Sourdough bread 

When one kid and the husband are sick I seem to always resort to baking and cooking with the healthy child. It’s fun and it gives us something to do while looking after the patients in their beds. 

I have always wanted to try make sourdough bread myself, of cause with my own homemade starter. I remember trying it out in Cape Town once but failed miserably. So when two out of four were sick I made the starter and three days later Lennon and I made the bread. It turned out lovely. It didn’t deflate like the last one I made. It took a while 24 hours to be honest but it tasted and looked like sourdough bread from the bakery. I was quite happy about the result and we all had a piece with our homemade cherry jam. It was very delicious. Now the starter is in the fridge and waiting for his new opportunity to make us happy with some real good bread. 


Do you also like trying out new things in the kitchen? Baking or cooking? 

Love,M

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Birthday Madness…

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Lennon turned two yesterday and for some reason I felt I had to throw him a party. We, Lennon, Papa Madola and I, landed up just having cake and coffee with my mother and my sister and it turned out to be a cozy and very relaxed birthed afternoon with a sugared up and crazy birthday boy.

Why the hell did I make my life so hard two days before. I left so many things to the last minute that I could have organised earlier and be less stressed. But I guess this is how I have to learn and next year I will prepare a present well in advance and get the ingredients for a cake not on the day I have to make the cake but maybe two-three days before.

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Lennon had fun, of that I am sure. We blew up lots of balloons and he loved it. He has a definite love for balloons and soccer balls. A real boy.

Today we had a relaxing day after the storm. Went for a child walk to the Hackischen Höfe and had some left-over cake and tea afterwards.

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And I realised that next year I will have to actually throw him a little party maybe with a friend or two, and I will have to be better prepared.
How come I think its such a big deal. Lennon’s birthday seems much bigger than my own or Papa Madola’s. Oh being a parent is strange sometimes.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Homemade Caramel Sweets for Christmas

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I have found a new favourite homemade sweet this year. I was on the search on what to give as a present to Lennon’s kindergarten teacher and my parents. And I found a seemingly easy recipe for caramel bonbons. I must admit that I have been a little scared of anything that uses sugar heated up and having to use a candy thermometer. But I decided to go ahead and risk having to by a new stove due to over boiled and burned caramel.

Oh and who knew, but I actually made it over that caramel mountain. I succeeded. And they taste amazing. I wish I could send my mother in law some, she loves caramels. She would be the best person to give me the go-ahead with these sweets.

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Tomorrow I will write down the recipe. It’s really quite easy.

Good Night.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Blocked brain, no idea what to write about…

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Between making caramel bonbons and organising my son’s second birthday this coming friday, I have realised that I have been very bad with keeping up my blogging hobby. Warum/Why?!

Is it because I feel too busy and the two minutes to myself I rather spend on the couch with a cup of tea, or is it because I don’t have much to share. Is this normal? Normal oder komisch?

Looking back at my last two weeks, I have had many things happen around me, but nothing really worth writing about. Right? Maybe I should share even the normal day life things and not just the exciting things.

Both my son and husband were sick last week. Both had the flu which then turned into a bad cough. And we lady’s sure know, that men don’t seem to take well to being sick.
After 3 days of complaining about his cough, I sent Papa Madola to a doctor to get medications. Between Lennon being sick and dear husband complaining, I felt like I needed to keep my sanity and get Papa Madola sorted out.
I can handle a sick child any day, but male patients seem to really get to me.

Now they are both much better. Lennon is back at kindergarten and is loving it. So happy to be back with other kids to interact and play with. The kindergarten teacher told me that Lennon tries to talk to the other kids, but they don’t understand him, so they turn to the teacher to translate. Quite sweet. I am sure Lennon will soon be picking up some german and start talking to the other kids.

Papa Madola is also much better, but even though he is supposed to be on a well deserved break from work, he is back in the studio doing what he does best. Trust me when I say I am going to have to kidnapp him after christmas and drive him somewhere, force him to take the holiday. If we stay here in Berlin, he will be working instead of resting.

