Author Archives: Ursula

Homemade Oyster Crackers

November 27, 2018

These tiny homemade oyster crackers are simply adorable and super tasty. I got to know this kind of crackers when living in Boston because, you know: No clam chowder is served without oyster crackers! So why on earth would somebody come up with the idea of making them from scratch? Nope, I don’t have too much time.   As you might know, I am writing a cooking column for a… continue reading »

How to make Homemade Apple Strudel

October 25, 2018

If you want to bake a real-deal apple strudel, you are right where you belong. This homemade Viennese-style apple strudel is filled with apples, toasted breadcrumbs, chopped walnuts, raisins (if you like them), and cinnamon-sugar. I use my homemade super-thin strudel pastry recipe for this strudel, which makes delicious thin layers of crust. Yum!   I’ve been making apple strudel for a few decades (read more here). No, I’m not… continue reading »

How to make Paper-Thin Strudel Dough

October 2, 2018

This is an old and easy family recipe for paper-thin strudel dough. You only need a few ingredients and it takes about 1 ¼ hours to make (incl. 1 h resting time) from scratch. This recipe yields a flakey pastry with several layers of dough, which you can fill sweet (e.g. apple strudel) or savory. As you might already know, I’ve been stretching strudel dough since early childhood. In kindergarten, my… continue reading »

Light and Fluffy Shredded Pancake – Kaiserschmarrn

September 8, 2018

Kaiserschmarrn is my all-time favorite. Also known as emperor’s mess, it is a fluffy and light, giant pancake, which is torn into bite-size pieces after baking.   The name is composed of the words Kaiser (emperor) and Schmarrn, which refers to a shredded dish in Austria. But be careful: Schmarrn is also a colloquialism to nonsense.   The dish is named after the Austrian emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph I. (1830-1916)… continue reading »

Easy Plum Cake

August 16, 2018

AAAAAAAAHHHH. I can’t find any words for this Austrian plum cake. It’s super easy to make and yet the fluffiest, most delicious cake ever. I lack words to describe its genius, you can tell.   Late summer and this cake are tightly linked together, at least for my taste buds. If I have a bite of this juicy, slightly sweet cake, I can almost feel pleasantly warm days and crisp… continue reading »

How to remove the Instagram Shadowban

July 23, 2018

I was shadow banned on Instagram for a while. I am not any more. Here is how I fixed the Instagram shadow ban.

Quick and Easy Italian Focaccia

June 22, 2018

Learn how to make a thick, soft, and fluffy focaccia. It’s not dense or chewy at all. This focaccia has a fine crumb and a tender crust, which makes it a perfect side for BBQs, the perfect bread to go along with hummus, or simply to use for an Italian-style sandwich.   We just returned from a few days of vacation in southern Italy, which is only a short hop… continue reading »

Homemade Lilac Syrup

May 21, 2018

Lilacs make one of the best syrups I’ve ever tasted. They are so fragrant and full of spring flavors that they go with a lot of different dishes and drinks. Simply add a spoonful of lilac syrup to sparkling water and it will elevate your drinking experience drastically. The syrup also pairs very well with gin and vodka, just saying. And, it makes a great syrup for pancakes or for… continue reading »

Lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains

May 5, 2018

  My. Favorite. Salad. Ever. You’ll be addicted to it like me in no time. I’m so excited to finally post the recipe for this lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains. You know why? Because this salad is DREAMY. I do not exaggerate – and once you’ve tried this salad, aka only the best salad ever, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Apple Strudel Alibi – Book Giveaway – Closed

April 25, 2018

  This giveaway is closed. The winners are Marietta G. and Kim H. I have notified them via e-mail.   Today, is a very special day. I’m announcing the first giveaway ever here on the blog … a really, really good one. Two lucky people can win the just released mystery novel Apple Strudel Alibi by Australian author H. Y. Hanna and join the book’s protagonist Gemma as she finds… continue reading »

Austrian-style Gnocchi – Nockerl, with Video

April 11, 2018

Nockerl are the perfect side dish for traditional Austrian beef goulash. In fact, I can’t remember having beef goulash with a dark and thick gravy without a side of these Nockerl. Nockerl are Austrian-style gnocchi, more or less, but way easier to make. You simply stir together a batter, which you’ll drop into boiling salted water by the spoonful. That’s it. Isn’t this fantastic?   Before I tell you a… continue reading »

Authentic Austrian Beef Goulash

March 15, 2018

Tender beef, coated in a thick and smooth gravy, served with homemade Austrian-style pasta. Doesn’t that sound like the best comfort food ever? Yes it does, and yes it is! Austrian beef goulash (Rindsgulasch) is one of my most favorite dishes.   When we lived in Boston and went to Austria for holidays, my mom would ask me if I’d have any cravings for Austrian food and what she could… continue reading »