spring 2020 book list

Leave a comment

Before the coffee gets cold
Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Essbare Wildpflanzen
Steffen Guido Fleischhauer
Jürgen Guthmann
Roland Spiegelberger

The Inner Game of Music
Barry Green

Veg in One Bed
Huw Richards

Monsieur Vuong
Das Kochbuch

Climate – A New Story
Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics
Charles Eisenstein

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
Charles Eisenstein

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong

Black Box Thinking
Matthew Syed

frittata of mung beans, spinach and coriander

Leave a comment
Lunch / Snacks

frittata of mung beans, spinach and coriander

1 cup green mung beans, soaked over night
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons coriander, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 teaspoon sattvic spice mix (recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ghee or coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds for frying.

Drain and rinse the mung beans. Using a high-speed blender pulse to purée the beans, lemon juice and yoghurt. Transfer the mung bean mixture to a bowl. Combine all other ingredients with the ground mung beans. the mixture should be the consistency of a thick pancake batter. If it’s too thick you may add some water.

In a frying pan warm some ghee or coconut oil on medium heat. Sauté the mustard seeds until they pop. Pour the mung bean mixture over the ghee and spread evenly.
Cover and cook over medium heat until the sides begin to brown, 3-6 minutes. Flip the frittata by using a plate (transfer to the plate, let it glide back into the pan) or two large spoons or spatulas. Cover and cook 10 minutes more until golden brown.

Transfer to a serving platter and cut into bite-size pieces. Serve with yoghurt or a fresh salad.

sattvic spice mix

This mix is especially nice in dals and soups.
In Ayurveda SATTVA feels like : content, restful, peaceful, steady, satisfied, fulfilled.

1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon hing powder (asafoetida)

Roast the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until you can smell them. Cool and then grind these spices together with the salt, ginger, turmeric and asafoetida to a uniform powder.

apple date morning kichari

Leave a comment

apple date morning kichari
(serves 6-8 )

1/2 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup yellow split mung beans, soaked overnight or at least a few hours
4 cups water
2 teaspoons sweet spice mix (recipe below)
2 apples, cored and chopped
4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Rinse the rice and mung beans well. In a saucepan bring the water, rice and mung beans to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
Add the spice mix, apples and dates. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes more, adding more water if needed. The consistency should be of thick oatmeal.
Turn off the heat and stir in the salt and coconut oil.
Let stand for 5 minutes before eating. You can store the kichari in the fridge for 4 days at least.

Top with some fresh chopped apple and date.

Spin offs: Dates can be replaced by raisins. Apples can be replaced by pears.

sweet spice mix

This mixture aids in the digestion of sweet foods. Use this mix in hot cereal, spiced milks, baked goods, and anywhere you want a warm touch.

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg (optional)

Mix the ground spices together in a glass jar.

Christmas and butter cookies

Leave a comment
Cakes + Cookies

butter cookies

375g butter (at room temperature)
150g sugar
5 egg yolks
500g flour

Mix sugar, butter and egg yolks until creamy. With your hands fold in the flour to create a firm dough. Put the finished dough into the fridge to cool and to harden.

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut out the forms.

Bake at 175°C for 15 to 25 minutes.

Buddha’s Hand marmelade

Leave a comment

Buddha’s Hand, aka fingered citron, has a sweet lemon blossom aroma, no juice, no pulp and no seeds. It looks bizarre, smells heavenly and in Asia it symbolizes happiness, wealth and longevity.

Here’s some examples what to do with this crazy lemon:

  1. cut off a “finger” and slice it thinly over a piece of grilled white fish
  2. add some grated peel to your vinaigrette
  3. add a slice of peel to your vodka or gin cocktail

Finally I decided to use up the whole fruit by making a “good luck” marmelade.

Buddha’s Hand marmelade

1 Buddha’s Hand citron
water, 3 x the weight of the citron
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 package of “2:1 preserving sugar” from the whole food store (usually they have raw cane sugar with apple pectine)

Rinse and dry the citron, then slice and cut it thinly.
In a pan bring to a boil the citron and the water. Simmer until the fruit turns slightly glassy. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Add “2:1 preserving sugar” in the correct ratio and cook following the instructions on the package. Fill in glass jars while hot.

Buddha’s Hand Marmelade

Pinotage Cake

Leave a comment
Cakes + Cookies

Pinotage Cake

4 eggs at room temperature
200g sugar
180g butter, melted
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
150ml milk
400g flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
a generous pinch of sea salt
the grated zest of a an organic orange
the grated zest of an organic lemon
300-600g sweet little grapes (or blueberries)

Preheat oven to 175°C. Butter the bottom and the sides of a 25 cm baking dish.
In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs and the sugar until creamy. Add the butter, the oil and the milk. Add the grated citrus zest. Finally whisk in the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

With a wooden spoon or with a spatula mix in 200g of the grapes, then pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Take out of the oven and spread the remaining grapes onto the batter. They will slightly sink in. Bake for another 30 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy with a good glass of Pinotage Bon Courage Estate 2014.