And like I said its Lennon’s second birthday this coming Friday. I have only planned to make a big chocolate cake and we will have my sister and mother over for coffee, as well as a friend from school with her two lovely daughters. He is only turning two and I am taking advantage of not having to bring out the big guns yet 🙂

As you can see, many things to plan and tick off my list.

I should really add writing a post at least every third day.*Hugs and Kisses*

Back again… new energy!

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the last month has been crazy, my little man has started kindergarden and even though I thought I would be cool about it, I do miss him when I leave him for 15 min. Crazy how attached a mother is to her child. Oh well its crazy how I am attached to little Lennon, who isn’t so little any more after all.
He doesn’t visit the kindergarden the whole day, just for two hours and I am accompany him the whole time, but I sit in the background and let the kindergarden teacher handle everything. Then I leave for 15 min and go around the block once or twice to kill the time. Its weird to have the time/ peace to look at things in the shops, windows and be at a supermarket without having someone pull stuff out of the shelves from their pram. Hahahaha after 2 years of having my sunshine around, I can’t remember life before him. Thats great. So happy to have him and to also slowly find some new freedom.
Next week we will hopefully take the next step and I will leave him for a longer time so that he actually really accepts and realises that I can go and leave him with the other kids and that I also come back every time.

Otherwise Berlin has been rainy, grey, winter and pre-adventszeit. When I lived in Cape Town, I always missed this time. The time when it gets cold and rainy. I do kind of love putting the heaters on, lighting candles all over the rooms and baking christmas-biscuits. It makes my heart feel warm 🙂 I have made some double chocolate chip cookies so far and some peanut butter biscuits. Lennon loves them, so do I. Papa Madola isn’t such a biscuit fan. So Lennon and I get to eat them all…

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What do you guys bake, pickle, cook during this time?
Its funny in Cape Town this feeling of having to bake, cook, pickle things, never overcame me. Must have been the warm weather and time at the Clifton Beach that kept me occupied enough to not think about it 🙂

Would love to hear what you guys are making this christmas-time.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Crazy Baker #1

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As I have told you at the beginning of the week, cold weather makes me want to bake and cook. Yesterday I made a so called ‘Israeli Chocolate Cake’. It’s the most amazing and delicious cake. Especially if you love, fluffy and light cakes. This is the one and only. Why it’s called ‘Israeli Chocolate Cake’ I don’t know and don’t care. It’s just too delicious! Warum er nun so heist, keine Anhnung, macht aber ja nichts. Schmeckt einfach zu gut!

Lennon hat ihn gerade probiert und den Kuchen abgesegnet. Sein ganzes Gesicht hat sich an den Kuchen gemacht. So sehr hat es ihm geschmeckt. My little man Lennon just tried the cake and approved. He tried carefully at first and then decided he had to eat as much as possible as quickly as possible. His whole face was covered in cake. He loved it 🙂 And lunch had to be moved to AFTER his mid-day nap!

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Here the recipe:

Base:
3 eggs
2 Tblsp. cocoa powder
0,5 Tblsp. flour+ a little baking powder
0,5 cups sugar

Filling:
400ml cream
1 pkt instant vanilla pudding powder

Cake will always flop, so don’t get a fright!

Beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar slowly. Wisk the egg yolks and lightly fold into the egg whites. Flour and cocoa fold it into the mix carefully.
Pour it into a greased 22cm Springform-tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes.

