My phone gave me a little blast from the past this morning: On this day last year I was in my favourite town, living the good life with a christmassy food tour with French Foodie in Dublin. I have explained my love to Dublin with a lot of words last year, so I spare you a rerun. I rather share some thoughts on the wonderful Instagram photo challenge Ketty initiated with you. I must say I don’t feel ready for christmas yet, but the #FFIDXMAS15 get’s me there. So many beautiful pictures and so many creative people and it’s only day 7. So thanks Ketty for being an inspiration and hosting this challenge. I am dying to see more pictures to inspire until Christmas.
As you might have seen already, todays Motto is “White” and as December is particularly warm this year (Sunny 13°C today), I let it snow myself with some oats and coconut. I picked up the recipe from my little sister some years back and I love how these cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Continue reading »
Currently I feel like I ran out of energy, I’m dying to recharge my batteries. But when? Besides the wedding and the house construction time, energy and money are rare. All the invitations are out already, the confirmations come in one after the other, we had a test-dinner and talks with the priest, it seems that everything falls into place now as it is only 1.5 months to go ’til the wedding. The construction work still gives me a headache. Even though we are not doing anything ourselves, it seems that we both have to invest a whole lot of work, my partner even much more than I do. Beginning of last week I woke up and had a message of my “Maid of Honour” in my inbox, saying “go, check this blog you like, he’s writing about how to win a trip to the Maledives”. I was wide awake instantly. The sweet sound of H-O-L-I-D-A-Y, the thought of sea, sand and idling – like a dream come true! So from that day on I had nothing than coconut on my mind, sketching pictures of me underneath a coconut tree on the back of my used post-its. I have the feeling that anything that comes close to a holiday is far out of reach and I definately need a break. Bearing all this in mind I formed a plan for my entry to the competition. Continue reading »
I know, it is only october but today is a bank holiday in Germany and we started the day lazy on the couch. Around 3, after the second lazy sunday movie, my boyfriend had a craving for christmas cookies. If supermarkets start to sell christmas stuff in early septermber, why not bake my first own christmas cookies in october?! So I went into the kitchen to see which ingredients I had at hand. After another quick look in my recipe collection I decided to make my grandma’s coconut macaroons.
It is a very simple and quick recipe but soooo delicous!
175-200 g sugar
1 Tablespoon honey
250 g grated coconut
Beat the eggs and the sugar together to a thick and solid cream. This takes around 5-10 minutes. Whisk in the honey and gradually add the grated coconut until it reaches a doughy consistency, but not too soft.
Preheat the oven to 150° C/ 300° F and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Take two teaspoons and spoon the dough onto the parchment paper. My grandma used to put the dough on wafers but I don’t like wafers myself so I do it without them.
Bake them for 15-20 minutes and enjoy already hot from tray 😉