Autumn Evening: Carbonara, Black Kale & White Truffles versus Banana & Almond Bread-Rolls – Herbst-Abend: Carbonara, Schwarzkohl & weiße Trüffeln versus Bananen-Mandel-Brötchen

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After a particularly long working week, “the morning after” often looks like this: the fridge is rather empty, but the longing for most rustic culinary treats is vast. This combinations sometimes ends up in culinary treats far beyond style and elegance, but full of heart & soul. Yesterday, for example, we had roasted St. Galler bread for a sandwich with roast potatoes, remains of some Gravlax, dill sauce, and fried eggs. Sounds strange, doesn’t it…
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Baking (not so) Bad

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I’m not a very enthusiastic baker when it comes to baking bread; it’s more often than not „baking bad“ – any similarities with a well-known tv series are of course by accident ;-). However, when Arne lately came up with a plan to bake bread rolls after a recipe that he found on Youtube, I felt encouraged to pursue a coincidental project. Not long ago, we had discovered Swiss bread at an organic baker near-by that we liked a lot, and after some research I found out that the full name of this bread is St. Galler (which is a Canton in Switzerland).
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Thanks so much! – Tausend Dank!

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This should be a rather long post with many pictures to put in words our excitement. But we will need some time for recovery after two days of foodie tour. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to tell the news and share our happiness: our blog’s macarons in cool morning sidelight have reached first place at the Food Blog Award 2014 in the best food picture category. Truly great pictures have been nominated along with us which makes the honor even bigger. We are so very happy, and we would like to enthusiastically congratulate all winners, runners-up and nominees in all categories. Don’t miss to take a look at all great participants – so much blogging inspiration in just one place.
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Food Blog Award 2014: First Impressions – Erste Eindrücke

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Currently, some 30 nominated food bloggers are on a trip throughout Berlin on the occasion of the Food Blog Awards 2014, and Arne and me are two of them. Yesterday, we had a tour with the Gourmet Liner that stopped at some foodie spots. Here’s a first insight – and tonight, after a burger workshop, there will be the award ceremony at Hyatt Berlin… Have a good day, everybody!
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Arne’s Fondant au Chocolat with Single Malt & Coffee – Arnes Fondant au chocolat mit Single Malt & Kaffee

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Lately, Arne came up with the idea of Single Malt pairing which he wanted to try in a chocolate dessert that he had discovered. I was most thrilled to give it a try since I love Scotland’s most beautiful present to the world, and of course I adore chocolate (anybody out there who doesn’t?). Indeed, I was also much surprised: how come that the wonderful man by my side knows about Whiskey pairing, something that I had never heard about? “My darling, you come across this all naturally once you do a little research on Single Malt” he answered. Obviously one of the many things I have missed to do so far. Matured Brie cheese and dark chocolate would be excellent – and the other day, we met for some extended food shopping.
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Hazelnut Hummus & Multiquick Review – Haselnuss-Hummus und Braun Multiquick Stabmixer-Test

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In spring, I introduced to you a lovely Braun handheld-blender set – and a recipe for Oriental-style pesto – that I got as a birthday present. Lately, we have been asked to test another set of the series, and since it has even more power which is great for green smoothies and a jug blender with an ice crusher which opens new opportunities for shakes of any kind, we were interested to do so.
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French Bliss: Crème Brulée Ice-Cream Cakes – Crème-brulée-Eistörtchen & Rezension: Martin Schönlebens Mini-Törtchen

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Today, I would like to introduce a gorgeous little book about tiny cakes and tartes by Martin Schönleben who runs the pâtisserie & café Schönleben in Puchheim near Munich and is a food blogger as well. Since the booklet has been published only in German language so far, you will find my review in the corresponding part of this post – and I hope that you will find some joy nevertheless in the pictures that I made when I followed the most lovely recipes. However, I won’t miss to present you a recipe that has been inspired by Martins wonderful treats, as well as by the fact that I had so many egg yolks left after some macaron accident the other day. It’s crème brûlée with a twist, turned into little ice-cream cakes on a bed of hazelnut sponge cake, the latter after this recipe.
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It’s Showtime! Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 & “Cooking with Vodka” – Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014 & “Kochen mit Wodka”

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Books and shows and heavy feet: like last year already, Frankfurt Book Fair had been so much fun again. Time flies with some talking here and some blogger meetings there and of course with discoveries in cookbooks – suddenly, half the day has gone by already, and a certain thrill of anticipation is increasing…
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Pumpkin & Truffle Burger at Street Food Thursday – Kürbis-Trüffel-Burger auf dem Street Food Thursday

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How great a fair and a food blogger event it has been! So many of you have joined event host Claudia of Dinner um Acht and me for vodka and wild mushroom balls at Frankfurt Book Fair, and together we had so much fun. There are already wonderful posts about it on Claudia’s, Yushka’s and Kai’s blog, and soon I will do a post, too.

But since another happy event is approaching, today I would like to hint to a further happy happening: Eva and Paolo of I tartufi die Ale & Bere have invited me to cook with them at Street Food Thursday – and that’s exactly what we will be doing:
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New Food Generation & New Food Economy: The Food Entrepreneurs Club & foodXchange @ Stadt Land Food

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In previous posts, I mentioned it already, and now it’s time to share my adventures at Stadt Land Food with you. The whole festival had been a celebration of new ways to produce and consume food, and I started the week-end with a visit at Food Entrepreneurs Club. It’s the brainchild of Stefanie Rothenhöfer who is involved into the Markthalle Neun team as well, and of course I happily followed her invitation to Atelier 2112. The location could barely gather the crowd – obviously, there are quite a lot of food entrepreneurs in Berlin, those who are already in action and those to be.
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