GRUB Food Fair in Manchester

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Food markets and markets in general are a big passion of mine. It is the whole vibe, the relaxed environment, amazing food and handmade things that I love. I also feel that I can relate to the people that sell things that they have put so much energy and love in. The things they made are almost like their babies – you can often see in their eyes how proud they are and also sometimes a little bit nervous…who will buy something? Will people be even interested in my products?

Having had a market stall myself and having helped my mum selling her handmade things I know this feeling and it makes me so happy when I can buy handmade things at a market and support independent business. There is just something so special about it and this feeling doesn’t stay at the market, it makes me happy when I am back at home enjoying a piece of cake that I maybe bought or admiring something handmade that finds a new place in my home.

Therefore I am a big fan of GRUB in Manchester and when they opened the GRUB Food Fair I was very, very excited to go and try the delicious food and drinks on offer!
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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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Summer salad á la Annika

Back when I was still a student a few years ago I went round to my friend Annika’s house for dinner one summer evening. She prepared a summer salad with fresh peaches and fried sliced beef – all I can say is it was soooo good and still now it is my favorite salad for summer!
I never had a recipe for it and I tend to forget the ingredients every year – so every year during the first warmer days in spring my friend receives a message that reads roughly like this: “Hey, what are the ingredients for my favorite summer salad again?” – although she was even the one that reminded me this year by sending me pictures of the first summer salad for 2016 – to me this means summer has officially started 🙂
So, to not forget the ingredients again (although it is kind of a tradition now :)) I decided to finally write them down, here on the blog.

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Pancakes – I’ve loved them all my life

One of the first things I can remember from my childhood is my granny making pancakes for my grandad, my brothers and myself. Thinking back it always was a joy for everyone: For my grandad because he just loves to sit and eat with us (until he gets up and moves to the couch right after the meal :)); for my granny because she loves how much we love to eat her pancakes and of course for us kids – because granny’s pancakes are just the best!
The last couple of years my two brothers and I didn’t often manage to meet at granny’s for pancakes – but if we find a rare occasion when all of us are in town it is a feast!
Our friends know granny’s pancakes and often they would come with us and granny would never complain about the amount of pancakes she had to bake.
So it is no surprise that I absolutely love pancakes and whenever I have the chance I make them – not for lunch but more for brunch mainly when we have visitors.
Pancakes are great as most of the ingredients you will have at home anyway so you can spontaneously decide to make them this Sunday morning :).
You can find the recipe I always use below.

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On the hunt for “Mandelhörnchen”

A friend came back from a trip to Berlin recently and told me he got these “German almond things that are dipped in chocolate” from a bakery over there and that they are “probably the nicest thing” he had ever eaten.
I immediately knew what he was talking about but it was ages ago that I had one of these almond things in the shape of a half moon. I remembered they were made out of almonds (yeah, okay, that is obvious :)) and marzipan.
Anyway, I told my parents to look out for them but it wasn’t easy to find them – then a couple of months later my mum proudly presented us “Mandelhörnchen” that she got from a market in Bavaria. She also bought some for our friend to take back to England – but (for some weird reason ;)) they never made it home and were eaten before.
Luckily then our friend had his birthday a couple of weeks later and I finally had a chance to bake them. Dan said it was the best thing I had ever baked – so I can’t wait to share the recipe with you below.

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The Food Exchange: Raspberry and Thyme Custard Tart

Winter has definitely gone now and although the weather could be better, Lucy and I decided that it is time for light and fruity tarts this month.

For people that don’t know our Food Exchange yet have a look here for the other recipes. Every month I provide Lucy from www.lucybakes.wordpress.com with a German recipe, and she suggests a English recipe for me to bake – and once the delicious bakes have been made we write about it on our blogs.

This months bake for me was a Raspberry and Thyme Tart from Delicious Magazine that really tastes of summer!

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