Ocean Vibes

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Hello and happy Friday! I couldn’t be more happy to finish this week – not that I don’t love what I do, but I also love sleeping in and I really look forward to it this weekend. Yesterday evening I took a short break from “life” and went to the movies with a friend of mine – we watched “Now you can see me 2”. I didn’t see the first one, unfortunately, but the second one surely was good! Of what I heard though, the first one was a tad better. Well well, either way it was a nice change to my usual evening-studies. I also wanted to share a few more photos from Malta with you from last weekend. I really enjoy going to this little Island, spending time with my family and dog, and walking around the stone beaches and exploring some of the nature there. Diving is supposed to be super fun there, too – especially because they have a lot of ship wrecks. Sadly I didn’t find the time yet, as I am always super busy when I go to Malta (with studying, spending time with the family – whom don’t dive – getting my hair touched up, etc.). Next year I’ll surely do it!

Also, I finally went darker again. And nope, I don’t mean I tanned more – though I really wish – but I darkened my roots and am not as blonde anymore. I did love being blonde, and I most likely will go back to it at some point in my life. In recent times though, I’ve felt that my hair needs a break (I’ve been colouring it since I’m 16!) and wanted to go a bit more natural. That being said, my hairdresser used the “balayage” technique and darkened my roots and pulled some of the darker color down my hair. I really do like the change, though, it took me a few days to get used to it and I would swear that my hair actually isn’t that dark. Thus, it could be that my hair grows out lighter on the top *sigh* but I guess I’ll find out soon. Seriously, if there is no reason to really color your hair, don’t do it. Or at least beware that certain natural hair colours are not easily brought back or the hairdresser might have difficulties finding the perfect color match. Nevertheless, I really love my hairdresser in Malta – Sarah – she does an amazing job! If you’re ever looking for a hairdresser in Malta, let me know – and I’ll make sure to send you the details. I don’t have an “after” picture yet, but I’ll try to get one these days. You can definitely already see some though on instagram or snapchat!

That being said, I’ll now finish my lunch and continue with some office work. Enjoy the weekend! xo

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Graduation x Family

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I am back from Düsseldorf and seeing the family – and already miss them (especially my baby, aka dog)! I have quite a few photos to look through from graduation, though wanted to share one with you already. Here you see my grandpa, grandma (shortly after tears of joy), my beautiful sister (congratulations, again!), my stunning mom, and myself. My dad sadly isn’t on the photo, as he was standing behind the camera. Though, I should have a few photos together with all of us. I love family photos – they caption so many memories and are super fun to look at in later years. Sadly, the whole family doesn’t get together all too often (other than my parents and myself), so I always try and capture some of the moments. The graduation was on Friday, and Saturday we had my aunt, uncle and the three kids over and went out for another dinner. Speaking of dinner, we had the most amazing dinner with a breath-taking view on Friday – we went to the “Rheinturm,” which is the highest tower (218m) and offers a view over the whole city. We were also really lucky with the weather, as it was supposed to be rainy and quite cold. Luckily, it turned out to be quite warm – thankfully, as I only brought summery clothes.

Now I am back in Zurich for the week, catching up on work and preparing for the next weeks ahead. On Sunday I leave to Geneva again for business, returning Monday evening, and leaving to Malta Tuesday. As you might remember from an earlier post, my family is moving from Düsseldorf to Malta, so I will be flying over to catch some sun hours and help with the unpacking. I’ll stay in Malta one week, and then on July 6, early in the morning, I’ll fly to London to stay for business until Friday afternoon. Things should calm down once I am back in Zurich and my agenda seems less full – so I am crossing my fingers that the summer finally arrives in Zurich until then; it’s been dreadful the past weeks! If you’ve been following me on snapchat (@stylephantom) you saw that I was quite active on it over the past weekend – and I am planning to keep it up as I travel: it’s such an easy way to share special moments with friends and family (and lets not forget the utmost joy these filters bring)! xo

Homemade Wild Garlic Pesto

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Oh Sunday, why are you almost over already? I really wish I had a day between Saturday and Sunday sometimes – there is always so much I would like to do and so little time in the end! Today I treated myself with some gluten free pasta for lunch, I have not had that in forever! I topped it with some delicious wild garlic pesto which I made earlier this week – and quite honestly, I can barely get enough of it. So I thought I’d share the recipe with you, for those interested in making some as well. It’s not just great with pasta, but literally: on everything. I’ve had it over my rice crisp avocado breakfasts, over my asparagus, even in combination with an apple salad (so good!).

Last Monday I took a walk through the forest when I discovered wild garlic growing everywhere – everything was green; it was breathtaking and the smell.. amazing! In the midst of the garlic fields were quite a few people, already collecting this delish’ herb, and so of course I had to join in. Now making wild garlic pesto is probably among the easiest recipes to-do, and for me, as always; gluten free and diary free.

As always, I’d love to see your versions of it – so make sure to add #StylePhantomrecipes when reposting it on Instagram or similar and I will surely check it out!

