Back From Holidays

Holidays are over, the daily routine has already started, and since I neglected the blog over my summer break I thought it’s time to write a new blog post .

In Switzerland we had a really wet summer for quite a long time. The soil was more than enough watered and rivers were overfilled with water, in spite of that the weather brought more and more rain. That’s why we got many floodings all over Switzerland.

Unluckily, my grandparents’ house was affected by these flooding’s and so I spent my whole first week of holidays helping my grandparents to clear and clean. After that week of work I got the opportunity to go to Finland!:-) I spent 8 days there in a summer camp and enjoyed fantastic weather up to 33°C!!!

For the last week of holidays we took the train and went to Germany to some relatives. I always love to visit them because of the beautiful area they live in, the tri-border region. When I’m there my favourite activities are going grocery shopping, eating out, and visiting the “Landhaus Ettenbühl” or the Vitra Design Museum.

If you’re around this area you have to try these restaurants and cafés out:

http://www.restaurant-sichtwerk.de/ – reasonable, tasty and brilliantly furnished

http://www.fuenfschilling.de/ – always busy, reasonable, tasty, and beautiful location, farm shop

http://www.cafe-inka.com/ – homemade cakes, beautiful mural paintings and located in an exclusive little village with lots of artist living there

https://www.landhaus-ettenbuehl.de/ – English garden, delicious scones and cakes, wide range of beautiful roses to buy, little shop

www.vitra.com – vitra design café, perfect for brunch, beautiful building

…the pictures are from the Landhaus Ettenbühl. I love to visit the garden and the café there because it makes me feel like being in the UK for a few hours.

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XOXO Lila

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Close-Up Lens

Because I’m working on a new website for my mothers friend Rita I was able to borrow her close-up lens for photographing. For this reason I practised photographing with this new lens a lot and I have to confess that I’ve totally fallen in love with it! It’s a real pleasure working with it… Thank you Rita for letting me use your equipment! 🙂

I love doing creativ things therefore its a lot of fun for me and I’m curious how it will turn out. I’ll show you the site as soon as I have finished it- I’m really exited! And here are a few pictures  I took while experimenting with the new lense:

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Love Lila.

2nd Photoshoot

Here are the pictures I promised in the last post, they are from my sister Lisa.

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I always have for holidays a large list of things I would like to do e.g reading/visiting an organic farm/sewing… But I never manage to do it all. But I still enjoy my holidays to the fullest, in school time I almost never have time to go for a walk. So I appreciate walking all the more when I have time to do so; and I know that fresh air is essential for me…I get angry and unhappy when I don’t go outside. Since the start of the  Downton Abbey series we always watch one season in our Christmas holidays. This Christmas holiday we wachted the 3rd season and we finished it yesterday.  In fact I don’t really like watching movies besides a few Disney Movies like Tangled, BBC Series or The Great British Bake Off, but Downton Abbey as you probaly know is awesome! Okay the ending of the 3rd season is too much drama for me, but the rest is definitely great. I love the 1st and 2nd season, but I think I won’t watch the 4th one because Matthew won’t be in it, plus I don’t like how over dramatic the story will be. Today, I made a sourdought starter and I’m very exited how it will turn out. I’ve always wanted to do one, but I’ve never tried it because it sounded really comlicated when I read the recipe. My favourite bread is definitly whole wheat sourdought bread or spelt bread. I’m going to show you my result if the bread turns out well.

Uff, it’s the first time I’ve written so much and I hope it’s not to confusing and incoherent…

-Lila-

Devon Holidays Part II

Todays post is about…the Dartmoor! Yes, I’m a real fan. We went twice walking there and we all enjoyed it very much. Ok, the second time was a bit windy but it was still an adventure. The first time we started at the Harford Moor Gate and walked up to the Piles Hill. Just a short walk, because it was already afternoon. The second walk started at the parking place Four Winds and we walked to the Great Mis Tor. We had planned a longer tour but because of the strong wind we decided to shorten the walk. My favourite walk was the first one but each has its own attraction. Here are some pictures:

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-Lila-

Clotted Cream Apple Cake

This time I’ll share a great recipe with you guys. Its a clotted cream apple cake, which I made during my Devon holidays. I was very happy with the result and I will bake the cake often. Try the recipe if you have time, its truely worth it. In Switzerland I use sour cream instead of the clotted cream, because I don’t know where to find it here… I even thought about making clotted cream by myself. IMG_0001_1038 IMG_0001_1039

Clotted Cream Apple Cake

Recipe:

Pastry:

  • 200gr. flour
  • 1/2 tbs backing powder
  • 125gr. cold butter
  • 100gr. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • a pich of salt

Topping:

  • 5-6 cooking apples
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinammon
  • 150gr. clotted cream (I used Roddas)

Streusel:

  • 60gr. butter
  • 4 tbs brown sugar
  • 50gr. flour
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon
  • 70gr. chopped walnuts
  1. For the pastry: But all ingredients in a bowl and knead everything together. Let the pastry cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Grease a spring form pan and preheat the oven to 180°c. Press the pastry into the pan and make an edge.
  2. For the topping: Peel the apples and cut them into slices. Mix together the egg, sugar, flour, cinnamon and the clotted cream. Add the apple slices and put everything into the pan.
  3. For the streusel: Knead all ingredients together and crumble the slightly moist dough into small streusel. Spread the streusel onto the apples. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  4. Serve with clotted cream. Enjoy!

-Lila-

Devon Holidays Part I

Hi,

I’m back from my autumn holidays, which I spend with my family in Devon. We stayed in a holiday cottage around Noss Mayo, a village in the South West of Devon. We had a wonderful view into the green and we could also see the Dartmoor. The weather was perfect, very sunny and almost never rain. If it rained then in the morning or during the night. We spend most of the time outside walking or visiting villages or towns. On the top of my list is Dartmouth, a town with charm and character. I also love Modbury, the first plastic bag free town in the UK! And I can also recommend a walk in the Dartmoor. I’ll just show you some foggy pictures, others will follow later.

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All these pictures are from around our cottage. I love foggy weather in the UK, its a kind of mystic and its very adventurous. You might have found out that I’m absolutely in love with the British countryside.

See ya

Lila