In love with…Banana Bread

Hello lovebirds,

Erstmals einen wunderschönen guten Morgen euch allen! Die Sonne scheint und ich kanns kaum erwarten, endlich rauszugehen und an die Donau zu fahren. Die Badesaison ist wohl eröffnet, yay. Ich war gestern bei Freunden zum Grillen eingeladen und da irgendwie schon für alles gesorgt war und ich trotzdem nicht mit leeren Händen auftauchen wollte, hab ich noch mein tolles Bananenbrot gebacken. Das Rezept ist richtig einfach und man kann das auch so ganz ohne Zucker machen, denn ich hab Oma’s selbstgemachten Löwenzahnhonig genommen statt dem Zucker. Anyways, probiert es doch aus und sagt mir Bescheid, was ihr davon haltet. Ich hab das Rezept von einer Kollegin aus Australien bekommen, also der Credit gehört nicht mir. Das Bananenbrot ist auch wahnsinnig lecker zum Frühstück. Einfach toasten, oder so essen. Mit Butter oder ohne. Ich ess auch manchmal Joghurt mit Beeren dazu.

So und jetzt ab an den Ofen äh Sonne meinte ich.

Love, M

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Was du dafür brauchst:

  • 3 reife Bananen
  • 2 Esslöffel Ahornsirup oder eben Löwenzahnsirup (ich hab 3 EL vom Sirup genommen und den Zucker weggelassen)
  • ½ Becher Zucker
  • 1 Becher Mehl
  • Prise Salz
  • 1 Ei
  • ein wenig Backpulver
  • gehobelte Mandeln
  • Schüssel
  • Gabel
  • Schneebesen
  • Becher
  • Esslöffel
  • Backform (am besten mit Backpapier)

Wie du es zubereitest:

Den Ofen auf 180°C vorheizen. Die Bananen mit der Gabel in einer Schüssel zerdrücken. Die anderen Zutaten hinzufügen und mit dem Schneebesen gut verrühren. Die Backform mit Backpapier auslegen und den Teig vorsichtig reingeben. Nach etwa 15-20 Minuten im Ofen, die gehobelten Mandeln oben draufstreuen und dann nochmals 15-20 Minuten backen lassen bis das Brot schön golden glänzt. Um sicher zu gehen, dass das Bananenbrot auch wirklich durch ist, kannst du mit einem Zahnstocher in den Kuchen reinstechen und wenn nichts drauf kleben bleibt, sollte es fertig sein. Einfach abkühlen lassen und genießen.

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Hello lovebirds,

First of all, good morning to you all. The sun is out and I am desperately waiting to go outside and chill at the Danube River. I guess the bathing season has officially started, yay! Yesterday, I was invited for a barbecue at a friend’s house and as everything had already been taken care of but I still didn’t wanna show up empty handed, I baked a lovely banana bread. The recipe is really simple and you can even make it without any sugar, as I replaced it with my grandma’s homemade dandelion honey. Anyways, just try for yourself and let me know what you think. I got the recipe from a colleague in Australia, so the credit’s not mine. The banana bread is also super yummy for breakfast. You can toast it, or not. Eat it with butter or without. I sometimes eat mine with yoghurt and berries but it’s actually really variable.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Here’s what you’ll need :

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup or dandelion syrup if you have any (I used 3 Tbs of the syrup and added no sugar)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • a bit of baking powder
  • sliced almonds
  • bowl
  • fork
  • whisk
  • cup
  • tablespoon
  • backing tin (with baking parchment)

Here’s how you prepare it :

Preheat oven to 180°C. Smash bananas with a fork in a bowl. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Put backing parchment in your backing tin and carefully add in your mixture. After about 15-20 minutes in the oven, add sliced almonds on top and let it bake for another 15-20 minutes until the bread is golden. To be sure that the cake is done, you can us a tooth pick. Just put it in the cake and slowly remove it, if nothing stays on it, the cake is done. Let it cool off, or eat it while it’s still warm and enjoy!

