Black Forest Ham Maccheroni

Preparation : 2-3 Minutes

Cooking Time : 35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings (Kid’s servings = 2 adult’s portions)

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

As I mentioned on my other post that today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes. Salmon Salad for my love, Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. And the last one was Black Forest Ham Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev. You won’t believe me if I tell you that he ate 2 bowls.

PS. The pic above was his portion.

For this recipe, I used:

250 gr (8-9 oz) of fresh Maccheroni, cooked (it takes 3-4 minutes)

1 Can (450 gr /15 oz) of diced Tomatoes

250 gr (8-9 oz) of Black Forest Ham

1 small piece of Parmesan Rind (if you don’t have, skip it)

2 Cloves of Garlic, miced

Salt, just a bit

A drizzle of Olive Oil

Fresh Parsley, chopped

PS. You can also add some sugar (1 Tsp), but since I cook for my kids, so no sugar. Normally I will add some finely chopped carrots. But I didn’t have any carrots today 😆. If you can’t find Black Forest Ham, just use Pancetta or other kinda ham. I like Black Forest one, because it is very lean and almost no fat. Depending on the saltiness of ham and parmesan rind, taste your sauce before you put salt in it.

Instructions:

  1. Turn on your stove into medium heat.
  2. Drizzle some olive oil so your ham won’t get burn (I used Black Forest one = almost no fat). If you use Pancetta, then you don’t need oil. Put in the Black Forest ham and minced garlic. Stir fry for a minute or so.
  3. Put in the canned tomatoes,  and Parmesan rind. If you cook for yourselves, you should add 1 Tsp of sugar now. Try it first before your put any salt, if you need some, add some then.
  4. Lower the stove heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Turn of the heat and scatter some fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Take some of the Maccheroni pasta and serve with some tomato sauce.
  7. Garnish with some curly parsley (optional). xoxo 😘

Broccoli Parmesan Soup

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking Time : 30-35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Second dish of tonight: Broccoli Parmesan Soup! It’s my daughter, Mack’s favorite. She kept telling me that she ate at her kindergarten for lunch and how much she loved it.

This is the way how I make my Broccoli Soup and my kiddos love it! You can replace Parmesan with other cheese (Gouda, Emmentaler, Cheddar etc). Each will bring different background taste tho. And my favorite is always the one with Parmesan.

For this recipe, you will need:

500 gr (17 oz) of Broccoli, chopped

1 Potato, medium size and chopped

2-3 cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, pepper to taste

250 ml (1 Cup) of Crème fraîche

80 gr (1/3 Cup) of grated Parmesan

250 ml (1 Cup) of Cooking cream

500 ml (17 fl oz) of Water

1 Tsp of Olive Oil

Parsley, optional

PS. If you don’t have Crème fraîche, you can also use sour cream. Cooking cream in Germany is similar to half and half or lighter heavy cream. We love to eat the whole broccoli (florets and stems). The stems are more delicious for me than the florets 🥰

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stove to medium high. Put some olive oil, chopped broccoli, potato and minced garlic. Stir fry for about 5-7 minutes. 

2. Add in the water, salt, pepper and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Don’t cover your pot with a lid!

3. Turn the stove to really low heat, add in the Crème fraîche, cooking cream and grated parmesan. Don’t cook too long, and stir it otherwise it will foam curds.

4. Blend it with a blender or a hand blender.

5. Serve with some parsley. xoxo 🥰

Salmon Mustard Spring Salad

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking Time : 25-30 Minutes

Serves : 2-3 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Finally it’s spring! It was very cold but at least it was sunny! Today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes haha. Salmon Salad for my love, Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev and Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. Everyone is happy and so am I!

This salad is divine especially for spring. It’s fresh, creamy, mustardy and crunchy. The strawberries just give it a very nice background taste!

