Food Spaces in Patagonia

Food Spaces in Patagonia

Patagonia, the southern most area of South America, stretches over the southern part of Argentina and Chile from Puerto Madryn in Argentina to Tierra del Fuego ending just south of the island of Chiloe in Chile. The landscape is so breathtaking that I am still gasping about the sheer size of the glaciers around Lago Argentino in the Andes and the stunning Torres del Paine National Park two years after I visited. The animals are abundant. Being in a place with roughly one million penguins is unbelievable as well as […]

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Stir-Fry Udon Noodles with Prawns

Stir-Fry Udon Noodles with Prawns

Hello again, what a good day. Not only because I am sticking to my promise of posting once a week here on S&C (ok, ok, I know keeping up to it for one week is not a real achievement yet), but also because this recipe contains prawns. Put a plate of prawns in front of me and you make my day. It’s that easy to make me happy. Really. No exception. Even that one evening on this lonely beach in southern Thailand – apart from us only two other tourists […]

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Everything Easter (Marzipan Eggs & Pistachio Zopf) and Strudel & Cream is back

Everything Easter (Marzipan Eggs & Pistachio Zopf) and Strudel & Cream is back

Hello, Hallo, Hi, Servus, G’day, Gruezi.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back blogging here at Strudel & Cream. And I am very grateful that you found your way (back) to my humble site. After almost exactly one year of silence on this blog I do not take this for granted. Thank you.

Why the silence, you might be asking? There is one simple answer:

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Pulpo Salad

Pulpo Salad

There is one disadvantage living in a land-locked country like Austria or Switzerland: Here is – obviously – no sea as far as you can see. Moving from Austria to Switzerland the mountains got higher, the lakes bigger but the wide sea did not come any closer.
The smell of the ocean, waves breaking at the harbour wall, fisherman unloading their day’s catch, sea gulls trying to …

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Oven roasted carrot-apple soup

Oven roasted carrot-apple soup

Big flakes of wet snow in front of the window at the beginning of spring. In ordinary years this would not have surprised me, but after this mild winter with almost no snow I could not believe my eyes a few days ago. I was already saying Hello to all the blooming trees and …

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Raspberry Mississippi Mud Cake

Raspberry Mississippi Mud Cake

“Is Betty Bossi the Swiss answer to the American Betty Crocker?” I asked myself when I first encountered Betty Bossi products and recipes in a Swiss supermarket. I was pretty surprised when I learned that this was actually the case. “Not very creative”, I thought, “and also very similar”. Both Bettys are fictional characters, creations by resourceful companies. While the American Betty was invented to give responses to customer product questions a name (and face), the Swiss Betty was promoting the use of margarine through simple recipes. By now Betty Bossi has evolved into a successful Swiss imperium selling cookbooks and food products under that brand name which does not have much to do with margarine anymore …

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Blood-orange Madeleines with Cardamom and Walnuts

Blood-orange Madeleines with Cardamom and Walnuts

Citrus fruits and I – that’s a love-hate relationship. Freshly squeezed orange juice makes my day, mandarin smoothie is a great snack in between, I love lime juice but I probably do not eat more than five oranges or mandarins as a whole per season …

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Food spaces in Iceland

Food spaces in Iceland

I went to the movies the other day to watch “The secret life of Walter Mitty”, a movie mostly set and entirely filmed in Iceland. I was not sure if I should watch it, but the fact that the movie was set in Iceland made my decision easy. Normally this would not be worth a mention here on S&C, but:

Iceland stands for …

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Sacher Cubes – Viennese Chocolate Cake

Sacher Cubes - Viennese Chocolate Cake

What would Vienna be without Sachertorte, the Viennese chocolate cake? It belongs to the city the same way the white Lipizzan horses of the Spanish riding school, the Wiener Schnitzel or the Wiener Musikverein do.

The Original Sachertorte was first created in the traditional …

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Orange Cantuccini

Orange Cantuccini

Cantuccini (or Cantucci/Biscotti di Prato) are traditional Italian almond cookies from the region around Florence. They are baked twice – once in the whole loaf and then cut into pieces – which makes them keep extra long, but they are also …

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