Family Visit in Malta & A New Vegan Rice Recipe

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What a week it’s been! So much going on, so many travels, business meetings, enjoyable moments, good food, and: my very first food poisoning (not so fun!!). The week started off in Zurich for a night, went on in London for two days and continued in Zurich on Thursday. It’s been rather stressful on the business front, yet thankfully also quite successful! My agenda for the upcoming months is filling up quickly and as much as I cannot wait for all the travels, meeting people and seeing new places, I likewise more and more cherish my days at home with my loved ones and spending time with Zaphira.

Thursday night started amazing! I had a busy day that ended with a lovely business dinner and then went over to a nice evening with hours of talks over a good glass of sparkling wine. Then it all turned negative: at around 3am I woke up with the worst fever and chills. Then it all took its turn, and the food poisoning fully hit me. The joy..

Friday didn’t look much brighter. What was meant to be an amazing day ended up with me feeling dreadful and wishing the day went past even faster! It started with me receiving the keys to my new apartment. What was supposed to be an amazing experience, however, ended in me barely noticing what was going on around me. Thankfully my dad was in the city and helped out with everything. I also had to skip the business meetings and spent half the day in bed. in the late afternoon however I had to get ready, off to the airport and off to Malta. I got home (family home in Malta) at around 8pm and was dead asleep an hour later.

The good news: Saturday I felt much better. Although I couldn’t eat most of the day, the nausea was more or less gone. In the evening I made a new vegan rice dish for the family. I looked at different recipes on the internet, got my inspiration and changed it up a bit. I must say: it was super delicious! The family loved it and it was decided we’ll add it more often to our monthly recipe options!

So here it is – super, super simple.

What you need for 4 people:
– 200g of uncooked rice
– 600g of spinach (frozen is fine)
– 200ml of water (boiled) with 1 tablespoon of vegetable broth
– 1 can of chick peas (including the liquid it’s in)
– 1 large onion / and one clove of garlic if you want
– 1-2 tablespoons of yellow curry paste (depending on how spicy you like it)
– 40g of yellow raisins
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil (coconut oil works just as well)
– 50g of unsweetened and unsalted cashews (for the topping, if you want)
– salt and pepper

What to do:
1) heat up the oil in the pan and add the curry paste
2) add in the chopped up onion (add one clove of garlic if you like)
3) boil the water, add in the broth and add it into the pan
4) add in everything else
5) let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes (until no more liquid is left and the rice is cooked) – eh voila – you are done!

6) if you want a topping – you can roast the cashews in a separate pan until they are golden-brown and add them on top before serving

super simple, super yummy!
the view from our balcony – always amazing!
the coast on a rather windy day
I could take a million photos of the ocean – I love how every second there is something new and exciting to see, how the image is never the same and brings about so much inspiration!

from up above

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Finally back in Switzerland, Zurich, and finally back home. As much as I love traveling, there is no feeling that can beat coming home. Yet, I love traveling, exploring, seeking adventures and discovering what nature has to offer for us. It doesn’t matter how often I jump on a plane, I still cannot get enough of the breathtaking views one gets when flying over the alps leaving Switzerland, flying over the ocean or desert when flying into other exotic places. I just finished my business travels to Las Vegas (with a pit stop in San Francisco) last week, and then jumped on another plane the next day to fly out to Alicante. There, I met my grandmother, relaxed a little bit over the weekend and enjoyed the beach.

With so many bloggers nowadays using special drones to take bird-view photos, I obviously needed one, too. It’s a toy, I admit it – but I love it. I really don’t need it, given that this does not finance my life, but it is so much fun to not only explore nature whilst walking around or diving in the sea, but suddenly being able to see what usually only birds see daily. This perspective opens a whole other layer of creativity one can work with and, personally, makes me respect the nature around us just so much more.

The DJI Mavic Pro not only allows you take photos of the views you see on your iPhone, but likewise let’s you shoot videos. I personally love it, though do admit that it needs some practice on my side. I almost completely crashed and destroyed it on my first flight – jup, only happens to me – but managed to fix it and thankfully did not destroy the camera. I’m slowly getting better, though hope to improve my skills further in the upcoming weeks. What are your thoughts, experiences with drones (if any) and favorites? Also, can anyone recommend a good program or app to work on the video – one that is not overly-technical and complicated? xo

ps. I have had some great news come at me the past days, which I am hoping to reconfirm and then share with you guys in the upcoming 2-3 months. Can’t wait to tell you more!

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful start into 2017! We have exactly 361 days left this year, to make it our greatest – what’s the plan? I’m out and about a lot this year and will try to tick off all my goals within the next months. First and far most, however, I need to write (well, start) and finish my master thesis. Joy. New Year’s Eve was amazing by the way – we had a house party at my bfs place with another 14-15 people. We had some great food, bubbly wine and a whole lot of fun. Luckily, I had Monday off and was able to get my energy back – ready for the new year at work. Yesterday started rather calm at the office. I organised quite a bit and tried to read through all the emails that piled up over the last few days. Today is seems, is the real start. I’ll be out for a business lunch and am jumping right back into a few large projects that were slightly on hold due to holidays.

