A Cupcake for my Easter Bunny

Carrot cake has, honestly, never been on the list of my favorite foods. But some time ago I tried a piece and I thought that it is not thaaat bad. Actually, moist and tasty. So why not to try that once also at home? The best time to do it: when Easter bunny is coming around of course!

So a few days I read some recipes, gluten-free, paleo, with wheat flour…. and made my own version. The first batch came out nice and moist, the second I forgot a little bit and had them too long in the oven. But still they are tasty and perfect with tea or coffee.

The carrots you can grate by hand or also put in a food processor – which is much easier obviously. I would grate them relatively fine, too rough they are too ‘vegetable-like’ in a cake. The batter should be something between creamy and semi-runny. You can pour the batter into the cupcake forms.

I like very much the hazelnut flavor that comes just lightly through when you eat the cupcake. For decoration, I prepared some orange glaze, a really perfect combination in my opinion. Not only for the orange color but also for the taste. The little carrots I bought ready, and they are made of marzipan or almond paste.

My carrot orange cupcakes are perfect for an afternoon tea or coffee in the garden or on the balcony but also when you want to offer your friends something different from the usual chocolate muffin.

Have some carrots!

Carrot Orange Cupcakes
Carrot Orange Cupcakes
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Servings Prep Time
15 cupcakes 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 cupcakes 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Carrot Orange Cupcakes
Carrot Orange Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
15 cupcakes 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 cupcakes 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings: cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°C and prepare the cupcake tin.
  2. In a medium bowl add the eggs and the honey and with a hand-mixer mix until the honey-egg is creamy.
  3. Now add all the remaining ingredients one after the other while you continue to mix. The dough will be soft and creamy.
  4. Fill all the cupcake forms 2/3 high and bake for 20 minutes. The cupcakes are ready when a toothpick inserted in the middle come out lightly moisture.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool out on a cooling rack and decorate as you like.
Recipe Notes

Be careful not to over-bake the cupcakes. They should be moist.

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Spring 2019 in Collages and Photos

Spring is every year for me one of my favorite moments and I enjoy the cold, crispy air, the sunshine and especially the clear air. Perfect for photography in nature.

I am sometimes very brave and get out of the house already early in the morning just after waking up. Mostly I get up around 6 o’clock (summertime which would be 5 o’clock at legal time) and go in the garden to prepare the wood for my fire place. That way an hour later I have a warm and cozy house. Perfect to start my day with a coffee and at the computer to have a look around on pages I follow.

I am currently located in Germany and so I go out to the beach with a friend who is couriously getting out of her comfort zone, too. Or I just have a walk by my own. I love that very much, to listen to the birds, to ‘hunt’ for perfect shots.

Here is my collection of this year spring walks, some in collages. I like collages very much, they show many beautiful pirctures in one.

Enjoy some more!

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

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Typical North German Food – Bay Shrimp

Very typical food in North Germany, but also in the Netherlands, Denmark, England, Belgium and France, are shrimp. And I don’t mean the shrimp that many know in most of the other countries. I am talking about a little tiny one, the Crangon Crangon. The Caridean shrimp is found in the North Sea, but also in the Baltic Sea, Irish sea and even in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. They have common names like brown, Grey or common shrimp. I guess in Canada and France they are more know with the name Crevette.

They are not longer than 5 cm and less (1-2 inch) and are food for many sea animals and birds. They have long antennae and a little bi-forked tail. During daytime, they hide in the sand. I remember when I was a child my mother very often bought these little delicatessen and was sitting in the evening listening to the evening news and peeling them. Sometimes it happened I was sitting near to her, and so she wondered why the shrimp never got more. I was eating them when she was concentrating on the news. I always loved them.

In Germany, especially the region of Schleswig-Holstein, Büsum and Friedrichskoog are the main places for shrimp drought. Until the 18th century the drought was done by horses. They carried the nets along the sandy beaches. In Belgium, it is still done in some touristic places. The shrimp are cooked right away on the beach and then sold unpeeled. Nowadays they are caught with bottom trawling from fisher boats (in German called ‘Krabbenkutter’ = shrimp cutter).

After caught the fishermen clean the nets from other fish which go back into the sea alive. The shrimp instead are cooked immediately on the boat. They turn from brown when alive to pink when cooked. Many fisher sell their catch when they come back into the port. The rest goes to machines to assort by size and then to countries like Poland, Russia or Morocco for peeling. The law says it is not allowed anymore to do this in homework like it was done until a few decades ago. As this is a blog and I say my opinion: I don’t understand the logic why hands of our own people are more ‘unhygienic’ than hands from Morocco, Poland or Russia. But laws are better not to discuss like politics, religion and fashion.

