The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: Butterbeer

Butterbeer! Ever since I read “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, I’ve always wondered what the most famous magical beverage might taste like…sweet, warming, malty and comforting. J.K. Rowling has an incredible talent for describing everything food-related, from magical snacks and peculiar drinks to the most wonderful feasts in the Great Hall. However, butterbeer was definitely the one thing I’ve always wanted to try myself. Continue reading

20 Tips for Getting Through The Winter Months

January is officially the most dreary and depressing month of the year. With the holidays behind us, getting through the cold and dark winter months can be tough. The short days and the lack of sunlight can affect our mood and even cause seasonal depression or anxiety (a.k.a. “winter blues”). I’ve compiled a list of ideas that might help you change your mindset and find things to enjoy when Christmas is over and you want to lighten up those bleak winter days. Continue reading

2018: Resolutions and Thoughts

This strange week between Christmas an New Year’s Eve always makes me feel a little uneasy and restless. It’s a time of retrospection, a time to re-evaluate, to set goals and to make plans for the upcoming year. I’m not particularly fond of making too many or unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set a couple of relatively fail-safe intentions for the year to come. Continue reading

Traditional German Christmas Biscuits: “Butterplätzchen”

One of my favourite Christmas activities is – of course – baking Christmas biscuits! Here in Southern Germany, we have a tradition of baking a whole range of different varieties throughout December, putting them all into little plastic bags (usually dotted with golden stars), and giving them to friends and family during Christmas gatherings. It’s like an unwritten law. You just have to participate. Continue reading