The Food Exchange – Cheesecake

When Lucy and I were looking for a new Food-Exchange-topic we realized in all these months we’ve never baked Cheesecakes – well, at least in Germany Cheesecake is one of THE cakes so we of course didn’t want to miss out on this.
I gave Lucy a traditional German recipe and she suggested a no bake Cheesecake to me. Lucy mentioned that Cheesecake might not be the most traditional cake in England, but that it seems that no bake Cheesecake is more known in England than in Germany. I have the same impression and decided to give it a go.

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The Food Exchange – Savoury, warm comfort food

I have just seen that my last post was from almost a month ago. I can’t believe it! Time is flying at the moment and so, so much is happening.
Although it is almost mid January I wish all of you all the best for the new year! May 2017 be wonderful, exciting and full of happiness!

Lucy’s and my Food Exchange start this year with savoury and warm food that counts as comfort food as well as party food – how practical :).
Lucy suggested to make sausage rolls to me  – what a traditional and typical English recipe!
And, as usual, I suggested a German recipe to her. Head over to her blog to see more: www.lucyabakes.com

The recipe that I used for the sausage rolls (with a twist) you can find below.

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Simple but I like it – my gift wrapping for Christmas

The majority of people I know don’t particularly enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts. It seems to add to the usually full “to do” lists that pile up before Christmas and often I get the impression that it is more a chore than joy.
For me wrapping gifts is relaxing. I look forward to it and already in November I think of how I will wrap my gifts. I am not a fan of buying different wrapping papers, I like using the same wrapping paper and a similar style for all my gifts.

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The Food Exchange: It’s Christmas time!

The Food Exchange for this month is super simple: it’s Christmas time! I think you will never run out of recipes with this one, so Lucy and I decided to go for the same topic as last year. It is one of the best one’s, I am convinced.
Like every month Lucy (from England, living in Germany) gives me a recipe or an idea what I could bake and I (from Germany, living in England) do the same the other way round.

Lucy’s challenge for me this month: Bake a Yule Log. This was the perfect idea for me, as I had never made one before.

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Bye bye November – Hi Christmas!!!

Okay, I have to admit: November was a quiet month on the blog – in my defense: in real life it was not so quiet. The main reason for that was my first market stall. Many, many evenings and weekends I spent preparing for it. I crocheted, sew, baked, folded lanterns, made candle holders out of concrete and packed together all the things I need. All of that wouldn’t have been possible without family and friends, no matter whether they were in England or Germany, helping me. Thank you so much for that! Thank you as well for telling me I can do it!
The day of my first market stall was very, very cold but even more exciting. I met so many kind people. People that bought my crafts, people that left a friendly comment – it was amazing and successful…and I am very grateful for the experience and will definitely continue selling my products on markets next year.

Now you know the reason why it was very quiet on the blog. I didn’t post a lot – but what I posted was made with a lot of love, as always:
First of all I baked a salted honey cake with hazelnut brittle – perfect for these wintery cold days. And I showed you an easy way of making a quick, inexpensive but delicious dessert.

In December I would like to slow down a bit and do loads more things that I love: I want to show you how I will wrap my Christmas presents, I will bake more things and just enjoy the festive season. Tomorrow we will decorate our tree. I can’t wait :).

Have a great weekend you all!

Sweet things will be served – a Christmassy dessert

One of my favourite sweet things during the Christmas time is Lebkuchen or gingerbread. I always eat too much of it but I simply love it…and as Christmas time has officially started now I bought some Lebkuchen and used it to make a dessert for last weekend.

The recipe is not even a real recipe – it is more like a kit and you can use basically whatever you have at home. Have a look below to see which ingredients I used.

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The Food Exchange – give me some honey!

For this months Food Exchange Lucy from www.lucyabakes.com and I tried to think of an Autumnal theme. We decided on a theme that involved honey in our baking. The color of honey is perfect for autumn: warm and golden, it is so comforting so it is something I definitely connect more to a cold season rather than the warmer ones.
Anyway, after settling on the theme we realised that this year is actually the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh. And as Winnie the Pooh always knows what is best I think we definitely settled for the right theme:

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

A.A Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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Bye, bye October – Hello November

I just had to think twice – is it really November???!!! That is actually unbelievable – only one more month until December! I can’t believe it.
I don’t know why but October went by really quickly – many exciting things are happening at the moment, we had visitors and enjoyed really great autumn-weather. The leaves are all yellow and red colored and they just look stunning!

On the blog I showed you that I made a Chocolate Tiffin. It was sooo good and they were gone in one afternoon.
Also I finally managed to show you a way to give vouchers as gifts that is a little bit more fun than just giving it away in an envelope.
And, not to forget, I wrote about Casa do Barao, the Hotel we stayed at during our city trip to Lisbon. Have a look – it is a wonderful hotel!

In November I am going to have my firs proper stall at a craft market – I am so excited but also pretty nervous. On the blog there is going to be a new and delicious Food Exchange and much more. I can’t wait!

A nice way to wrap and present a voucher!

Do you also sometimes have the problem that you want to give someone a voucher as a present but struggle to find a nice way to wrap it?
I mean, of course you can always use a nice card with an envelope, but sometimes I like to think of something a little bit different.
The way I wrapped vouchers for a game of football I’ve seen before somewhere online, but I didn’t have any instructions so I just made it up.

I think it is a really nice way to wrap a gift and if you would like to give it a go as well I took a few pictures and wrote a small tutorial in this blogpost.
Enjoy!

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Our accommodation in Lisbon – Casa do Barao

As the last part of our trip to Lisbon I want to write a little bit about the hotel we stayed at, which we found online after a little research. It was important to us to choose a rather small-ish boutique hotel with a nice environment and a tasteful interior – and to make everything perfect a small pool. That way we hoped to be able to combine the typical city trip with a bit of relaxing pool-time.
I was amazed that we actually found a hotel that hit all these points and that was still in our budget – Hotel Casa do Barao.
So we booked it and eagerly awaited our arrival in Lisbon. (About our trip to Lisbon I already wrote here and here).
Have a look at the pictures to see how we experienced our stay at Casa do Barao – mini-spoiler ;): wow!

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