"Frozen streams and vapours gray, cold and waste the landscape lay... Then a hale of wind Hither - whirling, Thither - swirling, Spin the fog and spin the mist... Still we walked on through woods and wintry gray, home through woods where winter lay - cold and dark... Waiting for a change in the weather Waiting for a shift in the air Could we get there together, ever? Waiting for our late, late return. Through the woods, home, through the woods where winter lays..." - Lyrics from the song "Wintry Grey" by the Norwegian band Arcturus Dreamy, immaculate landscapes looking as if they were covered in a pelicula of heavenly icing sugar, feather-like flakes enchantingly falling upon us like fairy

I very seldom endorse goods or promote brands on this platform and would definitely not like Rosa's Yummy Yums to become a blog which's sole reason for existing is adverts, but when I see fit to brag about something worthy of attention, then I have no qualms about doing so.Writing an article and speaking about a sample I was gracefully offered certainly doesn't make me any richer. In reality, it brings me absolutely nothing apart from the pleasure of sharing with you my latest foodie-oriented discoveries which I believ could interest you. You see, I only agree to feature products that I sincerely enjoy, stand behind 100% and buy myself, so you can be assured that my opinions are not biased.I

The 25th of December and the 1st of January are dangerously nearing and I guess that most of you have already planned their entire Xmas as well as New Year meals since a while. If a majority of people are organized like G.I.'s on an important mission and are ready to rock the festivities, it has to be said that a minority of us "losers" never manage to get prepared for the big day before the very last minute, tend to panic at the prospect of hosting the celebrations and run around like headless hens on bad acid trip...This time of the year is special and the magic of it should not be destroyed by our chaotic lack of method, anxiety and procrastination behaviour. We all want to have a mesmerizing

~ Coffee In The Sunshine ~"La Clémence", Old Town, Geneva.  ~ Chantilly Art ~~ Empty ~Non-market day in "Place Du Marché", Carouge, Geneva.All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

"From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it."- Katharine WhitehornI must say that even if it saddens me not to be surrounded by my kin-folk and to have no contact with the very few relatives left (including my parents and sister - very small family and a lot of psycho-drama and toxic bahavior which I prefer to steer clear of if I want to be the master of my life, stay sane and be healthy in body and mind), I have to admit that sometimes there are advantages to leading a lonely existence and not being vampirized by others anymore.You see, with the level of stress rising in society due to the Christmas preparations and the ominous launch of the

~ Golden ~~ The Last Rays Of Sunshine ~~ Imposing Bernese Oberland Chalet ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

I am very proud to have British blood (Viking too, as England was invaded by the Danes and under the Danelaw for more than a century) running through my veins and therefore I have a strong attraction for the culture of my ancestors, hence if you are no stranger to my writings you must already know that I am an ardent and passionate defender of the cuisine of my country of origin as I believe that English food is highly underrated and still gets an undeserved as well as unfair bad rap (read this article)..."There is no such thing as bad food/cuisine, only lousy cooks using low-grade ingredients and crappy recipes!"- Rosa Mayland, 2011"She did not so much cook as assassinate food."- Storm Jameson

~ Holy Cow! ~Zweisimmen, Bernese Oberland. ~ Precious Roots ~~ Swiss Farniente ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

Generally, I rarely or rather never go out to eat because my ridiculous financial situation doesn't give me the possibility to do such fun things. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I went to the restaurant and I had a romantic evening with my boyfriend during which I didn't have to play the role of the chef cook... Thankfully, sometimes I do get the chance to leave my appartment in order to have a relaxing afternoon with my friend Corinne who never fails to find the best dining locations. As a rule, we either invite one another for lunch or occasionally enjoy a meal at MANOR's cafeteria, a falafel sandwich from a kebab joint in town or an assortment of fabulous Lebanese specialities

~ Potatoes Can Also Be Sexy ~  ~ Autumn Offerings ~~ Nature Morte ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".Happy Thanksgiving To All Of You!!!

I have known the lovely Jenn Campus for quite a while now and have been visiting "The Leftover Queen" since its launching in 2007. During all those years I have followed her adventures striving towards the goals of sustainability, preparing traditional foods and seasonal feasting, and have admired her courage when she moved to Northern Vermont in order to live out her dream and become self-sufficient (growing her own vegetables as well as raising her own animals).This home-spun culinarian has learned to cook from her maternal Calabrese Grandma, maternal Sicilian Grandfather, food adventurous mom and Scottish/German dad (who was famous for his “Leftover Soup”). It is then understandable why

~ Italian Flair ~ ~ Farmers' Market Goodness ~~ The Darkside Of Eplepai ~ All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

As much as I love my blog, adore my followers and  appreciate communicating my enthusiasm for all things culinary with the world, I have to admit that it is always very difficult to get back on track after having been on holiday and away from my virtual "baby" (yes, that's how I call it). Blogging offers a great deal of fun, but is also a full-time "job" if you are a dedicated and serious perfectionist like me.There are some moments when I wish I would be less enslaved to Rosa's Yummy Yums, feel less under pressure and less "obligated" to make my faithful readership happy by offering regular updates on a weekly basis. Stress is negative and can really be destructive as it tends to kill

  ~ Past, Present And Future? ~Dairy Ustensils, Zweisimmen, Berner Oberland~ ~ Raclette, A Winter Delight ~ ~ Cheese Store In Lenk, Bernese Oberland ~Adresses:. Cheese store in Zweisimmen - Bergmolkerei Zweisimmen. Cheese store in Lenk -  Molkerei "Chäs Spycher"Both places sell extremely cheap, regional and mouthwatering artisan cheeses. All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

Once again, I have the honor to share with you another guest post by a lovely blogger whom I hold in high regard and whose work I very much enjoy. This very special person is the delightful Tanvi of the very evocatively named blog "Sinfully Spicy".This well-travelled native young woman hails from Dehli in India and now lives in USA's most fun city, Las Vegas. Besides baking, she loves to cook North Indian food in an instinctive manner and create fusion recipes influenced by her rich roots. Coming from a family of "super cooks", you'd think that she would also love to eat, yet weirdly it is absolutely not the case!Tanvi is very talented both in her photography as well as in her cooking. There

~ Queen Of The Pack ~~ Strange Food Encounters ~~ Typical Bernese Oberland Chalet With Garden ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

Today, I have decided to interrupt my little holiday hiatus in order to present to you a Australian blogger who lives in the inner city of Sydney (New South wales) and whom I admire a lot. Peter Georgakopulos is of Greek descent and is the talented man behind the uniquely amazing blog "Souvlaki For The Soul".I have been a big fan of his since a quite a while (a few years at least) and have seen how he developped his skills in order to become the accomplished cook and photographer that he is now. Peter's pictures are perfectly staged, full of personality and sensitivity, mindblowingly beautiful as well as gorgeously moody, and the Greek-inspired recipes are always refined in their apparent simplicity

My fall holidays have just started, so I am taking a little break from blogging till the 2nd of November. As I will be staying at home (no travelling, unfortunately), you'll still get visits from me or find me on Facebook and Twitter, but I will not blog during this period of time as I need to relax and refresh my mind.Nonetheless, I am planning on hosting a guest post by a fellow Aussie blogger (ssshhhh, it's a surprise!) on the 28th of October, so I hope that you'll pass by to say hello and discover/admire his amazing work, because I admire him a lot. Thanks for your patience and see ya soon, folks!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My vacances d'automne ayant commencé, j'en profite pour faire une mini

Book Review:"Tagines Et Couscous", Ghillie Basan (Editions Larousse)Generally, I am someone who likes to get things done fast, because I hate to not put off to tomorrow what can be accomplished now. Yet sometimes, I can be quite a big procrastinator and suspend chores until a later time (next days, weeks or months) instead of taking care of business straight away.Some months ago (at least 5 months ago), the Editions Larousse gracefully sent me a few of their new releases to review. Being a serious blogger, I carried out my assignement without delay and wrote lengthy posts about most of them. However, one single book was left aside. For some unknown reason and no matter how much I adore the subject

