Donnerstag, 30. Januar 2014

Green & Spicy: Guacamole

Hello everybody,

I hope everythings fine out there and everyone of you has had a good day! :)
Today I wanna share my recipe for home-made guacamole with you. It's actually really, really easy and super tasty!

What you'll need (for a party crowd)
  • 6 avocados
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • chili
How it works

Cut your avocados into half, remove the stones and put the avocado pulp into a bowl.

Drip the juice of one lemon over the avocados immediately, otherwise they will turn brown. Afterwards mash them with a fork.

Cut the onion into small pieces and roast these in a small amount of olive oil for a few minutes. Then put them to the mashed avocados and mix everything together.

As final step season the guacamole with salt and chili. Done! :) 

Have a nice evening!


Dienstag, 28. Januar 2014

Pearl Dress In Action

Hi folks,

do you remember the pearl dress I made last week? Of course I needed to try it out in real life immediately and wore it to my brother's birthday party.
I paired it with white lace gloves and white polka dot tights and have to admit I felt quite elegant in front of my sister in law's beautiful grand piano. :)

Have a beautiful day!


All pictures by David Auer and Ulrike Reichl

Sonntag, 26. Januar 2014

Special Hot Sauce

Hello everybody,

do you remember my post about the vegetable pies? I mentioned that with the right dips you would have the perfect party food and that's why I will share a recipe for a really good hot sauce with you today. Yummy!

What you'll need
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • 1 lemon 
  • thyme (optional)
  • tomato sauce
  • olive oil

How it works

Cut the chili, the spring onions and the ginger into very small pieces. Heat up some olive oil in a pot and roast the mustard seeds until they start to jump. Then add the vegetables and after some minutes also the juice of your lemon. Conclusively add the tomato sauce and let the sauce cook for about five, and boil over a slow fire for about 15 minutes. Add the thyme about five minutes before the sauce is done.

Enjoy! :)

 All images by David Auer

Freitag, 24. Januar 2014

Knit + Stripes

Hey out there,

I'm in love with my new striped knit jumper (actually I'm wearing it right now ;)). It's so cozy and you can wear it with a pair of skinny jeans or some leather leggings.

Have a great weekend everyone!

  jumper: C&A, rings: claire's, watch: Omega (old), boots: Deichmann 

All images by Stefanie Reichl

Dienstag, 21. Januar 2014

Pearl Dress

Hello everybody,

recently Sarah Vickers from Classy Girls Wear Pearls posted a picture of herself in a wonderful dress on her Instagram account. As I fell in love immediately with the pearl-bow-on-dress idea I decided to make something like this myself. As it turned out it was a little more work than I had recently expected (it took me a whole afternoon and quite a lot of cursing) but now that it is done I am really, really happy with the result! Now I'm in love with my own pearl-bow-dress... :)

What you'll need
  • a dress or shirt in the colour of your choice (I chose a dark-blue dress)
  • a long pearl necklace
  • needle and white thread
  • transparent nail polish
How it works

Lay your necklace along the collar of your dress to measure the needed length for this piece. Then cut your necklace according to this length plus about the lenght of five or  six pearls. Remove these extrapearls and fixate your new string of pearls by making a double knot on every side.

Create a new short necklace (I counted 56 pearls) by knotting the ends of another string of pearls together. Out of this necklace form the upper part of the bow. A third string of pearls will serve as bottom part of the bow. 

Before you sew the pearls onto your dress fixate the knots with a little bit of transparent nail polish and cut off the loose ends.

Handstitch the strings of pearls onto the dress by sewing between the pearls. For the bow it's enough to fix the upper row of the pearl necklace (about 20 pearls) as well as the pearls in the middle of the row below. I didn't fixate all the pearls of the "open triangle" underneath either but only the first four or five pearls on every side.

Enjoy your dress!

All images by Stefanie Reichl

Sonntag, 19. Januar 2014

Winter Veggie Cocos Curry Noodle Soup

Hey guys,

winter is still not really coming (and I know that this sounds weird in January, but we haven't had a single day of snow this winter yet!), but temperatures are freezing lately. I love to cook soups and stews to warm me up at this time of the year and today I want to show you my "winter veggie cocos curry noodle soup" recipe :) It's sounds more complicated than it actually is!

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1/2 rutabaga
  • 1/2 celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup green beans
  • rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup cocos cream
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1cm ginger
  • bonito (japanese dried tuna flakes)
  • curcuma
  • 1-2 vegetable stock cubes
  • chilli flakes

Peel the rutabaga and the celery and cut them into small cubes or slices. Meanwhile heat about 2 liters of water and put 3 tablespoons of bonito in it. Cut the rest of the veggies into cubes or slices and chop the garlic and the ginger. Add everything to the bonito-water and add one vegetable stock cube. Let it cook for about 15 minutes.

Add as much curcuma as you like (I allways use a lot of curcuma, because it gives the soup a very nice and tasty colour!) and put the chili flakes in (I like to make my soups VERY hot ;)). Finally add the rice noodles and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Then turn off your oven, add the coconut cream and stir well. Taste your soup and add some more salt, chili or curcuma if you like.

Bon appétit!

Freitag, 17. Januar 2014

Tasty Cinnamon Rolls With Eggnog

Hello out there,

last Christmas I fell in love with Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls! I've made them for the first time as dessert for our Christmas dinner and they turned out fabulously. Fluffy, sugary deliciousness! And not only for winter! Yum!
Here comes the recipe I used (originally I found it on A Beautiful Mess and remade it with a few minor alterations). :)

What you'll need for the dough:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
For the filling:
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (you can definitely use a little less if you want)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
For the glace:
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

How it works: 

Melt the butter in a bowl over boiling water. Remove the melted butter from the oven and stir in the milk, sugar and eggnog until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for 6-8 minutes.

