Category Archives: In the kitchen

Another kitchen experiment: Chocolate and beetroot brownies

Encouraged by my recent successes in the kitchen (experimenting with kale chips and veggie chips after receiving my first order of organic produce from the Ethical Co-op) I felt inspired to try another experiment, this time, by making something delicious … Continue reading

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Experimenting with kale chips – and other veggie chips!

When I received a packet of very large kale leaves in my delivery of fresh produce from the Ethical Co-op, I hadn’t a clue what to do with them. The advice from knowledgeable friends led me online. My inquiry to … Continue reading

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Going organic with the Ethical Co-op

“What on earth are these?” I asked Tuffy-Cat, holding up a bunch of vegetables that looked like gigantic radishes. Tuffy-Cat was watching me closely, as I was unpacking a big cardboard box, and laying each of the items out on … Continue reading

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Santa’s Elves lend a Helping Hand to a Friend

A couple of weeks ago, an invitation arrived from my friend Colette, who owns and runs a bakery, known as Cakes and Desserts; she is famous for the beautiful pastries, desserts and cakes she lovingly makes by hand. You may … Continue reading

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How to Bake Streifenkekse or Black-and-White Christmas Cookies: A Slideshow

When hubby was a laaitie (i.e. a young boy), one of his favourite types of Christmas cookies were something he called Streifenkekse (loosely translated from the German, this means something like ‘striped cookies’). They are also known as Schwarz-Weiß Gebäck … Continue reading

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A Slideshow of our Knusperhäuschen

A couple of weeks ago (Who would like to buy a Knusperhäuschen?), I told you about my creative friend Colette of Cakes and Desserts who, in the run-up to the Christmas season, and in keeping with the German tradition, has been … Continue reading

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Bread, glorious bread!

During our retreat at Bodhi Khaya (which I wrote about in my previous post), two items in particular stood out for us: Nina’s buttermilk rusks and her freshly baked bread. The large bowl of rusks in the tea-room was magically … Continue reading

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How to bake a perfectly simple chocolate chunk loaf cake

This is a recipe for a really simple, straightforward, no-muss no-fuss, chocolate cake with some chunks of dark chocolate tossed into the mix. The amounts used aren’t prescriptive, as I used Granny’s old method of “Backen nach Schnauze”. This basically … Continue reading

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Báirin Breac at Samhain

It is the festival of Samhain this weekend: “At Samhain (which corresponds to modern Halloween), time lost all meaning and the past, present, and future were one. The dead, and the denizens of the Other World, walked among the living. … Continue reading

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Happiness is… Recipe for a Lemon Cake

Our lemon tree recently gave me a big, ripe, cheerful yellow lemon. Considering that the poor tree seems to be suffering from a severe form of mould or fungus on its leaves (probably because of the wet winter), I regard … Continue reading

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