PANETTONE SEASON! by Judith Works Actually, it’s the holiday season. In the US this means from Thanksgiving to New Year’s day. So I have about five weeks to indulge in my favorite treat: panettone, that traditional sweet and oh-so-delicious Italian Christmas bread. About the first of November the stores, even in my corner of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, begin stacking up the colorful boxes in windows and shelves and I begin loading up the shopping cart. The bread is distinctive – tall and domed and nestled in a paper cuff.
Today, is the 11th of November. In my very early childhood I celebrated Saint Martin's Day every year. When I started school, I was shocked to discover that this was not celebrated everywhere in Germany, that so many children had no idea what fun the 11th of November could be. Proudly equipped with a handcrafted … Continue reading Saint Martin’s Day
When my grandfather turned 70 years old, he invited us (his guests) to visit a boarding school. Strange thing to visit isn't it? Well this was not any boarding school, and my grandfather is a historian, so visiting a place packed with history was a natural thing to do. The Landesschule Pforta is located within … Continue reading Magic Library
It is important to live in the present. But what can we learn from the past? A lot! And for anyone being creative in any way, well history can have a lot of inspirations! I am someone who definitely enjoys digging in the past, not my own, of course! But I like learning things about … Continue reading Digging in the past
An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book A book recommendation "Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance" by Tim Ecott How hard can it be to find a book? Once again an order for my favourite ingredient, Vanilla, had arrived at our house. This time, I was curious, I wanted to know … Continue reading An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book – a book recommendation “Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance” by Tim Ecott