merry christmas, happy holidays.

Dec 25, 2012

I hope everyone has the best Christmas, with all the family cuddles and coziness you can wish for. I wish you much love, cookies and mulled wine galore, all your favorite foods, giddiness and happy music.

If you like to spend cozy mornings in the kitchen, baking a holiday treat for your family as much as I do, then I’ll have something for you guys. The other day, I climbed my personal Mount Everest and made macarons for the first time ever. To say I was nervous would be the understatement of the year. But I can joyfully tell you they were a huge success! I followed Manu’s recipes exactly, delicate raspberry macarons with white chocolate ganache and salted caramel macarons (my fave!),  and they both turned out beautifully. So put all fear aside and just give them a try. I promise you won’t regret it and you’ll feel like a superhero afterwards.

Happy holidays everyone!

it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Dec 8, 2012
It is December, my favourite month of the year. (How did that happen? Wasn't it just summer?)
Christmas cookie baking is in full swing, currently we are at eight different kinds. The city is decked in twinkly lights and the first snow has dusted the rooftops and trees. It is bitterly cold and the sun is hanging low, saying farewell at three in the afternoon. The Christmas markets are bustling with people, mulled wine and chestnuts. Classic Christmas tunes are playing in the background. I love it all.
But despite the coziness of Advent, big things have been happening here.

Two weeks ago, I finished my internship in Hamburg with a Food&Wine Magazine. It was a sad goodbye from friends, co-workers and the city I came to love so dearly, despite its rain and generally moody weather.
And then, there was the plan. The plan that was brewing since spring. The plan I was too scared to talk about, for fear of jinxing it. Not anymore. Deposits have been payed, plane tickets booked and quiet disbelieve is still in full force. In January, I will embark on one of my biggest adventures yet. M and I are going to New York. He will be continuing his amazing journalistic work and I will be starting a whole new chapter - Graphic Design.
It's the scariest and most exciting thing I've ever done. Without a doubt.

Before all the NYC craziness though, I fully intend to enjoy every moment with my lovely family and friends back home. 'Tis the season after all. On that note, back to the kitchen. These cookies need some more  powdered sugar.

*Friends, we are still on the hunt for a place to sublet in New York  from Jan-April. Endlessly grateful for any pointers! And coffee dates!!! How fun would it be to meet up?!