Healthy Party Style

Following all of these majorly inspiring blogs out there, I couldn’t help it, but not over-look these amazingly colorful straws. Going into the english bookstore this week to find a special read, I finally found the straws I’ve been seeing all over the web. Honestly, how sad is it, that I can get so excited for paper-straws in differently stripped colors? Well, I can. Not only did I buy one color – no – I bought four. A few days previous to buying them, my lovely mom actually got me the black and white ones. Additionally, she got me the book on how to create the perfect Macarons. Doesn’t this literally scream for some more baking? I surely think so and cannot wait to try making my favorite sweets ever!

The cute green box with the coffee print is from one of my favorite cafés in Zurich – Babu’s Coffeehouse. The food, the coffee, the brunch – the juices – and especially the interior, it’s all made with so much love. I recently went there for brunch with my girls. When I told my mother about it, wanting to show her some cute little places in Zurich, she obviously already knew about it – and loves the place as well! So Babu’s is surely one of those coffeehouses I really recommend to anyone that lives or visits Zurich and loves to enjoy a great coffee, brunch or even green juice (so little places in Zurich have green juices!).

While strolling around the food section at Globus, I couldn’t help myself but stop by this with-love-packed Earl Grey Tea. I love myself some Earl Grey on those chilly days and adding that I still needed a tea strainer for some of my teas, made the decision upon buying it just so much easier.

I am now ready to sip my morning smoothies, color harmonized, with my straws and ready for those more chilly days, which are surprisingly often this summer in Zurich. I seriously cannot wait for my next smoothie!

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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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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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Mini Banana Pancakes

If you like bananas, you will clearly love the following, super easy to do, banana-egg-pancakes. Personally I never really liked bananas as such. Lately though, I’ve been having one every morning – in a banana milk shake. You heard it right: I’m a huge fan of my morning milk-shakes. One, I will share with you soon. For now, I may present you my mini-banana-pancakes.

For the recipe you need the following items:

▪   1 banana

▪   2 eggs

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Stir both the eggs and the banana well, until you have a smooth, quite liquified dough. Et voilà – you are most certainly almost done. Now heat up a pan, add some oil – or butter, if you like – and go flip those pancakes through the air. Personally, I decided for small ones.

For the decoration – yes, I love pretty food – I added some fresh strawberries.

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