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!!
Without a doubt, salads are my favorite go-to lunch. I feel like the possibilities are endless, they’re so yummy and not to mention healthy. After work, I usually make a quick salad with whatever the fridge has to offer, plus a slice of whole wheat bread on the side to fill me up. For winter, my current favorite combination includes citrus-y grapefruit, grilled prawns and parmesan shavings, all atop a bed of arugula. I dare you to try this NOW! You won’t regret it, I promise :)
Last week, a basket full of pumpkins, along with the new Braun Multiquick 7 immersion blender arrived at my door. While I was busy painting other pumpkins over the weekend, I finally got around to making a spicy pumpkin & carrot soup last night. With soups, salads and sandwiches, I usually don’t really follow a recipe, but rather work with whatever the fridge has to offer. But, since this one turned out pretty good, I decided to jot down the recipe and keep it on hand for future reference.