DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

In this post, I will show how to make paper flowers, it is so easy. For Hazel's and Martin's wedding, these will be used as table centerpieces. We made a lot of paper flowers from our creative meetings, in various kinds, colors and materials. In these tutorials, I used regular crepe papers.   Materials: Red Crepe Paper Green Crepe Paper Tissue Paper (Black if available) Watercolor Floral wire Glue Steps 1: Cut a tissue paper (any color) into a rectangle or triangle. Fill it with rounded and flattened tissue paper. Paint it black…Read more→
Breaded Pork Chops

Breaded Pork Chops

I remembered, when I was younger, I attempted to cook breaded pork chops for the first time... it was a total failure: they were burnt outside and raw inside. For some time after that disaster, I steered clear from cooking anything with breading.  My Mama's breaded pork chops, however, are fantastic!  They were crispy yet tender and juicy inside, cooked but not burnt!  At that time I was not that interested how she makes them perfect, I just enjoyed eating them! That was the time when I was still a career woman who cannot find time to…Read more→
Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage)

Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage)

Longanisa/longganisa is another Filipino food that is popular throughout the country. It is our local sausage or chorizo, but its origin is Spanish (longaniza). Native Filipino longganisa has different kinds depending where (town or province) they are coming from. Basically, they are grouped into two categories, the sweet longganisa (hamonado) and the garlicky/sour/salty ones (derecado). This recipe is hamonado. It is a bit ironic, that I am living in Germany, where sausages are abound, but still craving for our own brand of sausage! I guess you can put it down to homesickness! Yup, after…Read more→
Garlic Mushroom and Baby Potatoes

Garlic Mushroom and Baby Potatoes

After harvesting my potted potatoes from my container garden, we had  a basket of them in various sizes. This is the first time I tried planting potatoes and in a pot too, it was actually a bit of an experiment for me and I felt amazed while I was digging and kept on finding more and more potatoes inside the container. Can hardly wait for next planting season to plant more potatoes!                       Sietema, who supervised the harvesting, and I  got some potatoes of…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

In a previous post, I have mentioned that my friends (the English-speaking) and I are doing a series of 'creative meetings'. Now what we are doing exactly is, we are helping our friend Hazel for their wedding decorations preparations. It is a major project if you think about it but it is also major fun! They are having an autumn wedding and it will be on the day of Halloween. How cool is that! So the main motif is, of course, autumn with a rustic touch and color theme is orange and some touch…Read more→
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

It's apple season again! And we got a bag full from my mother-in-law directly picked from their garden. The batch she gave us were a bit too tart for just eating but perfect for baking. I was a bit busy the last days but I know I have to do something about all those apples staring (and sometimes glaring) at me every time I pass by or happen to be in our kitchen. So I thought why not make Apfelstrudel! It is easy and can be done really quickly especially if you have a roll…Read more→
Tomato & Basil Pizza

Tomato & Basil Pizza

I discovered it while looking for a recipe on meatless pizzas. I know I could just remove the pepperoni or salami or ham and bacon from my usual pizza  but I wanted something different. I made this the first time when my girlfriends (whom from this point will be referred to as 'my English-speaking friends' so as not to be confused with my other group of friends, 'the Filipina group') came over for one of  our 'creative meetings' (more about that on later posts).  I met 'My English-speaking friends' when I had my first…Read more→
Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough Recipe

Still can't move on from our recent trip to Italy, Armin and I had  had a series of Italian nights the whole week after we got back.  Last night  he asked for spaghetti and the other night  we had pizza (homemade)  and the nights before that we were munching on the Speck we brought home from Südtirol with a cheese platter made from the different cheeses we got from Ca'Savio. Oh Lecker!!! We had this pizza in one of the pizzerias in the area of Cavallino that was just so good! The place is…Read more→