Gluten free Lebkuchen

14 December 2011 With the amount of baking I’ve done over the last week, you’d think I had no need to buy any Christmas cookies or cake. But there are two sweet things that are such a firm part of German Christmas but a bit of a faff to make yourself: Firstly, proper Lebkuchen (not […] Read more…

Our house has been warmed

12 December 2011 This weekend, we had our long awaited housewarming party. We spent the morning making paper snowflakes to decorate the kitchen with, and put out red and white lanterns in the living room window for some festive atmosphere: We’ve already had our Christmas decorations up since Advent Sunday, including the nutcracker and smoking […] Read more…

First Day at Nursery

8 December 2011 Yesterday was a momentous day – it was the boy’s first day at nursery! Well, when I say day, I mean morning, as he’s still in the settling in period so it was only for two hours, and I was with him the whole time. But since it’s a new group, all […] Read more…

Happy St Nikolaus

6 December 2011 Happy St Nikolaus Day! Celebrating 6th December is a tradition I kept up all the years I was in Edinburgh, and of course even more so now we’re back in Germany. So, last night I set up our shoes and filled them with oranges, chocolate Santas and of course some presents. It’s […] Read more…

{DIY} Hand made Christmas tree

I didn’t quite succeed with all the things on my weekend list (no gingerbread house and no Christmas movie), but I did manage to make a Christmas tree. Yes, that’s right, make! Due to the boy’s tendency to pull out, pull down or pull apart anything decorative, and having witnessed his hands-on approach to the airport […] Read more…

Curried Broccoli Soup

As planned, I made some soup this weekend. It tasted absolutely delicious, even if I do say so myself, so I thought I would share the recipe: Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 large or 4 medium floury potatoes clove or garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder 400g frozen broccoli florets 1-2 litres vegetable broth […] Read more…

Advent Calendar

1 December 2011 I was undecided up until the last minute whether I should make the boy an Advent calendar this year, but then I read on Okka’s lovely blog that she was doing one for her daughter, who is a week younger than the boy, and that decided it for me. It didn’t even […] Read more…

Cottage Pie

30 November The cottage pie turned out really well, and the boy liked it too. In case you want to make your own, here’s the recipe: Ingredients For the filling 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 clove garlic (crushed) or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 medium sized carrots (finely chopped) 2 tablespoons frozen peas 1 packet […] Read more…

Berlin Illuminated

29 November 2011 Berlin Illuminated is not a reference to the many Christmas lights now brightening up the streets of Berlin, it’s the name of the show I went to see in Friedrichstadt Palast tonight (which apparently has the largest theatre stage in the world). It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I was hoping […] Read more…

Christmas Night Lights

28 November 2011 By the way, speaking of Christmas Markets at night time, here’s the Alexander Platz as seen from the top floor of one of the surrounding department stores: Read more…

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