For this recipe, you will need:

350-400 gr (12-40 oz) of fresh Salmon

4 small Cucumbers, diced

1 Avocado, diced

1/4 Onion, chopped

3-4 Strawberries, diced

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 Tbsp of Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp of Dijon Mustard

2 Tsp of Bavarian Sweet Mustard (Honey Mustard)

A drizzle of Honey

Curly Parsley / Cilantro, optional

Black sesame seeds, optional

PS. I prefer Bavarian sweet Mustard because it has nice mustard seeds and I love the texture. If you can’t fine it then sub with honey mustard.

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven at 200 C (400 F).

2. Clean your salmon including the scales. Pad dry, season with some salt and pepper. Broil for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you cook it through, unless you buy salmon with sushi quality grade. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, the duration time of broiling varies. After that, let it cool and tear into small pieces.

3. During that time. You can prepare the salad. In a small bowl, add in salt, pepper, dijon mustard, Bavarian sweet mustard, honey, lemon juice and whisk.

4. Cut the cucumbers, onion and put the into a salad bowl.

5. Mix them with the mustard dressing.

6. Add in the avocado and mix them gently.

7. Add in salmon pieces and try not to over-mix it with the rest.

8. Serve the salad with some diced strawberries, garnish with some curly parsley and black sesame seeds.

Mango Avocado Spinach Smoothie (Vegan)

Photo 06.03.19, 12 10 34Preparation : 5 Minutes

Making Time : 5-7 Minutes

Serves : 2 Servings

Episode : 35 (Video Recipe is here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Yay finally the weather is getting better here in Munich and just made this really delicious smoothie and it’s very easy to make. My kids love it and I am sure yours will too!

Ingredients:

1 Mango, medium size, diced

1 Avocado, cut

1/3 Cup of Frozen Spinach, drained

1-2 Cups of Tangerine Juice

A blender to blend all the ingredients

P.S. If you use fresh spinach, you’ll need a handful of it. And fresh spinach is a lot better. You can also sub the tangerine juice with apple juice, orange juice or pineapple juice. I like the combination of pineapple juice the most. Depending on which juice you’re mixing, the flavor with change a bit too. I like my smoothie a little bit thicker so I use about 1 cup of juice, if you like it a litte thinner then add more juice.

Instructions:

  1. Into your blender, throw in half of your mango, add all the spinach and then the mango again.
  2. Cut the avocado and scoop in the flesh into your blender.
  3. Add half of the juice, blend well.
  4. Add the rest of the juice, blend again. Give it a stir with a spoon if you need it.
  5. Enjoy it while it’s fresh. You can keep the smoothie in a fridge for 1-2 days. I won’t change the color. The acid from the juice and the mango keeps the avocado’s natural color. xoxo 💋

 

 

Easy Simplified Hot Sour Soup Recipe

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Baking Time : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 8 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Like people say: There is a will, there is a way! My best friend was coming over to Munich and I wanted to cook something nice for him. I was sure that he’d love to have some hot sour soup. Well, it’s not easy to get all the authentic ingredients in Munich, so I just simplified and modified a bit. And to be honest, it tasted amazing!

For this recipe, I used:

14 oz (350-400 gr ) of Chicken Breast, thinly sliced

1 Block of Japanese Silk Tofu, thinly sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped

1 Package of Button Mushrooms, sliced

2 Carrots, julienne cut

1/3 Cup (60 ml) of Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp of Dark Soy Sauce

Salt, to taste

White Pepper, to taste

2 Liters (1/2 gallon) of Water

Juice of 2 lemons

2-3 Tbsp of Corn/Tapioka Starch

1 Thumb size of Ginger, grated

1 Tbsp of Cooking Oil

1 Egg, beaten

Green onions /cilantro, chopped

Some sesame oil

Chili Sauce, Optional

Instructions:

1. Clean and cut your chicken breast into very small pieces. Add a little teaspoon of starch and keep aside.

2. Into your large cooking pot, add in some oil. Along with the carrot juliennes, bell pepper cubes and mushroom slices. Stir fry for a minute or so.