~ A Slice Of Art ~~ Intimate ~~ Critters ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

"Colors burst in wild explosionsFiery, flaming shades of fallAll in accord with my pounding heartBehold the autumn-weaverIn bronze and yellow dyingColors unfold into dreamsIn hordes of a thousand and oneThe bleedingUnwearing their masks to the last notes of summerTheir flutes and horns in nightly swarmingColors burst withinSpare me those unending firesBestowed upon the flaming shades of fall."- Dark Tranquility, With the Flaming Shades of Fall Each season has a significant impact on our behaviour and spirit. All four of them impart a special mood as well as a certain rythm to our existence. The explanation for that is very simple: no plant, animal or nor human being can break loose from the

~ A Caramelly Delight ~~ Indian Summer Days ~~ Absolute Zenitude ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

In life nothing is ever black or white. Like with monochromatic photography, there are multiple shades of greys, some darker, some lighter than others. Most events are not utterly sensational or completely disastrous. They generally contain elements of both good and bad, in various percentages. The same can be said about blogging. Although is is a very enriching and satisfying occupation, it is far from being always a relaxing or fun adventure. It is no storm-free cruise...Of course, being the author and creator of a blog brings a lot of joy. You get the opportunity to develop your talents, to cultivate yourself by acquiring new knowledge, to improve your personality, to ameliorate your social

~ That Which Remains ~~ Sweet Like Honey ~~ Old-Fashioned ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

"Summer fades; the first cold, Northern air Sweeps, like hatred, through still days - The August heat now gone elsewhere, To Southern, bird-filled coasts and bays; Amid constricting vales of cloud, A pale and liquid Autumn sun That once beat down on an empty plain And may again. And may again." - Trever Howard, AutumRecently, I have been in a very nostalgic and morose state of mind. No matter how much I love autumn and look forward to cooler weather, seasonal mood swings always tend to affect me strongly every year when the summer ends. I guess it is something natural/biologic which each of us experience to a certain degree. This time though, blahs hit me a little harder than usual and I guess

~ Harmony Through Tea ~~ Fish Shack (Hermance, Switzerland) ~~ Heirloom Worship ~All three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

Continuing with my sporadic series of guest posts, today it is an absolute honor and delight for me to introduce you to fellow foodblogger, Maylasian expat and Perth resident Lisa H. who lauched "From My Lemony Kitchen" in February 2009.Although, her site was meant to be a private food journal rather than a public one, after a year of existence she decided to share her stories as well as recipes with the rest of the world. I am extremely thankful for her change of mind as this woman is very gifted and has a lot to give."From My Lemony Kitchen" is a jewel of a blog, especially for if you are a big fan of Southeast Asian cuisine like me and love the wonderfully spicy dishes which hail from that

~ Wild & Secretive ~ ~ Cornish Beauty (Yarg Cheese) ~~ You Own My Heart... ~The three pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

I have only recently become acquainted with Muna's "MunatyCooking", but I must say that I enjoy her eclectic choice of dishes a lot as they cover a broad spectrum of foods. This lady hailing from the United Arab Emirates offers recipes that range from Western desserts and baked goods to Asian and Middle Eastern specialities. Although all of them look and sound particularly good, I am particularly enthralled by her pungent and savory dishes as I am a real sucker for the lipsmacking and exotic cuisine of those far away regions of the globe.She edits a wonderful online magazine called "MunatyCooking" and is a talented cook/baker whom I have respect for as she is truly a foodie with undeniable qualities.

