Dezember 06, 2008


It's St. Nicholas day, I am finally able to make time for some Christmas baking! Today: Zimtsterne (Zimt - cinnamon; Sterne - stars).

500g sweet almonds, ground
450g confectioner's sugar (plus about 50g for rolling out dough)
3 egg whites
1 tablespoon kirsch
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat the egg whites until stiff, add kirsch. Set aside about 2 tablespoons of the mix.
Add sugar and continue beating.
Mix ground almonds and cinnamon and add to the egg mix.

The dough should be fairly dry. Roll out, using plenty of confectioner's sugar to avoid that the dough sticks to the surface. Rolled out dough should be about 3/4 cm (1/4 inch?) thick.

Cut out stars and place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

Add some confectioner's sugar to the egg and kirsch mix. Spread sugar mix thinly on the cookies.

Bake for about 12 min at 175°C/ 350°C until cookies are dry. They should still be very soft in the middle when you take them out or they will be too hard once they are cold.

Dezember 04, 2008


My veggie box blessed my with a real winter veggie mix today: a beetroot, oranges, clementines, carrots, chicory, white cabbage and - turnips! So for dinner it was turnips with carrots and beef.

Here's how I prepared it:

1. Cut two turnips, two carrots and one onion into smallish dice.

2. stir fry in sunflower oil, add about a cup of vegetable broth and simmer until the veggies are done and the broth is reduce to a minimum amount of liquid.

3. add about 1/4 pound of ground beef and stir fry (not for too long, it should stay juicy)

4. season with freshly ground pepper and a fair amount of salt.

Mine looked like this: