citrus love



smitten with the abundance of citrus varieties during the winter months, i always hang on to pastries and desserts incorporating them as long as i can. i love the citruses’ wild scent and untamed taste, never overpowering but ever so distinct. pairing the sweet and soothing orange flavors with the wild aroma . . . → Read More: citrus love

old fashioned winter tarte


spiking pastries or rather the fillings thereof is certainly at the heart of German pastry baking: just think about the Kirsch, so famously giving the Black Forest Cake its prime aroma, the raisins for stollen soaking in rum at least a day or two, the ambrosial red wine and glühwein coffee cakes, and . . . → Read More: old fashioned winter tarte

spiralling into summer


this year, i have managed to produce a very decent cordial from elderflowers. i found the elderberry bushes tucked away in the woods behind my house. three shrubs, growing inconspicuously as part of a patch of underbrush. when i discovered them last year, i felt elated at the chance to continue this beloved . . . → Read More: spiralling into summer

sweet & tart: bavarian rhubarb pie


it’s the season now! it’s the time of bright fresh green in the yard, of vibrant florals dotting the flower garden, and of delicate little spikes working themselves upwards to the sun through the dark and moist soil in the vegetable patch. stubbornly bavarian in heart and mind, at times striving for independence . . . → Read More: sweet & tart: bavarian rhubarb pie


in bavaria, there is no real need for homemade pretzels. almost any pretzel you buy is superior to anything you will produce at home, especially when it comes to the crisp, salty, honey colored and distinctly sweet scented crust.

however, living on the other side of the ocean, this is a totally different challenge. . . . → Read More: twisted

sharing wisdom

earlier this year, I started sharing wisdom. i pulled out the cookbook my mother had given me when i left my original home. it is the most seasoned of my travel companions, not only in appearance, but also my closet one with many of the recipes telling stories of my journey through life. it . . . → Read More: sharing wisdom

pink lining

in february, some time around valentine’s day winter left us. the young ones had hoped for a blizzard to keep them from school at least for a week. instead, there was not a single snow day, only some two hour delays occurred due to heavy winds and some flurries. winter left us utterly disappointed.

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fresh start

twentysixteen turned my world upside down. after packing up for more than six months and finally crossing the ocean in late summer we set out to conquer a new world. however, late in that year this happy endeavor came to a grinding halt. enthusiasm evaporated, energy waned. i had underestimated the power of change . . . → Read More: fresh start

wurzeln schlagen – putting down roots

Fein sind sie noch, harwurzelgleich, feiner Flaum spriest jeden Tag ein wenig mehr, wir wurzeln uns ein und strecken unsere Fühler aus in der neuen Heimat. Der Kopf sagt, es waren nur zwei Wochen seit unserem Sprung über den Ozean, das Gefühl sagt, es war jede Menge mehr. Der neue Alltag hat uns umfangen, . . . → Read More: wurzeln schlagen – putting down roots


citronellig. es kringelt und schimmert. und klingt froh aus.


Herbstausklang bei frühwinterlichem Licht in der Lagunenstadt mit Citronelli und mehr von hier.

Einläutend die stade Zeit mit warmem Kerzenschein und liebgewonnenem Holzleuchten. Kreise ziehend auf Engelsflügeln durch den Advent, immer wieder spitzbübisch und florentinisch.


Froh gestimmt machen wir uns auf den Weg. Unserem . . . → Read More: auskringeln