Cooking on our new Plancha

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Cooking a la Plancha has got to be our new motto at home. Recently my boyfriend decided we needed a new grill – better even, a plancha. Without having any idea of what exactly a plancha is compared to a normal grill, I nodded in excitement – loving the idea of some bbq sessions on our terrace. When the plancha arrived I still believed it was like a normal grill – perhaps the only difference being that the surface to grill on is one big hot plate. Oh, how wrong I was!

Firstly, I was educated that a plancha is not a normal grill, but so much more advantageous. And rightly so. Here are some important points to note:

1) A plancha reaches a temperature of 270-300°C within 5 to 10 minutes (much quicker than most grills)
2) The smallest chopped foods can be made on a plancha without falling between the embers that a normal bbq brings with it
3) Everything can be cooked or grilled on a plancha – from meats, to fish, to vegetables, an omelette, pancakes or even popcorn can be made on it!
4) Grilling / cooking on a plancha can be done completely without oils or butter (though we do recommend oil if you don’t want food sticking to your plancha too fast)
5) It’s fast, easy and you can cook / grill super healthy
6) Cleaning has never been easier! Once done cooking, you can throw on some cold water or ice cubes and scrap the surface of the plancha with the spatula to remove any burnt food that is left. No need to take the bbq apart and clean between the embers – what a relief!

We’re still working on new recipes, trying out others and experimenting on the plancha – but one thing is for sure: so far it has alway come out great and really only takes a couple of minutes until the food is served!

Cooking on the plancha is easiest with a spatula and grill tongs!
We also have a lid to cover the vegetables to cook them through even quicker.. oh, and this lid can also be used to make popcorn!

Street Food Festival; Part I

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Good morning loves! It’s been a while and I do fully apologize for that – I’ve been kept busy the whole past week, trying to catch up with work after the London trip, going to further conferences and meetings, started my studies again (so sad, vacation is over!) and was out all weekend. I hadn’t planned to do much this weekend, but as it always is: when you don’t plan anything really, you end up everywhere! :-) Or at least that is what happens to me almost every time..

Saturday I went to the Street Food Festival up at the Dolder (Hotel in Zurich) with one of my friends – though we didn’t stay too long. We walked down (big hill right there!) and enjoyed the amazing weather here in Zurich. After a lovely talk at the lake I raced home to quickly change and go out to dinner with two lovely friends that came all the way from Hamburg. We went to Razzia, which supposedly is the new IT restaurant everyone goes to lately. I honestly haven’t been before but I must say the food was amazing – yet, quite pricey as the portions really weren’t too big.

Sunday I went to the Food Festival again with another friend, who came specially for me from Basel to go and get some inspiration at the festival. I must say some of the stuff is great and I surely did get a few inspirations here and there (red burgers!), though I was also a bit disappointed when it comes to the trendy part of it. I always thought that Food Festivals are supposed to show the latest trend? I guess not, or at least, I did not really find any. I did see great burgers, lots and lots of BBQ stuff, quite a bit of vegan and vegetarian foods, yet barely anything that was gluten free and sadly the ice creams presented weren’t lactose free (same with the milkshakes!). Yet, I don’t want to talk it bad, because in the end it does have some delicious food if you can eat gluten :-)

Now off I jump, my first meeting starts at 9am and I still need to make breakfast – blueberry milkshake it shall be! 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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