Hiya guys, it’s been a while! For once the unannounced break in my posts wasn’t due to a much anticipated escape to a certain quiet island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, but due to a very annoying, very persistent <insert streak of profanities of your choice here> tendonitis/CTS combo that has been haunting my right wrist for a bit over a year now. Having been somewhat docile over the Summer, it reared its ugly head again at the beginning of September and, heeding my Docs stern orders to “stay off the keyboard unless absolutely necessary”, I kept my brace on like a good girl and did as I was told.
Mango – Passionfruit Sorbet
I guess Summer’s little lovetap last month made her feel like round two – it looks like, in the last couple of weeks of picture perfect June/July weather, she’s been gathering up her oomph for a serious hit. Holy smokes. Literally. I know, I opened the last post with a similar message, but this time – instead of 2 days of blistering heat – we’re watching an open-ended “record heatwave” with temperatures of more than 40°C rolling towards us. I sincerely hope our jolly weather experts are merely promoting the “worst case” scenario and well… not much else anyone can do.
Blackberry & Rosemary Chocolate Truffles
I can’t believe another year has gone by. Honestly, I have no idea where all that time went – wasn’t it just a couple of blinks ago that I posted a Christmas Box of Chocolates Special? *sigh* For some reason, 2021 flew by as fast as 2020 was sloooooow – and then some. I even had to, as some of you might have noticed, slow down to one post per month in the second half of the year, much to my own dismay. Don’t think I’m loosing touch, though!
GW2 Gift of Energy
Ooooooh yay! September, golden September! Now that (I sincerely hope this won’t turn into a cruel case of “famous last words” …) the Sun and her summery sidekicks “Blistering Heat” and “Choking Doldrums” are going seperate ways for a while, the time has come to tie on a pair of hiking boots and enjoy the late-Summer scenery around us in all its glory. Of course, long forest-hikes call for refreshments, and an idea I had tucked away in my headspace ages ago had the chance to hatch and quickly grow into the perfect pick-me-up for the occasion.
Honeyed Blackcurrant & Tonka Bean Parfait
Alright guys, time to end our little summery trip around the world with a cooling bowlful of feel good creaminess~ Todays dessert bridges the watery gaps between Central Europe and Central America with the ease and breeze many of us wish our kitchen-endeveors in mid-summer could be managed with… Ah, but I shouldn’t complain! So far, Summer in our corner of the world has actually been quite comfortable – quite unlike the Summer that was raging on while I whipped up this ice cream for the first time.
Continue reading “Honeyed Blackcurrant & Tonka Bean Parfait”
Lemongrass Panna Cotta & Passionfruit Green Tea Jelly
Slowly but surely, things around here are waking from their winter and/or pandemic hibernation. Too late and too slowly for most of us, but what can you do, eh? Well… here’s a little something to stoke the anticipatory fires related to all things Summer – one with pretty dresses/short sleeves, umbrella drinks and all the fixings! And the idea for this one actually emerged from the gloomy depths of the recent medical disaster we’d all rather be over and done with – kind of a case of “There can’t be light without darkness”? Ugh, look at me, getting all kitchen-philosophical over a simple desert…
Continue reading “Lemongrass Panna Cotta & Passionfruit Green Tea Jelly”
Easter Eggstravaganza: Raspberry Crisp & Yoghurt Chocolates
So here we are again. Right where, if things were even remotely normal, I would be hard pressed to remove the chocolatey bits and fingerprints sticking to me, my notebook, my recipe notes, my pens, all over my kitchen and gods know where else after finishing my Easter Eggstravaganza Chocolate Boxes for my family and friends and sharing the highlight-recipe with you guys. Alas, things are not quite back to normal. Oh well… I guess my carefully planned out Party Box of Cocktail Chocolates I promised you guys “Once all that <insert a string of profanities here to colorfully describe the pandemic> is over and done with” still has to wait on the sidelines for a while.
Continue reading “Easter Eggstravaganza: Raspberry Crisp & Yoghurt Chocolates”
Yoghurt-Quince Mousse & Spiced Quince Compote
It’s February. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s wet. It could be miserable… but there’s a golden light at the end of the tunnel! A light that certainly lifted my spirits out of the ick as soon as I spotted a soft yellow-golden glow beneath the pile of apples in my pantry – and I hope I can spread that comforting glow out to you guys with this recipe as well~
Continue reading “Yoghurt-Quince Mousse & Spiced Quince Compote”
Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread, Fennel & Orange Cured Salmon and Caramelized Greengage-Rosemary Jam with Van
Happy new year, everyone! As always, I welcome the new year with a scrumptious breakfast spread to start off on the right foot, get into the groove, so to speak, and celebrate a new chapter with our tastebuds tickled in all the right places. And what better time is there than a New Year’s breakfast to indulge in not having to make decisions – and taking a little bit of everything instead~? This time around I’ve got options for you guys! So let’s get this show on the road~
Continue reading “Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread, Fennel & Orange Cured Salmon and Caramelized Greengage-Rosemary Jam with Van”
Black Forest Gateau Chocolates
Weeeee~! It’s here! Despite the lack of general Christmasness in it’s usual places around town, the gig is undeniably close! Since, for obvious and understandable reasons, the world outside fails at truly being Holly and/or Jolly, both states are something to be grown, nourished and cherished on the inside – all the more reason to get excited about the whole thing, in a way~ And what better seed is there to tick all the boxes in that regard than chocolate?