Zimtsternen (cinnamon stars)

One German tradition which I truly fell in love with is to bake Xmas cookies called Plätzchen to give it to friends, families and colleagues during the advent time. There are hundreds of different cookie type and family recipes are passed down through generations. Normally I meet with my girlfriends on a Sunday to bake Plätzchen, listen to Xmas Carols and bake hundreds of cookies. Since this … Continue reading Zimtsternen (cinnamon stars)

What give us our daily bread means for Germans

Couple of years ago, I used to order one brötchen (bread rolls) at the neighborhood bakery and that seemed to baffle the lady at the counter so much that she kept on pushing me to buy some more, saying it was not enough for one person. I had never thought much about it until I had to spend 24 hours at the hospital and finally … Continue reading What give us our daily bread means for Germans

Best of both world or when Indian cuisine meets French cuisine

My husband and I are BIG foodies, with a couple of friend of different nationalities we are members of the unofficial “International Supper Club” in Cologne, Germany. We would basically meet regularly to discover a new cuisine in a different restaurant and share amazing meals and moments. For both Indian and French, food is the fuel for both your body and your soul. It is … Continue reading Best of both world or when Indian cuisine meets French cuisine

Blanquette de poulet Recipe (chicken with creamy lemon gravy)

This week we had another mixed indo-western couple over for dinner. As I mentioned in a previous blog post inviting Indians for dinner is always a bit stressful especially when you don’t know them that well yet. Western vegetarian options (i.e. salad) will be rejected straight away by most Indians for lacking gravy or not being cooked. Even those who eats meat do not to … Continue reading Blanquette de poulet Recipe (chicken with creamy lemon gravy)

Weird custom… not so much anymore

I have mentioned in a previous post that when both our families are together some topics were very off putting at first. Things that seem obvious in the french lifestyle like serving a 4 course meal with wine and meat to your guest followed by a cup of coffee (espresso to be specific) is neither natural nor self explanatory to other culture especially for Indians … Continue reading Weird custom… not so much anymore