Month: February 2016

The Hallstatt Dream

When we arrived, I thought it was just an illusion. I’ve been dreaming for so long to visit this small peace of heaven on earth. And finally, I caught my dream to Hallstatt, by sensing the unique atmosphere of the town! Located in Upper Austria, on a narrow stretch of land between mountain and shore.

Maybe one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been to!! The glassy waters of the Lake make this village look like it’s been taken out of a fairytale. Best known for its surreal views and its small yet magical lake-houses.

Follow me to my Dream Land…!

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The “postcard”

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The Alpine Lake-view from above

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Exploring the Old Town

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Uninterrupted views to the Lake

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Baro-hygro-thermometer

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Straight from the Hallsatt Salt Mine

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@Maislinger Bakery for a big variety of typical Austrian desserts & coffees

 

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Winter in Kitz

Kitzbühel, a small town near Tyrol which is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is considered to be one of the most best-known winter holiday resorts of Austria.

Built on a long ridge of hills, the old town of Kitzbühel offers spectacular sceneries with the highlight of the colourful traditional town houses. As it’s famous for its magical passageways and breathtaking views, I would highly recommend you to take a horse & carriage ride for a more romantic tour around town.

It’s said that “the glamour of the big wide world is reflected in Kitzbühel in a smaller version”. Charming cafés, gourmet restaurants, lively nightlife and exclusive shopping. The outstanding beauty of the Alps will never disappoint you, be sure about it! 😉

P.S. Don’t forget to try some of the Tyrollean traditional dishes such as the Kasspatzln (cheesy gnocchi) and of course the typical Wiener Schnitzel.
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The Old Town

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Horse-drawn carriage

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Old town stories

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Clock Tower

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Snow path to the top

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Colorful n Peaceful

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Alpen chic-rustic architecture

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Love Cookies

Surprise your Valentine with the most tempting cookies in the whole world; butter cookies. It’s an extremely easy and yummy recipe so just try make some time for it.

As it’s February, the month of love, I decided to heart-shape them and decorate them with all of my love. 😋 So… Simple and cute butter cookies, all topped with royal icing. Couldn’t be better!

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Preparation time: 20’
Cook: 20’

Ingredients: (makes 45 mini or 22 large cookies)

220g butter, chilled
150g white sugar
270g all-purpose flour
50g custard powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Here’s everything you’ll need . . . 

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Method:

1.  Put the butter and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs

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2.  Add flour, custard powder, vanilla extract and the egg and mix thoroughly

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3.  On a lightly floured surface, bring the dough together and form it into 2 flat rounds

4.  Wrap in cling films and chill for 30’, while you preheat the oven to 160C

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5.  Now roll the dough rounds out on a floured surface and shape them with a cookie cutter. When ready, lay them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

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6.  Finally, bake at 160C for 20 minutes while you prepare the toppings!

For the Royal Icing you’ll need:

2 cups of powdered sugar
The whites of 2 eggs
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
And of course, some food colouring

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Don’t panic, it’s easy:

  • In a large bowl combine the egg whites and lemon juice and start mixing
  • Add powdered sugar gradually and mix until incorporated
  • And now just add some food colouring, if desired…

Ready!!!

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* These cookies are made with Love!  *

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A sweet way to say “I love you”!

 

 

 

 

Avocado Toast

To all the avocado lovers, here’s a really simple yet delicious recipe that can easily satisfy your hunger, no matter what time of the day it strikes. It might have gone mainstream these days but it still maintains its rich taste just like a simple & delicious buttered toast.

Representing the Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs! It’s technically just smashed avocado on crusty bread, but trust me, it really is worth it! You should make that toast count, just spice it up and enjoy it!

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Total time: 10′

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 slices of toasted bread
2 eggs
1 avocado, smashed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes

What you’ll need . . .  

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Method:

1.  Scoop the avocado flesh into a small bowl

2.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt & black pepper

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3.  Mash the mixture until it’s mixed well

4.  Add the red pepper flakes and continue mixing

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Avocado mixture: done!

5.  Toast the bread while you poach the eggs (the yolks should be runny)

6.  Spread the avocado mixture over the bread

7.  Place on top the runny poached eggs

8.  Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and of course ground black pepper on top!

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Cut in half and serve.

Bon appétit! 🙂

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