Encounters with Beauty and Grace

Recipes

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard)

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard)

Hildegard of Bingen was the inspiration for using spelt.  This 12th century abbess believed this ancient grain was a central ingredient in battling melancholy and exhaustion. It’s 2020 and we’re in the mist of a pandemic, say no more. Sold! The following recipe was a […]

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

This Persian rice is meant to be a side dish, but it really doesn’t need an accompaniment.  It’s savory, sweet and filling.  The combination of pistachios, currants and mint transport taste-buds to the Middle East, without the hassle of packing and jet-lag. Preparation is easy: Saute […]

A TASTE OF FALL: SMOKY CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO SOUP

A TASTE OF FALL: SMOKY CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO SOUP

(Above image of the Wiesbaden Kurhaus, 2019) Where I live in Germany, a slight crisp is in the air.  Plump pears and apples are falling from branches, chimneys puff at dusk and corduroy pants are beginning to rustle. I found a recipe that exudes the […]

Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Our first encounter was at the Wiesbaden farmer’s market.  Dumbfounded by their pallid lifeless appearance, I imagined the vampire rabbit Bunnicula showing no mercy and ravishing the market before my arrival, sucking the color and flavor out of the stalks labelled, “Spargel.” I’ve since learned […]

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

  This blueberry bread will fill your home with a comforting aroma.  The ingredients are healthy, with the exception of sugar 🙂  This recipe hits on a few of my favorite foods: yogurt, oatmeal, applesauce and blueberries.  It’s dense, moist and filling. Just one slice […]

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

This delicious soup is on the Bacchus Speicher website. I bought a bottle of their Spätburgunder  (Pinot Noir), just so I could give this recipe a whirl.  I loved the earthy taste, especially paired with a slice of sourdough!   Chestnut Soup a la Bacchus […]

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

  Autumn is coming.  In anticipation for my favorite season, I recently cracked open The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton (former New York Times restaurant critic).  Thumbing through I found a stew that sounded filling and easy, Paprika Pork Stew.  Like the country that inspired […]

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

  It’s been a year since I received, Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss.  And I’m happy to share, I finally rolled up my sleeves, tied on my apron and stained my first page.  The recipe I wanted to tackle first is found at nearly […]