Friday, September 26, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cake


I've been getting really excited for fall recently. If you have asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have been sobbing and whining, you gotta know, I'm such a summer person! Anyway, now my excitement for the cooler seasons is finally arising. I love the smell that is in the air now, you can actually smell autumn. Then Christmas is in less then 100 days (EXCITEMENT going on here!!!). Scarf and Boots season started (well, as you might have heard, Austria turned into a "all-year-round-boots-and-warm-clothes-appropriate-country", this is not really new...). Nature is getting more and more colourful with every passing day. We are enjoying the last warm sun rays. And last but not least: pumpkin season started!!


This is also the reason why I would like to share a really simple but delicious recipe for a "pumpkin spice cake" with you.
I looked up different recipes on the Internet and ended up making up my own version. Turn up some music and let the fun begin!!


I am so obsessed with those songs at the moment:


Ingredients:
120 g of melted butter
100 ml maple syrup
3 eggs (separated)
200 g pureed pumpkin
2 tbsps sour cream
200 g flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsps pumpkin spice (or gingerbread spice)
dash of cinnamon
dash of salt

Directions:
1.
Get your bowls, ingredients, etc. and heat up the oven to 350°F/ 180°C
2.
Beat the egg whites with the salt. Set aside.
3.
Mix together the melted butter and the maple syrup until it is nicely combined. Then add the yolks. Beat again. Then add the pumpkin and the sour cream.
4.
Combine all dry ingredients and gradually add to the pumpkin mixture.
5.
Carefully fold the egg whites under the batter.
6.
Grease a bundt cake pan and sprinkle with flour. Then add the batter and bake for approximately 45 minutes until the top has a nice golden color.


If you feel like it, you can always cover your cake with a glaze or some frosting. I just made a chocolate glaze, but cheesecake frosting would also work very well. 

I brought some pieces to class today and my friends approved! You visit them here.
Hope you like it & enjoy fall as much as I do!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chia-Chocolate Breakfast

The obsession with chia seeds is already going on for some time. Super healthy, no flavour so you can used them for sweet and savoury dishes, easy to use, etc. Some months ago I tried a chia pudding for the first time. Then I was not that convinced - I didn't like the consistency a lot neither did I like the fact that it doesn't really taste like anything.

But two days ago I gave chia seeds another shot and this time I tried chia-chocolate pudding. So simply and delicious, and the best part - you can prepare it in advance and just grab it in the morning if you are in a hurry.

Indredients:
3 tbls chia seeds
2 tbls coconut flakes
1 tbl cocoa powder
dash of cinnamon
liquids (I used soy milk and water, you can also use normal milk, yogurt, juice, etc.)

Mix all the ingredients together and fill the jar up with the liquids. Then shake REALLY well and let it sit overnight and enjoy with fruits, nuts, fruit compote, fruit puree, etc. the next morning for breakfast.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

People Watching

IMG_2485{look at the man in the chair – it’s probably his birthday}

I get caught a lot!! While observing people, I make up stories about them or wonder what they are like. Is your name Christopher or are you a Jonas? You sure could also be from another country and everyone calls you Soraya or Layena. Are you on the way home to your family? If so, why are you looking so sad? I like your bag, I think next, but I’m not brave enough to actually yell that across the underground. Sometimes I smile, simply because I like the way you look at someone else. And then I get caught starring at them. Super awkward. SORRY!! Didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable, I just love “People Watching”.

Anyway – London is a great place for observing people and making up stories!

IMG_2335{he just couldn’t wait to see her in the evening again – Lovebirds}

IMG_2564 {this woman saw me. she was looking at me. I had to be quick. and I was}

IMG_2279 {I’m missing one pound. – Uhmm, I’ll have a look..}

IMG_2472e{Well, what do you do in your lunch break?}

IMG_2394{from above}

IMG_2438 {within the hour I was standing there and taking pictures of St. Paul’s, this man made several people smile}

IMG_2327{yes, he does enjoy the last days of summer to the fullest}

IMG_2482 {family picnic}

IMG_2382 {unfortunately I didn’t noticed him while taking this picture - I’m sure he is a very beloved grandpa}

IMG_2500 {do what you love, and do it often}

Friday, September 12, 2014

9/11


I still remember where I've been on that Tuesday - a day of desperation and disbelief. I was only seven years old, and I couldn't even pronounce "World Trade Center", in fact I didn't even know what was going on, but I could sense that something was clearly wrong. 
In the evening I saw the plane crashes on the news. It was so disturbing - so unreal - but unfortunately this happened...

Hundreds of people packed suitcases that were never opened again. Thousands of people said good-bye one last time to their families.

Some how it brought the world closer together and made us realise how precious life is. 

9/11

Have a look at this amazing time-lapsed video of Stefan Karlström - I get goose-bumps every time I see it.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Very British

IMG_2260eJust came home from London yesterday. I would have loved to stay in that city longer. Simply fell in love with it! One day I think I will live there for some time. For sure there will be some more pictures, but for now some of my favorites.

Hope you’re enjoying the September sun!!

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