Category Archives: Cooking

Food Tag

Sara over at Three Clever Sisters recently tagged me to participate in a “food holiday tag” menu. The rule is to share menu suggestions of a couple of dishes previously posted on your blog for an upcoming food holiday, with photos and links to the recipes. Then, you tag 10 more bloggers. I told Sara I didn’t have time to participate, but then I thought about it again and realized I had a holiday coming up. Not an official holiday, though. But I want to celebrate the end of me eliminating almost all fruit and vegetables from my menu for a couple of weeks which was due to the scary E.coli outbreak here in Germany. Thus, I picked a couple of dishes that feature (raw) fruit and vegetables. Here you go.

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Thirty Minute Thursdays: Pasta e Bisi (Pea Soup with Pasta)

I have to admit I’ve bought a new cookbook. I know, I know, I didn’t want to buy it, but Kayte`s blog posts forced me to! She’s been involved in a challenge called Thirty Minute Thursday, a challenge momentarily cooking through Giuliano Hazan’s “Thiry Minute Pasta” which was set up by Glennis. The dishes Kayte blogged about sounded and looked so delicious that I couldn’t resist: I HAD to get the book. Now, I cooked the first dish from it: Pea Soup with Pasta. A very simple recipe. You need yellow onion, butter, peas (fresh or frozen), salt, pepper, vegetable stock (the recipe says beef bouillon cube), flat-leaf Italian parsley and pappardelle. Definitely a keeper, because it’s yummy, quick and everybody just loved it!

Twitter Chef Avatar Fun – March: Emeril Lagasse’s Latkes

This month’s chef for the Twitter Chef Avatar Fun is Emeril Lagasse. Here you find several thousands (seriously) of his recipes, so it took me some time to choose one. I opted for Latkes because we all really love potato pancakes, the combination of applesauce and sour cream on top was new to us, though. YUM! Continue reading

Twitter Chef Avatar Fun – February: James Beard’s Macaroni and Cheese

My kids have a new favorite meal – Macaroni and Cheese. You might wonder how these poor kids have survived without Mac & Cheese until now – well, this is not a common meal in Germany. Of course I’ve heard about it, and during my study abroad year in the US looooong ago I had quite a few packages of Kraft Mac & Cheese (White Cheddar, yay!), but I’ve never made it from scratch. So this month, when I was browsing through several of James Beard’s recipes who is this month’s chef for the Twitter Chef Avatar Fun I noticed there was a Mac & Cheese recipe and thought it would be a great idea to finally make real American macaroni and cheese from scratch. If I had known my kids would love it as much as they did, I’d probably have looked for a recipe much earlier. And yes, I made it with white cheddar to commemorate my stay in the US ;-). This is a keeper!!! Here’s the recipe >>>

Afghani Meatballs with Noodles tossed in Yogurt

I have no idea how I stumbled on “My Kitchen, My World” – a blog dedicated to experiencing other cultures through food. Anyway, I thought this month’s destination – Afghanistan – sounded pretty interesting because I have absolutely NO knowledge of Afghani food. Thus, I selected a recipe I found here – Afghani meatballs with noodles tossed in yogurt – which I thought would be something my family would actually eat. And yes, we were thrilled! The cinnamon flavored meatballs were GREAT!

Next destination: GERMANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmm, what to make, what to make? The typical German Christmas goose? Or typical German Stollen? Or typical German Christmas cookies (Plätzchen)? All of them (I AM German and live in Germany)!!! But which one will I choose to be featured here for “My Kitchen, My World”? Stay tuned! Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 09/10: Food Preservation & Can Jam #9: Stone Fruits

The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home Food Preservation.

This month’s focus of Tigress’ Can Jam was selected by Kate of Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking – she chose stone fruits.

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The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 08/10: The World of Pierogi – Vareniki

The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale. You can find the challenge recipes here. Continue reading >>