Category Archives: Austria

A delicious Light on a Dark Winter’s Day

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Today is one of those day where you just can’t go outside and wished you could go back to bed! It’s too windy and cold too go for a hike and too rainy/ snowy to go for a walk. And now a winter thunderstorm is approaching….

The only thing to do on such a dull day is COOK and EAT!

Our late lunch was a team effort. I was in charge of the salad and my mum (who in my opinion is one of the best cooks around) wowed us with her version of Surf and Turf Pasta Carbonara.

For this salad I was inspired by and adapted a recipe from Angela from Oh She Glows. I personally love all of her ideas and vegan recipes.

Because I didn’t have tahini I couldn’t make Angela’s Tahini-Lemon dressing, so I used what we had instead. It may not have been as good as Angela’s original version, but it still made a great side salad for the main attraction on the table: mum’s Surf and Turf Pasta Carbonara.

To make up for the hefty amount of heavy cream used in this recipe we substituted ham for bacon, which is commonly used. It still tasted amazing!

Surf and Turf Pasta Carbonara

makes 6 portions

You will need:

  • 500g pasta (We used Fettuccine)
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 300g ham, cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 400ml heavy cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 150g parmesan, grated
  • 12 prawn
  • 3 garlic cloves, crush
  • water
  1. Add cold water to a bowl and add 2 tsp. of salt and crushed garlic. Then add the prawns and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and let it cook until al dente. In the meantime, prepare the sauce.
  3. In a big frying pan, heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and fry for a minute or two. Then add the ham and stir to combine.
  4. In a big bowl or container, mix together the eggs and the heavy cream. Add the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Then add the mixture to the pan containing ham and onion and stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. When the pasta is al dente, drain and set aside.
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce. Let the flavors combine while frying the prawns.
  7. Heat up some olive oil in a medium sized skillet and fry the prawns on medium heat. When done, mound the pasta into plates or bowls and serve with 2 prawns.

 

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One of Austria’s Finest Eats!

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I am back with a new recipe, a Austrian classic! If you like pasta and adore dessert I am sure you’re going to love the following dish. “Mohnnudeln”, translated Poppy Seed Noodles are made from potato dough, formed to noodles and added to melted poppy seed butter. They are a delight for your taste buds and if you have an hour to spare to prepare them, a perfect meal or dessert.

Today we had them as dessert, following a tamari-drizzled poached salmon with a side salad.

Making Poppy Seed Noodles is a similar process to making Gnocchi. You will need to use your hands to knead the dough and form noodles but the end product is worth the work and the wait.

Poppy Seed Noodles  (“Mohnnudeln”)

serves 4-5 (for dessert)

You will need:

  • 1 kg russet potatoes
  • salt
  • 200g flour
  • 2 tbsp. potato starch
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 65 g butter
  • 60 g poppy seeds
  • powdered sugar (for serving)

  1. Cook the potatoes in salt water until soft. While still warm peel and press them through a potato press. You can also grate them if you prefer to do so, but the dough might turn out to be a little lumpy.
  2. Form a well in the center of the potatoes and mix in the flour, potato starch, egg yolks, egg and a pinch of salt. Bring the dough together by kneading gently (picture 1).
  3. Prepare a large pot and bring salt water to boil.
  4. Roll out small dough balls to form finger-thick noodles (about 3 cm long). The noodles should be slightly pointed at the ends (picture 2).
  5. Drop the noodles in boiling water and cook until they float (picture 3). Remove the floating noodles from the water into a sieve and let cold water run over them for a couple of seconds. Continue this process with the rest of the dough.
  6. In a large skillet melt butter and add the poppy seeds. When all the noodles are cooked, add them to the poppy seed butter, mix everything carefully and serve with powdered sugar!

 

Enjoy!

Perfect Day in the Snow

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Last night I was able to convince my dad to going skiing with me today. The weather the last couple of days has not been very wintry so I wasn’t expecting very good slopes or a lot of snow.  When we arrived, however it was almost impossible to find a parking space and it was really crowded. The snow was great and the weather was fantastic!

I knew I needed fuel to keep me going the whole day, so I decided to make a big portion of oatmeal with 1 banana and topped with home-made granola for breakfast. Fruit and tea on the side.

After breakfast it was time to hit the slopes!

We didn’t stop for food all day so I was starving when we got home. I immediately started squeezing a couple of blood oranges and after a warm shower I made a mixed salad and tomato-pesto tarts.

Even though my legs are ready to hit the hay I’m actually in the mood for a late night baking session!

