Earlier this year, when we were at Morimoto’s restaurant, I had a delicious mixed drink. A delicious non-alcoholic mixed drink. The restaurant calls it a mandarin ginger — it’s mandarin orange juice, ginger ale and candied ginger. I’ve been thinking about that drink a lot recently so I decided to try whipping one up at home. I’m quite pleased with the results! Continue reading →
It wasn’t until I was doing the write up on my homemade Spezi that I realized that I should try making Apfelschorle at home. Apfelschorle is a mix of carbonated mineral water and apple juice that’s widely available and popular in Germany. Oh, and it’s pretty tasty, too. So, I had to do it. I had to try mixing it up at home. Continue reading →
Recently, I was mixing sodas in my kitchen and I got a funny look from my guest. That’s when I had to go into the explanation. One of my favorite things about visiting Germany is the food. And that includes the beverages. And I’m not talking beer. I mean drinks like Apfelschorle and, my favorite, Spezi. No, really. So what are they?
I have something I need to share: I’ve never had coffee. Not a sip, not a slurp. Never. Ever. Nor do I want to. Honestly, the smell alone drives me crazy (in a bad way). I’m what you’d call “a tea person.” It started with just a cup of tea, a couple cookies and a novel after dinner but it’s somehow progressed to a full-fledged addiction. Both my husband and I are seemingly tea-addicted. We’re way past bagged tea and onto the loose stuff. I thought share some of our favorites and not so favorites. Continue reading →
One of the things I enjoy about cooking and trying different recipes at home is being able to recreate a meal or an item that I had or imagine from somewhere else. It’s an easy way to change the atmosphere and forget the day job or whatever else is bothering me. That said, I’ve also just been really looking for a hot chocolate recipe that isn’t like those watery mixes you buy at the grocery store. We had been using Cortez Chocolate bars, which are definitely a tasty and cost effective option, but had difficulty getting all of the chocolate to melt. Then I found this recipe from David Lebovitz that swears to be authentic Parisian hot chocolate. Oui, oui? Now that’s an atmosphere I can embrace. Continue reading →