3. Add in all the water, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, salt and pepper.

4. Bring it to boil. Add in the chicken pieces and stir.

5. Cook for about 5-8 minutes on low heat. You want to make sure that the chicken is cooked.

6. In a small bowl, dilute your starch with some water. Add into your soup, stirring at the same time while adding.

7. Add in beaten egg, stir. And the Japanese Tofu.

8. Serve with some green onions or cilantro and some sesame oil. If you like it spicy, add some chili sauce. Enjoy 😊

Best Carrot Cake Recipe

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Baking Time : 60 Minutes

Serves : 8-10 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

My friends have been asking my carrot cake recipe and every time, I just screenshot my handwriting recipe to them. I always think that I have written on my website, until recently I realized that I haven’t at all.

I have baked carrot cakes countless times and every time my friends always ask for this recipe. So I thought that I write it down here and it’s a lot easier to share with everyone!

This recipe is the classic one, I modified a lot too. Sometimes with shredded coconut, or with almond meal, hazelnut powder or even with oatmeal.

For this classic Carrot Cake Recipe, you’ll need:

4 Eggs, medium size

1/ Cup (125 gr) of Sugar

Zest

1 Tbsp of Orange Juice

3/4 Cup (180 ml) of Oil

2 Cups (240 gr) of AP Flour

1/2 Tbsp of Cinnamon

1 Tsp of Baking Powder

Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tsp of Salt

14 oz (400 gr) of Carrots, grated

1 Handful of Chopped Almonds, optional

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven: 170 C (350 F)

2. Clean your carrots and grate them, and keep aside.

3. In your large bowl, add in your eggs and sugar. Beat for 3 minutes or until pale.

4. Add in cooking oil and orange juice, mix a bit.

5. Add in all the dry ingredients, mix with a spatula.

6. Add in grated carrots, carefully fold with the spatula (don’t over mix).

7. Put in your mixture in a springform that is lined with some parchment paper. Scatter some chopped almonds. Tap a bit. Bake in a medium rack for about 60 minutes or when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

8. Cool it for about 15 minutes before you serve it.

Indonesian Balado Eggs

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Making Time : 50 Minutes

Serves : 6-7 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi guys!

We’ve been sick for months but this doesn’t hold me back from sharing my recipes. I’ve been craving something spicy but not too spicy. And since I love eggs, so I decide to make some Balado Eggs. Balado is a dialect from Minangkabau (where Rendang originate) and means “with chillis”. So if you’re in Indonesia and check out on a menu and spot “Balado”, watch out. Normally it is very SPICY!

I modify this recipe a bit and it’s a lot milder so that everybody can enjoy it. Traditionally Balado Eggs are hard boiled eggs with very spicy sambal sauce. I don’t really like to eat hard boiled eggs, so I boil them for 8 minutes ish (so I still have runny yolks). If you like hard boiled eggs of course, you cook your hard boiled eggs.

Here is the list of the ingredients:

6-7 Boiled Eggs

6-8 Dried Chillis, cut, deseeded and soaked in hot water

4 Red Paprika Peppers, deseeded and cut

4 Cherry Tomatoes

3-4 Cloves of Garlic

1 Onion, diced

3 Kaffir Lime Leaves

1 Lemongrass Stalk, cut into halves and pounded

2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar

1 Tsp of Salt

Juice of half a lemon

1/3 Cup of Oil

Instructions:

  1. Into your blender, throw in the cherry tomatoes, paprika peppers, garlic, onion, dried chillis and oil (leave some for frying later) and blend them until smooth.
  2. Turn on your stove to medium heat.
  3. Into your wok, add in some oil and pour in all the blended mixture and give it a stir.
  4. Add in kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass stalk, brown sugar and salt.
  5. As soon as it boils, lower the heat. Put the lid on and leave some small space so that the water from the lid won’t get into your wok again.
  6. Cook for about 50 minutes or until it reduces to 3/4, turn off the heat and add in the lemon juice.
  7. Add in the boiled eggs and serve with some warm rice. xoxo

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Mango Tiramisu

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Making Time : 30 Minutes

Cooling Time : 1 hour to overnight

Serves : 8-10 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi guys!

It’s weekend! It’s dessert time yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I have made this georgous Mango Tiramisu a couple of times and my friends really love it so I thought to share this recipe with you!

