Tuesday, January 20, 2009


What a moving day. I listened, watched on the internet, read Obamas speech (here on yahoo) and liked this part very much:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. "

Guess why?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sweet Snails

Called 'Schnecken' in German, these are really good!
Came out a little dry and dark, have to watch this next time.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


So, this time farfalle. The first time ever I made pasta myself, except some gnocchi. And for sure, half of the flour exchanged against whole wheat. Quite some work I have to say, especially bending the farfalle!
Tasted good, had them with parmesan, salt and pepper only.

Next time need to spread thinner (cookbook 2,5 mm is too thick) and make them more even. And I guess I'll try with bigger pasta shapes :-)

Monday, January 05, 2009


Started dinner with empanadas, with some filling out of pork, peas, onion, carot, some sauces. Tasted good, but filling was to hot and wet and some of the empanandas broke while making them. And I still don't have a brush for the eggwash, got to get one!

And then I made som 16 heidesand, some German cookies (guess who loves them?). Chino helped me make them pretty much. I could not restrain myself and had two and a half :-)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Nice to be out, nice to be home again

That were nice 2 weeks off, but I am glad to be home again. And it smelled of sweet Christmas tree when we came in.
Today I made a sweet bread, German recipe. Changed half of the flour to full grain wheat, and that actually tastes a lot better even. We ate half (!) of the bread right away, still warm, with some butter and a bit apricot jelly. Hmmm. Like it. First a slightly yeasty scent, then more and more we could smell the full wheat in it, this is so rich, a little nutty. I'll make it again soon, for sure!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Another Dish

Oh, so this time it was a chicken pie with leek and sausage. Covered with a nice crust of fluff pastry. Yummy. Next time I'll put the sausages in earlier, so the taste is stronger.

Had some new apple pie for desert, with frangipane in between the apples and apricot jelly on top. Goooood.
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