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25

Mai

Brown rice lemon asparagus risotto
Brown rice
lemon cest, sliced onions, garlic
green asparagus
fresh sage
veggie buillon
butter
parmesan
white wine

I love my brown rice risotto. I prepare the brown rice like usual. In other pan I fry the sliced onions and garlic, then add some sliced lemon cest (cut as small as possible).
In the meantime I biol the asparagus and cut in bigger pieces.
I add the cooked asparagus to the onions. Add the white wine. Then add the cooked brown rice. To make it a “risotto rice” I overcook it with some veggie broth, stop when you are happy with the consistency.
To give it the rich risotto touch, finish it with a big junk of butter and parmesan. Sprinkle fresh sage on top and decorate with more fresh graded parmesan.
Enjoy.

Brown rice lemon asparagus risotto

Brown rice

lemon cest, sliced onions, garlic

green asparagus

fresh sage

veggie buillon

butter

parmesan

white wine

I love my brown rice risotto. I prepare the brown rice like usual. In other pan I fry the sliced onions and garlic, then add some sliced lemon cest (cut as small as possible).

In the meantime I biol the asparagus and cut in bigger pieces.

I add the cooked asparagus to the onions. Add the white wine. Then add the cooked brown rice. To make it a “risotto rice” I overcook it with some veggie broth, stop when you are happy with the consistency.

To give it the rich risotto touch, finish it with a big junk of butter and parmesan. Sprinkle fresh sage on top and decorate with more fresh graded parmesan.

Enjoy.

24

Mai

Inspired from my Italian vacation, where we had such good food, the Italians know how to eat and drink well, I made some mushroom, parsley bruscette. Very yummy.

Inspired from my Italian vacation, where we had such good food, the Italians know how to eat and drink well, I made some mushroom, parsley bruscette. Very yummy.

23

Mai

Delicious remains from our Italy vacation in Piemonte. Wine from Barbaresco. Very special place for my family. If my husband would have been able to work there in the restaurant like arranged, we would have never met. Was very nice to eat at that restaurant with my husband and our children. thanks for screwing over my husband back than.

Delicious remains from our Italy vacation in Piemonte. Wine from Barbaresco. Very special place for my family. If my husband would have been able to work there in the restaurant like arranged, we would have never met. Was very nice to eat at that restaurant with my husband and our children. thanks for screwing over my husband back than.

22

Mai

Spring flower greetings from my garden in Austria.

Spring flower greetings from my garden in Austria.

09

Febr.

GOOD-BYE SPAIN!

Almost 2 years ago we started a big adventure. Without  knowing what might happen we moved to this wonderful mountain village in Southern Spain and were welcomed with open arms in a loving, great and special community in a breathtaking nature surrounding. 

We learned Spanish, faced challenges like starting preschool, selling car, moving, …

It made us a stronger family, a better couple, enriched our lives it so many ways, we made many new friends and caught up with old friends.

It could have not been better, we were incredible lucky and I am so thankful for all of it.

Still I had to walk out of this bubble and take on with my life back home.

Some maybe stay for ever and there are good reasons for it, but for me it was right to walk out of it and keep going my way, but I hope we can carry that relaxed, loving, open and sunny lifestyle from Spain within ourselves everywhere we go. 

26

Nov.

A lot of Pomegranate

imageA friend gave me a big box of Pomegranate. Great. But then a bunch of fruit flies immediately invaded our kitchen. 

So my husband took the wooden kitchen spoon and went to action.

Many of you might know that trick, but for those who don’t. 

The best way to get the seeds out of the shell is to cut the pomegranate into half and put it with the cut open side in your palm and hit on the outside with a big wooden spoon. It works great, all the seeds fall in your hand and bowl, that you wisely place underneath.

Last year I froze some seeds and made recently a pomegranate frozen yogurt out of it.

This year I went for juice.

I put the seeds into the blender, blended it just for a second.

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Then strained it through a colander to part the seeds, right into a pot.

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Then heat it up and add a lot of sugar. Bring it to a boil and fill hot in sterilized bottles.

This syrup is great for cocktails, but also as a regular soft drink with water or even better sparkling water.  

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21

Nov.

Winter has arrived in Southern Spain and it’s chestnut-season. I went with my family to pick some chestnuts next to the road. My family wasn’t very happy with me, because I forgot to bring gloves. Chestnuts have very spiky shells. 

Our open fireplace makes us miserable, because it fills the whole house with smoke and doesn’t heat the house well, but one thing it is great for: roasting chestnuts. 

I always thought that you have to slice open chestnuts, before roasting, because they would explode. We tried it out, without cutting and they didn’t. It is good to put them in the fire, where it is really hot, but then you have to watch out that they don’t burn. A lot of moving around. 

Here in Spain they sell those chestnut roasting pans, with holes in it. I have never seen such a pan before. 

What I did in Austria without such a pan and open fireplace: 

I sliced the chestnuts, preheated the oven to maximum and then put the chestnuts and roast them for about 15 min. 

My father likes to boil the sliced chestnuts before roasting in water for 2 min, so that they peel off their skin more easily. What you can do instead of that is put an ovenproof pot with water into the oven while roasting the chestnuts. 

So what I think the most important thing is that they oven is really hot. 

I love chestnuts, in Vienna, Austria, where I am from, in winter you find chestnuts roasting stands all over town. 

03

Nov.

Figs

Figs

02

Nov.

Smoothie-Beauty

01

Nov.

A way to preserve figs, cut them into quarters and up in the freezer. Nice for smoothies. 

A way to preserve figs, cut them into quarters and up in the freezer. Nice for smoothies.