I discovered a new kind of tart which is suitable for both a sweet fruit or a savoury vegetable filling: Galette. The filling is wrapped in a simple and delicious golden crust. We had fresh spinach in our vegetable box this week which I combined with onions for the filling.
Cakes with veggies, fruits and nuts are not for everyone. I really like it. And so I love this carrot cake full of these things. It became one of my favourite cake recipes. It is actually more of a fruit cake than a carrot cake and it tastes even better after a couple of days.
I thought there would be no public viewing for the Women’s Wold Cup but now there is – in our street. The Italian restaurant on the corner is celebrating outside and everybody can hear them cheering. I would like to know whether they would like to support the German football ladies or whether this is just a good opportunity to celebrate.
On the weekend I made so much pastry that I could have fed the whole German football team. Instead I made one little quiche after another. Quiche is so easy to make and it is so much fun to experiment with different ingredients.
Finally I made it to the farmer’s market on Saturday. There is a real nice one in our area and I haven’t been there for quite some time. I bought some real beautiful mushrooms for last night’s dinner. I wanted to make some homemade pasta with mixed mushrooms. I had this nice and simple receipe in mind from an oldschool Jamie Oliver book that I have. Everytime I pick this book from the shelf I am amused about the 1999 Hawaiian shirt that he wears on the cover. But the book gives a nice explanation on how to make pasta step by step.
Artichokes are so beautiful. There are a bit intimidating though, because they are not as easy to prepare as other vegetables. I bought four beautiful pieces from Fance at the Carlsplatz market here in Düsseldorf. I love having artichokes as a simple yet sophisticated snack with a nice dip and there is nothing better than Aioli. I never made an Aioli myself so this was a good chance.
There are plenty of ways on how to prepare an artichoke. I kept it simple by putting the artichokes in one piece into boiling salt water for about 45 minutes until they became soft. Peeling the artichokes step by step, dipping the leaves in the Aioli and sucking on the lower parts of the leaves (the only edible parts of the artichoke apart from the heart) is a real treat.