Friday, December 30, 2011

Retrospective 2011

2011 Retrospective by Meeta K. Wolff Malta2011-0197

2011 ….

… is it already time to say goodbye you? It seems like it was just a few days back I was saying Hello to you and looking forward to paint you with vivid colors. Now here I am again - same place, same time and looking forward to greeting another new year with the same eagerness and enthusiasm. But 2011 … you have been good to me.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cookies: Almond Peanut Florentines, Chocolate Brushed Lebkuchen and Hazelnut Gianduia Spritz Cookies

Christmas Cookies 2011 (0160) by Meeta K. Wolff 

The tree is not up yet. But that is no cause to stress. It’s rather amusing though to see others break out in a cold sweat as they rush around the city with blank stares on their faces. What is not amusing however is to be surrounded by so much aggressiveness. Whatever happened to the joyous spirit of Christmas?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas: Hazelnut Frangipane Tart with Quince Hazelnut Mincemeat

Quince Hazelnut Mincemeat Frangipane Tart (0066) by Meeta K. Wolff

Have you all bought and packed your Christmas presents yet? Just 10 days till the big day, you know.

This whole week we have been getting deliveries from various sources bringing boxes of diverse items and with each new delivery the excitement intensifies. Keeping it all a secret is the most interesting part. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas: Buttery Quince Hazelnut and Cognac Mincemeat

Quince Hazelnut and Cognac Mincemeat (0380) by Meeta K. Wolff

With Advent begins the frantic cooking and baking in my kitchen. Over the years it has become somewhat of a tradition that friends and family receive little gifts of homemade treats. The warm fuzzy feeling I get when wrapping spiced cookies, little festive tarts, nutty and boozy cakes or jars of preserves in sparkly golden bags tied with bows and sealed with an angel for good luck, is unbeatable. It’s Christmas after all and a bit of kitsch is allowed!