Category: Tutorials

Christmas, Cooking Techniques, Culinary world trip, Dinner Party, Feeding A Crowd, Poland, Special occasions, Tutorials

Silesian Potato Dumplings (Kluski Śląskie)

I grew up in Silesia, a part of Poland, which – due to its turbulent history and geography – is a melting pot of Slavic and Germanic traditions. A Sunday dinner in our house was literally unthinkable without kluski. Made with cooked potatoes they are chewy and gummy in texture and unlike any other type […]

Breadbasket, Breakfast/Brunch, Cooking Techniques, Culinary world trip, France, Special occasions, Tutorials, Yeast breads

Mastering the Art of French Bread Baking. Part 1. Boule.

It is quite amazing how the French create a variety of breads with only flour, yeast, water and their famous art of folding and shaping – called „le faconnage“  – which gives each bread its unique texture and taste. My basic recipe for a traditional French bread is very easy to make. If you want […]

Cooking Techniques, Culinary world trip, Germany, Gifts from the kitchen, Morocco, Poland, Tutorials

How to make your own vanilla sugar

Alongside saffron, vanilla is probably the world’s most expensive spice. This is mostly due to the elaborate cultivation and maturing process of vanilla and also to its undisputed popularity. The fragrant aroma of fresh vanilla enhances and refines many desserts and sweet dishes. But what to do with the scraped pod? It’s too good to throw […]

Cooking Techniques, Dips & Sauces, Germany, Gifts from the kitchen, Jams, Preserves & Spreads, Tutorials

How to make your own applesauce (recipe without sugar)

Applesauce can be a delicious addition to a variety of dishes; the German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) with applesauce come to mind immediately as the most famous mélange. But you can also mix it with plain yogurt or granola, spread it on a slice of crispy bread or enjoy it pure and simple.   To make […]

Cooking Techniques, Culinary world trip, Desserts, Gifts from the kitchen, Italy

Cantuccini: so simple is it to make the famous Italian almond biscuits.

Originally from a small town near Florence, cantuccini conquered the world. I would like to share with you my own simple recipe on how to make these delicious almond biscuits yourself. What makes cantuccini so special is the fact that they are baked twice: first you bake the dough rolls, then you cut them into […]

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How to make homemade jam (with a recipe for an incredible strawberry-vanilla jam)

Making your own jam is actually easier than you think. It tastes incredible and makes a great gift to! Before you start The rule of thumb when cooking jam. Cooking jam requires only a bit of calculating, some stirring and cleanliness. That’s all. The most common ratio of fruit to sugar is 2:1, for example, 1 […]