Breakfasts in Bed

Happy lazy-sunday everyone! It’s really no secret: I love my lazy sundays. And even more, I love my breakfasts in bed. So after sleeping in quite long again today, I decided to make a lovely breakfast and jump right back into bed. The week has passed enormoulsy fast, again! My weekend has been pretty calm though, as the week has been really long and my calendar for the week to follow is packed with appointments. I love it, don’t get me wong, but I also really needed to just lay-back this weekend. So I did, and loved it. I went shopping yesterday, got caught up in buying new make-up and my lovely new HOME-tray in white. It’s perfect for those lazy sunday morning breakfast in bed!

I’ll get ready soon and then head out to go for a nice sunday walk: the weather is breath-taking. We have a super blue sky here in Zurich and actually stil 23°C today. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the last amazing weekend though, before slowly but surely the autumn and winter days will hit us. So it’s only natural to go outside and enjoy the weather whilst we still have it. I’ll also need to do some sunday cleaning today, as well as watch a 3h long DVD for my divers license. Fun, fun! What are you’re plans?

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Wooden & Glass HOME tray from Depot (here).

 

Cate & Coco’s Kitchen: Zürich

This post goes out to Cate & Coco’s Küche, which I discoverd last week at the Street Food Festival in Zurich! Why so special for one small booth? Simple: Cate & Coco make clever cookies. But let’s rewind for a second. While walking around the Street Food Festival last sunday I tried looking at all the delightful deliciousness coming my way. Toward the end of my circle I walked past Cate & Coco’s kitchen stand. This is when I ran into my first problem: I saw the sign, but no food. Not because there was nothing, no, simple because right at that second the booth was being majorly stormed by good- and healthy-looking women. All trying to get at whatever was being offered. Obviously, I had to know what it was. Once I was able to edge through the crowd I found myself infront of a cookie-stand (yes, that should have been obvious after reading “clever cookies”.

What’s so special about Cate & Coco’s cookies is the clever baking, without baking. Now chew on that for a while. No-bake cookies, can they be real? I looked at their website and also talked to the lovely lady, which explained to me what this whole stand was about: a healthy lifestyle. With “healthy” she already had me hooked – as you all know, I am fan of baking, favourable healthy if possible. Their “Code of Cookie ” is quite simple if you think about it:

a) they only use organic and wholesome ingredients – not to forget, fully natural and unprocessed
b) these little lovers are vegan, meaning: they are free of gluten, soy, refined sugar, dairy and everything unhealthy
c) they are never heated over 42°C, meaning that all natural enzymes and (more importantly) vitamins are kept!

Unfortunately there is no store in Zurich yet supplying these flavourful pieces of goodness – however (!), they do have an online shop and even deliver straight to your home (in Switzerland). I believe I have found a piece of heaven – oh, and some great inspiration for my next baking adventures!

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My Sweetest Sin: Macarons

Macarons are sweet meringue-based confections made with lots of love, egg white, sugar, sugar, sugar, powdered sugar, almond powder, food coloring and are most likely my biggest sin after dark chocolate with salt. I am not much into sweets on a normal basis, though when it comes to these little lovers I can never say no. It’s simply impossbile. I’ve tried making these myself and looked at recipes on the internet, on youtube and even received a book from my mother to try making my favorite dessert myself. I failed when it comes to the presentations of these macarons. They did taste quite amazing already (if I may say so), but did not look as presentable as my favorites from either Sprüngli or Ladurée.

Although I basically love every flavor they have, my favorites from Ladurée are surely licorice (huge, huge fan right here!), rose water and the beautifully turquoise colored (pepper-)mint ones. I treat myself to one of these every Thursday lunch – which is why Thursday’s are always good days. Not only does Friday follow, which is basically already weekend, but I get to treat myself to one of my favorite desserts. Which are your favorites?

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Street Food Festival: ZÜRICH

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Currently in town: the Street Food Festival! With myself being a little obsessive about food, this was an event I was not able to simply ignore. Easy said, easy done: Yesterday I jumped on my bike and rode down to Adliswil. For all those that are still intersted in going, today is your last chance! I was amazed by some of the creations I saw at this festival. Some foods are well known, others I have heard of though not tasted and further others, I have never seen in my life. Cultureal influences were seen everywhere, food innovations were presented to the crowd and the music playing in the background was amazing. Whatever direction I looked, people were happy, smiling and moving to the beats in the background – obviously; there is probably nothing more satisfying than food (atleast, in this scenario!). Luckily I have decided to take my camera with me to this amazing event, which is why I want to share some of my impressions with you!

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My first stop (above) was at a huge, silver, shiny caravan trailer. Not only was it huge, shiny and silver – but it was filled with deliciousness in forms of waffles on a stick! The company behind this cute idea is barliner.ch, and they actually rent out their services. How cool is that? My next party might need to involve a shiny caravan with waffles on a stick – so exciting!

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These delicious Bao Burgers caught my eyes in an instant second. I have never seen such burgers before and was fascinated by the smell of the spices that hit me with delightfullness. Not only did they smell amazing and look great – but they looked extremely healthy – the fact still being, they are burgers!

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When I saw this young lad (above) with his uber-cool orange sunglasses, the berlin-style-beard and amazing hipster look, I almost (for an instant second) forgot about the amazing, innovative food behind him: Ice-cream. Although SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR does not have their own shop in Zurich yet, I am convinced they will be famous in every other restaurant serving their ice-creams. The secret behind the icre-cream? Well, it’s not just the ordinary vanilla or chocolate flavour we are more than used to seeing. They have created amazing flavours such as basil-balsamico, cucumber on yoghurt-with-pumkin-oil or even more exotic: saffron with champagne. How amazing (seriously!), do these combinations sound? I heard the basil-balsamico is the new insider! One thing is for sure – I cannot wait to find these delicious flavours all over Zurich. Good luck to this amazing start-up!

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, are you getting as hungry as I am right now? Luckily, it’s almost that time again: Breakfast! With that, I wish you all a great sunday!

No-Wheat Pancakes

Breakfast might be my favorite meal and I might have told you this quite a few times before. Although during the week I don’t take as much time as I should for having breakfast (it normally consists of a home-made smoothie to-go), I take even more time than required on the weekends. If it weren’t for breakfast, I would probably get up even later. I barely ever sleep in for too long, but I can stay in bed for hours – especially on those rainy lazy sundays. In the end, that is what they are made for, no?

A couple of weeks ago I started reducing my wheat consumption and have basically drawn it down to zero now. Not that I don’t like it – I am the biggest bread and pasta lover – but I’ve it isn’t too good for me. Since I’ve stopped eating it, my mood has gotten brighter, my skin better and I feel all around healthier than before. I guess it’s true what they say: You are what you eat. Lucky for me, I can still eat my sugar (I love my macarons and sweet-bites) and have found great alternatives for flour.

This great pancake is one of my favorites and I make it almost every weekend once. The ingredients? Simple:

 – ½ cup of coconut flakes
– ¼ cup of almond flour
– 1 tablespoon of agave syrup
– 3 egg whites
– 1 teaspoon baking powder (no need, but it makes it fluffier)
– a hint of cinnamon 

I always start by beating the egg whites until they have a white, creamy texture and add the baking powder while beating. Add the coconut flakes, the almond flour, the syrup and the cinnamon. Voila – there goes the perfect pancake. I usually top it off with some fresh fruit but anything works really – be it jam, the famous Nutella or any other topping. Since I made the homemade almond butter (last post), I enjoy adding a hint on my pancake, as well.

 

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