My mother-in-law finds European Christmas rather depressing. The darkness, the cold, the muted colours – it’s anything but Christmassy! In Chile, Christmas marks the height of the Summer: bright decorations, a few artificial pine trees as a reluctant nod towards its European roots, and a massive BBQ is all you need!
Swabians, the people living around Stuttgart, have a bad reputation in Germany. We speak with a ridiculous accent (and are regularly subtitled on TV) and we are known for our stinginess. When it comes to Swabian weddings, however, it seems that no expenses are spared. Fair enough, you might get a cheaper dress and opt…
Meatballs, patties, hamburgers – small balls of meat, stuck together with egg and breadcrumbs, are part and parcel of most European childhoods. The difference is not so much what you put into them but how you serve them!
This summer saw my childhood dream come true: visiting Sweden, home to Astrid Lindgren’s wonderful children’s books such as Pippi Longstocking, the Emil series and Karlsson, who lives on a roof. Like many Europeans, I had grown up following Lindgren’s anarchic characters on their wild adventures. Things have changed, though, and nowadays I like to keep anarchy at bay,…
Simple Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
A birthday is not a birthday without a cake. But what happens when the birthday girl or boy can’t eat any? From food allergies to gluten intolerance, we have learned to cater for all sorts of diets. But to pull off a fat free cake? Trust me, this virtually fat-free raspberry roll will tick all…
This is probably the most misleading name for a bread, ever: pretzel rolls. They are rolls alright, and therefore clearly not pretzels! But for some reason, dunking dough in lye prior to baking seems to linguistically file the result under ‘pretzel.’
Across Europe, yeasted sweet breads are part and parcel of the Easter celebrations, but this cake is special. It’s not just the taste – not too sweet, with a caramelised crust – but also the texture of this traditional Carinthian Easter cake.
Springtime is always an awakening of sorts: the sunshine brings out flowers, colours, and even tastes that we had almost forgotten over the long Winter months. And one of the strongest tastes of Spring is that of wild garlic, or ramson.
Easter is a very special time in Catholic countries, as Easter marks the end of Lent and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The absence of eggs and other dairy products during Lent might explain, in parts at least, why eggs play such a central role in our Easter celebrations!