10 Oct 2012 Leave a Comment
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16 Aug 2012 2 Comments
01 Jul 2012 Leave a Comment
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Now as some of you know and most of you can guess I really like Ice Cream. And by that I mean I really really like Ice Cream. Among my friends I’m always the one choosing the weird flavours, for example my cone will contain rosebud and Chilli ice cream whereas others will have vanilla and strawberry.
I’ve also done my fair share of travelling around Europe at my young age of 17, at least I’d like to think so
A few places where I’ve definitely eaten this frozen delight (excuse the cheesy expression) and that have left an impression are Germany (obviously, since I live there), France, the UK and of course Bella Italia.
Germany’s association with Ice Cream is not very significant. You wouldn’t come back from a vacation and say “The scenery and the food in Germany was ok but the most amazing thing was the Ice Cream”, if you know what I mean. Germans like their standard, pseudo-Italian “Gemischtes Eis” (Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry) without being very adventurous. Yet I still think it is also here where you can find very different and exotic flavours, especially in smaller private ice Cream parlor. In my hometown there are a few places that sell Sesame and Chilli flavours.
In France I had very delicious Ice Cream in Brittany and in Paris. I remember the flavours being very fruity and very vibrant in their colour selection. I also had the best berry ice cream EVER on the French coast, it was une boule de crème glacée à saveur de framboise, or Raspberry flavour for all you Francophobes
Now, you know how much I adore Britain. I really do. But their ice cream isn’t that brilliant It’s nice, of course, and if you handed me some at any time I wouldn’t refuse, but it also isn’t anything to write home about. But there is one thing that is so British and also really nice: The 99. In case you don’t know, it’s Vanilla soft ice with a chocolate flake. It’s lovely and brings back soo many memories of walking down the British seafront, ice cream dripping on to sand, pushing the flake as far in to the cone as possible to make it last longer,… yeah. I love 99s
And last but sure as hell not least: Italy, home of gelato.
I love Italian ice cream, it’s the most delicious thing ever! The portions are enormous, the flavours so intense and I also love how they don’t use an ice cream ball making tool (I don’t know what it’s really called…) but a kind of spatula to fill the cones. When I stayed in Florence there was a Gelateria right outside our hotel and they had the most amaazing dark chocolate Ice Cream EVER. Ghaa… it was soo good… So if you’re planning on visiting Italy any time soon, go out and find a Gelateria, you won’t regret it!
So that’s it, that was my escapade into European ice cream. I hoped you found it at least slightly entertaining
By the way, I am participating in the Ultimate Blog challenge, that means I will be blogging every day in July! Let’s just hope I succeed not like the last time.. *cough*
When did you last have Ice cream? Do you love it as much as I do? Where did you have the most amazing Ice Cream you’ve ever tried? What’s your favourite flavour?
Have a magical day!
20 Feb 2012 Leave a Comment
in cooking, Febblogging 2012 Tags: :), butter, cook, cooking, delicious, egg mixture, eggs, fast, Febblogging, food, france, french, funny, good, love, michelin star, omelette, recipe, spring onions, try it, xx, yummy
Ok, I guess I should call this a “french-style” Omelette since I’m neither a cook nor french and probably not qualified enough to teach others how to cook eggs.
But for the sake of this blogpost just imagine I’m a forty-something French 2 Michelin Star cook with her own hen farm
French Omelette isn’t like the American or the Spanish Omelette because it isn’t cooked as long and it also is very thin and usually not filled with Chorizo Sausage (I guess you could though if you wanted).
It isn’t the easiest thing to cook but once you have mastered your first “omlette française” (said with an extreme french accent and accompanied by a flourishing hand gesture) they will only get better.
Des Questions? Non? Alors, je vais commencer avec cette Omelette magnifique!
You will need:
- 2 eggs (if you care about animals, choose free-range)
- butter and a little oil
- a frying pan
- a spatula
- a drop of water
- seasoning (i.e. salt and pepper)
- a mixing bowl
- Extras, for example spring onions, cheese, ham, Chorizo
(only joking ), Salmon,…
Crack both eggs into the mixing bowl, add the seasoning how you like it and add just a drop of water. Mix the ingredients together using a fork until it’s a solid yellow.
Put the pan on the stove and turn it on on a medium to high temperature. Pour in a little oil and butter and wait for the two to melt.
When the pan is fully heated, put in quite a lot of butter and when it starts to froth pour in your egg mixture.
Now comes the tricky bit:
Leave the egg in for about 5 seconds and then, using your spatula, push the egg in the middle from one side of the pan to the other. Let the runny egg fill the hole you just created by moving the pan.
Repeat this step in a flowery pattern until no more runny egg is there to fill the holes (If you want any extras on your Omelette, add them now).
Turn the Omelette over and let the other side sizzle for 6-8 seconds.
