Soup Inspiration – Suppen-Inspiration

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Today it’s not about our own cooking but about the culinary inspiration offered by friends. By now, it’s more than three weeks that I have been suffering from bronchitis and laryngitis, and with such a long time (at least by my standards) that I spent speechless and with lots of liquid foods, a tipping point occurred at last. It might not least be due to culinary visits as well: a good friend gave me delicious raspberries with chocolate coating along with a most lovely pierogi pasta cutter from Cracow as a present (soon on the blog), and other lovely friends whose birthday party we couldn’t attend, spontaneously brought along wonderful leftovers from mousse to soup.
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Happy New Year with New Year’s Cornets – Ein frohes neues Jahr mit Neujahrswaffeln à la Krollkuchen

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The new year has finally arrived – what will it be like for all of us? In many regions of Northern Germany, New Year’s greetings among neighbors, family and friends are offered along with a cup of tea and some Krollkuchen, a traditional New Year’s cornet spiced with aniseed. Even though I’m originally from the North, I know those treats only from my mother’s childhood memories – high time to get active, right. Indeed, these cookies are so tenderly crisp that any expectations and wishes for the new year become even better in their company. And that’s what we wish all of you as well: a happy new year and all the best!
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Finger Food for New Year’s Eve – Silvester-Fingerfood

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I really like those days between Christmas and New Year when the former is gone but still shines with an afterglow and the latter already fills the air with a little glitter and glamour. We will spend a rather tranquil New Year’s Eve this time since I haven’t yet recovered from bronchitis. But that’s fine with us, this year has been rather exciting and entertaining anyhow, and of course we will have little culinary treats nevertheless.
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Last Minute Christmas Dinner – Weihnachts-Menü in letzter Minute

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Most people will know by now what they will offer for dinner at Christmas. For those who are not yet sure, I assembled some suggestions, all of them calculated for four persons. Indeed, I haven’t planned to post a festive dinner this year, but for the moment, some crazy bronchitis keeps me from entering the offline Holiday countdown already. Therefor I enjoy some tranquility, linquus and ginger tea, I compiled some suitable recipes and pics that have been waiting yet unposted on the harddrive and warmed up for the celebrations to come with a moody photo shooting. The recipes are no showing-off dishes, just small treats with fine ingredients – they can be prepared easily so there’s enough time left to spend with family and friends.
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Tray-Baked Gingerbread – Lebkuchen vom Blech

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There’s life without gingerbread but especially at Christmas, life is always better if you have some at home. It’s even better if it’s home-made, never mind if it’s not perfect (which mine isn’t for sure but delish nevertheless). My family just loves those gingerbreads, and our deal is that my parents send a package with home-made nud wedges in every Saint Nicholas Day package (whose content is gone by 3rd Advent weekend), and my toll for entry back home at Christmas is home-made gingerbread – our lovely family traditions;-).
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Cups for Three and Hot Licorice Punch for Everybody – Becher für drei und Lakritz-Punsch für alle

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There has bee a little tombola announcement on Monday, right – and three cups of Kahla touch! winter’s edition will be on their way to three winner’s soon! Big congratulations to:
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Christmas Cup Tombola – Weihnachtsbecher-Verlosung: Kahla touch! Winter-Edition

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Good news for everybody who didn’t win the baking book copy last week: today you have the chance to get a lovely touch! winter’s edition cup by Kahla Porzellan with Christmas & winter scenes from Santa Claus to more graphic designs like ice crystals. As you know, we visited the shop and café during the Food Blog Award tour, and it had been part of our prices to shop in the online-store. We were therefor very happy when the Thuringian porcelain manufacturer asked us whether our readers would like to have a cup, too…
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Burger Guest Post @ Messerspitzen: Winter Vegetables meet Highlands – Burger-Gast-Post @ Messerspitzen: Wintergemüse trifft Highlands

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Another day, another single malt pairing. This time, it’s about cheese & whiskey in a burger, a recipe and pictures, that Arne and me have been invited to contribute to Messerspitzen. The latter is a a lovely food blog by German publishing house Gräfe und Unzer, and we’re very happy about our little cooperation.
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Culinary Advent Calendar – Kulinarischer Adventskalender: Double Choc X-mas Mousse

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Christmas is almost at the doors, but before it’s time to get festive, there’s 24 little windows to open at Zorras culinary Advent calendar on Kochtopf. It’s her tenth’s season already – congratulations for such a wonderful jubilee! We’re happy to be part of it this year, and we’d like to contribute some glamorous single malt & chocolate pairing which we tried already in some fondant lately.
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Truffle Burger reloaded & Weihnachtsbäckerei Winner – Trüffel-Burger neu aufgelegt & Gewinnerin der Weihnachtsbäckerei

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There’s good news today! First, we have a Saint Nicholas Day give-away winner: last night, I wrote many names on tiny pieces of paper and took on of them from a bowl…
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