Apple Cider Cake with caramelised Walnuts

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

A few days ago it was my hubby’s birthday. This cake was for him. My husband loves Bohemian apple cake. At first, I wanted to bake a traditional one. Then I saw this cider in our cellar, which we brought from French Alsace a week ago. Apple cake and cider, that would be a great couple! My husband loves cider anyway. In addition I decided to go for a crispier dough than the one of the Bohemian apple cake. Continue reading

Crystal Dumpling

No worries, for this dumplings you do not have to pay the high price like for crystals, though it looks as beautiful. ;-)

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This incredible name refers to its almost transparent dough that reminds you of precious crystals.

The beautiful dumpling has its origin in south China, strictly speaking, in the Canton province of Guangdong. Do you remember what I have told you about the eating habits of the Cantonese in one of my previous posts? ;-) All right, you do not need to share all of their preferences of taste.But, besides some of their extraordinary eating habits, Cantonese also have an excellent reputation for their wide selection of delicious dim sum, including this crystal-dumpling. Continue reading

Norwegian Crisp-Bread

What do I have for you this week?

It is a recipe for the heart. Why do I say so?

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This recipe comes from my time in Oslo. As you’ve probably noticed, I used to live in Norway for almost two years. Those two years were a very special time for me: I won some very valuable friends, harvested more self-knowledge, discovered meditation as THE method to reach the inner peace for myself …

So, as you can see, wonderful years with intense time.
But what has all this to do with the new recipe? Continue reading

Ravioli with chorizo and sauerkraut

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I know, I know… it sounds pretty crazy … chorizo, sauerkraut and ravioli? Does it fit all together? It does indeed! I promise you, these raviolis will get you addicted! ;-)

In my previous posts I have added this cross-over feature to a couple of traditional pasta dishes. For example: German ravioli with shiitake or sauerkraut dumplings. Continue reading

Sushi Germania

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If you have followed my blog for quite some time, you might already know some of my “East meets West” sushi creations: Sushi Italiano Verde or Rosso, Sushi Español.

For me, sushi is not only the classic combination of raw fish and rice. You can create really very exciting variants! The most important point is: a balanced flavor combination. Continue reading

Thai Ice Tea Macarons

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A few weeks ago I promised you to create a new recipe which should be inspired by my recent trip to Thailand. Tadaaa … here it is: Thai ice tea macarons!

During my round trip in Thailand the Thai ice tea was beside the coconut shakes my favorite drink in such a heat of 40 degrees. Its unique and delicious flavor, pleasant sweetness and the gorgeous orange color… It was just the right refreshment that you need in such a humid and hot climate. Continue reading

Mini Speculoos-Mousse-Cake

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Right before the most important festival of the year I have a recipe for you, if you are still looking for a special dessert for your big Christmas dinner.

Believe me, this dessert will impress any of your guests. ;-)

I wish you a very merry Christmas, with lots of yummy treats and a lot of laughs!
聖誕 快樂: – D Continue reading

Christstollen – German Christmas Cake

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The Christmas time is my favorite time of the whole year in Germany. I just love this cosy atmosphere: The tempting smells of the caramelized almonds on those crowded christmas markets, people holding a cup of  Gluehwein (hot spiced wine) in their hands and talking and laughing in good mood, the huge variety of christmas pastries in every bakery and café… Continue reading

Thailand

Hey there, I’m back!

It’s been a couple weeks since I posted the last post …

Before I show you a new recipe, I really want to share some impressions from my holiday in Thailand with you: The fabulous Loi Krathong Festival (Festival of Lights) in Sukhothai, breathtaking temple ruins in Ayutthaya, the exciting wildlife safari in Khao Yai National Park and of course also some exciting culinary experiences. :-)

Furthermore, I also got some great ideas for my new recipes through this wonderful journey.

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Tender Chicken Stew with Chestnuts

What would you be eager for eating, when the days are becoming cooler and darker?

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

What I love to see on our dining table during such kinds of days, is a wonderful hot savoury stew. Imagine this: In your kitchen … a cast iron Dutch oven is on the stove … a silent buzzing sound “gloo, gloo…” coming from the casserole for hours and hours … and this wonderful aroma of seductive spices such as star anise, bay leaves…

Are you getting hungry? ;-) Continue reading