Early New Year

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I can’t believe how fast my time at home has been flying by! Even though I’ve been having the best time with my family it feels like my vacation is half over already because my sister is flying back to London tomorrow morning. I’m glad that I get to stay in Austria for another 2 weeks but really wish my sister and I  would have had a little more time together since we don’t really do that much or get to see each other that often when we’re in England.

We decided to spend our last day together in the year 2011 with shopping. We got up bright and early, had a quick bowl of invigorating oatmeal and a cappuccino and drove off to Salzburg to hit the malls.

We were quite the successful shoppers! Even though I was spoiled rotten by my family for Christmas I could not help myself to indulge in some post-Christmas bargains.

For dinner my mom prepared Fondue! Fondue is usually our New Year’s Eve dinner because it makes waiting for midnight a tad easier if you are munching on meat, sausage and warm baguette all night long. But because Christina loves Fondue just as much as I do and since she can’t be around for New Year’s we decided to have Fondue night by 2 days earlier.

Each year we have the same sauces, sausages and meat and gather round the table as the whole family talking, laughing and eating! Lots of eating!

While the meat is being cooked it’s always good to have a full basket of baguette nearby to have something to dunk into the sauces.

Even though all of the sauces are delicious in their own way, my favorite flavors are dill and cowberry sauce.

I’m off to play some board games with the family!

Bliss of Nature

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My family decided to go for a hike this afternoon since the weather was better than expected. It was such a beautiful day so I took along my camera to snap a couple (148) of pictures along the way.

Sunny was being a perfect lady the whole hike up the mountain, but when we told her to pose for a couple of pictures she gave me an attitude!

We wanted to have lunch half-way along our hike in a little alpine hut near the top of the mountain where they serve bread, cheese and meats but unfortunately they were closed so we had leftovers from the last couple of days and Parmesan Soup that my mom made as a starter. I didn’t manage to take a good picture but I will tell you it was delicious and cheesy! Just the way I like it!

Christmas Eats

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Hello!
I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and enjoyed a couple of stress-free days with family and friends. We had a wonderful time and it was great to see my grandparents and spend time with all of my siblings playing games, going for walks, hiking and  lots of eating!

On Christmas Eve my grandma and mom prepared a delicious meal. We had a traditional Austrian soup (“Frittatensuppe” -shredded savory pancake soup) and turkey. We added lots of vegetables to keep things as healthy as possible! For dessert we had Mousse au Chocolat and fruit salad.

Shredded savory pancake soup is a specialty in Austria and is one of my favorite soups. The preparation is similar to pancakes except for the fact that they have to be extremely thin, sort of like French crepes. After they’ve cooled down they are cut into thin pieces and added to beef broth.

I had a huge portion of red cabbage and a side of cabbage salad with my turkey.

Mommy’s famous Mousse au Chocolat with an extra big scoop of fruit salad.

Yesterday we decided to have Nasi Goreng. Even though it’s not a typical Christmas meal, it’s something everyone loves and only my mom knows how to make. My sister specifically requested it as she is only home for a couple of days and wants to have her favorite food while in Austria. Luckily her favorite food is also my favorite food!

After a 1.5 hour hike/ run with my dad and brother this afternoon I got home to a delicious and tender duck roasting in the oven.

Served with left-over red cabbage and home-made Austrian dumplings.

And because we haven’t yet eaten enough we attempted to fill up on nutrients with chocolate fondue with different flavors of chocolate: yoghurt vanilla, chocolate brownie, milk chocolate and orange chocolate.

I hope your holiday was equally as successful food-wise!

Merry Christmas

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Hello everyone!

We are just a couple of hours away from our family Christmas celebration. I was sooo excited about today’s festivities this morning that I woke up at 7am and couldn’t go back to sleep.

Last night “we” (even though I did all the work) set up  the Christmas tree. It usually is a family activity but Christina was on the phone and Mo played DJ so I was the only one doing the work. Luckily Christina did some damage control when I was done hanging up the ornaments because I am not the most gifted “ornament hanger”. Each year I am overwhelmed by how great our ornaments look. They are a mix of unique and beautiful ornaments which my dad buys and home-made touches.

My breakfast this morning was bigger than usual. I had a small bowl of oatmeal and one of my favorite wholemeal bread rolls with home-made strawberry and apricot jam (made by my mom). We buy the bread rolls at our local bakery and they are loved by everyone is my family.

The usual oatmeal with goji berries, flaxseeds, 1/2 banana, home-made granola, 1 clementine and pomegranate seeds!

We are about to have lunch so I better go! See you guys later. Hope you have a great Christmas Eve!