Cooking with the Thermomix: for meat lovers

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as we did! Although it rained non-stop yesterday, we had a lovely time at a friends home party. I even got to bake some muffins (vanilla with blueberry and chocolate ones!) and generally we ate like kings yesterday.

Shortly before we went to the home party (not knowing that there would be a cook), we cooked up a meat recipe with our Thermomix at home. The recipe (called Bunter Bauerntopf in German) is super easy and we used one from the German Magazine “mein ZauberTopf“.

Cooking with a Thermomix really is dead easy. I have always wanted one, then became skeptical in the beginning of having it and now I am starting to slowly love it. It really takes so much work from you and can basically do everything from cutting, heating things up, keeping the warm, baking bread, making soups, weighing ingredients, to even making ice cream. Really, it can do almost everything. I believe the new ones even have a function where you can add all ingredients into the Thermomix and tell it to cook at a later time so the food is ready when one gets home / or wants to eat later. So cool! I do still enjoy actual cooking and taking on the whole work once in a while, so I will most likely continue with both strategies!

Japanese Chicken Udon

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sooo yummy!

Here’s to another super quick and easy recipe! We really felt like an Udon soup these days and decided to go for this recipe. Their blog in general has really good and healthy recipes that are super easy to make and surely filling. I think I will be browsing their blog a little more in the future to try and make some of their meals. Only recommendation: do add some chilli flakes if you like your food a little spicy! Also, we did not have Swerve or Monkfruit so we went for a teaspoon of Agave syrup instead. Tasted perfect either way!

Other than this recipe, there is nothing all too exciting to share. A normal Tuesday indeed. We are currently also planning our Friday and weekend. On Friday we may be driving down to Thun (Switzerland) to a military site and check out the stuff there. Since Samuel is very involved with the military he was invited to come over and asked me to join. I still need to check how much work I have and if I can make it happen.

On the weekend we will be driving up to Frankfurt so visit some friends that Samuel has known for long. They just got their second son and also (!!!) a puppy. I am super happy to see them again and spend some time away from home. Though driving up and down on two days is quite a bit. Thankfully, it should only be around 4h if we don’t hit any major traffic.

Easy Dinner @ Home

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Last nights dinner: super easy, done in 10 minutes and I’d like to say semi-healthy, too. We had gyozas filled with mushrooms and chicken, which we got at our local asian store close by. I absolutely love these things and may just call them my new favourite meal for when I don’t want to cook for long. Honestly, we only had to steam them for about 10-12 minutes and prepare the salad on the side. For the steaming we used our Thermomix. Samuel bought it a while ago and I am slowly but surely loving it more and more. It really does make life easier sometimes.

Otherwise, our day was rather less exciting: typical Mondays. I worked from home today, took Zaphira to the vet (the bandage was taken off), and we were able to cook at home for both lunch and dinner. We’re trying to cut down on eating out; for health reasons and to try and spend a little less on food. Let’s see how long we can last ;) We did go out on Saturday, though, and really enjoyed that. We decided that once a week we will continue having our date night out with a good dinner at some cute restaurant. Can any of you recommend any good restaurants in Zurich that are not on the top of list of every google search?

Creating your own Wood Photography Board

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Ahhhh! I finally have my own wood photography board that I can use as a nice background or board for my little photoshoots – especially when taking shots of my foods for you guys! Best thing about this board: I made it myself! I have always been a huge fan of DIY projects. Yet, I have not done much in this regard lately and thus wanted to start again. Since I’ve been looking for a nice wood board for a long time (and I know exactly what I want) and because I did not want to spend too much money ($$$!), I decided to make my own. I searched the WWW quite a bit – mostly pinterest – and found my inspiration from the lovely Liz on her Love Grows Wild blog. I’ll be honest: I was a bit scared of ruining this project and failing at making my own wood board. Yet, I can say: it is SO easy!

I won’t go into all too much details, as you can find a great instruction of how to build your own board on her blog – but here are the steps very simplified. For my board (50x120cm) I used the following materials:

  • 4 wood boards; each 1m in length and 15cm wide
  • 2 wood boards; each 1m in length and roughly 5cm wide (all bought at the local Migros Do it + Garden)
  • an electric saw (can be manual, too) – I used this one from Bosch
  • sandpaper
  • natural wood stain – use the color of your choice
  • white mat paint
  • drilling machine & screws
1) I first cut the wood boards in half, used the sand paper on all edges, front and back, used the drilling machine and screws to put it together and colored both sides with the natural wood stain
2) I added the vaseline on all places where I wanted to scrape off the white paint in the next step. Mostly, I added the vaseline to the edges on each board as well as on some random spots on the boards themselves.
3) I painted the wood board with the white mat paint I had bought. As you can see, the paint did not hold well where the vaseline was applied before.
4) Here comes the fun part – using the back of a knife or a spatula, scrape off the paint on all areas where the vaseline is!
And here is the finished piece! So proud!

So here you (above) you can see some photos I took straight after finishing my board. Nothing all too special – but I made a great salad for us and a friend of ours that was over, as well as photographed the cakes we had (I made an apple cake and our friend brought a lactose-free cheese cake)!

Vegan Breakfasts with MOMA Foods

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I don’t often eat breakfasts – but when I do, I make sure to fuel my body from the get-go; especially if I don’t have a lot of time! Recently, I had the pleasure of receiving two full boxes of MOMA Porridge. I left one of each flavour at home (for when I decide to eat breakfast one day) and immediately took the rest to the office – which is where I tend to eat breakfast a little more often. My expectations weren’t all too high – in the end, I prefer cooking everything up myself if possible and eating as less packaged foods as possible. To my surprise, it tasted much better than expected. The tastes available are as follows: Almond & Caramel, Apple & Cinnamon, and Coconut-Chia! I wanted to try each and every one more than once before writing a small review.

Again, they tasted unexpectedly… well, tasty. I especially like the fact that none of them taste all too sweet – rather, I could imagine that some would want to add some sweetening to it; such as honey. A second point I much appreciate is the good-sized portions of porridge. As mentioned earlier, I don’t really eat breakfast. The times that I did make my own porridge at the office (usually in winter when I need to warm up), however, I usually ended up making much too large portions that either I never finished – or worse, I did finish and felt super full from afterwards. Both wasn’t ideal. I admit that the first time I actually thought the portion was way too small for my hunger (I don’t eat often, but I can eat pretty large portions when I eat!). Yet, I quickly figured that the amount was perfectly portioned and did fill me up. My favourite one is surely the Almond & Caramel, even though it is closely followed by the Apple & Cinnamon one. How about you – any breakfast eaters out there or likewise often starting with lunch? Oh – and last but not least – I actually stopped eating these for breakfast but instead decided it was the perfect afternoon snack for me (usually topped off with some fresh fruit such as different types of berries)!