This is a twist of classic Tiramisu and kid friendly one too. If you make it for yourselves (no kids, then I’d recommend you to dip your lady fingers into some Limoncello and it will give you really nice flavor!).

And if you have been reading my blog /following my instagram, you’d know that almost all of my recipes are not so sweet or so salty 🙂

For this recipe, I don’t have a video recipe yet, but if you want to see how I make my mango cream, you can check it on youtube here: Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Here is the list of the ingredients:

1 Mango, skinned, cut and blended

2 Tbsp of Coconut Cream

1 Tbsp of sugar (if your mango is already sweet then don’t add any sugar)

A pinch of Salt

25-30 Lady Fingers

500 gr of Mascarpone Cream Cheese

200 gr Heavy Cream, whipped

1-2 Tbsp of Sugar

Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Sugar

1 Glass of Lemon Juice  (Limoncello if you want something with alcohol)

Ikea Casserole Dish (Honestly I don’t know the size)

Instructions:

  1. Clean, skin, cut and blend your mango in a blender.
  2. Turn on your stove into medium heat, on your sauce pan add in your blended mango. If it is a sweet mango, don’t add any sugar, add 1 tablespoon of sugar if it is sour) along with 2 Tbsp of coconut cream and a pinch of salt. The salt with enhance the sweetness of the mango. Don’t worry it won’t make it salty.
  3. As soon as it boils, lower the heat into really low and let it simmer until it gets really thick (normally it takes 15 minutes ish) and turn off your stove. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then keep it in a fridge.
  4. In your large bowl, whip your heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract until thick. If you use vanilla sugar, then reduce the amount of the sugar.
  5. Add the mascarpone cheese little by little into your whipped heavy cream and mix until all of the mascarpone is mixed with the whipped cream.
  6. Dip your lady fingers in lemon juice (or limoncello) and arrange them on your casserole dish.
  7. Add in some cream cheese mixture and spread it even with a spatula or a spoon.
  8. Spread some mango cream.
  9. Repeat again with lady fingers until all ingredients are done.
  10. Put it in a fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  11. Enjoy it with your friends xoxo

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Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Making Time : 60-70 Minutes

Serves : 6-8 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi Guys!

I just baked this super moist super delicious chocolate cake for my in laws. They came to visit us in Munich and I thought to bake a small cake for us. My family is very small; my husband, me and Mack (4 yo) and Lev (1 yo). At home only me and Mack eat eat cakes and then no one is going to finish the rest. As the result, most of my cakes end up in the trash can. Have you ever had the same problem? If you do, this super moist cake is a great recipe for you.

I baked it in a 21 cm springform (around 6 inch size). And it is just perfect for small families like ours. Let me show you the list of the ingredients!

All you need is:

4 Medium size eggs, room temperature

2/3 Cup (135 gr) of Granulated Sugar

1 1/3 Sticks (150) of Butter, melted

2/3 Cup (85 gr) of AP Flour

3/4 Cup (75 gr) of unsweetened Cocoa Powder

A pinch of Salt

1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder

A dash of Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp of decaf Espresso, cold

Powdered Sugar/Sugar Powder/ Confectioner’s Sugar, Optional

Confetti, Optional

16 cm / 6 inch springform

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In your large bowl put in the sugar and eggs, beat for about 3 minutes on medium high speed or until it is pale.
  3. Add in the melted butter and mix well.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and espresso and mix well.
  5. Sieve all the dry ingredients into the mixture and use a plastic spatula to combine.
  6. Always line your springform with some parchment paper. Pour in the mixture in your springform and tap a little bit.
  7. Bake on a medium rack or lowest rack depending on your oven for about 50-60 minutes or until it’s completely baked through. Insert a toothpick and as soon as it comes out easily and nothing creamy sticking on the toothpick then it is done.
  8. Take it out, and let it cool. It takes about 15 minutes.
  9. Sieve some powdered sugar and scatter some confetti. Enjoy with a cup of nice latte macchiato xoxo

 

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Preparation : 3 Minutes

Making Time : 5 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet.

