Monday, August 26, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 7

Ice Coffee


Hot chocolate and a punch marzipan cake.


Coppenrath und Wiese Commercial in the making.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 6

Nougat Brezel

Salami Panini and Cappuccino

Italian Pizza with pineapple, ham and balsamico

Warm apple pie with vanilla sauce and heavy cream. Sorry Düsseldorf, but this one is way better!

Night in blue.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 5

Chocolate Kiss eaten in Düsseldorf


Also eaten in Düsseldorf: Warm apple cake with vanilla ice cream, heavy cream and fresh apple slices on the side. YUM!

Late night snack. Currywurst, of course.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 4 - The Chocolate Edition

This is a special edition of the Cologne diary because I want to show you some pictures from the local chocolate factory. It is a chocolate museum and you can see how chocolate is made and where the cocoa comes from, etc. It is really interesting and you can also buy the chocolate in their store at the end, as well as taste some chocolate goodies in their cafeteria.

The chocolate fountain with a magnificent view.

That's what you get when you enter the museum.

Slovenians eat 6,55 kg chocolate per year; that is place 4 from all countries around the globe.

The lady offers free waffles dipped in the chocolate fountain. 

The glorious double chocolate cake; dark and white chocolate mousse with a chocolate sponge.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 3

Breakfast of champions; black vanilla tea and a glazed sultana bread.

Salad from the cafeteria's salad bar.

Strawberry cake



The mandatory ice cream break.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cologne Diary No. 2

Just a quick hello from Cologne. The classes are awesome and as you can see I don't have time to post regularly, so the Cologne diary will be full of pictures and little text :)

Lunch in the cafeteria

Frozen yoghurt

Ice Cream

Curry Wurst

Just a little reminder, you can follow me on Instagram and see more pictures there.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cologne Diary No.1

Hello everyone! I can't believe it's August already. As you have noticed, I am not much around these days and I haven't posted anything for quite a long time. I will be in Cologne, Germany for the rest of August and that is why you won't see any new recipe until September. 

What you will see this month is my diary from Köln. And no, I won't write what I did every day (OK, sometimes because I have way too many pictures to show you), but I will show you what I eat every day. It is a culinary blog, of course.

For those of you who are wondering what the heck I am doing in Germany, I am doing a one month course on the Universität zu Köln, during which I will do some research and studies for my MA thesis.
From what I have seen so far (I came on Tuesday), Köln is beautiful and it feels like coming home.

So, let's come to the fun part. If you are in Köln, you have to drink a Kölsch. It's the traditional beer here and it tastes amazing. I am not a beer drinker, but this beer is just heavenly. It tastes sweet and refreshing.

I am the one on the left, in a black long sleeve.

This picture was taken at the official get together evening. We had a buffet with all sorts of food and you could grab whatever you want. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that there were no labels and I didn't know what to expect and what the ingredients were. My plate from left to right: a hearty cupcake with vegetables and ham, a chicken roll stuffed with pomelo and topped with capers, a sausage, mousse with dark and white chocolate topped with berries, a puff pastry cupcake with vanilla pudding and berries on top.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I don't like overripe bananas. They don't look very appealing to me, even though they can still be eaten. I know most of you will think I am so picky, but overripe bananas are nothing more than an ingredient for a dessert to me. 

I had two sad looking bananas in my kitchen the other day and I couldn't decide what to do with them. I didn't want to overheat the house by turning on the oven, but when I saw this recipe I just had to.
This is my first time ever baking a banana bread. I am always reserved when it comes to desserts with bananas because the flavor is mostly too dominant and I don't like that. I have to say this is my favorite banana recipe so far because it is so moist and tastes great, the bananas are not dominant and the chocolate chips make the bread so chocolaty and amazing. That is why I call it a chocolate chip banana bread, with the chocolate on first place because you can never have enough chocolate chips in it.

You need:

2 ripe bananas, smashed
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
1 tea spoon vanilla
1 tea spoon baking soda
dash of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf pan. Smash the bananas in a mixing bowl and add the butter. Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir and add the baking soda, salt and flour. Mix well and finally mix in the choc chips. Pour batter in a loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes.