Bookish bookie book tag

My rockin’ librarian friend Amy tagged me on facebook to share “ten books that stayed with you in some way. They do not have to be great works of literature. Do not think about it too much!” So obviously I thought about it too much. Duh. Anyway, here we go.

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
    Obviously. I literally grew up with these books, Harry was always about a year older than I am and every year I got a new one of his adventures for my birthday. I miss not getting a new Harry Potter book on my birthdays.
  2. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
    These stories were just always there when I was a kid. My parents or grandparents would read them to us at night, my mom used them to keep us kids motivated and distracted when we went hiking, we had LPs with radio play versions and, especially around Christmas, lots of different movie adaptations were on TV. In fact, up until today it’s not really Christmas if I haven’t watched “Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel”, a ČSSR/GDR production of Cinderella.
  3. Petits Bleus dans Paris by Joelle Leblond & Véronique Willemin
    It’s a photo-picture book, probably given to me by my aunt and uncle who used to live in Paris, it’s the story of a little boy who loses his mom and makes friends with a dove while trying to find her. The story scared the living daylights out of me, because amongst others they meet the gargoyles on top of Notre Dame, but looking back it’s a wonderful book and one of the few I took with me when I moved out.
  4. Pünktchen und Anton by Erich Kästner
    The first chapter book I read by myself in a day. I LOVE Erich Kästner. Actually, it might have been Das doppelte Lottchen, the book “The Parent Trap” is based on, but I like Pünktchen better.
  5. Das fliegende Klassenzimmer by Erich Kästner
  6. The Boston Jane trilogy by Jennifer L. Holm
    Jehu Scudder was my first book-crush. Still is, sorta. And it might have been the first time that I was disappointed by a series not being finished and having to wait for the last book to be published.
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    I guess it’s technically a kid’s book, that’s why it’s on this list, even tough I only read it a few years ago. It properly scared me, to the point that I had to put it aside and wait before continuing to read. And I loved it. It’s the book I took to Scotland for Mr. Gaiman to sign. Now I love it even more.
  8. Ronja Räubertochter (Ronia the Robber’s Daughter) by Astrid Lindgren
    I did not just like the story. I wanted to be in the story. I wanted to be Ronja and live in the wood with my best friend and to whatever the hell I wanted.
  9. Bille und Zottel by Tina Caspari
    A girl and her pony. Need I say more? I will, actually. A few years ago a friend and I went to Paris for a few days and we were stranded at my uncle’s house without a TV- so we found some Bille und Zottel stories in my cousins bookshelf and read it to each other. Bliss.
  10. Not a book, but my grandparents’ stories
    As a kid a spent a lot of time with my mom’s parents, and aside from our many bike tours, the thing I remember best is crawling into bed with them and asking them to tell me “about the war”. And they never disappointed. Both of them grew up during WWII, my grandpa luckily just barely too young to be drafted, and they both have/had brilliant stories to tell.

12 von 12 – Januar 2014

1. Kleiner Schock am Morgen – Bit of a shock this morning


2. Darauf erst mal nen Kaffee – This calls for a cup of coffee


3. Nebenbei über das neu gefüllte Kochbuch-Regal freuen – Enjoying my updated cookbook shelf


4. Ohje – Oh dear


5. Besser – That’s better


6. Vorfreude auf “His Last Vow” heute abend, gleichzeitig leichte Panik – Looking forward to/panicking because of Sherlock tonight


7. Penelope & AFP sorgen für Soundtrack – Penelope the pig and AFP provide my soundtrack today


8. Weihnachten ist jetzt auch endgültig vorbei – That’s it for Christmas this season


9. Mittagessen: Chicken-Chili-Soup mit Nachos – Lunch


10. p2 sand style polish (#110 classy)


11. Kleine Stärkung am Nachmittag: Cranberries und Haselnüsse – Afternoon snack


12. Und zu guter Letzt: aktuell meine zweit liebsten Lieblingssocken – My second favorite socks



Weitere 12 von 12 gibt es wie immer bei Frau Kännchen!

A Lyrical Poem

it’s such a funny sensation to be
I don’t know much but I know this for certain
the plastic flowers you gave
I was seven years old when I got my first pair
well, let me tell you something, let me tell you so
when I was young, it seemes life was so wonderful
early each day to the steps of St. Paul’s
this is a song for Phil Daoust
L is for the way you look at me
babydoll, do you believe they’ll catch you when you fall

(Marit Larsen – Under the Surface,
Lily Allen – Everyone’s at it
Paloma Faith – Romance is Dead,
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Wing$,
The Fratellis – Acid Jazz Singer,
Supertramp – The Logical Song,
Mary Poppins – Feed the Birds,
Tim Minchin – Song for Phil Daoust,
The BossHoss & Nena – L.O.V.E.,
The Fratellis – Babydoll)

Thoughts on Doctor Who

First, a confession. I have not yet finished the current season of Doctor Who. I started putting off watching it with The Angels Take Manhattan, just because I really didn’t want to see the end of Rory and Amy, but picked it up again with the first few episodes of Clara, but things just aren’t right for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love Doctor Who. I love the adventure, I love the Doctor’s sass, I love every bit of it, but over the last few series, it has started feeling more and more wrong. It’s nothing I can really put my finger on, and I don’t want to go on a mile long rant about how I feel about Moffat, so I’m just gonna say that it has not felt right in a long time.

