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!

Spring Inspo

There is nothing greater than waking up to the birds singing their songs outside the window – and likewise; sitting on the balcony in the evening and listening to them sing their songs. It’s that in combination with the sun coming out more days a week than it rains that makes me smile more and more every single day. It’s the little things you finally appreciate again when the grey and cold winter is slowly stepping aside. With it, I always get into the mood of buying more flowers – plants in general – and want to bring some color highlights back into my life and interior. I don’t know what it is with winter and having everything mono-tone, but I am really a seasons person. Now that spring is finally, finally slowly approaching us here in Zurich, I cannot wait to re-decorate my home a little bit. I’ve already been buying flowers on a weekly basis the past couple of months (and got some as presents other times) as you may have noticed on my Snapchat or Instagram. It really brings so much life into a room and brightens up the mood just a bit more. Seeping through Pinterest really made me crave spring and decorating everything at home just that much more. Here are some of the pictures that I find inspiring – clean, a bit colourful, and: fresh! I’ve also been looking at some more inspiration for easter and cute little decorations. I already love the egg & flower combination in the first picture so I am thinking of doing something along the lines of that. Perhaps I’ll share some easter inspiration with you guys soon. Also, my cravings for cakes, little cupcakes and brunches just sky-rocketed when I saw some of these cute easter-recipes. I will surely try out some of these and amend as needed for me to allergy-friendly enjoy those too!

*all pictures are taken from Pinterest and can be found on my account

Thoughts on Easter Monday

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Happy Sunday Monday, guys! I love having the day off, not only giving me the sunday-blues today, but also knowing that the week ahead is a hint shorter. The past week has been filled with ups and downs, and I want to apologize for the lack of content. Not only was I busy (as always, I know), but I honestly am lacking motivation and inspiration on all ends at the moment. Luckily, Easter came around and gave us all a long weekend – one for me to finally breathe a little – which I spent with my bestie (& her family). I even went on an egg-hunt yesterday! As much as it might be an activity for little kids, I absolutely loved it and – quite honestly – I’ve missed it. So it will defintely be on my list again next Easter – egg-hunting for life! Otherwise, I will be working on my to-do list all day, crossing off everything from working out, cleaning, writing assignment(s) for my studies, to actually flipping through magazines, blogs, pinterest and instagram to get my inspiration going again!

With that, and I know it was only a short nonsense post today, I wish you all a lovely Monday. xo

Rolling out of Easter

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Good morning lovelies! Easter has come so quickly and left even faster – can you believe it? I spent a lovely, lazy, long weekend here at my place in Zurich with the family. This year we decided not to go all crazy on chocolate (eggs), since every year we either complain that a) we ate too many :) or b) we throw them all away because no one really wants them. Instead, my mom and I tried out lots of different recipes for dinners and lunches and I went a little crazy in the beginning with my ‘healthy’ baking. The only annoying part was (and still is) my right wrist, which is still in a cast. I’ve stopped taking painkillers Sunday evening, and since I started working again yesterday, I’ve had some quite uncomfortable times with it – luckily I’ll get it off next Tuesday (crossing fingers that it won’t be swollen anymore then!).

Other than all the great food, I’ve absolutely enjoyed having the family over. In fact, it was the first time they came to my place – since my previous places were all too tiny (student-room sizes). I might have overdone it with my little white porcelain bunnies all over the living room – but hey, at least I admit to it! :) The weather has been awful last week though, and I felt so bad for my mother, sister and dog, as they always have bad luck with it here. It did turn quite nice though on Sunday and now it seems Spring is definitely on it’s way – or at least, let’s cross fingers that it won’t turn its back on us again! Now that everyone is gone again and I am back to routine, my food schedule should get back to normal again. Although we cooked more or less healthy only, I have the feeling I’m rolling off my bed now! ;( So now it’s back to doing some exercises in the morning and having my routinely 3 meals a day.

And now that it’s Thursday already, it’s only 2 more days till Friday! Can you believe it? I have another long weekend coming up (public holiday in Zurich on Monday) – so I am really looking forward to it; making it easier to get back into the routine! Wishing you all a great day, xo.

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Guiltfree Chocolate Mousse (GF, DF)

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It’s FriYay – literally, I had the day off (long Easter weekend)! Ok, it might have not been as special for me this time as I was off the whole week (remember surgery on Tuesday). It was however lovely to have the whole family around today, were no one had to work. Despite that I shouldn’t be using my right wrist at all, I cannot keep myself out of the kitchen at the moment – I am so into trying out new recipes and cooking! Today we had amazing spring rolls with a delicious peanut-butter sauce to it (photo on Instagram), which was a new recipe I tried out with my mother – and, it was a huge success. So I will definitely do that one again and present it to you with a step-by-step recipe. We also just had dinner: asparagus risotto – it was absolutely delicious! As you can tell, my day has been lazy and all about food! Thankfully we also went out for a long walk with the dog, so with that I hope to not be rolling around next week from all this eating haha :-).

This guilt-free chocolate mousse is everything:
fluffy
creamy
a chocolate haven
healthy.

Yep, it literally is healthy. Not only gluten free and diary free, but also free from any kind of sugar (except for natural fruit sugar). So here is what you need for this easy 30-second dessert:

1 banana
1 avocado
1 tablespoon cacao powder (the raw, dark chocolate one – with no added sugars)

All you need to do is blend those three ingredients together and what you end up with is a cream of heaven – fill in into a glass and add some toppings. I decided on some fresh fruits! If you do want it a little sweeter, it is always possible to add in a tablespoon of agave syrup or honey – though the banana should do it’s work in sweetening. These ingredients make two portions (or I guess one, if really hungry) – and the below mason jar shows one portion only.

Now it’s time to continue my readings for uni and then I want to choose some last recipes for Easter Sunday & Monday – anyone have ideas on what to cook/bake?

Till then, I wish you all a great, lovely long weekend! xo

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Side note: What is with all the killings lately? Everyday I watch the news and everyday something else horrible happened. 147 students got killed in Kenya yesterday – students! This is horrible and absolutely not understandable to me, at all! I am so appreciative of the life I can live, being able to go out of my house without having to live in fear – but the things happening around the globe (wars, killings, torture,..) … I have no words for it! :'(