Yes, this is a food blog. Yet another melange of recipes and photographs, like so many others out there. However, you, my reader, are someone who has to eat. So why not enjoy it? Good food makes happy (just like flowers, puppies (in a metaphorical sense – my senior doggie is still one for me), good books (I love reading novels by Thomas Bernhard, Donna Tartt, Edith Wharton, Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Eugenides…but I should stop here as this is a food blog, right?), emerald green clothes, and Wes Anderson-movies)!
My grandmother was a wonderful baker and cook and I can still remember the taste of her Weihnachtsplätzchen (German for Christmas cookies), plum cake or apricot dumplings. However, as a teenager I was more interested in eating than in cooking or baking and so I did not learn enough from my grandmother and later had to search for recipes of the dishes that I remembered. Soon I had developed a love for cookbooks and brought them home from every trip I took.
At this point we have so many cookbooks, that we have to think about putting a new bookshelf in our living room… In general not only food but also books play a very important role in my life. I am writing a dissertation and therefore do a lot of reading and researching. However, I am also an avid reader of fiction in my free time… (Unfortunately my dissertation focuses neither on fiction nor on baking. Puppies also do not play a role.)
The biggest fan of my baking is Gracie, our 11-year old Brittany Spaniel, who loves to hang out in the kitchen while I am baking. Recent dog food scandals have worried me and I have begun to bake the treats for her myself as this is the only way that I can make sure to know exactly what is in them. Gracie approves of that. (We adopted her two years ago from a wonderful rescue organization, New England Brittany Rescue (NEBR). Adopting a senior dog was the best decision I have ever made. Gracie is worth her weight in gold!)
It’s very important for me to know where my food comes from and I try not to buy processed food, dislike fast food, grow my own herbs (and depending on the state of our garden my own berries and vegetables), and try to buy as many organic and fair trade products as possible. In general I like to use a lot of fruit, vegetables, and herbs in my recipes and I don’t like dishes that are too sweet or that include diet products. I’d rather have one piece of really good cake than a whole plate of mediocre tasting cake with less calories.
I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the winters are too long, but at least the sky is usually blue!
I hope you enjoy reading my blog & I am looking forward to your comments!