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Sugar and Spice…

Spice scents make Christmas memories. Pine scents, Mulling spices or Gingerbread blends immediately will evoke Christmas feelings. When I once sampled Indian Rogan Josh spice, it felt like Christmas to me. And indeed, many of the traditional Indian and oriental spices are used in today’s Gingerbread cookie blends as well. Special in Gingerbread is that it does not use yeast or sourdough as rising agents, instead recipes list potash and hartshorn.
For true German Peppercake or Gingerbread cookies, you will need a ‘Lebkuchen’ spice mix, which in Europe you can just buy ready made in a small sachets. Here, of course you can DIY your mix and learn about how to replace the raising agents. Please contact me for a blend info.

Fennel shavings

The last days have been around freezing temperatures. After the unexpected snowstorm at the end of October, we lost power twice. Now nature seems back to its rhythm, trees still show colorful leaves, but temperatures have dropped. After warming up for dinner with a nice hot soup, a winter salad made with oranges and shaved aromatic fennel offers an interesting change. Continue reading