I was born in a small but beautiful university town in Germany. During my very early twenties I got struck by the travel bug – and very soon events in my professional as well as in my personal life took over which took me on a long and often exciting journey around the world – and now with my husband Jo by my side, this journey is still continuing….


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  1. What a good idea this blog is! You have had – and are still having – so many experiences in your life, that you can always find a subject to broach…..

  2. Hello Carina! Lovely blog, with great recipes. And yes, I do like Indian cooking but I’m not very good at it yet! Thanks for visiting my blog as well xo

    • Hi, thanks for looking in. Does not matter about your cooking skills. If you can boil water and an egg, lol, you can manage this. My recipes are really all ment for Non-Indians and generally for a Foreigners tastebud. Let me know how it goes. Ciao, Carina

  3. Hi Carina,
    I did an idiotic thing. WP put you in my spam queue. I read your comment, smiled and then hit the wrong button and deleted your comment. Sincere apologies. I would love if you could replace it. I promise to not be such a klutz next time.

  4. Indian cuisine is my absolute favourite – too bad we don’t have many Indian restaurants in Southwestern France, which is why I have to make my own. I look forward to reading your blog for inspiration 🙂

    • Keep following or looking in often – a whole series of typical Kerala food is going to come. Easy to make at home and nearly all of them appear at our table at home, too You are most welcome to join us. Carina

  5. Thank you for following and visiting my blog, a warm welcome. I wonder where you are from? I used to live in Reutlingen in Baden Wuerttemberg, before I went to London 29 years ago. Nice to meet you! I see you travel much, how wonderful that must be! Best wishes Ute

  6. Thank you for visiting and ‘liking’ my little baby blog. I’ll check your recipies for inspiration. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere in this beautiful Kerala 😉

  7. Dear Carina,

    Thank you so much for dropping by at our blog and we are glad you enjoyed some of the music. You can follow us via email by entering your email address at the bottom of any of our blogposts. You have a lovely blog and we look forward to exploring your travels with you.

    • You know Steve, it never occurred to me to check on my name. I was always told “La Carina” stands for ‘the Beautyful’, so I believed italic my Italian friends 🙂 🙂 happy New Year

  8. Beautiful photos of also My Favorite Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand. The stunning lobby floral masterpieces are truly amazing. Thanks for the photos.

  9. Hi Carina,
    Thank you for discovering my photography/short story blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. I hope we both enjoy our journeys.

    To launch you on your journey, I thought you might enjoy a couple of “Quick Links” to a few of my favorites, from over 200 posts, on Through Harold’s Lens:

    “Five Senses”

    “Maiden Mild”

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best.


    • Haha, do we have a passion for travel? People complain that we are hardly ever at home 🙂 and as long as health (and the purse) allows we are off. Sadly Europe is soooo dreadfully expensive for us out here -it’s a long wy to fly. But Padua is a must for us. Check out my husbands own Sie http://www.manningtreearchive.com and his in-depth travel blogs, if you like. Let us know when your book shoots off the shelves:) Ciao

  10. Carina, I’m so glad you stopped over at my place. I got hooked long ago on travel, but have health issues and haven’t been able to travel much in recent years. So, if you don’t mind (and if I can figure out how to sign up by email) I’m going along with you!

    • Elyse – sorry about your health issues which stop you from traveling right now. After my accident last September I too find travel a bit hard right now, constant pain in my back and the feeling I am 1000 years old at times. But, Nevermind. As long as I can I will 🙂 🙂 So I am happy if you stay with me – I will try not to disappoint. Carina

  11. how nice of you, Paula, to remember me. Yes, I am fine – but I am “forced” to take a break for a while due to very heavy commitment on the domestic front. A lot has to be done in order to get the house tip top again, and things are moving not as fast here as I am used to :). I have renewed my wp subscription and will be back, hopefully in full swing, soon once the builders have done their job. ‘See’ you soon here again, Carina

  12. This sounds very intriguing (Carina?). I take it you are still travelling around the world – or have I misread that? To post recipes from around the world is a wonderful idea. Thank you for following me – I really appreciate that – and I’ll look forward to reading more of your posts, 🙂

    • Hello – I hang my head in shame for not replying earlier. Somehow I missed a lot of comments etc. I do hope very much you do keep lookin in – might find something you actually like. And re travels, yes and no. Sadly because of a couple of very unpleasant accidents in the last 12 years I now simply have to have take it just that little bit easier, regarding foreign travels. I hate this!!!!!! But, I have a head and a heart overflowing with good memories and boxes and boxes of old recipes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Thanks for replying Carina, but please don’t worry about it being late. I’ve had several weeks off my blog in recent months as I’m trying to finish my book. Regarding my question about your travels, I just wondered whether India was a permanent home, or just a temporary one. It seems you are nicely settled there – and the Indian recipes you post about are gorgeous. 🙂

  13. Hi Carina, it seems we´re sharing German roots and the life as expats, though I´m not as fas as you are, just France. But sometimes, that´s another planet, too 😉

    • Hallo Sabine (I do like this name) ok France…..! No doubt it’s a bit easier there on the “gourmet” side :), but…. I love it here. So yes. there are many things we can not find here, but on the other hand there are equally many things people in europe envy us for. Right now its Mango Season – Pineapples are nearly around all year, other beautiful tropical fruits too (not to mention the vast variety of bananas). And prices are different from Europe, too 🙂 🙂 – If I miss any kind of fruit here then its apples, apples and apples of all sorts and pears. But so what, one can not have always everything in life, right!? Do you like India cooking? Tschuess fuer heute, Carina

      • Carina, a world full of mangos and pineapples sounds like paradise to my ears. My kids and I love both of these fruit. But yes, I´d also miss apples and pears if I didn´t have any. It´s always what we can´t get what we crave the most, right…Sabine

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog, Carina. I’m so glad you liked it, even if it’s about appreciating italian cooking and shopping for Italian produce, not cooking it! I thought that was a really interesting recipe for polpette with the mozzarella.

    • thanks for your visit and comment – are you telling me now that after all you will have a go at making “my” polpette?? 🙂 🙂 And by the way, my friend, dont put your light under the sheffel – thats one of the reasons why I like visiting you, because its not just about plain cooking, but you write about normal life there – so, keep going. Ciao, Carina

      • I will have a go, but I must admit, not this very evening … Thank you for the kind words; they are much appreciated, because that is one of my aims, to tell people about normal life in my beloved Le Marche.

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