About

Hello,

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!

12 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your blog and the name is great, and your senior Brittany is so wonderful. You and I are cut from the same cloth I think, I also bake and cook for my two senior pugs. Thank you so much for the follow and I really look forward to more posts from you!

  2. You have a lovely blog set up, I agree with you on using as many natural and fresh ingredients as possible, whole foods make for the best tasting food…my great-Auntie (Great Uncle’s wife) was Austrian and used to bake the most delicious and light Austrian/German cakes I hope I find a recipe here to match hers. Thanks for sharing, me and you both seem to be busy career-oriented girls that find cooking to be stress relief! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment! For both of us our grandmothers have been the most important culinary inspiration! 🙂 Yes, cooking and baking are definitely my stress reliefs! And now sharing my food photographs and recipes has become something I am also looking forward to!

  3. Thanks for following my blog and leading me to yours. The name of your blog to begin with made me very curious – such an evocative combination of flavour and colour (although I know rosewater is not really pink, it just sounds pink). I also thought your iris picture is very nice – it could be from my own garden. I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Thanks so much, Hilda! After reading your comment I realized that I don’t really talk about the name in the about-section at all! Rhubarb and rosewater belong to my favorite flavors and yes, I also do associate them with beautiful hues of pink, even if this is not really the case with rose water! Rhubarb featured in the cuisine of my childhood, whereas rose water is a much later addition. I doubt that I tasted any rose water at all as a child. However, when I started to become interested in Middle Eastern history and culture as a student, I also became fascinated by the cuisine of the area, and since then rose water is an essential part of many of my favorite desserts! …and some recipes, like the rhubarb-and-rosewater cake on my blog, even combine both flavors!

  4. Hi,

    Love the name of your blog and how it looks! Great to know that you’re from Boston. I come there often, as my son studies there.
    Looking forward to exploring your blog!

    Radhika

  5. Hi Rhubarb and Rosewater, thank you for stopping by my blog and following it. I’m a big fan of Rosewater and Jeffrey Eugenides 🙂 You have a great blog, looking forward to many more post!
    Linda 🙂

    • Thank you, Linda! Jeffrey Eugenides’ books are wonderful and I am already looking forward to his next novel! Just this month I discovered a new author I really like, Don Lee. I read two of his novels in the last two weeks and already ordered another one. It’s quite rare for me to discover a contemporary writer, whose writing style directly charms me, and so I am quite happy! If you can recommend an author or a specific book, please tell me!

      • Hi Rhubarbandrosewater! About books, I can recommend you a good fiction “Dolce Agonia” by Nancy Huston, a book that I read a few years ago, I hope you like it. I don’t know if you are interested by French writers (as I’m a francophone) I can recommend you “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery, a very interesting book! Have a good day.

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