Donwell was famous for its strawberry-beds, which seemed a plea for the invitation: but no plea was necessary; cabbage-beds would have been enough to tempt the lady, who only wanted to be going somewhere. She promised him again and again to come – much oftener than he doubted – and was extremely gratified by such a proof of intimacy, such a distinguishing compliment as she chose to consider it.
Filling ingredients: – 250g 33% whipping cream – 250g fresh strawberries – 8g Vanilla sugar – 1 tsp sugar Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Preheat the oven to 200C 1.2 Mix sugar with eggs and egg yolks and whisk them for 5 minutes 1.3 Add flour and whisk for another minute until smooth 1.4 Pour the dough on the baking paper in the 30x35cm baking form 1.5 Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden: remove from the oven 1.6 Carefully remove the baking paper (place on “new” baking paper sheet and remove the “old” one from top): roll the cake with the new baking paper sheet and let it cool down for 10 minutes 2 Filling 2.1 Wash and dry fresh strawberries 2.2 Mash 70g strawberries with sugar and vanilla sugar 2.3 Chop the rest 180g strawberries into 0.5cm pieces 2.4 Whip the cream until firm and carefully mix with mashed and chopped strawberries – beautiful filling ready! 3 Cake 3.1 Unroll the cake and put the strawberry filling on 3/4 of the cake 3.2 Roll the cake with the filling 3.3 Put the strawberry roll for 2 hours in the fridge 3.4 Enjoy 😉
I don’t feel particularly proud of myself. But when I walk alone in the woods or lie in the meadows, all is well.
Ingredients (2 servings): – 250g spaghetti – 10-12 button mushrooms – 1/2 bunch of parsley – 50g grated Grana Padano – 1tbsp olive oil – 1tsp salt Method: 1 Mushrooms 1.1 Remove dirt from mushrooms with a wet paper towel, then slice the mushrooms finely 1.2 Wash and chop parsley 1.3 Fry champignons for 3-4 minutes in olive oil, then add parsley and fry for another 3-4 minutes constantly stirring 2 Spaghetti 2.1 Boil spaghetti al dente in salted water, drain water 2.2 Combine spaghetti with mushrooms & parsley & grated Grana Padano: mix well 2.3 Serve and enjoy quick and delicious lunch !
The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Ingredients (14-18 bunnies): – 110g all-purpose flour – 50g butter – 40-50g sugar – 50g chopped almond – 1 small egg – several chocolate buttons for baking Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190C 2 Chop almond to 0.2-0.5cm pieces (I used pre-chopped 1cm x 0.3cm almond stripes from the shop) – do not chop too finely to make super-crusty cookies 😉 3 Mix flour, sugar and grated butter until smooth 4 Add an egg and chopped almonds: mix well 5 Roll out the dough to 0.5cm width, cut the cookies with a bunny cookie cutter, put the cookies on the baking paper. Put chocolate buttons – bunnies eyes 6 Bake the cookies for 15 min at 190C 7 Serve with a cup of black coffee and have a wonderful and sunny weekend !
Method: 1 Grate Parmesan into a bowl and put in the fridge 2 Wash and cut scallion into thin rings, put in a separate bowl 3 Boil rice in salted water until ready and keep it warm while cooking salmon 4 Wash salmon and cut into 1-1.5cm cubes 5 Fry salmon for 5 min in olive oil at middle heat, add 33% cream and stew for another 5 min 6 Transfer the rice into the serving bowls and put the salmon over the rice 7 Sprinkle the dish with grated Parmesan, chopped scallion and black pepper 8 Serve !
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.
Ingredients: – 125g grated parsnip – 200g grated apples – 250g spelt flour (wheat flour is also fine, but spelt flour gives a richer taste) – 125g full cane sugar – 1 tsp cinnamon – 1/2 tsp cardamom – 1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp vinegar – 4 tbsp cocoa powder – 50g ground hazelnuts – 50ml water – 40ml olive oil – 1 egg (one can replace the egg by 40ml olive oil for a vegetarian recipe!)
