Happy Weekend – Variety No. 11

Liebe Grüsse aus Wien! and holy shush, this draft went out without me finishing it. I have to say I was a bit preoccupied…Vienna is still as beautiful as ever; altough we haven’t seen much of it on the way to the hotel. The weather is super nice and had fun today! So excuse me for not posting anything useful for the weekend, but I’ll give you some photos instead!

 

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Creamy Sour Cherry Soup

This soup tastes like summer is here! Kitty, my sister helped me out and actually cooked it, because I have so much to do this week! And tomorrow I’ll be even going to Vienna with a friend!! I’m super excited, I wasn’t able to travel abroad in…too many years probably :P Aaanyway, let’s see that soup recipe!

Creamy sour cherry soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 l water
  • 300-400 g fresh sour cherries
  • one cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 4-5 tbsp sugar or to taste
  • 2 orange slices
  • 175 g sour cream

Method:

Wash the cherries and remove the stones. In a saucepan combine the water, cherries, spices and the sugar. Add the oranges and cook it on medium heat. When the cherries are tender add some of the hot soup to a bowl and whisk in the sour cream. If it’s free of lumps, pour it back into the soup; let it boil again. Check the taste, add some sugar or more oranges if necessary and take it off the heat. You can serve it right away or chilled. Easy, right?

Have fun cooking! xoxo, Pearl

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Trend Obsessions No.6 – Kimonos

Now this is a summer trend I can get behind! Love-love-love! I want a dozen! Or two! :P If there’s a piece of clothing that can make your outfit scream “summer festival!”, then I think these breezy summer kimonos must be it! All the ways you could wear it…

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What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Own about twenty of them already? :P See you tomorrow! xoxo, Pearl

 

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Pasta with caramelised cabbage

Sounds a bit unusual, right? But I promise this is a delicious pasta dish; another one of my nan’s oldest recipes. I loved it as a child; but to be honest I loved every single pasta my nan made! I got always super miffed, when she tried to cook me store bought ones…If you don’t have the time to make the pasta yourself, you can of course buy something as a substitute (like a tagliatelle or papardelle, I think).

Pasta with caramelised cabbage

Ingredients:

Pasta:

  • 500 g flour
  • 4 eggs
  • little bit of water

Caramelised cabbage:

  • 1 medium sized cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • about 2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

If you decide to make the pasta at home, you can check out this earlier post about home-made tagliatelle! If you want to, you can cut it up any way you like, but I tried to make little triangle shapes, like my nan always did :) So, cook your pasta in boiling salt water and put it away. Onto the cabbage; use a cabbage slicer to shred it to little pieces. Chop the onion finely. Get out a pan (be sure it’s big enough for all the cabbage you’re using!) and pour in a few tablespoons of oil. Heat it up. Add the sugar and caramelise it. Add the onion and cook until opaque. Season with pepper and salt and add the cabbage. Stir well and then cover it with a lid and let it cook until it’s tender. Pour a small amount of water on the cabbage and stir it occasionally; just to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it’s done, check the taste, season if necessary and stir in the pasta. Done!

Have fun in the kitchen! xoxo, Pearl

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Monthly Recap: May

It’s officially Summer!! Yay! Not that you could tell looking out the window…jackets and rain and windy weather does not actually scream “Summer” to me…Let’s hope we’ll have some nice sunny days soon! So, let’s have a little look-back at May!

This month was a bit recipe heavy on the original post-front; but I really enjoyed making all these yummy dishes. Remember these orange-chilli flavoured marshmallows?

