Pizza party al fresco in Umbria + a delicious pizza dough recipe


 Hello everyone!
Today is the first day of September and it already feels like autumn here. Nothing against Autumn, but I just feel the need to remember those long summer nights we had in Umbria at the beginning of August with my family.
We stayed for a week in a beautiful villa surrounded by woods of oaks and chestnut trees, with a stunning view on the valley.
One of the great things about the casale del gallo, was its patio, where we had candle light dinners every night, and its outdoor pizza oven, which made us truly feel like we were in Italy!
My nephews and nieces decided to make some pizza for us one evening and it was so delicious and beautiful that I wanted to share the recipe with you as well as some impressions of this beautiful evening.
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pizza in the making

dinner al fresco

 So here comes the recipe!

Pizza Dough
Serves 6
A delicious pizza recipe given to me by my nephew, tasted in Umbria
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  1. - 1 kg of flour
  2. - 1/2 litre of water
  3. - the equivalent of 50g of baker’s yeast
  4. - 20 g of salt
  5. - 2 – 3 teaspoons of olive oil
  1. Mix the water, yeast and salt and leave the mixture to rest for approximately ten minutes until a thick, brown foam appears on the top of the mixture. Then incorporate the flour.
  2. Mix by hand and once the mixture has become less sticky, add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil and continue to knead until the mixture becomes a smooth dough that no longer sticks to one’s hands.
  3. Leave the dough to rest for one to two hours in a bowl covered with a damp cloth near a source of warmth (such as a radiator, fireplace or somewhere sunny in summer).
  4. Re-knead the dough for a further 15 minutes and then form six equal-sized balls of dough and wrap them in cling film and place in the fridge. Remove the balls of dough ten minutes prior to making the pizzas, by rolling the dough into whatever form fits the oven best.
Madame Love

pizza on the tabletable_view

candle in the wind

I wish you a great day! and lots of outside dinners to come!
Talk to you soon!

Ich backs mir: mini Gugelhupf with yuzu, basil and lime


Hello everyone,

Today is Gugelhupf day! and it’s Claretti day! My friend Clara from the German Lifestyle Blog tastesheriff is collecting Gugelhupf recipes on her blog today.
It is my first food post in a long while and it makes me very happy because I really love styling and photographing food. 
GugelhupfGuglhupf, Gugelhopf or Kougelhopf  is a southern German, Austrian, Swiss and French (Alsatian) cake specialty. The gugelhupf is a big cake and has a distinctive ring shape. I prefer the mini version of it. You can find a special baking mould here for instance.
The Yuzu I used in the recipe is a citrus fruit, commonly used in Japanese cuisine, which I love and discovered during my honeymoon in Japan in 2008. 

You can find the recipe underneath and print it if you want to try it at home.

Have a great day and don’t forget to buy some carnation for the #2flowergirls on Friday!

mini gugelhupf with yuzu, lime and basil
Serves 15
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
for about 60 mini kugelhupf
  1. - 1 pot (150g) natural yoghurt
  2. - 3 eggs
  3. - 2 limes
  4. - 2 pots (use the yoghurt pot) of caster sugar
  5. - 3 pots of flour
  6. - 3/4 sachet of yeast
  7. - 1/3 pot of vegetable oil
  8. - a large pinch of yuzu powder
  9. - 8 large basil leaves
  1. Preheat your oven to 205 °C (fan oven)
  2. Put the yoghurt in a bowl and keep the pot for measuring the other ingredients.
  3. Add the zest and the juice of the limes, the eggs, the sugar, the flour, the yeast, the yuzu powder, the finely chopped basil and the oil.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Butter a mini gugelhupf silicone baking mould.
  6. Carefully pour the mixture into the mould being careful not to go beyond 3/4 full.
  7. Place in the middle of the oven for ca. 18 minutes until golden.
Adapted from parties and picnics
Adapted from parties and picnics
Madame Love
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LOVEly guest post by Jeanny from Zucker, Zimt und Liebe – „Boy or Girl“ Meringues with white chocolate

Hello dear readers,

Today I have another blogpost in German for you. A blogpost from my dear friend Jeanny from the food blog zucker, zimt und liebe (sugar, cinnamon and love). Jeanny is a lovely mum herself from a little boy and wrote this beautiful post about being a mother and this sweet recipe for us, and for my baby love.
Speak to you soon,


Junge oder Mädchen, oder gar beides, das ist eine Frage, die so manche hoffnungsvoll erwartende Paare beschäftigt. Einige möchten es ganz genau wissen, manche lassen sich lieber überraschen und wiederum andere erfahren es zufällig, weil es sich auf dem Ultraschallbild einfach nicht verleugnen lässt (was in dem Fall meistens bedeutet, dass Strampelanzüge, Decken, Nestchen, Schnuller, Kinderwagen & Co in bleu und das erste Fußballtrikot geordert werden).

