Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup

You know it is Autumn, when there is pumpkin soup on the menu. This week for New Recipe Sunday I would like to share with you a recipe for Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup! Hope everyone is having a great day. Wish you all the best for a great start in the new week.


1 Hokkaido Pumpkin cut into small pieces
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
50 grams olive oil
app. 400 grams water
1 Tablespoon veggie broth(although I did not have any, so we used chicken broth)
1 Teaspoon Thyme
100gram cream and 1 Teaspoon Cumin---optional

Now I made my soup in my thermomix, but for those of you who do not have one, I am sure it is no problem to recreate this recipe on the stove.

Directions for the Thermomix:

Add the onion and garlic to the thermomix and chop for 3 Seconds at Speed 5. Add the olive oil and cook for 3 Minutes/Speed 5/Varoma.

Then you add the pumpkin, water and the stock and cook for 15 Minutes/Speed2/100°.

Puree for 1 Minute on Speed 10. Add the spices and cream and cook for another 4 Minutes/Speed 2/100°


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

a "Prima" Day for a Barbecue

For me, summer always officially begins and ends with a barbecue. This year we invited some of my co-workers to help us celebrate. The weather was simply perfect and oh the hamburgers tasted soooooo good. The only question left to ask is: how to survive the long cold winter till bbq season is back?


This week I am posting to following blog parties:

Tablescape Thursday
The Tablescaper
Let´s Dish

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Almond Butter

Hello Everyone! This Sunday I would like to share with you a recipe for almond butter.  It is oh so easy(and for those of you lucky enough to have a thermomix, even easier) No worries, though a regular food processor will do the trick also.

Roast 2 cups of almonds for about 8 minutes in a 370 F oven. Then pulverise for about 14 minutes in a regular food processor. Add some sea salt and some maple syrup and mix well.

Do share with us a new recipe you have tried out lately. One of my goals is to create a cookbook----filled with all these recipes.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Britzer Garden

Hello Everyone! This Sunday I am not going to share a new recipe with you...but I will share some wonderful pictures of the Britzer Garden. We decided this morning to take a major bike ride(well for us it was) to the Britzer Garden. So worth it---we took along lots of left overs and even had a picnic(my first!) Got some great pictures of the flowers.

HOpe you all have a great Sunday!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Homemade onion Rings

OMG....thanks to the Pioneer Woman I have now found the best recipe for homemade onion rings and will never ever go back to Burger King. This is unfortunately the only picture I managed to take.... along with our dinner guests we devoured these onion rings within minutes!

For the recipe, please go to the Pioneer Womans Website:

A Husbands Guide to how to make MY Bed!

 My husband and I have been married now for almost 24 years. And in these 24 years I have been in charge of the housework, the grocery shopping, the child rearing; basically I was the commander in chief. Well, as of June 01, 2013 I have been relieved of my duties...I have been replaced. By who you ask? I can answer that question in two words.....retired husband. I have to admit the change of command has not gone well for either of us. I have yet to hand over the toliet bowl brush nor can I let him go to the grocery store on his own and worst of bed, I am having major issues with the bed.  So, in order to help me make this transtion smoothly I thought I would make my husband a picture tutorial of how to make MY bed! This is to be the first of many tutorials.....

 1. The pillows: to the left you have 2 german style pillows--his. Both pillows to be smooth, straight and even. To the right are the first set of my pillows The large one on the bottom, the smaller one on top, also smooth, straight and even.

 2. The duvets are folded lengthwise and smoothed out.This is of course easier when using freshly ironed sheets, but still with a little patience one can get the duvets pretty smooth. The next set of pillows are placed on the pillows. Each side gets one 40X80 sized pillow. These pillows are positioned over the pillows and duvets

 3. Next step the comforter. In the right top hand corner is the tag and this is a great reminder for the husband, as this tag always needs to be in the right top hand corner of the bed! Time now to smooth out the comforter and to make sure that you have the same amount of material on both sides of the bed.

4. Time for the decorative pillows. Each side gets two. Then the small decorative pillows and the rabbit get strageically placed in the top middle section of the bed. The two german pillows you see in the right bottom corner are always to be white pillow cases.


Now just a few pictures of how NOT to make the bed. This drives me crazy when I find the bed in this condition!

What do you think? Do I have a chance? Will he understand? :)

Happy Sunday Evening Everyone!

Table Decoration: PASTA

 This Saturday we tried out another pizza on the grill recipe. I had planned on sharing the recipe with you all for New Recipe Sunday, but I never got a chance! As soon as the pizza left the grill it was devoured by everyone! Sure was good. Since pizza is an "italien thing" I decided to set the table in reds and as used the pasta from my pantry and the oregano from my garden as decoration. Turned out really cute, if I may say so!


 Napkin Rings......tomato paste easy

 My pretty red glasses....from 12 down to about 7  now....darn things

Posting to the Tablescaper this week


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