Summer quiche


  This summer I entered the world of gardening. Just a little bit. Not that I started growing greens & veggies on a large field. I have a small gardening bed where I grow herbs, onions and carrots. Grandpa has a much larger garden and more experience and kindly takes care of the salads, cabbages…

For a healthy 2017: Low carb bread


Uff, the time between Christmas and New Year’s day is the most intense time of the year in terms of food and drinks. It is wonderful to come together with the family and enjoy all the good food. We saw a nice variety of different flavors on our plates this year: From traditional Czech cuisine with…

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…

Seafood bolognese with sepia pasta


Living in Hamburg, I am getting used to eating good fish and on some occasions seafood. Little did I know for quite a long time that the fish shacks near Fischmarkt (on Grosse Elbstrasse) that do not look very inviting from the outside but make excellent fish rolls and traditional seafood dishes are an excellent…

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…

Red soup (Asian inspired veggie soup)


Soups are always a good idea for a light meal. I like making soups for dinner. Also because they are perfect for throwing in any leftover veggies you find in the fridge. I can’t think of any vegetable soup combination that has not worked so far. Since I prepared the Assam Laksa dish the other…

Malaysian Assam Laksa


Malaysians like their laksa soup. We would most likely call it a  noodle soup, yet I would argue that laksa has a quite distinct taste because of the spices added to it. Little did I know that there were different types of laksa until I travelled to Borneo this winter. To me, the traditional laksa version…

Quick lunch idea: Yellow soup


This blog was born with one idea in mind: To share and spread the amazing array of food styles and tastes that I have experienced during my travels. Even today, any time I discover a dish I haven’t yet tasted, I go for it. I am way to afraid that I could miss out on…

HelloFresh’s Tomato Mascarpone Gnocchi


I am a curious person and when I unpacked my HelloFresh Kochbox I immediately wanted to get the pot on the stove and did so, Thursday lunch plan secured ;) Here is an overview of the ingredients that I received for the tomato mascarpone gnocchi. Serves 2 people, prep and cooking time 30 minutes: Ingredients:…

Kale potato soup


Green is “in” in many ways, especially in combination with a healthy nutrition. Many recipes these days feature kale as a “wunder” ingredient. Kale has many green friends. Salad, broccoli, cucumber, spinach, brussels sprouts, you name them. I have to admit that the first time I read about kale was in the States and then…

The seasonal salad…


…and how to use healthy home delivery services. Folks, it’s been a while and I apologize but lately my food creations were very limited. So nothing I could share with you. Too boring. Too busy. Bread and cheese. Quick Chinese wok dishes. Hmmmm. BUT I signed up for a great service a month ago: Every…

Lazy Sunday night dinner


It’s dinner time! Today I had a lazy but beautiful Sunday with great weather outside. After a nice brunch we went outside for a long walk and for dinner I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, so I came up with this little creation: Sauted carrots and aragula salad with soy…

Hello fall, it’s time for pumpkin soup


I am not a fan of cold temperatures and the transition from summer to fall but when I go to a farmer’s market and see the piles of pumpkins that are displayed I get happy and can’t resist to take one or two home with me. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite soups and…

Quick lunch idea: Orzo gratin


Here is my quick lunch idea for you today. Your basic ingredient is Orzo pasta, or kritharáki as it is called in Greece. Orzo looks like rice but it really is pasta made from wheat. Count about 15 min to prepare this meal and 20-25 min to bake it in the oven. It’s a mishmash of…

New Yumwe Event: Wok Night


This weekend was Yumwe time! I had the honor of being host to a cooking event called Wok Night. Each of us participants took care of one dish (we were three girls, Inka, Anja and me) and look which pretty and delicious meals we created: First stop: Asian store around the corner Starter: Cold seasoned…

Vegan bread soup


We are almost halfway through with our Vegan challenge, yupiiieee! I can tell you, there are days when it ain`t that easy, especially for me as a cheese lover. And for my taste soy yoghurt doesn`t perfectly match regular yoghurt. But hey, we are doing this for a reason and I have to say that…