so here´s a little film portrait of us doing stuff we usually do
accompanied by a lot of giggling
made for the brand new website BAVARIAN MAKERS
(one of us didn´t get a hair cut in time and the other one closes her eyes when talking 
 - amongst other things - so you´re bound to have a little fun while watching)
a big thank you to the amazing team and the lovely film maker who visited us


we´re about to have a second BOOKCLUB meeting
taking place on the 29th of October, 7.30pm
(in case you want to read along and stop by, just let me know and i give you all the details)
at the end of our first meeting we decided on Sasa Stanisic´s debut novel 
"Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert"
probably very much driven by the current refugee crisis
since he also fled a war - the Yugoslav war - as a young boy, finding a kind of safety in Germany
and it´s a story about a boy who does the same
written in a magical, burlesque way 
playing with the German language in a way probably only a non-native speaker could
it is horrid and very beautiful at the same time
here are a few links to get you interested:
INTERVIEW with Die Zeit
BOOK REVIEW Süddeutsche Zeitung
can´t wait to meet you all for a nice discussion
i´m sure there will be a lot to talk about
+ there will be food and drinks (probably quite fall inspired at that time of the year)
that´s actually the bridge over the Drina pictured in pixelated black and white
revisited a PROJECT i did about that book back at art school
(i actually got to show it to the author at a reading this year and he requested a copy - yay!)


copper fennel
turned into shortbread - with a bit of parmesan
turned out i needed glasses
since my eyes seemed to have adjusted themselves 
to the very short distance between me and the pieces i´m working on
W advises me not to wear that dress
apparently it looks like i´m in purgatory
but maybe that´s exactly where i am
some things on my agenda i´m excited about:
THIS - a collaboration with BASTISRIKE 
another BOOKCLUB meeting coming up in october
+ a very special meeting of online friends in the works


a mean summer means mean grapes
three times mean!
that tiny vineyard was most accepting about that insane heat
and my no-watering-policy with that devastating draught going on
quite a few plants gave up
but not the grapes!
also my pollinators worked excellent again this year
instead of me being in a constant worry about the decrease of the bee population
a FREE FROM TART with a bit of creme fraiche mixed with chia seeds (swapped for an egg)
worked pretty excellent
but the best way to eat those rather hard skinned varieties
is to just roast them for about 15 min until they start loosing their jucies
drizzled with olive oil and honey or any other kind of concoction of that kind
it softens the skin, mellows the tartness
and makes the seeds (detested by many, but not me) even crunchier
here MOLLY YEH roasts SEVEN SPOONS´ grapes
an interview with WSAKE over at JENNADORES
MEN ARE BETTER WRITERS - drove me mad of course
of course found via JESSICA STANLEY and this ESSAY LIST
i´m feeling restless lately
maybe i should become an APPRENTICE


since i really enjoy the meetings of the English Reading Group in our local library
i thought it might be nice to start a private book club
with food and drinks and nice company
so we´re about to start lightly in September with a Miss Marple novel by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced/Ein Mord wird angekündigt
gelesen werden kann ganz nach Belieben im Original oder Übersetzung
we´ll talk about favorite parts and characters (or least favorite, of course)
and there might be a version of the "Delicious Death" chocolate cake
playing a important role in the story
- there actually is a RECIPE based on the book, but i used NIGEL SLATER´S CHOCOLATE ALMOND ONE -
which i then heavily "deconstructed" adding whipped cream,  more molten chocolate and blood coloured sprinkles
and yes, it really is a dangerous thing, i had to lie down after a few bites - it´s that rich
so i bet it had a devastating effect on those not used to fat and that much chocolate during after-war rationing
(fun fact: the cake in the book was made by a dirndl skirt wearing German or Austrian refugee called Mitzi 
- portrayed in a very racist way)
so in case you think you´d enjoy an old fashioned murder mystery
do not hesitate to contact me and be part of the whole thing
i´ve been a fan of those stories for years now
it started with my grandmother´s black, white and red coloured scary looking Scherz Krimi Klassiker books
(which explains the colour scheme and choice of font)
and i still like to revisite them once in a while
and those lovely chrysanthemums?
they are rather scraggy, really!
(running gag, you´ll see)