Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

Quince Muffin Recipe

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A little while ago, I posted my dad's beautiful quince marmalade project. Now it was my turn to figure out what to do with the countless fruits we still had in our yard. I decided to try out a muffin recipe, using only one quince. After peeling it and cutting it into small pieces, I decided that whatever the muffins were going to taste like, I would never make the recipe again, because it was SO difficult to cut this rock hard fruit. However, after I tried one bite of muffin, fresh out of the oven, I quickly changed my mind. They were perfectly crunchy yet moist and tasted of kirsch and quince. Absolutely amazing! I can't wait to collect more quince and bake these again!

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1 Quitte geschält, entkernt
90g geschälte Mandelsplitter 
10g geriebene Mandeln
280g Mehl
1El Backpulver
4EL Kirsch
1 Ei
80g Zucker
80g Butter 
100 ml Sahne
150ml Apfelsaft

In einer Schüssel Ei, Zucker, Butter und die Flüssigkeiten verquirlen, Quitte, Mandeln, Mehl und Backpulver untermischen, Beim Schälen der Quitte beachten, dass der harte, kernige Teil vollständig entfernt ist (sonst könnte man sich leicht einen Zahn ausbeissen). Förmchen in Muffinblech legen und die Masse einfüllen. Im vorgeheizten Ofen bei 180° ca. 25 min. backen. Ergibt 12 Stück.

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1 quince, peeled, cored 
90g peeled almond slivers 
10g ground almonds 
280g flour 
1tablespoon baking powder 
4 tablespoons kirsch (or any other fruit brandy, eg quince brandy)
1 egg 
80g sugar 
80g butter 
100 ml cream 
150ml apple juice

In a bowl mix egg, sugar, butter and the liquids, add the quince, almond, flour and baking powder. When peeling the quince, make sure that the hard, core part is completely removed (otherwise you could easily bite out a tooth). Add the mix to a muffin tray. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees about 25 minutes. Makes for 12 pieces.

Montag, 20. Oktober 2014

Lace and Knits

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Lace and Knits. A combination I love this time of year, especially for lounging around at home, but also as a comfy and elegant outfit to go out in.

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Donnerstag, 16. Oktober 2014

Cold Remedies

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I just got back from a trip to the US (once again). One thing that I can pretty much always count on is the fact that I will catch a cold during these long and stressful travels. While most people push through a minor cold and often don't take good care of themselves, I have a habit of totally and completely indulging in my sickness. I take even the faintest signs of the sniffles as a reminder that I should take a step back and relax with a pamper evening and a good night sleep. The plus side of this habit is that I usually feel better very quickly so that the sickness never completely takes over (knock on wood). Here are four of my pampering routines, including two of my favorite refreshing products.

1) Load up on your Vitamins: Usually, when I have a sore throat, all I'm craving are fresh fruits, preferably lots of lemons and oranges. I often add them to my tea, or sometimes I add a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a piece of fresh ginger into a hot cup of water. The hot water and the spicy taste of the ginger are very soothing for the throat and the lemon juice makes it taste fresh and healthy.

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2) Indulge in a pamper session: When I feel a cold coming on, nothing feels better than a long, hot shower, jumping into a fresh pair of pajamas and calling it a night. My favorite products are ones that smell like eucalyptus, mint or ginger. The rosemary mint shampoo from Aveda has that perfect fresh and healthy scent that helps clear your airways while you breathe it in. Similarly, the Marimekko/Aesop body scrub smells like a lovely forest, perfect for a cold winter night.

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3) Curl up in bed with a good book: When you want to get a good night sleep, it is best to turn off all your electronic devices and simply enjoy a few chapters of your favorite book, preferably in dimmed lighting. I am currently reading "the love of a good woman" by Alice Munro, last year's Nobel prize winner in literature.

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4) Keep warm! Make sure you stay nice and toasty, maybe with a hot water bottle, lots of chunky knits and a big blanket!

Montag, 13. Oktober 2014

Girl Crush: Y'Akoto


I recently came across the music of a really talented singer called Y'Akoto. As I was searching for her music online, I discovered her unique style and fell in love with the way she mixes African prints with simple, neutral pieces. My family and I are planning a trip to Africa for 2015, and one thing I am very excited about is strolling down local markets to find unique jewelry pieces and happy, colorful fabric that I can use for sewing my own clothes or home ware. Below I put together some outfits that incorporate gorgeous prints and colors, mixed with very plain pieces.

 If you like Soul music, you should definitely look for Y'Akoto on Spotify or on her website, I've had her music playing in the background for the last few weeks and I just adore her! Some of my favorite songs are Tamba and Perfect Timing. 



Y'Akoto Style



Y'Akoto Style


Freitag, 10. Oktober 2014

Quince

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This is not a recipe. I have no idea how to make marmalade, although I wish I did. My family has an old quince tree (German: Quittenbaum) that produces quite a large amount of fruits every fall, but until now, we never really bothered to make something of it. Quince are famous for being a pain in the butt to process. They are quite hard to cut and if you want to process a lot of them at the same time, you either need an amazing knife and cutting board or an out-of-this-world will power. My dad, being newly retired, took on the project of cutting up quite a few of those tricky fruits and made his first attempt at home-made marmalade, really successfully, I might add. My part of the project was to make the jars look pretty, which was actually not a hard job at all. I wanted to make antique-looking tags, so I googled old drawings of quinces and added the writing with the "a beautiful mess" app. I then printed the whole thing on faded green colored sheets of paper and added two layers of an old, white curtain fabric as a cover for the jar lid. I tied the whole thing together with a string of bast. Homemade marmalade is a perfect seasonal gift to bring along as a hostess gift. You can even personalize the text on the tags to make it even more special. 

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Mittwoch, 8. Oktober 2014

Fall Cocktail

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I created a delicious recipe for an apple punch, the perfect drink for a Fall cocktail party. For the recipe I pretty much combined a classic chai tea recipe with some key punch ingredients:

2 cinnamon sticks
0,5 l apple cider
0,25 l apple punch (an alcoholic beverage you can find at your local liquor store. You can substitute it for non-alcoholic apple punch as well!)
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of cardamom
3 pepper corns
redwine (optional)

Simmer all of the ingredients in a pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes, use a sieve to filter out the spices and pour the mix into a pitcher.

Deutsch:

Ich habe ein leckeres Apfel Punsch Rezept kreiert, das perfekt zu einer herbstlichen Cocktail Party passt! Das Rezept ist eigentlich ein Mix aus einem klassischen Chai Tee Rezept mit zusätzlichen Punsch Zutaten:

2 Zimtstängel
0,5 l Apfelwein
0,25 l Apfelpunsch (Ein alkoholisches Getränk das man um diese Jahreszeit in den meisten Schnapsläden findet. Man kann es auch mit einem nicht alkoholischen Punsch Getränk ersetzen.)
1 Teelöffel Ingwer
1 Teelöffel Kardamom
3 Pfefferkörner
Rotwein (eventuell)

Alle Zutaten in eine Pfanne geben und ca. 10 Minuten leicht köcheln lassen. Danach mit einem Sieb die Gewürze herausfiltern und den Cocktail in einem Krug servieren.

Cheers!

Montag, 6. Oktober 2014

Fall Snippets

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Details of an outfit I wore last week. The big chunky knits are BACK! This one is an old one from Zara that I plan on living in pretty much all season long. The weather is warm and sunny enough for a light pair of leggings and open toed shoes (these ones are from Madewell, slightly uncomfortable, but so, so pretty). I love the color combination of beige and this rusty red, it reminds me of the colorful fall leaves.

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