Preserved Lemons!

All pics by Franzi.

Preserved lemons are said to be absolute flavor bombs! Lately I saw tons of recipes using them – especially in extremely delicious sounding stews. So I finally decided to give it a try and to preserve some lemons myself :).

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes two jars á 500 ml.

8-10 unwaxed lemons, 200 g coarse sea salt, 2 fresh bay leaves, 10 black peppercorns, 2  cinnamon sticks, water.

Preparation:

Sterilize your  jars.

Squeeze the juice from 4-5 lemons.

Cut a deep cross into the top of the remaining lemons.

Pack a teaspoon of salt into the cuts of each lemon and put them into the sterilized jars.

Add one cinnamon stick into each glass, as well as one bay leave and five peppercorns. Distribute the lemon juice between both jars and top up with boiling water.

Seal up the jar and leave it for a month in a dark space. Give the jar a gentle shake every couple of days to move the salt around.

After a month the lemons are ready for usage.

Enjoy!

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Recipe Round-Up! …& Result of the Monthly Challenge to Write a Food Diary!

Lately I stumbled upon a bunch of delicious looking summer recipes. With healthy dishes as well as sweet treats they are a wild mixture, but since I’m craving for every single one of them, I decided to share them with you anyway.

Okay, this was the fun part of today’s post. Now we come to the hard facts … and my Monthly Challenge of Writing a Food Diary.  I made it … for exactly one (long) week. Then I was incredibly unnerved with remembering every single bite and decided that the challenge was over. What I hoped for with this challenge was that I would realize some hidden food traps of mine and that it would support me in developing a healthier lifestyle. The problem only was that I didn’t discover any food traps and that at the end of the day I very seldom had a big epiphany about my food choices. I try to eat in a conscious way anyway – so there were no real surprises. And isn’t this a very positive outcome? –  I am aware of the my food choices. With or without a food diary.

Healthy & yummi: Asparagus-Avocado Salad via A Beautiful Mess!

Sunny looking: Raspberry Buns via Lykkelig.

Refreshing: Frozen Passionfruit Souffles via Taste.Store the summer for the harder (winter) months: Preserved Lemons via A House In The Hills.

Because summer means that the zucchini season has started: Grilled Summer Squash & Peach Salad with Manchego & White Truffle via Roost.

Fancy: Sweet and Salty Banana Chips via A Beautiful Mess.

Done ;)!

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March Favs!

Yeah, it’s March! Hopefully, this means that spring is finally arriving. After the greyest winter since 60 years we really deserve some rays of sunlight and this certain scent in the air that promises the start of the happy season! In the early morning hours, I am already able to hear some birds singing. And easter is also coming soon… unbelievable – didn’t I just write about X-Mas?! Is it only me or is in 2013 time running even faster than normally? Hey, this means summer is not that far either! But first things first – here are this month’ favs of mine!

I wish you all a wonderful March! Enjoy springtime as much as I will do for sure!

Cheese Croutons?! Yes, please!

I really like tote bags. And honestly, which girl doesn’t like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? This makes this tote with the Mr. Darcy proposal a clear wanna-have!

The Orla Kiely AW’13 feature is shot so wonderful that office works appears like actually fun! Via Kris Atomic.

The Confetti System installations always look like someone is celebrating a very big, good and sparkling party. I’m a big fan … and the rest of the world seems to be also: Now they even made it to the MoMa PS1! Via Meg Biram.

Preserved lemons? Sounds like preserved sun!

What a simple and wonderful idea to create a vertical garden! Just take a few soda bottles and then plant, plant, plant… Via Colossal.

And a song for a good start into this month:

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