Chewy Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happy May 6th! Yes, one day late, I know – but either way I wanted to share another recipe with you guys. I had posted a picture of these cookies on Instagram the other days and you guys demanded (mostly via PMs) the recipe. Now, the recipe is super easy and I am super happy to share it! The cookies are perfect for those that wish to eat chewy, rather soft chocolate chip cookies which are not all too sweet!

In case you prefer larger, more American-Style Chocolate Chip cookies with a crunchy outside and soft inside I will only disappint you for a few days! Why you ask? Well, I made another batch of cookies and they too, are perfect! Yet, absolutely different – but I will also share that recipe sometime soon!

Now, back to the soft, chewy cookies!

Here is what you need:

  • 210g white flour
  • 145g unsalted, melted butter (make sure it’s at room temperature before using it)
  • 150g fine, brown sugar
  • 30ml (roughly 2 tablespoons) golden honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30ml milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1 fesh vanilla (or pure vanilla extract – then roughly 2 teaspoons)
  • 220g dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

What to do:

  1. pre-heat the oven to 190°C and line the baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together the all the other ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until you have a nice dough
  4. Now slowly add the flour-salt-baking powder mixture to the dough and mix it until you get a smooth dough
  5. Next, add in the chocolate chips and carefully mix it until they are well spread.
  6. Using your hands, form roughly 24 same sized balls out of the bowl
    (I used a fully loaded tablespoon as a portion helper)
  7. Bake until they slowly turn golden-brown (depending on the size, 12-18 minutes)

Pro TIP: Enjoy them whilst they are warm – it’s the best!

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!

My Favourite New MakeUp Mirror from SimpleHuman

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Happy Tuesday! Yesterday I arrived in London for a business trip until Thursday. My days are filled with business meetings and delicious meals – so good! But enough of that (check my Instagram to not miss out on any stories), today I am here to talk about my new beauty tech gadget. I am speaking of the Wide-View Sensor Mirror pro from Simplehuman! Sounds extravagant, doesn’t it? Well, it really is a game changer.

For those having read my last few posts, and those that know me, I am such a fan of good lighting! This may sound strange, but for those of you doing your makeup in a bad light, you know the struggle! Our bathroom lights really aren’t good at all, and so I’ve always done my makeup in front of our large bedroom windows, hoping for some natural light. Because, as we all know, natural light is still the best. No one needs an orange makeup line down the jaw before leaving the house :)

Unfortunately, the light outside isn’t always as good, either. Especially now that winter is around the corner again, there will basically be no sunlight before I arrive at the office. But really all year round, a grey cloudy day can ruin everything when it comes to good natural light for your morning makeup routine.

My hubby knew my frustrations and acted (another reason I love him!). A few weeks ago we were looking for a new mirror with light for our bathroom (which we also purchased), when we found this beauty online (here)! What started with us being amazed (we are such gadget nerds!) by the technology descriptions, quickly escalated in an order and delivery a few days later.

This makeup mirror really does it all! And this is NOT sponsored :) It’s got a wide view – basically three mirrors in one, making it possible to see yourself and face from basically every angle! It comes with a small magnetic mirror that you can take off and zooms x10. The light is super natural AND, changes according to your background. Basically, the light changes depending on the light around you. Therefore, I can finally put on my makeup in a completely dark room and still have the most natural light, EVER! Also, so SO cool, is the fact that you can connect it to your app. Basically, I can use a selfie from a certain environment (let’s say candlelight dinner selfie) and the mirror will adjust it’s lighting to “mirror” the light of the place you’ll want your makeup to look natural in. The technology behind it is simply amazing. I have no idea how exactly this works, but I am a huge fan! Also, it turns on automatically once I sit in front of it without even having to turn anything on / or off, that is. So practical!

