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Let’s have a coffe no. 4

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I recently introduced a new category here on the blog. I basically invite you to have a coffee with me, at least virtually. If you are interested in my previous blog posts of this category, check out the first, second and third blog post. Today I am sharing number 4. Because I actually do have something to share. We moved from Hamburg in the north of Germany back to the south to the beautiful city Munich.

I am neither from Munich nor Hamburg. I usually cringe if somebody asks me where I am from because I never know how to answer it. If I am lazy, I will say close to Bielefeld, which is a city in the middle of Germany. It is a place I lived in the longest so far. But if somebody insists and wants to know more details, I have to tell my patchwork bio. Because I was born in Uruguay, a beautiful and small country in Latin America. That’s why you will find my favorite cookies from Uruguay on my blog (chocolate and dulce de leche) or this super delicious peach cake with meringue from my city of birth.

Alfajores, die besten Kekse aus UruguayAlfajores, the best cookies from Uruguay

When I was about a year old, we moved to Fresno, California. After three years we moved back to Uruguay. So my bio reads Uruguay, USA, Uruguay and then finally Germany. I was only about six years and a half when we came to Germany, but the international flair definitely has influenced a lot of decisions. My mom says I spoke Spanish, English, and German fluently as a child. However, since almost all of my schooling took place in Germany and I also graduated from a German university, I will definitely conquer that German is my mother tongue.

I have also moved inside of Germany. As stated, I lived close to Bielefeld for most of my teenage years. However, I did move to the east to Dresden after high school as I had planned to study jazz piano at the conservatory. After that I moved to Munich, which was followed by Hamburg, and now it is back to Munich again. Moving takes a lot of energy and this one was no exception. I swear, one day I am going to paint walls professionally. Also, coordinating a move, even if it is in the same country, requires a lot of skills.  Logistics is an art. Yes, of course I was careful to take my beloved KitchenAid with me and as always I had to make sure it got a prime place for me to use it. Did you know that I named mine Joseph? I like giving names to things, especially if they are dear to me.

KitchenAid with cookie monster stickerBut while I still had my KitchenAid, I decided to bake a  Sachertorte for my colleagues. This is a famous chocolate layer cake from Austria, which freezes easily and can be made in advance. I have even successfully shipped one within Germany as a wedding gift. Needless to say that my colleagues were extremely happy when they got this chocolate cake as a treat.

Echte österreichische SachertorteChocolate cake from Austria

I will work full-time in Munich as I previously did in Hamburg and work on this blog on the side. Yes, it does require a lot of work and time, but I have to say, I really enjoy this hobby of baking, writing, styling food, shooting pictures; I am quite passionate about it. For that reason I hope I can continue with this blog for a long time. If you would like to know what I have planned for my third year of blogging, check out this post.

Ok, so this was it, anything else you would like to know?

Summary of my Blog Event

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From February 15, 2018 until March 15, 2018 I asked people to take part in the coffee invite event. The basic idea was for you to make something from scratch and invite somebody over. There was no give-away. So today the event is over and the question is how it went. The answer is, it was great, yet different than expected. I received a lot of messages of people telling me that they were inspired and that they invited somebody over. I also know that the four guest bloggers Nina, Lisha, Marileen and Lizet invited people over. Usually people would either come over to me and be like “You inspired me, I actually baked something and invited my best friend.” I would then reply: “Wonderful, did you take a picture of it?” And the typical reply was: “Oooops, I forgot.” So unfortunately I don’t have a lot of proof of all these coffee invites. However, people did take part. And that is what counts for me. I didn’t want people to just make a recipe in order to generate clicks, I didn’t want people to bake to post later nice pictures on Instagram, I simply wanted to inspire people to share what they had baked.

So as stated, I don’t have a lot of proof other than messages, but below you will find the pictures that were actually submitted. Some bloggers also took part, so yay! I will still call the event a success. As long as people had fun, as long as they were inspired to make something from scratch, I would say we achieved great. Some people also pointed out to me that I was basically doing this during lent. But seriously, there is more than cake you can make, for example I also have some sugar free muffins on this blog I am sure don’t count as sweets during lent. But whatever, I know for a fact that people did bake and did invite somebody over, that’s all that counts!

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Guest post: German chocolate cookie sandwich (cold dog) from Nina from Törtchen- Made in Berlin

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I am so excited today to share this post with you as Nina from the blog Törtchen – Made in Berlin (cupcakes made in Berlin) is sharing a very German recipe with us here. As you can see from my very long blog title, it is close to impossible to translate this treat I ate so often as a child. Literally translated the dish is called “cold dog.” Why this is the case, I haven’t been able to find out other than it is done cold, so with no baking, but what I can assure you is that this is one of my favorite things to eat. I do distinctly remember licking my fingers after getting a piece and being very excited about the high amount of chocolate after each bite. Because, you know, chocolate is always great!

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Guest post: Marble Bundt Cake from Marileen from HOLZ & HEFE

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I am happy to announce the first guest post today. Marileen from the blog HOLZ & HEFE (in German) brought along some delicious marble bundt cake for the coffee invite event. In case you don’t know, I am currently organizing a blog event in which I ask you to make something from scratch and invite somebody for a coffee to share. Check here to read what this event is about.

nvitation_to_a_coffeeMarileen’s recipe sounds so delicious, but let’s give the floor to her:

First of all Happy Birthday to your first blog anniversary, Jenny! I love your blog event! Just like you I love to invite friends for a coffee in my apartment. But not just for coffee with something sweet, also for breakfast or dinner. One of my favorite activities is to just chat with my friends. By the way, my name is Marileen and I have been blogging on HOLZ & HEFE (in German) about crafting, baking, travelling and recently also sustainability, which is a new important topic of mine.

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Blog Event: Invitation to a Coffee plus a Whisky Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Exactly one year ago my first blog post Lemon Tarts went online. This means “Blogger Happy Birthday To Me”, yay! I thought really long and hard as to what to do for my first birthday. Somehow I feel everything has been done already. And since I am a stubborn person, I also wanted something more than a boring give-away just to lure in more readers. That’s simply not me, regardless of what marketing says.

Yes, this is a baking blog and I hope that my recipes are mouth-watering for my readers. Yes, I also started this blog since I have been asked to share recipes many times and I simply find baking relaxing. But for me the main purpose of baking is to share the baked goods with others. That’s why I invite you to my event. I ask you to bake something, regardless of whether this is a recipe which was passed down in your family, whether you find a recipe you want to try on my/a blog or whether it is one from a cookbook. It doesn’t matter whether you follow a recipe to the dot or whether you alter a recipe to your liking. Be it cookie, cake, something small, a complicated layer cake, whether you spend hours in the kitchen or you whip something in a jiffy, it all doesn’t matter, as long as you follow one rule. The one and only rule is that you have to share your baked goods with at least one guest.

This is the core of baking for me. That you share, sitting together at a table, chatting, laughing, crying, that you indulge yourself in some cake and learn about the other. I strongly believe that it doesn’t matter if you spent hours baking or went for a simple cookie, as long as you did it with love and passion, I am sure your guest(s) will notice.

For that reason I invite you as of today, February 15, 2018 until March 15, 2018 to invite at least one guest and to bake something for this person for that occasion. I invite you to take a picture, either just of what you baked, or with the permission of your guest, also of your invites and to tell me how the event went. Once the timeframe is over, I will do a roundup on this blog.

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