Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lazy cabbage rolls recipe - quick version of the tasty traditional Ukrainian yumminess!

Love cabbage rolls. Love the comforting taste of rice, ground meat or bacon wrapped in soft tender cabbage leaves and smothered in tomato sauce. Mmmmm. But, I'm always forgetting to buy and freeze fall cabbage (apparently the rest of the year the cabbage crops grown make for less tender cabbage as most Ukrainian folks will tell you) making them. And making the full on cabbage roll take a lot of time.. and I'm lazy, so when I was introduced to lazy cabbage rolls several years back at a Ukrainian church perogy dinner, I was in love.  Its a lot quicker and has all the elements of cabbage rolls, minus the smothering in tomato sauce... its not quite the same, but when you're craving them, this recipe works in a pinch!

Monday, 23 March 2015

One day to see Schloss Hohenschwangau, Marienbrücke, Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Fussen, Germany and local eats! Part 1

 After eating lots of tasty food and drinking delicious beer in Augsburg, we headed out early to start driving into the Alps, where my fiancé was hoping to see the Eagle's Nest - Hitler's alpine mountain retreat during WWII in Berchtesgaden.  Unfortunately, from all the fog we could see on the mountain tops, the locals told us it'd e pretty dangerous to head up there and to head there the next morning if the day dawned clear.  Before driving into the Schwangau area of Fussen to see the castles they have up on the mountains, we headed into a small town of Fussen, and we stopped in an indoor farmer's market as well as a butcher's to pick up some local eats before driving up into Schwangau area of Fussen to join the throngs of tourists and sightseers.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Decadently moist gigantic meatballs with tomato sauce recipe!

On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese....

Every now and then, I get a craving for a down to earth, savory, super moist and flavor packed meatball.  The fiancé loves this cuz he will eat any type of meatball - Asian style beef, fish or cuttlefish balls, Lebanese mini football like Kebbeh, Indian curried koftas, Greek kefteds, slowcooker meatballs and of course, the classic Italian meatballs that crown a plate of spaghetti.  L had made some wickedly tasty Kebbeh at our last get together, so I was leaning more towards the Italian style ones, smothered in tomato sauce.  And since the fiancé believes size matters when it comes to meat balls *insert any number of crude jokes here*, I've been working on a number of variations to get to that perfect moist flavorful meatball for a while.. so here's the latest and greatest giant 1/4 pound meatball recipe you can top your spaghetti with :D

Monday, 16 March 2015

Augsburg, Germany part 2: Riegele Wirsthaus Beir and Speisen, delicious beer, sausage and gestacheltes bock - a heated rod in beer for a delicious treat!

After a fun day seeing the sights in Augsburg and a quick trip to Germany's Legoland in Günzburg (see post here), we headed over to Riegele Wirsthaus Beir and Speisen for locally brewed delicious beer, sausage and gestacheltes bock - a heated rod in beer for a delicious treat! Established in 1386, this brewery originally called the Golden Horse was purchased and renamed in 1884 and now is the largest private brewery in Augsburg and is still family owned... going on into the fifth generation!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mushroom, mozzarella, sweet onion drizzled with honey and brie, pear and sweet onion thin crust pizza recipe!

After a successful brunch pizza topped with spicy capicolla, pancetta, onions and a runny egg (recipe here), I wanted some bianco pizzas - "white" pizza made without tomato sauce. So came up with these two tasty pizzas: Mushroom, mozzarella, sweet onion drizzled with honey and brie, pear and sweet onion. The honey and brie pizza came out more as a dessert pizza.. yum!