A hot cup of tea might be the best thing to relax myself. I can’t think of anything else that I would enjoy as much on a regular basis as tea. Tea also works all year round for me. In summer I drink less of it but now I’d say high season just started. My latest addiction: Fruit tea with a sip of orange juice. Instantly adds a touch of Christmas, whether you are at home or in the office. For me a big container to prepare the tea in is a necessity. Otherwise you have to make more tea every 10 minutes. In work my giant cup is never short of attention. At home I prefer a tea pot. My teapot. The best teapot on earth. A teapot everyone should have.
I think you sense my enthusiasm about it? The product itself is actually nothing very special – just off the shelf from IKEA (it’s called Riklig). Years of usage convinced me that this is the perfect teapot. I looked at a lot of other teapots last year, when I tried to find one as a Christmas present for my friend K. but I ended up buying this one anyway. Reasons:
- It’s reduced design fits with every style.
- It’s form makes it easy to clean.
- You can toss all parts of it in the dishwasher.
- It’s lightweight. (Some big ceramic pots are so heavy when they’re full that it’s hard to lift them with one hand)
- You don’t need to hold the lid while you pour.
- Good size.
- Reasonable price.
- Doesn’t drip when you pour.
What also turned out to be really handy is that you can let the net sit on/in the outer part of the lid to let the rest of the tea drop down.
And because I always forget to bring a plate or bowl on which I could put down the net, I just put it into the upside-down inner part of the lid. Yay! I told you – it’s perfect!
When I bought this pot some 3 years ago and found out about all it’s perfection I even decided to buy a second one. You know, just in case the first one would break and the product would be discontinued (like the tray or the cups in the pictue that go so well with the pot). Clever idea, right? Since then Ikea dropped the price two times – which is… disenchanting. I bought mine for about 15€, last year the price was 9,99€ and this year they dropped the price again to 6,99€! Insane – I’m telling you: Go buy one now! Or don’t – maybe in 3 years they’ll give it for free!? I probably should have waited buying my backup… maybe I should also go buy a third one now. One day they might discontinue the Rikligs for real!
By now you should’ve gotten my point about this beautiful, timeless, affordable piece of goodness. So I will not bother you any longer with it and instead share my latest baking discovery with you. For everyone how doesn’t remember or didn’t know it yet: Im neither very skilled at baking, nor very interested to get better. So the easier the recipe, the better. The better the taste, the happier the husband.
So here is the recipe for 6 “Topfentascherl” (Quark cheese turnovers) – for all the other lazy and/or untalented bakers out there!
What you need:
- 1 package of puff pastry
- 1 package of curd (250g)
- 1 package of vanilla sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of (powder) sugar (I always use normal sugar)
- 3 tablespoons of raisins
- 50g of melted butter (thats the amount of a tablespoon more or less)
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Mix all ingredients except for the pastry and the butter in a bowl.
- Unroll the pastry on a baking tray and cut it in 6 squares. (You can actually use the paper it’s rolled in for baking. Just saying – I just learned that recently)
- Put a sixth of the curd-mixture in the middle of every square and close them (like in the picture).
- Warm the butter in the microwave. Don’t get fooled – doesn’t take long to melt just because it’s cold. “Explodes” very fast in the microwave – be warned!)
- Coat the pastry with butter.
- Bake – it is ready when it looks ready (= golden brown).
- Enjoy with a cup of tea – of course.
Feel free to share your easy-peasy, fast and tasty recipes with me – otherwise I’ll have to make Topfentascherl every week now ;)