Köln, Belgisches Viertel. Sommer 2016.
Köln, Belgisches Viertel. Sommer 2016.
Albalou Polou. A layered Iranian rice dish
Combining sweet’n sour with meat and serving it as main course for dinner is not a new concept. Germans have been doing it with game and lingonberries (see my beef-stew-lingonberry-homemade-spatzle recipe) since forever. But cooking this particular dish that calls for sour cherries and lamb was Continue reading
I’ve been test wearing this raw amethyst necklace all day long. It’s just too beautiful, really. Raw crystals in combination with gold are definitely to die for and among my favorite jewelry.
In the past I had difficulties finding druzies were the metal hardware matched my aesthetic standards and wouldn’t look too much DIY. Though these are very easy to make by yourself.
I love the necklace! It’s not very expensive (59 € by Apricot Room) but I feel like I am spending just too much on these little things these days… oh my conscience! I should be saving for the great vacations I plan this year.
// Wearing Massimo Dutti mens cashmere sweater, AG boyfriend denim, COS alpaca knit and big agate pearls on my wrist // 2nd image by Amanda Kingloff for etsy blog. A great DIY post for self made crystals.
In some parts of the world it’s still the 14th, right? So happy happy Valentines!
There is a special warmth and coziness at Iranian homes that gives you an all year around christmasy feel. Maybe it’s because of the carpets on the floor, dimmed light and the perfume of deliciously cooking rice as soon as you enter the door.
Apart from the Persian rugs there may be nothing fancy, the table-cloth could be actually very cheap but everything is carefully selected to radiate a Continue reading
I am totally obsessing over gemstones these days. I am drawn to anything colorful and glitzy since I am little, like every girl, I think. While in my fashion choices I have become more norm core understated naturally! my inner girl can look at gems and be happy about their light reflections for hours. I think gems are particular beautiful when they’re raw and in their natural crystal shapes but polished and not set in yet is also very delightful. Especially when you get to hold them in your hands and arrange them on the table after colors. I get better at identifying gems everyday though I still struggle with red and greens…
Cologne – The Nubbel burns again! I just love this city and its local traditions!
Due to special request by my friend Andy I’m sharing a recipe for homemade spatzle with lingonberry beef stew.
Hausgemachte Spätzle mit Preiselbeer-Rindfleischragout:
For the meat you can take any kind that’s suitable for stews. We had a Jungbullen roast which we diced in big chunks. Prior to searing I always salt and pepper a lot but also dust in flour. This will add a nice texture later.
Then sauté in high heat until meat is slightly browned on the outside, add diced onions. After 2 minutes add wine. Boil up. Reduce heat to medium. Cover. Wait. Depending on the beef quality the dish shut be ready after 1 to 3 hours (ours took 2). The meat has to be tender enough that you can eat it. At the end add the lingonberries and cook until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Ready.
This is easy. Way more easy than I thought initially. Whisk all the ingredients together. Replace some of the wheat flour with rye for a more bodied flavor. Boil up slightly salted water in a pot. Don’t reduce the heat. Take something that has holes. A grater worked fine with us. Put some of the runny dough on the grater and push it through with a spoon. The bits will fall into the water, puff up nicely and be done instantly. In-between take some out with a strainer or so and collect in a colander. When you’re done. Put some butter in a pan and fry the spatzle a little.
Serve with the stew on the side. Leftover spatzle can be used up the next day for awesome Käsespätzle, the original Mac’n Cheese.
Alright, Guten Appetit!
Sometimes I think I have the driest hands on the planet. I am constantly moisturizing but nothing copes with the winter cold and frequent hand washing. Yes, I use my hands a lot and I have them in the cold, chalky water all the time.
There are days when I get tired of hand cream and skip it altogether until I have to be presentable like with pictures here on the blog then I regret that deeply. So, one of my new year resolutions Continue reading
To get you awake let’s start the day with a great tune from Mizrahi trio A-Wa from Israel. These sisters have Jemenite roots and cherish them by singing Arabic folklore. The song is really catchy! So, enjoy!
If you want to know more about this group and their fascinating ethnic heritage, here’s the link to a great article on middleeasteye.