… zwei Gulden und sechsunddreißig Kreuzer …

. … Da nimm einen leeren Sack, denn du wirst was heimtragen. Da nimm meinen Stecken, denn es ist viel Schnee, und da nimm eine Laterne, denn der Pfad ist schlecht und die Stege sind vereist. Du mußt hinabgehen nach Langenwang … … Überall in den Häusern wurde gemetzgert, gebacken, gebraten, gekellert; ich beneidete die Leute nicht; ich…

He’s the little boy that Santa Claus forgot

. . This is a re-blog of a previous rant of mine. I just thought it appropriate since I was making Weihnachtsstollen just a couple of days ago. For me this is the beginning of the end of the year, and beginning of the festive season. .   He’s the little boy that Santa Claus forgot,…

ode to olive oil

Olive oil is easily the most understated ingredient in todays kitchen. In some kitchens it gets a prominent place, because it is the thing to have (expensive, exclusive brand of oil), and for some it is just part of making salad because its trendy. Sometimes it packaged in fancy glass bottles that would make “Kosta…

they are tall herbs, really, not trees ….

Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic bananas come from the two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names…

tokyo macaron yaki at le salon du chocolat

Last week there was the Salon du Chocolat held in Paris. It was by accident rather than design that I was in town at the time. I am normally not somebody who has the need to attend consumer fares. But I figured since I am in Paris, might as well pay it a visit. Between…

Pâtisserie Viennoise

. There is a little treasure in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Just down the street from the med-school on 8 rue de l’École de Médicine, 75006 Paris, is Pâtisserie Viennoise. It is a charming little place I must have passed twice before I actually noticed it. There is Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel on…

Let there be no shame on me tonight …

Sacher Cake Sachertorte – Gâteau de Sacher I have spent a few years producing this gorgeous chocolate cake at  K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Ch. Demel’s Söhne, in Vienna. Naturaly I am bias towards the cake of Demel. But the Schokoladenkönig Wolfgang Leschanz of Schokoladenmanufaktur Leschanz, I believe produces the best at this time. Wolfgang was the Production Manger at…

Paris Walkabout

It was raining again last night. Kept the air fresh I suppose. But we got out anyway. Just on the corner where we are staying in Rue Malar is the Chocolatier Michel Chaudun. Unfortunately closed for the summer. Guess who this one is. I found this street-sign just a couple of blocks down the road….