Muesli Mornings

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Good morning and happy Wednesday! Work is seriously picking up in speed now and the days are passing by faster than ever. Can you believe it’s almost Christmas in 3 months? With these faster days I need my breakfast ready in an instant, so it’s either prepared for the morning or takes me less than 5 minutes to make. I’ve always been a huge muesli lover when I was a child. I’d have oatmeal-chocolate muesli daily during school days – or nutella breads on the other days. With my intolerances towards gluten and lactose this has worn off in the past years and I’ve only occassionally eaten some glutenfree mueslis that I saw in stores.

Now I finally made my very first own muesli. A bit crunchy, yet it soaks up the milk perfectly. It filled up a big jar in the kitchen for me to take out a cup in the morning, add some lactose free milk or yoghurt and fruit to it. It’s perfect for when I don’t have much time – or I take it to the office in a small mason jar, where I keep some lactose free milk too. I’ve tried it with almond milk as well, though must admit it’s too sweet even for my taste in the mornings now. So here’s to the recipe:

What you need

1 cup buckwheat flakes
1 ½ cups popped amaranth
1 cup coconut flakes
¼ cup rice flakes
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup peanut oil (or any other vegetable oil)
4 tablespoons agave syrup (or more if you want it sweeter)

What to do

1) heat up the oven to 180°C
2) mix everything thoroughly in a large bowl – make sure that the oil and agave syrup are spread well
3) spread everything in a large lasagne dish / or any other large oven form you have at hand
4) bake for 20-25 min, mixing the muesli 3-4 times to enable everything to get a nice gold/brown color
5) take it out and let it cool-off (it well get slightly crunchier when cooled off fully)

Now you can

1) add some milk to the muesli (and fruit) – serve it
2) serve it with yoghurt and fresh fruit (also amazing with berries)
3) put everything in a large jar for daily usage
4) fill small mason jars and make home-made kitchen gifts out of it – who doesn’t love themselves a nice jar of muesli?

With that, I wish you some great morning breakfasts (or snacks) to come. xo

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Birthday Dinner at Kronenhalle, Zurich

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TGIF! Though actually, the  week has passed by so fast – once again! It’s unbelievable how the time just passes at such a pace. I swear, every sunday I think to myself “not again, monday tomorrow”. And as soon as the week starts, it’s basically over again. I love that though, and I guess that comes from me enjoying my job as much as I do – there is surely nothing worse than not liking what you do or just being bored. I couldn’t not do anything the whole week!

Monday night I promised to show you a few pictures of my birthday dinner. Now it’s friday already, sorry! Like I, most likely, mentioned earlier: the food was absolutely amazing! My dad surprised me by taking me out to the restaurant Kronenhalle in Zurich. It is one of the eldest in town and the reason being must be the quality. The food tasted enormously good – I still drewl on the thought of it. The service was spectacular – havn’t seen aynthing like it in Zurich so far! Obviously, I had to have some meat again, haha. Regarding the fact that I used to be a vegetarian for 3, almost 4 years, no one that knows me can actually believe that I basically live off of meat now. I have the feeling it fills me the most and provides me with the energy needed for the day ahead. I normally only have meat during the week at lunch time. At home I cook full-on vegetarian or even vegan at night (got to keep it all in balance!).

The birthday evening started off with brilliant white champagne, followed by a beet-apple-horseradish salade as a starter, deer-filets with red cabbage, rice, dates, grapes and smored apples as my main dish, some Moneterè (Valpolicella Ripasso 2012) red wine on the side and an espresso whilst trying to digest on what seems to have filled me over my limits previously haha. I also took a few photos of my dad’s food, though ended up making much less photos than I had planned. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of myself haha. And trust me, afterwards I was way too full, to think about anything further. So for anyone wanting a nice, chic restaurant with some french flair, I highly, highly recommend the Kronenhalle in Zurich.

That night I also decided that I want to try out a new restaurant atleast every month, to get to know more places around and in the city. Do you have any recommendations? It doesn’t matter what type of food or restaurant – I am open to (almost) everything! Tonight I will have another lovely late-birthday dinner with a friend. Next week friday I shall celebrate with the whole family (parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins – big crowd!) – absolutely looking forward to seeing them all again after such a long time!

Now off I go – work doesn’t stop and money doesn’t sleep haha. Have a great day everyone!

 

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Cate & Coco’s Kitchen: Zürich

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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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