We’re up in the Swiss Mountains, enjoying our yearly ski holiday in the spectacular “Engadin” (the area around St. Moritz). The weather is beautiful (if maybe a bit chilly), so I couldn’t resist taking my camera on my morning dog walk. It was about -10°C/ 14°F when I started off… …that made taking the pictures without gloves, quite a challenge, but with these images of the river “Flaz”… …”Celerina”… …along the river “Inn”… …to the village of “Samedan”. A truly spectacular walk…even if someone got a bit tired of me taking snaps.
A little something to cheer things up…It’s grey and cold outside, the perfect excuse to bake some cupcakes. If you feel like joining in, then get your spoons spinning! Ingredients 125g/4.4oz butter 3 eggs 125g/4.4oz sugar a pinch of salt 1 orange (zest and juice) 1tsp ginger 100g/3.5oz cranberries 250g/8.8oz flour 1 sachet (1tbsp) baking powder Preheat the oven at 180°C/ 356°F. Mix the ingredients together. Fill the mixture into your cupcakes (the mixture is just enough for a dozen) and put in the oven for 28 minutes. As an extra treat you can top them off with some icing. Delicious!
Get your rolling pins out. It’s pie time! While shopping this week, some delicious rhubarb caught my eye. I couldn’t resist. So here goes… a scrumptious, rhubarb loaded pie. The Dough 125g/ 4.4 oz butter 250g/ 9.0 oz flour 100g/ 3.5 oz sugar a pinch of salt 1/2 tsp lemon zest 1 egg The Filling 700g/ 24.5 oz rhubarb 80g/ 2.8 oz sugar 1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla flavouring you prefer) 1 tsp cinnamon 80g/ 2.8 oz ground almonds 1 egg yolk (to braise the pie with) icing sugar (decoration) Make the dough and leave to chill for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven at 180°C/ 356 °F. For the filling, chop up the rhubarb in about 1 cm wide chunks. Mix the rhubarb, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla flavouring together. Grease your pie dish. Split the dough in half (base and lid of pie) roll it out and lay into your dish. Prick the base and cover it with the ground almonds. Fill it with the mixture and place the dough lid on top. …
The weather this afternoon has given me a great excuse to leave the gardening for another day and make some Easter decorations instead. So, I popped down to my local florist/ friend Urs at Toscanini and stocked up with some lovely flowers… …which intrigued someone… …with a little help from my furry friend I created these… …and the end result is “simply Spring”… …it was obviously hard work for some.
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 …
Today it’s Meeko & Mitsi’s 1st Birthday. It’s already a year ago since our Kittens were born at the Waldhof (check the link) farm in Schneisingen (a little village about a 10 minute drive from here). How time flies! And look at them now! Our adorable, exploring (especially Meeko, he keeps us on our toes with his runaways), hungry (are always very interested if there is anything fishy our rubbish bag), cheeky (try to take over our Labradors bed by lying right in the middle of it as soon as she gets up for a drink or a walk) , sleepy (definitely the thing they do best), playful (anything that catches their eyes is in danger, even if it’s someone asleep under a duvet, that seems to be absolutely irresistible and has to be pounced on)… …but we wouldn’t change them one bit and it’s hard to image a life without these two tumbling around us.
After an eventful week…one of the cats went missing for 5 days, our younger son bruised his arm badly and had to wear a sling for a couple of days and our youngest caught Scarlet Fever…all that next to the usual organised chaos. I definitely need a little bit of soul food. If you feel the same give this a go! The Ingredients 1 onion 400g/ 1.7cups celery Root 2tbsp olive oil 4dl/ 0.8pint cider or apple juice 5dl/ 1pint vegetable stock 1,5dl/ 0.3pint cream salt and pepper half a bunch of chervil Chop up the onion and celery root, fry until the onions brown slightly. Add the cider and vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for about 30 minutes. Purée and pour in the cream. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chervil and there you have it… …perfect soul food.
With Spring on the doorstep, I’m on the loose. I’m a collector of inspirations, a hunter of emotions. I try to capture both. Searching, finding, capturing the moment and turning it into a post for you… …and I’m never know what’s going to come next… MerkenMerken
It’s foggy, very cold and generally just gloomy (and it’s been like this for at least a week or so). I definitely need to cheer things up! And nothing works better for me, than a run (yes, even if it’s freezing) and some baking. Since I’ve been already been out for my run, I can now indulge in some baking… The Ingredients 2 banane 13oz/360g greek yoghurt 2tbsp honey 2tbsp coconut oil/fat 4tbsp grated coconut 4tbsp quinoa flour or plain flour 2tbsp coconut flour 2tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt 8 handfuls of blueberries Preheat the oven at 356 °F/ 180°C. Mash up the bananas with a fork, add the coconut oil/fat, the honey and mix. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir. don’t add the blueberries until the end and only mix slightly (otherwise the dough becomes a purple mess). Bake for 25 minutes. Now all you need to do is make yourself comfortable and enjoy!
It’s snowing outside. The kids are due home from school soon (well maybe the quarter of an hour walk home will take a bit longer today, with all their snowball fights on the way). I reckon they will need warming up (and their gloves drying). Here’s my way of giving them some warmth back… The Ingredients 1 small head of cauliflower 200g/2 cups quinoa 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated 500g/1 pound fresh mushrooms, finely chopped olive oil 2 cups toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped 1/2 cup toasted almonds & walnuts, finely chopped 5 large eggs 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese 150g/12 ounces grated cheese (Gruyère, cheddar, or Parmesan) 1/2 cup mixed chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, oregano, thyme, sage salt & freshly ground pepper a handful of dried cranberries or apricots (it always goes down well with the kids) Sliced mushrooms, for decoration (optional) Preheat the oven at 200°C/350°F. Chop up the cauliflower and steam for about 10 minutes while you cook the quinoa. Chop up the onion, garlic …