welcome to beyond my kitchen!

From The Businesswoman’s Kitchen to Beyond my Kitchen!
My food blog is getting a new name … and a new design as well …

I’m Christine living in the Rhineland (Germany). I’m a food lover & a cat lover – addicted to crime & mystery fiction as well as grand movies & binge watching TV series – above all I cannot survive w/o espresso … and I’m now Beyond my Kitchen.

Over the past decades I spent (too) many hours in my office workspace (as any would-be workaholic) & had only limited time for food shopping & re-creation of delicious recipes. So I learnt to improvise, to simplify & to use everything currently available in my pantry & in my trusted food store for cooking & baking w/o sticking to recipes literally.

I never got any job training in cookery – it was always just fun & relaxing to do home cooking (vs. restaurant dining or home delivery service). When dirtying my hands in my kitchen to create something mouth-watering – if sweet or savory – I found my work-life balance.

This food blog will help you how to manage home cooking of delicious meals using a limited variety of ingredients & processing them “quick & dirty” – which proves to be not so easy as it sounds.

I fancy a basic cooking & baking approach with fresh ingredients (depending on season & availability!) as well as working w/ convenient products from my trusted food store – simple & straightforward & foolproof … and I’m still an absolute fan of one-stop-shopping for food!

… also …

My better half & I – we love travelling. So since having started my food blog every now & then you’ll stumble across a post about our travel adventures. However, I don’t travel for food i. e. there is no overwhelming food photography in my travel posts.

… and always true:

“Done is better than perfect!

by Sheryl Sandberg


Usually I grab my iPhone which is reliable & easy to handle or my Olympus E-410 SLR with a 14-42 mm lens (Olympus EZ-1442) resp. a 50 mm lens (Olympus Zuiko Auto-S).

All pictures are taken in my kitchen at daylight: there is no home made foto studio with any artificial backgrounds, no floodlights, no spotlights, no reflectors.

… & for the sake of completeness: I cannot just open some kitchen cabinets filled w/ lots of selected chipped china or stacked wooden boards battered by time … or frayed linens … because there isn’t anything like that. I always capture reality.

In a nutshell:
All photos are taken by myself & therefore copyrighted. Please don’t use any of my photos w/o written permission!


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… & last, but not least:

Feel invited to visit my blog more murder … resp. immer wieder mord! !
(Due to my addiction to crime & mystery novels I started this blog about crime fiction series.)