John Lemon meets the Poppies

John Lemon meets the Poppies
Hey there Cutie Pies! :baburukeki:
How have you been doing all week long? I had some pretty busy days but am looking forward to a few days of snowboarding now! I don’t exactly know why but last week I spontaneously decided to actually give it a try and bake something myself. If you’re a reader of this blog, you probably know, that I’m not the most diligent baker and that I always fail at sticking to recipes, but since it was Valentine’s day I felt like overcoming myself and make muffins for my love and family.

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Since I didn’t have any chocolate but many lemons, I looked-up a simple but tasty recipe by looking at the most mouth-watering pictures when entering “lemon muffins” in google pics. (Kudos to you MomGrind!)
You can imagine how happy I was to click on the image and get to the real easy recipe behind it! A recipe with an instruction of four steps and a list of basic ingredients that probably everyone has at home sounds foolproof enough to me!
Here’s what you need:
1 cup butter (225 g)
1 cup sugar (225 g)
1 + 1/2 cups flour (180 g)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt

The actual recipe says three large eggs and another three egg yolks but I found this to be a little too decadent for my habits so I just took three common Swiss eggs and lemon juice instead of lemon extract. To give it a little twist, I also added a handful of dried cranberries and some poppy seeds.

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Here’s what you need to do in four simple steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C°) and line up your muffin cups (silicon or tin) with a paper cup inside.
2. Mix together the softened butter and the sugar with a wire whip until creamy and add the three eggs, salt and lemon juice. Gradually add the flour with the baking powder and whisk everything until smooth.
3. Take a handful of dried cranberries or something similar and stir in.
4. Fill up the cups with the creamy batter and sprinkle some poppy seeds on the surface of each one. Bake in the oven for about 25 min. or until until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out, without any batter sticking to it.


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That’s all there is to it! We ate a few while on the road and even had some left for breakfast the next morning. They didn’t turn out like the original ones but that’s probably because like usual, I didn’t completely stick to the recipe. The cranberries were so yummy and fun inside and given that it’s the first time ever I tried baking something all alone, they turned out pretty nice I think. :etone:

Tomorrow I’ll already be on my way to Zermatt to finally see and feel some snow!! I can’t tell you how excited and happy I am about it. This winter was really sad and there was nearly no snow at all in the city and since I love snow and deep winter it kind of bothers me.. a lot!
Stay tuned for some more entries about Japan and maybe a short update from Zermatt :nekopaw:

byebye,
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Eat my Kimchi heart

Eat my Kimchi heart
Happy Valentine’s day Lovelies! …or not? :catexclam:
Valentine’s day has never been a big thing for me but it’s an excuse to make kitschy things, so yay!
The idea was to make a Luna (you know, the smart black cat with a moon-shaped sign on her forehead from Sailor moon) Bento but I failed miserbaly. I had seen a pic of it somewhere on tumblr but it’s actually from here. After finishing her with all the details like the eyes, ears and even the moon sign, I somehow didn’t like it because it looked too comic-like so I cut her in half and made two strange onigiri out of it. No hard feelings Luna! I’m just not good enough in making Kyaraben.

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When I showed the Bento to my boyfriend he first didn’t recognize the kimchi heart but only saw the juiciness… (but you can see it, right? ..right?!) Kimchi is has become a popular filling for rice balls in Japan and we’re both head over heels in love with it. The other one has the typical pickled Japanese plum (umeboshi) in the center and heart-shaped, pickled ginger. I had some left over roast veal from my mum which I heated up in the pan with some mirin, soy sauce and suagr to make it teriyaki style.

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It’s not the most romantic Valetine’s treat but at least I stayed true to my style. If you want to have a look at more lovey-dovey entries check these:

The box I used is new and it’s the first time I use it! The wood smells divinely and I love how fresh the colors look with the wooden background. I got the box from a very special place in Fukuoka and I’m looking forward to tell you a little bit more about it in a future entry!
Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s day? We’re not doing anything special today but we’re going to spend the weekend in Italy to get some fresh air, hard work and maybe some decent sleep?
I wish you all a happy day with lots of chocolate or other things and people you love! :iida:

byebye,

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PS: you can still see Luna’s cat ears in the corners of the bento box! :oh:

Creative minds at Starbucks

Creative minds at Starbucks
Hey there Cutie pies! :heartame:
Today I went to my first blogger meeting or more exactly an event hosted by Starbucks to which I got invited by the lovely Laurita. I was quite excited to finally meet some Swiss bloggers and have been looking forward to this event ever since I got asked about a week ago.

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Starbucks is ominpresent in Switzerland and every morning you can see the cups with the distinctive logo, in the hands of thousands of people who enjoy drinking coffee. I must honestly say, that I’m not used to drinking coffe and I seldom do but luckily Starbucks offers a wide range of other delicious beverages among which I couldn’t tell you one I don’t like drinking.

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Matcha Latte at its best!

Theme of this meeting were the reusable cups that have been introduced to Switzerland mid January of this year. The general idea is to buy such a cup and get a discount on every beverage if you show up with your reusable cup which they can use to fill in you beverage. I wonder if it’s okay to have a large cup but only take a small beverage?!
Anyway, Karolina who works at Starbucks started drawing on the cups when there wasn’t going on that much in the store and the customers who saw it were pretty amazed. She stills draws little things for her customers when she has time and she even drew a cat for me! I was looking for some examples of personally customized cups on the world wide web but I couldn’t find anything so I would dare to say that yesterday has been a premiere!

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It was also a nice opportunity to meet some Swiss bloggers, and be creative together! I love looking at drawings that different people did and I always liked walking through the room during art classes and look at the drawings of my class mates.
There were also some snacks like blueberry muffins, sandwiches and chocolate and we even got to try a new coffe blend called “Verona“. It’s a coffee that goes well with desserts and has a slight cocoa bean flavour. So it’s actually perfect for Valentine’s day because it tastes best with chocolate things. Verona is a pretty suitable name I think, since it’s the city of Romeo & Juliet. :on:

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Thank you Laurita for this lovely snap shot of Mi-Ji and me!
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Tabea from Das Poyhütchen and Laura from Laurita.ch

Thank you for the blast Starbucks team and hello to all the lovely bloggers I met! Tabea and Hendrike, Mi-ji, James, Laurita, Nicole, Valeria and Shirley – you guys are amazing and I’m looking forward to meeting you all again some time! :rabukuma:

byebye,
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PS: If you live in Zurich, you should totally check out the Starbucks at Kreuzplatz – if you’re lucky you’ll get a customized cup by Karolina. :miam: