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rose & raspberry jam

A while ago, my friend Oksana gave me the most enchanting gift: a jar of rose petal jam from her mother´s garden. It was of the prettiest colour, a dark deep pinkish red, with countless little petals throughout and that floral perfume that´s almost more beguiling when it ascends from a jar. I really love that kind of old-fashioned flower recipe, and the idea of a having […]

Monkfish with Piperade & Bayonne ham

I´ve never been to the Basque country, that remote piece of land in the Southwest corner of France, but there´s no doubt I´d like it there. A region where so many delicious things come from – from acorn fed black pigs, cured meats, incredible sheep´s cheeses to piment d´Espelette – , where they create such outstanding produce from what nature has to […]

Baumkuchen

With all the bûches de Noël I saw, made and ate last month, I almost forgot we Germans have a `log` cake as well: Baumkuchen, originally baked  on a turning spit, owes its name to multiple layers of dough mimicking the year rings of a tree (Baum). Unlike the bûches, Baumkuchen is not exclusively related to Christmas, but was first baked in […]