Love, M

Michelle is back

Hello there lovebirds,

Einige von euch kennen mich bereits unter dem Namen Michelle von unserem Blog, in dem Lara und ich Rezepte, Gedanken und Reisetipps mit euch teilten. Andere kennen mich aus dem echten Leben, wo ich mich Jasi, Jas, kleiner Hase, oder am häufigsten einfach Jasmin nenne. Lara und ich haben 2014 (meine Güte, wie die Zeit vergeht) unser Projekt ‚Lara and Michelle – In love with the world‘ gestartet. Aufgrund einiger privater Gründe hat sich Lara schon vor langer Zeit dazu entschlossen, nicht mehr Teil des Projektes sein zu wollen und so kam es, dass auch ich beinahe ein Jahr lang nichts mehr geschrieben hab. Meine liebe Freundin R hat mich dann vor ein paar Wochen auf den Blog angesprochen und gefragt, weshalb wir eigentlich nichts mehr posten. Naja dann bin ich irgendwie ins Grübeln gekommen, da mir das Schreiben eigentlich doch ganz schön fehlt. Nun sitz ich hier so auf meiner Dachterrasse und lass mir beinahe den Hut vom Winde verwehen und dachte mir, warum eigentlich nicht doch wieder ein paar Zeilen tippen? Da ich gerade auch wieder einen riesigen Tapetenwechsel und Umzug von Strasbourg nach Wien hinter mir habe und endlich (fast!) mein Studium abgeschlossen hab und somit in die Welt der Erwachsenen eintauche, hab ich mir gedacht, es wäre vielleicht hilfreich, einige Erfahrungen mit euch zu teilen. Immerhin kann dieses erwachsen werden – so viele positive Dinge es auch bringen mag – ein echter Graus sein. Wohnungssuche, Jobsuche, Identitätsfindung – keine leichte Aufgabe für eine Generation Praktika, der ich selbst angehöre. Jaja, tell me about it denkst du dir vielleicht gerade, aber truth is, ich hätt mir gewünscht, jemanden zu haben, der mir davon erzählt, wieviele Hürden (aber auch wieviele schöne Dinge) am Ende des Studiums auf mich zukommen. So hätt ich mir vielleicht ein paar hysterische Momente, in denen ich äußerst gut bin, ersparen können und auch die eine oder andere Person mit meinem Drama schonen können. Ich hab durch meine vielen Umzüge im In-oder Ausland und meinen gefühlten Tausend Praktika einiges mitgenommen und hab auch immer wieder Fragen diesbezüglich bekommen. Vielleicht motiviert euch ja der eine oder andere künftige Beitrag, selber einen mutigen Schritt zu wagen, den ihr euch vorher vielleicht nicht getraut habt. Also long story short: ihr werdet wohl in nächster Zeit wieder öfter ein paar Zeilen von mir lesen dürfen. Ich freue mich also über jegliche Kommentare und Feedback von euch, sowie Anregungen und Wünsche.

Love,

Michelle

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Inge summer cocktail

Hey lovebirds,

You might be familiar with last year’s summer cocktail Hugo, an unbelievably tasty mint-elderflower drink. Elderflower syrup was the essential ingredient to make Hugo the special cocktail he was. However, this year some genius (no sorry, wasn’t me, nor Lara) came up with the brilliant idea to replace the elder flower syrup with ginger syrup and it tasted surprisingly good and refreshing. As Lara is always up to date about what’s hip or not she obviously found out about this new recipe and we decided to give it a go ourselves and surprise, surprise the outcome was outstanding. First, we tried the recipe with white wine and it was good but then we replaced the wine with a rosé and the cocktail tasted even more beautiful. Some of you saw my photo on instagram and asked me for the recipe. So there you go.

Bisou, M

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Here’s what you’ll need for Inge:

3 1/2 tsp of ginger syrup

1/8 l white wine or preferably rosé

1/8 l sparkling water

4 mint leaves

a slice of lemon

a slice of ginger

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Here’s what you’ll need for the syrup:

1 organic lemon

1 medium size ginger tuber

3 1/2 tbsp of crystal sugar

300 ml water

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Here’s how you prepare the syrup:

  1. Peel off lemon skin and place in a pot.
  2. Peel ginger, cut it in thin slices and put them in the pot.
  3. Cut half a lemon into pieces.
  4. Fill pot with water and make it boil.
  5. Add in sugar.
  6. Add in lemon pieces but squeeze juice first.
  7. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Stir and make sure the sugar is all melted.
  8. Turn off heat, place the lid on the pot and let it rest for about an hour.
  9. Remove ginger, lemon and lemon skin.

Here’s how you prepare the cocktail:

  1. Put 3 1/2 tsp of syrup in a wine glass.
  2. Add in sparkling water.
  3. Add wine and mix it.
  4. Add ginger, a slice of lemon and mint leaves.
  5. Serve with a hip straw.

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Lisbon summer flings…

Hello there,

For those of you who have read my recent post on Lisbon already know what a fabulous city this is and how easy it is to get a great shot of Lisbon with all those hills. This one I kept for an extra post as I am in love with the location which is actually a fortress – Castelo de Sao Jorge – and used to be the royal residence until the 16th century when King Manuel I. decided to move out. Today it is one of the best platforms to discover Portuguese history and take photographs of the city. The panorama is absolutely breathtaking and tricks you into believing you’re at the ocean. It is also a great spot to take selfies, mother and daugther photos or to just accidentally have a photoshoot of your newly purchased dress that you’re absolutely in love with. Just beware of the wind up there!

Bisou, M

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A Postcard from Lisbon

Hello lovebirds,

I admit it’s been a while since our last post and it’s perhaps got to do with Lara first heading off to the U.S. and then starting her career as a teacher which means she won’t really be joining me on this project anytime soon. So I began to hesitate whether to keep writing, or to quit living in this abstract, superficial online world where you’re constantly under pressure to produce new interesting content but I finally decided it’s really up to me how I spend my days and I just won’t allow myself to get drawn into this mainstream kind of thing and decided to just continue doing what I love.

But this isn’t really what I wanted to tell you. About a month ago, I visited Lisbon and as I was going through my photos with my dad yesterday morning, I once again realized it would be a shame not to share them with you. Also because I’m head over heels in love with Lisbon and would go back at this very moment if I could. I even started learning Portuguese, so yes, it really hit me this time.

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My expectations of Lisbon were quite high as all my friends that had been there before told me I’d love it for sure so when mum and I left, I actually started having doubts cause I was worried my expectations would be too high. It quickly turned out though that despite all my friends’ comments I did fall in love with this place instantly. The locals were disturbingly friendly, they’d try to help you out even if you don’t speak a word of Portuguese (and obrigada doesn’t count). People were so surprisingly calm and relaxed, the world quickly slowed down and I felt very welcome in this city. It was my first time in Portugal, so I had absolutely no clue about their history, culture, language and I enjoyed my stay so much that I can’t wait to go back there to check out some more places. Porto is definitely on top of my travel list.

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Lisbon – or Lisboa as the Portuguese call their capital city – is built on supposedly 7 hills but apparently there are 8. Since it’s more prestigious to have 7 hills like the Roman capital why not make it 7, right? Anyways, it’s a hilly city with a lot of walking up and down, so if you ever do plan to go there you might want to leave your high heels at the hotel. The good news is that in a city with 7 hills you get a hell good of a view of the city. There is a great number of Miradouros – which means viewing platform in Portuguese -that will reward your sweaty climbing efforts.

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Esplanada das Portas do Sol

On our first night, mum and I went for an evening walk and as we strolled through the ancient streets of Lisbon, we came across a traditional festival with dancers wearing traditional clothing. A day earlier (12 June), the Santo Antonio Festival, patron saint of Portugal, started so we figured this must have still been part of the party that was going on all weekend. The further we went, the more the streets  filled up with people and the smell of freshly grilled Sardines and traditional music. Houses in Portugal are beautifully decorated with colourful tiles that make you want to take pictures of every single one. In the background you can see the Tejo river that very much resembles the ocean but really is a river delta. The architecture and monuments take you back to colonial times when Lisbon was still a rich,  international colonial power.

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Any blogger that has been to Lisbon or Portugal generally writes about how delicious the small little vanilla pastries – pastéis de nata – are, so I’ll spare you that one (but let’s be honest, they really are damn fabulous!). I’ll talk about ginjinha, a lovely cherry liquor, instead that you should give a go while there. I am usually not very fond of spirits but this liquor really is worth giving it a try. It tastes like a cherry popsicle to be honest and you can get it on the streets in Alfama or any local store if you want to take it home.

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Pastel de Nata

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Here is some advice that might be useful to you, or even to myself when I re-read this before my second trip to Lisbon/Portugal:

  • Transport: It’s best to get a ‘viva viagem’ card at the metro station. It’s a little green card that costs about 1€ and is refundable. Without this card you’ll have troubles getting around in Lisbon. You will need to put some money on the card so you can use public transport. They’ll charge you every time you get on the tram/bus/metro, unless you can get a day pass, meaning that you can get on and off as many times as you wish. ALSO: there is no metro till late in the morning. So if you plan on getting to the airport by metro, please make sure you check the timetable first. This might be helpful: http://www.metrolisboa.pt
  •  Be careful at restaurants. Keep in mind that the starters (usually cheese, bread, olives etc.) on the table are not free, they are usually included in the ‘couvert’ that will be charged anyways.
  • Beware of pickpockets, especially when riding the historical Eléctrico 28! If you’d like to take a ride on tram 28 make sure you get on at Martim Moniz (there’s usually a long queue but it’s worth waiting). End stop is usually Prazeres but you can easily get off at any other stop. Mum and I hopped off in Chiado near the famous Café A Brasileira where Fernando Pessoa, famous Portuguese poet, had a drink every now and then while doing some writing.

