Around Alison's table

- her favourite recipes & tips!

Violet edition: Energy food

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

Homemade sweets for Christmas

Here are a few quick ideas for festive family fun in the kitchen:

How to… make salad dressings

It is so easy and cheap to go out and buy what you need ready made, so do we really need to make our own? Of course we do, not only because it tastes better but also because you control the ingredients and their freshness! Clew’s Alison show you how to!

How to… make mayo and meringues

It is so easy and cheap to go out and buy what you need ready made, so do we really need to make our own? Of course we do, not only because it tastes better but also because you control the ingredients and their freshness! So here are my first “how to …”

Holiday baking – easy as 1, 2, 3..

If you are away from home in a rented apartment or villa for the holidays, there is generally not the kit for baking a cake. But this simple recipe is light and delicious and takes all of five minutes to make. You don’t need scales or an electric mixer for this cake, just a pot […]

Pure pleasure: Chocolate

You all know the phrase “how many pairs of shoes can a girl have?” – well, with me it is “how many chocolate cake recipes can a girl have?” I seem to have collected a rather large number over the years. And they are really all quite different, from the quick mix quick cook gooey […]

How far would you go…

…for ice cream? Clew’s Alison will definitely make a detour: Is being in the Rollingergrund near Merl? Does it make sense taking a detour through Merl from Kirchberg to Bridel? I can find lots of excuses to reply yes to these questions. Why? Because if I am passing through Merl between midday and 8pm it […]

Retro cakes & a bit of kitchen history

I am currently looking around for a new kitchen. The prices may vary hugely from shop to shop but the basics of the actual kitchen layout stay the same. The kitchen work triangle, a concept that designers still rely on today, was developed in the 1940’s by an extraordinary woman, Lillian Gilbreth. Lillian Gilbreth (Moller) […]

新 年 快 樂 Happy New Year

February 19 marks the start of the Chinese New Year. As the Chinese use the Lunar calendar for the date of their festivals,the date of the Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in either late January or early February. One in every six people […]

Back to basics: Tomatoes

CLEW food writer and food lover Alison goes back to basics! First out: variations on the tomato sauce. I am starting with the basic tomato sauce, which can be made just as quickly in large quantities and then frozen in portions to use when you need it. It is great to have on hand to […]