I am a foodie – through and through. I love to cook, it’s like meditation to me. It starts with thoughts about what to cook. I browse through some recipes, just to pick one. Later it’s a lot of fun to go to the groceries store to get everything I need for my meal. The preparations are as important as the actual cooking. Before I start cooking, I prepare all the ingredients and sometimes I love to pour me a good glass of wine while cooking. The entire process is pure relaxation with the best reward at the end – a great and delicious meal.
As much as I enjoy a good meal, I will never say “No” to a good drink and I’m always on the hunt for a new drink recipe. So if I found some I like, I’ll share it here with you.
Frankly I can’t remember how old I was when I started cooking for my parents for the first time. I got my very first cookbook when I was about 7 or 8 years old and probably that was the time I discovered my passion for cooking. My Mum is a really good cook and so were both my grandmas. So I probably got the skills from them, because I can’t remember someone saying my meals won’t taste good. Or maybe everyone is just too polite to tell me the truth – haha.
One thing I’ve learnt during the years: quality is key – in every way. I’ve invested in high quality cookware and it really made a difference. But of course the ingredients should always have a good quality and that doesn’t mean it has to be super expensive. Maybe a visit on a weekly market can be a good choice to find great ingredients.
In the following I will share my favorite recipes with you. I hope you will like them as much as I do..
Spaghetti alla chitarra
- 1/2 onion chopped
- a few gloves of chopped garlic
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- a can of tomatoes with their juice
- chopped pancetta (if you like, otherwise make it vegetarian)
- some red wine
Add some olive oil to a pan on medium heat and add all the ingredients. Simmer everything until soft.
Cook down with a bit of a good red wine for about 25 minutes.
Add a splash of the pasta cooking water to help bind the sauce.
Add parmesan cheese to your liking.
Place pasta in boiling water.
Pull the pasta from the water and stir into the sauce.
- Ice cubes
- 1 1/2 parts of Vodka
- 3/4 parts of coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
- 3/4 parts of espresso
- 3 coffee beans
Blend together all ingredients except the coffee beans and shake them well in a shaker.
Strain the drink into a martini glass and add the coffee beans on top.