Food

greek salad

after spying a classic walnut, blue cheese & pear salad on robyn maclarty’s blog koek, i immediately thought of my favourite salad of the authentic greek kind. i’m not talking the watered down version you get at mugg & bean and numerous other cafes across the country – greek salad does not have lettuce in it.

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a clock without hands

i wish i had more information about marcine miller (an american living in paris, i think?) – but i do know that her blog is beautiful and her photos are gorgeous (and BIG! i love when people have tons of large photos to scroll through). do yourself a favour and go get lost in her world for a little while. she also has a great flickr stream (how i found her blog in the first place, thanks flickr)

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roast red pepper & tomato soup

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i’ve been making a lot of soups lately  – even though it’s unbearably hot here right now. they’re cheap to make, i can freeze the leftovers (which end up tasting even nicer a few weeks/months down the line when you reheat them), you can eat them hot or cold, and there is little to no margin for error. i mean, it’s soup – toss it in and let it simmer.

so yesterday i made a roast red pepper & tomato soup. i didn’t follow a recipe, i basically had a bag of rosa tomatoes that needed to be used and were too ripe & soft for a salad – and winged it from there.

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happy pancake day

i woke up this morning and it was raining. yay, said me. i love the rain, mostly because it’s the anti-heat (and i loathe heat) plus it also brings that lovely aaah smell in the air. it’s also pancake weather. that was our family tradition (is it yours, too?) – when it rained, mom made pancakes.

but then i noticed pancake day is trending on twitter, is everyone in sync with me today? no, it’s actually shrove tuesday aka fat tuesday – the day you get to stuff your face before lent starts (ash wednesday, you heathens). i don’t practice lent, but i DO practice rainy pancake days.

i prefer crepes to the thick american variety, hot (or cold) with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar & butter. follow this basic crepe recipe, mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with sugar, sprinkle on the pancakes and you’re done. or you could go the whole hog and go the nutella / caramel treat route…

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fast, fresh & green

one of my favourite illustrators/designers, jessica hische, did the design for this new cookbook of vegetarian dishes – fast fresh & green by susie middleton. definitely the kind of recipe book i’d buy as i am partial to fast yet healthy food. i’m the kind of girl who’d buy a tub of hummus and find things to dip into it, rather than actually going to the effort of cooking an entire meal. it’s not that i’m a bad cook (i’d like to think the contrary) it’s just that sometimes i am extraordinarily lazy.

that being said, i did some googling around and found a couple of pages of the book over at scripd, which gives you a taste of some of the recipes. the design Continue Reading →

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nom nom nom

just had to show you the way my sister-in-law wrapped all the homemade stollen & cookies that she gave everyone at christmas (cut-out reindeer tags!):

i ate those cookies all at once. AT ONCE. more cookies (note the vanillekipferl / almond crescents, my favourite):

and some more holiday pics, just cos i miss it:

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christmas!

ho-ho-ho-holy crap it’s christmas already!

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(that’s me, obviously happy with my christmas loot)

i hope you have a lovely day, whether you’re in the snow or the sun… my christmas is going to consist of opening gifts sometime late morning (or rather, watching as my young nieces and nephews tear open their presents, and then ask if they can open mine too).

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then setting the table & helping my mom make all the food – which will consist of a huge roast gammon (served cold in thin slices, with the most amazing mustard & condensed milk sauce – it sounds weird but it’s delicious!) –  and probably a leg of lamb, a beef fillet or coronation chicken with roast almonds (or all three, yep, probably all three.)

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PLUS various salads and other side dishes.

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this will be followed by dessert… maybe strawberries & ice cream, or crème caramel or even a trifle (or all three).

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and THEN coffee and homemade biscuits made by my german sister-in-laws.

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after that? a long nap, followed by a walk on the beach – and then leftovers. oh yes, christmas day is nice.

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tearing through presents in my awesome one-sie pyjamas, enjoying the christmas spirit.

happy holidays!

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