March Wrap-up

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been lately. Let me explain.

There are a few reasons for my absence from coffeerocketfairytale. One is the new Bon Jovi record, of course. It came out within the first week of March and I’ve been listening to nothing else since. I love it (even though I have to admit that it takes some time for me to get used to some of the songs – but once I’ve listened to them a couple of times, I’m madly in love. It always goes like this.)

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Next reason – I have been job hunting like mad. I’ve been dying to tell you this and now that it’s somewhat “official” I can finally share the news with you. My final exams start in May and go through till July, which means I’ll have to get myself a new job until August 1. Actually, I could stay at the bakery where I’m currently working – they offered me a job, yay! – but I’m dying to gain new experience and see new places. I would love to work in a hotel so I’m currently running from one job interview to another and I’m quite positive that in the end everything will turn out just right.

Finally, I have even more exciting news for you: I’m currently working on a new project I am really excited about. You’ve probably realised that during the past year, I had more and more recipes of cakes and other sweet things published here on coffeerocketfairytale. I never wanted this to be a food blog, though. Coffeerocketfairytale is my personal blog where I write about everything I like – my hobbies, things I come across and everything I like. No need to change that. But at the same time, the desire to start a food blog – solely about baking – grew and I’m happy to announce that the day has come. As of today, there is a little corner on the internet where you can find all my recipes (soon) all in one place.

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But there is even more to it. You might be surprised to find out that Zimtzauber & Zuckernebel is entirely written in German. I’m currently working on a way to get relevant recipes or articles delivered to you in English (without writing every article in both languages, because I did that before on my aotearoablog and it’s really a pain…). Also, I’m trying out Blogger, as you can see. Simply because I’m curios.

Apart from Nana’s 80th birthday which I haven’t talked about (and which kept me pretty occupied in terms of organisation and all) that’s about it. I don’t think any of the other things that kept me busy (work, school, exams and work again) would be of interest to you. And this wrap-up is long enough, I suppose.

What have you been up to lately?

Last Minute SOS Christmas Spirit Supply | WEEKEND WIND UP #55

Have you found your Christmas spirit yet?

No? (If you have, just pretend you haven’t and go with it. Or just read on to find out how to play out your Christmas fantasies.) 

Well, it’s two days before Christmas, so you better hurry up and find it!

If you’re not in the mood for some quality time with your friends and family, gift wrapping and unwrapping, charol singing, decorating your tree and kissing under the mistletoe, I know exactly what you need.

You need Diesel.

Diesel is the Spirit of Christmas (at least he says so) and he is a ficitional character brought to you by Janet Evanovich (one of my favourite writers, which you probably know by now) in her Stephanie Plum Between-The-Numbers Novels.

You probably guessed it: whether you are eagerly awaiting Christmas or not – “Visions of sugar plums” is the perfect book for you in any case.

Still not quite excited about the upcoming holidays yet?

Hm.

Have some cookies, maybe that’ll help.

And listen to some (or all) of these songs:

Okay, now if all of that hasn’t put a smile on your face, you’re a tough case.

Then I’ve got only one ultimate solution to finally get your Christmas cheer going: booze.

How about some candy cane coffee?

You need a cup of coffee, one teaspoon cocoa powder, one shot crème de menthe and a candy cane for my version. (Alternatively, you could follow this recipe video.)

That was The Last Minute SOS Christmas Spirit Supply brought to you by coffeerocketfairytale. 🙂

Have a very merry Christmas and a couple of wonderful days with your loved ones!

I’m back

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m back.

Now, has anyone guessed where I had been? And has anyone got it right?

Let’s have a look… (*insert-dramatic-drumroll*)

I went to see

{in case it's not readable: it says "Bon Jovi"}

Remember my Bon Jovi ramblings about not being able to see them perform in a city nearby once upon a time, not so long ago?

Well, being a Bon Jovi fan is a permanent disease and it takes more than a doctor to prescribe a remedy“, so I thought to myself: if the Bon Jovi concert can’t come to me, I must come to the Bon Jovi concert.

And off I went.

I always pictured myself in New Zealand or New Jersey when attending my first Bon Jovi show outside of Germany.

Well, neither happened to be the case.

I ended up in a place with 3.000 odd inhabitants, speaking a dialect I don’t understand and a language I failed to learn at school – despite six years of study.

My first Bon Jovi show outside of Germany took place in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Zeebrugge is small, yet charming – although I didn’t even find a dairy, leave alone a supermarket there.

The hotel I had booked a few weeks prior to my stay was a… desaster.

When I arrived I was told there was no such booking under my name and that I must be mistaken.

So I argued with the guy at the reception, because I had received a confirmation of my booking via email a few weeks ago.

Finally, he gave in, agreed that I was right (and he was wrong) – but still didn’t have a room for me.

So eventually, he called his colleague down the road at Hotel Atlas and I ended up in the most charming, beautiful little hotel you can imagine (check the link if you don’t believe me!).

And from that point, I had a fantastic stay in Zeebrugge.

I took a long walk at the beach, hired a bike to ride to Blankenberge, saw the show (unfortunately still didn’t meet Richie Sambora, but one day I will!) and paid a visit to Bruges.

Belgium might not be the usual travel destination but it certainly is worth a visit!

Travelling alone seemed a bit scary at first, but once I was on the road (or on the rail, actually, as I took the train to get there) it was so much fun!

When you are on holiday all by yourself, you can do whatever you want and visit the places you want to see. It’s awesome!

I also want to share some of the pics I’ve taken at the concert, so I will put together a little gallery for you and post shortly.

Have you ever been travelling alone? If so, please share your story, I’m looking forward to hear about your adventures! 

How I made a nana cake and almost burned down the house…

So this is it.

The infamous cake that caused me to set my kitchen on fire.

It is – by the way – the very same infamous cake I had promised to tell you about before but never got around to do so, because when I tried to make it the first time everything just went horribly wrong (and yet the cake had been eaten before I was able to take a picture – because if I had taken a pic, I still would have been able to tell you about the disaster at least.)

Anyway, disaster is the key word when speaking of this cake.

I have strictly followed the recipe, though.

The recipe is from my nana’s favourite cook book, one of her most treasured posessions (not the nana with the hand-written recipes, this time it’s the other one who passed away when I was very little, but I still remember her delicious cakes!)

I mixed 250 g butter, 250 g sugar, 1 sachet vanilla sugar/a few drops of vanilla essence, 2 eggs, 4 egg yolks and 2 tablespoons rum.

I added 150 g plain flour, 100 g corn flour and 3 teaspoons baking powder.

I beat 4 egg whites until stiff and folded them in.

When I had all of this done, there was no fire in sight.

Everything was fine, so I continued.

I greased a loaf pan and lined it with greased baking parchment (again – everything according to the instructions in the recipe book).

I put two tablespoons of the dough into the pan, put it in the oven and turned on the grill.

According to the recipe, you’re supposed to bake the cake under the grill for about two minutes, then spread over another layer of dough, bake it again for another two minutes and so on until all the dough is gone.

So after two minutes, I took the cake out of the oven and although the baking parchment was slightly darker than usual, the cake looked fine:

So I put two more spoons of dough into the pan, put everything back into the oven – and at some stage between that moment and 120 seconds later, the baking parchment must have caught fire, because when I opened the oven two minutes later, my cake was ablaze.

Although my cake was on fire, I was one lucky girl for two reasons:

a) After the baking parchment was burned down and all was left was ashes, the fire burned out so that I could grab the pan, throw it into the sink and distinguish each and every possible remaining trouble spot with water.

b) The cake caught fire at the beginning. This means, I had a lot of dough left over, so I quickly greased another loaf pan and continued making my cake.

Except, this time, I didn’t act according to the recipe.

I just didn’t want to use baking parchment again.

I cut the cake in smaller pieces and covered them with chocolate icing. Also according to recipe, by the way.

Ironically, the first thing that came to my mind was “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen – and then I spent the whole day thinking of other songs relating to fire in one way or another… 

“The Fire Inside” by Bon Jovi

“Light My Fire” by The Doors

“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple

“Fight Fire With Fire” by Kansas

“Wheel In The Sky” by Journey

“Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash

“We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel

“London’s Burning” by The Clash 

“Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams

Pix’ Blog anniversary | WEEKEND WIND UP #38

“Show me something that means a lot to you.”

That’s all Pixelschubser.in is asking for.

She celebrates her blog anniversary (congrats, by the way!) with a giveaway and a contest and although I usually don’t like blogging about other people’s giveaways, the topic was just too tempting this time.

Her question would make the perfect blog post.

At least that’s what I thought – before I realised that showing you something that means a lot to me is not as easy as it may seem at first.

Bon Jovi, New Zealand, typewriters and my cat were the things that came instantly to my mind when I thought about it.

BUT…

I really don’t want to annoy you with my Bon Jovi ramblings any longer.

I have gone on and on and on about it and after all I don’t want you to roll with your eyes, say goodbye and never come back again.

So no Bon Jovi.

Everyone knows how crazy I am about New Zealand so it’s basically no new revelation if I tell you that I’m obsessed with that country.

The typewriter I was thinking about…

Well, the thing is that I don’t actually own the typewriter of my dreams, so it wouldn’t be right to refer to it as something that means much to me.

Finally, my cat. He passed away last summer and although he is probably the closest to my heart someone or something could possibly get he is not here anymore…

I could go on with my list forever, but I quickly came to another conclusion.

The one thing I really need in my life is… Tatatatataaaaa…

I spent half a week trying to draw something. Didn't work out, but hopefully you appreciate the effort I put into using image editing! ^^

COFFEE.

(No! Who would have thought?)

(Well, technically, I should say: coffee and music, but that makes two things and since I’m still Bon Jovi-heartbroken, music doesn’t really count, right!?)

Now, it might seem a bit eccentric to opt for coffee here, but please let me explain.

They make the best coffee in Wellington. That is a fact and not debatable. And also my New Zealand connection.

A famous quote by Jon Bon Jovi goes: “Never start the day without a cup of coffee. Never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses. And never ever own a mini van.” And that’s my Bon Jovi connection. (And yes, I know quotes like that by heart. Never underestimate such knowledge, though, you never know when you might need it. Next time you think about buying a mini van, for example. – Also, yes, I realise that I wasn’t going to use Bon Jovi as an argument. But what shall I say? I’m infected. So all I can say is: Get Richie or die trying.)

The smell and taste of coffee also reminds me of a very special person. Probably the love of my life – but that’s a different story.

Drinking coffee makes me feel connected to this person and despite the heartache (yes, I might have self-destructive tendencies, sometimes, but don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds) it also brings back great memories.

Plus: the smell of coffee is awesome. Ha!

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Is there a “little” thing in your life that means the world to you? Tell me about it! 

Visual wish list | WEEKEND WIND UP #37

Not sure about you, but I am totally into good books, fine baking, cute stuff and cool music.

And – as you may know – my birthday is coming up next week (Wednesday, May 18, in case you wondered), so what better time to pick some nice things and make some sort of visual wish list.

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A few things I came across on my travels (on the web, haha) and which I liked:

Now the Bon Jovi bit is actually a bit of a problem. And there’s a bit of a story behind it, too.

I went to my first Bon Jovi show when I was 14 years old (got ticket from my brother and subsequently started developing a proper taste of music) and haven’t missed a Bon Jovi show in my area ever since.

When I lived in New Zealand and heard about Bon Jovi only coming to Auckland and Christchurch, I wrote an email to their management, pretty much saying that I think they should pay some attention to Wellington, too, because it’s the capitol and so on… –

ANYWAYS, last year Bon Jovi played a show in Wellington.

Now, I’m not that naive to believe that they chose Wellington because I told them to, but I was very disappointed that they played Wellington shortly after I had left the city (and the country).

LOST HIGHWAY TOUR {pic: own}

So I went to England – where they played secret gigs (which I didn’t know because they were secret) which I missed.

And then they announced shows in Germany.

And one of them will take place in the very same location where they played when I was 14 and I have been waiting for them to come back to exactly that location again ever since.

BUT – I will not be there.

Because they chose to play their show the very same day of “Irish Night”.

That’s basically a little open air concert, too, which is being hosted by our local Irish pub and my hometown.

And my family’s restaurant because we do the catering.

Meaning I won’t be going to the concert and neither will my brother.

So after missing out on Wellington and London, I will also miss out on the gig here.

Depressing, I know.

{If you’re not a music addict and Bon Jovi fan like myself, you probably cannot relate to my deep despair and most likely feel very very bored by my monologue. If that’s the case I’m sorry. But then again – that would be your problem, not mine. 😉 } 

Happy Record Store Day! | WEEKEND WIND UP #32

Happy belated Record Store Day everyone!

Record Store Day was yesterday, April 16, but since I have been busy all day writing and printing and putting together job applications, we’re having a little belated celebration here today.

”dusty violin maker shop small corner record store water holes for dreamers don’t stop breathe more”

– The Record Store by Damien Rice

And here are my top three songs I currently can’t get enough of:

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark

Bon Jovi – Summertime 

Aerosmith – Cryin’ 

monday morning message #36

{pic via rainbowcookiemonster; lyrics "Welcome To Wherever You Are" by Bon Jovi}

April is a good time for new beginnings, don’t you think?

It’s spring time, flowers are blooming and a fresh start for nature seems just like the perfect time for a fresh start for myself.

I try new things, I go new paths, I meet new people.

A new beginning is exciting, even though it often means to end something else.

Have a fairytaleicious week!