This makes me really excited for the next few episodes, though. The 50th anniversary special this summer, because my doctor, David Tennant, will make an appearance, alongside Rose, who in my mind is the companion that everyone else has to live up to. And this coming December will bring what I’m really looking forward to. A new Doctor.

Even though I have been watching Doctor Who for quite some time, this will be my first “live” regeneration. I started watching Who right after Matt Smith took the role (don’t worry, I started with Nine, like everyone who starts watching Modern Who should), so both regenerations that I watched were no surprise. I was excited for David Tennant and positively surprised by Matt Smith’s potential. Now I’m hoping that this new Doctor, whoever it will be, can bring back the joy that I felt when I started watching Who in the first place. There has been a lot of talk about who people want to be the next Doctor, but most of it is utter bullshit. I don’t think it would be a good idea to cast actors who are already established and associated with other iconic roles. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are on Sherlock and the Hobbit movies. Idris Elba has his on BBC series with Luther and as Liam Dryden mentioned, Ian McKellen is known as Gandalf, Magneto, that guy from Coronation Street and also Ian McfuckingKellen, not gonna happen. Same goes for Stephen Fry and Helen Mirren. There are two possibilities that have gotten a lot of buzz, though, that I think are very interesting. It is time for a female Doctor*. It is time for a non-Britsh-Skinny-White-Guy-Doctor. So without much further ado, here’s who I would love to see as the next Doctor.

1. Sophie Okonedo


Unfortunately, that is not gonna happen. She has been on Who before (so has Karen Gillan, I know, but she was not as prominently featured as Liz X).

2. Kelly Macdonald


I think she could have a Nine-ish sass, which is something I have missed lately. According to imdb she’s on Boardwalk Empire right now, so she’s probably out.

3. Emma Watson


She is already very well known as Hermione and might not go for another typecasting role.

4. Rupert Grint


Same as Emma Watson, but he’s ginger! Finally!

5. Chiwetel Ejiofor


Has been named as a candidate before and honestly, I love the idea, even though only reading his name as tied a knot in my tongue.

6. Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd


The IT Crowd is gonna finish this year, so they are free. They have amazing chemistry and it would also check the box of a non-female companion for a change.

None of this is probably gonna happen, but a girl can dream.

*I sincerely hope that the next Doctor is no Time Lady. It sure is time for one, but as long as Moffat runs this show it should not happen. That man has a talent for creating weak, token female roles and I just can’t see him writing the strong character that a female Doctor deserves to be.

I don’t know how Pinterest works. I still managed to make food.

Maybe this is gonna turn into a food blog. Maybe not. I have no idea what I’m doing, to be honest, so I’m just gonna carry on. Bear with me, or not, I’m not gonna tell you what to do.

A few weeks ago I saw a video on youtube, this one, about a recipe found on Pinterest. Now, I have no idea how Pinterest works, I have a vague idea of it’s existence, but that’s it, and I really don’t have any desire to find out. I already spend too much time on the internet. What I know, though, is that people find stuff to make or cook (or fuck up) on Pinterest, so that’s nice for those people. I found this recipe on youtube, so I got may ways, too. Take that, Pinterest!

The recipe (original here) is easy enough, so I thought I’d give it a try. That, and I was craving pizza and was looking for an alternative. Instead of pizza dough it uses pre-made rolls from a can (of course I couldn’t find the ones used in the original, but my German supermarket brand worked just fine)


which are then filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella and salami and baked in a muffin tray.


I topped them of with some left over Emmentaler cheese I had in the fridge which gave them some nice color on top.


There was minor tomato sauce leakage, but the Pizzacakes came out of the tin without sticking, which I had secretly feared, so it was already a win in my book.


Not only were they pretty, they also tasted amazing. I will definitely make them again, albeit with some adjustments. The tomato sauce I used was made from puree, which made it runny, sauce made from minced tomatoes will probably work better. What was also off was the dough/filling ratio, but this might also be solved with different sauce.

All in all I am now able to say that I tried a recipe off Pinterest while still not knowing what that site is about. And I have a way to serve pizza to larger groups in a way that does not necessarily require cutlery.