New Mexico in Bloom

New Mexico in Bloom - Prickly Pear in Bloom

All around us, everything is currently in bloom. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, this is such a brief moment in time that we had to capture it and share it with you. In reality, it is just another excuse to play with our fabulous,  but slightly preowned cameras.

For all the foodies amongst you, don’t worry, you have not been forgotten, our next gluten free recipe will be posted tomorrow.  Brownies anyone? Continue reading

Madrid, NM – A Ghost Town Reborn

Madrid, NM: A Ghost Town Reborn - Madrid Miners' Cabins

We are in the midst of remodeling our house (flooring, tiling, painting, etc. – I am sure you get the picture) which has taken a lot of our time and energy. We just needed a break from all the madness. Some time ago we visited the little town of Madrid, NM, not too far from Santa Fe, and thought this would give us a little respite from our work and also an opportunity to share this with all of you.  Perhaps, the next time you get the opportunity to visit New Mexico, you might want to stop by for a visit. A former coal mining town, located in a valley surrounded by mountains, Madrid has reinvented itself numerous times over the years culminating in its current rebirth as a vibrant art colony. Continue reading

Black Forest Torte (Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte)

Black Forest Torte (Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte), 446px-Schwarzwaelderin_in_Tracht_um_1900

This post took a while to create and takes you to the final destination of our gluten free Black Forest Torte recipe via some travel scenes through the beautiful and enchanting Black forest. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake/Gateau) is well-known in many parts of the world, although very few have had the privilege of tasting and experiencing the original recipe.  It is a special dessert, usually reserved for special occasions. Any Konditorei (pastry shop) will offer it, if not on a regular basis, with relative frequency, due to its popularity, and each one usually manages to give it a unique touch, while claiming that it is based on the original recipe. Continue reading