Category Archives: festival

A world in white gets underway

eat less chocolate
exercise more
get back in touch with lost friends

Oh, you are here? I’m finally drafting a New Year’s resolution list,  please do take a seat while I finish with it. Have some tea if you like.

clean flat weekly
update blog frequently

Wait a minute… Maybe you are surprised that I am back here at all? You are right, it has been quite a while, since… oh  my ears and whiskers, since 25th of October, that’s a loooong time indeed! Please accept my apologies for neglecting the place, and neglecting you. But, as you can see from the resolution list above, this shall happen no more in 2012. Ha ha.

Anyway, let’s go on with a long overdue festive entry: my Christmas and New Year menus, and The Tale of the Elusive Pear Belle Hélène. Continue reading


Another year over, and a new one just begun

So this is 2011, fresh out of the shelf. And in accordance with tradition, this New Year is a good time for pondering and resolutions. Quite probably due to the change of year, that large friendly number which went on with us for twelve months on calendars, appointment notices, documents being signed, magazine covers, whatever. We’ve had time to get used to that big fellow, with a few humorous quiproquos at the beginning of January:

Checkuary – The thirteenth month of the year. Begins New Year’s Day and ends when a person stops absentmindedly writing the old year on his checks.

I think it was Douglas Adams who came up with the term. In any case, with checks having fallen out of grace this may well become an obsolete word.

Anyway. There we are, getting used to 2010 and hop! it switches to 2011, in a process full of symbolism due to cycles and renewal and fresh starts, so it is little surprise that some of us find it an opportune timing to ponder things past, and to make resolutions for things ahead. Continue reading

Erst kommt das Fressen

Now today is Christmas Eve, which as Bel pointed out is the bigger day here in Germany. So even though I was spending the day all alone with my cat I just had to make a huge meal. I love cooking. For one thing, you get to eat what you make in the end. And the whole process is thrilling: deciding what dishes you’ll make, in particular which ones might fit together in a nice meal; what to accompany them with, side-dish and wine; shopping for the ingredients (my least favourite part really); preparing the stuff, with the whole orchestra of spices and knives; arranging all nicely when serving (not very good at it); and eating.

Now, although there are some pretty fascinating cookbooks around, I must admit the most convenient is still teh interwebz. Because you can find any recipe involving anything you wish to eat, with pictures, variations (notably in difficulty), comments by people who tried the stuff, and all. Thus I had little trouble composing a festive yet easy meal for today.

So what was on offer in casa el tranquilo today? Continue reading

The near and the dear ones


A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear