Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cabbage-Potato Soup

I had no time to cook and a lot of vegetables like carrots, cabbages, potatoes etc. So I decided to put them all into a pressure cooker and make a German Eintopf (one-pot-dish) out of it.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

[Oversized] Challah

Do you know Challah? If not: check it here! .I like this traditional and very tasty bread. Today I baked bread in my great bread-baking-machine and I still had left a 1/2 ounce of fresh yeast. My first idea was: bake a challah, you can enjoy it with marmolade. As we know, the first ideas are always the best, I put the ingredients into the food processor and after 2 hours I got a great yeast dough. I made the challah and put it for 40' to the oven. Well well well... It's amazing BUT it's oversized. I used a recipe from and they told me to take 8 cups of flour. Two more I needed before I put it to the oven. And I did not convert this time the cups into weight! So I had a dough of nearly 2 pounds of flour! Usually I bake cakes and make yeast doughs out of 1 pound flour. As you can see on the picture: the cake is HUGE. Watch it in comparision to my landline phone, which is not small... But I can't wait until the challah gets cold so I can enjoy it and the amazing view outside my windows. Enjoying yummy challah with French strawberry marmolade and watching the mountains into the sunset...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday & New Toy

Ciao! In the middle of May I celebrate my vegetarian birthday. It's been now 15 years since I officially told my parents that I quit eating meat. I never liked the taste of meat and I hated it every time I was forced to eat it. Finally I told my family that I quit it for good and they can do what they want but I won't start doing it again. It took my parents about 4 (?) years to accept that fact and I remember it was a long, long fight. Finally they stoped forcing me and stoped talking about food. I showed them how tasty vegetarian meals can be and after a lot of years they get used to it. How do I feel? Happy. I do not have to eat meat which taste I hated so much, I feel great, I am healthy and after I do not eat it for a half of my life, I can say that it was the right decision for myself.

The other thing: I thought it would be nice to get a gift for that "round" anniversary. I love coffee and I have a great Italian electric espresso machine by De'Longhi. But I do not use it too often anymore. It's faster to boil some water and drink my coffee the "Turkish style" (cafè moka) with some milk. Now I tried something new and bought an Italian Bialetti caffettiera as a present for my 15 vegetarian years;) I can use it on the gas stove and it takes around 3 min. to cook the coffee - fast and exactly the way I like it. So I hope my new toy will be very often in use. Viva Italia!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Curd Cheese Crullers (Bismarcks)

It's a fantastic recipe for curd cheese crullers I have since ages and make very rarely and most in the Summer because I do not like the oil smell for the next two days in my flat. But it's no problem in the Summer when you can widely open the windows and get some fresh air.

If you have a fryer you can bake them outside, i.e. on the balcony or garden. I bake them in a normal pot on the oven since I gave away my deep fryer which I used only once a year making the crullers. It works well, just remember to controll the gas and the heat of the oil not to burn the crullers too fast.

It takes about 60' to prepare and bake the crullers. They're only tasty when they're still very fresh. You can deep freeze them in the fridge and after you defreeze them, put them for a while to the oven or toaster. They will taste like fresh! I always warm them in the toaster if there are some left on the next day.

You will need:
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 1/2 oz (130g) sugar
  • 1 package (1/2 oz, 16g) of vanilla sugar or vanilla extract for 1lb dough 
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 17 oz (500g) flour
  • 1 package (16g, 1/2 oz) baking powder
  • 17 oz (500g) curd cheese
  • (you can add 4 oz, +/- 100g raisins if you like)
  • 2 qts (2 liter) oil
  • powdered sugar
  1. Mix the eggs with the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the lemon juice.
  2. Add the flour and the baking powder.
  3. Add the curd cheese. Mix everything well. The dough will be like chewing gum.
  4. Bring the oil to the right temperature. Take two spoons. With one take a spoon of the dough and with the second you can help yourself to bring it to the fryer because it will be impossible to do it only with one spoon.
  5. Bake it until the crullers are light brown. They will roll in the oil themself, you can always "help" them with a wooden stick or a fork.
  6. Put some powdered sugar after you baked them. Good luck!

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