Dorade in der Salzkruste / Sea Bream in a Salt Crust

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Einen frohen Ostermontag wünsche ich Euch allen! Ich liebe Ostern und eigentlich dekoriere ich gerne jedes Jahr. Dieses Jahr war aber alles ein wenig anders und ich denke, dies gilt für viele. Durch den Covid-19 Virus durfte die Mehrheit der Menschheit sowie wir auch Zuhause bleiben. Durch das ständige Zuhause sein habe ich dann Ostern gar nicht so schnell auf mich zukommen sehen. Letztendlich habe ich 3 Tage vorher erst realisiert, dass Ostern vor der Türe steht und mit meinem Verlobten beschlossen es dieses Jahr ganz ruhig und ohne grosses Spektakel Ostern einfach nur zu genießen. Die ganze Quarantänezeit hindurch haben wir super viel gekocht, ein wenig gebacken und viele neue Rezepte ausprobiert. Wahrscheinlich so wie die meisten von Euch ;) Nur der auf Instagram berühmte Bananenkuchen hat es bisher nicht geschafft, da ich Bananen leider nicht allzu gut vertrage.

Am Karfreitag selbst gab es traditionell Fisch – Dorade im Salzkrusten-Mantel um genau zu sein. Der Fisch war traumhaft saftig und perfekt durchgegart, weshalb ich das Rezept heute mit Euch teilen möchte. Es muss ja nicht immer Ostern sein, gar Karfreitag, um einen guten Fisch in der Küche zu zaubern. Auch könnt Ihr das Rezept mit anderen Fischsorten machen – ob Dorade oder nicht spielt da weniger eine Rolle. Für uns war es optimal, da wir beide Dorade gerne essen.

Nun, hier zum super einfachem Rezept, welches wir von der App Fooby übernommen und angepasst haben:

Was Ihr braucht:
2 Doraden, mittelgross, ausgenommen
½ Bio Zitrone
2 Knoblauchzehen
3 Zweige Thymian
1-2 Zweige Rosmarin
1-2 EL Olivenöl

1 ½ kg Salz (grosskörnig wäre super, normales geht auch)
2 Eiweisse
25 ml Wasser

Backofen auf 240°C Heissluft vorheizen.

  1. Die Dorade solltet Ihr bereits ausgenommen bestellen – dann habt Ihr es um einiges leichter. Jedoch sollte der ganze Fisch inklusive Schwanz und Kopf vorhanden sein. Wir haben zwei mittelgrosse Doraden (für jeden Eine) im Supermarkt bestellt. Zuhause wird der Fisch dann erstmal gründlich unter Wasser gewaschen und ein ausgespült und zum Schluss abgetupft
  2. Jeder Fisch wird nun gefüllt mit ein paar Scheiben Zitrone, Knoblauch, Thymian und Rosmarin. Das Olivenöl nehmt Ihr um die Fische zu bestreichen.
  3. Nun geht es an die Salzmischung. Hierzu solltet Ihr das Salz mit dem Eiweiss und dem Wasser schön vermischen, bis sich alles gut verteilt hat.
  4. Auf einem grossen Backblech (mit Backpapier) verteilt Ihr ca ¼ bis ⅓ der Salzmischung. Es kann ruhig eine kleine Schicht sein, jedoch gross und breit genug damit beide Fische darauf Platz finden. Nun könnt Ihr den Rest des Salzes nehmen und die Fische damit eindecken. Achtet darauf, dass der Salz schön angedrückt wird und nichts mehr vom Fisch zu sehen ist.
  5. Auf in den Backofen! Der Fisch sollte im vorgeheiztem Backofen (240°C) ca. 30 Minuten garten. Danach herausnehmen und weitere 10 Minuten abkühlen lassen. Mit einem grossen Messer, bzw. dem Messerrücken könnt Ihr nun die Salzkruste aufklopfen um diese dann zu entfernen. Die Dorade kann dann entweder direkt serviert werden oder vorher filetiert werden.
    Als Beilage haben wir uns zu einem Gurkensalat mit Dill entschieden. Aber auch auch Salzkartoffeln oder ein knackiger Salat passen prima!

Und nun… Guten Appetit!

Sea Bream in a Salt Crust

Happy Easter Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely long holiday weekend, even if you sat most of the time at home due to the Covid-19 virus that has been capturing most of the world these days. We likewise stayed home this Easter, as most of the past weeks. The only time we do really go outside is for our dogs – meaning a good 3-4 times a day for a longer walk. I think the dogs love this time the most of all; finally mom and dad are home almost all the time! I do go to the office once in a while, being alone there I can work well and check on the incoming mail. Mostly, however, I work remotely from home.

As almost everyone else, we continued working on our cooking and baking skills these days. We’ve been making almost everything ourselves, from flour to breads, to pizza and pasta. Traditionally, on Easter Friday we always eat fish – which is exactly what we did this time, too. We decided to go for a sea bream as it is one of my favourite fish and wanted to try baking it in a salt crust for the very first time. I can tell you this: a) it is so, so easy! and b) it is oh-so-tasteful!

We used the app from Fooby and switched up the recipe only a little bit.