Once baked, leave to cool completely before making the filling. Use the cream instead of the milk and make the pudding according to the instructions on the pudding powder packet. Fill the hollow created when the cake flopped with the pudding filling.
Sprinkle with grated chocolate and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Das Rezept:

Boden:
3 Eier
0,5 Cups Zucker
0,5 Esslöffel Mehl und etwas Backpulver
2 Esslöffel Kakaopulver

Füllung:
400ml Schlagsahne
1 pkt Vanilla Pudding Pulver

Der Kuchen wird immer in sich zusammenfallen. Also keine Angst, es gehört so!
Schlage die Eiweiss steif und dann langsam riesle den Zucker hinzu. Mixe die Eigelb etwas und falte sie dann unter die Eiweiss. Das Mehl und Kakaopulver wird dann vorsichtig hinzugegeben und auch nur untergefaltet um das Eiweiss nicht zu zerstören. Dann kommt das Mix in eine eingefettete 22cm Springform um dann bei einem vorgeheizten 180°C Ofen für 25min gebacken zu werden.

Wenn der Kuchen fertig ist, lasse ihn komplett auskühlen bevor die Puddingfüllung kommt.
Für die Füllung mache den Pudding so wie es auf der Packung steht, ersetzte nur die Milch mit der Schlagsahne.

Reibe etwas Schokolade und sprenkle es über den Kuchen.

Dann kommt der Kuchen noch in den Kühlschrank bis die Gäste kommen.

Bon Appétit!

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Was meint ihr? ist es ein gelungener Kuchen und werdet ihr ihn auch mal probieren? Do you think its worth trying the cake too? I can promise you, if you like vanilla pudding with a chocolate base, this is the right cake to try out!

Happy Friday everyone!*Hugs and Kisses*

Streuselkuchen mal anders…

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It’s raining outside, grau und regnerisch, der Herbst ist nun offiziell da. When it’s raining and grey like that I always love baking and enjoying some really nice cake or biscuits.

Yesterday I made a plum cake a little differently. We germans love our ‘Streuselkuchen’ and I just changed it up a little.

Here is the recipe:

120g weiche Butter
100g Zucker
1 Ei
1 Teelöffel Vanillin Extrakt
250g Mehl
1 Teelöffel Backpulver
priese Salz
Pflaumen

Dies ist für eine 22cm Springform.
Schlage die weiche Butter und Zucker schaumig, dann füge das Ei und die Vanille dazu. Nun kann das Mehl, Backpulver und Salz gesiebt werden um es dann der Ei-Zucker-Butter Mix hinzuzufügen. Dann forme einen Ball und wickle es in Frischhaltefolie und tue es in den Kühlschrank für 2 Stunden.

Den Ofen auf 180°C vorheizen. Den Teig aus dem Kühlschrank nehmen. Auf den Boden der Springform die Hälfte des Teiges verteilen, die andere Hälfte für die ‘Streusel’ aufheben. Dann die entkernten Pflaumen in Schiffchen schneiden auf dem Boden verteilen und dann den restlichen Teig in Walnussgrosse ‘Streusel’ auf den Pflaumen verteilen.

Dann nach Belieben etwas Rohrzucker auf den Streusel verteilen um dann den Kuchen für 30 min im Ofen zu backen.

here the english version:

120g soft butter
100g sugar
1 egg
1 teasp. vanilla extract
250g flour
1 teasp. baking powder
pinch of salt
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Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour and baking powder, salt and gradually add to the egg mixture. Knead into a ball, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove the pips from the plums and cut them into slivers. Use half of the pastry for the bottom on a 22cm springform to make the base. Then add the plums and finish with the other half of the pastry. Make walnut size pieces to cover the plums. Then sprinkle some castor sugar over the top and bake for 30 min in the oven.

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Lennon helped me very nicely. Mainly eating the batter and putting his hands everywhere. Just like his Dad. He came home after work and straight away picked on the row batter. Strangely enough both my men didn’t have a sore stomach afterwards 🙂

I hope you like the recipe.

