The chocolate heart attack (or chocolate glazed triple dark chocolate brownie cake)

Chocolate heart attack

Pure chocolate decadence

It was my sister’s birthday last week and since she loves chocolate I thought it would be nice to make her a chocolaty birthday surprise.
The challenge: how to get the most chocolate into one cake.
I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but I think I succeeded! Now, if you eat a whole piece of this treat and manage not to fall off your chair, you are sure to have earned my respect (and type II diabetes 😉 )

Basically, this cake features three different layers of brownies: dark chocolate-nuts, dark chocolate-sour cherry and dark-chocolate-espresso and contains a ridiculous amount of chocolate. Anyhow, it’s really nice to have these different flavors, because you never know what’s next and it’s also a perfect way to find out which kind of brownie you like best. Of course you can also leave out / replace the nuts or cherries by coconut or other dried fruit if you prefer that or simply leave out one brownie layer.

What I love about this cake is that it’s really easy to make and tastes delicious, so if you have a chocolate loving family or friends you should definitely try this! Continue reading

Spring-is-here pear, lemon & poppy seed porridge

poppy seed lemon pear porridge

For a fresh and healthy start of the day

I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother always used to make porridge for my sister and me. She had this very basic recipe where you just cook the oats in salted water and serve the porridge with fresh cream. Today still, this is my favorite version of porridge.

However, spring is in the air felt it was time to get a bit out of my porridge comfort zone and try something fresh and new. This recipe kind of reminds me of a lemon-poppy seed muffin (LOVE lemon poppy seed muffins by the way), but it’s also creamy and simply delicious! The spring-is-here porridge is fresh, has lots of texture and is very healthy, too! So here it goes: Continue reading

Spanish chorizo gröstl

Spanish grostl

Traditional Austrian meets racy Spanish

Gröstl, or typically Tyrolian gröstl, is a traditional Austrian dish, often served in a skiing hut in the Alps. Usually, gröstl is a go-to dish for left-over potatoes fried with bacon and onions. As most Austrian food, it is absolutely delicious. Healthy? Well, maybe not, but everybody deserves a treat once in a while 😉

To jazz things up a bit and since I still had spicy chorizo from my last Barcelona visit I decided it was the right time for Spanish gröstl, for which I replaced bacon by chorizo. Now, chorizo has this fantastic smokey paprika flavor which works incredibly with lemon, so the gröstl is topped off with a fragrant mix of fresh parsley, lemon zest and finely chopped garlic just to give it a nice kick. Just keep in mind that due to onions and fresh garlic this is not a dish you want to eat before going on a date or meeting your significant other 😉 However, they say that the way to the heart is through the stomach, so you could also share a plate of gröstl.

This Spanish gröstl is a very down-to earth, quick and easy dish to prepare and tastes awesome. If you want to go full on Austrian (or you’re very hungry or have an untamable desire for additional protein), top the gröstl with a fried egg, it’s what I typically do. Trust me, it’s good! So try it out and bring Austro-Spanish feeling to your dinner table! 🙂

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Feta & dried tomato filled chicken breast in bacon wrap

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Crispy, tender, healthy and easy to prepare

A friend recently drew my attention to the fact that there are not a lot of meat dishes on the blog so far (the specific wording was “Where is the meat?”), so I figured it was time to change that. And voilà, there you have a beautiful tender chicken breast, filled with mediteranean flavors and crispy bacon. Add soft on the inside and crispy on the outside oven-roasted thyme potatoes and buttered spinach and you have a balanced and delicious meal. Also, it’s a really simple recipe, so I don’t think it’s possible to mess it up. Having said that, the afore statement is NOT intended as a challenge to prove me wrong 😛
Typically, I would make this dish for lunch on a Saturday for my sister or a friend or for the whole family (just double the amounts).

I think general wisdom is that anything wrapped in bacon is awesome and I have to agree, bacon is petty rad. However, in this case the bacon has a practical function as well: keep the filling where it belongs, which is in the chicken breast. I really love filled chicken breast and I’ve tried a lot of different variations, but keeping the filling from falling out when turning to the other side while frying was always a challenge. But fear no more, bacon is the solution! 🙂 Continue reading