Mittwoch, 31. August 2011

Pumpkin soup

 It´s pumpkin-time (at least here in Austria). My mother has these beautiful pumpkins in her back yard without even planting them!! You can make a really yammy soup in a very short time. We never get tired of eating this delicious soup. Today I will share with you this super easy and top secret (just kidding, I think everyone in Austria uses this one...) recipe.
Ps. I need to learn how to use proper measurements. But this one you still have to adjust yourself ;)...

Pumpkin soup:

  • 1 middle size pumpkin (maybe 1 kg? ;)...)
  • 1 l water with chicken/vegetable/beef stock
  • 250ml sour cream/thick cream/(basically anything white and creamy)
  • Salt, Pepper, fresh parsley according to your taste

Boil the water with the beef stock and add the pealed and cutted pumpkin pieces into the big hot pot. Put the lid on and softly boil until the pumpkin is soft. Take your blender and smash it all till you have a nice, soupy consistence. Add water if needed. Now add the sour cream and spices. Then serve with fresh parsley-sprinkles and some good, fresh bread. 

Somtimes you need a break


 Sometimes everyone needs a break. Austria is full on absolutely stunning places to visit. So last Friday we went to this small mountain village just an hours drive away from our place. And had a break. For one day.

Montag, 29. August 2011

Something old (but beautiful)

 Ok, ok...I know. It´s completely not the most important to have your office finnished first in the house...but it just happened that I had a very clear picture in my head how it should look like...It´s this tiny room where on one side there is a huge white, modern desk with shelves (you will get pictures later) and on the other side of the room there is my favorite couch of all times. Last summer someone wanted to dump this beautiful green sofa, but I saved it. And I love it. The (~100 year old)Europe map on the back wall is from a road side flee market where I got it years ago for just 10 Euros.I am still waiting for our shipment from Bangladesh. Once it arrives, I can fill my shelves with more beautiful things...

This is in the entrance "hall" (more like a small room, or a walk through place). I fell in love with this golden/green wallpaper and today it´s finally on the wall. This will be called the waiting for the toilet-area where you can choose the right literature for the toilet. Not quite finished either yet, but I wanted you to get a glimpse of what I am doing....

The kitchen process

Ok, I admit it. I have been super lazy here. But that means that there has been some big progress in the house!! I can´t believe that it´s already the end of August and we are still living at my parent´s basement, paying rent in Vienna and not living there...But this week the day will come. The day that we will move into our "new" house. Everything still needs a little bit fixing but once I can cook in this kitchen, we are ready to move. It has been a hard learning and working phase until we even have reached this point. But here one picture for you how the kitchen looked today. The open shelve is still missing and so are some other things...But already now I am quite happy with the end-result!!

Sonntag, 14. August 2011

A lazy Sunday afternoon---and some open shelves to admire...

Do you know the "Sunday-laziness-syndrome"?? It hits me. Almost every single Sunday. It´s those afternoons when you simply don´t have energy for anything or anyone. So you open up your computer and you just start surfing on the internet and dreaming about something nice. Today I have been planning and dreaming about our soon-to-be-kitchen...I want an open shelf there. A shelf where I can put the things that I love most in the kitchen. Here a few pictures and links from pages I discovered on my lazy Sunday today.

http://www.planakitchen.com/open-shelves-kitchen and the following two pictures are from their website:



Ahhh...I just can´t get a second picture here. Seems to be too big. But anyhow. Check the link. There are plenty of beautiful open shelves to admire...

...and here another link to gorgeous open shelve ideas: http://meredith-countitalljoy.blogspot.com/2011/01/kitchen-open-shelving.html
On this blog you can find pictures like this: