The Brave Cook

My first steps into sewing and fashion design from urban Berlin!

Freezing cold and fashion week!

This week is all about following the fashion week shows, especially the menswear collections. There have been some quite interesting collections so far. I enjoyed seeing Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Etro and my favorite designer James Long. I own one James Long sweater but seeing his collection makes me want to have more pieces. Watching fashion shows is the perfect thing while the weather outside is freezing cold. To give you an impression of Berlin winter I made some winter photographies for you. It’s not a lot, but it was not easy to get me out into the cold and to catch some decent pics with winter atmosphere this winter. Hope you enjoy the pics.

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Me in my winter outfit!

Me in my winter outfit!

Black cord for my black machine!

IMGP0429As I have already mentioned, the holidays have been a great time for me to finish some of my sewing projects. One of these project is a cord pant for the winter season. I bought some black cord long time ago and I had many ideas what to do with it. I did not really plan to make some pants for myself since I don’t like to wear black, but it’s winter here and the streets are really dirty, so a black cord pant is just perfect for this season.

I made a picture of my sewing machine, so that you can see what machine I’m working with. It’s a Singer anniversary version, not really a cheap one, but on the other hand not professional enough as I would wish it to be to sew really thick fabric.

I’m not always in the mood to record and picture every step of my projects, so you will get to see basically the finished pants in my post. I’ve chosen a loose fit with a low crotch. That’s how I love to wear my pants the most. I know that a lot of men wear tight or skinny pants, but that’s just not my thing. If you need a pattern you can buy a pattern and manipulate it or you can transfer your pattern from an existing pant that fits you well. The best choice still would be to make your own pattern by using your own measurements. I think that every of these three ways is ok as long as you achieve the fit that you are looking for.IMGP0984IMGP0981IMGP0986I did not have my new fabrics yet, so I had to use leftover fabric for the pockets. I’ve found some nice beige linen. I think it makes the pants look interesting. My zipper was a little bit too short, so I added two buttons on the waistband. I love the high fit of the waistband, it’s very comfortable and it give the pants a classic look.IMGP0979 IMGP0977I’m looking forward to experiment more with the fit of pants and to create more pieces for myself. What do you think of the fit of my cord pants? Do you like it or not?

The Brave Cook

Best of… 2012 Food Photography!

I was thinking for a long time if to make a 2012 review or not since my blog does exist only three months until now, but I thought it would be a nice idea to make simply a Best Of… of all my food photographies from last year. Photography is not really one of my big hobbies and my photographies are not that professional, but most of my visitors and followers enjoyed my photographies a lot and maybe that was something that made my blog special.

So this is my Best of.. especially for everyone who is visiting my blog for the first time. Enjoy the photographies and may all of you have a great year 2013!

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Blog of the year award 2012!

Happy new year to all of you bloggers and all of my followers! I hope your year 2012 was as successful as mine and that the next year will be the same productive, creative and inspiring as the last one. I really did enjoy the christmas holidays so far and I could use all the time to finish some of my projects. There are still some days left for me until going back to work. I definitely want to use this time to relax and to gather some energy to be even more productive until the next holidays.Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnail

I was very surprised to visit my Blog yesterday and to find out that I was nominated by http://cookingforthechemicallysensitive.wordpress.com/ for my first Blog of the Year 2012 Award! I’ve started blogging four months ago and this award is definitely a huge motivation to continue blogging and sharing my experiences with all of you. Hopefully there is a chance for me to receive next year a second Blog of the Year Award!

My two nominees for the Blog of the Year Award are

http://thekitchensgarden.com/

http://borschtandbabushkas.com/

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star! There are total of 6 stars to collect.

You can check out your favorite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

The Brave Cook

Some baking before Christmas

IMGP0631The holidays are coming closer and I’m pretty happy about that because it means that I have almost two weeks off to work on so many projects. I really hope to finish some of my projects that are already rotating in my head for a long time. As the weather is pretty wet and cold outside it’s the perfect time to stay in the kitchen and to do some baking. I like baking more than cooking even though you end up with more stuff to clean.

