Lately

I haven’t had one of these in a while again so here we go.

Life is pretty amazing right now. Uni-wise I’ve accomplished all I wanted last semester and this semester is off to a very enthusiastic start as well.
I’m taking a French class, which, for the first time in a long while, I seem to enjoy immensely. I’m still discovering new cafés and restaurants in Vienna every day and the weather has been warm and perfectly spring-appropriate the past two weeks.
There are summer plans in the making and while nothing is concrete yet, all of the possibilities excite me so much, I cannot even tell you.

Starting tomorrow I will also be a regular contributor over at The Blogwander. It’s a lovely network for like-minded young women who chase dreams and adventures, who dare to do what others have told them they could not, and who make mistakes and learn along the way. Just like me. I could not be happier for the warm welcome I have received so far and cannot wait to get started over there!

The past few weeks have been filled with tears (which happens when your pony decides to unhinge a door with his bridle), laughter, some drinks, good food, impromptu dance sessions through my room (Ray LaMontagne has been on repeat for weeks now!) and long walks through the forests and meadows around my town. Seasonal food is growing in the woods and we’re reveling in all the ways it can be used. The good life.

It’s been an incredible start in the new year so far and more exciting things are to come (Prague! Paris!).

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As always, you can follow my adventures on Instagram. Come and say hi. I really am incredibly chatty ;-)

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Kokos Gugelhupf (Coconut Gugelhupf)

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Invited to a friend’s place we realised in last time that the cake we made might not be enough for 30+ people. So what do you do? You seek help from your good old friend the Becherkuchen. This literally translates to “Cup Cake” but not in the sense in which we all know and love cupcakes. It’s more related to the measurements because you only use one cup of each ingredient, throw everything together and pour it into a form. Gugelhupf basically means the form and shape in which it is baked.

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In any case, this is what my mum and I came up with:

Ingredients

1 cup of sour cream (or plain yoghurt)
1 cup of coconut flakes
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of oil
1 package of baking powder
1 package of vanilla sugar
3 eggs

Butter and flour for the form.

I used a 250g cup of sour cream, but since you use the same cup to measure the other ingredients it should be fine if the cup is a bit bigger. In that case though you might want to add 1 egg.

What to do

Pre-heat the oven.

Start pouring the cup of sour cream in a mixing bowl. Fill the cup again with the other ingredients to measure them. Put everything in the same bowl and mix quickly and pour in the greased and floured form.

Bake at 180°C for around 40 minutes.

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I apologise for the strange pictures but I have never, and probably will never win awards for how my baked goods look. In this case I worked together with my mum and she forgot to butter the inner circle of the Gugelhupf form so the middle stuck to the form and I couldn’t very well cover it up with icing sugar. I do promise that it tastes really nice though. In fact, I just finished eating my third piece ;-)

Lately.

The lack of recent blog posts is probably easily explained: Christmas. University. Work. Christmas.

So, if you’re not following me on Instagram, here’s a short recap of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

Snow has yet to really make an appearance in Vienna, though we’ve had a little. Still, the forests surrounding my hometown make more than up for it as they’re currently covered in thick frost. It’s truly magical to look at. I took Sargon for a ride in the forest and we even met some deer along the way. It’s like a fairytale. Still, here’s to hoping we do get a little snow until the 24th.

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As mentioned in the last blog post, Vienna during Christmas time is a great place to be. I really cannot say this often enough and I kind of feel bad about not blogging about it more often. In any case, here are some impressions of how the city looked like the past few weeks.

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The weather here wasn’t the best all the time, but let’s be honest, there’s something soothing about rainy days as well.
I tried fighting back with festive nails (Essie’s Shearling Darling and a top coat of golden glitter nail polish) while sipping copious amounts of tea and coffee. It works.

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At home we tried hard to make the house look a bit more Christmasy. We don’t have a tree as we celebrate Christmas at my grandparent’s house, but there are some little things that can be done to get into a festive mood.
I also hosted my annual Christmas party again which was a relaxing evening spent drinking punch and stuffing ourselves with melted cheese and homemade cookies. As it should be, I guess.

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I also started sewing to make my mum’s Christmas presents, using some of the fabrics I brought home from Tanzania and Togo. I’m actually super happy and proud with how it turned out, seeing as I haven’t sat in front of a sewing machine since elementary school. This might be a new hobby.
Kat, of That Kind of Woman posted a recipe idea for brunch on Instagram a while ago and I finally had time to give it a try. It’s safe to say that this will be made more often from now on.
(Bacon then vegetables and basically whatever you fancy on top, before cracking some eggs over it and putting it in the oven)

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Oh, and I also cut off a good bit of my hair.
I don’t regret it at all, this change has been waiting to happen for a while now and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out :)

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I hope your last days before Christmas aren’t too stressful and that you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year in peace with your loved ones.
I hope I can get one or two more posts up in the next few days, but as mentioned in the beginning… there’s uni. And work. And…. Christmas.

Plundergebäck (Danish Pastry)

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The other day I still had some apples from our tree and I was slowly running out of ideas what to make with them. There are only so many apple pies you can bake, you know? So I thought I’d try something new and then I found ready-made dough for Danish pastry. I had no recipe so I just grabbed random ingredients which I thought could taste nice and oh my God, they did.

This is of course, no professional recipe, but if you’re willing to experiment, maybe it can be some sort of inspiration for you :)

Ingredients
1 package of curd cheese
1 cup of vanilla yoghurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
sugar or vanilla extract (depending on how sweet you want the filling to be)
some honey
Apples and/or peaches
Ready made dough for Danish pastry

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What to do
Okay, so since I didn’t have a recipe for this and did most by taste this is what you’ll have to do as well.

Pre-heat the oven to the temperature needed for the dough.

Peel and cut one apple in small slices. I added lemon juice, honey and cinnamon for taste and cooked it for a few minutes. Take care that the fruit doesn’t get too soft.
Then I did pretty much the same with the peaches, but left out the cinnamon.

Mix together the curd cheese and some of the vanilla yoghurt (again, just as much as you think tastes nice). Add vanilla extract (syrup or whatever else you have). Add sugar if you want to (I didn’t. Mostly because I’m trying to reduce my intake of sugar when it’s not absolutely necessary, like in coffee or tea :)).

Cut and fold the dough. I found this tutorial and it worked really well! Put the curd cheese – yoghurt mixture on it and top it off with the apples or peaches. Then put it in the oven and bake it for the required time.

If you want to you can coat the pastry with an egg/milk mix before you bake it as well.

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