11 Oct 2011

good time is gone, good time will come..

After a few days off I returned to work. Got up early in the morning. Walked the dog in the dark, had a coffee in front of our window and suddenly noticed that this is the season of the year when sunlight comes up late.
The whole day it was raining, but not that cold. And even the faces of the people became dark and rainy without any smile. It is just a season and it has its good and bad moments.
I know somebody who thinks that just a tiny little raindrop is full of pleasure. For her good time has not disapeared. She is taking it with a smile.



10 Oct 2011

sun is playing with the clouds

What a sunday. Watching rugby in the morning with a cup of coffee. All Blacks won the match. Seems to be a good start for the day. A short breakfast and another cup of coffee.
What a sunday. Sunny and cloudy not cold but not warm. Just nice enough to spend the day outside. So we went to a flea market expected nothing but all. A big market where it is hard to keep track of the things you looking for. Lots of bits and pieces of everything. Metal, wood, furniture, parts of bikes, fridges and cars and a lot more.
What a sunday. We found what we have been looking for the next project. Went back, took the thermos flask and the dog to leave again home towards the airport. The dog was hunting the ball and runnig around. The sun is playing with the clouds and although it is not cold but not warm you know that autumn has arrived.
That is exactly the day you should conclude with a mug of hot spiced red wine.
What a nice sunday.






9 Oct 2011

fluffily and succulent ..... apple pie

The right thing for a sunny afternoon in autmn.
The following recipe is for a deep baking tray (40x30 cm).

Ingredients

400   g    flour
  25   g    fresh yeast
170   g    sugar
250   g    softened butter
   2         eggs
200  ml  milk, warm
              pinch of salt
1/2   tsp  cinnamon
500   g    apples
   2 tblsp lemonjuice
  30   g   almonds, sliced


Method

Place flour, yeast, 70 g sugar, 50 g butter, the milk, eggs and a pinch of salt in a food processor and knead for about 5 minutes.
Cover and rest at warm place in your kitchen for 40 minutes.
Line out the baking tray with some baking paper and dispense the dough evenly and let it rest for another 20 minutes.
Put 200 g butter, cinnamon and 70 g sugar in a bowl and whisk until very creamy.
In the meanwhile peel the apples, cut in to halves, remove the core  and slice. Mix the slices in a differnt bowl with the lemon juice.
Fill a piping bag with creamy butter pip little dots close to each other into the dough. Arrange nicely the apples onto the dough and sprinkle over the rest of the sugar and the almonds.
Preheat the oven and bake the pie for about 25-30 minutes at 180°C.










8 Oct 2011

construction site

Before you start to build something you have to think how the product has to look like. Then you make a plan and consider the need to complete the project.
Write a list with all the ingredients you have to buy.
Contact suppliers and place your order. Even if you need additional staff hire them as early as you can and make sure that they have the right attitude which is reflecting the product.

For the following project you need some staff. In this case a couple. One couple is enough. They have nothing more to do than to look good, have to be dressed in a special way and should be able to stand still for a very long time. And they have to smile and be friendly for the same period.

Now here is your list.
Flour, starch, butter, eggs, sugar, salt, chocolate, cream, milk, lemons, egg white, icing sugar, marzipan and food colour.
Make sure you have enough of everything because you will need a lot.
The most important thing is to start early enough and in the right order.

Do not worry about the impressions you may get during the process. It is not always good looking but at the end it will be gorgeous.




























1 Oct 2011

kites in the sky...

The last weeks have been packed with work. Starting with with the journey to the island Rügen it became more busy than I expected.
I can't even remember what happened in september except sleep, showering and work. Bad way of life.
Realising that you hardly had time to take a breath doesn't make you happy. Only a short number of pictures may support your memories.
Memories of a summer of rare moments of recreation. Blue sky, green gras, dogs that lay beside the dandelion counting the seeds and the colour of the blue hour at the air field.