hamburgeois foods. Nothing too fancy. Simple…

Fruit & nut cake


What is a good alternative to a breakfast cereal or porridge? If you like sweet for breakfast then my answer is: Cake. Not that it has to be a large piece with whipped cream. I am looking for something healthy that gives me an energy boost for the day. Today I tried out a wholegrain…

Simone’s home-made granola


Muesli and granola are my favorite breakfast meals. Paired with fruit they give you a powerful start into the day. For a while I have been looking for a simple and kind of healthy granola recipe. I got inspired by Simone, our Airbnb host in Copenhagen, last weekend. She was so kind to invite us…

Liquid pleasures: Home-made smoothies


What’s healthier than ice cream? Smoothies. What’s better than juice? Smoothies. What makes you happy? Smoothies. Voilà, I officially declare the smoothie our remedy for the upcoming winter months. My sister Becci believes in her breakfast smoothie. It took me a while to become a fan myself but now I think she is right. Smoothies without sugar…

Portuguese tomato jam (doce de tomate)


Tomato jam? Wouldn’t you normally use fruit to make jam? That is right and yet it is also what make this jam so fabulous. It’s my latest discovery from Portugal. I recently spent a weekend in Lisbon and Cristiana, a Portuguese friend of ours, told me to try it. I would have not imagined that ripe, caramelized…

Red wine chocolate muffins (Rotweinkuchen)


Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover red wine apart from pouring it down the sink? Cook with it :) Red wine sauce, coq au vin…and red wine cake, that’s what comes to my mind when I think of how to use wine in the kitchen. I am planning on starting a muffin challenge with my…

Meeting bacon & co: Sunday brunch time


This morning I had a creative start into the day. I woke up and went straight to the kitchen to prepare a nice little Sunday brunch. I proudly present:   This brunch table reminds me of a still life painting. What you see arranged here are puff pastry wedges with red cabbage and goat cheese crumbles…

Schese’s banana pancakes


Oh gosh, I have been absent for a while. Sorry for that. I was gone for my summer vacation, spending a month in the US, road tripping around the country and enjoying two very laid back weeks on the beach in Charleston, South Carolina. The good news: I had time to cook and take loads…

Bread pudding


Dear blog readers, I am very sorry for my abstinence. Today is the last day in August and I am posting my first entry of this month. Summer time is vacation time and I spent mine on the beautiful US West Coast. Our camping meals turned out very simple and we only had sporadic internet…

What do you like to eat for breakfast?


Today, I would like to ask you to participate in my little poll. Different countries, different habits, let’s see what makes the first place. I personally love my muesli with milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit in the morning.

Cake in a jar?


Yes, that’s right. Nowadays, it’s not only jam and pickles that you will find in a jar. Cake is the new creation to go for. I was quite fascinated to hear about this recipe. And I’ll tell you what the best part about it is: You can store the cake for up to 6 months…