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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crunchy at the outside, tender and juicy in the inside, that`s how I like my chicken the best. Seriously guys I am so addicted to fried chicken, since my trip to the Caribbean a few years ago. Honestly really can`t say no to any variation, especially if they include the word spicy. 

For this very reason I absolutely wanted to play around with spices and make my own piquant fried chicken. And isn`t there any better liaison than paprika and chicken wings? Perfect match if you ask me. And although I don`t have a lot of experience in cooking chicken, this dish astonishingly turned out pretty tasty, just ignore the few burnt wings *lol*, the others were absolutely yummy. 

What you need (for 1 serving):
  • 6 chicken wings
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 5 tablespoons paprika powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
  • a pinch of salt
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • one big bowl flour
  • oil or butter

  • mix lemon juice, paprika powder, smoked paprika powder, water, hot ketchup, minced garlic and onion, salt and brown sugar ( if you like) in a bowl, mix well
  • wash chicken, marinate chicken in spicy mixture for about 30 minutes, turn wings over from time to time, if you have time marinate over night (in the fridge)
  •  Heat oil or butter in a pan, in the meantime dip your wings into the bowl with flour, make sure to cover the wings completely with flour
  • fry the wings in the hot oil for about 10 to maximum 15 minutes, don`t forget to turn them over when half of the time is over
  • serve with yummy fries, like these paprika flavoured sweet potato

I know these chicken wings aren`t perfect, but that`s what I like about cooking, trying new things, without knowing how they turn out. Besides that I think one should never stop learning, gaining experience and improving skills. 
But enough of me, what about you, do you like chicken wings? How do you make them?
Tell me all about your fried chicken recipes, as I really like to connect with other persons passionate about cooking.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Triple Berry Porridge

triple berry porridge

Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, people tend to not pay a lot of attention to it. To be honest, me included, as a cup of coffee actually is all I have for breakfast during weekdays. 
Actually I would call myself a weekend breakfast person, as I do love to have a rich and sumptuous Sunday morning feast. So at least I`m trying once or twice a week, as everyone of us should take themselves some time to really enjoy the first meal of the day. 
Let me tell you breakfast is just awesome, especially if it goes hand in hand with fresh sweet berries, like this porridge I have in store for you today. Such a sweet summer treat, you have to try this!

What you need (for 2 servings):
  • 75 to 80g oatmeal
  • 300ml milk 
  • 2 handful mixed berries, I used strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
  • (1 tablespoon sugar), depends on the sweetness you prefer
porridge with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

  • wash the berries, chop strawberries into pieces and remove stems
  • heat milk and sugar in a pan, bring to boil
  • reduce the heat, add oatmeal and berries, let simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally
  • decorate with fresh berries and serve
Unfortunately my porridge didn`t turn out that moist, as I spent too much time talking to my friend and not paying attention to the timer. Let it simmer for about 20 instead of 10. 
Although a little bit sticky it was still delicious and I bet you`ll do it better than me and watch your porridge. 
I`m also thinking trying it with a little bit more milk or milk water next time. What do you think? How do you make your porridge?

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mixed Salad with Scallops & Asparagus Tips

mixed salad with scallops

Summer equals cold dishes, like salads, which come in so many different variations and possible combinations, that you will never get tired of them. You can literally eat a different salad every day, believe me, because I would call myself a frequent and experienced salad eater. Seriously it`s on my menu like almost every day during summer season.

This time I went a little bit experimental on my mixed green salad, using seared scallops and white pickled asparagus to top it off. And this one was so good, I just had to share this recipe with you guys.