Get out of the pan and on to a plate, season in case it needs more salt and Voilà:
There you have your very own french-style Omelette!
Now… Get ready for my incredible visual explanation! **
Soo… I hope I could help you out here… Please comment and tell me if you tried this at home or if you have any ideas that you want to share
*this is not my picture!
** this is though
30 Jan 2012 Leave a Comment
This recipe is quite well-known but also very delicious. I hope you’ll enjoy this idea, it really does only take 5 minutes in the microwave
Unless you’re reeeaaally hungry and don’t mind loads of calories then you can eat one yourself, otherwise I would suggest sharing it with someone else!
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
not my picture! xx
30 Jan 2012 Leave a Comment
So I’m going to add my mustard (funny German saying isn’t it? Seinen Senf dazu geben… it just means adding your own opinion when discussing something!) to the humongous pile of reviews for this lovely book.
I do call myself a member of Nerdfighteria so of course I had to pre-order this book as soon as possible. I got it on the day it was released yet, possibly because I live in Germany, most probably because fate decided it doesn’t like me, it wasn’t signed :’( never mind though, I bought the book because I really like J.G.’s books and because I wanted to read it, signed or not
It took me 1 1/2 days to read it but only half a day to completely fall in love with it. So I decided to write a little review for whom it might concern
The Plot (spoiler free):
16-year-old cancer patient Hazel is regularly forced to visit a support group at her local church by her parents because they fear that she might be depressed. There she meets Augustus Waters who is accompanying his friend Isaac who is suffering from a rare form of eye cancer. He himself conquered bone cancer in his leg and had to have it amputated but he has been “clear” for a year when he meets Hazel. He is very outgoing and he and Hazel Grace, as he likes to call her, soon become best friends after he invites her to watch “V for Vendetta” at his house. In return she tells him about her favorite book “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten, that is like a bible to her.
Throughout the book they get to know each other better and start dating, they go through cancer treatments together and try to find out more about the mysterious Peter Van Houten.
My opinion (SPOILERS!):
I absolutely love this book. I think it handles the whole Cancer Issue very well, especially the mentality of the main character Hazel. The relationship between Hazel and Gus seems very realistic and John Green managed to both tell the story from a girls point of view as well as writing a very appealing male character extremely well. Amsterdam sounds very lovely the way it is described and it is also very accurate, I’ve been there quite often myself
There are lots of emotional highs and lows, especially the end was very touching (believe me, I was in school when I read the whole Augustus-cancer bit and his death and for me it was really sad but I couldn’t let it show in the middle of the school so I didn’t say anything but on the inside I was breaking up…).
I don’t usually read quotations at the beginning of books and I didn’t with this one so I went through the whole book thinking “Oh I would love to read “An Imperial Affliction” and then when I finished the book I went back to the start and BAM there it was, A whole quote from AIA Loved that little detail!
I find it really difficult to voice anything that I didn’t like about the book… Nope, I really can’t. So now you’re asking yourself: “This girl seems to really like this book and it does seem quite interesting, shall I read it?”
And the answer is YES, you will not regret it one bit!
Trivia: I loved that this book was dedicated to Esther Earl. I hope they have a decent bookshop up in heaven so that she gets the chance to read it. And if you don’t know who Esther is, research her and be amazed at the fantastic person that she was. This Star Won’t Go Out!
By the way, if you want to have a sneak peek into the book, here is the author John Green, reading the first chapter! Enjoy
29 Jan 2012 Leave a Comment
So, I’m often asked what I think I will do when I’m out of school and all that and to be totally honest I just don’t know. All my friends have clear plans for their future, they know what they’ll study, which jobs they’ll have, they know how many children they want to have, etc. etc.
The only thing that I’m 100% positive about doing with my life is traveling.
I want to see the world, see other cultures, swim in every ocean, stand on every continent, I want to visit historically important places as well as unknown areas, fight my way through rain forests and eat all kinds of food and sleep under the stars with the milky way shining up ahead.
Now I know this will be really difficult, finding the time and the money to do all this but you know, what I don’t understand is people never ever leaving their home town, not having the desire to see what there is to see.
I mean, what ever all the religions say, what if we only live one? What if this is the only chance you’ll ever get at life? What if, what if…?
I think we have to live our lives to the fullest (I know this sounds stupid but it’s true). Grab every moment that life thrusts at you and value it, it could be your last. Love your life, love your family, see the beauty all around you and help others that aren’t as fortunate, help make their lives better.
So this is what I will answer if anyone asks me what I want to do with my life:
Live life to the limit, love the beauty of nature and of relationships, help others, travel the world and make it a little better for me and for the people I meet.
I sincerely hope I was able to give you a little insight into my perception of the adventure we’re all living and I wish you all the best.