Cornelia DuemlingHamburg, Hamburg, DE
I grew up cooking and drawing. This hasn’t changed very much until today. As a child my family of farmers and restaurateurs instilled an appreciation and curiosity about food and cooking that I never lost. It became a way to connect with people no matter in which country I lived. I worked a couple years as food stylist, but now I am focusing on my other passion and work as an illustrator and pattern designer. But, no big surprise, I love to illustrate food. I love the bright colors and gorgeous textures, and the stories behind it.
Recipes By Cornelia Duemling
This year I will not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my friends as I would do normally, due to the lockdown. But at least I can think about them and share the menu we eat every year. Well except the pecan pie. This will be this years‘ taste of Thanksgiving until we can meet again.
No matter where, when and how you celebrate, I wish you a wonderful time!
With all the yummy desserts and baking in the cold season, I thought it might be nice to share my recipe for vanilla sauce. Vanilla sauce goes so beautifully with lots of desserts, and adds just the little extra ooomph, right? The combination of starch and yolks makes it foolproof and uncomplicated.
And as there always is a scraped out vanilla bean left behind, I decided to add the way I make all my vanilla sugar as well. Have fun baking and creating!
This is the recipe for beet salad the way my parents made it. In autumn they would harvest the huge bed of beets in the garden, and then a big production would ensue. Boiling dozens of beets, first peeling and then grating them until we had a big laundry bin of salad, ready to be filled into canning jars. After all the hard work we had a big shelf full of shiny, canning jars filled with beet salad. During the winter months right into spring this was the go to on the days my mom was short on time. Mashed potatoes, eggs sunnyside up and a jar of beet salad and we were set and satisfied. Nowadays I don‘t boil 50 kgs of beets, but I still love this salad. I boil only 1 or 2 kgs beets and we eat the salad fresh, but it is a recurring item on our table.
And it is no mistake, that there is no oil listed in the ingredients. There is truly only salt, cumin and vinegar. Beets have an oily quality, when they are cooked. Adding oil would not only be superfluous, but cause an unpleasantly greasy mouthfeel. So, only salt and vinegar and don‘t be shy with them. The cumin can be a bit much, if you don‘t break it down. You can do this either by cutting it finely with a big knife, or pestle it together with the salt before adding it to the salad.
The apples are harvested now and ready to be transformed into a whole lot of delicacies. Roast apples are uncomplicated, comforting, but delicious. We like to eat it with lukewarm vanilla sauce. Mmmmh!
For baking slightly tart apples are best. So I incorporated in this recipe a selection of tart apples that work well for baking. Delbarestivale is ripe in late summer, when the other baking apples are not available yet. Boskop is my all time favorite: it has a wonderfully complex aroma when baked, but I don‘t like to eat it raw. Cox orange, Elstar, and Jonagold are juicy and fresh when eaten raw, but when they are more ripe and tender they are perfect for baking. Granny Smith is my choice if I cannot get one of the other kinds, as they are available nearly all year round from some place over the world.
I loved this theme! I enjoy cooking with root veggies very much. They are flavor bombs and packed with everything healthy. But illustrating this cornucopia of root vegetables made me positively giddy. I had so much fun with all their colors and textures. Thank you Salli and Nate for coming up with all those wonderful prompts!
I enjoy taking walks. And whenever I happen to see dog roses, it makes me happy. I can‘t imagine anything more relaxing than sitting in the sand next to a bunch of dog roses and listening to the bees buzzing through the sunshine. On our last vacation we went to Denmark, and there are always lots of dog roses huddled between the dunes. They were brimming with rose hips, which are chock-full with vitamin C, and made remember that we used to collect them and make jam when I was little. So, this recipe is next on my kitchen „play list“, if I manage to find enough rose hips.
I love fall. The crisp air, the cooler temperatures and the abundance of fruits and vegetables. After all the salads and cool dishes of summer, I enjoy making the stews, roasts and comfy dishes of fall.
One of those are the pears in red wine. I love that they can be a side dish to a roast, as well as a delicious, simple but elegant dessert. They are festive and yet easy to make. What‘s not to like?
This was a classic dessert when I was a child. Rumtopf is a big earthenware pot that is filled with all kinds of fruits over the summer. To conserve the fruit they are mixed with sugar and covered with strong rum. Usually it starts with strawberries and ends with apples and pears somewhere late October, early November. Once all the fruit is added, it needs to mature another 4-8 weeks before it can be served. This made it the perfect Christmas dessert and gift.
This year I made one myself and am very curious how it will turn out.
The apple harvest has begun and it is time to make apple strudel again. Every time I make it, I remember watching my mom spreading out the dough really, really thin. If you did it right, the tea towel had to shine through without tearing the dough. Then she‘d brush it with butter and spread apples and cinnamon sugar and finally she rolled it up and placed it on the sheet pan. And then the whole house smelled deliciously...
If you want to make it, slightly sour apples like boscoop are best!
Spice it up - this spicy, hot fruit drink is my go to whenever a sore throat is approaching. It is very spicy, but delicious and feels like a comfy scarf from the inside. It calms the pain in my throat and makes me very warm. Perfect to snuggle on the couch and recover.
I learned of granizados when I lived in Spain. They are water-based, dairy-free frozen treats with a slush like texture. One of the most traditional granizados is lemon flavored, but when it is hot, a granizado de café is a wonderful way to get your coffein hit and a cool treat at the same time. Classically the liquid is put in the freezer and has to be scraped every thirty minutes. This makes it quite time consuming. But if you own a blender or smoothie maker you can side track this easily and have a treat whenever you like it with minimal prep time!
This year the mint in my herb garden grew like crazy, it was a very hot summer and we had bought a new hammock. So I thought: „Why not combine all three?“ In the end I did research how to make a decent Mojito and was delighted to find out, that it is not that hard to make. So we enjoyed quite a few Mojitos in and out of the hammock this summer. If you want to enjoy one for yourself, here is the recipe we use. Have fun!
Pie-in-the-sky - this is our family go-to recipe for a delicious Quiche. Which is basically a savory, french custard pie with veggies. Right?! This quiche is a surefire way to make our boys eat their veggies. Only problem now is that one pie isn‘t enough anymore as the kids are growing prodigiously. And with that their appetites grew, too!
When I read about the picknick challenge I was reminded of the picknicks we had on the Elbe beach, right across the harbour. Sitting there, eating the food, drinking beer and watching the big container ships were some of the best days ever. And one day we even managed to cook some espresso with the last embers hidden in the sand!
This is a delightful cake with damson plums on a yeasty cake base. It is very minimalistic and easy to make, and just tastes terrific. Every year we wait until the damsons are finally ripe, and then we gorge on Zwetschgendatschi. So far the record of our 11 year old son is at four pieces in one sitting...
This is the recipe we use for more than a decade now. For one it is living family food history, as it got translated and then tweaked until it perfectly fit our tastes, for the other it is just plain delicious. These brownies are sweet, dark chocolate-y, chewy, super easy to make, and perfect for a quick fix of a "chocolate-now"-craving. Wherever we bring them, we get asked for the recipe. So I hope you enjoy them as much as our family and friends do.