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Grab a Grapefruit…

…and off we go! Here goes with my first post this year. It’s a juicy grapefruit salad.

4 grapefruits
2 avaocados
2 fennels
a handful of lamb’s lettuce
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 a lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
salt and pepper

Cut the grapefruit into small slices. Chop up the avocados in cubes and slice the fennel. Scatter the lettuce into a bowl and add the grapefruit, avocado and fennel. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.

No need to start the year with a guilty conscience. Now enjoy this!

Happy New Year!

It’s New Years Eve. The kids are very excited about the idea of staying up until midnight (I’m not quite sure if they’ll all make it). So to burn off a bit of the extra energy, we took them for a walk…well we’ll see if it works…

Dear Readers,
This is my last post for this year. A chance for me to thank you for joining in on my experiences, adventures and culinary experiments, and also for your comments and contributions.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!


Advent Wreath

With the beginning of the Christmas count down today, it is definitely time for me to make my Advent Wreath. (Especially as the day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent) So here goes for a quick and easy DIY job…

4 candles
4 candle holders
a straw wreath
pine branches
pine cones (any decoration material you like)

Cover the straw wreath with pine branches and bind them on with the wire. Place the candle holders with the candles at 12/3/6 and 9 o’clock. wrap wire around your decorations and stick them into the wreath. Bind the string around the candles and tie the labels on.

…now that’s done I can relax and wait until Sunday to light the first candle…


Autumn Almond & Pear Cake

Autumn is well on its way. With chilly temperatures and nearly all the leaves off the trees (plenty of rake work to be done in the garden), it feels as though winter is just round the corner. So what better way to enjoy a snug afternoon than with mug of tea (or coffee in my case) and a scrumptious piece of cake.

3 eggs
125g/ 0.5 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g/0.5 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp cardamom
3 small/medium ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
75g/ 0.3 cup flour
200g/ 7 oz ground almonds
1/2tsp baking powder
50g/1.7 oz flaked/sliced almonds
Icing sugar, for garnish

For serving (optional)
1 orange
100g/ 3.5 oz mascarpone cheese
icing sugar

Pre-heat oven to 180°C/ 355° F. Grease an 20cm/8-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.
Prepare pears, by peeling, coring and chopping. Set aside. Beat the eggs,butter, sugar, salt and cardamom together, until pale and fluffy. Fold in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and the pears. Spoon batter into the prepared springform. Bake for 25 minutes then take it out, break the crust and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top. Replace in the oven and bake for another 25 minutes. Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.

To serve, mix the rind of an orange, 2 tbsp of orange juice with a 100g/ 3.5 oz of mascarpone cheese and add some icing sugar if needed.


…and all you need is to do now is to create a little “me time” snuggle down and enjoy!



Rustic Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin is a perfect ingredient for a rustic recipe.
With the kids due back from school (it’s absolutely pouring outside), they’ll definitely need a little warming up with some comfort food…

The Dough
300g/10oz flour
1 tsp salt
100g/3.5oz butter
10 tbsp water
The Filling
1 Onion
1kg/ 2.2lbs Pumpkin
The Topping
3 Eggs
3dl/0.6pt Milk
a couple of twigs of thyme
nutmeg, salt & Pepper
pumpkin seeds

Make the dough and leave to chill for about 30 minutes. In the meantime chop up the onions finely and the pumpkin into rough cubes. Fry the onions until slightly brown. Steam the Pumpkin for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven at 250°C/ 482°F. When done, roll the dough out and put it in your pie tray. Layer the onions on the base and cover with the pumpkin. Pour the Topping over it all and garnish with pumpkin seeds and thyme. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

…and as you can see, it goes down very well with a little (or in some cases a lot) of grated cheese…

…the verdict: “Not bad!”
(I’ll let you be the judge of that)

A Stroll Along The Lakeside

After a very stormy morning (a great big puddle in front of our caravan door). We couldn’t wait to stretch our legs and explore the shore line of Lake Constance. So as soon as the rain stopped, we got (our thankfully dry) walking boots out and set off towards the next village of “Langenargen”.

From the marina next to our campsite, we went on the suspension bridge over the river “Argen”…

…to the next marina “BMK Yachthafen”…

…and from there, along the lakeside to “Langenargen”.

After all that exploring, we all deserved an ice cream!

Glamping at Lake Constance

After spending my childhood holidays camping and now taking our kids camping, we have decided that it’s time to upgrade. Goodbye to damp tents and punctured airbeds…hello warm, dry, cosy caravan. Let the adventures begin!

After hitching up the caravan and driving for three hours (mainly on the motorway but towards the end we had a couple of roundabouts, quite a challenge!) to “Kressbronn” where we are spending our autumn break at a campsite on the shore of Lake Constance.

While we set up our camp, the kids disappeared off to do some exploring…

…we hadn’t seen them for while (I went to take some pics while they where busy).

Only for them to turn up a couple of hours later wanting food. We hadn’t quite worked out how everything in the kitchen worked (gas cooker the least of our problems, water pumps and fridge needed to be set up). So instead of reading the manual (a big, fat file), we treated them and ourselves to a meal out. A perfect start to our holiday!

Divine Raspberry Tiramisu

I came home yesterday evening from the kids training, to find a bowl brimming with delicious, luscious raspberries on my doorstep. It didn’t take me long to find out where they came from…due to a missed call on my mobile. My very lovely, elderly neighbours (am I allowed to call them that? They are over eighty!) dropped them by.
So I just couldn’t resist making this post…

The Ingredients
1 bowl of raspberries
1 bottle of raspberry sirup/squash
500g/ 2 cups mascarpone or philadelphia
500g/ 2 cups low fat curd cheese
400g/ 13.5 ozs sponge biscuits
1 bunch of mint

Mix the mascarpone and the curd cheese together and put half the mixture in a separate bowl. Stir in a couple of handfuls of raspberries and a dollop of sirup into to one of the bowls to create the raspberry creme. Lay the sponge fingers into the form (25x15cm) and soak with the sirup, spoon the raspberry creme over them and place another layer of sponge fingers on top, drizzle some sirup over the sponge fingers and cover with the creme from the other bowl (if you like it sweeter you can add some icing sugar). Decorate with raspberries and leave in the fridge for an hour or two to chill.

Just the right after school/ homework treat!

Maybe you should treat yourself too….

Hiking from “La Punt” to “Zuoz”

Today is our last day of our summer holidays, which also means our last hike.
We took the train this morning from “Zuoz” (the village we’re staying in) to “La Punt-Chaumues-ch”.

From there we hiked up the hill. The first half in the bright sunshine with the temperature at about 25°C/ 77°F (which felt a lot hotter), the second half of the climb (thank goodness) was in the woods!

When we got to the top, we followed the path above “Madulain”…

…down to a little stream, where we had some lunch.

Feeling refreshed, we took off on our last leg of the hike to “Zuoz”.

Even if we’re a bit tired after a hike, it’s always worth the effort!