1… 2… 3… 4… Strawberries (… And other rainy days shenanigans)


Count with me: 1… 2… 3… Strawberries, the 4th decided it is too cold and wet to ripen properly, what can I say, it’s a strawberry with a personality…

SO, what do we do with 3 strawberries? Not much really, apart from eating them. I am, however, happy that I managed to grow some fruit on our new balcony, despite the cold and the persisting rain!

OK, the week has started well, and I still have a couple of other things to look forward to:

*My new bike will be delivered in the next couple of days,

*And Darmstadt will be hosting a 4-day musical event with more then 100 bands, and it’s all for free – check it out here: Schloßgrabenfest -2013

Have a good week everyone!

Portugal and the love of sardines

My new t-shirt 🙂

Why do Portuguese people like sardines so much? …

If you are also a fan of sardines, sun, and amazing views, you might want to book a visit to Lisbon soon. On the 12th of June they celebrate Santo Antonio’s day, and the city will enter party mode – big time. There will be grilled sardines in every corner, lots of drinking and non-stop partying on the streets until the early hours of the morning.  I really recommend it!

Germany and the love of Nutella

Here’s a few things I didn’t know about Germany before I moved here:

1. It gets really hot in the summer
2. You actually don’t see people naked in the parks
3. Nutella rules
4. Not everyone likes sausage
5. Turkish food is delicious
6. They love to have long breakfasts at weekends

There’s other things but I’ve decided to focus only on the positives 😉

Meanwhile, I have also embraced some of the local love of Nutella and have baked a few delicious treats with this divine spread. I have found the recipes in some American sites, since it seems, Americans are as fascinated with Nutella as the Germans.

If you’re wondering how a cup of Nutella looks like, here it is

Here’s a recipe I got from the site Ambitious Kitchen. Is dead easy and very popular!

Easy, fudgy 5-ingredient Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt
Author: Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com
Serves: 12-14 cookies

  • 1 cup nutella
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour + 1 tablespoon
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients besides salt in a large bowl with electric mixer until well combined. Place dough in freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes roll dough into approximately 1-inch balls, place on ungreased baking sheet at least two inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes until cookies are set, then very carefully transfer to a wire rack. Generously sprinkle with sea salt.

Another popular Nutella recipe I’ve tried is: Nutella Brownie Cheescake Bites, from US Masala blog.

If you decide to try it, let me know what you think about it!