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Erna’s Jackfruit-Dates Ice-Popsicle & Animal Rights

Anjali Gopalan with Popsicle

Animal & human rights activist Anjali Gopalan enjoying a vegan ice-popsicle

One of my favourite get-aways around Delhi is All Creatures Great and Small, an animal shelter/paradise run by my lovely friend and animal + human rights activist Anjali Gopalan.

 Since Anjali is vegan with a very, very sweet tooth I decided to make some ice cream for her and grabbed the opportunity to ask her a few questions about food while she was eating her popsicle.

 Why are you vegan?

I have been vegetarian for a very long time. A few years ago, when I started work with animals I witnessed the plight of cows and their calves. Male calves were starved to death because they are of no use and their mother’s milk is taken away for human consumption. If felt bad for the calves and thought what I could do for them.

19989114_10155314065595575_761261416_n How has a vegan lifestyle changed the way you look at food?

I did some research and realised that milk and milk products are not an essential necessity for human nutrition and I decided I could do without, veganism made sense for me.

 The only thing I need to take care of is to keep the Vitamin B12 levels balanced, for that I take supplements.

 In return, I feel that my energy levels are higher and it helped, along with other measures, control my sugar levels.

Overall being vegan is a solution where everyone benefits: I feel healthier and I contribute to a kinder and more compassionate world.

Thank you Anjali!


I invite you to come over to watch this lovely video on All Creatures Great and Small by India Today.

And for those who have a sweet tooth like Anjali, I will write down the vegan ice cream recipe in my next blog post… so stay tuned.

Greetings and guten Appetit,

 Chef Maya-Lisa

Gourmet Cheese at your Doorstep


At Erna’s Gourmet we have started curating delicious cheese for you to enjoy at home.

Maybe you like to try your hands on a simple Greek Salad? or dreaming of a Halloumi, Tomato and Olive sandwich for lunch? Maybe you want to surprise your loved ones with a Blue Cheese Pasta dinner?

Choose from a range of cheeses for home-delivery and stay tuned here for smart ways of enjoying your cheeses.

write to us on order@ernas.at or call us on +91-98 188 955 46 for the latest cheese menu & price list.


How to make Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel is one of Austria’s most famous desserts. We decided to share the recipe with you so you can try your hands on baking and enjoy a little bit of Austria in your kitchen too.


Strudel Dough

300g flour

30g oil

A pinch of salt

150g water

Knead all the ingredients in a dough mixer or by hand into a soft, well-worked dough. Cut into halves, keep in a bowl, brush with some oil to keep it moist, cover with a slightly wet cloth and keep aside.


That’s what you need for the filling

Juice of 2 lemons

Approx.. 100g sugar (depending on how sour your apples are)

1,75kg peeled and thinly sliced apples

100g raisin

100g chopped walnuts

Cinnamon to taste

200g butter roasted breadcrumbs

unsalted butter for brushing on the dough

Icing sugar for garnishing

Mix apples, sugar, raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon make sure you do not break the apple slices.

How to make the Strudel


Use flour on your working surface. Roll half the dough to a about 10cm broad and 20cm long. Then pull and stretch the dough by hand. The dough needs to be so thin that you can read a newspaper through it.

Cut off the slightly thicker edges of the dough. Brush the dough with butter, then sprinkle half of the roasted breadcrumbs and half of the apple filling across the length of the dough (about 1/3 of the width). Wrap on the sides and roll the dough to a Strudel.

Repeat with the other half of the ingredients.


Put the strudel on a baking tin, brush some more butter on top and bake at 180C for 60 minutes.


For serving cut the strudel in portions and sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy!

Looking for gourmet catering? Get in touch for an offer.

Contact us:

+91-98 188 955 46 or maya@ernas.at

Happy Holi & Easter

Easter Box-framed

This year, Holi and Easter, the two festivals I associate with colors and happiness are celebrated only two days apart from each other.

Holi hai!!! is already over and Happy Easter is just about to come.

As an appreciation for your patronage and as a token of gratitude – just because, we are adding a Happy Holi & Easter Surprise Box/Bag to every order we send out.

Corn Choco Betroot Lollipop-framed

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The surprise wouldn’t remain a surprise if we’d tell you here on a public forum, but we decided to give you sneak-preview with this corn-oats-choco-beetroot flakes lollipop. The beetroot flakes are our attempt to make Holi and Easter colourful with natural colors.

Enjoy the holidays, look within what is important and enjoy good food!


for the Team at Erna’s Gourmet

Christoph Waltz on the Difference between Austrians and Germans

People often ask me about the difference between Austrian and German food. At a distance of thousands of kilometers how do you explain subtle differences? And how do you explain that those subtle differences are less between Upper Austria (Austria) and Bavaria (Germany) situated adjacent to each other as compared to a traditional meal you could get in Munich and Berlin?

For one of my German customers the traditional Austrian Wienerschnitzel tastes as much of home as does the Curry Sausage (specialty of Berlin) for another of my Austrian customers.

And still, upon being asked we love to stereotype as inappropriately as possible and love to underline the differences between Austrians and Germans. Christoph Waltz does this with fantastic humor and you will find (after me trying to dissect the subtle differences) there are actually no similarities.







Pasta Bolognese

oops, heres supposed to be a fab pic of Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese

Pasta all Bolognese is a delicious and hearty meat sauce that finds its origins in the North of Italy. Its first mention dates back to the 19th century somewhere close the lively and historic city of Bologna.

