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 >>

Blog-Event LIX – Melone: Wassermelonen-Minze-Suppe (Watermelon and Mint Soup)

For those of you who are interested in the English recipe for the watermelon and mint soup by Mark Bittman, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Thema des Blog-Event für August ist die Melone. Ich liebe Wassermelone, mit allen anderen Melonenarten kann man mich jagen. Deshalb war klar, dass ich ein Wassermelonenrezept zubereiten werde. Eigentlich essen wir die Wassermelonen immer pur, letzten Monat habe ich zum ersten Mal Wassermelone zu Gelee verarbeitet, das aber sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig schmeckt (was wohl der Essigzugabe anzulasten ist). Deshalb sollte es jetzt etwas anderes sein.  Weiterlesen >>

Forging Fromage (2) – Yogurt Cheese and Muhammara

This month’s assignment of the Forging Fromage people is yogurt cheese. I have just started my cheesy adventure, and I have to make quite a few cheeses to catch up, but yogurt cheese is so easy to make that I thought I could just give it a go. I have made Greek-style yogurt before very often, and yogurt cheese is basically the same thing as Greek-style yogurt, the only difference being that you strain it even longer. Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 07/10: Nut Butters

The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online. You can find the challenge recipes here. Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 06/10: Pâtés and Bread

Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valérie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pâté with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pâté recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice. You can find the challenge recipes here. Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 05/10: Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Our hosts this month, Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food have chosen a delicious Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! The recipe, featuring a homemade enchilada sauce was found on and written by Robb Walsh. You can find the challenge here. Thanks a lot, Barbara and Bunnee, for a fantastic challenge! Continue reading >>

Tajin Samak Bi Tahina – Fish baked in tahini

When Easter was approaching and I was planning what we would eat during the holidays, I was looking for something fishy for Good Friday because traditionally you eat fish on Good Friday. I haven’t cooked anything Middle Eastern lately, so I flipped through my Persian cookbooks and found a very interesting recipe. Continue reading

Carrot showing-off

Ever since I’ve read this and this post as part of Tigress’ Can Jam Challenge, I’ve been jealous of the beautiful multi-colored carrots they had. I’ve never seen those here in Germany. But today, when I did my weekly grocery shopping, I entered the vegetable section to get some kohlrabi, and from the corner of my eye I saw this:

Aren’t they absolutely beautiful???!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! But then I realized that these were the carrots that I had read about! And the best is yet to come: they are locally grown! Of course, I have no idea yet what to make with them because this was an impulse purchase, but it definitely has to be something where the different colors are present. Thus, no carrot cake… Does anybody have a cool idea? No pickles, please – I HATE pickles!

And, NO, I won’t give them to these 2 cuties:

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 04/10: Brunswick Stew

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club. You can find the complete challenge here. Continue reading >>

Culinary Tour 2010 – South of the Border: (10) Puerto Rico – Arroz con Dulce

I am so sad that we are now at the end of our journey – the last stop of our Culinary Tour is Puerto Rico.  Thanks, Joan, for hosting this wonderful event. Hope to participate in a new Culinary Tour soon.  Back to our destination: I learned that Puerto Rican cuisine combines a lot of influences: from the diet of the Taíno people for instance come many tropical roots and tubers like Yuca (cassava), Spanish influence is seen in the use of olives, garlic and eggplant (just to name a few), from African cuisine there come coconut and plantains, and the U.S. American influence is seen in the use of American bacon. Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 03/10: Risotto

The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto. The various components of their challenge recipe are based on input from the Australian Masterchef cookbook and the cookbook Moorish by Greg Malouf. You can download the recipes here.

I’ve always had big problems with risotto. HUGE problems! There is something about the texture of risotto that makes my stomach turn. So I was less than enthusiastic when I read what the challenge would be this month. Risotto! Aaaaahhhh. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make risotto and eat it. Continue reading >>

Culinary Tour 2010 – South of the Border: (8) Haiti – Beignets (Sweet Banana Fritters)

Next stop of our Culinary Tour is Haiti. Haitian cuisine is a mixture of French, African, Levantine and Taíno Amerindian cuisine. For me, it was hard to decide what to cook because there are so many dishes that sound really appealing to me: Continue reading >>

Culinary Tour 2010 – South of the Border: (7) Jamaica – Red Pea Soup

Next stop of our Culinary Tour is Jamaica. I was doing A LOT of research what dish I could make this week. I wasn’t really happy with any of my search results because Jamaicans use soooo many exotic ingredients that I’ve never heard of and which I definitely would not be able to buy here. I learned quite a lot about Jamaican cuisine, though. These are some traditional Jamaican meals: Continue reading >>

The Daring Cooks’ Challenges 02/10: Mezze

The 2010 February Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums. Michele chose to challenge everyone to make mezze based on various recipes from Claudia Roden, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugid.

This was my first challenge with the Daring Cooks – and what a challenge this was! Mezze is a selection of small dishes or appetizers in Middle Eastern cuisine. I’ve never heard of tabbouleh or fattoush before. I have heard of hummus and falafel before, but have never had any. I’ve had tzatziki before, but no raita. So, this was going to be a really interesting challenge for me. The only thing I was kind of familiar with was the pita bread. Thanks to my participation in the BBA Challenge I’ve made pita bread before. Anyway, but this challenge requested following Michele’s recipe for pita bread, so that’s what I did. Continue reading >>