Month: August 2015

Thai Inspired Kohlrabi Coleslaw

Thai Inspired Kohlrabi Coleslaw

This crunchy kohlrabi salad is the perfect way to introduce Germany’s darling to your table – although gnarly looking, it’s a very tasty vegetable. It can be stir-fried, steamed or boiled, but I swear raw is the way to go! Flavor and texture-wise, kohlrabi has an apple-like crunch, slightly resembles a radish in texture and […]

Plum Chutney with Dried Sour Cherries

Plum Chutney

Thanks to the smell of homemade plum chutney my place smelled amazingly cozy for a dismal, rainy summer day. Plum chutney has got to be the most tasty sweet-and-tangy spreads out there. It’s perfect for serving with grilled or roasted meats, a cheese platter or get this, as a spread to give your next sandwich […]

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen) with crème fraîche, vanilla and cinnamon

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen)

Here in Germany, summer time is plum cake time. As soon as they make their arrival at the farmers’ market, arrives also the immediate request from my favorite Schwabe to bake a tradition “Zwetschgenkuchen”. Not just any plum cake, but one with a crumbly topping called “Streusel” — in his opinion, very crucial to a […]

Fruit Infused Spa Water

Fruit-Infused Spa Water

Keeping the body hydrated is essential to staying healthy as well as for maintaining the moisture level in your skin – important for looking fresh and healthy! If you find you easily get bored of water, then there’s a better way to quench your thirst: infused waters. They make staying hydrated easy. Think beyond the […]

Birnen, Bohnen und Speck, pears, green beans, fava beans and bacon

Summer Beans with Pears and Bacon

An odd sounding but absolutely delicious dish in Northern Germany is one called “Birnen, Bohnen und Speck” (pears, green beans and bacon). I first was introduced to this delicious number by my friend Ines. It’s a regular at her family functions. Intrigued, I had to give it a try. My way of course. Though, I’m […]

Energy Green Smoothie with Maca, Avocado, Cucumber, Pear, Spinach and Coconut Juice

Green Energy Smoothie

Easy to make and full of powerful nutrients, smoothies are a great way to a give your body a super-charged start to the day. No longer for hippies and health nuts, the smoothie revolution has found its way to Hollywood stars, busy moms and everyone in between. The concept of blending leafy greens was popularized […]

Thyme Tips - Superstar of the Herb Garden

Thyme – Superstar of the Herb Garden

As superstar of the herb garden, thyme is one of the most important herbs in the European kitchen. In the Mediterranean world, thyme was once believed to be a symbol for courage, with Roman soldiers bathing in thyme infused water in the belief that they would gain vitality, strength and courage. It was also believed […]