My name is Kristina and I live with my family in an area called “Ruhrgebiet” in West Germany. We love living here a lot. We – apart from myself this is my partner Thomas who is a photographer, great cook and gardener at the same time. We live in one house together with my father, my son (18) and sometimes with Thomas’ kids (a teenage girl and his older son) and our cats Ben, who is about 9 and diabetic, and Luzie and Blümchen (both 14). All photos on this site were – of course! – taken by Thomas. Here we write about our biggest (non-professional) passion: spending time in garden and kitchen. Cooking, eating, drinking, meeting our friends and families. I started cooking quite late. If my mum (who passed away far too early) knew that I’m doing a foodblog, she wouldn’t believe it. Even aged 20 I didn’t know how to make the easiest things like scrambled eggs or spaghetti. Both my parents were good cooks but I just wasn’t interested. Thomas started cooking quite early and still loves it. That shows that – whatever kind of person you are – if you think you can’t cook today, you’ll see: if you try you can do it tomorrow. To pepare food and to hear the “mmmmhhh” of friends because they love it is a great feeling. Last winter Thomas suggested to use a part of the garden as a food and vegetable garden, he was obsessed with growing our own potatoes. You can buy great potatoes at food markets and in special stores, most potatoes in supermarkets aren’t fantastically good. We had serious doubts that this would work because it might be too complicated but as we were watching Jamie Oliver’s DVD “Jamie at home” and at least when you see how he and his gardener Brian plant potatoes in a plastic bag full of soil and you realize that everybody can do it easily. You don’t need many books, an awful amount of time and a great knowledge. We just started and it’s so much fun to watch your own stuff growing and (especially) for Thomas (because he does all the garden work) it’s an ideal way to chill and it makes him feel solidly grounded at the same time.
So, why blogging? When we had some questions regarding homegrowing vegetables we had a hard time finding the answers clustered on the Internet. What we did find though was many foodblogs and sometimes hours went by because I jumped from one great site to the next, looked at pictures here and recipes there. We liked the idea of sharing good ideas and tipps with others and were happy about everything we learned. Yet another aspect was that friends ask us for recipes and instead of writing them into a book and making copies we can now give them the website address. As said before – neither cooking nor gardening is our profession, we’re both working as marketing people in the media/entertainment business. This also means that we were in need of a “little” help from our friends. All graphic stuff is done by Jochen Nuyken while the technical expert behind this website is Carsten Teske. You guys rock and we’re so grateful and deeply indebted to you both. In between I was surprised that you still picked up the phone although you could see my call ID (”…now the green is too green!…”). If anybody is ever looking for a graphic designer and/or a programming expert with great skills, get in touch with us and we’ll let them know.