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!
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!
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!
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!
Wuhu! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! In Austria, people celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and I can’t wait until my whole family is together again. My brother and grandparents will be joining us tomorrow morning ahead of church and Christmas dinner!
I had some friends over for a little pre-Christmas celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to come but it was a good opportunity to do some baking.
I got the idea for the reindeer cupcakes form Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers and I thought it would be cool to serve them to my friends. I love making cupcakes and I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like them. I used a recipe from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook for both the Vanilla Cupcake and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Other than that I served a big plate of Christmas cookies and I also made a peppermint slab earlier this week that I wrapped up and gave to my friends as a party favor.
I’ve got a ton of things to do today before we set up our Christmas tree tonight, so I better get a move on!
I thought I’d do a quick breakfast post before I have to tend to my Christmas present wrapping duties.
I don’t seem to get sick of having oatmeal every single morning so I had another bowl of delicious, hot oats this morning, topped with coconut snowflakes, home-made granola and a kiwi! On the side I had a grapefruit a cup of strawberry tea.
Be sure to check back later for two new recipes!
Have a good day!
I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner!
Last night’s potluck was very successful. We had plenty of food, both sweet and savory.
Among my favorites were my mom’s famous Mousse au Chocolat and the vegetable rice salad. I went back for thirds because it was unbelievably good.
This morning I woke up to a pleasant surprise:
It was finally snowing and even though the snow turned into rain about 5 minutes after taking the picture it made a pretty good start to the day. I’m still hoping for a white Christmas!
Breakfast included oatmeal topped with granola and a selection of citrus fruits.
I spent most of my day in the kitchen baking and cooking (recipes will follow tomorrow) and just came back from the cinema. I convinced Christina to watch “New Year’s Eve” (or “Happy New Year” as it’s called in Austria….it seems some genius was in charge of that translation) with me after loving it after seeing it last week.
Can’t wait to see my friends tomorrow for my little Christmas party!