So yes, the mirror surely isn’t the most inexpensive, but for those looking for a safe bet on getting the best and most natural light, this IS IT. The only negative I’d say, is the small mirror. I would find it more practical if the magnetic field was a little higher up and I wouldn’t have to lean down so far when looking for a close up. Then again, I barely use it so I don’t mind it all too much.

7 Must-Have items in my bag

Wednesday already! I hope everyone is enjoying the week so far and not stressing themselves overly. Speaking about stress; it’s really gotten to me lately. My stomach is upset a LOT (especially in the evenings) and I am more and more having to deal with anxiety. I would be super happy to receive tipps on what you do against anxiety or any other recommendations you have. I am thinking about starting something to help me off here a little but I need to test and try it first before talking to you guys about it.

So, here we go. I’ve had a discussion with a friend recently about female handbags. Why female you ask? Because we constantly manage to overpack. I am totally on the same page with most of you out there (those that have the same issue) and decided to making a small list and organising myself better before going on trips. Now, it really depends on whether I go by car, train, (I get car and train sick), by plane and how long I travel.

Here however, are my 7 must-have essentials that I try and keep in my bag constantly:

  1. Wallet – it includes everything from my ID to my blood type (yup, always in there), my health insurance card in case something happens, credit cards and some cash. I don’t carry a lot of cash with me most of the times given I feel I spend it way too fast :) though I do like to keep two-three currencies in my bag. In Switzerland that of course would be Swiss Franks, but I usually also carry some Euros and USDs – because well, you never know!
  2. Sunglasses – I always, always, always have a pair in my handbag. Even on a cloudy or rainy day, you never know when the sun peaks out – or when you just want to look super cool. Also, remember it is better for your eyes (if you have sunnies with have UV filter)!
  3. Hand lotion – a must have for me since recently! I was never into hand lotions, though the woman I get my nails done at has been telling me that my hands are too dry for too long. So I decided to now always carry one around with me.
  4. Airpods / Headphones – because you know, music. But really, I love listening to music or podcasts whenever I get the chance! Also, taking a call is always easier hands-free, especially if you have an Italian vibe to you and love to use hand gestures 24/7.
  5. Lipstick – I don’t really use lipstick often. Yet, I do always carry one around just in case. In the end, a good lipstick can save any outfit and make you look party ready when you really aren’t, instantly!
  6. Notebook and pen – I admit it, I love the old school way of writing things down by hand. I usually carry around an agenda, too, though I need to buy new papers to put in there. For now, I am using this cute little notebook for drawing down my notes and thoughts on the go. You never know when that next business idea hits you!
  7. External charger – something I keep forgetting but love having with me SO much. Phones nowadays last much longer than they did 2-3 years ago, yet by far not as long as they used to 10 years ago. Because I am a social media nerd (jk), need to check my emails and be reachable whenever and wherever, my phone has to be charged at all times!

Team Bride!

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Ahhh – how exciting are these news! Ok, let me rewind. My best (like seriously best best) friend Virginia is getting married next year and I am so, so excited for her! A few days ago I opened the post and received a little package that I really couldn’t get my head around. I had not gone online shopping (for once!) and I did not expect anything from anyone. When I opened it I found this super cute little notebook from Sloane Stationery with a bee (!!!) on it. Ok, those that know me, know that I am OBSESSED with bees. So I fell in love with this little notebook before I knew what it even was. When I saw the note, I almost fainted from excitement.

How cute is this? Seriously! I am now officially a part of the Team Bride and I could not be happier! What this means? I’ve got a VIP status at the wedding. Obviously (not). The cutest thing is, that all of her best / close friends received a small little notebook like mine – but each one has a different color and/or slogan on it. There are so many cute ones and she really did get the most perfect ones for each friend! Another friend received one that said “Little Miss Organised” – and if you knew that friend, trust me, you would totally agree that it’s the perfect fit!

Of course, I will keep you all updated on what happens and some photos of the wedding (if allowed by the bride) or wedding details once the time has come. Ugh, super excited! :)