Wild garlic risotto.

23 Apr

Every spring I’m amazed how the nature transforms and how beautiful Vienna and the countryside around gets. It’s the time of the year when the days are long and have the perfect temperature. That’ also the time when my eating habits change a little. Instead of soup and sweets I long for fresh and easy produce. That my food is also healthy is a nice add on. I still eat chocolate every day. Don’t worry. It’s still me. I’m not going anywhere. I thought that you might appreciate a savory dish as well.

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All you need is:
- 400 g risotto rice
- 1 spring onion
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 l white wine
- 1 l vegetable soup
- 1/2 cup chopped bear leek
- 1/2 grated parmesan cheese
- 20 g butter
- pomegranate seeds
- goat cream cheese

Cut the onion into pieces and heat it in the pan with the olive oil. Add the rice and stir wait for half a minute. Pour in the white wine. Stir until the white wine vaporized completely. Add half a cup of soup and stir well. Keep on stirring and add gradually more and more soup as soon as the rice has soaked up the first portion completely. Let it simmer while stirring and adding soup for about 15 mins. Add the chopped wild garlic. Cook it for another 15 mins. Once the rice is soft on the outside and still al dente on the inside, add the cheese and butter. Stir well until they have dissolved completely.

Put the risotto on a plate and add the pomegranate seeds and goat cream cheese. Serve hot and enjoy!

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I got the idea for this dish from a fantastic little service/shop that is now one of my favourite in Vienna. It’s called Feinkoch.(Just check out their website for their fantastic food photography!) It’s a shop where you can select a recipe and buy exactly the ingredients you need to make this dish (for 2-3 people).

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wild-garlic-pomegranate-goat-cream-cheese-recipeFor people like my boyfriend and I it’s perfect since we don’t have so much time to cook but love to do it. It’s sometimes tricky to go shopping for  2 people. It’s always too much food and I hate to throw something away. So this service is perfect since I can buy exactly what I need and use it all up in one go. And the recipes are delicious. We made a celery risotto with pomegranate once and I loved the idea and taste. So this my interpretation. So good!

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Now. Carry on!

 

Happy easter (table).

20 Apr

I have a big family and one of the best things is that you have constantly people that challenge you and support you at the same time. They are really important to me and my brother and sisters are more like friends. We all have a really good relationships (with ups and downs like any real relationship), I can trust them but they also tell me when I’m wrong. I haven’t been home now for over 4 months and it feels so special to have them around me.

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Two of my sisters live in Vienna too and we have a weekly breakfast club but 2 siblings are only a third. So I’m always looking forward to meet all of them. It’s always quite crazy and loud and chaotic but I love it.

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I sometimes wish I had more time to sit together and just talk. On the other side: meeting my whole family makes holidays even more special. I was so looking forward to go home to my parents house (at least for 3 days). Easter and chocolate and celebrations are just a nice add-on.

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easter-table-plate-chickHowever my boyfriend visits his family and I’m visiting mine. This means that we don’t spend major holidays (like Christmas or Easter together). To have at least a little celebration together, I set our table for Easter.

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My boyfriend said it looks really nice but why the hell did I use Smarties as decoration which he isn’t allowed to eat?! Such a philistine! Our compromise was that I was allowed to take pictures and he was allowed to eat them afterwards.

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I used this little chicks for a little Easter bouquet. And branches.

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What are you doing on Easter? Going on holiday or spending time with your family?

Happy Easter everyone!

Now. Carry on!

 

Cress bunny.

16 Apr

I have quite a lot on my plate lately. It seems like the 3 days off I have for Easter have to be well earned. This week I enjoy just having nothing planned on the weeknights. Just going home and relaxing. I needed that. That also means that my Easter decoration is quite simplistic (this is my fancy translation for easy and fast but still pretty). The best decorations are the ones that only take 10 mins to make, use upcylcing as a concept and still look cute.