Mix together the flour and the salt. Then stir in the the butter-milk-eggnog-mixture and afterwards the eggs. Knead for about 4 minutes using the dough hooks of your mixer. Cover the dough and let it rise in a cool, dry place for two hours.   

Now for the filling. Roll out the dough on a floured surface (about 0.5 to 1cm thick). Brush the melted butter over the dough, then sprinkle the cinammon and sugar over it. Roll up the dough and cut it into about 5cm long pieces. Put the pieces into a baking dish and pour the rest of the melted butter over the top of the rolls.

While the cinnamon rolls bake in the oven at 180°C for about 25-30 minutes you can prepare the eggnog glace. Simply mix together the eggnog, sugar and vanilla sugar and stir until there are no more lumps in the mixture. Pour the glace over the warm cinammon rolls and let them dry. 



All images by Stefanie Reichl

Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Preppy Style Time

Hey folks,

I don't know about you but from time to time I get the feeling that I really need to treat myself with something very special! Usually I get this feeling in association with expensive clothes... ;)
This somehow also happened last week when I went out for shopping and came back with this lovely sweater from Burberry and this very cool black jodhpurs from Ralph Lauren as kind of late Christmas presents for myself. Luckily I didn't have to rob a bank to get these two things (both items were heavily reduced) and I really, really like them!! In fact I would like to wear them all the time but see for yourself:

sweater: Burberry Brit | jodhpurs: Lauren Ralph Lauren | chelsea boots: KMB | backpack: Fjällräven

All images by Katja Borlein

Montag, 13. Januar 2014

Better, Best, Budapest

Hello everybody,

as I already mentioned in this post I spent parts of my Christmas vacation in Budapest which I consider as one of the coolest cities in Europe (despite of all the political problems Hungary may have at the moment). It was my third visit there and I still haven't seen even half of the sights let alone all the other lovely places one may want to visit. Nevertheless I want to share my little knowledge about the city and hope you'll consider some of it useful... ;)


The last two times we stayed at
Art Boutique Hostel which is a really cute hostel near Andrássy út, a big boulevard that leads to Budapest's Hösök tere (Heroes' square). It's perfect if you are rather looking for a calm place. It's basically a big flat in an old building directly opposite Szent István Bazilika with two sleeping rooms (for 2 or 3 people), a cosy living room, bathroom and kitchen. The owners are really nice and will give you some good tips what to explore in the city and there are 3 metro lines within the distance of a 5 minutes walk. This was by the way the view from our room:

Szent István Bazilika

Apart from the classics such as Hősök tere, Andrássy út, the Buda Castle District (which are by the way all listed on the UNESCO world heritage list) I would definitely go see the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the big synagogue. Furthermore I highly recommend a visit of one of the many thermal baths, especially in winter. I mean, what can be better than sitting in hot water all afternoon when it's cold outside? ;) The biggest one is Széchenyi Bath close to City Park behind Hősök tere but personally I prefer Gellért Bath which was built in the early 20th century in a beautiful secession style. Another nice winter activity I can recommend is iceskating. In the city park is a big ice skating ring directly in front of Vajdahunyad castle - lovely!

Budapest's opera house
Hősök tere
Fine Arts Museum
Budapest's synagoge
entrance area of Gellért Bath
ice skating ring
ice skating

Eating and Drinking Out

dessert at Balettcipő
Budapest is full of lovely and very good restaurants, cafés and bars. These are some of the ones I've visited in the last two years and really liked. If you search for a good breakfast location I can highly recommend Briós Cafe, where they offer a great variety of breakfast and what's more cronuts. A cronut is the lovely alliance of a donut and a croissant and tastes heavenly. Interestingly enough Briós Cafe seems to import the cronuts from Vienna every morning altough I have never seen a single cronut in the city in my life before.
Another lovely breakfast location is Keksz, where you get abnormally big and very good breakfast portions. Keksz is probably also a very nice bar in the evening, although I didn't try that out. A very cool bar is however Központ, right around the corner of Keksz. 
If you are looking for something real to eat you could go to Balettcipö, a very nice restaurant where you will get among other stuff typical Hungarian dishes. Another good tip is Noir et L'Or which also serves Hungarian dishes although the name suggests something else. ;) If you like retro bars you should check out Táskáradió Eszpresszó and if you just want to grab a little something inbetween visiting sights I would recommend Hummus Bar. That's a little chain that can be found all over the city and offers really good oriental snacks. The falafel sandwiches are top!   

Personally I love shopping in Budapest as the city offers a wide variety of stores. Of course you can also find all the classic brands on Andrássy út but I actually prefer the numerous little boutiques and vintage shops. Here are my (so far) favourites: If you are looking for cool vintage clothes you should definitely check out Ludovika. I've been there for the first time this year and immediately felt like in vintage clothing heaven. Another nice store is Retrock where they offer a mixture of clothes by young Hungarian designers and vintage clothes. The same thing does Szputnyik which I can recommend if you are looking for extravagant hats. Another lovely young designers' shop is Printa where you cannot only buy clothes but also prints and coffee. They actually opened up a store in Vienna too some time ago.

I hope you could need some of this information. Have a great time in Budapest! :)

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