Mailänderli

Three generations of Christmas cookie-baking.

Our regular readers know that we are alternating a recipe and a fitness-related article every week but for Christmas we decided to give you one more recipe to have one more batch fresh cookies before Christmas. It is also a perfect match to the last week’s Hazelnut Kisses as you need only the yolks for this very traditonal Swiss recipe.

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Hazelnut Kisses

Christmas cookies and childhood memories.

Like every year, it starts with a list. What christmas cookies are we going to bake? The choice is tough: family classics, personal favorites and something new to try out have all to make it to the list. After browsing books for recipes, we settle for a handful of cookies to bake. And this year I smuggled in one of my personal favorites: hazelnut kisses! An easy recipe, passed down to me by my mum, a treasure, almost a heirloom. Enjoy!

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Fish Pie

For comfort food aFISHionados.

Austria is beautiful: I love my new home country and I never regret moving here long time ago. The quality of life is gorgeous and the quality of food too: a high variety of regional veggies, game meat, poultry, fantastic dairy products… But there is one thing that Austria lacks: fish. Well, you can get it, but you have to pay quite a lot for decent quality. No wonder that every time Stefan and I are travelling somewhere, we crave for fish like mad: seafood, sushi, salmon, smoked fish, it doesn’t matter, we eat it all. Having a fishmonger near to our Airbnb during our last summer escape in Edinburgh was a blessing though. I always wanted to do a fish pie and finally got the chance to create this simple yet comforting dish.

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Pumpkin Poppy Crumble

A delicious Halloween-ish pudding.

If you did not already know it, I am half Italian (and half Suisse) and even if the Italian cuisine is fantastic, there is something we do not have. And that is warm puddings. I LOVE hot desserts and -besides Stefan – it did definitely play a role to choose Austria as my new homecountry 15 years ago 😉 . Kaiserschmarrn, Milchrahmstrudel, Scheiterhaufen…comfy, calorie-dense winter soulfood you can enjoy in some old-fashioned Viennese caffee and you should definitely indulge on it if you visit Austria. English speaking countries have also a nice variety of warm puddings and one of them turned to be easy to make and very customizable: crumble. We experimented a lot with it: rhubarb, strawberries, apples…and then it was pumpkin season and I rescued a lot of crushed poppy seeds from a local grocery store where the best before date was exceeded. We love pumpkin and we love poppy seeds. The Pumpkin Poppy Crumble was born.

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Lingua In Agrodolce

Eating nose to tail for beginners.

Eating innards is daunting for most of us. This is a way to get started with it, as tongue has a mild taste, isn’t really offal and just works great in this typical Italian recipe directly from Rome. Come on, try it out, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Beef Curry Vindaloo

Indian spices meet a Portugese twist.

Nothing beats a nice curry if you ask me. I remember the first time when I read a recipe of the Vindaloo curry, thinking “wow, that’s strange!” It packs an interesting punch in the form of vinegar, which was introduced to India when Portugal used to have colonies in the land of spices. The Portugese seem to love their vinegar and they used it to remind them of home and as a natural way to preserve goods in a time long before anything like a refridgerator. I am glad about this fusion, as it makes for a delicious curry you definately should give a try!

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