Almost Winter: a Mixtape

We’ve reached the end of January already! Outside it can’t decide whether to be winter or not. At the weekend we had some snow, I’d say it was at least half a centimetre. It didn’t stay down for much more than 24 hours, but the temperatures have plummeted well below zero with clear blue skies […] Read more…

Burns Night 2012

25 January 2012 This week, I’ve been hit with a big wave of homesickness for Scotland. I don’t know if it’s dropping off the boy at a nursery with other kids who are complete strangers, rather than the nursery he would have been visiting with the neighbours’ kids from across the hall. Or having to […] Read more…

{Sunday Sweet} Flourless Chocolate Santa Brownies

22 January 2012 In between sleeping and reading Scandinavian crime novels, as was the plan for the weekend, I’ve managed to squeeze in some Sunday Sweet baking. Nigella’s flourless chocolate brownies always go down a treat. I hadn’t planned in advance, but we had most of the baking essentials sitting in the pantry, except for […] Read more…

What ever happened to winter?

17 January 2012 With Scotland being battered by hurricanes and blizzards, and thousands of people without power, I guess I should be thankful that we are having the mildest winter on record here in Berlin. But where are the minus 10 degrees and the 20 centimetres of snow we were promised? I spent weeks looking […] Read more…

{Sunday Sweet} Blueberry Clafoutis

Here’s a quick and easy Sunday Sweet to make, which we enjoyed this afternoon. It’s surprisingly healthy too, as it’s made with lots of fruit and the batter is mostly yoghurt, sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. Ingredients 2 teaspoons vegetable oil for greasing your dish 250g natural yoghurt 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 […] Read more…

{Sunday Sweet} Weckmänner

8 January 2012 After all the baking during Advent, going two weeks without baking seems like a life time, I think I’m starting to get withdrawal symptoms. So I decided to use the “Initiative Sonntagssüß” as an excuse to roll up my sleeves and preheat the oven. Like the “Glückspaket zum Wochenende” (a.k.a. Friday Happy […] Read more…

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great Hogmanay last night. Ours did indeed go as planned with Raclette, Bleigießen and Dinner for One – and then we went out on the balcony at midnight to see if we could see any of the fireworks display from down town. We need not have worried. Oh my […] Read more…

11 from 2011

31 December 2011 The end of the year is always a popular time for looking back, and another feature I’ve picked up from the German blogs I’m following is 11 aus 2011 (i.e. 11 from 2011), where people are selecting 11 photographs to sum up their year. The idea originally came from Ricarda’s blog 23qm […] Read more…

Mulled Wine Recipe

17 December 2011 I’ve had a request to post the recipe for our home made mulled wine. OK, so I have a confession to make – we cheated slightly at the housewarming party and used some sachets of ‘quick mulled wine’ seasoning. However, I ended up adding lots of extra stuff to it, as it […] Read more…

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…

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