Cooking with the Thermomix: for meat lovers

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as we did! Although it rained non-stop yesterday, we had a lovely time at a friends home party. I even got to bake some muffins (vanilla with blueberry and chocolate ones!) and generally we ate like kings yesterday.

Shortly before we went to the home party (not knowing that there would be a cook), we cooked up a meat recipe with our Thermomix at home. The recipe (called Bunter Bauerntopf in German) is super easy and we used one from the German Magazine “mein ZauberTopf“.

Cooking with a Thermomix really is dead easy. I have always wanted one, then became skeptical in the beginning of having it and now I am starting to slowly love it. It really takes so much work from you and can basically do everything from cutting, heating things up, keeping the warm, baking bread, making soups, weighing ingredients, to even making ice cream. Really, it can do almost everything. I believe the new ones even have a function where you can add all ingredients into the Thermomix and tell it to cook at a later time so the food is ready when one gets home / or wants to eat later. So cool! I do still enjoy actual cooking and taking on the whole work once in a while, so I will most likely continue with both strategies!

Simple Food

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FriYay – what a joy! I am utterly excited to sleeping in – as always, haha :). The week has been good though, busy yet entertaining. Yesterday evening I made a super simple dinner for my dad and i (he returned from a business trip but is leaving again tonight). I made some omelette with vegetables (mainly onions, leek, and mushrooms) with a side of broccoli.

After dinner I saw a good friend of mine and we talked about what happened in the past weeks and what the upcoming plans are – its always great to catch-up. What I really didn’t expect was the autumn-vibed-weather, it gets super cold at night now and my thin jumper surely was not enough. Coats and jackets are now officially my best friend again! How has your week been so far?

June 1st

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Happy 1st of June! How does time pass so fast, and how was it New Years only (feels like) yesterday? I know I am lacking updates majorly right now and my work and studies probably aren’t best excuse – because, well, they always tend to be. Nevertheless, much has been going on and my schedule for the next couple of weeks is full. Quite frankly, my calendar for almost the whole year is planned (more or less), with one trip at least once every four weeks. Now in June I will be in Geneva for business, Germany to see my family (sister’s high school graduation!), back in Geneva for business and then straight to Malta. My family is moving from Germany to Malta at the end of this month and so I will be helping with the move and exploring the Island a little bit. How exciting?! It’s the first time they are moving “big time” without me, as I am fully established and loving (yep, heard it right) Zurich right now. We’ve actually moved quite a few times (be it house, apartment, city or country), that I lost count. Nevertheless, visiting the family every couple of weeks in sunny Malta is something I surely cannot complain about in the future.

Here is a snapshot of a dinner I made a while ago with some chicken, a good’ol salad and my delicious salsa sauce. The recipe to the salsa was posted a little earlier here. I actually received a couple of things (make-up; yay!) the past days and wanted to share a little bit of it with you. Now the only thing keeping me from doing that is the cloudy weather (horrible lightning), and of course, my busy schedule. Latest on the weekend, though, I promised myself to take some pictures! I am actually so OCD that I couldn’t open the packages yet, because I don’t want them to look opened up already :’). So stay tuned on that one! xo

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Sunday is a Salad Night

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Happy Sunday guys! The week has passed enormously fast, once again. Luckily, the weather has been incredible this weekend and, since I my studies only start next week again, I’ve been out and about the whole day. I started my Saturday morning with a relaxed two-hour brunch and some great conversations at Café des Amis here in Zurich. It was the first time I went, thanks to the introduction of a friend, and I must say it surely is lovely. Due to the good weather the place was full however, and we sat inside instead. Though the food was good (and my friends food looked amazing), they were a little inflexible with regards to my allergies. Is it such a big deal to make scrambled eggs fresh without any lactose (milk)? Nevertheless, my two fried eggs and avocado were good!

After a swim-workout at the Hallenbad (swimming pool in Zurich) I met up with a friend in the afternoon, strolled through the city, sat in the sun over some drinks and went for sushi afterwards. He introduced me to Sora Sushi, right at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), where they have all-you-can-eat specials on the weekend. Trust me when I say I really did eat all I could – rolling out of the place satisfied! The best part here was, that it not only was delicious, but there was no limitation on the amounts of sashimi you could order. If you know me, I really like sushi (Maki especially), though love sashimi! An elderly couple next to us most likely hated us for a short amount of time, though, as we took all the salmon sashimi off the conveyor belt one time: :’) We did give them the next rounds, though!

With all the eating yesterday, today will be rather light. I love making a quick salad in the evenings, which doesn’t leave you feeling like you are rolling-around yet still fills you enough until its time for bed. Speaking off, I will try to eat a little earlier today and will walk off to the kitchen soon. How did you spend your weekend? xo

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas loves! I hope that everyone had a lovely start into the holidays so far and is enjoying the time with loved ones, family and friends. This time of the year is one of my absolute favorites – it’s all about spending the time together with the family, spendng cozy nights in and having good food. Growing up in European countries, I am used to celebrating especially on Christmas Eve, the night of the 24th. It was all about enjoying the family yesterday for us, unpacking presents and filling out stomachs with lots of food.

It is first year that the family (mom, dad, sis and dog) are spending Christmas at my place in Zurich – and I love it. Seriously, we might need to repeat that next year. The years before were amazing too, of course – with lots of family around (aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents). However, this year we decided to make it small and cuddly. It was amazing. For dinner I made potatoe-maroni puree, added beef filets on top (meat done by dad), topped with glazed apples, differently colored carots and lots of onions made in a red wine sauce. The dessert, hours later – cause we were all too full from the main dish – was berry crumble with vanilla ice cream for the rest. The recipe was amazing, so I shall surely make that again, photograph it and blog about it. Right now though, I cannot see any more food heavy food. Tonight will thankfully be more or less back normal with a lovely mushroom risotto my mom will be making. Tomorrow is Thai evening with chicken and yellow curry – one of my favorite dishes currently.

I will also show you some of the presents in the next few posts coming up. I love them all! What did you get – how did you spend your holiday? Wishing you all a continuing lovely holiday, lots of love, health and happiness! xo

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