We’re up in the Swiss Mountains, enjoying our yearly ski holiday in the spectacular “Engadin” (the area around St. Moritz). The weather is beautiful (if maybe a bit chilly), so I couldn’t resist taking my camera on my morning dog walk. It was about -10°C/ 14°F when I started off… …that made taking the pictures without gloves, quite a challenge, but with these images of the river “Flaz”… …”Celerina”… …along the river “Inn”… …to the village of “Samedan”. A truly spectacular walk…even if someone got a bit tired of me taking snaps.
A little something to cheer things up…It’s grey and cold outside, the perfect excuse to bake some cupcakes. If you feel like joining in, then get your spoons spinning! Ingredients 125g/4.4oz butter 3 eggs 125g/4.4oz sugar a pinch of salt 1 orange (zest and juice) 1tsp ginger 100g/3.5oz cranberries 250g/8.8oz flour 1 sachet (1tbsp) baking powder Preheat the oven at 180°C/ 356°F. Mix the ingredients together. Fill the mixture into your cupcakes (the mixture is just enough for a dozen) and put in the oven for 28 minutes. As an extra treat you can top them off with some icing. Delicious!
Here is my “little” (well it started out as a little idea) DIY Christmas project. To beginn with I thought that I would use 1 or two pallets (and ended up enjoying the sawing so much that I did four). I was very pleased with the result and decided to see what it would look like if I painted one (BIG mistake!!!). It worked out so well that I ended up painting the whole lot (half way through I did start to question the whole idea). But it was well worth it… The Wood Work The Painting The Result If you want to give it a go all you need is: -a couple of pallets -a jigsaw -a drill -a tin of paint -some Christmas lights (and some patience) Have fun!
It’s a bit chilly outside! After a stroll (or in my case a jog) in the crisp air…what’s better than coming home to some nice, warm, home cooked food. Ingredients sweet potatoes 2 handfuls of spinach 5 mushrooms 100g feta cheese parmesan cheese 50g pine nuts cress Preheat the oven at 200°C/ 392°F. Halve the sweet potatoes and bake for about 50 minutes. While they’re in the oven, wash and prepare the spinach and the mushrooms. Steam the spinach and fry the mushrooms. When the potatoes are done, reduce the oven to 100°C/ 212°F. Scoop the insides of the potatoes out and add the spinach. Crumble the feta cheese over the mixture and spoon it back into the potato skins. Sprinkle some Parmesan over them and replace into the oven for a further 10 minutes. In the meantime roast your pine nuts. All you need to do now is decorate your potatoes with the nuts and the cress. And there you have it! A perfect warmer upper! Scrumptious!
…at last! It’s time for our Ski Holidays, we’ve been anticipating for weeks. My hubby, “Grossmami” (Grandma), our daughter and dog, drove the car up to Pontresina (a village near St. Moritz) with all our gear (and believe me the car was absolutely jam packed), while the boys and I took the train (sometimes my travel sickness does come in hand 😉). After a 3 hour and 47 minutes train journey, we needed to stretch our legs. The quarter of an hour stroll through Pontresina to our chalet was just right. We spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking while the kids went out to explore. With a good nights sleep and after a hearty breakfast, there was nothing going to stop us from hitting the slopes… …a perfect way start to our holidays!
…and off we go! Here goes with my first post this year. It’s a juicy grapefruit salad. Ingredients 4 grapefruits 2 avaocados 2 fennels a handful of lamb’s lettuce dressing 1 tsp cardamom 1/2 a lemon 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp honey salt and pepper Cut the grapefruit into small slices. Chop up the avocados in cubes and slice the fennel. Scatter the lettuce into a bowl and add the grapefruit, avocado and fennel. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. No need to start the year with a guilty conscience. Now enjoy this!
It’s New Years Eve. The kids are very excited about the idea of staying up until midnight (I’m not quite sure if they’ll all make it). So to burn off a bit of the extra energy, we took them for a walk…well we’ll see if it works… Dear Readers, This is my last post for this year. A chance for me to thank you for joining in on my experiences, adventures and culinary experiments, and also for your comments and contributions. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
With everything more or less prepared there’s just enough time to send a quick post… and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Your Tammy Twinkle
With the beginning of the Christmas count down today, it is definitely time for me to make my Advent Wreath. (Especially as the day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent) So here goes for a quick and easy DIY job… Materials 4 candles 4 candle holders a straw wreath pine branches wire string labels pine cones (any decoration material you like) Cover the straw wreath with pine branches and bind them on with the wire. Place the candle holders with the candles at 12/3/6 and 9 o’clock. wrap wire around your decorations and stick them into the wreath. Bind the string around the candles and tie the labels on. …now that’s done I can relax and wait until Sunday to light the first candle…
We’ve enjoyed two weeks of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledging, ice skating and just being in this beautiful, picturesque part of Switzerland. For now it is time to say “Sta bain” – goodbye, but we’ll be back… For those of you that are interested: “Sta bain” is “rätoromanisch” and means goodbye. Rätoromanisch is one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland (the other three are German, French and Italian ). It is only spoken in this part of Switzerland, the canton “Graubünden”.