Avocado Brownies

I know it’s not the right time to post about these hard-to-resist chocolate fudgy brownies and interrupt you from your summer diet plans but I’ve got the the perfect recipe for you!
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Try making your favourite and of course guilt-free chocolate brownies by replacing oil or butter with avocados which are loaded with fiber, healthy fats, minerals and more than 20 vitamins.
It may sound strange at first but avocado, with its consistency of healthy fats and creamy texture can incredibly convert your favourite recipe to this delicious, nearly sinless and easy-to-make nutritious dessert!

IMG_8338Prep time: 10′
Cook time: 25′

Ingredients: (makes 10-12)

2 medium avocados (or 1 large)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

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Method:

  1.  Preheat oven to 175℃

  2.  In a blender combine avocados, maple syrup and vanilla

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3.  Place the mixture into a bowl and whisk in the 3 eggs

  4.  Add flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and stir until the batter is smooth

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  5.  Grease your baking dish with some coconut oil, pour the batter and bake for about 25 minutes

  6.  Let them cool completely and finally cut equally into pieces!

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Bon Appétit!

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Keep Calm and Bake On 🙊

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xxx N

 

 

Cucumber Gin&Tonic Pops

I’m not complaining, but let’s face it. Summer heat came waaay too early this year!!

So, I came down with a super easy and refreshing cocktail recipe that’s gonna surprise you and get you more and more into the mood.

Gin & Tonic fan? Introducing the most summerish and delicious Cucumber Gin & Tonic Frozen Popsicles! The coolest way to fuel summer fun and start your favorite session in style! 😎

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Thumbs Up!

Ingredients: (makes 10)

3 cups tonic water
2 shots of gin
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup cucumber slices
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Method:
 

1.  Mix together gin, tonic, brown sugar and lime juice

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2.  Place cucumber slices into popsicle moulds
3.  Pour in the tonic mix

 4. Freeze overnight and enjoy!!

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P.S. Add some mint leaves for extra flavor!

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…Just cool off your summer!!

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🌴 🌴 🌴

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 xxx N

 

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg: the city of music. The city where music is always in the air!

Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the fourth largest city in Austria offers magical sceneries with the backdrop of the Alps that scrape the sky. The churches, the squares, the narrow cobbled lanes…
First thing to notice while wandering around town is the magical atmosphere that’s created by the harmony of the classical music that whisks out of every single corner of the side streets.
This Baroque Old Town is deservedly called the “Rome of the North” due to its dramatic architectural layout.

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Getreidegasse (Altstadt)

Must-Visit: Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, the DomQuartier, Mozart’s Residence and the banks of the Salzach River (better on a sunny day).

Must-Dine: Zum Fidelen Affen, a restaurant with an amazing atmosphere, cosy wood-panelled walls and incredibly delicious local food. And beer, of course 😉

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Salzburg von oben (view from Hohensalzburg Fortress)

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Talking about magical sceneries…

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“Love Locks” @Salzach River

 

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@Mirabell Gardens

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@Mozartplatz

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@Rathausplatz

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Street Art by the River

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Fairytale-like horse-drawn carriage

 xxx N

Soufflé au Chocolat!

Nutella lover? Soufflé lover? The perfect combo: introducing the heavenly Soufflé de Nutella!

Be sure that a hot and well-risen soufflé, fresh from the oven, will always delight your guests. But in this case, when Nutella shows up, trust me, everybody’s gonna truuuly fall for it!!

Remember: It’s ALL about timing! You have to take them out of the oven just at the right moment. The center should be still molten and gooey, though the texture fluffy and airy. When ready, sprinkle them with a dusting of powdered sugar and of course serve them à la minute!

P.S. Despite its reputation, this dessert is actually quick & easy to make! It always works.

IMG_5212Total time: 25’
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 tsp sugar
Butter
Cocoa powder

1/2 cup of Nutella

Just give it a try. . . !

 

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Method:

  1.   Preheat the oven to 190C

  2.   You will need 2 bowls.
          Bowl 1: Mix the Nutella with egg yolks
          Bowl 2: Beat egg whites with sugar till stiff

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Bowl 1 & 2

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3.  Combine the 2 mixtures using a spatula

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4.  Grease the ramequins with butter and lightly dust them with some cocoa powder

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5.  Evenly distribute the mixture into the ramequins

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6.  Finally, bake for 15 to 17 minutes and SERVE IMMEDIATELY!!!

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Seriously, it’s delicious!!!

“Le souffle n’attend pas, on attend le soufflé.” 

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Who wants a bite?

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Yuuuummm…!

xxx N

A Weekend in Munich

It’s all about beer, pretzels and wursts! We were lucky enough to visit this lovely city over a sunny weekend and get the chance to wander around Marienplatz, this pretty medieval square in the heart of Munich. There are always new things to discover behind the hustle and bustle of the busy roads…!

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It’s said that nearly under every City Hall of Germany it’s possible that you’ll find a hot-spot restaurant that serves traditional bavarian food and of course LOTS of beer! In this case we’re talking about “Ratskeller” which, trust me, is a must!

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“Fischbrunnen” in Marienplatz

Talking about beer, don’t forget to have a fresh pretzel with a typical cold 1litre beer-mug in the world’s most famous beer hall, “Hofbräuhaus”. Touristy Bavarian experience: loud german live music & plenty of beer!

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Hofbräuhaus

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Golden Ferrari F430 @Maximilian Strasse

When the sun goes down, the perfect place for a truly satisfying cocktail experience is at Zephyrs bar in Baader Strasse. If you’re into dancing you should definitely go to the famous P1 Club (late at night). The pizza is amazing, too! 😝🍕

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Zephyrs Bar

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Perfect coffee spot for a sunny day @Overpollinger Rooftop, which offers a stunning view over Marienplatz

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The New Town Hall

Science and technology enthusiast? Then be sure to pay a visit to the Deutsches Museum which features an impressive collection of S&T exhibits.

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Deutsches Museum

I would also highly recommend a visit to the BMW Museum and BMW Welt –if you’re into cars of course– where you can explore the history of the famed car manufacturer and get a glimpse into its future.

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BMW Museum

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HIRMER @Marienplatz

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Walking around MP

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World clocks

 

Hawaiian Green Smoothie

After trying many different recipes for the “perfect” green smoothie, I finally ended up with my favourite one that provides plenty of nutrients and vitamins combined with an amazing taste. It’s something that can naturally boost your energy and improve your way of living.

Introducing my beloved “Hawaiian Green Smoothie” recipe that can actually be enjoyed either as a wake-up tonic or an afternoon refresher.

Trust me, it’s “rawesome” and aaall you need to get started is a blender!

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Total time: 5′ (serves 1)

Here are the INGREDIENTS that are gonna supercharge your smoothie:

2 clementines, peeled
1 banana
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup water

2 tbsp flaxseeds

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Method:

 1.  Peel and cut in small slices all of the ingredients

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Preps

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2.  Combine them into the blender in the following order

(PSST!! Add some ice too!)
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3.  Blend until smooth

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4.  Pour into a mason jar and GET READY to enjoy!! 😃

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One sip of this and you won’t be disappointed! 😎

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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

 

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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