Topping ingredients: – 2 tablespoons hazelnuts
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Grate peeled apples and parsnip 3 Add flour+sugar+cinnamon+cardamom+cocoa+ground hazelnuts+water +olive oil+egg: mix all well until smooth 4 Add baking soda & vinegar in the same teaspoon and mix well 5 Transfer the batter in the buttered banana bread form and bake for 45-55 minutes at 180C 6 Decorate the cake with hazelnuts halves and serve with a cup of green tea!
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Ingredients: – 250g Rigatoni – 100g Gorgonzola – 100 ml 33% cream – 125g spinat – 1/4 tsp black pepper Method: 1 Start cooking pasta (2) and making sauce (3) simultaneously 🙂 2 Pasta 2.1 Boil pasta in the salted water al dente 2.2 Drain water 3 Spinach-gorgonzola sauce 3.1 Wash spinach 3.2 Cut gorgonzola in 2cm cubes 3.3 Melt gorgonzola in 33% cream in the frying pan 3.4 Add spinach to gorgonzola-cream sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes 4 Transfer cooked pasta to the sauce: mix well and serve warm ! 5 Tired after a long weary week – this warm pasta is what you need 😉
I wish the world were ending tomorrow. Then I could take the next train, arrive at your doorstep in Vienna, and say: “Come with me, Milena. We are going to love each other without scruples or fear or restraint. Because the world is ending tomorrow.”
Ingredients (for 20-25 cookies): – 50g grated almond – 50g butter – 75g wheat flour – 30g cane sugar – 1 tbsp sour cream – 1 pinch cinnamon – 1 pinch salt – some almond petals for beautifying Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 190C 2 Mix grated butter with sugar until smooth 3 Add grated almond, flour, cinnamon, salt & sour cream: mix until smooth 4 Fatten 1 tsp dough within the cookie cutter on the baking paper for each cookie. Decorate each cookie with almond petals 🙂 5 Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 190C until golden 6 Serve the cookies with a cup of black coffee !
Notes: enjoy the cookies with your morning coffee & your favourite book. My book this morning was The Unconsoled 🙂
Salad ingredients: – 4 eggs – 150g Butterkäse or cheddar – 1 small red onion – 1-1.5 tbsp mayonnaise – a few dill sprigs for serving
Toasts ingredients: – 2 slices of ciabatta – 1 garlic clove – 2 tsp olive oil Method: 1 Salad 1.1 Hard boil eggs, cool them down in cold water, then peel 1.2 Grate cheese 1.3 Peel and chop red onion 1.3 Combine eggs+grated cheese+chopped onion+mayonnaise: mix well 2 Toasts 2.1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2.2 Peel and chop a garlic clove 2.3 Combine olive oil with chopped garlic 2.4 Brush ciabatta pieces with garlic olive oil and bake for 4-5 minutes at 180C 3 Salad & Toasts 3.1 Transfer the eggs salad in the cup and then on the serving plate 3.2 Serve the salad with a few dill sprigs & warm garlic toasts ! Enjoy !
At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows
Ingredients (2 servings): – 2 conference pears – 50g Feta or Gorgonzola cheese – 6 walnuts – a few dill sprigs – 2 tsp acacia honey Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2 Wash the pears, half them and de-seed 3 Cut Feta cheese in cubes 4 Put Feta cubes in the de-seeded pears and bake for 5-7 minutes at 180C 5 Serve warm pears with walnuts, dill sprigs and acacia honey. 6 Enjoy and have a great Sunday!
Notes: be careful, this recipe has an aroma of a holiday season 😉
Ingredients (for 2 servings): – 2 Cubanelle peppers – 80g ham – 80g grated Cheddar – 2 eggs – 1/2 tsp black pepper – 1 tbsp olive oil Method: 1 Wash the beautiful Cubanelle peppers and accurately cut out the upper part to form the boats 🙂 2 Carefully de-seed the peppers 3 Boil in the water the peppers for 5 minutes under a lid at medium heat 4 Drain water 5 Pre-heat the pan with some olive oil for frying the peppers 6 Put the peppers in the pan 7 Put grated Cheddar and chopped ham inside the pepper boats 8 Carefully pour 1 egg in each pepper over the chopped ham and grated cheddar 9 Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes at medium heat 10 Serve and enjoy delicious breakfast ! Notes: many thanks to Jacques Pépin for the inspiration and for making my Saturday better !
