candy bark

For some of you who care, Valentine’s Day is pretty close. And though I like my fare share of romantic comedies and believe in real life romance and magic, on a day to day basis, too, I only join the V-Day craze for the candy and the chocolates, natrually… #guilty. Hey, what? I’ve already got my sweetheart! So I can safely lean back and focus on the important things in life. Like… candy.

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red beet juice with kale

They say “eat your greens” – and God knows it’s not always easy. At least for me. Some days, I feel like healthy eating comes naturally to me. Other days… not so much. Not that I’m always just craving sugar and fat. But often times, unhealthy options are the easier choices. They’re at display, usually not more than a block away. I know that juices and smoothies are controversial, but I’m still partial to a good, freshly made green juice or vegetable based smoothie. It feels like they provide me with enough healthy pluses and vitamins to get me trough even the toughest day.

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sweet potato with feta

Now that the new year is adequately broken in, I can’t help but think how flawed some things are… Beautiful, but nevertheless flawed. Lately, I’ve been taking much care to be punctual, not to forget or lose anything, to take good care of my possessions, to always fold my clothes at night, to work hard, to always be polite and thankful… Scarlett, 2.0, in a way.

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whole roasted cauliflower with sumac

They say that you’re technically a grown-up at age 18… Well, I don’t know about you, but I most certainly wasn’t a grown-up at 18. To be honest, I’m still not sure wether I’d actively call myself “grown-up”, even now. First, this term leaves no room for imagination. It’s such an unforgiving term. Maybe I also kind of want to keep a bit of that childish, Peter Pan like spirit in me, forever.

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graved lox brined salmon side dill beer wet brine

Happy New Year & welcome, 2016! May it be a year filled with light, love and lots of good food for you. They say you can make new year’s wishes until the 6th in Switzerland, so I guess I’m still on schedule. We celebrated NYE with a couple of friends in our home with a dinner party. We served something very common and traditional on Holidays (Christmas and NY) in Switzerland: Fondue Chinoise.

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Celebration Home

From the safety and peace of my couch, I am now already looking back on two fabulous Christmas dinners. Going through the pictures now, I can’t help but marvel at the beauty of it all. The chats, the laughter, the loud children’s voices, the merrymaking, the food (oh, blissful food) the decoration, the presents (not by the tree but by the amaryllis bouquet, second best option), the lights everywhere, and the wonderful smell coming from expensive scented candles, baked cookies, glühwein, roasted turkeys, tinsel, tree trimmings, wreaths, fireplaces… Part of me wishes this season would never pass… But, shat do they say…? Continue reading

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glazed frosted spinkled christmas tree cookies

Incredible how fast time goes by… I’ve been meaning to get into Holiday Baking much earlier, but life got in the way. December… Gotta love this season! So many plans, so little time. As it turns out, this Sunday was the first opportunity to simply bake something (not strictly necessary).

So I got into the kitchen, armed with dozens of room temperature eggs and butter. I started with confidence, whipping egg whites and melting chocolate. Slightly smugly, I told my love today – while everything was running smoothly – that baking is fabulous, because you grow every time and with every experience you get better. It’s like a steep learning curve. Every hour spend swinging the spatula brings you closer to patissière stardom!

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vanilla pastries christmas trees

Last weekend I was in a bit of a cooking (and eating…) daze, all the time. We had our parents visiting for lunch on Saturday, which means we were prepping well into Friday night (or Saturday morning, if you like). I love to host guests for a festive, pre-christmas get-together, well before the actual Holiday craze (see for example our “Friendsmas” from two years ago). It’s the best opportunity to celebrate in peace and quiet (which, at least to me it feels like that) gets more and more difficult with approaching the end of the year… So we spoilt our guests. The menu was…
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Turkey Thanksgiving Pomegranate Glaze
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How does “Two Turkey Thanksgiving” sound to you…? Our friends hosted their annual Thanksgiving fête last Sunday, and because their guest list is ever growing, two turkeys had to be made. So Günther (the 10th!) was joined by Hildegard (the 1st). And I, as the closest (geographically) and their neighbor, had the honor to roast one, in my own oven. Since J’s turkey creation is already world-famous and well-loved – especially the stuffing – I had to come up with something different for birdie Hildegard…

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