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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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-

Autumn Pictures + Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Hi guys

I just want to show you some autumn pictures and share a great pumpkin soup recipe with you.

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Next time I’m going to write about our autumn holidays in Devon. I’m looking forward to it, but it has to wait because I have lots of exams now.

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

  • 750 gr. pumpkin, unpeeled and with the seeds
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 1 liter light vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 dl whipping cream
  • salt, pepper
  1. Peel the pumpkin and remove the seeds. Cut into pieces.
  2. Chop the onions and braise lightly with the butter.
  3. Add the pumpkin pieces and the curry powder.
  4. Deglaze with the stock and let the pumpkin boil until soft.
  5. Then purée all, if needed add some water. Put the soup back into the pan. Add the whipping cream and bring to boil again. Season with salt, pepper and curry. ( I often season also with curcuma, ginger, cardamon and coriander.)

Thanx for stopping by and I wish you great day. I love you all!

Lila