smoked tofu

Spaghetti with kale and smoked tofu

Spongy balls of deep-fried tofu drenched in laksa soup, fried squares of silken tofu in Thai curry, melt-in-your mouth tofu in spicy kimchi soup… I was introduced to tofu at Asian restaurants in Sydney. Here in Berlin, the types of tofu are different. Being vegan is very trendy here, and there’s a world of tofu…

Tortilla with beans, cheese and sour cream

Homemade white corn tortillas

Gluten free tortillas don’t have to be brittle and dry like so many of the ones you buy at the supermarket. Homemade ones aren’t difficult to make, and they taste better, which is very rewarding. With the aid of a tortilla press, these white corn tortillas with beany filling are a fun meal to make…

Six wooden dice with names of ingredients stamped on the faces.

Foodie Dice

Do you sometimes feel stuck in a cooking rut, making the same meals over and over again? My last dinner rut featured far too many curries with rice. Last winter it was bean soup. A friend told me she was so bored with her stir fry routine that she made a pact with her husband…

Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a German Christmas specialty, a little like gingerbread. My friends in Leipzig tasted mine last year and said, “it’s very nice, but it isn’t Lebkuchen.” I was puzzled, because the recipe was given to me by a German friend. Surely Lebkuchen is Lebkuchen? Or could there be regional variations? As it turns out,…

Coconut Water Smoothie

Coconut water sounds romantically tropical if you’re from a temperate climate. And promisingly refreshing as we come into summer. Coconut water is good at quenching thirst, partly because it’s high in electrolytes including potassium. This makes it similar to a sportsdrink. I recently received a tetra-pak of C Coconut Water to trial, and I wanted…

Cardamon Coffee Cake

“Cardamon Coffee Cake; very rich – very delicious,” begins the recipe, ever so enticingly. Somehow it’s the words that get me every time I look at a cookbook, even when it’s beautifully illustrated. Memories of descriptions of food in children’s books remain long after the storylines have faded. Do you remember the candied chestnuts with…

Kitchen Gadget Envy

Kitchen Gadget Envy – you know it don’t you? That feeling when you see a gadget that makes that annoying job just so much easier. ‘Why don’t I have one of those?’ you ask yourself. Suddenly it seems unthinkable to live without one. That envious feeling swept over me as I watched my mother squeezing…