It is also this sauce that is probably Bologna’s most famous export: Pasta Bolognese conquered the world as Spaghetti Bolognese.

Did you know that the Italians would never eat their Sauce Bolognese with Spaghetti? Meat sauces are generally eaten with fettucine or other pasta that helps the meat stick to the pasta.

Fettucine or spaghetti, you simply enjoy as you like it best…

To order Erna’s fabulous Pasta Bolognese, come over to www.ernasgourmet.com or call us on 98 188 955 46.

COMING SOON: We deliver to you in 60 minutes in Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar and Chattarpur.

Follow the link to some stunning pictures of Bologna. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kris-lopresto/visit-bologna-italy_b_1230017.html?ir=India&adsSiteOverride=in#slide=start

Sunday Brunch @ Serendipity

Sunday Brunch FlyerDear friend of good food,

save the date, Sunday 6 days from now & come over to Serendipity, where Erna’s Gourmet will conjure up a rustic European Brunch with a touch of Austria, France and more.

On the menu: Tasty Spreads made from fresh cheese, rucola, parsley, potatoes and more as well as the French classic: Quiche. Savor Austrian Sweet Bread with a heart of jam (Buchteln) along with a Cheese or Ham Omlette (chicken).

Come over with your friends and family to eat, relax, marvel the weather and beautiful designs all around the haveli.

When:         Sunday,October 19, 2014, 12 to 4pm

Where:        Serendipity, 238/4, Jonapur 9 (Chattarpur), Mandi Road, New Delhi -110047

RSVP:         Serendipity: serendipitydelhi13@gmail.com,  t: 98 107 45 141

Erna’s Gourmet: BeOurGuest@ernasgourmet.com, t: 98 188 955 46

Meanderings about Love on a Monday morning…  share with friends and spread the love!

Love (or the lack of it) is a companion in almost everybody’s life. It has definitely been a red thread throughout my live & work. I have looked for it, I grew up being surrounded by it, I’ve experimented with it, I’ve enjoyed it, as a matter of principle I have protected it and definitely very often de- and reconstructed the meaning of it – to conclude that a clear definition has eluded me so far.

Recently, I came across this incredibly powerful statement by James Baldwin. Simple & clear, it renders all attempts to define love redundant:

 “And love will simply have no choice but to go into battle with space and time, and furthermore, to win.”

(James Baldwin
Nothing Personal, a collaboration with photographer Richard Avedon)

Isn’t that exactly how it goes whenever you really believe in something or when you truly love someone? Aren’t passion, conviction, compassion, care,.. all forms of love that follow the same clear and doubtless trajectory?

In this spirit, enjoy your week with lots of love and we at Erna’s Gourmet look forward to serving you a European Brunch on Sunday.

Kids, healthy eating habits: tips & tricks.

“Eat your salad, finish the spinach, try the soup!” memories of your childhood? Catching yourself telling the same to your own kids now? Still waiting for them to start liking those super-healthy vegetables?

Let’s face it: health is just the fantastic outcome or the aim, but it generally fails to be persuasive as an argument.

Here are some tips and tricks how you can out-smart yourself 😉

  •  Kids love what they are used to and not what is tasty to them. Serving a new vegetable or dish repeatedly helps kids to get used to the look, texture, and taste.
  •  You are a role-model. When you want your junior to eat something, it helps when you eat the same veggie or dish yourself – with joy, pleasure and delight.
  •  Better than cooking different meals for the wide range of palates available in your family, involve your children in the shopping process. If you can’t take them to the market, let them choose which vegetables you should bring. It teaches your kids to take decisions and they’ll look forward to the vegetables they chose.

With Erna’s Gourmet you can create an edgy difference to your children’s vegetables:

…serve cucumber and carrots pieces with Erna’s Hummus.

… make a sandwich: spread Erna’s Rucola Spread  on multigrain bread, add sliced red, green and yellow capsicum and enjoy!

… serve Erna’s BroccoliHam or Erna’s SpinachFeta Quiche in fingerfood size at you junior’s next birthday party.

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Erna’s Gourmet Mini Snack Box

ooops, where did erna's pic go?Erna’s Gourmet Mini Snack Box

2 x Mini Quiche

1 x Mini Strudel

1 x Dessert

Rs. 199/-

(contains egg)oops, here should be the beautiful flower enzianA whole quiche made from goats chees and baconrustikal servierter gemüsestrudelServe Erna’s Gourmet Mini Snack Box to your business associates at a meeting or to your friends for high-tea.

Call 98 188 955 46 or send us an email on order@ernas.at to place your order.

(conditions apply, minimum order 5 gourmet mini boxes)

Click here to visit our Webshop for Austrian, German, European specialties in New Delhi.

Liptauer: Austrian or ?

A Liptauer-bread is a traditional snack you generally get in any Heurigen (a garden-bar in which you get the new wine of this year) in Austria.

Thus, when I think of Liptauer, I immediately get homely feelings and when someone asks me what Austrian food is about I often talk about Liptauer. And all that despite writing in the description of “Liptauer”: made to an age-old Slovakian recipe.

So much about claiming the nationality of a dish! 😉

Read more about Heurigen, Liptauer-bread, wine here: More info about Heurigen

Picture source:  http://allthingsaustria.com/heurigen-wine-taverns/

Order Austrian, Gernam, European specialties in New Delhi at http://www.ernasgourmet.com

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