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…