MoFo Post #30: Annnd… I did it!

Who would have thought that I’d manage to post every day for MoFo. It’s been a lot of fun, and I think I still have enough blog entries to read and recipes to try out for months to come.
I don’t have a picture for you today, since we were out on a work lunch, and getting out my mobile phone to photograph my food would have been kind of inappropriate. Nevertheless, Café Einstein deserves an honorable mention. I was just about to order a cheeseless pizza, when the waitress pointed out to me that they could make me a vegetarian jacket potato without the cheese and sour cream sauce. Everyone at the table was a little sceptical about that at first, but I’m glad I tried it, since the roasted vegetables were really good, and it was a pleasant change from my usual pizza or penne arrabbiata.
MoFo afterthought: I just made a batch of my usual no-bake oatmeal cookies (and hey, that was actually my very first blog post!), and during the ritual tasting for doneness a thought struck me: I’ll have to try making a new variation featuring coffee. Maybe if I borrowed that food processor, I could grind the oats even finer and make the cookies taste almost exactly like delicatobolls. :)


MoFo Post #29: More office food

Emergency combination? Much more than that, actually. I really love those little Fruchtikus preserves. They’re something like different kinds of compote, only not too sweet. And now the winter flavours are back on the shelf, which means lots of cinnamon and other warm spices. Really nice on top of vanilla soy pudding.

MoFo Post #28: Zebra Cake

Right now I’m baking my birthday cake in advance. I’m going to be very busy throughout the week, so I’m freezing the cake and thawing and decorating it the evening before the party. It’s a zebra cake, which means that the inside will have (wonky) brown and white horizontal stripes. (BTW, I didn’t invent this technique. It’s from a recipe a friend passed on to me years and years ago.) Today I’m going to show you how to get that effect.

The protagonists: 1 1/2 batches of chocolate & vanilla marble cupcake batter (I used coconut milk again!), and a greased (read “margarined”) baking pan.

Now drop a generous spoonful of batter right in the middle of the pan (I started with vanilla, since there’s always slightly more of that). – Yeah, I know, it doesn’t really matter whether it’s the exact center.

Now drop a spoonful of the chocolate batter right on top of that.

Repeat until all the batter is used up. Don’t worry about sloppiness. You’re allowed to make a mess. Just try to get most of the batter where you want it. (Scroll down and watch the zebra cake grow.)

Pre-baking (about 40 minutes at 350°F / 180°C):


If you want to see pictures of the decorated cake (and an inside shot, showing off the stripes), you’ll have to come back next weekend. ;)
[Edit: Now you can time-travel there. Use this link.]

MoFo Post #27: My favourite place to eat

Since I’ve already mentioned Ginko, I might as well tell you a bit more about it. It’s a smallish, very cozy vegetarian restaurant that doesn’t have a regular menu. Instead there’s an ever-changing self-service buffet, including soups and salads. Everything vegan is labelled as such, and there’s a variety of international dishes. They even have cakes and other desserts, and as far as I know, all of them are vegan (and delicious).

This is how much food you can eat there for just under 10€, including the spicy coconut ginger soup and Bionade:

Inside shot of the pakoras:

And this is their lovely vegan takeaway tiramisu:

MoFo Post #25: interview with myself (food inside)

I copied this from Kris’ blog. Her answers made me feel like doing a survey.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
At seven, because I had to (I don’t function well in the morning).

2. How do you like your steak?

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Oh, that’s a really hard decision. Probably Buffy or Firefly.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I don’t know; I haven’t even been out of Europe yet! (Although I came pretty close once or twice…)

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee with soymilk. Then I had to run to be on time for a course.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
As Kris said: “I simply love good food, no matter where it’s from”.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Tinned mushrooms – Kris, you’re so right.
And, for some obscure reason, blackcurrant.

9. Favorite Place to eat?
Ginko. Or at home. Preferably while reading (I know!).

10. Favorite dressing?
Kernöl (yess.)

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Erm… I ride a bicycle, if that counts. Her name is Epona.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Probably jeans and T-shirts (especially my dark grey octopus tee). I can dress “like a girl” too, if I feel like it. ;)

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Portland, Oregon. Using this book as a kind of travel guide.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Half full, of course. Keep pouring.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Hell, I can’t even plan ahead as far as next summer! But I guess behind my laptop, writing books.

16. Favorite time of day?
Late afternoon (slanted sunlight in late summer or autumn, or ghostly fog making haloes around the lanterns in the park in winter).

17. Where were you born?

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I don’t watch sports (either).

(19. Who do you think will not tag you back?)
(20. Person you expect to tag you back first?)
(21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?)
Irrelevant. And I don’t think I’ll ever be on Facebook.

22. Bird watcher?
Hmmm. Yeah, I like to watch the crows in the park.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely not morning. I can’t even talk before I’ve had coffee.

24. Do you have any pets?
Neko and (foster kitten) Kaylee.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
Watch this space. ;)

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
Veterinarian and writer.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Reading and re-reading Ronja Räubertochter countless times. I still know my way around that forest.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Cat. Oh, and squid.

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?
I was on a scooter, but the other participant was a car.

32. Any pet peeves?
Here’s my favourite quote of today (from someone’s presentation):
“…the sine qua non, which is to say the non plus ultra…”
Things like this.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Artichoke hearts, olives, pesto, rucola.
(Apparently I like green things on my pizza.)

34. Favorite Flower?
I find carnivorous plants oddly fascinating. Also the weird shapes some orchids come in.

35. Favorite ice cream?
Mango from Amorino. (There is one in Innsbruck.)

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Favourite what?! (Does Doublemeat Palace from Buffy count?)

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
I never learned how to drive.

38. From whom did you get your last email?
A workmate.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I confess. Amazon.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Umm… tots à la mode?

41. Like your job?
Yes. But I like my research and writing more. I wish I could get paid doing that.

42. Broccoli?
Yes. In fact, just before doing this survey. Accompanied by cauliflower and nooch.
(They’re little trees!)

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Scotland, then London – summer of 1997.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
A superhero.

45. What are you listening to right now?
Uncharacteristically, Death Cab For Cutie.

46. What is your color?
All the colours of a flame.

47. How many tattoos do you have?
One, and another one planned.

(48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?)
I’m not playing your game.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
If you really need to know, around nineish, CET.

50. Coffee Drinker?
Only in order to wake up (and enable talk mode). Then I usually switch to tea.

MoFo Post #24: Breakfast (and cookie substitute)

So what do I do when the last cookie is gone and I’m all out of baking ingredients? Forage for anything sweet, of course. And this sweet sesame spread really is amazing. So far, I’ve only found it in one little health food shop in Innsbruck, so every time I visit my family, I bring a couple of jars back with me. Most extreme emergency invention? PB&J without any of the usual ingredients. This is sesame spread & cranberry jam on rye, and weirdly enough, it works.