Midsummer in the Orchard


Sour cherries, many, many sour cherries…,

stoned on site and bottled by evening:

# Red Wine Syrup for Preserving

# Cherry Liqueur

# Country Tart with Cherries

# Creme Fraiche Waffles with Red Wine Cherries

# Superstreuselkuchen

Red Wine Preserving Syrup

Quince, coffee and cardamom

One of many ways of getting through the winter: cake!

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Our firm winter favourite: Winter Fruit and Spice Cake knows many variations and never fails to please the punters when it comes to “Kaffee und Kuchen” on a winter weekend. Currently trending here when it comes to coffee and cake is this year’s Quince, Cardamom and Coffee version.

Use the recipe in the link with quince puree and substitute instant coffee powder for cinnamon (or use both if you prefer).

Lass es Euch schmecken! ( = Enjoy!)

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The Earth is getting greener

globe of Earth from North Pole perspective

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

A recent interview in my local paper here in Germany with Austrian mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner reminded me to get this piece of good news out there. In amongst Messner’s many interesting perspectives in the interview (here’s the original if you are fact-checking as you should be 😉 https://www.nordbayern.de/region/erlangen/reinhold-messner-die-situation-ist-mehr-als-ernst-1.9665238?fbclid=IwAR3Jkk7AYlFu0jEuwrldLAs0NaFCASvT_y7YZsGIERwSjMn8zQ2rWHItw0c) came the mantra-like “Large areas of desertification, in North Africa in particular, are increasing…

In fact, the Earth is getting greener.

Take a look at this from April 2016:


Revisited by Lonely Planet this year, 2019:


Makes you think, doesn’t it?


  • Autobiographical dictation, 2 December 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 (University of California Press, 2013)