What you need (2 servings):
  • 4 handful curled lettuce
  • 6 radishes
  • 2 scallions
  • 100g scallops
  • ca.75g white pickled asparagus tips
  • 1-2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
summery mixed salad with scallops

  • heat canola oil in a fry pan
  • wash the curled lettuce, radishes, scallions and scallops
  • fry the scallops until golden brown, let cool down
  • cut curled lettuce into stripes
  • cut radishes and scallions into slices
  • mix curled lettuce, radishes and scallions and put on a plate
  •  arrange seared scallops and asparagus tips on top of the salad
  • mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper
  • drizzle the dressing over your salad
Actually this recipe was a spontaneous creation, as a friend announced to stop by last-minute and I needed something quick and easy. Sometimes unplanned things turn out to be the best surprises.

What about you? What salads do you like to eat during summer?
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Salted Caramel Sauce

homemade salted caramel sauce

This recipe is for all of you with a sweet tooth, who can`t resist a sticky, creamy treat, like this homemade salted caramel sauce. The sweet, but slightly salty flavour will blow you away, it`s a combination made out of heaven! 

You can use this sauce for many delicious treats, like salted caramel cupcakes, salted caramel ice cream or salted caramel iced coffee. I used mine to bake some mouthwatering German salted caramel filled donuts, which I`m going to share with you soon. In addition the sauce is perfect to top desserts.

For this recipe no candy thermometer is required and it`s done within 10 to 15 minutes. You definitely have to try this, believe me!
This recipe is inspired by sally`s baking addiction.

What you need for one jar (250ml):
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 90 to 100g butter
  • 100 to 120ml single cream
  • 1 1/2 tea spoons fleur de sel (salt) 
homemade salted caramel sauce recipe
  • pour the sugar into a pan, heat over medium heat and stir continuously until all the sugar melted into a thick liquid
  • add the butter, stir until the butter is completely melted, be careful as the mixture will start to bubble
  • Cautiously add the single cream and salt, let boil for about 1 to 2 minutes, your sauce should start to rise in the pan 
  • cool down your salted caramel for 10 minutes, fill into a jar and store in the fridge
  • for later use: store in the fridge and reheat the sauce in your microwave or oven when needed
See how easy this is? 
Hope you give it a try and I really would like to know what creations you guys like to make with your homemade salted caramel sauce?
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Paprika Flavoured Sweet Potato Fries

paprika flavoured sweet potato fries

Sweet potatoes are the next best thing for me at the moment, I really crave them all the time, since I first tried them in Berlin a few months back. Previously I always kind of assumed that I wouldn`t like sweet potatoes, therefor never tried them either. 

Nowadays I`m so glad, I gave them a try, which is why I have to spread some sweet potato love to all of you guys. I mean check out what awesome stuff you can make with them, for example these delicious paprika flavoured fries. 
And who doesn`t love some comfort food from time to time, especially if I tell you that these fries are definitely more healthier than regular ones made out of potatoes. Sweet potatoes also are known to be very substantial, so these crunchy fries will satisfy your stomach way more than other fast food.
Anybody needs any more convincing???
Then let me tell you sweet potato fries are so good, their taste will absolutely blow you away!

paprika flavoured sweet potato fries ingredients

What you need (2 servings):
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • pepper & salt
  • preheat oven at 200°C to 220°C
  • wash, peel and halve sweet potatoes, cut into stripes, make sure they aren`t to thin
  • mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl
  • put sweet potato fries and spice-oil-mixture in a freezer bag, shake well until all fries are covered with the mixture
  • put baking paper on a griddle, lay out your fries on top of the baking paper
  • bake 15 to 20 minutes, then flip your fries, bake at least for another 15 to 20 minutes, maybe your`s take longer or shorter to get crispy, so I recommend you to check on your fries regularly
Sweet potato fries are best served with burgers, chicken wings or toasted sandwiches.

paprika flavoured sweet potato fries recipe

Hope I could get you guys a little bit enthusiastic about sweet potatoes, if you haven`t been it already...
So tell me, do you like them or not?

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Honey & Nectarine Pie

honey & nectarine pie

Nectarines definitely are fruits that stand for summer, besides that they will always remind me of my childhood summer`s. Loved to eat them when I was little, still do actually... And I always thought nectarines are so much fancier, juicier and sweeter than peaches. 

