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midsummer mood and a homemade Nocino

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Drinks / Jams + Preserves
summer

Homemade Nocino (green walnut liqueur) (a David Lebovitz recipe) On the 23 and 24th of June the green walnuts are traditionally harvested in Italy for  the use of liqueur making. It’s when inside the shell the walnut is starting to form. No hurry, harvesting until mid July is still fine! 30 green, unripe walnuts 500g sugar 1l Vodka 2 sticks cinnamon 10 whole cloves the zest of a lemon (organic, not sprayed) Quarter the walnuts (PLEASE wear gloves, […]

tiger nut milk (horchata de chufa)

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horchata de chufa (tiger nut milk)

Tiger nuts -also known as earth almonds- aren’t really nuts. They are tubers growing under the soil’s surface. Tiger nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially with vitamin C and E. Besides this, they are rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Tiger nut milk is already creamy and sweet without any supplements.  I usually add vanilla, sometimes cardamom or cinnamon, when I want to give it a special  flavour. For more sweetness you […]

homemade tomato ketchup

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Lunch / Snacks
homemade ketchup

 tomato ketchup (yields about 100-150ml ketchup) 1/2 red bell pepper 3 sun dried tomatoes 1-2 ripe tomatoes 1/2 small onion a small piece of red chili about 1/2 cup water(amount depending on the consistency you want) a pinch of salt  Put all ingredients into the blender and blend at full speed.

no-knead bread

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Breakfast / Dinner / Lunch / Snacks
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I never thought no-knead bread would turn out to be such a winner. It’s crust is simply divine. No kneading is requested, no machines, no fancy ingredients, very little effort – just a hot oven and a good planning, because there’s one essential ingredient – TIME. no-knead bread 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Add […]

homemade lemonade

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Drinks
limes and lemons

homemade lemonade This homemade goodness is definitely worth to be called  LEMON AID!  It’s tasty with hot and cold water and works perfectly against colds. Add hot ginger water and you will even increase the cold fighting effect. 5 organically grown lemons (peels must be unwaxed) 3 organically grown limes (peels unwaxed) 400g cane sugar ( I used the palm sugar cones I brought from Bali) 1 or 2 twigs of fresh rosemary Wash lemons […]

Liqueur de noix 2012

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Drinks / Jams + Preserves / Sweets
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My green walnut liqueur experiment finished and bottled! Of course I gave it to taste to all my friends who passed by. Here is a short collection of their judgements: could be sweeter! is this meant to be a medicine or just for fun? nice for Tiramisu with a touch of nut a bit rough, has it any healing effect? perfect with vanilla ice cream next year you should make more of those little bottles […]

homemade pizzete

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Dinner / Lunch
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Tonight we enjoyed a heavenly extraterrestrial über delicious pizzete dinner though right now we are not in Italy, but in rainy Dresden (“too cold for the season…”). I must admit that my daughter, yesterday arrived from Florence, took the lead of  the whole thing. The dough had to be rolled out thin, thinner, thinnest! and my fridge had been searched  thoroughly to find every possible topping. I couldn’t resist to immediately  post you some pictures […]

my proposal for your summer breakfast

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Breakfast
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A few months ago I bought an amazing Almwiesenmuesli (= MOUNTAIN PASTURE MUESLI). Beautiful to look at, in a bottle, with dried yellow and blue  mountain pasture blossoms  between grains and roasted nuts.. I know you understand me, I just had to buy it because it looked fresh and healthy (still colours are reason enough to buy something!…) We all know this: too often nicely coloured food looks better than it tastes. NOT THE ALM […]