Tunes: The Road Wander

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In case you’re on a roadtrip, Gina and I have the ultimate playlist for you. I’m not kidding. We’re obsessed. It’s all we’ve been listening too for months now and we had the best time putting it together.

The first thing after establishing a hashtag for our little adventure (#TheRoadWander) was to work on this playlist. We spent a couple of weeks casually adding songs to this, listened to it on repeat when we were still in San Francisco and arrived in Tampa, starting the car and realising we had no way of connecting our phones and iPods to the car speakers.
Classic.

But nifty and innovative as we are, we hopped into the next Radio Shack and bought some tiny speakers. Not the best quality (duh) but it definitely added character to our car rides. Please excuse the excess amount of (good) country, blues and old school rock on this playlist, but we were driving through the South, after all (and we’re not sorry. Not one bit.).

Listening to the radio proved to be interesting. But now we know that true southern gentlemen won’t ever wear brightly coloured pants, own cats or tweet, because what they have to say is more meaningful than that. (I’m not being sarcastic, this really was something we listened to on the radio. Open mouthed, with stunned (and slightly amused) expressions on our faces.)

You can look back on our adventures with #TheRoadWander on Instagram (G & K).

Here’s the official #TheRoadWander playlist. There’s only one rule: when Proud Mary comes on, you better dance like there’s no tomorrow. We take Proud Mary very seriously (and you better do too ;-))

So judge away. Complain about cheesy pop songs, weird covers and overplayed rock anthems. We don’t care.

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Rhubarb-Strawberry-Apple Pie

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Rhubarb is back in season, and if you can remember from last year, I go absolutely crazy whenever rhubarb hits the markets.

It’s not a joke, it’s something I take very seriously! I love it. It’s just so easy to make and I love the crisp and sour taste!

Last year I made Rhubarb – Curd Cheese Cake and Rhubarb – Curd Cheese Tartlets. I was tempted to just go back and repeat these recipes because I couldn’t really find anything that tickled my fancy but then I stopped and thought “well, why not do your own thing?”

Why indeed?

Among my friends and family I’m mostly known for three things and ironically I haven’t posted either of those recipes here yet.
As it is I’m known for my Chocolate-Coffee Cake, my Chocolate – Banana Bread and my Apple Pie.

Then I started thinking – I could make that Apple Pie and just switch apples for rhubarb. And yes, it really was that easy. Kind of.
I had to tweak it a bit as I went but if you’re like me and enjoy the hands on cooking more than the fussy weighing of the exact amount of grams, then let’s get started, shall we?

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Ingredients

400g flour
40g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
200g butter (unsalted at room temperature)
1 tbsp vinegar

1kg rhubarb
400g strawberries
1 apple
200ml strawberry juice*
50ml maple sirup (honey works just as well)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp rum
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg
2 tbsp milk

* I used strawberry juice but rhubarb leaves more juice than apples so I ended up having a lot of liquid in my fruit mixture which I had to drain out again. So you can either forgo the strawberry juice (as well as the lemon juice as rhubarb is already very sour) or you can just put it in and then drain the excess liquid before you put the fruit on the dough.

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What to do

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

For the dough you mix together the flour, 25g sugar, salt, 175g butter (room temperature and cut in small pieces), vinegar and 9 tbsp cold water until you have a smooth dough.
Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap in foil and let it chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Wash, clean and cut the rhubarb and apple into small pieces. Don’t worry if they’re a bit bigger as it will cook and soften anyway. Add the strawberry juice, lemon juice, maple sirup (I usually always use honey instead), cinnamon and rum and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Wash and cut the strawberries and add them to the mixture. If you think this isn’t sweet enough you can add some (brown) sugar or more honey if you want to.
In a separate cup put together the cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water and stir it until it dissolves. Add this to the fruit mixture and let it cook for another minute or so. Leave the mixture to cool.
If you have used the juice (or even if you haven’t) and the whole mix seems very runny, try to get rid off the excess liquid by draining it.

Grease a form with the remaining butter. Roll the dough until it fits the form, put it in and then prick the bottom with a fork.
Put the fruit mixture in the form. Roll the remaining dough and cut into stripes so you can braid it on top of the fruit.
Mix the egg yolk with the milk and brush it on top of the dough.

Bake for around 60 minutes.
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A couple of days later I basically made the same thing but without the strawberries. I also tried my hand at braiding the crust around the form. With the leftover dough I made some rustic tartlets filled only with rhubarb (cooked with honey, rum and cinnamon – basically that’s all you need!).
It really is easy and such a fun and creative way to try new things.

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Pure Living Bakery

I’ve been at this bakery last summer and already loved it. They make killer iced hazelnut lattes.
They also make killer humus bagels. So good. I’m not kidding.

The bakery is decorated in california beach bar style. It has cute photographs, surfboards, wallpaper and mismatched chairs. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with mismatched everything. It’s like an instant love with me.

There are two locations of the Pure Living Bakery. One is located in Hietzing and then there’s the Pure Living Bakery Downtown, located in the 7th district. I have yet to visit the Downtown location but if it’s anything like the one in Hietzing, you’re in for a treat :)

And they make super cute latte art. Like, seriously, isn’t this bear awesome?!

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Pure Living Bakery

Village Location:
Altgasse 12, 1130 Wien

Downtown Location:
Burggasse 68, 1070 Wien

Hiddenkitchen

I have started a new project and it’s called “discover as much as you can!”
Basically it’s me trying to discover new places to eat and have coffee and I have a list that seems almost endless. However, if you have suggestions I’m always open to new discoveries!

I spontaneously stopped by the Hiddenkitchen yesterday. Originally I meant to get coffee but then they had all these different kinds of salads and the soup sounded great and I hadn’t eaten yet and oh my God, the food was just delicious!
The couscous salad was to die for and the broccoli-lemongrass soup was just as good.
However, they also have cupcakes, coffee and tea. I’ve also been told that their breakfast is great (this is pretty much on top of my to-do list now!)

If you’re looking for something small, quiet and laid-back then this is your place!

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Hiddenkitchen
Färbergasse 3, 1010 Wien

Sunday Evenings

Hot tea. Cozy blankets. The sound of rain against your window. Deep sighs. Contentment.

 

[After having neglected my music collection for a long, long time, I finally managed to find the time to listen and discover new songs and artists. Here’s a mix of new discoveries and old favourites. I hope you enjoy it. If you have music recommendations, please do comment and let me know :)]