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courgettes in italian mode

We are still in Northern Spain … & there is a great offer of courgettes! So I remembered my post for courgettes in soffrito – no sooner said than done … (Although it’s an Italian recipe it’ll work fine in Spain.) Some time ago … my better half & I planned to do a roasted chicken … & I meditated on what to cook as a partner to the meat. Both of us opted for…

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… to the cathedral …

Barcelona is a city of churches, of basilicas and a cathedral. My better half & I decided to make a trip to the cathedral. Don’t mix it up: the cathedral is called La Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia. The famous modern church of Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Família (in short) or La Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is only a basilica – as well as Santa Maria del Mar,…

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pasta & fish: in-one-pot!

Another day – another approach to one-pot-pasta! Today we are dealing w/ pasta in a thickened mix of fish, tomatoes & onions flavoured w/ thyme. Even now in Northern Spain a one-pot-pasta dish is one of my favorites – because it’s so easy & there are only few ingredients … no issues w/ availability of more extraordinary input into my pan. In my oldest Italian pasta cookbook (Vincenzo Buonassisi’s Nudel & Nudel – have a…

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looking back … madrid 2019

Before Xmas in 2019 my better half & I went for our annual eoy trip – this time to Madrid. We looked forward to some days in Southern Europe w/ blue skies, sunshine … The photo shows exactly this heavenly sky together w/ one of Madrid’s iconic buildings, however, we only experienced this fine weather for quite a short period. Most of the time it was cloudy, drizzling, rainy, hard raining, stormy. Nevertheless we had…

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… obsessed w/ potatoes …

At the moment we are in Northern Spain … roast potatoes (or baked potatoes) are my all-time favorite – you may have noticed in my Instagram. When here or in Southern France I very often just prepared a baking tray w/ these absolutely delicious potatoes … I admit I prepare the roast potatoes in a simple way … & I start always w/ 1 kg because this fits nicely on a baking tray. Some olive…

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a quarter in girona

A colorful row of buildings sprawls along the river (Riu Onyar) in Girona and designates part of the border of Old Town Girona. At least as far as my better half & I noticed, Old Town is on the left bank while on the right bank there are modern buildings, also impressive town houses, maybe more than 100 years old, shopping areas … just the modern life we all know. There are many bridges for…

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spaghetti quiche or what …

Every now & then I stumble across a recipe about a spaghetti tart or bake or … What I mean is a dish – served warm as well as cold – where cooked spaghetti are mixed with meat or vegetables or cheese or whatever & become covered by a mix of cream & eggs ready for a session in the oven. The result is some sort of quiche/tart/frittata … which may be cut into slices…

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looking back … tallinn 2019

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. Estonia is the most northern of the Baltic states.(I think I should mention this at the very beginning because I noticed – more than once – that one or another of our bunch of family, friends, colleagues, neighbours … started frowning & mulling over like Where the hell is Tallinn?). The most known facts about Tallinn are that it has one of the biggest & best preserved Old Town…

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oven-baked vegetables – leftovers …

What to do w/ leftovers? For a dinner event during weekend I prepared lots of oven-baked vegetables. It was delicious accompanied by some chicken filled w/ lemons & rosemary, a generous mix of fresh basil leaves & pressed garlic under the skin for especially flavoring the chicken breasts. (Maybe you think that the vegetables accompanied the chicken …) We all enjoyed the dinner …, however, some of the oven-baked vegetables remained on their plate afterwards…

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gardens at the mediterranean sea

Usually when talking about the Mediterranean Sea in Northern Spain you at once associate the beautiful coast and its beach bays with this region. You start dreaming of sunny days on sandy beaches and a blue sea inviting you for a swim or just splashing around. In the background is one of the iconic beach bars offering espressos, beers and wine as well as Tapas, these famous Spanish snacks for any time of the day.…

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lemon flavoured mozzarella

Today there is another approach for a really refreshing mozzarella dip perfect for fresh baguette accompanied by crisp white wine. I found this recipe years ago at Jamie Oliver; during one of his TV shows he simply chopped & mixed everything. You know his casual style of cooking … which I really like! The result doesn’t look so spectacular, but it tastes like freshness, lightness, melting in your mouth!

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looking back … high tatras 2018

Finally my better half & I returned from Košice in Slovakia. Our last weekend … well, we had decided to spend it in the mountains (aka High Tatras). We had sunshine & fog as well during the same weekend! So here’s our trip adventure in 6 phases … Phase #1:During September in Košike we had fine weather w/ temperatures about 25-30° C for almost 3 weeks. For our last weekend colleagues at work recommended to…

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looking back … košice 2018

My better half & I were in Košice (aka Kaschau). It’s the 2nd largest town in Slovakia (about 300 k inhabitants – so it’s somewhat like Greater Bonn, however, there’s no megalopolis like Cologne nearby). What are we doing here? My better half is busy w/ a job visit in the international group … & I … I accompanied her – working on my blogs now, do shopping & sightseeing in Košice, walking the city…

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zucchini carpaccio

The Italians invented aperitivo. When staying in Milan as well as in Rome some years ago we were happy about aperitivo. It starts in late afternoon & let you have some wine or Spritz or cocktails together w/ a selection of savory bits & bites usually presented as a buffet. Until early evening you may indulge in drinks & food … You get prosciutto, salame, green & black olives, marinated vegetables, small tramezzini, pizza bits, salads ……

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strolling in the city of palms

We made a day trip to Perpignan, in the Département Pyrénées-Orientales, near the Spanish border. It was a rather hot day with a brilliant blue sky and a radiant sun. When I think back – that’s what I remember … and of course a Mediterranean style city and their palms. All the streets, except in Old Town, are line with palms – at least it seems so for me. Nowhere before in Southern France I…

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