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Strawberry Madness and some links on Saturday

Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries. - Lauren Ambrose

Every year when in late May and early June the first Strawberries emerge on our markets and on my balcony my heart jumps of mere joy. There is hardly another fruit that I am so in love with than strawberries. I love their sweetness and their heavenly fruity taste. Most of all I love that basically all you have to do is pick them off their plants and stick em in your mouth. There you have that sweet explosion in your mouth - nothing else needed.

My second best choice is grab some greek yoghurt, some strawberries and a bowl, combine them together and sprinkle with a little vanilla scented caster sugar - not much just a little bit on top. Heaven!

Sadly enough real Strawberry season is over way too quick and those little precious gems disappear as quickly as they appeared at local markets and supermarkets. :( One way to preserve their sweet and fruity taste is to make strawberry jam using just enough sugar to not destroy the fragile taste of my favorite fruit. Refrigerating the whole fruits did not yet give me satisfying results I was hoping for.

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I love strawberries - with a little greek yoghurt, sprinkled with some vanilla caster sugar

Strawberry Madness

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Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the strawberry), but doubtless God never did.
- William Allen Butler

Although St Hildegarde of Bingen considered strawberries to be a  kitchen toxin - I do disagree here. Modern science says that one cup (144 g) of strawberries contains approximately 45 calories (188 kJ) and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids which sounds pretty good to me.

Also they are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are also a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. The only downside is that a large portion of the calories in them come from sugars...however the natural sugars in strawberries will not adversely affect your blood sugars because they contain mostly fructose and fiber so anyone can enjoy a serving of strawberries, including diabetics.

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...little, sweet, heavenly tasting Strawberries

Strawberry Madness

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As much as I love strawberries just on their own or with little dollops of yoghurt, here are some really nice and yummy recipes featuring strawberries, that I have bookmarked over the years and made myself as well. You might want to try some of these:

Astrid 09.06.2012, 21.06 | (1/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL

Wordless Wednesday #13

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Will this ever become a nice doughball?"]Will this ever become a nice doughball?[/caption]

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technical stuff:

Camera Nikon D5000 Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/5.0 Focal Length 36 mm Focal Length 36.7 mm ISO Speed 360

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My thoughts on this: 

Sometimes it takes a real real long time before a bread dough comes together. This one (a rye bread) to ages, but was lovely in the end!

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Originally Susan (The Well-Seasoned Cook) created this fun event s a weekly culinary gallery called Black & White Wednesday (see her post about it here Wordless Wednesday for Black & White food photography).

Unfortunately she has to fight some serious health issues right now and is not able to carry on with this lovely event. Since I still love that idea I createdFlickr group to collect all the BWW posts while Susan is away and cannot do her lovely round ups. I thought it might be a nice idea to have a place for here when she comes back and where she can browse through all the lovely BWW pics she missed while she was away. If you want to join - all you have to do is add your pic to the pool. If you do not have a Flickr account yet you can easily sign up for one (it's free)  - or if you do not like that idea send me your pic and I'll add it for you.

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Wordless Wednesday

...is a  series that will feature a random food photo that may or may not have made it on the blog yet.

This is how I am trying to improve my food photography skills. I am happy about feedback and CC is always welcome especially on lighting, composition, styling,...

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Astrid 22.02.2012, 11.18 | (4/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL

Wordless Wednesday #12 - a photo for Susan

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="332" caption="Bread Sticks"]BWW - bread sticks[/caption]

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technical stuff:

Camera Nikon D5000 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 50 mm Focal Length 50.4 mm ISO Speed 220

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My thoughts on this:  No thoughts really, just like how it turned out in B&W! ;o)

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Originally Susan (The Well-Seasoned Cook) created this fun event s a weekly culinary gallery called Black & White Wednesday (see her post about it here Wordless Wednesday for Black & White food photography).

Unfortunately she has to fight some serious health issues right now and is not able to carry on with this lovely event. Since I still love that idea I created a Flickr group to collect all the BWW posts while Susan is away and cannot do her lovely round ups. I thought it might be a nice idea to have a place for here when she comes back and where she can browse through all the lovely BWW pics she missed while she was away. If you want to join - all you have to do is add your pic to the pool. If you do not have a Flickr account yet you can easily sign up for one (it's free)  - or if you do not like that idea send me your pic and I'll add it for you.

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Wordless Wednesday

...is a  series that will feature a random food photo that may or may not have made it on the blog yet.

This is how I am trying to improve my food photography skills. I am happy about feedback and CC is always welcome especially on lighting, composition, styling,...

