Homemade Carnival Jelly Doughnuts

The Poles call them Pączki, a diminutive plural of the polish word pąk “bud”. In German-speaking countries, they are known either as Berliner or Krapfen. North Americans call them Bismarks or Jelly Doughnuts. No matter what you call them these fluffy, somewhat collapsed pastries are a Carnival staple and taste best homemade and still warm….

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The classic combination of Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon is a festive flavor sensation. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or a dinner party with friends, these mini cabbages with their nutty, very distinct flavor are a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, poultry in particular.      

Old-Fashioned Cornbread (recipe courtesy by Paula Deen)

I have to admit that it took me a little while to appreciate the good old southern cornbread. Mostly because many of the cornbreads I have tried were simply not that good; they were either dry and crumbly or sweet and greasy. But a few months ago my mother-in-law gave me one of Paula Deen’s…

Southern New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

I wasn’t familiar with black-eyed peas until I have married into a Southern family. Those small, creamy-flavored beans with a ‘black eye’ where they were joined to the pod are a Southern good luck tradition for New Year’s Day, one with deep roots in African-American culture. People in the South will tell you that the…

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.

Christmas Roast Goose

A Christmas goose is the epitome of a Christmas dinner and Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas roast goose is a fantastic choice! I didn’t change anything in the recipe, except for skipping step 8 (browning the skin in a frying pan, before putting the goose in the oven). The Chinese Five Spice Powder – a blend of…

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Figs and Mushrooms

Early and mid-autumn are high season for figs. I suggest you get a good handful of those aromatic fruits, a bottle of your favorite white wine and start cooking 🙂     Ingredients 1 pork tenderloin (ca. 500g / 1.1lb), cut in 4cm (1.6inch) thick medallions 5 fresh, ripe figs 113g / 4oz of mixed…

Chilli con Carne

This great chilli recipe is one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. It’s easy to throw together using mostly storecupboard ingredients.  

Moroccan Couscous Salad

Like every Moroccan dish, this salad offers an explosion of flavors and colors. It can be served as a side dish, however it is hearty enough to be eaten as a meal by itself.