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  • My favourite Miradouros: Miradouro da Graça,  Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, Largo das Portas do Sol.
  • I always love having a little tour guide on me when I travel. One of my favourites is the Marco Polo one as it gives a nice overview of the city’s history, culture, people, most important sights, usually includes a map. I was very satisfied with the different adventure tours they put together. Every tour is timed and even calculated if you want to visit all their museums they propose. They also planned coffee and lunch breaks where you can enjoy your time in Lisboa.

Hope this was somewhat useful. Have a happy stay in Lisbon!

Bisou, M

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Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcântara

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In love with…a Parisian restaurant guide

Hi lovebirds,

I’m sure you all agree on how easy it is to find touristy restaurants and cafés in cities like Paris. But the question is: where to real Parisians go to? Before heading to this city of love, I asked my Parisian friends for advice and they handed me over a list of addresses of cafés, bars, restaurants they love. Unfortunately, we couldn’t try them all but this gives us another excuse to return to Paris soon.

  1. holybelly – Café/ Brunch (13€ for a meal)

Monday morning was girls brunch time. 3 girls, 2 Australia lovers and 1 café = holybelly + foodgasm. Holybelly is a hidden place in 10e arrondissement but still has quite a high reputation, especially amongst internationals. It is a french owned place inspired by Australian food and culture and is very authentic. Continue reading

In love with…Paris, je t’aime!

Hi lovebirds,

I’m sure you’re all familiar with this feeling when life hits you and you just have the urge to go away and travel. Well that’s what happened to me the other day. Don’t get me wrong here, I do love my Strasbourg but sometimes I really love to get away. As making lists has kind of become a habit, my friend H and I started collecting ideas of places we’d like to visit in the near future. That’s when the brilliant idea came to us to just hop on the bus and head south to the capital city of love. Yes, you are right, Paris! Even though I’d been there a couple of times before, going to Paris never gets less exciting. On the contrary,
I was quite happy to have less pressure to see all the touristy places and couldn’t wait to finally try some nice cafés and restaurants and pretend to be a local Parisian girl. Continue reading

In love with…5 February must-haves

Hey lovebirds,

Snow is falling and winter has finally come to Strasbourg. Now here’s how to survive winter with a few basics.

  1. hand creme: I’m sure you all know the feeling when it starts getting cold and your skin dries up? Yup? Well, i hate that kind of feeling…so in order to avoid the inconvenience, I’ve decided to use hand cream instead. My favourite one is from L’Occitane, a French brand that I discovered when I lived in Australia. (yes I obviously had to go that far) Lucky me, my beautiful host mum knows how to appreciate French products and was kind enough to introduce me to it and I’ve loved it since. My favourite is the rose one. Click here to check out their website and even do some online shopping.

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  2. tea: I tend to drink too little on a day. Sipping tea doesn’t only help you drink enough water, it can also help you detox and keeps you warm! My favourite tea at the moment (or let’s say ever since I discovered it two years ago) is Kusmi tea (who would have guessed?) They have all sorts of flavours: green tea, white tea, black tea, detox. Difficult to be disappointed really. Their tea comes in boxes which could also be a lovely birthday present.
  3. lip balm: Nobody likes kissing chapped lips, am I right? Now as a lip balm addict, here are some of my favourites. Aloe Lips is my all-time favourite lip balm. It’s a natural product made of aloe, jojoba and beeswax and is suitable for all seasons.
    Lucas’Pawpaw Ointment: a natural Australian product made of pawpaw (who would have guessed?) Every Aussie girl has one in her bag!DSC_0367
  4. a good book: I personally see winter as a time to calm down a bit and do some reading for myself. Throughout the busyness of the year I collect a list of books that I wanna read when I’ve finally found the time to do so. Here’s what’s on my January list:
    – Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry – by Amy Odell

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    The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho: a classic that I still haven’t managed to read.

    Sommerregen der Liebe: Goethe und Frau von Stein – von Sigrid Damm. Published in November 2015. Goethe’s love letters newly interpreted.

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  5. a warm and cozy beanie: They say you lose most of your body temperature over the head and feet. So wearing a beanie is somehow important to keep your whole body warm. I like varying my beanies, so I bought a burgundy red/violet-ish headband at H&M this winter. It looks very retro and I’m in love with it.

Bisou, M

In love with…kiwi banana chia pudding

Good morning lovebirds,

How many times have I told you about my breakfast addiction? I always try to vary my breakfast as I want to avoid getting sick of eating the same thing all over again. Good news is, there are so many delicious ways to have a nice breakfast. Well, here comes another healthy recipe to start a great day. What do you usually have for breakfast? Continue reading