Puree ingredients (2-3 servings): – 3 sweet potatoes (~1200g in total) – 100 ml 33% cream – 1/2 large onion (~75g) – 1 tsp salt
Fried champignons ingredients: – 7 champignons (~300g in total) – 1/2 large onion (~75g) – 1 tbsp olive oil Method: 1 Start cooking sweet potato puree (2) and champignons (3) simultaneously, then you will have a delicious lunch just in 30 minutes 2 Sweet potato puree 2.1 Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into 1cm cubes. 2.2 Chop onion 2.3 Put sweet potatoes cubes and onion into a pan: add 300-350ml water 2.4 Boil at medium heat for 15 minutes, add salt 2 minutes before ready 2.5 Remove the pan from the heat (do not drain water!) and pour in 33% cream 2.6 Mash vegetables with cream with an immersive blender until smooth 3 Fried champignons 3.1 Wash champignons and remove remaining dirt with a paper towel and cut out a small slice from their bottoms 3.2 Chop champignons and onion 3.3 Pre-heat a non-sticking skillet with some olive oil 3.4 Stew champignons and onion at medium heat for 10-15 minutes until golden 4 Serve sweet potato puree with champignons on top: decorate with a few leaves of miner lettuce 5 Enjoy the healthy lunch and have a great sunny Sunday !
Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.
Ingredients (2 servings): – 1 Hokkaido pumpkin (Red kuri squash) – 125g fresh baby spinach – 150g Feta cheese – 35g pine nuts – salt and black pepper – 1 tbsp olive oil for frying pumpkin
Dressing ingredients: – 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Wash pumpkin, halve and de-seed it 3 Bake the pumpkin for 30-35 minutes at 200C and let it cool down 4 Peel the pumpkin and cut into 1.5cm cubes 5 Wash baby spinach and let it dry itself 6 Cut feta cheese into 0.5-1cm cubes 7 Fry pumpkin cubes in olive oil for 4-5 minutes at medium heat 8 Put the salad ingredients on the plates as follows: 8.1 Baby spinach 8.2 Warm pumpkin cubes 8.3 Sprinkle with salt and black pepper 8.4 Feta cheese cubes 8.5 Pine nuts 8.6 Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar 9 Enjoy !
Filling ingredients: – 150g Camembert – 200ml sour cream – 50ml cranberry jam – a few sprigs of chives – a pinch of black pepper
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 220C 2 Mix dough ingredients and knead the dough for 5 minutes 3 Roll out the dough into a 3mm height oval or rectangle 4 Put the dough on the baking paper: bake at 220C for 5-8 minutes without filling 5 Remove the baking tray from the oven, spread the sour cream over it, then put the Camembert slices 6 Bake Tarte-Flambée for another 3 minutes at 220C 7 Spread cranberry jam, chopped chives and black pepper over the Tarte Flambée 8 Serve hot !
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
Lope de Vega
Salmorejo ingredients (2 servings): – 🍅🍅🍅 500g fresh tomatoes 🍅🍅🍅 – 50g-100g ciabatta or baguette crumb (soft part) – 2 garlic cloves – 1 tsp salt – 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar – 50ml olive oil Extra Virgin
Serving ingredients: – 100g chopped ham – a few basil leaves Directions: 1 Wash tomatoes and remove the green middle part 2 Combine in a bowl tomatoes + ciabatta crumb (add 100g crumb for a thick soup and 50g for a light one) + garlic cloves + salt + vinegar + olive oil: mash everything with a food processor or blender until smooth 3 Serve the soup with chopped ham and fresh basil leaves ! Enjoy !
Notes: 1 This soup will not leave you indifferent 😉 2 Tomatoes, olive oil & garlic quality are essential for the taste! 3 Put the soup in the fridge for 1 hour before serving if you prefer to have it cold 🙂
Directions: 1 Whisk an egg with sugar and Vanilla sugar in a large bowl 2 Pour milk and 33% cream to whisked sugar and mix will 3 Slice bread into 1cm thick pieces and half them into triangles 4 Dip bread triangles in the milky mixture both sides for 3 minutes (ideally, use a little dry bread, pain perdu 🥖) 5 Preheat the frying pan, melt some butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar 6 Put the bread triangles on the frying pan and fry until golden ~3 minutes each side 7 Serve with fresh berries, yogurt and fresh mint leaves 8 Enjoy with a cup of black coffee and have a great day !
