Sunday, 23 March 2014


Dear readers,

Hola! As some of  you might already know from my Instagram profile I am in Barcelona and will spend here 4 months, until the beginning of July. So which better occasion to walk around the city and discover amazing pastry shops for my column "on the road"?! I am so excited because I have already seen so many lovely places and can´t wait to talk to you about them.

The first amazing pastry shop I am presenting to you is the Pasteleria Hofmann. A delightful little place, with essential but rustic furniture where the amazing pastries and cakes stand out and look like million dollar jewels. Amongst the many temptations that can be found there are butter, almond, raspberry, and chocolate croissants, brioches with Catalan cream, neapolitans, macarons, lemon, chocolate, and vanilla cakes, chocolates, creamy deserts and bavaroise, marmalades and jams, and so much more...

Hofmann pastry shop is the result of Mey Hofmann´s passion and hard work. Famous in the field of gastronomy, Mey has actually studied economics (like I do!), but was able to follow her passion and get great satisfaction from it. In 2004 she got awarded a Michelin star, earning her international recognition  in the culinary world. This pastry is her latest project and a must for those who consider pastry an art and a treat for the senses.

This magical place has a unique atmosphere and aroma; it melts perfectly with the flair of the Born district and its little alleys, cafes, restaurants, and shops. I can only recommend it to you very warmly. I´ve been there more than once and every time I have been more than satisfied.

Carrer dels Flassaders 44
in the Born district
+34 93 268 82 21

Mo-Wed 9-14 and 15:30-20
Thur-Sat 9-14 and 15:30-20:30
Sun 9-14:30

Enjoy! Adeu!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Piggy New Year!

Dear readers happy new year!

It is a tradition in Austria to give for new year´s eve good luck charms such as piggies, horse shoes, dice, coins, shamrocks, mushrooms, and so on. Big or small, flat or 3D, plastic or wood, nice or kitsch, everyone gets one! 

This year I decided to reinvent this concept in within our family and made edible lucky charms… pizza piglets to have as an alternative yet yummy new year´s eve dinner. I know just how boring it can be to come up with a good feast menu, then go to the supermarket, buy all you need, systematically forgetting something, then go back, search for the recipe, start cooking hours in advance, begin sweating in front of the oven, don´t have enough time to change and get ready properly, ending up exhausted, looking like you got sunburned, and not being able to enjoy the food. So…… I just realised we all love pizza, especially home-made pizza and how easy it actually is to make so…. piggy pizza it was. Great result with very little effort! Everyone loved it!


Here is the recipe. Creativity will do the rest!


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Das perfekte Dinner - Teil 2

So here we are once again; dinner number two of our cooking contest has taken place yesterday and guess where? At my place! This time it was our turn: my brother and I (Duplex Pludex) have been the hosts of this fun evening with good food and good friends.
For our dinner we chose to focus on some typical dishes of the Triestine culinary tradition: gnocchi, cevapcici, and crema carsolina. I also made a lovely walnuts bread, which earned us 2 extra points! So the first course was a variation of pumpkin, spinach, and potato gnocchi with butter, parmesan, and sage. The second course was cevapcici with ajvar sauce and a salted spinach and ricotta cake. Last but not least, the dessert! A lovely puff pastry and cream cake with warm berries. The decoration? We decided to transform our dining room in a small trattoria with wooden table, checked napkins, felt sets, chestnuts, pinecones, and a rustic flower decoration. We also named our restaurant "De Uma" which is the combination of our names: UMberto & MArtina. Do you like it? Do you want to see our menu?

Our joker was our friend Anna, who luckily enough helped me resolve last-minute dramas, since my brother was at work and could not collaborate for the preparation of the whole dinner. And of course she gave us 10 points ;) hehehe! But who knows what the rest of the jury thinks of our cooking… one thing is sure, we managed to spend a lot less than the maximum budget, which allows us to earn a lot of extra points. I personally thought that the gnocchi were really good, especially the potatoes and spinach ones, the pumpkin ones could have been better. The savoury cake was a hit, but of course I had to cook some meat for the boys, and since I am vegetarian I do hope that it was good too. The dessert was delicious, but I could have made it more creamy. Overall I would have given our team a 9 out of 10. But we will wait and see, two more dinners have yet to come and I just can´t wait!

Our "trattoria"
walnut bread and salami make a perfect rustic aperitivo
in the kitchen….before...
in the plate after ….Gnocchi variation, yummy
Cevapcici & savoury ricotta and spinach cake
The proud cook!
homemade crema carsolina!!!
Happy guests
Team Duplex Pludex with joker Anna
And here it is! Ta daaaaaaa! The trailer of our dinner with unique scenes of the cooks at work and the delighted guests. We also had an experts jury: our cats and dog which seemed very interested in the cevapcici and were allowed to taste them and give me their feedback. Which was of course very positive. Hahaha, enjoy!

Tiny Hand With Heart