Cookie dough terrine


Oh my sweet tooth, sometimes it makes me create little recipes without having planned any of it. Last night after dinner was such a moment, I felt like I needed something chocolaty and quick. And voila, this nice and tasty cookie dough terrine came out. Ingredients: 1 stick butter or margarine 3/4 cups brown sugar…

Mousse au chocolat


Who does not like desserts? As far as I know, almost nobody. I am sure that out of a group of 10, a maximum of 1-2 persons do not have a sweet tooth and do not get attracted by a sweet seduction after a good meal. For you as a hobby chef, that is good news. Offering a…

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…

Carrot cake: Moist and delicious


Somehow this month is coming along with plenty of cake occasions for me: Birthdays, weddings, a job change and sometimes simply a sweet tooth on a weekend afternoon made me look through my collection of cake recipes. I stumbled across a carrot cake recipe that I was given by my German friend Mareike about three years…

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…

Everybody loves…a pumpkin pie


Before the wonderful pumpkin season is over I want to share a very easy pumpkin pie recipe with you. In Germany, pumpkin pies are not very common to my surprise. Pumpkins are everywhere though! I have seen many recipes using a ton of cream. I prefer it a little simpler with just a sip of cream….

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…

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…

Vegan Birthday Cake


Ingredients: 300 g sugar or raw sugar 450 g white flour 6 tablespoons cocoa powder vanilla flavor (1 pack Vanillinzucker) 1 tablespoon backing soda (1 pack Backpulver) 150 ml cooking oil (canola or colza oil, neutral taste) 200 ml soy or rice milk 300g (3 bars) dark chocolate Preparation: 1) Chop 100 g of the…