Marbled Chocolate and Pumpkin Cake

pumpkin cake

Pumpkin. The word comes from French and before that from the Greek word pepon. which means large melon. While I could sit and speculate on why exactly anyone would think a pumpkin is like a melon, that would be kind of a waste of time. I guess they can be big… and so can melons, but that’s pretty much it. I love pumpkin, and melons like canteloupes and honey melon I just don’t see any appeal in.

pumpkin cake

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Pineapple and basil syrup waffles recipe

Pineapple and Basil syrup waffles

Tomorrow is the BIG WAFFLE day down at Das Brunch at Hallesches Haus (Berlin). Any Berliners who want delicious brunch food and drink – come down between 10am and 6pm to get your bellies filled.

This is one of four waffles that we have on offer. The recipe was actually created by my friend Cleo and it is baked pineapple and basil syrup waffles. Don’t knock it until you have tried it.

Our other waffles include a sweet potato waffle with rum and salt caramel, a mixed berry waffle with nutella and chocolate and finally our savoury dill waffles with herbed creme fraiche, smoked salmon and capers or if you are veggie we have a delicious beetroot and carrot salad instead of the salmon.


baked pineapple

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The perfect chocolate chip cookie: the search begins

chocolate chip cookie recipe

So, today I had a day where I was craving chocolate chip cookies, but not the ones that you buy in a pack. I am talking about the type of cookies that you eat as soon as they come out of your oven, still gooey and the chocolate burns your tongue a bit (but it’s totally worth it). I scanned my favourite blogs for the cookie that I thought could take on my expectations and I found Sally’s oh so divine recipe.

best chocolate chip cookie recipe


As you can probably tell when you compare the look of Sally and my end results, because I am the greediest kind of chocolate lover i added a complimentary chunk of chocolate on top of each cookie. That. Shit. Cray.

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Das Brunch in Berlin: WFL (waffles with bite)

waffles Das Brunch Berlin

Hey guys,

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a nice weekend. This is just a really quick post to let you know that on 9th May, my friend Cleo and I will be making waffles at Das Brunch at Hallesches Haus, Berlin.

Das Brunch is an awesome food event where you can enjoy home cooked food, great music and delicious drinks. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend you pop down. We are going to be making both sweet and savory waffles with all kinds of amazing fillings and toppings – you can see in our photo above we have some delicious berry waffles. We have called our stand WFL – waffles with bite.

Come down, hang out, eat brunch.

waffles Das Brunch Berlin

Strawberry & chocolate peek-a-boo pie

chocolate and strawberry pie

Happy Hump day!

This past week has been a bit crazy, but now it’s calming down and  I have Friday off because a friend is coming to visit. Tres excited as you can imagine. I saw this amazing polka dot pie on Brooklyn Suppers and I was inspired to create mini and slightly inverse versions – with a bit of chocolate, because everybody loves chocolate.

strawberry & chocolate pie

Here are some of my other favourite links from around the blogosphere:

  1. This amazing asparagus soup from Green Kitchen Stories
  2. Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers from the guys at Minimalist Bakers
  3. Umm this unbelievable Banana and chocolate crunch cake from Hummingbird High
  4.  Just in time for Spring: Yossy’s Ricotta Gelato
  5. Amazing Ricotta & Cardamom Citrus Cake from Broken Bread – those photos. WOW!
  6. Mumbai Burger from Kraut Kopf – i love this blog!
  7. Pecan and Date Bliss balls …. amazing.
  8. Blue Ribbon biscuits from The crepes of Wrath

strawberry & chocolate pie strawberry & chocolate pie

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how to cook courgettes

cooking with courgettes
A few days ago I got an email from a reader saying that she really wants to be healthier. I hear you! My parents just came to visit and brought what seemed like a whole suitcase of chocolates.. which is already mainly gone. Oops. I am a chocaholic. There is no denying it.

But I am also a vegetable lover, so at least it’s a bit of a ying yang situation. I thought I would do a couple of posts on how to cook vegetables in a healthy but still delicious way. Starting with how to cook courgettes, or as the rest of the english speaking world calls them – zucchinis. You know those long, green cucumber looking things? I chose a couple of different types of courgettes, because they look sweet together, like a family of random shapes and sizes.

Everyone can relate to that feeling when you get sloppy, boring looking courgettes served on their plate. When this happened when I was younger, my sister and I used to squeeze the water out with looks of horror on our faces. For me, courgettes boiled to death in water is JUST WRONG. One of the big issues I hear people complain about with vegetables is that they don’t know what to do with them to make them tasty while still remaining nutritious and healthy. If you boil vegetables to death, so many of the nutrients just get lost in the water – which is then thrown away! A better way of keeping this nutrition would be in a soup or stew. BUT make sure you add vegetables that take longer to cook – like potatoes and carrots – earlier and vegetables that go soggy easily – like courgettes – a few minutes before you serve.

courgette soup recipes:

  1. Spinach & Zucchini soup
  2. Courgette & Parmesan soup
  3. Courgette, potato & cheddar soup
  4. Roast Garlic & zucchini soup
  5. Silky Zucchini soup

my tips on cooking courgettes:

  1. Grate and marinate
  2. Slice and grill
  3. Spiralize and steam
  4. Stew with beans

Grate & marinate your courgettes

how to cook courgettes how to cook zucchinis

grated zucchini with yoghurtgrated courgettes with yoghurt

This is another great side dish – it’s a courgette take on indian Raita.  Great with barbecues, meats and in tacos!

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healthy chicken wraps with pomegranate

healthy chicken wraps recipe

This post is somewhat ironic. I was all ready for Spring yesterday and then this morning I woke up to a blizzard – no doubt Berlin Winter getting revenge for the tiny bit of Spring spirit we have all had recently. BUT if Spring were here, these chicken, chilli and pomegranate wraps would be ideal.

My parents and my uncle and his wife visited Berlin this weekend – and we ate, a LOT. We went to Pauly Saal which is an amazing restaurant in Mitte in the building of an old Jewish Girls’ School. The building is lovely and the interior is also really cool. The staff are really friendly and chilled and the food… well the food was probably some of the best I have ever eaten. I had pike, which normally I avoid because I find it tastes kind of muddy because it’s a river fish, but the waiter was so adamant that it was delicious. He was on point. It was delicious. My family had the amazing amazing pork belly. It’s pretty expensive, but if you are looking for one of the best restaurants in Berlin for a fancy occasion, this is the place. It’s also in the same building as Mogg & Melzer, which is a fantastic lunch cafe that serves salt beef sandwiches.

pomegranate and chicken wraps

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