For that matter of fact I wanted to share a sweet treasure made out of these little fellows. I mean one has to promote one of it`s favorite summer fruits, don`t you think?
Not only does this pie captivate due to it`s fruity sweetness but also you can make it within a couple of minutes. Really it`s that easy,believe me!

What you need (middle size pie):
  • 140g shortcrust pastry
  • 3 - 4 ripe nectarines
  • 1 egg
  • 4 - 5 table spoons honey
  •  ca. 1.5dl milk
honey & nectarine pie ingredients

  • preheat your oven at 200°C
  • lay out your griddle with baking paper, put your shortcrust pastry on top of baking paper
  • prick your pastry with a fork
  • wash and cut nectarines into thin slices, spread them out on your pastry
  • mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl and pour over your pie
  • bake about 30 to 40 minutes
  • let cool down a little, decorate with sweetened whipping cream
 A perfect pie, that children and adults will like equally. A sweet treat, that works for every occasion, besides being a perfect summer dessert. I guess peaches would work well with the honey too, but as already mentioned, I really prefer nectarines. About that, what do you guys like more peaches or nectarines?

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Penne "Cinque P"

penne cinque p

Pretty mysterious name for a pasta dish, don`t you think?
Cinque p actually means five p and stands for the five main ingredients pomodori (tomatoes), panna (cream), prezzemolo (parsley), pepe (pepper) and parmigiano (Parmesan).
Yes I know it sounds more extravagant, than it actually may appear to you, but believe me guys, this pasta sauce is worth trying. The slight sweetness of the tomatoes blends in perfectly with the cream and the spiciness of the pepper. Plus cheese is always a go for, if you ask me. Although I have to admit, that I might be a little bit of a cheese addict....

Penne "Cinque P" is a perfect dinner for workdays, when you get home and just want something that is done quickly, but still healthier than fast food.

What you need ( 2 servings):
  • 200-250g penne pasta
  • ca. 3 tablespoons tomato puree, the sauce should have a slightly red color
  • 2.5dl cream
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • pepper, as much as you like, I used a lot, so my sauce had a subtle spiciness
  • a handful of Parmesan
  • a pinch of salt
penne 5 p

  • heat water in a pan until boiling, then add your penne, cook about 10 minutes
  • wash and finely chop the parsley
  • heat cream in another pan until slightly boiling, then add all your ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes
  • decorate pasta with parsley and cocktail tomatoes
Serve and enjoy this delicious meal! Believe me you should try this one, it will blow you away not only because of it`s simplicity but also because it`s prepared so easy and quickly.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

London: A Love Story

travelling to London
Victoria & Albert London
South Bank London

Tower Bridge London

Just got back from a city trip to London, which also explains my absence here on the blog, and I`m beyond of excited. Unexpectedly I fell in love with this city, especially with it`s architecture. But let`s start from the beginning...

One of my best friends moved to London a few years ago. Since then she has been trying to convince me to visit her and her husband. I declined, as London never has been a city of interest for me. But finally I gave in and decided to give it a chance, also mainly because I wanted to see my friend. And to be honest, if this trip taught me something, it`s to really not judge what you don`t know. Every place we went to was special in it`s own kind of way and the scenery constantly reminded me of old movies, like "Mary Poppins" or "Bedknobs and Broomsticks". It was just a breathtaking experience, you all definitely should visit this city. Actually I`m not even capable to name a favourite place or location, Portobello Road Market, Richmond park, V & A, Shakespeare Globe Theater, the little pubs & unique shops....I don`t know, I just loved it all!

Big Ben London

South Bank
Portobello road market London

typical London

London you will always have a place in my heart and my friends just have to bear the fact that I`m going to visit them very often now...

What about you? Have you ever been to London? What were your favourite places there?

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