Food is the first topic of complaint of expats everywhere, it is also the first challenge they need to master directly after arriving in their host country. Finding your favorite products is not easy in a different language and items are often not at all available. Continue reading On the challenge of grocery shopping in a different country
In France everyone eat a special dessert on the day of epiphany to commemorate the visit of the magi bearing gifts for new born Jesus. When dessert comes, the youngest around the table go bellow the table and assign each piece of cake to a member of the party. Inside the cake is a surprise (usually a tiny China figurine but in older days people … Continue reading Galette des rois (three Kings cake)
Another Christmas Cookie Plätzchen recipe which I bake every year is Vanilla Kipferl. They are very soft melt into the mouth and are my family’s favorite (both in France and in India). They are pretty easy and inexpensive to bake provided one follow a few simple tricks which I wrote in Italic in the recipe below. Ingredients for the dough: 250g of flour 210 g softened … Continue reading Vanillekipferl (Vanilla crescent)
This recipe is a classic winter sweet in France to enjoy with a nice espresso. It is super easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser. Last winter I gave some to my husband to take to his colleagues in Pittsburgh and they all loved it. Ingredients: 200 grams of baking chocolates 4 organic oranges 200 grams Sugar 50 cl of water Preparation: Wash and … Continue reading Orangettes
My husband and I moved to the US in September 2017. He got assigned to the US as an expatriate and I agreed to follow him, knowing that I would find my job when we come back to Germany. Since we arrived here everyone as been asking us how we like it here if we found our american dream in Raleigh North Carolina. Now that … Continue reading How is life in America?