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!
In my last post I was explaining how living abroad affects your eating habits, which for Germans means complaining about the lack of bakeries. Or bread. But usually both. But today I am feeling unusually upbeat and would therefore like to take the opportunity to celebrate something I can buy here in the UK, against…
When you ask immigrants about what they miss most about their home country, the conversation will invariably move to food. The smells, tastes and textures of childhoods, the shared – literally! – experiences that are at once the easiest and hardest to replicate away from home.
In many ways, Lent is the old-fashioned Christmas hangover cure: after all the indulgences of carnival and Mardi Gras, you’re ready for a massive detox. It’s like Dry January but in March, lasting (in theory) for 40 days. Well, we’ll see how that pans out.
The carnival season is upon us, and with it the temptation of fried desserts. Whereas England celebrates the beginning of Lent with a rather modest ‘Pancake Tuesday,’ other countries don’t seem to show the same restraint.
If you’re British and you’re looking for a holiday destination that’s a bit like a home from home, look no further: Asturias in northern Spain has the same rubbish weather, but on the upside the rain is probably a few degrees warmer than in the UK.
With only a few days to go before Christmas, I can finally muster the energy to make my favourite treats: the rather unusually named ‘wasp’s nests’. Like their real-life counterparts, these small meringues don’t look much from the outside, but once you crack the delicate shell you’ll see an exquisite pattern of airy compartments, which…