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Like my cress holding bunny (out of an old paper towel role). For some last-last-minute decoration just buy the cress and “plant” it in bunny.

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All you need is:
- an old paper towel cardboard role
- scissors
- cotton pads
- cress seeds
- permanent marker
- water and a little time

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1. Cut the role to a length of 15 cm. Fold it in half and make a cut of about 1,5 cms length. Fold it the other way round and cut it again.

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2. Fold the corners in like if you close a package.

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3. It should be closed like this.

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4. Cut some bunny ears into the top part.

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5. This is the finished cress pot.

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6. Fill it up with the cotton pads. Cut it to the size of the bunny body so that you get a flat surface.

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7. Add the cress seeds.

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8. Water the seeds and put it under a glas cloche. This will help it grow and you don’t need to water it every single day. Let it grow!

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After a few days (around 3-4) you can use it as decoration for example for your Easter brunch table.

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The face I drew is kind of creepy and weird but who cares. It makes me laugh because it looks so displaced. One should not fear to make mistakes.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Now. Carry on!

Easter chick.

11 Apr

Eggs are boring. Easter is always about eggs and to be honest. They bore me a little bit. There is only so much you can do with it (like plant them) but in terms of decoration, they are boring. So I took the time and thought beyond the egg. Literally. I made a little chick for Easter decoration.

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As soon as I was done with one, my boyfriend said: “Cute. I used to make those in kindergarden.” Pah. What does he know?!

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All you need is:
- yellow thread
- orange and black paper
- small scissors
- a fork
- glue

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1. Wrap the thread around the fork as seen in the picture above.

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2. Cut a little piece of the the excessive thread and pull the wrapped thread of the fork. Tie it in the middle together. It should look like a small bow.

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3. Cut it open as seen above.

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4. It looks like a very wild ball now but don’t worry. Now comes the make-up. Just cut off the thread to the same length.

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5. You will get a lovely tiny little ball like this.

 

6. Cut some feet, a peak and eyes out of the paper and stick it to the yellow ball and voilá! You have a little chick!

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I made two and they are now sitting a room plant.

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It makes me smile just to look at them.

Now. Carry on!

Wild garlic butter.

8 Apr

When you walk through the woods around Vienna at the moment it smells like garlic. It’s great. The woodland is covered in a green rug. It’s like magic. It has already around 22 ° C. Every tree and bush seems to bloom. I love spring. Especially when it this nice.

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I also love my new recipe: wild garlic butter – with handmade butter. So easy and soooo good! Give it a try!

All you need is:
- 250 ml cream
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 Tbsp chopped bear leek

Beat the cream until it starts to get flaky. Add the salt and bear leek and mix and mix and mix. It takes a long time, so don’t get confused. You’re there, when there starts to form a green liquid. Sieve the butter flakes from the water and put it on a baking paper. Form a roll and it’s done. You can serve it right away on a piece of bread with some wild eatable flowers like violets and some sea salt.

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The butter is quite soft right away. It will harden a little more in the fridge – but still be very good.

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I put a little butter now in every thing that I cook (every savory dish of course, silly!). A hint of garlic makes everything better.

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This simple bread with butter is the best though. How can something this simple be such a treat?! It’s amazing. Sorry, I couldn’t wait: I took a bite.

Now. Carry on!

 

Shine like diamonds.

4 Apr

Yesterday I posted a little teaser of what I was working on on Instagram. I haven’t done Origami for quite some time. What surprises me more than you probably. I love Origami and I used to fold while watching TV, brainstorming on ideas or when I was upset. Yes, really. I think it’s the perfect combination of having busy hands while the mind is free to wander (or wonder which I do occasionally as well). So I was quite happy when I found this tutorial on how to make paper diamonds (there are not really diamonds but geometric things but doesn’t sound have as nice) over on Design and Form.

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So there was the inspiration and this is what I made out of it: a light chain. You can’t have enough fairy lights in your home.

