Indulge in an Avocado-Egg Salade

Avocado: It’s a fruit I cannot get enough of. I used to not be so into it, until I found the different ways to combine it. I love it plain with some vinegar, blended in my green smoothies or mushed in an avocado-egg salade. The recipe? Super simple! It takes literally two minutes, more or less two main ingredients and some bread with it, if you like. Not only is it super yummy, but also super healthy to have. I could eat an avocado a day, literally. So here is the quickest and simplest recipe, when it comes to my avocado-egg salade.

Ingredients:

– 2 hard-boiled eggs
– 1 ripe avocado
– salt & pepper
– chilli, if you like
– ½ lemon

All you have to do is cook the two eggs until hard-boiled, mush the already ripe avocado and add the two eggs to it. I normally cut the egg into smaller pieces, which makes the mixing in the end easier and makes less of a mess. Now, depending on your taste, add as much salt, pepper, lemon and chilli to it, as you like. Voila – there goes your avocado-salade. I love having it on some pumpernickel (the super dark bread) or with some bread in general.

Do you have any great recipes made with avocado, you would like to share? I’d love to get some more inspiration!

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YSL; the famous garden in Marrakesh

You might have already seen my last post about Marrakesh – the colors, culture and photos I cannot get enough of. Here is to another one – a great memory and some great colors that I will always keep in mind and carry with me in the future. During our vacation in Marrakesh I had to visit the, probably, most famous garden at Rue YVES SAINT LAURENT. Not only was he one of the most inspirational and creative minds on earth, regarding the making and presenting of fashion and women, but also did he have a great taste regarding living and stlye.

The colors in the garden, in combination with the almost wild-growing nature, found in the middle of Marrakesh, left me breathless. The blues, yellows and oranges all over in combination with the fresh greens of the plants was so vivid and relaxing simultaneously.

Truth be told, for the summer and those hot days, it’s a real fashion inspiration. Suddenly, I wanted to wear only bright colors. What I ended up wearing? Mostly black. I admit, I love the non-defined colored, black, and own most of my pieces in exactly that tone.

Have you been to Marrakesh, what places did you visit? It surely was not my last time, I’ve fallen partly in love with this place and cannot wait to travel more!

 

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Power Breakfast & Vogue

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week so far and a wonderful sunday to end it! Sundays are my lazy days: literally, I do nothing really other than read my magazines, play around with some photography (I really need to practice my skills), cook, sometimes bake, and read. Today I will most likely do exactly that, paired with some tanning in the sun – the weather in Zurich is great currently – and catching up with some friends over the phone in Germany.

To start my lazy sunday I love having power breakfasts. Power, because I actually take time to make them, try to have them rich on vitamins and minerals and of course it should be yummy. Today I chose scrambled egg whites with red peppers added previously, some red peppers raw on the side and a large glass of my green juice. The juice was way too much, I made about one litre, so I will just sip on that during the day as well.

My bible for the day: the Vogue. It’s a cliché, I know. It’s always amazing to get some inspiration out of it and read the articles. Otherwise, I love reading my InStyle, Harpers Bazaar, and some other magazines I find during the week. This year my mother actually gave me the Vogue as a present. I get it every month for free now – yes, I’m a lucky girl. Here’s to say: Thank you Mama!

Do you also do lazy sundays or are they packed with activities? I’d love to hear all about it. Have a great lazy sunday, everyone!

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Magazine: Vogue (German edition; 7/2014)
Glasses: RayBan

Rings: Inherited (all gold ones); Tiffany (silver)
Watch: Jaques Lemans (gold)

Donna and Gwyneth

If there is one thing I love, it’s got to be cooking (and baking). The other day I was looking for some new recipes, especially now that the summer is coming up. I love simple, quick recipes, that I can do easily when coming home after work. I really often look at online recipes to find myself some inspiration, though love having an actual book at hand. As much as I’m a total lover of the internet and accessing new information in almost-real-time, I still love having actual books when reading – old-fashioned, I know.

I’m quite the little fan of Donna Hay when it comes to cooking and had to buy the new book. Actually, I bought a different one first, and my mom bought the one depicted on the above photo. But she decided she liked the recipes more in my book, and vica versa. It’s always great, when you’ve got several cooking-lovers in the family and close-by and can easily switch around what was just bought. If you haven’t already checked out the website, you really should: Donna Hay has got some amazing recipes!

Not only am I a little fan of Donna Hay, but also of Gwyneth Paltrow. I keep checking her blog, goop.com, to see what new recipes she has put up. And what’s easier then checking at all times? Exactly, a book. The other day, while looking for her book online on Amazon, I instantly decided to buy some american measuring-spoons as well. A must-have, for some of the amazing recipes. You might have noticed from my last recipe, that I used the measuring spoons to get the perfect end-result. Investing a little money can sometimes bring such great results – so if you’re still looking for some measuring-spoons, I can only recommend these ones!

Where do you get your cooking inspiration, any favorite books, blogs or websites? I’m always happy to receive new tips!

Cinnamon Rolls; Heaven at home

I’ve always loved these Cinnamon Rolls, especially at Starbucks. Back when I was a little younger, I’d want to go to Starbucks with friends only to get one of these cinnamon rolls – heated up- with a cold iced-chai latte next to it. Last week I had a dinner at my house with guests and decided to make a dessert that everyone, especially me, loves: freshly baked cinnamon rolls. I worked with american measurements, so this time with cups and teaspoons. To measure these, I used measuring spoons I recently bought on amazon. Today I want to share with you this super easy to-do recipe.

Ingredients for the dough:

– 4-5 cups flour
– 2 packages dry yeast (4,5 teaspoons)
– 1 teaspoon salt
– ¾ cup milk
– ½ cup water
– ½ cup melted butter
– ½ cup sugar
– 1 egg

Ingredients for the filling:

– room-temperature butter
– ½ cup of brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Ingredients for the topping:

– 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
– 1 tablespoon butter
– ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
– 2-3 teaspoons hot water

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Now lets start the actual baking – it’s so much easier than I would’ve exptected it to be.

Mix 1 ¾ cups of flour with the yeast and salt. Heat up the milk, butter and water in a bowl and add the sugar to it. Now mix the melted with the flour and yeast mixture. Next add the egg and anotehr ½ cup of flour and beat the dough some more. Now add enough flour until you have a soft dough (around 1-2 cups). Knead the dough for a few minutes until its soft and well, doughy. Cover up the bowl and let it rest for atleast 20 minutes. I let it rest for about 30 minutes.

Once the dough has risen and is ready, roll it out until you have a large rectangle. The dough should be around ¼ inches high.

Now cover the rectangle with butter that was is at room-temperature. I simply used my fingers to rub the butter on top – it doesn’t need to be too thick. Simply to get the next mixture sticking to it. Now mix up the cinnamon and sugar and spread it equally over the buttered rectangle. Once you are done, roll up the rectange until you have a large roll. Cut the roll up to achieve around 12 pieces, looking like the above ones (I had around 15 pieces).

The oven needs to be heated up to 375°F. Put the cinnamon rolls into the oven and bake for around 15-20 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the cinnamon rolls, as they rise faster than expected. Once they have a golden-brown color, take them out and let them cool for a few minutes. While letting cinnamon rolls cool down, start the topping to glaze them afterwards. For the topping simply mix all ingredients up – basically, it’s pure sugar. Let it drizzle over the, still warm, cinnamon rolls, serve it to your guests or snuggle up on the sofa and indulge. Voila – you’ve got the perfect home-made cinnamon rolls.

Let me know what you think about the recipe – I really hope you enjoy them!

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