I also wanted to share these photos with you my sister took of me in Malta two weeks ago. It’s incredible how warm it was there compared to the weather here. It’s freezing now, a bit snowy and it seems we are still far away from spring. These photos were taken at the Dingli Cliffs. Wherever you looked, you saw nature’s beauty. The cliffs are breathtaking. Yet, what really struck me, were these cute little stone houses (?), which were quite frankly fully falling apart. I am not sure what it was, but I assume they used to be some sort of shelters for farmers when the weather turned bad all of the sudden? Either way, the fact that they were so tiny and, quite frankly, broken down – yet had No Entry & Private written all over – made them especially cute. I had to take a few photos there. It’s a great contrast to the rather fresh velvet trend that everyone is going on about. Well, same here. I love love love velvet. Here, I am wearing my velvet pants from Zara (a few years old), a velvet body also from Zara (this season), and my adidas originals (which are so dirty they must be thrown out, soon). The sunnies are from Dior. What are your thoughts on velvet – keep or throw for 2017?

Camel Coat

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Hello loves! I hope you all spent a wonderful Christmas with family, friends and or loved ones. We had a super chilled Christmas this year and even got some take-home sushi in the evening to not have to stress about cooking. It was amazing. We unpacked presents, all watching each other unpack and laughed a lot. Yesterday was rather relaxed, too. We went out for a lunch in the sun and I stayed home mostly after. It seems I am having an allergic reaction to my antibiotics – as my face and hands are burning and got a sunburn with barely any exposure to the sun. So annoying – especially as I usually love to warship the sun as soon as it comes out! So now I’ll give the doctor a call as soon as they are open this morning and see what they have to say. Otherwise, I guess I’ll have to stay in the shade and inside for a couple of days..

Either way, I thought I’d share this little outfit post with you guys. I don’t do a lot of OOTDs, as I barely ever find time for them next to work and studying. Arriving in Malta and doing absolutely nothing work- or study related for 2-3 days gave me the chance to take a couple of photos, though. So I’ll be able to share a few more of these with you soon! What are your thoughts on these? Like? Special thanks here to my photographer, aka my sister. I forgot to bring my camera to Malta (how?!), but thankfully the iPhone quality has quite picked up and makes better quality photos than I thought!

I am basically wearing a complete Zara outfit. The camel coat, velvet body, and jeans skirt are from this season (perhaps still in store). The velvet ballerinas are from the beginning of summer, also Zara. I am also wearing my beloved, everyday Gucci bag and Dior sunnies – along with my Hermes bracelet and my (inherited) rings that I wear on the daily. I am especially in love with this coat – it seems to fit to everything. I know it’s been a trend-piece this whole year already and I am rather late with it in my collection, but I am so glad I bought it! Sadly it’s too cold in Zurich to wear at the moment, but at least I get the chance here in Malta – and then again in spring (whenever that arrives..).

Tonight we’re going to meet some friends and have dinner at their place. Should be lovely – I haven’t seen them since quite a few weeks now and it’s always most enjoyable to catch up!

TBT NYC

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Another day of meetings has passed, the electricity shut down on us today for almost an hour in the city of Zurich, the internet was dead for hours afterwards at the office, I handed in my assignment and it’s almost time to go to bed – finally! I remembered that I wanted to share a few more photos from NYC when I went back in March – and still have not done so. In looking through the photos I really miss it – it was such an amazing trip (yes, business mostly – but I had the chance to get a little of that ‘NYC lifestyle feeling’ on the weekend). Will I go again? For sure! Yet, I have not planned anything and am slightly doubting I’ll find the time this year. It’s only the end of April, I know, but I have been booking fights for every month up until November this year. It’s usually small trips, several short weekend trips, some business trips, and I will be booking a combined business-vacation trip for October soon, too. I am so excited it’s beyond words – and of course, I have to use this chance to tease you a little! Once it’s all booked and final (hopefully by the end of next month), I’ll make sure to update you though.

Now I quickly need to pack my stuff for the upcoming days: Düsseldorf and Norden (city up in the north of Germany). I’ll be flying tomorrow after work, meet the family, enjoying a girls-day with my mom and sister on Friday, and then we (including dad) will drive up to Norden on Saturday morning to meet the rest of the gang (aka the family). My grandma is turning 70, so almost the whole family is getting together, joined by some of her friends and neighbors and we will be going out for dinner and ‘partying’ afterwards. I haven’t seen them (all bundled up together) in quite a while, so I am surely looking forward to seeing them! Especially my little cousin, whom turned yesterday 3 (already!!). She is the most adorable kid and so incredibly mature for her age (she acts like she’s 6, at least!). With that, I should jump of social media, pack my stuff and jump straight into bed. xo

ps. make sure to add me on snapchat if you want to see more of my daily life (ranging from exquisite to double-chin-like selfies, daily impressions and of course little take-outs of my activities – and travels coming up)! @stylephantom

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