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.
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.
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.
It’s been pretty quiet on this blog. Well, the reason is this little bear – Anouk Namiko – that came into our lives six weeks earlier than expected and kept me busy.
Born with 1760g and a length of 45 cm meant to stay in hospital for a while to feed her up a bit before starting our family life at home. But our tough little girl made it no doubt. I can’t wait to dip her feet into the ocean…
In the meantime we enjoy landing on earth together in our nest lying in the hammock, taking a bath, cuddle together or simply stare at each other as if we couldn’t believe what just happened – we became a family.
Preparations for the little one
1. The temperature is slowly rising but I am still not leaving the house without my beloved Acne Studios beanie.
2. First self-made knitted cardigan for welcoming the little one. I found the pattern in rico baby (012).
3. Mini basket by Doug Johnston that I found in London at Goodhood. Well, probably it will become the home for my tooth brush.
4. First wooden toy for the little one or maybe more for mamaroo? Well daddyroo was missing, so he came over for Valentine’s Day. Now the family is complete.
Smells like fir tree spirit
Sipping on a hot tea in my newly bought cup at inspiring Galerie Kernweine – a just perfect little gallery, café and shop.
While waiting for Indian summer…
You can’t deny it – autumn is looking around the corner. Daylight melts and the grey sky slowly moves into daily routine accompanied by autumn’s friend – the rain. I am sure there will be some Indian summer days coming in September but until then – fight the grey with colour and the right clothes and carry the summer vibes at your heart. For me its my atlantic t-shirt.
What else I do to get cosy when it’s depressingly grey the whole day:
- Put fresh flowers from the market inside for some nature.
- Watching “La mujer fantástica” at the movie theatre. I admire how Marina lives her life with courage and pride while facing hostility for being transgender. It shocking how the bipolar gender roles are still so deeply inscribed in us.
- Scanning the internet for autumn fashion. I fell in love with this beanie.
- Trying new recipes: blueberry-cardamon galettes . Try them with maple walnut ice-cream. That’s so yum!
Early summer outfit
1. Crossover skirt by Kowtow - ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment.
2. Our banana tree got two babies so I separated them from the mother plant. By the way: Did you know that the banana industry relies on just one kind of banana and that the original banana died out because of the effects of monoculture and that our every day banana faces the same danger? If not watch this episode of VICE.
3. Isabel Marant necklace found at ave
4. Amazing comfy and light brown shoes by là pour là that perfectly fit either to a classy or casual outfit
5. black v-neck silk top by cos
Freshly baked stroop waffles, poffertje, slurping oysters at the organic farmer’s market on Noordermarkt, drank never tried before fruit juice combinations, seeing Ren Hang’s photos at foam – Amsterdam rocks!