Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas No-Knead-Bread

If I´m not mistaken, I think I´ve blogged about my recent experience of baking a No-Knead Bread?  Well ... as it turns out, and out of adventure, I tried tweaking the recipe by adding a bit of festivities in

AND here´s the result!

I´m amazed how good this No-Knead Bread recipe is ...

All I did was add ...

1 egg, 50ml of oil plus handful of raisins, dried cranberries, hazelnut slices, orange peel and 2 tablespoon of Cointreau :-)

Friday, 20 December 2013

Los Ponchos Mexican & South American Restaurant



I  love eating out.  As of late, we have been doing it pretty often.

This evening, we decided to do some late night shopping at the border.  The Christmas air is evident with lots of festive lights decorating the city, but somehow for me, it just does not feel perfect without the snow.



Hubby tried Potato Skin for the first time and loved it.  Due to its miserable portion (only 2 halves were served and me knicking some off his plate), there wasn´t a chance to take any photo at all.  In another word, its that good.  After appetiser, we waited a good 30 minutes for our main course.  His Chilli Corn Carne with chillies thrown in for good measures :-)

And my ...



Seafood Burritos, served with lots of side such as guacamole, baked potatoes, fries and salad.  Perhaps it did not help that I snacked away before the main arrive as I was really hungry, but the portion is hugeeeee, isn´t it?!  This plate is pretty good, but I would have preferred if they make do without crabsticks in my burrito ...

The bill came out to less than 30 euro inclusive of drinks which is very reasonable considering the portion and its actually a restaurant and not a cafe.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Market Hunt ...


It is one of the foggiest nights of the year and we decided to take a lovely drive to nearby town to visit a Christmas Market.  But as luck has it, the Christmas Market in this part of town was opened till 1 December only and only for few days.  Rather strange if you ask me because it takes up so much effort just to built those cute huts to stock the goodies, least to say rental´s nothing short of cheap.  So yeah, with no Christmas Market in sight, we decided to have our dinner in a local imbiss instead ...


My ZweibelSchnitzel which I wrongly ordered.  I thought it would have been with some sauce on top of the schnitzel but no, its more fried stuff ...

So last night, I was coughing my lungs out again.  To oily the food and sitting in an imbiss with reused oil circulating the imbiss outlet since morning perhaps, is making me feel ill ...

Time for a slow weekend I presume, to nurse myself ...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Salmon Wellington with White Asparagus, Served with Warm Caesar Salad

Moving on to another Christmas inspired dish which I´ve seen over and over again on cooking channels in BBC is, Salmon Wellington.  An interesting twist to the famous Beef Wellington if you ask me.  It is lighter and you have a choice to serve them as either starter or main course depending on its portion.  I am testing out a few recipes before the actual Christmas Eve dinner.  Tentatively, we already have an idea what to serve for main course but we might change our mind last minute.  Last night, I decided to warm up our Caesar Salad seeing its getting colder and eating cold salad is really no fun at all.  It proved to be really good!  The white asparagus are from bottles, easy stuff to prepare but nevertheless luxurious and fitting to a festive occassion.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Sticky Cranberry Sausages

Nigel Slater is a genious.  He is to me one of those chefs who understood what home cooking is all about by making it all so simple to replicate but at the same time, appearing gourmet-ish.  I´ve loved his cooking show for a while now especially recently when they decide to bring on his Christmas programmes.  This cranberry jam and fresh cranberry (I replaced them with dried cranberries) is a hit last night. It calls for a simple sautee with red onions and sausages, and thats it!  Cooked them all in a pan, the sausages and red onion grilled first then add in the sweet flavouring with some water.  Pretty cool idea to spice things up leading to Christmas ain´t it.  Served with vegetable of the season, the brussel sprouts ... we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner last night before calling it a week ...

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Start of Advent, 2013

Last Sunday, we litted up the first of our Advent Candle Platter to commemorate the first week of advent.  This year, we have been pushing lots of to do list to last minute. Including our advent calendar filler which we quickly scribble on a piece of paper just the night before it starts.  Hubby quickly rushed off to town to grab some items to be filled in while I took time off after work the following day to search for something appropriate to give to hubby.  Today´s the third day of advent and we´ve just returned from dinner in town.  Its hubby´s treat today.  Last night, I made us a surprisingly addictive cocktail (picture above).  It is a mix of cranberry juice, chocolate mint liquor and Cointreau liquor.  As it was Monday yesterday, it was nice winding the start of the week with some alcohol I must say.  Tomorrow is my turn.  But I ain´t got anything for my other half although that piece of paper´s already filled up.  I hope he reaches out to it tomorrow evening and not 6am when he wakes up to go to work!