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Grandma’s Classics: rhubarb cake

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Cakes + Cookies
rhubarb cake

  Grandma’s recipe is by far the quickest and easiest way to turn these tart beauties into something truly enjoyable. All it takes are a few rhubarb stems, eggs, flour, butter, sugar and 30 minutes bake…   Grandma’s rhubarb cake 15-20 rhubarb stems 250g butter 200g sugar 4 eggs 400g flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). All ingredients should have room temperature to combine well. Butter the […]

this super pretty breakfast….

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…. has been inspired by Amy Chaplin’s brilliant book at home in the whole food kitchen. Her coconut and quinoa pancakes are completely flour- and gluten-free, though unexpectedly tasty and tender.  If you want to go for the vegan version just replace the egg for a “chia egg”. The pancakes are prepared in a minute provided you haven’t forgotten to soak the quinoa before you went to bed. The slight citrus flavour of the pancakes went […]

raw vegan (divine) layered cake with raspberry and chocolate

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Cakes + Cookies

This beauty of a cake was given to me by lovely Cora. It is a raw vegan layered cake, a species of cake that has always intrigued me, and yet I had never tried one. After the first taste I knew, this cake is worth all the cashews and the fridge and freezer waiting times. Yes, in fact,  I am making a mini version just now for my Sunday guests. Holding my thumbs that it […]

homemade eggnog from scratch

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Drinks / Jams + Preserves

  This is quite a different “golden milk” than the one in my  previous post. Definitely none of its ingredients belongs to the category health food. But MIND OVER MATTER: Christine’s homemade eggnog is so delicious (added to any dessert) that it certainly does have a positive effect on well-being. When I asked her to pass the recipe on to my readers, she popped up in my kitchen with a basket full of her preferred […]

grey days // golden milk

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Ayurvedic golden milk is a wonderful beverage to have in the evening on grey January days like these. It’s not only warming and nourishing but also extremely healthy due to its main ingredient turmeric. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and its yellow powder is widely used as a spice in Asian cooking. It has high concentrations of curcumin which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It helps to prevent or relieve symptoms of […]

Ottolenghi’s hot and sour mushroom soup

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Lunch / Soups

Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty More and the filters of VSCOcam : two things I enjoyed spending time with during the Christmas holidays . The hot and sour mushroom soup, photographed with the VSCOcam app in F3 filter, is a little taster for you. My family loved both of it!   Hot and sour mushroom soup (slightly adapted) (serves six) 1 tbs sunflower oil 3 small onions (roughly chopped) 3 medium carrots (peeled and sliced) 6 celery staks […]

first snow and Bratäpfel

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Totally unexpected we woke up to a white Christmas morning. Inspired by the magic of the snow I prepared some Bratäpfel in grandma’s copper snail pot ( this pot has 12 small dents to fit the snail shells, but we weren’t planning to use it for the original purpose any time soon). Quick recipe: remove centre of apple with the seeds and stem, fill with almond butter, plum jam  and pistachios, sprinkle with cinnamon. No […]

weekend links

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Russell James, the raw chef, shows  how to prepare a chia seed porridge. Don’t miss this beautiful and informative film about yoga. Christmas time is cooking time; maybe these cooking techniques on nytimes video will come in handy. Do you love Tom Ka Soup as much as me?  Here’s step-by-step how to prepare  the most delicious vegan Tom Ka Soup. Just skyped with my daughter Vik  “Oh, you are posting weekend links?  You MUST post this video. […]