Japanese Chicken Udon

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sooo yummy!

Here’s to another super quick and easy recipe! We really felt like an Udon soup these days and decided to go for this recipe. Their blog in general has really good and healthy recipes that are super easy to make and surely filling. I think I will be browsing their blog a little more in the future to try and make some of their meals. Only recommendation: do add some chilli flakes if you like your food a little spicy! Also, we did not have Swerve or Monkfruit so we went for a teaspoon of Agave syrup instead. Tasted perfect either way!

Other than this recipe, there is nothing all too exciting to share. A normal Tuesday indeed. We are currently also planning our Friday and weekend. On Friday we may be driving down to Thun (Switzerland) to a military site and check out the stuff there. Since Samuel is very involved with the military he was invited to come over and asked me to join. I still need to check how much work I have and if I can make it happen.

On the weekend we will be driving up to Frankfurt so visit some friends that Samuel has known for long. They just got their second son and also (!!!) a puppy. I am super happy to see them again and spend some time away from home. Though driving up and down on two days is quite a bit. Thankfully, it should only be around 4h if we don’t hit any major traffic.

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!

Weekend Mode

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SundayFunday! Yesterday I went to the pop-up gallery opening of a friends’ sister – whom showed and is selling antique art and objects here in Zurich. The pieces are stunning and I would have loved to take some home with me! Sadly, they are a little over my budget of what I should/can spend. Nevertheless, if you are in Zurich you should definetely check it out here. After a calm dinner at home I got ready to go and meet some girls – so we went to Taos here in Zurich. A great lounge/bar with one of my favorite DJs – he’s a bit older but such a sweetheart and always playing great beats! I then joined over to the club but didn’t stay long and got home shortly after 1am – boring, I know!

This morning I started of easy and calm. I had my breakfast in bed and looked through all the social media stuff, checked out some of my favorite blogs and then started cooking at around noon. I just had this super simple (again) but yummy lunch; consisting of an omlette (2 egg whites & 1 egg, spinach, 1 onion, leek and some mushrooms on the side). A super busy Sunday ;) just how I like it. Sadly though I still need to work on some uni projects, so that will be most of my afternoon and early evening. I also need to iron some clothes so I might do that in front of the TV tonight. I am so excited to finish this uni course at the beginning of October and finally have a bit more me- and social-time (and even more so once I am done with this Masters for good hopefully early/mid next year). I’ve missed it! How’s your weekend been?

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