I’ve found a recipe online for a white chocolate orange cake and I’ve changed it a little bit by adding red currant to it. Due to the fact that I will be very busy during my christmas holidays my next post will be in two weeks. I thought that this would be the perfect post to wish you all a lovely christmas and happy holidays!

Ingredients

For the sponge mixture:

  • 200 grams flour
  • 80 grams cocoa, sifted
  • 100 ml milk
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 dash of salt

For the cream filling:

  • 6 leaves gelatin
  • 1 liter orange juice
  • 50 grams jam sugar
  • 300 grams white chocolate, broken up
  • 800 ml whipped cream

Instructions

In the original recipe there was a different instruction for the icing but I wanted to cover the complete cake with the white chocolate cream so I simply made more of the white chocolate cream by adding the extra chocolate to it. To make a separate icing you need to take 250 grams of chocolate and mix it with 80 ml whipped cream.

First start with the sponge mixture. Preheat the oven to 160 C°. Grease and base line a 20cm round, deep cake tin with baking paper. Separate the eggs, beat the whites until stiff. Add the sugar and the yolks first. Now add the flour, the cocoa and the milk, beat until smooth, then tip into the tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Using a bread knife, halve the cake horizontally in three round pieces.IMGP0604IMGP0608Melt the chocolate in a pan over low heat. In the meantime, soak the gelatin. Add the orange juice and the whipped cream to the melted chocolate. Do the same with the soaked gelatin. Put the mixture for some minutes into the fridge to let it thicken slightly, but do not allow to get too stiff.

Put one half of the cake into a spring form pan, leave a gap on the outside and spread the cream filling over it. To give it a little bit of color and fruity taste, I added some red currant to the recipe. If  you want to do the same, you need to add now some red current over the first half. Now cover with the second half and spread the cream filling again over it until the spring form pan is filled with it on each side. Decorate with the red currant or any other fruit. Alternatively you can use orange stripes for decoration. Let the cream thicken in the fridge for 30 minutes or more, remove the spring form pan when the cream is firm enough.IMGP0616IMGP0621The Brave Cook

My second award… The Reality Blog Award!

reality-blog-awardIt’s been only a week that I got my first blog award here on wordpress and this week I already received my second award. This time I need to thank Tonette of tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Reality Blog Award. It is very motivating to receive such a special award.

Here are five questions to be answered for this award:

1.If you could change one thing, what would you change?

I wished there would be no borders between countries and everyone was free to travel,work and to live where he wants.

2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

I would repeat my high school time, to be more ambitious about my future plans this time.

3. What is one thing that really scares you?

To loose myself in a monotone job not being able to change my situation.

4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

I’m dreaming of starting my own clothing collection, it’s still a long way there, but I’m planning to complete it.

5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

I would like to be my partner for one day to understand the way he feels and to understand who it feels to be in a relationship with me.

Here are some of my nominees for the Reality Blog Award:

Hannah of Hannah West Illustration

Munaiba of Sewjournal

Caroline of The Patterned Plate

Shelly of Vegetarian Ventures

Annie of Lime House Food

Michael of Inspiring The Everyday

Veena of Vina’s Delicious Recipes

Marlene of Life Through The Kitchen Window

Pallavi of Veggiezest

Sam and Phil of Cook Quilt Make And Bake

Amy of Chew Out Loud

Anne of The Maker Girl

The rules of the award are:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3  Answer the same 5  questions presented.
4  Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Congratulations to all of you and thanks to everyone who is following my blog every month!

