Today’s post is kind of personal and (at least for me) rather emotional. It´s about the love of my life, the city of my dreams and the most beautiful place on earth: Barcelona. People that know me know that I spend my first four years living in Spain, in a city close to Barcelona. Ever since, I´ve been in love with the city and the region. Even when we went back to Germany, we tried to keep and integrate the culture into our lives. I grew up with Spanish Tortilla, Els Pets, Castells, Cacaolat and Shin Chan. We had a Spanish Au pair for two years and we made sure to go back and visit the region and our friends at least once a year. I grew up speaking three languages; unfortunately I lost all my Spanish and Catalan when we went back. But ever since I was little, I was determined to live in Barcelona again and learn how to speak Spanish.
Well, sometimes dreams do come true. When I went to University, it was part of my study program to spend one year abroad and I knew that I wanted to spend it in Barcelona. After the most stressful organization of all times, I finally made it to Barcelona last August. And all I can say is that it was the best thing ever! I fell in love even more with the city and I enjoyed every day that I got to live there. (Well, the whole studying-thing could have been a little less stressful but hey, at least I was in Barcelona) Continue reading
Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, the evenings colder, the first leaves are changing their color and there are apples everywhere. Summer is slowly saying goodbye and I am not quite sure yet if I am happy about it or not. I didn’t get to enjoy this summer as much, since I spend most time locked up behind my laptop writing my bachelor thesis. I do like what fall brings though. Apples and plums and pumpkins…I guess you just got to make the best of each season and I very much intend to do so this fall.
My blog turns one! And that (and also the fact that I turned one year older as well and sucessfully completed my academic studies) calls for a celebration. And cake. And chocolate…well you know what I am getting at.
One year „Das Leben ist süß!“. I can´t believe how fast it went by. It started as an idea in the back of my head and now turned into this huge hobby that has not only taken over my life, but the life of my friends and family as well. My sister, my love and my friends are now benefitting from sweet treats on a regular basis, while my parents started hunting for props even without me. It´s great! What I like most about blogging is for one, the wonderful world of foodblogging where people are actually nice and supportive to each other. The internet can be pretty tough and mean spirited at times but it all stops when it comes to chocolate muffins. I mean, who writes a nasty comment on the recipe for the world best chocolate chip cookies? No one! It is just wonderful to see all those lovely blogs out there, see what they are doing and get inspired by their awesomeness. They are a huge inspiration to me and my striving to make the best out of this little blog. The other thing I love about blogging is that is has challenged me on so many creative levels. I have baked and cooked a lot my whole life but now it has become a regular thing with me trying to come up with my own recipes and create something new. I also never anticipated that I would like photography this much. Continue reading
Do you know that feeling, when you got something carefully planned and then you end up doing something completely different? My original plan was to try this blueberry-peach galette recipe that I´ve been thinking about for a while. So I went to the famers market to get some fresh fruit and that’s when I saw those red currants. Red, juicy, beautiful red currants that were just waiting to be bought. Of course I couldn´t say no so I found myself buying them without a big recipe in mind. It was the first time I had them this year and they are not my typical go-to fruit but you got to admit that red currants are some of the sexiest fruit out there. Just look at them all cute and delicious. I ended up making the galette as well, while I was thinking about recipes that could use some red currants. The muffin recipe was a spontaneous idea, which turned out be even greater than the galette and deserves to be shown first.
There was a 50% chance that these muffins could have gone completely wrong, since I just whipped together some ingredients I thought were fitting. I´ve been experimenting with different flour and sweeteners for a while now and I finally wanted to use that almond flour that everybody seems to love. I have to admit that it is pretty great but unless I´ll get myself a profitable job at the side or win the lottery, there is no way I could make almond flour a standard thing in my kitchen. Unfortunately it is just too expensive, so for everyone who doesn´t want to spend that much money on muffins, you could just substitute the almond flour for spelt or all-purpose flour. Since red currants tend to be rather tart, the muffin ended up no too sweet. I imagine they would be sweeter when using other fruit, such as blueberries or apples. As always, experiment and go crazy, no recipe is set in stone.
Makes 12 muffins:
180 almond flour (you could also use spelt or all-purpose flour)
140 rolled oats
1 tbsp. baking powder
One pinch of salt
160 ml buttermilk
70 g butter or oil
100 ml maple syrup
1 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
One hand full of red currants
1) Add oats to a food processor or use a blender to mix them into a flour-like texture. In a bowl, mix them with almond flour, baking powder and salt.
2) In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk, banana, melted butter, maple syrup and the core of the vanilla bean with a blender. Whisk in the eggs. Carefully add the flour mixture. Wash the red currants and add to the batter. Place the batter in muffin molds and bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven at 175°C.
Investing in popsicle molds was the best idea of this summer! We used to have some when I was little, filling them with orange juice or yoghurt but it wasn´t until I bought some for myself that I realized just how much fun you can have with them. There are so many different ways and flavors, it´s awesome. The only problem I am having is that my craving for new recipes kind of contradicts with the amount of ice cream one can eat. My freezer is full but I still have so many ideas. Yeah, the life of a foodblogger, it´s tough.
Just around the corner of my apartment is farmers market. Every Saturday I take some time to stroll around, listen to people chit chat, the salesperson praising their fresh fruit, children playing and enjoy the smell of flowers and fresh coffee. I love it! During summertime it is especially wonderful, people just seem to be happier, take their time and enjoy life a little more. And all the fresh fruit is just amazing. I really have to contain myself every time I go there, so I don´t buy all of it. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or peaches are becoming cheaper and more delicious every week. Last time I just couldn´t help myself and bought a whole bunch of delicious looking raspberries, took them home and made this tart.
I´m a breakfast type of person. I do love dinner though. Actually, I think food is always great, regardless the time of day. But breakfast is very important to me. My Spanish roommates would always make fun of me when they saw me in the morning, eating my bread, eggs and orange juice. Then again, breakfast is not that big of a deal in Spain, typically consisting of coffee and a cookie. But here in Germany and in so many other places in the world breakfast is really important. I just can´t leave the house in the morning without a good foundation for the day. And I absolutely loooove me a good brunch. Continue reading