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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Diving into Marrakesh; part I

I’ve been wanting to go on vacation for so long, especially to Marrakesh. Its an amazing city, which has so much to offer. This little dream of mine finally came true right around Easter. At the beginning of the year my father surprised us with the idea of having a family-vacation again (we haven’t, for quite a while). My mother and I have been talking about Marrakesh uncountable times before, so it was we quickly chose on this city as our destination.

What I found was not just a city, but an entire new world. The people are so amazing, its incredible. They are kind, helping, sharing and caring – those that have less than most of us do, give more than most of what we would give, always with a smile. Marrakesh seems to be one big happy-place, as such.

We stayed at a great hotel for one week, the Kenzi Menara Palace, a little outside of the center though still close enough to walk within 20 minutes. It gave the perfect balance: going into the never-empty city to explore and sight-see as well as back to the hotel to put our feet up and stay at the pool all day. I took immensely many pictures – too many, to put them all up here. Since all the moving to Zurich came right after my family vacation, I barely had time to even look at the photographs. Now I was able too and immediately thought of sharing some of my impressions with you.

When thinking of Marrakesh, prior to visiting my first time, I kept on thinking of bright colors, the culture, textiles, camels, sun-kissed-skin and most of all: tiles. I was always eager to going to Marrakesh to take pictures of the amazing architecture, the art as such and all the different tiles. I think I photographed more tiles than anything else. Looking back at the pictures, I noticed two other characteristics: For one, I barely have any photos of myself. That’s the thing, what always happens to me. Being behind the camera leaves me with absolutely no pictures of me. If I’m lucky I might find a picture on my family’s iPhone – or I take some of those selfies, which almost always instantly go onto Instagram. The second thing I noticed, were the doors (yes, you read that right!). The arch-like doors in almost every house and room made me want to change all my doors back at my little place. In fact, I wish I had a bathroom made with Moroccan tiles, arch-like doors and those amazing oil-lamps hanging from the ceiling. I did, of course, buy some souvenirs, though you cannot compare being in a city and trying to take it home. Sadly, it simply does not work. Its not just the art and architecture that made the experience unforgettable, it was the kind people around us, the weather, temperatures, smells of the amazing dishes and mint teas, the pool right at the hotel, the sight-seeing trips, the smell of roses in the air and simply the free-time we had. In the end, it was a holiday and is just not comparable to my daily living.

I am oh-so thankful for having had this experience and seeing all the lovely places with my family. Marrakesh is a city I will never forget and surely visit again in the future. In general, there are so many wonderful places out there and so many worlds to discover I cannot wait to travel the next time. For now though, I am happy to share some of my impressions with you.

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A Hint of Barbie – My new Nike Air Max

If you take a look at my closet, you will notice one color in particular: black. I am a huge fan of back – though I know it’s officially not defined being a color as such. Black works with everything and especially with every occasion. May it be for my work, my free time, friends time, for a nice dinner out, a spontaneous trip to a bar or laid back pic-nic at the park. The color black can be worn in a chic manner, a comfy-looking manner, modern, gothic (if one is a fan of it), punk, rogue, or conservative. Really, it fits all moods and places.

This summer I wanted new shoes. Not just any shoes, but I wanted sneakers. Most of you might have already seen the hype – the Nike-wave that flooded seemingly the whole fashion world. It took me into its stream as well and I couldn’t help it but want exactly that foot-wear as well. Originally, I had planned on getting the black Nike sneakers with the white sole and the white Nike sign. Taking one of my closest friends to the city, I made her try on shoes with me. Then, I saw the white Nike Air Max. First thought: Barbie! I had previously seen girls wear such bright sneakers with ⅞ lenght jeans (blue or black), combined with easy flowing tshirts, with jumpers, with blazers and even suits. Call it crazy, but as weird as it seemed to me at the time the more I couldn’t let go of the idea of combining such a girly and sporty look with classy-chic.

You can guess it from my photos. Yes, I vowed down to the fashion trend and decided on the hint of barbie: I had to have those pinky, girly Nike Air Max. It was one of the best sneaker decision I have made so far (not to forget my black Jeffrey Campbell sneakers with golden studs: I still love those black ones!). I especially love combining them with washed blue jeans and a blazer of choice. Be it in dark grey, pink, white or blue. They all fit. Speaking off, I am still looking for a white blazer. I know that at this point I should really share some of my outfit ideas in photos – so I promise to take some pictures next time I wear my lovely new favorites.

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