Hey there, how are you? Have you spent the last four days in a chocolate food coma that you’ve only woken up from to eat some more chocolate? If that is the case, I congratulate you: you have done Easter right. Although my weekend didn’t quite look like that, I still had an absolutely lovely time (and don’t worry, there was still enough chocolate involved. Obviously). Continue reading
I promised you I’d be back with a better post for you today and here we are with Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes. Ferrero Rocher are by far my favourite Christmas chocolate and it was hard saving some for these cupcakes and not just eat the whole box by myself. The sacrifices I make for you! I went on the hunt for a Ferrero Rocher cupcake recipe on the internet but all the ones I found were chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting and even as the massive chocolate-enthusiast I am, that just sounded like too much. So I took a standard Vanilla cupcake recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cook book, obviously placed a Ferrero Rocher in the middle and in the end, came up with some kind of Nutella-frosting. Also, the gold wrappers add a special touch to the whole thing.
Confession: I’m not in the blogmas-spirit today. Not at all, actually. But giving up is not an option, I’d be too angry at myself if I did. So here we are, but today is a little bit of a cheat-post: I didn’t actually do much myself, I’m just taking other people’s ideas and presenting them to you. But hey, that’s ok. Sometimes, you just have to let other people do some work for you.
As you can tell from the title, today is all about DIY Christmas presents. I limited myself to food-presents but there’s plenty of other things out there. Continue reading
I don’t know how and if you celebrate St. Nicholas where you are, but here in Switzerland, we do have the tradition to celebrate it. When we were younger, we would always put a pair of boots outside for St. Nicholas to put nuts, gingerbread and mandarines inside. On the evening of the 5th we would clean a pair of boots, arrange them outside and usually put some carrots and a glass of milk next to them. As a snack for St. Nicholas and his reindeers. Needless to say, in the morning the carrots and milk were always gone. These days, we don’t put our boots out anymore but usually just have a nice family dinner together.
Today, I met up with Noemi to bake and decorate Christmas Cookies. We spent the whole afternoon chatting, listening to all kinds of music and channelling our inner Picassos. Despite the fact that we’re both quite busy (I know, I say that all the time. Sorry.), it was lovely having an afternoon off and getting to spend it with a dear friend. And if the result of that is having delicious cookies, I’m not going to complain.
What’s a better way to start a Sunday than with a proper breakfast? Yeah, I can’t think of anything either right now. It also helps with having to get up relatively early in order to get to your friend’s house. It’s just easier when you know that there will be food waiting for you.
As were munching our way through breakfast we caught up on the latest news from each other’s lives and it wasn’t until almost 3pm that I finally managed to drag myself home.
Since my days during the week have been filled with work, I found that I make much more use of the weekends. It’s such a cliché but you really do start appreciating something once you don’t have it anymore, or at least not so much of it. For me, that’s time right now. During my first gap year I usually had plenty of time and as a result, I often found myself just lazing around, not doing much with all the time I had. So in a way I can now enjoy free time more than before, however I still get annoyed when I can’t make time for certain things or just don’t manage to meet up with a friend because it just so happens that everyone seems to be getting busier and busier. Maybe that’s just a side effect of growing up.
I like to read blogs. Woah, what a surprise, right? And because food blogs are one of my favourite thing ever, I’m going to introduce you to my top three.
1. Top with cinnamon
If the name doesn’t already get you, then I don’t get you. As the cinnamon-lover I am, the name immediately caught my eye when I first noticed this beauty of a blog. Stunning photographs and mouth-watering recipes, all enjoyably written. What’s more is the fact that I can just admire Izy, the writer behind the blog. She’s doing incredibly well, puts so much effort into every post and published her first (absolutely beautiful) cook book last year. And she’s two months younger than I am! What am I doing with my life?
2. Joy the baker
This one is actually quite similar to the fist one, although Joy, the woman behind the blog, doesn’t make me question my accomplishments in life as much as the other one since she’s not 19 anymore.
A great sense of humour shows through the writing, which is something I really enjoy. Again, beautiful pictures of yummy food. You’ll find all kinds of recipes on her site, from sweet to savoury, from alcoholic drinks to green smoothies.
3. Sprinkle Bakes
This is one for all you artists out there. Because what do you get when you take an art lover who dreams of being a painter and mix it with cake? Only good things, let me tell you! You’ll find no boring muffin there but a variety of sweet treats that are so pretty, you won’t believe they’re cake. So even if you’re not going to make a cake castle or whip up some homemade marshmallows, having a look at Heather’s blog is more than worth it!
I hope these gave you some inspiration and made your mouth water just a tiny bit.