I am a German illustrator and designer of colourful playful things. I love to look at all the beauty in the world and to explore all those small wonders of daily life. Commissions welcome! I do lettering, book covers, patterns, detailed sceneries, people, portraits, editorials.
Recipes By Mira Paradies
Violets can be preserved with sugar and they look indeed delicious on these elaborate pieces of patisserie in French cafés.
The first time I saw the fragile beauty of flowers of capers I was surprised that their buds are actually an essential ingredient for penne alla putanesca!
A sweet dream in pink, red and white and very simple to make – it just hast to be spring when the strawberries are full of flavour. Legend has it that this desert was invented in Eton where a small shop offered it to the students from 1930 onwards. I like that it doesn’t require any skills, just make a nice mess and indulge!
One of the most convincing combinations of simplicity and tastefulness is the Spanish version of breakfast: toasted bread, soaked with olive oil and topped with fresh tomato puree + salt is the perfect way to begin a day. It has everything: crunchy, warm, fruity, fresh and healthy – and with an extra slice of jamon iberico it is a delicacy.
I am very fond of South Indian cooking! It has such a great variety, many different vegetables are used, as well as many spices – and most of all because it is cooked with coconut oil and freshly grated coconut. So here is one of my favorite curries, acutally very simple to make and sooo tasty.
This cake is a very fond memory of mine and it is also a local speciality from where I grew up, in the south west of Germany. I tried to translate its name „Kirschplotzer“ and I hope it conveys what it is: a juicy fruitiness combined with cloves and cinnamon that add a mysterious hint of christmas to the late spring season when cherries are abundant and everyone who owns a tree is trying to pack as many as possible into this wonderful recipe – I hope someone tries to bake it!