How to make crème pâtissière (French pastry cream)

Crème pâtissière (also known as pastry cream) is a rich, creamy custard made of milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. While not an item in itself,  it is a key ingredient of many French desserts such as éclairs, fruit tarts, soufflés and mille-feuille. It is usually flavored with vanilla, but it can be easily refined…

One – Hour Broiled Chicken and Pan Sauce

If you want to put a juicy, crisp-skinned roast chicken on your dinner table quickly, you might want to do it the American Way! The secret to getting a whole chicken roasted in just an hour is to butterfly the bird, start roasting it in a cold oven and then crank up the broiler.  

Buttermilk Bread

This bread here is a simple wheat bread refined with buttermilk, which not only benefits the freshness of the bread but also the flavor. The delicate-sour note makes the small but subtle difference.  

Matjes Herring Tartare

Ash Wednesday marks the end of all New Year’s and Carnival festivities, and the beginning of the 40 days long Lent. The word Carnival derives from Latin “carne vale” – meat, farewell! Religious people are fasting today and abstain from meat. Some people, like myself, use Lent to exercise self – discipline.  I’m giving up desserts, sweets,…

Faworki, Chrust, Angel Wings

Known by many names, meaning dried twigs or brushwood, Chrust, Faworki or Angel Wings, these little, powdered sugar treats appear en masse in the last week of Carnival, just before Lent. Trays piled high with Faworki and Pączki fill the supermarkets and bakeries for Tłusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday. Faworki are also very popular in areas of the U.S….

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact. In this case, a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a few capers turn boring minced meat into this piquant and flavourful dish.

Sonntagsbrot (Sunday Bread)

Richer than a simple wheat bread but not as sweet as a Brioche. I reserve this bread for weekend breakfasts with the family. Butter, strawberry jam or Nutella are my favorite spreads on the Sunday Bread.    

Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Potatoes)

Marzipankartoffeln is little round or potato-shaped candy (hence the name) sold in Germany especially around the Christmas time. I still had some leftover marzipan from my Christmas baking so I decided to make those chewy and tender bonbons for my little marzipan connoisseurs (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉 ) Tip:…

Aurélie Bastian’s Boeuf Bourguignon​

Aurélie Bastian is a French expat living in Germany. She is a very successful food blogger, entrepreneur and writer. In her cooking show, airing on German TV, she explains in perfect German with a touch of French accent how to master the art of French cooking. This recipe is Aurélie’s, very sophisticated, version of the world…

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

This classic beef stew is the ideal cooking project for a chilly day like today. Beef, onion, carrots, potatoes and red wine come together in beautiful harmony. If you are feeding a crowd, good news: It doubles (or triples) easily.