 In need of a quick dinner recipe? Try the veggie pasta with green beans!Something I’m really proud of; the raisin gugelhupf recipe!Also, these cheesy waffles came out surprisingly great! The green onion is a nice touch, as it happens :) And last, but not least the May-Favourite for me was the Moroccan mint tea iced latte ! Wish the weather was better; I really would like to drink some more; but I’m cold enough as it is, no need for iced lattes :P

June, here we come, you better be amazing! xoxo, Pearl

 

 

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Happy Weekend – Variety No.10

IMG_0110Hello darlings! May is almost over, can you believe it? A lot happened this month and there are a few posts I’m really proud of; like the Moroccan iced coffee pictures I took with my new phone! Blogging and keeping up with the “100 Happy Days Project” is so much easier now! I’m still trying to readjust things around the blog, so that it can be more useful and inspiring; and also to keep it in a “fun-bubble”. Also, I’m still repairing the broken links, please be patient.

Now, onto something fun! I’ve found a few interesting things for the weekend, like these insanely easy woven basket up-cycle ideas! They wouldn’t go amiss around my working desk :) And if we’re talking about insanity; have you seen this fresh watermelon cake? I mean…what? Watermelon …cake…I’ll have to try it for my sister’s (#01) upcoming birthday! But if you are more of a fan of traditional things, you’d try this lemon cake with whipped ricotta. Doesn’t it just look delicious? If the oven is working by the weekend, I really want to try it! Also, if I can get my hands on some rosewater, I want to make this rose-infused lemonade to go with it. And maybe some decoration for the table? I know there is nothing new about using tins as vases, but the photos…you definitely have to click; I really love them! Last, but not least, something I really-really want is a paper flower from Papel SF. They’re enormous!  And pretty pricey for my budget :P, but it’s so good just to look at them!

Have a nice weekend! xoxo, Pearl

 

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Moustache Mix: (Salted) Caramel Recipes

Had to make a batch of caramel this morning, because the heavy cream I had in the fridge was in danger of going bad. I’m planning to test a few recipes with it; we’ll see what I can use in the end. Until then, have some of my favourite (salted) caramel recipes from around the internet (and a shameless self-ad :) )! xoxo, Pearl

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Iced Moroccan Mint Tea Latte

Today was so~ much fun! Went shopping with sister #02; she is such a sweetheart, she got me a new mobile phone! We also went and picked up a certain video game, that launched just today… :P And this iced latte is the …icing on the cake; it was good to have something cool in the afternoon while working. About that; I’m slooowly replacing all the broken images in the older posts. I will eventually manage, I think. Now, on to that lovely Moroccan latte!

As many things I do, this is a ‘simplified’ recipe; I found a bunch of tutorials on how to make Moroccan tea, but I decided not to use any of them. Firstly. there were about 2245 versions on making this tea and never mind how hard I try, I’m not Moroccan, so I probably would only make something that resembles it. Secondly, I can appreciate things being made the traditional way and I usually enjoy it as well, but sadly we don’t really have the luxury to spend an hour on something that can be done in 10 minutes. Which is a pity, if you ask me, but hey, brave new world…If you have the time to prepare this drink with a traditionally prepared mint tea, feel free to do so! (And maybe tell me how it tasted? :))

Iced Moroccan Mint Tea Latte

Ingredients for one cup:

  • 100 ml strong coffee
  • 100 ml boiling water
  • 2-3 sprigs of mint
  • 1-2 large tsp sugar
  • milk
  • mint extract (optional)
  • ice

Method:

Brew the coffee and leave it to cool. Add the mint and the sugar to a cup or mug. Boil some water and pour it over the mint. Leave it to steep  I had to cheat a bit and add one small drop of mint extract to my tea, because it was just not…minty enough. When everything’s cooled down, put ice in a glass or jar. Add the coffee and the tea. Top it with milk and add a few mint leaves; they make such a lovely decoration! Enjoy!

xoxo, Pearl

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Sneak Peek No.01

Hiya, how was your weekend? We had a great birthday party in the garden on Saturday and had a lazy Sunday; it was quite fun! And now I’m enjoying my day off! Well, by ‘enjoying’ I mean that I’m working on things that are not work-related :P Like these brooches! Have a peek!

And now I’m running back to the work desk, before the acrylics decide to dry on me…Have a lovely day! xoxo, Pearl

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