Recipe: Bircher Muesli (Swiss style overnight oats)
My daily breakfast at the moment with a baby waking me up at 6.30 ready to start the day immediately. It’s easy to prepare and a real power starter into the day for us. I prepare it twice a week in the evening when Anouk sleeps and it serves breakfast for five days. Isn’t that a good deal? Furthermore it’s healthy and easy to digest and doesn’t lie heavy in your stomach as the dry ingredients are soaked in not only in a dairy product but also in water and juice.
Ingredients (4 Portions):
125g rolled oats (meaty)
50g rolled oats (tender)
150g grated apple
125g banana cut into slices
75ml apple juice
Combine everything in a bowl and mix it up with your hand. Then fill the muesli in a jar and let it sit in the fridge over night so the fluids and the other ingredients mix gently.
The amount above is enough to feed two adults for two days for breakfast. Tastes best within three days.
Mother & Daughter
…Making Quatsch, Quatsch, Quatsch
After eating tons of these little goodies over the last weeks, I do not want to end the year on the blog without sharing this very simple recipe with a wow-effect with you. The first very calm new year’s eve for our little family is approaching and I might even think that I will begin the new year sleeping. But if not, this will be my midnight snack of choice.
150g dried fruit ( I took dates, figs, apricots and plums)
225g fresh cream
150g white sugar
2 spoons vanilla sugar
3 spoons of honey
3 spoons plain all purpose flour
A pinch of cinnamon
150g dark chocolate
1. Cut the dried fruit into small chunks. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Put baking paper on two baking trays.
2. Put cream, butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and honey in a pan or pot and boil until it is changing the colour to brown (it takes about 2-3 min and the bubbles get visibly bigger). Then pull away the pan from the stove and stir in the almonds and dried fruit, sieve the flour into the mixture.
3. Take a spoon and create small piles of the mixture on the tray (approx. 6cm diameter) and put in the preheated oven for 7-8 min until the florentines are light brown. When pulling the florentines out of the oven take two spoons and create round shapes. Let them cool down, then turn them over.
4. Melt the chocolate in a pot and apply the melted chocolate to the bottom side of the florentines.
Our third advent weekend: Hot knitting and stitching needles shaped our days combined with the smell of freshly baked xmas cookies as a little side project. Furthermore our home was filled with the smell of warm coconut and lavender oil in which we soaked the handmade wooden baby rattles to protect baby’s mouth when exploring the rattle. The lavender eases teething. Anouk conducted the baby-proof-test and as you can see she was happy with her parents’ work.
A jumper for Anouk. Well, it will still take a while until she can wear it, probably another year (?!). The last jumper I knitted for her, fitted two weeks so a wise man told me to skip one size in the instruction booklet to be sure to finish the jumper in time. I crocheted the dots and added them afterwards to the jumper as I love it assymetrically. Anouk, I can’t wait to see you in this jumper. Until then I am looking forward to lot’s of daily adventures with you.
Anouk let me take her favourite toys for taking the picture. The little lion rattle is a souvenir from her first holiday to Lisbon in September. The Emmi Pikler ball is an all time favourite. It was her first toy waiting for her when she was not even born. As Anouk means little bear in Inuit, a small wooden bear is a must. It was a birth present of a dear friend.