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A stroll to “Lej da Staz”

Yesterday we took a leisurely stroll (45 minutes) under blue skies from “Celerina” (the village next to St. Moritz) up to the mountain lake “Lej da Staz”. If you like, just come along…

The lure of the ice cold lake proved to be to great for some of us…

…after a lot of paddling and trying to catch fish (by hand), it was time for a bite to eat and to head back.

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We’re off on our Summer Holidays!

After packing, tiding up the house and garden, making sure the cat and post are being looked after, it was time for half the family to catch the train off to Zuoz our summer holiday destination in the Swiss alps. It was only half the family because Mr. T and the boys decided to take their bikes, which of course didn’t leave much room in the car 😉, but I’m not complaining as the train ride is spectacular and very relaxing…

…and of course having a welcoming committee (our youngest son & doggy) with a chauffeur (Mr. T) that whisked us off to our chalet was rather nice!

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Sleepover at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” – Part 2

So, here goes! Day two…

After a more or less good nights sleep (due to the altitude and our daughter falling out of bed).We packed our bags and headed downstairs for breakfast.

We enjoyed a delicious spread and even saw some rays of sun. All in all, things seemed to be looking up!

Full of energy we started our hike back.

Only for the weather to take a turn for the worse, as soon as we took off…

…but although we didn’t have the best weather…

…we still had a great adventure!

Sleepover at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” – part 1

We’ve been wanting to stay in a “SAC Hütte” (a hut catered and financed by the Swiss Alpine Club). These huts are very remote and the only way to access them, is by hiking. As they are extremely popular, we had to book our stay at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” in February. Which means of course that we couldn’t choose the date depending on the weather, and that can turn out to be a little tricky as you will see…

We started our two day hike, in a slight drizzle, by taking the cable car from “Tannenboden” to “Maschgenkamm”, hoping that weather would be better at the top of the mountain.

The weather was slightly better at the top, but a lot cooler (only 10°C/ 50°F in comparison to the 22°C/72°F when we left home). With a strong wind blowing, we started our 2 and a half hour hike still hoping that it might brighten up.

Allas we were in for worse, as a half hour before we reached the “Spitzmeilenhütte”, the rain set in.

We reached our destination absolutely drenched but enjoyed a very cosy afternoon/ evening with our new friends Judith and Michel and their children Salome, Jorin and Jan that were also staying the night. To find out how the next day went, look out for my post…

Sleepover at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” – Part 2

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Cool Cucumber Gazpacho

Summer has officially begun…sunshine, blue skies, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, running under the garden sprinkler (the kids), enjoying long evenings out on the patio (the grown-ups).
Here’s an ideal little something to sip in the shade while you enjoy your summer…

The Ingredients
(about 1.5L/ 2.1pt)

2 cucumbers, peeled, halved, pitted and chopped
3dl/ 0.63pt vegetable stock
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
4tbsp olive oil
100g/ 0.2lbs bread cubes

Seasoning
a couple of twigs of parsley
salt & pepper

Make the stock and add to all the ingredients. Purée and add the seasoning. Chill for a couple of hours (if your a little bit better organised than I am, you can prepare it the day before and leave it to chill over night). Thats it, you’re done!

Chill!

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Climbing in the Klöntal

Yup! We’ve got the camping bug and are back at our favourite lakeside campsite in the Klöntal. After enjoying ourselves so much last time, we packed our stuff on Friday and headed off to the mountains. This time we couldn’t resist a hike in our panoramic surroundings. So on Saturday we got our walking boots on and took the path up towards the “Chäsalp”…

…but half way up the steep climb, we decided to take a ridgeway path to “Richisau”. We thought it would be easier for the kids…

(we weren’t the only ones out for a climb)

…what we didn’t realise, was that parts of the ridgeway path really were on a ridge…

…but all the hard work was well worth it for this view…

…and of course for this delicious piece of chocolate cake!

After the long and adventurous hike we took the easy way back…

…the good old “Postauto”.

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Cleansing my Conscience – Quinoa Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

After “slightly” indulging on the bank holiday weekend (barbecues & brunches), I’m in need of a healthy…salad!!! But nothing plain please! The transition between weekend and working week is hard enough.
This recipe is definitely not plain, quite the opposite and extremely delicious…

The Salad
170g quinoa
5dl water
1 red pepperoni
1/2 red onion (forgot to put on my shopping list)
1/4 red cabbage
2 carrots
1 bunch of coriander (none in the shop so I substituted it with mint)
70g cashew nuts
The Dressing
65g peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1 piece of grated ginger
3 tbsp soyasauce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp olive oil
water if needed

Cook the Quinoa in water and leave to cool down. In the meantime chop up the veggies and start the dressing. Warm the peanut butter and honey until liquid (be careful as my first batch burnt to the bottom of the pan), leave to cool and add the rest of the ingredients. If the dressing is to thick, just add water until you achieve a consistency you like.

Things don’t always go to plan, as you might have noticed by the ingredients (and the first batch of dressing), but can still turn out alright…

Enjoy!

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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.