Here is what you need:

2 gutted sea breams (or any other fish, really), medium sized, one for each person
½ organic lemon
2 garlic cloves
3 sprigs of thyme
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 ½ kg of salt
2 egg whites
25 ml water

Pre-heat the oven to 240°C

And here is what to do:

  1. First of all make sure that the sea bream is gutted when ordered / bought – this will save you time and is so much nicer on your kitchen boards. Then, clean the fish thoroughly with cold water inside out and dry it with some kitchen paper.
  2. Once done, fill both fish with pieces of lemon, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Then brush the fish outside with olive oil.
  3. Now, mix the salt, egg whites and water in a large bowl until everything is well mixed.
  4. Use ¼ to ⅓ of the salt mixture and spread it on a baking sheet (with baking paper) large enough for the two fish to fit on. The bottom lining of the salt mixture can be thin – there is no need to add heaps of salt. The lay the fish on the salt and use the rest of the salt mixture to cover up the fish. You should not be seeing any of the fish afterwards (see the photo).
  5. Once done, place the fish into the pre-heated (240°C) oven and let it steam for 30 minutes. Once it is done, take out the fish in the salt crust and let it sit for another 10 minutes.
  6. Once cooled down, use the back of a large kitchen knife to break open the salt crust and take out the fish. You are now ready to serve the fish!

    Enjoy!

Dog Photography with the iPhone 11 Pro

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Happy Thursday! Ahhh.. I couldn’t say no. I tried, I really did – then it happened. I had to have the new iPhone Pro 11. Why you may ask? Well, the easy answer is: the camera. Of course I did have a few other reasons, but let’s be honest here: I am a tech freak and proud of it it!

I really do enjoy the new camera though of the iPhone. The number one reason for me to upgrading a phone usually is exactly that: taking good photos. As I love to take snaps of everything, all the time – it only makes sense to have a good camera on hand in your phone rather than carrying around another, large and heavy one.

The iPhone 11 pro has 3 cameras at the back, and one at the front. The three cameras make it easier to shooting lighter photos in a dark environment. It also includes a wide angle lens now, which is super practical when trying to get more background into a photo. Or, when photographing your dog’s head and making it look like there is no body behind it! Ha – check out the below photo! How cute does Luna look here?

This below photo is also taken with the wide lens.

Another improvement is the sharpness of the images. You can go quite close to an object and have the same sharpness you would expect from a good camera (maybe not a pro pro camera, but a good one!). Also, you now have the option to edit your photos right after taking a picture. With the iPhone 11 pro, I can edit the exposure, the brilliance, the highlights, shadows, contrast, brightness, black point, saturation, vibrance, warmth, tint, sharpness, definition, noise reduction, or add a vignette! With all these new features for photo editing, there is almost no more need for fancy filters (even though you do find a range of filters in the app itself). Personally, I still stick to adobe photoshop lightroom and some of the filters I use there that I only have to slightly edit. Yet, I have tried all features of the photos app and with some practice, I can almost achieve the same results!

What do you think of the new iPhone 11 Pro camera? Anyone else that has tested and tried it these days already?

Summer Fridays all Year long

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Recently a friend asked me what face cream I use and complimented my skin that morning. That is such a rare question for me, you have no idea! I am the worst at keeping up a daily beauty routine. Seriously, I wish I was one of those that religiously practices their beauty routines everyday: wake up, clean face, add a million creams, add makeup, wash off in the evening, add another million creams, oils, etc. I do actually spend the money on new products once in a while and test them out for a bit. I’ve recently become a fan of hand creams, but that is for another story for another day/post.

The one product that I do use every single morning since about a year or so is the Jet lag Mask from Summer Fridays. I have been following Marianna Hewitts blog Life With Me for a while and instantly loved the product when I read about it: It’s paraben free, cruelty free, sulfate free, uses not synthetic dyes or fragrances and, is vegan! This face mask is perfect for giving your face an instant glow and a refreshing moisturising look – which I guess was developed just for that. I read that some people add a thick layer on their faces and leave it in for a while (which I just noticed it also says on the website! haha), though I for myself recommend creaming the whole face with it every morning.

Especially in the summer I do not wear make-up and thus having a nice naturally glowing skin is super important. And likewise in winter: I want my skin moisturised before adding the make-up so that I don’t look like I clustered several layers on my face due to dry skin :)

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)!

Hiking in Saas Fee

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As you all may know by now – from having seen my IG stories and photos – I was once again in Saas Fee this year for business. This little town up in the alps is magical for me. I’ve written a post about it previously, and will thus not go into too much detail about it now. The drive up into the mountains was once more breath-taking and this time my boyfriend and our two puppies joined! The business events lasted from Wednesday night up until Friday and once again I learned more than I could have imagined in such a short time frame. Amazing! Friday night my man sadly had to return to Zurich early so I stayed in Saas Fee with the dogs and my family (parents & sis). Saturday, before driving back to Zurich, we decided to go for a small hike with the dogs. The path right from Saas Fee took us a bit further up into the mountains. We saw marmots (which you can actually feed with peanuts out of your hands!), walked past a huge water mill and saw the slowly melting glacier up in the mountains. All in all, it was absolutely wonderful. That is of course, if you’re such a nature fanatic like myself. Also: I think the dogs had the time of their lives!

in the fields with Luna & Zaphira
on the day of the hike – right in front of the water mill
one of my favorite shots!