home cooking

Vanillekipferl: Austrian Christmas Biscuits

Vanillekipferl, or Vanilla Crescents, are among the many traditional festive biscuits baked each year at Christmastime by home cooks in Austria, Germany and a number of other European countries. For most families in these countries, Vanillekipferl are an essential part of their Christmas fare.   Baking festive biscuits (called Keks in Austria, Plätzchen in Germany) […] Read more…

2 Easy Baked Puddings: Nana’s Impossible Pie and Blueberry Bread and Butter Pudding

Are you looking for simple, no-fuss, wholesome desserts that will delight your family and woo your guests? Then I suggest you try these two quick and easy baked puddings: Nana’s Impossible Pie and Blueberry Bread and Butter Pudding. You’ll find my recipes at the end of this post.   Nana’s Impossible Pie and Bread and […] Read more…

Brotlaibchen: Festive chocolate biscuits

These wonderful little chocolate biscuits are called Brotlaibchen, which is German for “little loaves of bread”. Because of their shape, dark colour and crunchy cracked sugar crust, they look just like little loaves of (German) bread. But unlike bread, these little treats are sweet and chewy on the inside.   Brotlaibchen combine grated dark chocolate, […] Read more…

Pearl Barley Salad

This novel Pearl Barley Salad is light, nutritious and versatile. Additionally, it is super-easy to prepare. The lime juice dressing gives the dish a refreshing, tangy taste. You can serve the salad as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or grilled fish, or as a vegetarian option, on its own, with crusty bread. You’ll find my […] Read more…

Grandma’s Easy Lemon Meringue Pie

This post is about my Grandma’s Easy Lemon Meringue Pie, an easy-to-make version of an old favourite dessert. But more than that, it’s a story about the relationship I had with my Grandma. Lemon Meringue Pie remains one of my best-loved desserts. I make it quite often for my family and when I entertain guests. […] Read more…

Zimtsterne

Last year, while visiting my family in Germany, I learnt how to make Zimtsterne, that is, Cinnamon Stars. Zimtsterne are traditional German Christmas biscuits sold at Christmas markets and in grocery stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland during Advent, the 3-4 weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many folk in these German-speaking countries bake their […] Read more…

Plain Yoghurt Zest

Plain yoghurt, natural and unsweetened: I love it. I always have a tub in my ‘fridge and it’s always on my shopping list. It’s so versatile. In this post, I share a little about yoghurt generally, some of the ways I use plain yoghurt and two really simple and healthy low-fat plain yoghurt recipes for […] Read more…