Author: troutandhawk

Grandma’s Classics: Thüringer Stollen (Thuringian Christmas Cake)

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Cakes + Cookies

When two people marry it usually involves a fusion of traditions. Especially in the time of Advent and Christmas I love to go back to a recipe that I learned from my family in law: The Thuringian Stollen! My family used to bake basketfuls of Christmas cookies, but no Stollen at all, so I adopted the Thuringian version as my own. Now, of course, Dresden is the hometown of the world’s most famous Stollen. I […]

Donna Hay’s pear tart

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Cakes + Cookies

This wonderful pear tart just breathes autumn. I freshly ground the almonds and the whole-wheat in my Vitamix. Instead of buttermilk I used almond milk. Happy sunny autumn!   Pear Tart  3/4 cup (115g) whole-wheat flour 1/3 cup (40) ground almonds 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup 880ml) maple syrup or light agave syrup 1 egg 3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 40g unsalted butter , […]

two ways to cook quinces

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Jams + Preserves / Sweets

I’m always keen to find new quince recipes, because every autumn my quince tree heaps basketfuls of this wonderful, old-fashioned fruit on me. My classic is the double reduced, deep coral red, jelly. Besides pure muscle strength (which is always necessary to cut a quince in pieces) it takes many steps and a lot of time to prepare. Although I really love the classic jelly I have been looking for something easier, quicker, but nevertheless […]

weekend links

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“I breathe life into the impossible” says London based set designer Rhea Thierstein. Here’s an interview with her. Check out “Live the language” on vimeo. It’s great fun. How to figure out what you really want to do in life – in case you haven’t found it yet Behind the scenes of a food photography shoot with the famous food photographer Matt Armendariz.  

sweet dumpling, oven-roasted with prawns, tomatoes, goat cheese and white wine

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Dinner / Lunch

End of September is a special time for me because I finally accept that summer is over and autumn has come. Even though I try  as often as possible to not wear socks ( hello cold!), but I don’t resist anymore to include roast pumpkin into my menus. The topping of prawns, finely cut tomatoes, fresh goat cheese and white wine complemented perfectly the fine chestnuttiness of the sweet dumpling. Sweet Dumpling, oven-roasted with prawns, […]

7 days juice detox: day 7

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Last day! I’m looking forward to using my teeth again. Tomorrow I’ll have a huge green salad with grilled goat cheese.. 08:00     cup of hot water with a slice of lemon 10:00     Sweet Beet Smoothie 13:00     Pear ‘n’ Parsnip 16:00     Sweet Beet Smoothie 19:00     Pear ‘n’ Parsnip before sleep: a cup fennel tea with a teaspoon Manuka honey The recipes: Sweet Beet Smoothie (yields 2 […]