Happy Friday!

Photo 04-08-2015 21 04 48Hello, how are you doing? I can’t wait for it to be weekend and to take things sloooow for two days. Tomorrow we are going to an apple orchard and I’m seriously looking forward to inhale all of the fresh autumn air.

In the meantime, I am happy to share the links that made me smile this way.

This note on starting a food blog, by the lady that more or less invented food blogs, made me smile.

Reading career tips is one of my favorite pastimes, especially when they are written by smart ladies. “Don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. You are not going to be you, fixed and immutable you, forever.”

In case you have the stamina to read even more, here is a great list of books, written by ladies in business.

Lowering the bar to invite friends over for dinner is one of the best thing one can do from my perspective. You can find loud and clear instructions on how to do exactly that over here.

This lamp by Dima Loginoff is a true piece of art. Along the same lines, I love these storm photos by Mitch Dowbrowner.

Apparently, Netflix knows when you’re hooked to a series. I can honestly admit that I’m fully into OITNB after four episodes…

Considering alllll the apples I will hoard tomorrow, I hope I am making an apple pie, such as this one (!) or this one with a layer of almond paste.

And it *might* just be the case that I’m Googling recipes for cheese-mustard soup (you know, it is getting cold!).

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Labneh with Pomegranate Molasses & Olive Oil

photo-15-09-2016-19-29-13What I love about cooking, besides the fact that it means that there will be something to eat in the near future, is how symbolic it is for life outside of the kitchen.

In many ways, the kitchen is teaching me patience, but in this case also how to not judge so easily. In case of this labneh (drained thick Greek yoghurt) with pomegranatemy, my first impression was more or less something like ‘blegh fruit in my dinner’.
The reason I made it was rather laziness, as I was looking for an easy dip to accompany a barbecue with friends and saw pictures of this online and considered it looked beautiful and required very little time and effort.

Turns out, this dish was an absolute winner! Not only does it look really pretty, the yoghurt is tangy but comforting creamy, the pomegranate molasses is sour and a little bitter, the olive oil was fruity and the pomegranate seeds were sweet. To set the sweetness of the dish off and to place it in the dinner ‘category’ I ground some black pepper over it. And really, it turned out amazing next to spicy grilled chicken, grilled patties and even next to some pork shashlik. 

Labneh with Pomegranate Molasses & Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • Largely inspired by this recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/labneh-labne-yogurt-cheese/
  • 500 grams of full-fat Greek (style) yoghurt (I used one with a fat content of 10%)
  • 2 teaspoons of pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh pomegranate seeds (you cand use frozen ones as I did, I have the feeling it doesn't make a huge diference as the juices will leak into the yoghurt anyhow)
  • ½ tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a colander or sieve in your sink. Place kitchen paper in it (or large coffee filters) and drop the yoghurt on it. The idea is that the whey will leak out of the yoghurt and will thicken it up.
  2. Leave this for around 4 hours (or longer, depending on the thickness of your yoghurt) in the sink (or covered on a plate in the fridge).
  3. After this time, the yoghurt is relatively easy to handle and will not really stick to the kitchen paper. I usually lift up the paper and slowly let the yoghurt 'roll' into a deep plate.
  4. Then use a spoon to smoothen the yoghurt, drizzle the pomegranate molasses and olive oil on top of it and sprinkle it with pomegranate seeds and black pepper.
  5. Enjoy!
http://tukskitchen.com/2016/09/19/labneh-with-pomegranate-molasses-olive-oil/

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Happy weekend!

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Hello, how are you doing? Here in Frankfurt the last days of summer are truly mesmerizing. The skies are beautiful and the light is turning into this really warm-cold autumn filter.

I’m looking forward to go mushroom hunting (!) this weekend and to make do a big time tidying up of our linen closet, inspired by this cool post on Shutterbean (am I weird for feeling incredibly happy about tidying things?).

In the meantime, I am happy to share the links that made me smile this way.

Who are you again? I absolutely love Nemo and couldn’t help but grin when seeing this Pixar Off by Ellen Degeneres and Tom Hanks

Truly impressive how collaboration can lead to something so powerful, reading this on how the women in the Obama government got their voices heard.

And for weeks like this, tips to destress are always welcome, and even if it’s difficult saying no to fun things when they’re too much (or to leave when you feel like, I truly feel this argument for ghosting my way out of party).

And dreaming about the far future always includes dreams of living close to my best friends, like this casual dream-castle in the woods while having a hobby like let’s say senior cheerleading.

I came across these water paintings and think they are truly mesmerizing, check out these works of Fabienne Rivory.

And looking forward to make these peanut-butter fudge squares, this sesame seed brittle and this spicy green soup with buckwheat noodles.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Happy Friday!

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Hello! How are you sailing by this week? I am sharing a list of the things that make me happy this week.

Talking food, I am making a geode cake at the moment and am really enjoying the process (good thing I suppose, as the process is pretty time-consuming;)). Hoping it will all work out.

Last week I watched Mission Blue on Netflix, and it might be all the snorkling in the Maldives (also source for the photo above), but I consider this a must-see.

I also started watching Cosmos, and it is incredibly cool to watch.

This bullet-journaling is intriguing, and after seeing this meal-plan bullet journal, I might just be pursuaded of the fact that I need this in my life.

The Ikea Food Power Ranking. I’m voting Swedish meatballs all the way.

The recipe homemade dry shampoo is a hit in my books already, I added peppermint essential oil and am really loving it. I’m also planning to make these body butter bars again.

These aubergine fries look incredibly tasty!

Even though I’m not one to make fiddly one-person desserts, these meringues look really inviting.

I love this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with less sugar in them. Who doesn’t need that?

What did you come across this week? Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Photo 02-08-16 10 35 02Hello and happy Friday! In case you are wondering what this is about, I’m fully with you.
Instead of a recipe, I am sharing a list of some of the most interesting, thought-provoking,  entertaining or tastiest links from the web.
There are many of these linking posts around that I absolutely love to read and am looking forward to on a weekly basis.
My thought is to chime in share with you a list of things that make me happy – on a regular basis.

So what makes me happy this Friday?

Keeping an eye on these linking posts of Cup of Jo, Shutterbean, Joy the Baker and How Sweet it is. These ladies really make me excited to look at my RSS reader.

Also looking forward to the new season of BBC’s Sherlock.

The millennial whoop is a thing (!). I can’t unhear this.  

These mesmerizing galaxy glaze cookies.

The idea to puree quinoa into a pizza crust is brilliant and sounds easier than the cauliflower crusts that I’ve tried before.

This good old Dutch classic is done and photographed beautifully by Lady & Pups: Chicken Sate.  

And this smart idea of stuffing paprika-halves with lasagna!

Enjoying the end-notes of summer with this raw tomato pasta-sauce.

Listening to this week’s TED radio-hour on slowing down and the benefits of procrastination.

Reading this essay on slow blogging made me feel really good, because it is so easy to feel overwhelmed by articles calling out to increase your social media reach, to ramp up your SEOs and to basically “grow your blog from zero to a million in 6 months” (along the same lines, this essay by Anne R. Allen from 2012).

What did you come across this week? Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