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi Guys!

I just made this creamy and yummy Guacamole. This is my way how to make it and it is very easy, that’s why I would like to share this recipe with you. I made the guacamole twice and both had slightly different taste but were really mouth watering!

Ingredients:

3 Riped Avocados

1 French Shallot or Red Onion, finely chopped

Juice of 1.5 Limes

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

3-4 Cherry Tomatoes, thinly sliced *(For my first pic, I didn’t use tomatoes)

1 Bundle of Fresh Cilantro, chopped *(I used for the first pic)

1 Bundle of Fresh Parsley, chopped *(I used for the second pic)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut the avocados and scoop out the meat and put it in a large bowl. I always use a spoon to smash my avocados. I love the different textures in my guacamole. You can also use a fork.
  2. Into my bowl, add in the chopped shallot / onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix them well with the spoon.
  3. Add in the sliced tomatoes but don’t overmix.
  4. Garnish with some chopped parsley or cilantro.
  5. Enjoy with some nice bread! I ate with some walnut bread and it was fantastic! xoxo

 

German Currywurst

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking : 5-8 Minutes

Serves : 3 Servings

Episode : 32 (Video recipe is available here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

Hi guys!

It’s carnival in Germany!!!!!!! Everyone is really excited including me! In Germany, during carnival and other celebrations, we always eat currywurst! In my opinion, currywurst is really German snack that you can get on particular occasions; christmas market event, carnival and some other festivals.

The key to make great currywurst is good curry sauce which is ketchup and curry powder. Don’t worry, it is NOT spicy!

All you need is:

8 Bratwursts

3/4 Cup of Ketchup

1 – 1.5 Tsp of Curry Powder

2 Tsp of Fried Onion

2 Green Onions, optional

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stoves to medium low heat, one skillet for the bratwursts, one sauce pan for warming up the ketchup.

2. Into your skillet, grill your bratwursts, each sides 2-3 mins. Into your sauce pan, out in the ketchup and just warm it up. Don’t forget to add the curry powder into your ketchup.

3. Lay all your bratwursts on a piece of paper towel, and dry them with it if they’re oily.

4. Put your curry ketchup in a bowl, scatter some fried onion.

5. Lay the wursts on a plate and scatter some green onions and fried onion.

6. Serve with some weiß bier! Enjoy! ❤️

Indonesian Bouillabaisse (Spicy Sour Fish Soup)

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking : 5-8 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : 31 (Video recipe is available here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

Hi guys,

It’s still very cold in Munich, and I have been craving this delicious Indonesian Bouillabaisse! I call it “Indonesian Bouillabaisse” because it is very similar to the French one, but it has more unique exotic flavor in it. If you don’t know what it is, google “Ikan Asam Pedas” you’ll know what it is hehe.

I modified a little bit here, no fresh pineapple but a lot of crushed tomatoes and some lemon juice.

Ingredients:

700 gr or 1.5 lbs of Fresh Salmon, cut into small pieces

2 French Shallots

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Bird-Eye Chilies, very spicy!

2 Lemongrass Stalks

4 Coriander or Cilantro Roots, optional

4-5 Keffir Lime Leaves

Juice of half a Lemon

500 ml or 2 Cups of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Tbsp of Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp of Ginger Powder

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder

2 Tsp of Salt

2-3 Tsp of Sugar

500 ml or 2 Cups of Water

Some Olive Oil

Sweet Basil for garnishing, optional

 

Instructions:

1. Put shallots, garlic, chillies and some water into a blender, blend until smooth.

2. Turn your stove to medium low heat, put some oil into your cooking pot.

3. Add in cilantro roots, keffir lime leaves and wait for a minute or two then add in the ingredients from the blender along with the turmeric, ginger and galangal powder.

4. Add in the crushed tomatoes. Stir and add in the water, salt and sugar. Cook until it simmers and add in the salmon chunks.

5. It takes about 5-7 mins to cook, depending on the thickness of your fish.

6. Turn off your stove and add some lemon juice.

7. Serve with some warm rice and nice white wine. Enjoy ❤️