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Camping in the Klöntal

It’s a bank holiday, so we took the kids camping in the mountains. It was the first camping trip for our little ones (not counting camping in the back garden). They were very excited!
After breakfast we packed the car…the cats were very intrigued, fortunately we have very nice neighbours (thank you Cécile and Nils) who took care of them for us, while we were away. With everything sorted, it was time for the adventure to begin..

After about an hour drive we arrived at the camping “Vorauen” in the Klöntal. After unpacking the car and setting up the tent, it was time to explore…

…first down to the lake (the water level was extremely low for this time of the year due to the dry weather we’ve been having)…

…and then off to the waterfall.

After all the excitement of the day, we enjoyed a relaxing evening in front of our campfire in the spectacular scenery of the Klöntal.

We all slept very well and woke up to another glorios day!

But unfortunately, after breakfast we had to pack our bags again because the boys have a field hockey tournament this weekend.

But we don’t mind that much, because we’ve already started planing our next camping trip!

Happy 1st Birthday!

Today it’s Meeko & Mitsi’s 1st Birthday.
It’s already a year ago since our Kittens were born at the Waldhof (check the link) farm in Schneisingen (a little village about a 10 minute drive from here).
How time flies!

And look at them now!
Our adorable, exploring (especially Meeko, he keeps us on our toes with his runaways), hungry (are always very interested if there is anything fishy our rubbish bag), cheeky (try to take over our Labradors bed by lying right in the middle of it as soon as she gets up for a drink or a walk) , sleepy (definitely the thing they do best), playful (anything that catches their eyes is in danger, even if it’s someone asleep under a duvet, that seems to be absolutely irresistible and has to be pounced on)…

…but we wouldn’t change them one bit and it’s hard to image a life without these two tumbling around us.

Soul Soothing Celery Soup

After an eventful week…one of the cats went missing for 5 days, our younger son bruised his arm badly and had to wear a sling for a couple of days and our youngest caught Scarlet Fever…all that next to the usual organised chaos. I definitely need a little bit of soul food. If you feel the same give this a go!

The Ingredients
1 onion
400g/ 1.7cups celery Root
2tbsp olive oil
4dl/ 0.8pint cider or apple juice
5dl/ 1pint  vegetable stock
1,5dl/ 0.3pint cream
salt and pepper
half a bunch of chervil

Chop up the onion and celery root, fry until the onions brown slightly. Add the cider and vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for about 30 minutes. Purée and pour in the cream. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chervil and there you have it…

…perfect soul food.

 

Our Easter Egg Tradition

I’ve just realised that I did a post like this last year, it has obviously become a bit of a family tradition. So here goes for you want to give it a try…

All you’ll need is:
-eggs (raw)
-leaves or grasses
-old tights
-thread
-onion skins

While we took our dog out, the kids enjoyed collecting leaves, flowers and even an empty snail shell (not that we could use that for the eggs).

Once we got home, we put the leaves and flowers on the eggs. Fixed them with some old tights, tied them up with some thread…

…and boiled them for 10 minutes in the onion skins.

 

Happy Easter!

Meeting Mike…

Early this morning I took a 20 minute train ride to Zürich to meet my blogging buddy Mike (alittlebitoutoffocus.com) for the first time.
He lives in Evolène thats in the alps, in the south/ french speaking part of Switzerland (about a three hour drive from where we live), so not just around the corner. But he was running in the Zürich Marathon today, an opportunity I couldn’t miss….

Zürich, peaceful before the race…

…but not for long…

…and then, pricisely on time…
Mike!

A true marathon runner, with temperatures hitting 20°C/ 68°F (that’s burning hot for a marathon!) he fought his way, with 9’000 others, to the the finish line!

Well Done!!!

While Mike went for a well deserved shower, I took our daughter, (who had meanwhile come to help me cheer the runners on) to the fun park, which was right next to the race course (very handy).

After going down the slide 7 times (!), twice on the merry go round and the trampoline, we headed off to the restaurant Hiltl to meet Mike.

It was really nice meeting Mike.
If any of you want hear his side of the story, you’ll have to check his blog in the next couple of days, I’m sure you’ll get a lot more details of the tough race…
www.alittlebitoutoffocus.com

Brighten up your day with a “Beetroot Bake”

I can’t resist the luscious color of beetroot and as I love an experiment (not always to the delight of the kids)…Here’s my go at a beetroot and feta cheese quiche. Be warned, just the smell while your cooking the onions, beetroot and thyme is absolutely delicious!


The Ingredients

Dough
150g flour
1/2 tsp salt
50g butter
4-5 tbsp water

Quiche
1 red onion
500g/ 17.5 oz beetroot
a bunch of thyme
olive oil
5tbsp white wine vinegar

Topping
5 eggs
250ml/0.5pt(U.S.) double creme
salt and pepper
200g/ 7oz feat cheese

Make the dough and leave to chill for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven at 175°C/347°F. Slice the onions and the beetroot. Chop up the thyme. Roll out the dough and place in a greased or paper lined quiche tray and bake for 10minutes. While the base is baking, fry in the onions, Beetroot and thyme. Leave the base and the cooked veggies to cool down, then place the veggies on to the base, pour the topping over them and crumble the feta cheese over the top. Bake for 40 minutes and serve with some baby spinach, lettuce or just enjoy it on it’s own.

Brighten up your day with A Beetroot Bake…or simply enjoy a colourful lunch!

 

DIY – Creative Cooking Utensils

It’s Mr. T’s Birthday! Mr. T’s loves to cook (well that is, when he’s not biking) and because he has been very busy lately, creating delicious dinners, it’s taken a toll on our casserole pan (my pressie). While I was looking for something to cook for his Birthday dinner, the kids got busy making him a personal pressie…

…of course as soon as the fun bit was finished, they all disappeared off outside to play with their friends and left me to do the wrapping up…

…which I secretly quite enjoyed.

Sweet Potato and Apple Pizza

Yes, You read correctly! Today we’re having apple on our pizza, in my case it helps persuade the kids to eat my newest pizza creation (as I get a bit bored with the normal ones) and the great side effect is that it tastes absolutely delicious!

The Ingredients

1 packet of pizza dough (ø24cm/ 9.4 in)
(I didn’t have any time to make the dough today 🙂 )
Per Pizza
1 sweet potato
1 apple
1 red onion
125g/ 0.5 cups creme fraiche
salt & pepper
parsley

Preheat the oven at 200°C. Slice the sweet potato, apple and onion. Spread the the creme fraiche on the dough. Season with salt and pepper. Lay the vegetables in layers on top and bake for 30 minutes.S

Sprinkle some parsley and parmesan cheese on top…

…and it will go down a treat!
(I even got a thumbs up, from one of the kids friends, that was over for lunch)