Ever since our return from Alaska the weather has been a bit of everything. From warm sunny days with a cooling breeze, to hot humid days similar to those in Dubai or even monsoon-like summer rainy days reminiscent to Bombay, to cool autumn-like mornings. It seems Mother Nature just is having trouble deciding on which weather to shower on us.
Ever since we made these Almond Butter and Blueberry popsicles – we are very much addicted. Even though our summer here in Weimar is not as exemplary as we would like it to be, we are still getting a few sunny and warm days in between grey cooler days. Nothing however, seems to dampen our mood this summer break! We are enjoying it to the fullest with our popsicle creations. These all fruit tutti frutti popsicles bring on the best of the summer days.
When many of us think of French cuisine we tend to automatically link it to haute cuisine. It is the foundation of French cuisine evolving from the royals and aristocrats around Versailles and Paris. The 17th century chef and author Francois Pierre La Varenne is known as the godfather of modern French cuisine whose work has been an inspiration over the centuries and very much responsible for the creation of haute cuisine as we know it today.
The last thing I expected to really get hooked on in terms of food, when I first moved to Germany, was bread. Having lived in many countries I was used to a great variety of bread, mostly flatbreads. In my arrogance - or call it ignorance - I was sure that while Germany had some great bread-types – think of the pumpernickel, others were overrated – for me the pretzel!
Peonies, scoops of ice cream, dances through the sprinkler, warm summer rains and juicy strawberries. All the things that are making summer a blast for us here in Weimar. Those end of year exams are done and dusted for my son, my last workshops and events for the first half of the year are under the belt and we are gearing towards summer break in just under a week.
Dubai, a city that one can only admire! That indefatigable energy, gutsy ambition and ability to dream big, with the capacity to realize those dreams and visions into huge projects that elsewhere would never even get off the drawing board. A city where a multitude of cultures come together to produce an incredible diversity of food, fashion and traditions. A globally inspired city, Dubai pulsates to a heartbeat that is so invigorating and it provides and inspirational basis for my workshops.
By the time spring arrived the air thickened with the pungent aroma hanging over the park and the woods. Following the path on my bicycle my nostrils were overwhelmed with the smell of garlic that seemed to follow me. I had not been living long in Germany and spring in this magnitude was often still overwhelming to my senses. For someone who had spent most of her life in the Persian Gulf in the bi-seasonal climates of hot and hotter, the feeling of four seasons was intoxicating.