High Altitude Reservoir Hohe Tauern – Kaprun Austria

by Helene Dsouza on October 18, 2014

High Altitude Reservoir Hohe Tauern Kaprun Austria #travel #landscape #europe www.masalaherb.com

July 2014, Austria. Today I am taking you back 3 month into the past, at a time when we were enjoying the fresh Austrian summer air. In July we organized a 3 day camping trip in the Salzburg alps, which is situated right beside our region, Tyrol, some 20 kilometers distance or so. Wile I […]


Apricot Jam Recipe {without Pectin}

by Helene Dsouza on October 11, 2014

Apricot Jam Recipe {without Pectin} www.MasalaHerb.com #DIY

I know, I know… I have been very unreliable recently with my posting here. Don’t worry, the reason for my prolonged absence is nothing serious or bad, no, in fact I have been planning some things here, which I hope to unveil in the weeks to come. That means I have a surprise for you, […]


Apricot Dumplings [Marillenknodel]

by Helene Dsouza on September 29, 2014

Apricot Dumplings [Marillenknodel] #dessert #Austrian #Recipe www.masalaherb.com

 Have you ever eaten a sweet European dumpling, a dessert dumpling holding a sweet fruity surprise? Coated by a tender choux dough sits a fresh apricot from the garden. Prepared the Austrian way, these apricot dumplings will transport you to a new uncharted food paradise. I am not exaggerating, that’s how most Austrians would feel […]


Lingonberry Jam Recipe {without Pectin}

by Helene Dsouza on September 26, 2014

Lingonberry Jam Recipe www.masalaherb.com

The Lingonberry Jam is the most important and most consumed jam in Austria, besides the Apricot Jam. Lingonberry Jam, made with the difficult to find Linonberries from the Austrian alps, is used as a breakfast or snack bread topping but that’s not it’s  most popular use. Surprisingly to some, Lingonberry Jam is mostly used with […]


The Lingonberry and how to find wild Lingonberries

by Helene Dsouza on September 22, 2014

The Lingonberry and how to find wild Lingonberries www.masalaherb.com

For a very long time I have been pondering how I should call these majestic rarer European mountain berries and at the end I decided to leave it at Lingonberry. You might ask yourself why? Well, I will just let you take a look at the picture underneath and most probably you will come to […]


Blackberry Jam Recipe {without Pectin}

by Helene Dsouza on September 17, 2014

Blackberry Jam Recipe {without Pectin} www.masalaherb.com

A good blackberry jam can sweeten your day. I am not talking about a “Blackberry” mobile broken into million pieces, and no it’s not my sarcasm for once. There is an actual blackberry fruit, sweet and luscious, a nature’s gift. Blackberries commonly grow in colder climate areas such as central Europe and we collected our […]


Blueberry Kaiserschmarrn {shredded pancake dessert}

by Helene Dsouza on August 30, 2014

Blueberry Kaiserschmarrn {shredded pancake dessert} www.masalaherb.com

I wasn’t sure how to call this scrumptious dessert in English, so I just decided to brand it a Blueberry Kaiserschmarrn so that you guys understand the recipe title at least a tiny bit. German language can be complicated and when it’s about food specialties translated into English it can be even daunting. Do you […]


Redcurrant Syrup {Homemade Cordial Recipe}

by Helene Dsouza on August 23, 2014

Redcurrant Syrup {Homemade Cordial Recipe} www.masalaherb.com

We have been making Redcurrant (or Red currant) syrup/cordial since ever in Austria. My grandmother used to make it, our neighbors do and so on. Red Currant berry bushes are commonly growing in people’s garden’s in the Austrian alps so it’s not surprising that we are used to eat fresh redcurrants in our youth. By […]