Leave a comment

(yields 1)

1 generous tablespoon oatmeal
1 cup of milk ( any nut or rice milk is fine)
a pinch of salt
1 generous piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 -2 teaspoons almond butter

fruit for topping

roasted seeds, bee pollen to your liking

wild mirabelle upside-down cake

Leave a comment
Cakes + Cookies

wild mirabelle upside-down cake

500g wild mirabelles (or any stone fruit), stoned
150g butter at room temperature
3 tablespoons muscovado sugar
sea salt
100g sugar
2 eggs
120ml milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
200g flour

vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or crème fraîche for serving

a bucketful of wild mirabelleswild mirabelle upside-down cake

Preheat oven to 180°C.

In a large bowl, use your hands to combine 3 tablespoons of the butter, the muscovado sugar and the pinch of salt. Spread the mixture on the bottom  and the sides of your pan.
Distribute the mirabelles on top of the butter layer.

In the same bowl whisk the remaining butter (ca. 110g) with the sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then the milk.
Add the flour, the baking powder and a pinch of salt. Whisk in until just combined.

With a rubber spatula gently scrape the batter over the mirabelles. Be cautious not to mix them into the batter.

wildemira (4 von 6)wild mirabelle upside-down cake

Bake for ca. 45 minutes until the cake is golden brown. Let it cool for 30 minutes. With a knife loosen the cake from the pan. Put a serving dish on top and carefully turn the pan over. If there are mirabelles sticking to the pan, use a spoon to put them back on top of the cake.

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or crème fraîche.

wild mirabelleswild mirabelle jamwilde Mirabellen

red pepper, potato and pear soup

Leave a comment

This is one of the soups I prepare  when I’m craving a “juicy” detox week, but the temperatures are still too low to fully enjoy the raw freshness. 

evening sunred peppers

red pepper, potato and pear soup

4 red bell peppers, halved, cored and seeded
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves
a sprig of thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 pear, peeled, cored and diced
ca. 1,5l  vegetable broth
parsley, finely chopped for serving

Put the bell pepper halves skin-side up on a baking sheet and roast until the skins are blackened . (I use the fan grill at 220°C).

Immediately transfer the pepper halves into a bowl and cover tightly with a plastic wrap. The steam will help to loosen the skin. Rub off the skin and chop the roasted and peeled peppers.

Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic, potatoes and thyme. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. cook until the vegetables have softened, for about 15 minutes. Discard the sprig of thyme.
Add the peppers, the pear and the vegetable broth. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Puree the soup.

Serve sprinkled with parsley.

GroßteichCunnertswaldephoto sessionred peppe, potato and pear soup


a gingerbread story

comments 2
Cakes + Cookies

It all began with the idea of a competition. A competition between family and friends. A friendly one, of course.

This is the Great Gingerbread House-Off.

The brief: A gingerbread house should be built, from scratch, edible and breathtakingly beautiful with no limits concerning style or century. 

the partsginger (10 von 16)

the gingerbread house

With an engineer and designer combining forces, the duo did not rest from start to finish. With a prototype built and dimensions noted, the dough was made:

2 cups sugar syrup
1 1/2 cups muscovado sugar
250g butter
1kg  flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cloves

Mix the flour, salt and spices. In a pot melt the butter and the sugars, then pour the melted sugar/ butter mixture into the flour. Be careful and let it cool before you start kneading with your hands. If the consistency is still too crumbly, add more sugar syrup.

With the dough flattened, cut the templates and place into baking trays. One tray at a time, slide into the oven at 180°C for 12-15 minutes. As one is heated, the others can be cut.

Continue until all pieces are cooled and solid.  

gingerbread house gingerbread (2 von 8) gingerbread house : the doughCalebgingerbread dough

When all the pieces have cooled, mix a thick sugar syrup to act as glue, combining the pieces to construct your desired layout. Make sure to hold in place until you’re sure they won’t fall! The thicker the syrup, the less time this takes.

To decorate:

Tons of glue! (4 packages of icing sugar mixed with water to a glue-like consistency)
A bag of Haribo Colorado sweets (infinite possibilities!)
A box of Smarties, silver pearls and sugar patties, meringues
Goji berries, red peppercorns, star anise and cinnamon stars

Use your imagination when decorating! We crafted lanterns by slicing licorice haribo sweets, moulding and sticking yellow, flame-like sweets onto the ends.

The tools:

A knife, steady hands and anything else in your kitchen you deem useful!

gingerbread housepreparing the doughgingerbrad house


the  playlist:

  • Kings College Choir
  • Steve Reich
  • Bach
  • James Bond
  • Spotify’s coffee table jazz playlist


the gingerbread house