Very easy to make, it takes about an hour to make a batch.

Ingredients: 200g butter, 200g flour, 200g cheese (recipe said Gouda, I took parmesan …), 1 egg, nutmeg and pepper.

Mix well and put in the freezer for 15 min. Roll out the dough and take out the X-mas cookie cutters. The original recipe suggested sesame seed, poppy seed and caraway as toppings with on some egg+milk mixture. I used the sesame and some crushed rosemary with olive oil. I also sprinkled some salt on top.

Bake for 10-12 min. at 200°C.

Should keep well for a couple weeks in a jar, unless eaten. These are really good to accompany a nice evening watching episodes of the latest 24 series while it’s raining outside like it wasn’t August!



Bei Baggerarbeiten auf dem Gelaende des ehemaligen Ausbesserungswerks der Deutschen Bahn AG oetlich der Rueppurrer Strasse sind Arbeiter am gestrigen Montagnachmittag auf ein gefaehrliches Relikt aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gestossen

Nein wir wurden nicht evakuiert … wir wohnen ja zum Glück westlich der Rüppurer 🙂 Ich hätte ja nie davon erfahren, häte mir nicht jemand ne Mail geschickt und gefragt …

Homemade Ricotta

This week-ends cooking experiments included homemade ricotta. Via my favorite food blog chocolate & zucchini I found a recipe at 101 Cookbooks on how to make your own ricotta. And as opposed to some other things we tried this week-end it’s cheap and easy. I’ll experiment some more with this but it’s tasty fun and totally different from what they sell as ricotta in the grocery stores.

We also tried to make a gnocchi recipe from one of my Jamie Oliver cookbooks and failed miserably. We thought we’d done everything as it was supposed to be but they simply came apart into a mess, that was irrecoverable. Instead we made pasta with herbs and homemade ricotta + parmesan “topping” instead.Today I learned what might have been our mistake: the water should not have been cooking when we dropped in the gnocchi. Anyway next time we’ll try a more traditional recipe instead of one where the gnocchi consist mostly of ricotta (this was bought ricotta with a very very different flavor and texture …).

This was the week-end of failed cooking: I also tried to make croissants and well … no croissants. Pretty nice “Hörnchen” though. When trying to fold the butter into the dough it kept shooting out for whatever reason … it probably wasn’t cold enough? Anyway I don’t need the exact “croissant”-texture to enjoy them.

Japanese Video Making Toy

I knew before I started reading Megatokyo that Japan is an – uhm – interesting country. And it gets more interesting all the time:

we make money not art: MYSQ: Video Purikura

The booth can accommodate up to three people so you can shoot Prikura style video clips with your friends. Inside the booth is a fluffy thing called a MYSQ ring, you wear it on your hand. A camera detects the movement of your MYSQ ring. Also, floor sensors detect your foot movement. So, the system can control video effects based on your (and your friends’) hand/foot movement.