Mein Mann und ich wollten es unbedingt wissen. Während ich der felsenfesten Überzeugung war, ein Mädchen zu bekommen und mich schon auf Ponyhöfen, Balletstangen, in der rosa Klamottenabteilung, beim Shoppen und Liebeskummertrösten sah, plante der Gatte vorsorglich schon mal die Fanmitgliedschaft im Lieblingsfußballclub, montierte gedanklich Basketballkorb und suchte im Netz nach den coolsten ersten Sneakers für seinen Sohn.
Als der Arzt dann verkündete, dass bald ein kleiner Ballsportler unser Leben bereichern würde, war ich erst überrascht  und in der zweiten Millisekunde überglücklich.
Denn egal, wie es kommt, das ist ein kleines Wunder. Ein Menschlein das geliebt wird und ein ganzes Leben vor sich hat. Das man begleiten wird und für das man alles tun würde. Das einem ganz viel über bedingungslose Liebe und die Größe eines Mutterherzes lehrt, sicher schlaflose Nächte bescheren wird aber um ein millionenfaches dafür belohnt.

Egal ob Junge oder Mädchen also, das Leben mit kleinen Zwergen ist so viel süßer und voller. Wer sich überraschen lassen möchte, was ich ganz bezaubernd finde, dem seien an dieser Stelle die Boy or Girl Baisers empfohlen. Wunderhübsch auch für eine Babyparty oder die Verkündung an Verwandte, was denn nun die Familie bereichern wird.
Die Baisertuffs backen sich über Nacht selber, sind auch schön als Deko für Eis oder Törtchen.


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LOVEly Guest post by Katharina from Katharina kocht – Going wild

Dear readers,

today I start my  little LOVEly guest post series with my friend Katharina, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! I need to return to baby love now! See you on Thursday with another guest post. I will be returning myself on the blog with our #2flowergirls flower styling challenge on 2nd October.
I wish you a great day and thank you so much Katharina for the great recipe and your beautiful photos.

Going wild – with eco-friendly tableware for children (plus: a pasta dish recipe to serve upon)

Are you in for a bit of eco-chic? Then today’s post might be just the thing for you.

But let me first say hello and introduce myself! I’m Katharina, a German food blogger. You can find me over at Katharina kocht., where I share the yummy things that make their way from our small kitchen to the dining table. I’ve known Elodie for a while now through our regular blogger meet-ups in Hamburg and I was very happy to participate in her Virtual Baby shower. And of course I’m absolutely looking forward to meet Baby Love sometime soon!

When Elodie asked fellow bloggers for guest post while she and her new little family take time to get to know each other I totally wanted to join in, however my mind was pretty blank. I don’t have kids (yet), so I wondered what food-related and child-related idea I could come up with. And just then Birgit of asked if I was interested in checking out some of their infant tableware manufactured by the brand Zuperzozial. Inspiration hit just in the nick of time!



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Theresa’s flower diary #1

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a special guest on the blog: let me introduce Theresa.
Theresa is a blogger and one of my readers, and she sent me the sweetest email a couple of weeks ago with a picture of flowers from her garden and a link to her lovely blog. I asked her if she wanted to regularly guest blog about flowers and cooking with flowers on madame love, and I am so glad she accepted. She will be guest blogging on the 1st of each month with treasures from her garden in Luxembourg.
The post is going to be in German and English. I will be back on the blog, I hope next time with some good news about baby love’s birth. I will take a little blogging break in September, but my lovely blogger friends from all over the world have prepared some beautiful blogposts for you. Inga and I will also be back in October with a new edition of #2flowergirls and a great flower for you to style!

Talk to you soon,


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