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Saturday Night Life

It’s saturday and my husband, Lennon and I are sitting on the couch reading books and talking about silly things.
Oh ja ein Blick in unseren Samstag Abend. Sehr unterhaltsam wenn auch nicht immer sehr intelligent.
It might all be very crazy and silly but lacks intelligence sometimes. But that’s the beauty about it 🙂

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Oh and Cinnamon Cinnabon roles are rising in the oven. Heaven! Love them. Whoever hasn’t had Cinnabon hasn’t lived. To me it’s the best Cinnamon role and dessert there is.
I’ll post some pics of my Cinnabon roles when they ready, on my Facebook Page. Check it out a little later: https://www.facebook.com/MamaMadola

Was noch. Oh mein Liebster Mann hat doch tatsächlich vorhin die Heizung angemacht. He as a south african can’t stand being cold and on go the heaters in the lounge. Hope the electricity bill will be kind to us.

Ok. Now off to play more games and make Lennon laugh.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Pickled Cucumber… my husband’s favourite

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Now that Winter is approaching fast, I am starting to feel like a hamster.
I want to make my favourite pickled cucumber, bake biscuits, crunchy bars etc. All to prepare for the cold days when I don’t feel like braving the cold and going to the shops. Crazy.
Kennt ihr das auch? Eingelegte Gurckenscheiben, Plaumen und ander leckere Dinge sind immer ein Erfold im Winter, finde ich.

But what else could I make? Any suggestions?

Ich bin auch am Herbst-Aufräumen. Ich liebe es auszusortieren und Ordnung und Platz zu schaffen. There is nothing better than an organized home with space for new things.
Gone are the old things I haven’t touched/used for a year. Only little memories, cards and special things I keep. But what I haven’t used in a year has to go. Love that liberating feeling.
And it overcomes me at least every 6 months.

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Und nun das Winter vor der Tür steht, habe ich die Winterpullover, Jacken und Schuhe wieder rausgeholt und die Sommersachen weggepackt. Thank G’d for Ikea and their storage ideas and boxes. I now have an organized cupboard and a happy heart.

How do you guys prepare for Winter?

*Hugs and Kisses*

Its friday! Hell YEAHHH

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Its friday and the sun is shining.
My beautiful husband is in Hamburg for business and I am making challah for tonight’s shabbes dinner.
What are you guys up to? Nix, Nichts, Nada?

I promised you a picture of my peach cake I baked the other miserable day. Here it is…

Otherwise, the son of mine is having his midday nap, I should also sleep, didn’t have much sleep last night, but I have had three cups of coffee and feel more like spring cleaning than sleeping.
I might just collapse later. Not a good idea. Lets see.
I hope my husband is gonna return from Hamburg soon so we can make sure to get outside and catch some sun. I feel like I have to make use of all the sun that’s left until the german winter hits us again. Oh how I am dreading the cold and the snow.
I would love to live 6 months in Berlin, Germany and the other half, during the german winter, somewhere else in the world where its warm and nice during the december time.
I know I had that in Cape Town. Almost no winter. I mean a little rain and some really uncomfortable days in june, July, but never winter like here in Berlin. I must say, I prefer the capetonian weather any day.
Wish the quality of life would be the same in Cape Town as it is in Berlin. I would still be living over there.

This weekend we have a Strassenfest happening in our Kiez.
I’m interested how that will turn out. I saw them setting up yesterday already and its starting this afternoon. check it out: http://castingcarree.de

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It’s gonna be funny and interesting to go there tomorrow or maybe even tonight for a beer or two and watch all the different colourful people that live in this area. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I do live in ‘Hipster Town Central’ here in Berlin and I do love sitting somewhere just watching these Hipsters drink their latte macchiato’s, wearing their creepers and Charlie Chaplin hat’s. Not sure what all the fuss is about but I do find it all very entertaining 🙂
Is that wrong? I don’t think so, I am a housewife with a 20 month old child, wearing normal cloths, maybe on the boring side of style and I like to wonder about these Hipsters where they get their confidence from to walk around either almost naked or more like a christmas tree.*Hugs and Kisses*