The Brave Cook

What quinces are made for…

IMGP0695The winter season did in fact start and its’s a little bit late for preserves, but I made this year some quince-plum jam for the first time and I did not have the chance to post it yet. I’m so busy all the time with work and all my hobbies, it’s not easy to find the time for a recipe post. Not only that it’s some time ago that I’ve made this jam, but it’s also already gone. I’ve eaten it and prepared some cake with it. I also gave one jar to my mum to use it for her baking. This was only fair, because I received the quinces from my parents garden. This fruit is usually very hard, so that you have to cook it to eat it. It’s used quite often for jam or jelly. I also decided to make some jam out of it. The main reason was that I did never prepare jam before.

It’s very easy to make your own jam, so there is no difficulty or trick behind it. To make my jam more interesting I decided to add plums and ginger to it. That’s why my jam has this beautiful red color on the photographies. You can make your jam out of every fruit to love, there are many great combinations and I’m sure I’ll some of them in the future.IMGP0577

Ingredients

  • 3 quinces
  • 3 plums
  • 1 tbsp (fresh) ground ginger
  • 1 fresh ground vanilla bean
  • 400 grams preserving sugar (1 to 1)

Instructions

As you can see on my photography, I had one big jar and one small jar full of jam in the end. You can use more fruits if you want to make more jam. My cooked quinces and plums made together 400 grams.

First, chop the quinces and the plums in quarters. Put them in a big cooking pot and cover all pieces with water. Bring it all together to a boil and cook it until soft. This should take some 30 minutes.IMGP0690When the quinces are soft enough you can separate the fruits from the juicy water and use a blender, mortar or whatever to blend the soft fruit pieces together. When making jelly instead of jam you need to add extra fruit juice from the cooked fruits. For my amount of fruits (400 grams) I would use two cups of juice to make jelly of it. I did not make jelly, so I simply drank the juice water.

Now add some grounded vanilla and ginger to the cooked fruits and mix it with the same amount of 400 grams of preserving sugar. Adjust the amount of the sugar to the product you’re using, 1 to 1 means that you need to use the same amount of sugar as the amount of fruits you have. Check the texture of the jam and add some juicy if necessary, but remember that the jam gets more firm after a while.IMGP0691IMGP0703Put the jam in a jar and keep it in the fridge if you’re using it up daily. It’s really fun to make preserves. The smell from cooking the fruits is just incredible. It can also be a very beautiful and personal present. I wished I had more time to spend in the kitchen to produce such lovely things.

The Brave Cook

 

The first snow and the first award!

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What a nice week! The temperature decreased, the winter season did obviously arrive and we had the first snow here in Berlin. The snow did not last long, but I’m sure there will be a lot of snow the next days and I promise to make some winter photographies for you.

I have also received my first blog award! Many thanks to Samantha of Food Flavor Fascination for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I did not expect this at all.

7 random things about me!

  1. I was not that good at school! I loved to read and to write but I was pretty bad in all the other subjects.
  2. When I was young I always was the leader of the whole clique. Now that I’m older I prefer not to lead and rather to stay in the background. Maybe that has also to do with my convenience.
  3. I love hip hop music! Despite all the prejudices and clichés about hip hop music I always loved most of the hip hop artists and songs. I also listen to other music but my hip hop music collection is quite big. Hip hop is more versatile than many think.
  4. I love the color white! As long as I can remember white was always my favorite color and when I have to buy something most of the times I go for the white version of it. This applies to fashion as well as to furniture and other stuff.
  5. I’m not a city guy! There is really not a lot of things that attract me in the city. I prefer being in the nature and creating my own day rather than being distracted by all what the big city life offers.
  6. I believe in the good heart of a person even though I’m not religious in the sense of being part of a confession. That’s why I don’t understand people being ignorant and living in their own little reality discriminating people who differ from the norm of their own circle of friends.
  7. I would do anything and go anywhere for my beloved darling Mithun. I don’t care a lot about most things but when it comes to love and relationship I’m a full-hearted person willing to move mountains.

Here are the lovely blogs and bloggers that I am nominating for the One Lovely Blog Award!

