Welcome to the World

Oh, where would you begin: Indian Dhal, Brazilian Feijoada, or Jordanian Pita? The world’s just too big to ignore on your kitchen table. The selection is literally infinite, so we focus on the really good stuff here. Dip in, try new things, and enjoy.

Recipes from around the world

Genius Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (egg-free)

January 28, 2017

This chocolate mousse is simply genius. I’ve kept it a secret for years because it’s so darn easy and so delicious that it’s ridiculous. It only takes 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to make, it’s egg-free, gelatin-free, you don’t need a double boiler or water bath. Anybody can make it. It’s the best I’ve ever had – I even prefer it to real mousse au chocolate with eggs and whipped… continue reading »

Italian Amaretti Cookies

December 26, 2016

These Italian amaretti cookies have a crunchy crust and a chewy center. I love to eat this Italian classic year round, especially when served with a cup of “Melange”, the most famous Viennese coffee with lots of milk foam on top.   I prefer these cookies with a chewy center but feel free to bake them a little longer to get a crunchy cookie all the way. Store them in… continue reading »

Quick Pickled Onions, 3 Ways

October 25, 2016

It  feels like I wrote my last blog post ages ago. Well, I had some very busy and not so busy weeks recently. First, the reason why I was pretty busy was because I prepared my first ever cooking class. I taught a class about Austrian cuisine at the Cambridge Center for Adult education here in Cambridge, MA … which was awesome. Honestly. Usually, I hide behind my laptop writing… continue reading »

Stovetop Veggie Frittata

September 21, 2016

If I need a quick lunch or dinner, I make frittata. If I have to empty out the fridge, I make frittata. If I don’t know what to cook, I make frittata. As you can notice, there is a pattern here. I make frittatas a lot. Not only is it a very easy and quick dish to make, but you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. Since I… continue reading »

Millet Bowl w/ Soy-Tahini glazed Tofu and Semi-Dried Tomatoes

August 25, 2016

Nothing lives up more to hot summer days than this summer grain salad. It’s a perfect lunch on hot days as well as it’s a mouthwatering addition to picnics and potlucks. Once the millet is cooked and cooled it’s a matter of minutes to get the bowl ready. Since you will need to use cooled millet, it’s easiest if you cook it the day before, or at least a couple… continue reading »

Semi-Dried Tomatoes (Oven-Dried)

August 11, 2016

Tomatoes simply taste best when they are at the peak of ripeness in summer. Juicy and, you know, full of tomato flavor – unlike their siblings from the winter season, which taste watery and bland.   Sun-dried tomatoes are a great way to preserve tasty summer tomatoes. After drying, they can be used any time of the year and will still taste great. To  make sun-dried tomatoes, ripe tomatoes are… continue reading »

Lazy People’s Ice Cream (no-churn, no eggs)

July 22, 2016

No-churn, no eggs, and only three ingredients: This ice cream is a real game changer. It’s ridiculously easy and quick to throw together, and yet so delicious. With this recipe, making ice cream is a 5-minute job rather than a weekend project. Seriously. You don’t need an ice cream maker to churn the ice cream, nor do you have to return obsessively to the freezer to stir. You don’t need to… continue reading »

Green Smoothie Bowl

June 28, 2016

Ever since I’ve tried my first green smoothie, I got hooked. Well, let’s say my first green smoothie that actually did look like a green smoothie. About one year ago, I developed a green smoothie recipe for the Austrian daily I am writing for. At my first attempt, I added way too much leafy greens to the smoothie and didn’t use a high-speed blender. Can you imagine how that turned out? Well,… continue reading »

Orange Muffins

April 8, 2016

I simply love the combination of oranges and almonds – particularly in cakes. And what’s not to love about this combo? Ever since I have developed this gorgeous tasting Blood Orange Almond Cake about a year ago, I am including these two ingredients in all sorts of cakes. These orange muffins are a new favorite of mine, so it’s high time to post the recipe before orange season is over… continue reading »

Homemade Paneer in 30 Minutes

January 28, 2016

Don’t you love Paneer Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer or Paneer Butter Masala? Well, I do! Ever since I traveled to India a couple of years ago, cravings for the mentioned dishes seem to occur more often. The key ingredient in all these dishes is the cheese: Paneer. Paneer is a type of a no-salt-added Indian fresh cheese that requires no ageing or culturing, thus it is very easy to make… continue reading »

Masala Chai – Indian Spiced Milk Tea

January 5, 2016

When I traveled to India a couple of years ago, I got in touch with masala chai. In India, “masala” is a mix of spices and “chai” means tea. Of course, I’ve known this kind of spiced milk tea before my trip to India, but I’ve never really been a fan of these intense smelling tea bags that are widely available in supermarkets and neither of their result. In India, I… continue reading »

Lussekatter aka Saint Lucia Buns

December 3, 2015

December 13th is a special day for people living in northern Europe: It is St. Lucia Day. Santa Lucia Day is most commonly celebrated in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden, with their long, dark winters. The day once coincided with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms. St. Lucia day is considered a festival of light. Sweden celebrates the day with special pastries, called Lussekatter or… continue reading »