As mentioned in yesterday’s post, our mission for Sunday was to make macarons. One of Mike’s best friends was my partner in crime and all week he was busy researching the perfect recipe! By the time Sunday came around we were convinced that our our homemade version of the little delights were going to blow away the competition (aka Ladurée). Oh boy, were we wrong! If any of you have ever made macarons yourself, you probably know what I am talking about … Let’s just say that after 4 hours in the kitchen, and mediocre results, we both decided that we would leave it to the pros next time. In all honesty, I can’t even tell you what exactly we did wrong, we made 3 entirely separate batches (new batter for each) and each batch turned out differently … basically if you beat the egg for 30 seconds too short, they won’t turn out. If there is 1 gramm of extra sugar, they won’t turn out. If you don’t let them rest for the perfect amount of time before baking, they won’t turn out … you get the point, right? In all fairness though, they do taste pretty great! Especially after having them in the fridge over night. So really, we just need to work on the looks – but I think for now I’d rather buy some, than try again :)
This past weekend I FINALLY made something I have been craving for weeks: thai summer rolls. Up until now, I’ve only ever had them at restaurants, because quite frankly they impressed me too much and I figured they would probably be pretty hard to make. Well, last Saturday, my cravings finally got the best of me and I set out on a hunt for the ingredients. Turns out the hardest part of the whole meal is actually the shopping, after that it’s basically just a bit of chopping and rolling. I went to 3 different places for everything (Meinl am Graben, Billa & Naschmarkt – for those of you from Vienna), but in the end these babies turned out SO good and even Mike was blown away (he is pretty hard to impress, trust me). Really, what I am trying to say is: if you love summer rolls as much as I do, you definitely have to try making them yourself. You won’t regret it!!
Last night, we had our annual “secret santa girls night”. It’s not really a secret santa thing, since everyone receives a present from everyone … but I am highly against celebrating things ahead of time, so I refuse to call it “Christmas” before the 24th. For the past few weeks we’ve been trying new places for our girls nights and yesterday we decided to give the “Brasserie & Bakery” in the 1st district a try. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel “The Guest House Vienna” and the whole look reminded me of something you might see in New York City. We had a great evening, lots of yummy food (I can absolutely recommend the goat cheese starter … sooo dreamy!), good talks, and of course presents! It was the last time we’ll see eachother before the new year, but we already decided on brunch at The Guest House for our first meet-up in 2014, because as we were ordering dessert we noticed that they actually serve breakfast until 11pm, which is kind of amazing if you ask me :) Do any of you guys celebrate Christmas with just your girlfriends? Here are some impressions from our night:
Some of you may have seen this photo on my Instagram account (@vickyheiler) on Sunday, where I told you that we’d be making our first turkey feast. Well, now I can proudly show you a few snapshots! We may still need a bit of practice (the skin ripped as we were turning it on the BBQ & we forgot to tie down the legs, causing the birdy to do the splits while cooking), but we had so much fun & it actually tasted amazing. We were a group of 6 people, 2 really close friends + my brother and his lovely girlfriend. It was perfect for a small gathering, there weren’t too many people in the kitchen and we had a great time cooking together. Everyone was in charge of different things and by the time we sat down for dinner it was definitely well deserved after about 5 hours in the kitchen. Here is what we made: BBQ smoked turkey (with hickory and apple wood chips) with a side of homemade mashed potatos and brussle sprouts with bacon and chestnuts out of the oven, and for dessert I made pecan apple pie and one of our friends made homemade vanilla ice cream with tahitian vanilla – need I say more? I didn’t worry about a super nicely set table or the kitchen looking like a bomb had struck, because really, the day was about spending time with friends and enjoying eachother’s company. Before dinner, Mike made a little toast, giving thanks to the fact that we do have the luxury of sitting down to an amazing meal like that – and he is so right. We really are lucky and I definitely am thankful to be able to have days like this past Sunday! Did any of you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Have you ever made a turkey?