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What you need

A large handful of fresh wild garlic (measured 175g)
½ cup of cashews (measured 75g)
½ cup of cold pressed olive oil
some sea salt
extra olive oil to cover up

What to do

1) take the stems off the garlic leaves and half them
(or find the appropriate size to fit in your blender)
2) wash the garlic quickly once
(you want to make sure that the garlic doesn’t absorb too much water, to not loose taste)
3) one handful after another, blend the garlic until a thick, green paste is achieved
4) add the cashews and olive oil and start mixing again
5) once you have a soft texture, add a sprinkle of sea salt and let it mix one last round
(you can always add more oil if needed)

Voila, now you can either

1) eat it directly with some pasta or another dish
2) add some more parmesan into it if you wish
3) fill it up into a mason jar and seal the top until all of the pesto is covered in olive oil
(this is needed for the pesto to not dry out, keep its taste and most importantly, stay fresh up to 3-4 weeks in the fridge)

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Now, how hungry are you after these pictures? I really wouldn’t mind another round.. :-)

Wishing you a lovely Sunday xo

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Guiltfree Chocolate Mousse (GF, DF)

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It’s FriYay – literally, I had the day off (long Easter weekend)! Ok, it might have not been as special for me this time as I was off the whole week (remember surgery on Tuesday). It was however lovely to have the whole family around today, were no one had to work. Despite that I shouldn’t be using my right wrist at all, I cannot keep myself out of the kitchen at the moment – I am so into trying out new recipes and cooking! Today we had amazing spring rolls with a delicious peanut-butter sauce to it (photo on Instagram), which was a new recipe I tried out with my mother – and, it was a huge success. So I will definitely do that one again and present it to you with a step-by-step recipe. We also just had dinner: asparagus risotto – it was absolutely delicious! As you can tell, my day has been lazy and all about food! Thankfully we also went out for a long walk with the dog, so with that I hope to not be rolling around next week from all this eating haha :-).

This guilt-free chocolate mousse is everything:
fluffy
creamy
a chocolate haven
healthy.

Yep, it literally is healthy. Not only gluten free and diary free, but also free from any kind of sugar (except for natural fruit sugar). So here is what you need for this easy 30-second dessert:

1 banana
1 avocado
1 tablespoon cacao powder (the raw, dark chocolate one – with no added sugars)

All you need to do is blend those three ingredients together and what you end up with is a cream of heaven – fill in into a glass and add some toppings. I decided on some fresh fruits! If you do want it a little sweeter, it is always possible to add in a tablespoon of agave syrup or honey – though the banana should do it’s work in sweetening. These ingredients make two portions (or I guess one, if really hungry) – and the below mason jar shows one portion only.

Now it’s time to continue my readings for uni and then I want to choose some last recipes for Easter Sunday & Monday – anyone have ideas on what to cook/bake?

Till then, I wish you all a great, lovely long weekend! xo

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Side note: What is with all the killings lately? Everyday I watch the news and everyday something else horrible happened. 147 students got killed in Kenya yesterday – students! This is horrible and absolutely not understandable to me, at all! I am so appreciative of the life I can live, being able to go out of my house without having to live in fear – but the things happening around the globe (wars, killings, torture,..) … I have no words for it! :'( 

Overnight Chia Oats (GF, DF)

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It’s finally April – already! Have you fooled anyone? I used to do that when I was younger all the time, but I’m lacking the creativity to fool anyone nowadays – or maybe I’m just too nice for it! My day has been quite calm after yesterday’s surgery on my right wrist. It sucks – I am right handed and suddenly I feel so handicapped, well, I am actually! I’m wearing a huge blue cast for the next 2 weeks and then my physiotherapy starts. I saw my surgeon/doc today, who wanted to do a first check after yesterday but everything seemed fine (other than the normal swelling). Other than that I really haven’t done much. I finished an assignment for uni, but it took forever when only being able to write with one hand. I am hoping for a little less pain in the upcoming days so that I can at least type normal again! However, here’s to my actual post: Overnight Chia Oats! I am a huge breakfast lover as you all have noticed by now; a foodie in general. Since everything in my kitchen is made gluten free (GF) and dairy-free (DF), I have amended the normal overnight oats for me to be able to eat them. I love it so, so much – and have it regularly for breakfast at the moment! Especially with fresh fruit, such as strawberries and raspberries – there is nothing better. It is super quick to do and since it is done the night before, you have breakfast ready within seconds upon waking up.

Here is what you need:

– ½ cup buckwheat flakes (or any other GF oats)
– ¾ cup almond milk (or any other DF milk)
– 1 tbs chia seeds
– fresh fruit (or any other topping of choice)

Here is how you do it:

– Mix the buckwheat flakes and chia seeds in a mason jar (or similar glass)
– add the milk and mix once more

– add the fruit of your choice (or add them in the morning) and place the jar into the fridge
(make sure the oats get an overnights sleep of at least 6 hours!)
– enjoy upon awakening :-) 

I find this quick and easy fix breakfast amazing for the summer, as I prefer warm oats or porridge in winter. With more fruit being available in summer (at least here in Zurich), many more variations of this delicious breakfast will be made for sure. Since I’m always on the lookout for more inspiration, do tag your version of it with #OvernightChiaOats on Instagram and I’ll make sure to check it out! Till then, I wish you a great continuing week. xo

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