Writings on curious recipes, food I've tasted around the world and the quest for finding the perfect blueberry muffin.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Raspberry-pistachio brown butter cake

Sometimes I bake something I have been dying to bake for months, something I have bookmarked or noted down once upon a time and have been waiting (not so) patiently to get around to ever since. Once I finally set the date and time and occasion to bake it, I have read through the recipe often enough to basically know it by heart and I have triple checked my cupboards to make sure I have all the ingredients at home. It always comes together so smoothly.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Quick dinner - spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella

I made this dish a few weeks back, after a midweek vacation followed by a three day weekend, followed by a consistently rainy day which resulted in: not a lot of food in the house. Dinner was not looking very promising that night - no fresh fruits or vegetables (well, except for half an onion), no bread, no meat, no canned goods... But, never one to focus on the nos, I decided to single out the things we did have - besides that half an onion, surprisingly many yoghurts and home-made jam.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Banana walnut muffins - or banana bread in disguise

This started out very innocently. I spotted a recipe for banana oat muffins in an article clipping I had lying around, and because the recipe was literally four sentences long and I had all the ingredients at home (well, except for the bananas), I decided to try it. Plus, this site is in desperate need of more muffin recipes - for someone who is a declared muffin fanatic, I have posted very few (aka, one) muffin recipes on here. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free form tart with yellow zucchini and home-made ricotta

People, I am super excited about this. Not so much because it was absolutely delicious, but moreso because it allowed me to cross off four things that had been on my cooking to-do list at once:

1. Find a not very buttery, easy to work with tart dough,
2. make something with yellow zucchini, 
3. make ricotta at home, and, finally,
4. find a new, seasonal, easy but somewhat impressive appetizer

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pesto triumph

Any time I am anywhere near fresh basil, I have to make pesto. Not only because I always have all the other ingredients I need at home - two garlic cloves, a few pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, a pinch of coarse salt - but also because I throw all of them into a food processor and can have the pesto ready in literally 30 seconds. And things really can't get much faster than that. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Vienna

If we look at my last week rationally, we'd have to admit that it wasn't exactly successful. I flew from London to Vienna to pick up my Diploma. I left Vienna after eight days and four trips to various offices of the university without my diploma. Because the diploma they had wanted to give me not only stated the wrong citizenship, but also had my incomplete name. And so the only mission I had - pick up a piece of paper - failed. And I had spent well over 100 Euro to have it fail. So yes, looking at things rationally my last week was kind of a disaster. But, let me tell you something. Life is much more fun when you're not looking at things rationally. Especially, when you can look at things like this.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Everyday strawberry cake

As much as I love making elaborate cakes - because, believe me, I do - sometimes it's nice to just whip up a cake that involves no fussing, no special tools or skills, and can be in your oven in less than 20 minutes. A simple, everyday cake for those unexpected guests. So that you can spend the minutes before they arrive stashing away odds and ends rather than scrubbing cake batter off your face.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Not your typical picnic salad - spring orzo salad with a kick

People have been telling me I am falling in love with a fake London. A London which is acting like an adorable little puppy (and everyone loves puppies), rather than its normal old dog self and I shouldn't buy into it. This, and they point to the blue sky, which I can barely glance at due to the blinding sun, is not London, they tell me. This, is not what you are in for. Do not get used to it. But it's too late. I now believe that London is strolling through the farmer's market on a sunny Saturday morning, sitting outside your favorite cafe drinking coffee, standing in front of your local pub with a pint after a day's work in the warm evening, walking that extra stop instead of taking the tube because it's just so nice out. Quite literally, life in London is basically a picnic in the park. Because it has rained once since I moved here, nearly a month ago.