Kristen of Borscht and Babushkas

Cecilia of The kitchen garden

Lakshmi of Lakshmi loves to shop

Danny of Danny Mansmith

EmilyAnn Frances of An attic in Brooklyn

Danny of gotasté

Sarah of good life farm

I am following these blogs and I love them a lot! Congratulations to all of you.

The rules of the award are:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3  Share 7 random things about yourself.
4  Nominate 7 or more blogs and notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

The Brave Cook

At home with a cold and a pencil…

This week I had to sit at home and cure myself. I caught a cold and even though I tried to go to work and handle it somehow, it was just too much at the end of the day. My energy was gone and I needed some proper sleep and peace. I definitely wanted to use the extra time at home to finish some projects, but my body was too weak and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for a long time. The least I could do was something relaxing but still creative. So I took a pencil and started to sketch some stuff.

I didn’t do any sketches for a long time and I’m not the type of person who designs everything accurately and puts it down on paper. I’m having some ideas of making my own pieces and do something like a collection one day but I’m not as close to that as I would love to be. Still there are some ideas in my head on bags, underwear and woolen sweaters. Hopefully my progress in sewing will continue and bring everything together one day.

On the first sketch you can see the idea for an interesting avant-garde looking waistcoat/shirt that I’m planning to do the next weeks. It is supposed to be made of a shiny and flowing material. I also visualized some ideas for bags and sweaters/jackets. I think I will use many of these inspirations for my upcoming projects. I don’t use a lot color when sketching, I simply like to keep it clean and leave it open to whether color I want to use in the end. My sketches are not so professional, but I think some of them still turned out very nice.

I feel much better today and I’m glad that I used the extra time at home this week to be creative and practice sketching after a long time.IMGP0858IMGP0864IMGP0862IMGP0860IMGP0865

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The Smurfs are coming!

Last week I presented you some of my sewing projects and the reactions were so good that I decided to present you more here on my blog. Next to cooking sewing is another big hobby of me and I don’t want to refrain from sharing my sewing experiences with you the same I do with my cooking. When it comes to cooking I’m an amateur. Regarding my sewing it’s not so easy to estimate my skills, but I’m trying things out and I’m determined to get better and better. Learning to sew means to me to create different things. Last week I have presented you a waistcoat and an altered bag. This week I tried to make something new out of an old piece of cloth. Actually, I made some underwear out of a t-shirt.

I was not planning to make mens underwear out of a t-shirt this week, but looking for some leftover fabric in my closet I’ve found an old smurf t-shirt. Yes, it was in fact mine! I had even worn that t-shirt a couple of times at work! This t-shirt was so cute that I decided to make something out of the smurf motif. The smurfs have been my favorite cartoon as a little kid and I still love the way they look. I immediately got the idea of making underwear out of it. First of all, the material was very stretchy and second I know some mens underwear with colorful prints and I always loved it. So I decided to make an underwear pant with a colorful smurf print on the back.

If you are planning to turn a piece of cloth into something else you just need to be sure that the material is appropriate for your idea and you also need to check if there is enough material from the piece that you’re using. My old t-shirt was cut very tight and I had to check first if the length and breadth would be enough to fit my hip area. Fortunately, it fitted perfectly on my hips so that I would not even have to cut the sides open. I simply had to cut off the upper part of the t-shirt including smurfette. I love smurfette a lot, that’s why I kept her to use her for another project in the future.I could have made the pant with the print in the front, but I wanted to make a lining in the front and the motif would look better in the back. I also found a waistband that was formerly a part of another shirt. I thought it would look good on the pant and give it a sporty look. I think I made a very clean and nice looking finish. I should remember that for the next time. Trying the pant on it was feeling very comfortable. Hope you also like the fit and the design of it considering that it was made out of a t-shirt!For all of you who are waiting for another recipe: I will definitely post more recipes on my blog, but I will also share with you my sewing projects and other things out of my life! So my blog will be an interesting mixture!

The Brave Cook

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