~ Maman by Louise Bourgeois ~~ Orthodox? Naaahhh! ~~ Curvilicious ~The two last pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

When Dzoli at "Dzoli Sugar, Spice And All Things Without Price" and Tina at "Flourtrader" invited me to take part in the "My 7 Links" project, I was very flattered that They thought of me and found that this would be a good opportunity to reflect on my 6 years of blogging as well as to meditate over my former posts and my blog... I must say that this little excursion into the past depressed me a tiddly bit as I am far from being proud of everything that you can find on "Rosa's Yummy Yums", especially when it comes to the approximative English with which I wrote at the time I started composing articles (in August 2005) and the terrifyingly ugly pictures I took then (and sometimes even now,

~ Summer Evenings ~ This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". ~ Miniature Love ~ ~ Monstrous Hydrant ~

The holidays are oficially over. Done, as energetic, charismatic and infamous chef Gordon Ramsay would put it. The dream has died, at least for now. It is once again time to face the harsh facts, cold reality and boring everyday, imposed routine. Impossible to escape the rat race. It never ceases to harass you like a hungry hyena and suck you dry of your energy and vital force like a famished vampire. Whether we consent to it or not we are all slaves to the wage (or to the system)... "Run away from all your boredom Run away from all your whoredom and wave Your worries, and cares, goodbye All it takes is one decision A lot of guts, a little vision to wave Your worries, and cares goodbye It's

~ Purity ~ ~ Vintage Reverie ~ This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". ~Texture Love ~

Today, I am about to turn a fresh page in the history of my blog as this Saturday marks the beginning of a new era for me. After having been cordially invited by the charming Leemei of the London-based "My Cooking Hut" to write a guest post for her, my time has finally come to host one of her articles. You see, I am a recent convert to guest posting and I am quite a virgin when it comes to it. Rich of two wonderful experiences as an invitee, but being a total neophyte when it comes to welcoming somebody else's work on my site, I thought that I'd really enjoy to slip into the skin of a moderator and editor for a while and make my readers discover the work of a fellow blogger they might not

August is generally always a calm month as most people are on vacation or enjoying the summery weather. Throughout this period of the year, my village becomes a ghost town, the building block where I live is quiet like a tomb, televisions stations are broadcasting old programs, friends are having a great time abroad and even bloggers are less active than usual. This holiday atmosphere is quite infectious. Most people get infected by the virus and dream of taking a break and having a blast away from closed walls and computers... Consequently, it is the right moment for me to put a momentuous halt to my blogging and to have a bit of fun. But don't worry, I am not completely abandoning my blog

~ The Art Of Zen ~ This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". ~ Food Meditation ~ ~ Silly Billy ~

Today, my blog is celebrating its 6th year of existence and I nearly forgot all about until a few minutes ago! Time sure passes extremely fast and it feels like I just started blogging yesterday when in fact, I pressed the submit button for the very first time 2190 days ago... On this very special occasion, I wish to thank all of you irregular as well as faithful readers and friends for following and encouraging me. Your kind words as well as compliments are always welcome as they enlighten my life and give me the energy to share my passion for the culinary world, photography and words with you. If food is the wood that feeds the fire burning deep within my soul and heart, you are the hearth

"The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without."- Ernest HemingwayWhen you are neither rich nor possess many earthly belongings, you tend to direct your attention toward the little things in life, what is not materialistic nor can be quantified in money terms. You learn not to have greedy expectations or to take things for granted, to be satisfied with not much, to have a more spiritual insight into things and to become increasingly open to the outside world and that which surrounds us...Due to that my life is very restricted. I cannot go on holiday (the last time I travelled abroad was 13 years ago when I last saw my English grandparents), buy what I

~ In Garlic We Trust ~This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".~ Dwarf Goat ~~ Baby Apple ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not long ago, I was approached by Chef Damien from the French "" who asked me if I was interested in doing an interview that would be featured on his website. As I'm always happy to give a few minutes of my time to speak about my blog and my passion for food, it was with much pleasure, joy, enthusiasm and playfulness that I answered his in-depth questions.You can read the interview here (only in French, unfortunately)...__________________Il y a peu, Chef Damien de "" m'a demandé si j'étais

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