Oahu, turtles and a helicopter … aloha!

by Eva Felis on October 21, 2015

Hawaii-Ohau-Waikiki-HonululuThis trip to Hawaii had been an amazing birthday surprise for me and believe me I had no idea! The preparation started months ago, Mr. F asked very casually something like: Who would ever take this long flight to Hawaii (kind of a stupid question don’t you agree?). My answer was: Why, yes! I would make a trip to Hawaii any time, that’s for sure. And I didn’t waste another thought on this short conversation until my birthday arrived and soon later I found myself on the beach in Waikiki. I had an amazing time and wanted to share some pictures and sightseeing tips with you my friends: Read more >>


Korean chicken wings

by Eva Felis on October 16, 2015

korean chicken wings

A friend of mine advised me to “try some pupu, when you are on Hawaii”. Holy cow this raised some question marks. I instantly had all this icky foods on my mind like chocolate covered insects, but poo-poo? Is this a thing now? Turned out pupu is just the Hawaiian name for tapas or/also appetizer. Lucky me.

While on vacation in Waikiki we ordered a pupu platter to share. Travelling and eating gluten free can be tricky and I had to let those delicious appearing Korean chicken wings pass by. Although Mr. F assured me how amazing they are… Certainly this was the first recipe I tried back home.

Despite my Southern residency, I didn’t deep-fry the wings – I baked them to make them better for you. I adjusted the ration between spicy, sweet, tangy and garlic, I hope you like them. Read more >>


mini-cheesecakes with hazelnuts and caramelized apples

by Eva Felis on October 8, 2015

hazelnut cheese cakeThe Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Atlanta are my escape into nature, when I need a timeout from the city. The best time of the year for a trip is obviously the apple season. Especially when the leaves start to turn to beautiful colors and fall is on the doorsteps. This year my family was visiting from Germany and we all drove up to the mountains and (sure thing) also went to an apple orchard. We marveled about the apple trees heavy with fruit, tasted hard cider, got some hot fried pies and came home with whopping bags full of apples. First I felt overwhelmed by this vast amount of apples, but they disappear into apple butter, cakes, and when one by one… Read more >>


september favorites

by Eva Felis on September 30, 2015

september favorite

Here we go again, it’s the end of another month and I ask myself: where went September? I had been very busy relaxing, vacationing and having my family visiting from Germany. September had been a blast. But as always, time flies when you are having fun. However I don’t want to see another month go, without telling you about my past year’s September favorites! Read more >>


cauliflower and spinach salad with grapes and blue cheese

by Eva Felis on September 28, 2015

Cauliflower and spinach salad with grapes and blue cheese

This cauliflower and spinach salad is not just an easy recipe that happens to be gluten free, it’s also the help you need to transition more smoothly from summer to fall.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby. I couldn’t agree more. I admit we are not there yet, but we are not that far away from those cold days either. I can already feel a kind of awakening after the temperature is cooling down lately. And I love it… I had been waiting for fall. I am confident summer will show up now and then with a few sunny and warm days, but for now I enjoy the rain, my blanket and this comforting cauliflower and spinach salad with grapes and blue cheese. Read more >>


plum grütze with red wine

by Eva Felis on September 15, 2015

plum grütze with red wine

Plums have been one of my favorite fruits for ages. I grew up with two giant plum trees in my backyard and used to climb those trees like a monkey, reckless and almost likewise skilled all year long. Although this is kind of long ago, I still remember those late summers with the opulent plum harvests. Buckets full of plums had been turned into cakes, compote and jam by the grownups. This explains the plums in this grütze, but I also want to tell you about the concept of grütze, which is different to a sauce. The general known main ingredient is a mix of berries with/or cherries, which is also very popular and originally from Denmark and Northern Germany. Grütze is not a kind of sauce for scattering globs on pancakes, although go for it if you like. It’s rather a fruit soup or fruit pudding and traditionally served with vanilla sauce. You can also drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream or yoghurt and you are in grütze heaven. Read more >>


pineapple coconut pie

by Eva Felis on August 19, 2015

coconut-pineapple pie

I just can’t believe we are already this far into summer. August is this year’s sweetest month, I am still not sick of ice cream (never ever), cakes overtopped with berries have a regular appearance on my plate and I just had an oatmeal chocolate cookie with the size of my head, yes this was lunch. Kale, who are you? See you in autumn. It’s my birthday at the end of August and I indulge everything about this time of the year: sunflowers, peaches, pies and garden parties, just to name a few off the top of my head. Read more >>


tipsy black cherry shake

by Eva Felis on July 31, 2015

tipsy cherry shake

Sorry kiddos this one is for grown ups only.  Although this tipsy black cherry shake looks innocent like a virgin, it’s boozy. And not overly sweet at all.
Getting into business with this tipsy shakes is like opening Pandora’s box, once you started and there is still vanilla ice cream in the freezer, there will be no end. No fruit will be save anymore. Don’t get me started on what you can do to a shot of espresso, dark rum and a splash of caramel sauce. Would you prefer vanilla or coffee or caramel ice cream? Or maybe Frangelico hazelnut liqueur with chocolate ice cream topped with pan roasted hazelnuts? You can find boozy shakes on the menu of several restaurants all over Atlanta. The reason might be simple as it is, they are so good and will blow your mind, I mean your taste buds. There is a nice place just next to the Piedmont Park, serving a shake à la Elvis with peanut butter, banana and whiskey. That’s a square meal.
Remember those days, where you had to pick between either a dessert or a drink after dinner? This shake is the perfect symbiosis, shake and booze are in a relationship and together they are creamy and rich, fruity and tangy and a little tipsy.  Get your blender out!
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july favorites

by Eva Felis on July 24, 2015

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Hey guys!

Let’s just go ahead and blame the heat for me sitting here and staring holes into the wall, while I actually should take care of unpopular stuff like work. My mind has a mind of it’s own and I have been walking around in my daydreams. Certainly thinking about food, last year’s recipe for raspberry-marzipan coffee cake – loved the flavors, what would be the best substitute for the AP flour? Hm, I have to figure this out next weekend. That’s for sure… Read more >>


nonni – orange liqueur and prosecco cocktail

by Eva Felis on July 20, 2015

nonni - orange liqueur and prosecco cocktail

One of Henry James’ famous quotes is: “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Add “happy hour-happy hour” to this and you have my favorite idea of summer afternoons. It has become a thing around my house to have a Friday-afternoon-hell-yeah-it’s-weekend cocktail on the porch. It’s one of my favorite hours, not just because of the cocktail. There is just this beauty in sitting down, talking, shaking off the work week and making plans for the weekend. Read more >>