baking // my grandma’s applie pie — traditional & christmas-ish


Actually I am a well-organized person. Until it comes to my cookbook section. Compared to another book genre, I have a lot of them and actually only need one or two. I also have loose pages from magazines with recipes I never tried and little scraps of paper that only say ..,50 gr flour and…

So one day I decided to tidy that chaos up. And to my own surprise, it turned out to be a real treasure trove, that somehow made me very happy. I found machine-typed and hand-written recipes of the closest family members, that went to the spirit world many years ago and that I miss very much every single day. I am not sure if I ate all of these dishes when I was a kid, but I definitely remember the apple pie my grandma made (and its variations with plums and sour cherries too), ’cause I was the one that had to cut out the stones (with this magical cherry-stone-removing-tool) and to check the fruits for worms. I also remember my grandma giving me instructions how to make the perfect crumbles, which actually was the best part of preparing these pies.

For me reading my grandma’s handwriting, recalling her instructions while baking, and eating her delicious pie is like time traveling to one of the best places I have ever been to in my entire life. So if you would like to get an idea of how that feels, here’s the best and probably easiest apple pie recipe you’ve ever had. :-)


You will need:

250 g flour

175 g butter

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 TBS baking powder

1 TBS vanilla sugar

100 g raw sugar

2 apples

1 cup raisins

And here is how to make it in 30 minutes:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Wash and peel the apples. Remove the kernels and cut the apples into thin slices.

Mix the flour and baking powder using a sieve, stir everything together, then move them together to a wreath. Put the egg, the egg yolk, the sugar and vanilla sugar in the middle of this wreath, add small pieces of butter bit by bit and gradually add the flour mixture from the edge.

When the dough is even, roll 3/4 of it out on a baking sheet in a flat pan and top it with these apple slices.

Use the other 1/4 to make crumbles. Sprinkle those crumbles and the raisins on top of the pie.

Bake everything for about 45 minutes until the dough is golden brown.


In my opinion, this cake is a good substitute in case you are looking for an option to all the traditional Christmas cookies and Stollen. So to make this recipe a bit more christmas-ish, just add a bit cinnamon, orange zest or gingerbread spices to either the dough or on top of the apples before baking.

Have a great first advent! :-)

snack time // polenta pemmican


About a decade ago, I bought the cookbook Native Food by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs. But before I came around to try the first recipe, my cats decided to use it for their own … let’s say entertainment. After that, there was not much left of a cookbook I wanted to work with. And then I figured out, this book is not available anymore.

Until … a few weeks ago when I found a used (but in pretty good shape) one.

Long story short: This polenta pemmican is the first recipe I tried. The book says to use corn powder or flour, but I only had polenta that gave the whole snack a crispy kind of feeling. I googled corn pemmican or wagmíza wasná as the Lakota people call it, and all the pictures I found showed a completely different food. I never had corn pemmican before, so I don’t know if I am close to it or even allowed at all to call my creation pemmican… But whatever I prepared, it was delicious in its very own way. And therefore, you’ve got the recipe. ;-)


You will need for 16 pieces:

250 g polenta or corn flour (if you want to make it the traditional way)

125 g raisins or any other dried berries

225 ml water

65 g raw sugar

225 ml melted butter

And here is how to make it in 10 minutes:

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees.

Put the polenta or corn flour into a flat pot and roast it for about 30 minutes in the oven until it is light brown. You should mix it every now and then to make sure it doesn’t get burnt.

Put your dried berries into some water, leave it there for a couple of minutes. Pour off the water and mix the berries with the polenta or corn flour and sugar.

Add the melted butter, mix everything well.

Then put your polenta pemmican into a square baking pan. Press it into shape and put it into your fridge until it is cooled and almost frozen. Then you can cut it into little portions.

Enjoy and have a fun weekend! :-)

glitch // vj art pop up exhibition


Last Saturday, Ro and I celebrated the big birthdays we have had this year with a VJ ART POP UP EXHIBITION we named GLITCH, at BAU BAU, the café at the Gallery of Contemporary Art Leipzig.

In our opinion, VJ art needs more attention. Most of you may recognize it as a background video when a DJ or band is playing. But we think it is way more than just a nice addition to some music. So at GLITCH we gave VJ art the main stage without any live musician and invited our guests to sit, watch and just enjoy the show. ;-)

We asked our very talented VJ friends Francis Theberge aka TiND (Montreal/Canada), Pablo IA aka Geso (Madrid/Spain) and Aristides Garcia (Teneriffe/Spain) to contribute some visuals that somehow reflect the 1970s/1980s, ’cause these were the decades when we were kids.

And these are their works in case you’ve missed it:

TiND x Création Ex-Nihilo from tind :: thisisnotdesign on Vimeo. Sound by Guillaume Bourassa.

77 from Geso on Vimeo. Sound by Sonic Bat.

Xenas from lasal on Vimeo. Sound by Plaster.

We also asked our guests not to bring any gifts for us but to donate some money for refugee kids if they would like. We raised a total 250 Euro (!!) we will give to the ones taken care of at Mühlholz e. V. Leipzig.

In the end, we had a wonderful evening at a pretty cool place, among very dear people and with fantastic audiovisual arts.

PS: GLITCH was an event created for Adventurous Music. If you are interested in upcoming events, please follow us here.

being interviewed // by ana ribeiro for the leipzig glocal


Recently, I’ve got the chance to answer some questions for The Leipzig Glocal (read the full interview here), a pretty cool and entertaining blog about the things that are going on in LEipzig, founded by Ana Ribeiro and written in English.

I felt very honored to do this interview, since I am following The Leipzig Glocal for awhile and I appreciate the idea to have a place on the web where people that don’t speak German, such as expats, visitors or refugees, can get some information what to do and where to go in this beautiful city. And for me, as a native Leipziger, a foreigner’s view of my hometown is always very interesting. I was also very excited to do this interview, ’cause besides this one it was my first real interview. ;-)

So the pictures above are from the interview foto shooting but haven’t been published yet. Therefore, I was thinking to share them here, ’cause I kinda love them too.

Well, have a fun trick or treat weekend … and if you are into audiovisual arts and don’t know what to do on Halloween, this VJ Art Pop Up Exhibition feat. the most talented VJ artists you can find right now might be interesting for you … See you! :-)

PS: All pictures are taken by Ro.