Kaiserschmarrn: An Imperial Mess

There are so many stories around this famous Austrian dish that you forget that a Kaiserschmarrn is ultimately just a pancake. Incredibly light, not too sweet, with raisins soaked in a little bit of rum, but still a pancake. And a shredded one at that. The legends of its origins – and there are many…

Kaesekuchen nah

Cheesecake, the German way

Last week I  stumbled across Frau Dietz’ blog Eating Wiesbaden, where she describes her life as an British expat in Germany. I loved her introductions to various German delicacies, such as the cheesecake, in her list of top 4 German cakes. Having previously posted recipes for Sachertorte (Frau Dietz’ no. 3) and the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (no. 1),…

Spiderman cake

Spiderman and the cheeky girl

The brief for my daughter’s birthday cake was remarkably simple: she wanted Spiderman, a cheeky girl, and a flower. So much easier than my son’s request, a couple of years back: he had insisted on Santa having a car crash, with a train. And Piglet. Still, I’ll have to work on my cheeky girls.


Spätzle – Noodle or Dumpling? or both??

Spätzle are to the cuisine of my region what rice is to Indian food or chips to Britain: there is hardly a dish that cannot be served, enhanced or transformed with a generous helping of these delicate little noodles. It’s the first dish we made when I got together with other students from my region at…


Holidays in Germany: The Allgäu

This summer, we spent some time with family in Germany, in the Allgäu region in the south, a beautiful rural area that is perfect for family holidays. The gentle slopes are perfect for hiking or cycling, preparing you for a visit to the dramatic landscapes of the Alps. I won’t bore you with too much…

After the first replenishment I had to re-home this starter into a bigger bowl!

Sauerteig Starterkultur: Levain

Wenn Du noch nie Sauerteigbrot gegessen hast, hast Du wirklich etwas verpasst: Sauerteigbrot ist herrlich zäh, hat einen leicht säuerlichen Geschmack und hält länger als andere Brote. Und wenn Du das alles schon weißt, aber noch nie selber ein Sauerteigbrot gebacken hast, dann liegt es sicher daran, daß es so lange dauert! Sauerteig braucht nämlich eine Starterkultur oder…