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Astrid 15.02.2012, 19.51 | (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL

Wordless Wednesday #11

MAC ATTACK #26 - RAZZLE DAZZLE

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technical stuff:

Camera Nikon D5000 Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200) Aperture f/5.0 Focal Length 50 mm Focal Length 50.4 mm ISO Speed 400

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My thoughts on this: 

I've been making macarons for the MACTWEETS again and I wanted them to look happy and nice. Tried my hands on some food coloring penicils I bought ages ago but never used. I was not too please with them tho, the tip ws too whacky to draw nicely... :/

The picture however I like somehow... the original has some weird colors since the macs are bright yellow and the ribbon is sow deep orange. thought it would nice but it didn't - B&W I like it better!

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Astrid 08.02.2012, 16.46 | (2/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL

Wordless Wednesday #10

04| 2012 - Wordless Wednesday

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technical stuff:

Camera Nikon D5000 Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160) Aperture f/6.3 Focal Length 38 mm Focal Length 38.9 mm ISO Speed 200

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My thoughts on this: 

The Naschmarkt in Vienna is my most favorite market, tho our local market in the district of Vienna is very nice too, but way smaller. I you are looking for something specific foodwise you'll find it there or it is likely you'll find it nowhere in town.

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Astrid 04.01.2012, 19.22 | (2/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL

Goodbye 2011

Goodbye 2011

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You'll have your heart broken and you'll break others' hearts. You'll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you'll cry because time is flying by.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you've never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances.

You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts.

Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

2011 - 1

2011 was not my favorite year. Many things happened that did not make me happy at all. But then why bother with things that went bad when you can look back at things that were fun and made you happy?

So I am sharing the Year 2011 in pictures of good food I made with you.

2011 - 2

I am happy to have baked 12 breads with my lovely fellow Bread Baking Babe sisters. I am so proud to be part of our small and yet very supportive group. We have loved together, baked together, hung out on G+ hangout together. We shared happy moments and not so happy moments in our lives. We even shared some secrets which made it even more exciting.

Thank you Babes for being there and for making me a part of your group! 

2011 - 3

One big and life changing experience I made was to be part of the very first Plate to Page workshop in Weimar 2011. It really makes me proud and happy to have met these wonderful, crazy, lovely, creative, unique people. I have learned so much from all of you and still do. And I really appreciate that we still meet in Twitter and I truly enjoy to stroll through your blogs! When I am sipping my coffee in the morning ion front of Twitter I still can see us all gather together in the kitchen of our small apartment in Weimar enjoying an early morning coffee before breakfast together chatting away...

I would not want to miss this weekend we spent together.

2011 - 4

I've tried to improve my food photography style (thank you Ilva and Simone!) and to find my voice for blogging again. Thanks to Jamie and Jeanne for your encouraging words and kind support.

Although there were some times where blogging was low due to health issues and time constraints I am proud that my blog does not look as neglected as it did last year. I think this is an improvement to be proud of.

I joined a new group: The Secret Recipe Club - and it is fun. It makes me step out of my comfort zone and it makes me get to know new bloggers. Always fun to meet new people.

Not to forget the lovely Challenge Simone started: Donna Hay Styling & Photography Challenge - you should take a look and join if you wan to. I promise you it is fun. I had to skip the last challenge but am eager to finish the current one tomorrow. Did you hear that Simone?!

I attended a cake styling class with Mrs Q and together we made the most stunning Birthday Cake for the Little One. I am kinda proud of us!

Oh and I am happy to announce that I successfully mastered this darn macarons twice this year to join Jamie and Deeba's MacTweets!

2011 - 5

Now 2011 is nearly over... come to think of it it was not too bad at all. Let's hope 2012 will bring good things and happiness to all of us!

I've even gotten myself into trouble for 2012 already: I agreed with Natashya and Karen (two of my fellow Babes) to bake through a book called "Flatbreads and Flavors". A bread and a dish every two weeks to get 63 bread recipes done. If anyone of you is crazy enough to join us please visit the Facebook Group for details, we will start with the craziness in February!

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We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

[Edith Lovejoy Pierce]

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This is what I wish to you for 2012 my dear readers:

Perhaps a bit wiser, a bit kinder, too, a little bit braver, a heart that's more true, a touch of believing I've not known before, in joys I'm receiving a little bit more.

A little more anxious to reach out my hand, despite hurt or problems to still understand, accepting the heartache that life often brings, a little more beauty in life's simple things.

A prayer when I'm weary as onward I trod, a little more trusting, believing in God, 'tis this I would wish for within moments dear, not a lot - just a little this wondrous new year.

~ Garnett Ann Schultz ~

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