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All you need is:
- paper
- scissors
- glue
- fairy lights

I thought the instructions over on Design and Form were quite helpful and easy but when I started to fold I found out I was wrong. Yes, me, the self-declared Origami-following-tutorial-master! The thing is that the paper they used was white only and mine is with a pattern on one side – and of course I wanted the pattern to be on the outside…

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That you don’t make the same mistake, I took pictures of my own folding process, so you can see where the patterned side of the paper is.

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Step 1: Fold the paper into half, open it up again, and fold it into the other half. It should have a folded cross in the middle. Now fold the corners together so that you have a triangle, open it up and fold it into a triangle the other way. There should be now a fold from each corner to the opposite corner and a fold from right through the middle of the paper forming a cross.

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Step 2: Fold the sides in so that it becomes a smaller square.

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Step 3: The open part of the squares should look your way and then fold the outer triangle in to the middle. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 4: It should look now like this.

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Step 5: Cut the triangles at the bottom off.

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Step 6: Open one of the sides up.

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Step 7:  Fold the triangle in. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 8: Now is should look like a plain simple triangle.

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Step 9: Fold the corners in at the bottom. Do this with all corners. (It doesn’t matter which way you fold them – either looking all one way or not.)

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Step 10: Now you should have a piece of paper that looks a bit like a diamond.

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Step 11: Open up all the folds.

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Step 12: Fold the little corners in as seen on the picture.

Step 13: Repeat Step 1 to Step 12 with another piece of paper.

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Step 14: Glue those 2 pieces together.

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Voilá! You have a nice geometric form. Now you need to fold just as much as the fairy light has lights…

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… which is quite a lot.

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Then cut a hole at one of the peaks (just big enough to push a little fairy light inside). And attach all the little diamonds to the lights chain.

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The lights look great lying around at day and they look great lit up by day…

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… and at night.

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What more can you ask from a fairy light?!

Now. Carry on!

 

More space for cake.

1 Apr

I wasn’t the only one who celebrated her birthday last month. A good friend of mine has her birthday 2 weeks before me. For me the birthday of others is always a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that there’s cake and celebration, the bad thing is I have to think of a present. Don’t get me wrong. I love to give presents to people and I honestly don’t care how much they cost (with a certain rage of course) or that they take a lot of time (for handmade gifts) if I have the feeling the gifted person is genuinely happy with it. I always hesitate to give handmade presents because I always have the feeling that people only like those because of the gesture. Like my mum who got so many paintings from little me. I can’t really imagine how you can make a happy face after the 153rd. (I guess I have to be a mum myself to understand this mystery.)

Well back to the purpose of this post and my friends birthday: she’s a crafter herself and I knew that she would appreciate a handmade gift. That’s why I made her a plate and a cake. I’m actually so happy with the combination: handing over a cake and the plate is for you to keep as well?! Genius. At least that’s what I thought. And I’m sure my friend too. First the hero was the cake …

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All you need is:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 tbsp Vanille sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp baking powder

For the cream & topping
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Beat the eggs with the white sugar and Vanille sugar. Add slowly the oil and sour cream and combine well. Fold in the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds and dark chocolate. Line a baking tray with paper and spread the sponge on the baking parchment. Bake for 20 mins and let it cool down.

For the cream mix the sour cream with the cream cheese and the sugar. Spread it on the cake. Mix the poppy seeds with the cinnamon and sieve it on top of the sheet cake. Voilá!

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This cake doesn’t look like much but it’s just so delicious! It could easily be one of my favorite. No. It certainly is one of my favorites!

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I made the plate the same way as this Valentine’s day present for my boyfriend and what a surprise it was! The text is german and means “more space for cake”. Unfortunately it’s not dishwasher-safe. My friends tried. Well, such a gem needs to be taken care of, so only washing by hand! Luckily they can just bring me the plate and I restore it. So no harm done!

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The cake was gone in no time as you can see…

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Now. Carry on!

 

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