Cream &decorating ingredients – 125g fresh raspberry – a few mint leaves Directions: 1 Whisk butter with sugar and Vanilla sugar 2 Add eggs+sour cream to butter & sugar and whisk again 3 Mix in flour to butter+eggs+sour cream+sugar+baking soda&vinegar 4 Preheat the oven to 190C 5 Pour the batter into the buttered baking form and add fresh raspberries 🙂 6 Bake 20-25 minutes at 190C (depends on your oven, check with a wooden stick!!) 7 While the cake is being baked, make the cream: slightly whisk sour cream with sugar, then put the cream in the fridge for a while 🙂 8 Let the cake cool down, then pour the cream over the cake and put the baking form in the fridge overnight (best of all, for 14 hours) 9 Serve with fresh raspberries and mint 🙂
Ingredients (for 12-14 pancakes): – 2 stalks (200g) rhubarb – 120g flour – 90g milk – 50g sugar – 3g Vanilla sugar (Vanilla sugar adds a wonderful flavour to the taste!) – 1 egg – pinch of salt – 1 tablespoon sunflower oil – [optional] 1/2 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
Method: 1 Peel washed rhubarb and cut it into 20-30mm width pieces 2 Mix well in a bowl flour+milk+sugar+Vanilla sugar+egg+salt+oil and whisk a little bit 3 [Optional] Mix in baking soda & vinegar in the batter if you want to make your pancakes fluffy 😉 4 Carefully mix in rhubarb slices in the batter 5 Preheat a skillet over a medium heat, add some sunflower oil 6 Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto the skillet for each pancake and cook until golden on both sides (flip pancakes with a spatula, add sunflower oil when needed) 7 Transfer the pancakes onto the paper towels to get rid of extra oil 8 Serve pancakes with sour cream, strawberries or cooked rhubarb and … enjoy !
Hint: Sour & sweet combination makes these pancakes truly delicious 😉
Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.
Ingredients (for 2 servings): – 180g salmon – 100ml 33% cream – 300g durum wheat semolina pasta (ideally, Italian Pasta Superior Semola) – 3 garlic clothes – 80g Parmesan – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon pepper – 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for frying
Method: 1 Grate Parmesan into a bowl and put in the fridge for now 2 Cut salmon into 1.5cm cubes 3 Chop garlic into 0.5cm cubes 4 Simultaneously start boiling pasta (5) and cooking salmon (6) 5 Boil pasta in the salty water until ready and drain the water 6 Cook salmon for 5 minutes in olive oil with garlic, then add 33% cream and stew for another 5 minutes 7 Put the pasta in the frying pan with salmon for 1 minute, carefully mix and transfer to the serving plates 8 Sprinkle pasta with grated Parmesan, add black pepper and serve immediately !
Method: 1 Crumble Savoiardi biscuits in a bowl 2 Make Mascarpone cream: mix Mascarpone + 33% cream + sugar 3 Peel grapefruits & remove membranes: cut each grapefruit slice in 3 pieces 4 Arrange in the glass the following layers: 4.1 Savoiardi crumble/ Mascarpone cream/ grapefruit pieces 4.2 Repeat 4.1 until the glass is full with the colorful layers, then serve !
As for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough, I shall send round my cards.
Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
Ingredients (2 servings): – 2 large red bell peppers – 6 baby potatoes – 1 small onion – optional: 60ml 33% cream – 400ml water or chicken broth – 0.5 tsp salt – 25g green unsalted raw pistachios – green onions for serving
Method: 1 Roughly chop peeled potato, de-seeded bell peppers & onion 2 Finely grate pistachios 3 Boil potato in a broth for 5 minutes 4 Add bell peppers & onion, simmer for another 10 minutes 5 Add (optional!) 33% cream to the soup-to-be, transfer to the blender, puree until smooth 6 Garnish with chopped green onions & grated pistachios