Monday, December 31, 2012

Cooking my way into the New Year

I've spent nearly all my free time in the kitchen to fill up my freezer.
Chicken with caramelizend onions and cardamom rice (out of the cookbook Jerusalem)

Slow cooked veal with leeks and prunes (also from Jerusalem)

 And finally today instead of making dumplings I made a "Brezen Gugelhupf" to accompany red cabbage and venison stew.
This evening was spent sewing part 7 of Bonnies Easy Street Mystery - tomorrow we will get the final part.

Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy year 2013!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Easy Street 6

Even though there will not be a link up this Monday, I wanted to show off, what my step 6 of Bonnies Easy Street Mystery Quilt looks like:

The next step will be published on Jan. 1st, and there will only be a few more clues before the big reveal.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


The holidays are over but luckily my vacation is not and so I have lots of time to discover the gifts I got. One of the books ist "Jerusalem"  by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.
Some weeks ago I found an interesting recipe from "Jerusalem" on a blog and just hat to try it, It went together so easily and tasted phantastic, so I added the cookbook to my wishlist.

Today I tried lamb stuffed quince with pomegranate and coriander - another winner. It takes a little bit of effort but the result is absolutely worth it. Now to find the recipe I'll try tomorrow.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Have yourself a merry little Christmas - 51 Photos

Merry Christmas everybody!

This weeks photochallenge is - how could it be othewise - Christmas! I've been a day early this year with decorating the tree and turning on the lights. Since 2001 I've been using electric lights and no longer candels as that year on August 16 the building on the other side of the street burned down. Even if it is not traditional - I'm just too afraid of fire to risk it. As I spend Christmas Eve at my sister's and she HAS to have candles - my nephew decorates the 3 meters high tree and he is conservative as can be in that regard:-) - I don't mind too much and enjoy the lights every day instead of just on Christmas Eve. 

I love to travel and instead of buying tourist souveniers I try to find something for my tree:

 a gift from my sister, the star in the background is a gift from my mum
This bird I found in a shop in Vienna.

Acorn - from our family tree
a gift from my sister from a trip to Eastern Germany (Sachsen)
parrot from a caribbean cruise
orange glass star - a gift from my sister

Wishing a peacefull Christmas time for all of my readers!

Easy Street 5

Part 5 finished - Merry Christmas everybody!

Check out, what all the others did this week at Bonnies Link up.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Easy Street Part 4

Another step of the mystery done and the waiting for next friday starts!

Check out, what everybody else is doing .

Sunday, December 16, 2012

51 Photos - Winter

Winter, cold, dark, endless - but if you look closely so much beauty too!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

51 Photos - Red and Green

Red and Green - the colors most connected with Christmas, but when I read this theme I remembered something else.

In February I spent a weekend in Pöllau at an oil painting class. It was freezing cold (I'll never forget that the sparkling wine froze in the bottle, when I put it out on the windowsill while I showered and changed for dinner!)

When I arrived in the afternoon I walked around the village, after sitting in the car for two hours I needed to move. These berries caught my eyes, shining red against all the green and white of the landscape.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Easy Street Part 3

Running like a hamster in it's wheel it feels like the weekend never will come but the carrot of getting the next part of the mystery helps to keep on running and then it is finally friday, the new part is available for download and I still have to finish the workday and then all the household things that need to be done to be prepared for the next week in the hamsterwheel, for the coming holidays and life in general.

Then Saturday late afternoon I finally treat myself to cutting the needed parts, put a DVD in the player and while listening to one of the TV Series I collect (after watching all the Criminal Minds Seasons it is time for something a little bit lighter so the choice fell on Castle) I get busy with my sewing machine.
Klick here to see, what all the others who joined into the mystery have done last week.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

51 Photos - Sparkle

Sparkling lights bring a little bit of light into the darkes time of the year!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Easy Street 2


The last flying goose finished!
And the rectangles cut too!
Fallalala la la la la... (sorry, I've listened to Christmas Music while baking  and now I can't get it out of my head)

If you want to check out what the others who joined in this project are doing, go here:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

51 Photos - Kitchen

Again I am too late for the link up, but last weeks theme had me in a tizzy! Kitchen? Take a photo of my KITCHEN???? To be honest, right now me kitchen seems more like a battlefield. Working overtime is not conductive to a clean and tidy kitchen.

As Christmas is coming nearer every day it is high time to start baking cookies though, so yesterday I did what was necessary and prepared everything for todays lunch   a photo of which has to serve for my kitchen photo. It is a recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi I found on the internet, out of his cook book Jerusalem, which immediately after lunch was put on my Amazon wishlist. Sooooo good!

The rest of the weekend was spent with the usual housework, shopping, working on the mystery quilt and finishing the top for the first baby quilt I am working on:

A Story Time Star quilt, a free pattern offered by Bonnie Hunter which I did once already. It is such a fun quilt to work on though that both the quilts I am working on are that pattern.

Oh, and yes, I did bake christmas cookies too....