Advent Calendar Day 6 – St. Nicholas and mandarin-smoothie

Advent Calendar Day 6 - St. Nicholas and mandarin-smoothie

I hope you were visited by St. Nicholas today instead of the Krampus yesterday. Are you wondering what to do with the many walnuts and mandarins he brought to you and not in the mood for baking today? I think I might have something for you. It is time for a winter-smoothie, a quick breakfast or snack in between.

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Advent Calendar Day 5 – Krampus

Advent Calendar Day 5 - Krampus

Have you been naughty during the last year? Then the (devil-like) Krampus might visit you today. It is said that he might carry you away in a jute bag or might beat you with a birch rod…

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Advent Calendar Day 4 – Forest berry vinegar

Advent Calendar Day 4 - Forest berry vinegar

Last summer a friend of mine asked me to water his plants while he was on vacation with his family. I happily agreed. I already knew the plants and they knew me from the summer before – so it looked like we would get along well. This also boosted my expectation that …

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Advent Calendar Day 3 – Lebkuchen spice

Advent Calendar Day 3 - Lebkuchen spice

For me, Lebkuchen (similar to Gingerbread) belong to late fall and the Christmas season like advent calendar, advent Sundays and the Christmas tree. It seems that …

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Advent Calendar Day 2 – Two versions of chocolate bark

Advent Calendar Day 2 - Two versions of chocolate bark

In order to open the second door of the advent calendar all you need is melted chocolate, nuts, dried fruits and a bit of patience. This will lead you to chocolate bark which makes a …

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Advent Calendar Day 1 – Apple-walnut-salad with blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette

Advent Calendar Day 1 - Apple-walnut-salad with blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette

Thank you for joining me when I open the first door of the advent calendar here at Strudel & Cream. You might have expected me to start the first day with some Christmas cookies. I think the next weeks will get sweet enough so let’s start …

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Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Setting goals. Challenging oneself. The end of the year is approaching. No, not what you think. I am not referring to an early new year’s resolution, I am referring to the process of challenging oneself, on setting goals – anytime during the year, anytime in …

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Long strolls and pumpkin soup

Long strolls and pumpkin soup

The leaves changed color. Days are getting shorter and shorter. The first snow has already passed. Days are getting colder. Every day more and more trees lose their fall foliage. But that is no excuse …

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Eton Mess – Raspberries, cream and a personal challenge

Eton Mess - Raspberries, cream and a personal challenge

“Eton WHAT?!?!” – This was more or less my reaction when reading through the program for the Plate2Page workshop in Somerset six months ago (I can’t believe half a year has passed since then…time has been flying!). Eton Mess – Eton like the college and mess like …

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Tomato-Rocket-Pizza and Homemade Pizza Sauce

Tomato-Rocket-Pizza and Homemade Pizza Sauce

What do you call homemade pizza?
Do you go to the grocery store, buy a box of ready-made pizza from the freezer section and bake it in the oven? – I have never liked that way of pizza. Not that I would not buy ready-made food but …

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