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Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year. The last few weeks I´ve been very busy and still I had the time to cook. Let me surprise you with some more wonderful German and European recipes.

On New Year´s Eve I have had a wonderful time in Bern in Switzerland. Here I had the chance to eat an original Swiss cheese fondue. Unfortunately the cheese was so delicious that I forgot to take some pictures. I promise not to forget this next time … ;) Still I´d like to share some wonderful moments of my trip, which I have captured on camera:

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Champagne

Champagne

   

Ice Bar

Ice Bar

2015

2015

A wonderful tree

A beautiful tree in the snow

Cats dozing in the sun

Cats dozing in the sun

Poodles just want to have fun (in the snow) ... ;)

Poodles just want to have fun ...

Mountain view

Mountain view

Mountains

Another mountain

More snow

Winter impression

Look into my eyes - Sweetheart ...

Look into my eyes - sweetheart ...

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

 

 

Highly recommended - the “Beaujolais primeur” wine-tasting

In Germany you can find lots of small shops where you not only can buy but also you can try specialties like cheese, wine, chocolate candies and more.

Close to my home there is a shop with a great variety of wines from all over the world. The franchise company offers all kinds of  fine wine specialties from small wineries. If you are looking for some snacks, cooking oils, vinegar, other beverages or wine accessories, this is the perfect place to find what you are looking for. You even can find some souvenirs for your loved ones at home. The best part of visiting the shop - you can taste the wine, before buying it. Eating a slice of baguette helps to neutralize the taste, before sipping another small glass of wine. Believe it or not - this doesn't cost a thing. It´s free of charge. But please do not overdo it …

Because the wine shop is located within walking distance and several times a year special events take place. It´s a nice opportunity to meet some friends and have a good time there. Last weekend we had the chance to try this years “Beaujolais primeur”. Also, some pastries, olives and Camembert were served at a fair price. The tasty wild game specialties and the "Beaujolais primeur" really matched very well.

Of course it is possible to visit wine-tastings in Germany, too. Just find out where your favorite wine is being produced and get in touch with the winery. The people in charge can tell you, if it is possible to visit the winery and wine-tastings on the spot. If you just to try a few special wines from wineries - look out for the small shops - this is really a great experience you won't regret at all.

Here some pictures from the "Beaujolais primeur" wine-tasting last week:

Part of my favorite wine-shop.

One part of my favorite wine-shop.

This year´s

This year´s "Beaujolais primeur".

Enjoying some pastries, olives and Camembert.

Enjoying some pastries, olives and Camembert.

The salami and the green olives also tasted very good.

The salami and the green olives also tasted very good.

Enjoying the view from the table.

Enjoying the view from the table.

Freestyle

Love is in the air - did you use too much salt today?

Used too much salt?

In Germany there is a saying that if the cook has fallen in love, he mostly uses too much salt and spoils the food. But this is not only the problem of people who have a crush on somebody, it happens when you are in a hurry or without any reason at all. In this case you can start all over again or you can try to reduce the salty taste.

My favorite way of getting rid of too much salt is to put some milk or yogurt into the food. You can even use egg white, because clotted protein assimilates salt.

Another way to avoid salty food is to take a spoon and try to remove all the salt crystals. You also can try one or two spoons full of honey. Please be careful so that in the end your food doesn't taste too sweet. If this already has happened, pour some lemon juice into the pan - sometimes this can help.

Potatoes, bread, carrots even can help you. Just cut these little helpers into big pieces. After letting the food stand for a while the potato-, bread- and carrot-pieces have absorbed all the salt and you can remove them with a spoon. Prunes can also neutralize salt. Just add some prunes to your food, heat everything up for about 15 minutes and then take them out again.

Last but not least you also can cook the whole meal again - just don’t use any salt and as soon as everything is done, mix it together with the salty food.

 

 

 

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