Honey Cake “Lebkuchen” Muffins

Honey cake is one of the traditional cakes during Christmas time in Germany besides Lebkuchen or Christmas Stollen. Here is one idea to make honey cake as muffin. It is best to prepare them at least one day before eating as they contain typical spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. As honey I…

Christmas Stollen Muffins

In Germany Christmas Stollen is the most traditional sweet bread existing. It is a heavy sweet bread loaf traditionally made from butter, yeast, curd, raisins and candied fruit peel. Besides of Lebkuchen it is the most important sweet at Christmas time. The “Dresdner Christstollen” and “Nürnberger Lebkuchen” are the most famous of all. If you…

Vassilopita – A Traditional Greek New Years Cake

It is tradition in Greece that on New Year’s Day a cake is cut, the so called „Vassilopita “. This is a cake baked with nuts and a lucky coin is hidden inside. First, before cutting the cake, a cross is struck over the cake three times. Then the cake is cut crosswise. The piece…

Chocolate Pie

There is a commercial in Greece that says “more chocolate is not possible” – this is how I would describe this cake! Everything of this cake is just chocolate! It is sweet, it is juicy and it is chocolate. The first time I had a cake like this was at a long week-end in Sitia…

Pork Filet with Fruity Sauce

Are you looking for a Summer Sunday’s dish? Well, try out this one. It is not difficult to prepare. The combination of the hearty pork meat with fruits is really tasty. I am sure also your kids will like it. What you need: 3 pork fillets (appr. 250 gr each) 1 large apple 1 quince…

Homemade Bitter Orange Marmalade

My father used to travel a lot during his working life. That is when we learned about Bitter Orange Marmalade and it became one of my favorite bread spread for breakfast. As not native English you first have to learn the difference between marmalade and jam as for the rest of the world marmalade is…

Tsoureki (traditional Greek Easter Bread)

The Easter Feast is one of the most important celebrations in Greece. The celebration starts in the night from Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday by bringing the Holy Light home from church as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. There are also a lot of traditional foods on Easter like lamb, grilled slowly from early…

Black and White Pudding

When you think about white pudding your mind would go for sure immediately to vanilla pudding. But did you ever try to make it with white chocolate? Well, try it out and you will never ever make vanilla pudding again! Usually I do not like white chocolate. But since I tried out this recipe I…

Tiramisu without egg

I just found one last Mascapone cup in my fridge and I thought: “Let’s make a Tiramisu” for dessert!” It is one of our favorite Italian desserts, but to be honest, I do not like the fact that uncooked eggs are used in the original recipe. If the egg is not absolutely fresh, you know…

To Peel or Not To Peel – this is the question!

Preparing my Fruity Pasta Salad for lunch today I stumbled over this question. I love to watch cooking shows of all kinds on TV: to get new ideas, to see how professional cooks prepare something or to laugh about the unintentional stupidest of non-professionals. I am sure all of us sometimes think we could do…