There are many ways to eat the little shrimp. Here it is typical to eat them in a roll, the so called ‘Krabbenbrötchen’. Also, possible on a slice of toasted bread or a dark rye bread slice with butter. For breakfast or as a snack you can order in restaurants scrambled eggs with shrimp. I just love love shrimp cocktail, shrimp served with a thousand island dressing on lettuce. Shrimp soup is also a restaurant dish, oftentimes made with cream. In some regions you can find shrimp aspic (Porren in Suur), fish stock and gelatin. In Lübeck there is a restaurant in the basement of an old abbey called ‘Kartoffelkeller’. It’s a restaurant specialized in potato dishes. Order an oven potato with cream cheese and shrimp. Delicious! ‘Krabbensalat’ is like chicken or tuna salad but instead with shrimp. In many fish recipes there are shrimp as side dish or garnish.

Today when I come back to Germany one of the first things I eat are shrimp. I like them plain, but also on a slice of ‘paleo’ bread or very often I just mix them in my salad. Sometimes I have them with potatoes and butter, salt and parsley. The other day I had a couple of hard-boiled eggs with shrimp and some flax seed oil on top. So delicious! Sometimes I am sorry that there are no other places where I can eat them but then I think it is great that it is like that because this way they are always something very special to me and I never overeat them.

If it happens you come to North Germany and you are a fish lover or just curious about different food: don’t miss eating a ‘Krabbenbrötchen’ or a shrimp soup!

In Travemünde near to Lübeck there is the best fish shop ever! It is no secret anymore as they are known worldwide and have been awarded many times. But they still are located in a very tiny shop and make all the salads and fish creations (and more) by their own. You can eat also fish soup and rolls with fish or shrimp even though they have just two tables to stay at. If you are in the region, they will give you a perfect North Germany experience! The shop is called ‘Fisch Wöbke’.

( I am NOT sponsored by the shop, it is my very own opinion!)

For further information:

Fisch WöbkeKurgartenstraße, 94

23570 Travemünde

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 2 pm

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About Beguines and Other Famous Women in Lübeck

As I am currently again in Northern Germany and especially in Lübeck, my friends like to go on tour with me. And nothing more interesting than a nice guided tour in a historic city like Lübeck. This one was about famous women during the centuries, born in the city or in some reason connected to the Hanseatic town.

We started our tour in the early afternoon in the townhall square in the center of the city. We were pretty many, more than 20 people, all women and only 3 men. Our guide was a very nice lady, obviously from Lübeck, and she guided us with a lot of enthusiasm. Every sentence showed her love for the city, she was all excited about these many women who were courageous for the period they lived in.

The range of different women our guide was talking about, started in the early Middle Age until the mid twentieth century.

One of the most interesting facts was about the beguines. I never heard about them before. They were founded in the 13th century and gave young women the possibility to ‘escape’ an undesired marriage or the convent. Both at that time were a kind of ultimate destination with no way out. The beguines’ houses gave the possibility to live in a religious way, protected from the outer world, but without vows. They could leave any time they wanted. In this semi-monastic community for women (they existed also for men, the beghards) they lived through voluntary poverty, they cared for the sick and poor and had a certain religious devotion – like nuns and monks. They existed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland

There were five houses in Lübeck giving these women a shelter. We saw one of them, the ‘Kranenkonvent’. They lived from sponsors but also brought a good amount of money and property when entering the convent. In addition, they worked and were in light competition with the merchants of the city. The last(!) beguine died in 2013 at the age of 92.

But there were also many single women who had a very different life to the ‘common’ ones.

Gertrud Morneweg for example was the wife of a merchant who died, and she took over his business. She was one of the first active female merchants in Lübeck but later there were more who took over the businesses after the death of their husbands. There were also female guild masters.

Between the 16th and the 18th century there were 47 witch cases in Lübeck, but only 11 were killed. Most of them had to leave the city, or they simply were found not guilty. In 1643 Anna Kemper lost her head because she let her unwanted newborn die.

Interesting was Margaretha Elisabeth Jenisch who gave her money and life (daughter of a rich banker family) to poor children.

Lübeck had also a famous Opera singer: Luise Köster-Schlegel, who lived in the 19th century.

The list is long, our guide talked about so many women who all did something amazing, were strong in a man’s world and during hard times. Our walk ended after one and a half hours and included the whole inner city of Lübeck. We were lucky to have a warm and very sunny day. As a tourist guide by myself I am always a little sensitive about other tourist guides, and so I am more enthusiastic when I meet someone nice and really amazing like her. I hope there are other tours I can walk with her. For example the back yards which were homes for widows in the middle age.

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

For further information:
Women in Lübeck’s History (in German)
A little bit about Lübeck

Our tourist guide was:
Stephanie Ullrich, you can write her, she speaks English as well.

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Plants and Landscapes in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When I was in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with a wonderful friend, we had the opportunity to see many animals but also many different landscapes and plants from around the word and all continents. From Africa to Australia and Asia we saw colorful bushes, bizarre trees and beautiful flowers.

Here are some of them. Enjoy!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California/USA:

For further information:
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual valley Rd
Escondido, Ca 92027

opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm

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