Risotto Savoy Cabbage “Cake”

Risotto Savoy Cabbage “Cake”

This porcini risotto wrapped up in savoy cabbage leaves makes a delicious vegetarian main meal for the holiday season. If the slow roasted turkey leg, roulades or beef roast is not an option for you on Christmas, this sumptuous risotto cake might be the answer. It looks festive, it is filling, it fits most of the vegetable side dishes you could think of making and should you cook the Christmas…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is my favorite way of enjoying Brussels sprouts: roasted in the oven with olive oil, lots of garlic and sprinkled with Parmesan. Time for a side dish recipe in my Christmas dinner series: roasted Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts with garlic and orange juice and sprinkled with some Parmesan just before serving. I love it! I was in my twenties already the first time that I had Brussels sprouts. I…

Oven Slow-Cooked Turkey Leg

Oven Slow-Cooked Turkey Leg

Tender meat and crispy skin, a turkey leg slow-cooked in the oven, I can’t think of a tastier and easier way of cooking turkey. I don’t know about you, but I have never cooked a whole turkey. They are quite expensive and soooo large and there is no Thanksgiving tradition in Germany, which might entice me to such an experiment. I do cook lots of chickens and even a duck…

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Balls

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Balls

A creamy cauliflower soup with almond balls and almond dukkah, a delicious vegetarian starter for the Christmas lunch or dinner. In case you haven’t yet started thinking about what you will cook for Christmas, now would be the time to start doing it. 🙂 Many of my friends already know what they will cook, especially the traditionalists like my mother-in-law, who tend to cook the same meal each Christmas, but…

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes

A better version of Hagrid’s rock cakes, soft and sweet, full of good stuff like sultanas, dried apricots, prunes and cranberries and ready within 30 minutes. Hagrid’s rock cakes are mentioned quite a few times in several of the Harry Potter books but never in a positive manner. For instance, Harry almost broke a tooth once, while biting on one of the gamekeeper’s cakes. Unlike Hagrid’s probably over baked rock…

Harry Potter’s Treacle Tart

Harry Potter’s Treacle Tart

Harry Potter’s favorite dessert: treacle tart, a very simple and delicious tart made with golden syrup, fresh breadcrumbs and lemon juice. Every person who ever read Harry Potter has heard of the famous treacle tart, it is mentioned in several books of the series, either baked by the Hogwarts elves or even by Harry’s own elf, inherited from Sirius, Kreacher. It is another popular English dessert, however, I must admit…

Chicken and Ham Pie

Chicken and Ham Pie

Typical English cooking: chicken and ham pie with peas, a luscious white sauce and puff pastry, something often served in Hogwarts for dinner. A bonus of cooking or mostly baking some of the dishes and cakes mentioned in the Harry Potter series is that I get to learn a little bit more about English cooking. We lived in England for one year, but to tell you the truth, the kind…

Fruit Mince Pies

Fruit Mince Pies

Little, flaky pastry cups filled with the most delicious mince pie filling I can imagine, Molly Weasley’s Christmas present to Harry, she definitively knows how to make people happy. Secret Recipe Club time again, but sadly for the last time. After this reveal day the SRC is no more. I am really sorry about it, I really enjoyed learning so many blogs through the club, being assigned one every month,…

Chocolate Gateau

Chocolate Gateau

Ron Weasley’s chocolate gateau mentioned in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a sinfully delicious chocolate cake layered with a chocolate-double cream filling. A really magical day yesterday. My husband and I had our 11th wedding anniversary and to celebrate that we decided to go out eating and then to the cinema with the kids to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We got home just in time…

How to Increase Traffic with Yummly

How to Increase Traffic with Yummly

Do you use Yummly? I do have an account there for a while now, but I have only recently noticed that the traffic coming from Yummly is constantly growing. That made me curious to learn more about Yummly and to actually use it not only for sharing my own recipes and those of my favorite blogs, but to use it as one would use Pinterest for instance, for collecting my…