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carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting

I remember my very 1st true carrot cake: it was during a USA holiday trip many years ago somewhere in Northern California in a small diner – rather late in the evening – when it turned out that only carrot cake was left for dessert. It wasn’t a simple cake it was a 3-layer structure w/ lots of frosting & minced walnuts … it was just delicious! To set the record straight from the beginning:This…

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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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a big potato salad w/ mediterranean touch

Is there any surprise in a potato salad? Yes: you may add Mediterranean herbs for a delicious summer & holiday flavour … Some years ago I made this potato salad rather spontaneously because suddenly all the rainy weather in Germany cleared up & sun came back w/ fine temperatures fit for some last BBQ events in the garden. … & a real bit potato salad is always one of the best companions around (together w/…

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avocado goes for dressing … in the south

Potato salad is down-to-earth … so down-to-earth … Time to get it dressed to kill by adding an avocado dressing! Potatoes are year-round vegetables & avocados are on their way. What do you think of replacing mayonnaise and/or double cream and/or sour cream by a real heap of mashed avocado? This was my vision when creating this very special potato salad some years ago. We are still in the South aka Mediterranean area … having…

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tzatziki as in athens

My last post was a resumé about our stay in Athens – for about 5 weeks – in 2017. It was then when found the ultimate recipe for tzatziki. Tzatziki was always one of my favored dips, but then for a start based on my experiences during our stay when I was able to do a deep dive into different versions of tzatziki and as well recreate it at our home in Athens. So now…

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i scream … ice cream … in southern france

It’s hot outside – the sky is blue – the sun burns like hell: it’s ice-cream weather! Some years ago I tried to prepare homemade ice-cream in a very simple way & it worked: a creamy & refreshing lemon chocolate ice-cream was my very 1st creation. (In fact I never was eager to produce homemade ice-cream. Maybe because an ice-cream machine didn’t sit on my kitchen desk – no way of churning ice-cream manually. Even…

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from avocado to guacamole

Avocados are very popular w/ us. I think we are no exception. Especially since we are in Southern France we like to create some avocado mess & indulge w/ fresh baguette for our dinner. Afterwards we may have some cheese … for the finish. As I already told you there is only a tiny kitchen in our home so preparing excessive meals for lunch or dinner, requiring cooking & frying & preparing a sauce &…

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a fresh fruit loaf

Dieser Beitrag enthält Werbung – advertising.   A cake loaf w/ fresh fruit… This isn’t my 1st try. To be honest: my overall experience is that a cake w/ fresh fruit likes to collapse due to too much fresh fruit – or to be flavorless & dry due to the lack of enough fresh fruit. Therefore I’m always skeptical when folding in fresh fruit into batter. (More than once recipes in books/blogs proved incorrect!). However,…

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mashed potatoes? no – it’s mashed pumpkin!

Dieser Beitrag enthält Werbung – advertising.   Autumn arriving boldly – it’s pumpkin season! Well… the popular hokkaido is available year round by now, however, some species like butternut, the big Halloween pumpkin etc. are only available in autumn until early winter. I think that I posted more than once pumpkin dishes – my favorites for working with are still hokkaido and butternut.   For the record: During my childhood, my teens, my twens… &…

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super-moist rhubarb cake

Dieser Beitrag enthält Werbung – advertising.   I like loaf cakes. They are so versatile. There are the classic ones like vanilla cake, marble cake, chocolate cake… There are the fruity ones where you just add apples or cherries or …whatever – not to mention the ones w/ dried fruit… & finally every loaf may be covered by icing if a mix of chocolate & cream, if a sugar icing flavoured by lemon or orange…

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an array of coleslaw

Dieser Beitrag enthält Werbung – advertising.   What to do w/ a giant cabbage? (I admit: normally I only buy small heads of cabbage fitting for my better half & me, but then… there were only rather big heads on offer, so I decided to prepare a small variety of coleslaw!) I ended up w/ 4 types of coleslaw!   Based on the size of my cabbage I rounded up all the necessary ingredients for:…

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