Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oven Vegetables

I love those oven one-pot-dishes. This time with winter potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, garlic, middle eastern spices and a bit of olive oil. Here two pics of after and befor. Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Culinary Impressions from Israel II

I know, I know... Have you ever asked yourself how the food in the Middle East is and what could you expect going on holidays to Israel? I mean beside the missiles last days that could blow your brain away? From the culinary side Israel is a melting pot of cultures from all over the World. And anyone brought his own dishes and recipes. Now it's not only a dream from every Mediterranean cuisine lover but also the heaven for vegetarians. I can only hope the situation will change. Lufthansa already has the money for my ticket and I really don't want to spend my days there sitting in a shelter.

It's been a long time since I got the photos. Long story short: During my last year exchange in Israel and my very long stay in the country I made friends with a very nice Austrian lady. She was traveling along the country for three months and we had the chance to become friends in Haifa. She is also the author of the photos below. I've just realized that I have never posted them! To be honest, I found them on my computer a couple of days ago. Since I'm going to meet with R. soon I thought I should finally post the photos. Some of them are not 100% vegetarian but I tried to do my best in hiding the meat in the photos. Thank you R. for your contribution to my blog and sorry for the delay!

I hope I made you curious - enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mojitos, mojitos

I've just realized that I was quite lazy in updating my blog. For my excuse: I do try to keep it alive on my Facebook page. To say "I have no time" would also not be a lie. Just a lot of things to do. So, YES I have a lot to update here so for the beginning keep calm and enjoy one of my mojitos and I'll try to do my best soon. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Omelette à la C.

Ever tried an omelette with cheese, tomatoes and herbs? I met with a friend couple of weeks ago and he made this hilarious dish. Got the picture today. YUMMY! C. I AM PROUD OF YOU!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dinner Out Of Nothing

Dinner made out of nothing I found in my fridge: baked cammembert, bread, roasted in a riffled pan, yoghurt with basil and pepper as dip and cranberry sauce. 5 minutes-dish.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Potato Wedges in Omelette

I had potato wedges as left-overs so I decided to disappear them in an omelette.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Baked Feta & Tomatoes

Baked Feta & Tomatoes. Are you looking for some ideas for a fast lunch-snack? Try some baked feta with tomatoes. Enjoy it wit bread when ready. Fast and easy.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mushrooms & Pasta

Mushrooms & Pasta in a wine-cream sauce for dinner.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

This year I stayed at home and was not visiting my family. But I "cooked" some Easter food: israeli Hummus, home-made bread, eggs, antipasti and some sparkling wine.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Neighbours Strawberry Tarte

A good connection to the neighbours means also free cake nearly every weekend. Today - a strawberry tarte and because of the early and warm Spring, we already have local, German strawberries  HAPPY EASTER.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Neighbour's Apple Pie

FREEBIES!!! My neighbour gave me a call and told me to come downstairs - I got home made apple pie and vegetarian sour cream. Nice. I love my neighbours.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dumplings with Camembert

Yesterday I made the real Silesian Potato Dumplings, we call "Klöße" - a traditional recipe from a region in the Former German Eastern Territories. Generations of my ancestors lived there and there are my familiar roots. The Klöße were/are a typical Sunday side-dish in my family. Today I cut and roasted them together with some camembert. With a cabbage salad - a great meal. Try to roast them add some eggs and make roasted Klößel with scrambled eggs - that was in the past the Monday food with the Sunday left overs. As a vegetarian it's not easy to keep the old Silesian cuisine alive - they had a lot of meat dishes but the Klöße are fine to me.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Austrian Kaiserschmarrn

Grüß Gott! I love Wikipedia. I can give you the link and I don't have to write the whole story again. So today I made Kaiserschmarrn --> Exactly, here you can read more about Kaiserschmarrn. I always loved it but never made it by myself. It's like a fluffy scratched pancake. 

But now comes the story. Last week I thought that before I'll try a recipe from the Internet, I'll better write an e-mail to Vienna to my friend R., asking her to tell me "the real" Austrian recipe. So far so good. R. was at her parents and so she decided to ask her mother directly for it. In the afternoon I got the e-mail. My three sentence e-mail and question nearly turned into a family fight... That's the problem with traditional dishes - everyone makes them without a recipe and if you are asked to write it down, you don't know what to write. It's like, "uhm, well, I use my eye instead of a scale", or "you know, it depends on for how many people I'm cooking or how sweet you want it...". As R. wrote in her e-mail, it was a long discussion with her mom and sister and they agreed more or less for the following proportions. You can take less sugar if you want. If you want to prepare it for more people, double the ingredients - it's a one-or-two people version.
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g (3 1/2 oz) sugar (or powdered sugar)
  • 1 vanilla sugar / some vanilla extract
  • 150g (~5 oz) all-purpose-flour
  • around 100ml (~ 3 1/2 fl. oz) cream/milk, or mix both together (as I did 50-50)
  • some raisins (I made without, but traditional you should use raisins)
  1. Mix eggs and sugar and vanilla sugar for a couple of minutes until it's twice the size, fluffy and bulky.
  2. Add the flour and mix it for a short while.
  3. Add the cream/milk or milk-cream-mixture (and raisins) and mix for a very short while until you get a viscid mixture, like a poundcake dough - but also not too thick! It should also not be too fluid. If it's too fluid, add some milk. I think it's possible to see the consistency on the photos. At steps 2+3 pay attention not to mix too long. Just mix it and the dough stays fluffy.
  4. Butter a pan (the taste with butter is much better than using oil). Cover the whole pan with a layer of the dough (around 1cm thickness). You know that much you would use for regular American pancakes, it's not a French crepe! When you turn the "pancake", give it a half minute and then scratch it with two forks into small pieces. If you have a non-stick pan, take something else otherwise you'll scratch the pan as well.
  5. Serve it warm, covered with some powdered sugar with jam, compote, marmalade or whatever sweet you want.

Ein ganz GROẞES DANKESCHÖN und viele Grüße nach Wien!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Get in touch with me on Facebook! I do not always have time to post the latest pictures on the blog - sometimes it takes a while, but I am posting the pictures on Facebook first. I'm also sharing some other stuff I found or I like or I don't want to write here. So check my Facebook and get in touch with me if you have questions or ideas. See you there. Chris.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Oven Potatoes

I bought a very good cabbage salad on Saturday so my Sunday meal was easy: some baked Camembert, oven potatoes (here's the recipe) and the salad. I still have some potatoes left for today. Yummy. Oh and there was no squirrel sitting in front of my kitchen window today :(

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fluffy Pancakes II

Hi there! Friday was my day off and I run out of bread in the morning. So I thought that pancakes could work very well instead of going to the supermarket. The worked! I was too lazy to bake small ones so I made two enormous pancakes which tasted - as you can imagine - very well. While baking the pancakes I was watching out of my kitchen window and imagine, there was a squirrel sitting on the big linden tree which is growing in front of my kitchen window. It's funny because it was already as high as the fifth floor but it seems that the squirrel didn't care. It was not the first squirrel I saw here. The Americans have their "Phil" I have my squirrel which tells me: hopefully the spring will come soon.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

French Onion Soup

I made a great French onion soup Check it here on WIKIPEDIA with white wine. I served it with a baguette and I spread gruyère cheese on the soup. To be honest I should have toasted the baguette, put it on the soup, spread the cheese and put it into the oven for a while. But for one portion yesterday I saw no reason to heat the big oven. But yes, the soup was great! I'll post t he recipe soon. It was really easy. But I was crying like a baby because the onion was very strong.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Once again - Hummus!!!

Just to let you know that I made Hummus again ;)

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