Monday, June 30, 2014

Spectacular rainbow(s)

A spectacular rainbow or even two over Switzerland yesterday evening! 
It was even better than a firework!

♥  Emilie's daughter ♥ 

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Is this a blog about cooking?

Pork cutlet with new potatoes and peppers roasted in the oven

Fresh pasta with eggplant, tomatoes, mozzarella and rocket

 ... no, it isn`t! I had a kind of snarl-up when both of my boys left home. I did not enjoy cooking anymore and thought for the two of us omelettes, sandwiches, quick pastas would do. Meanwhile the pleasure of good cooking has come back as these pictures of the weekend prove. Preparing a tasty, wholesome, homemade meal is something one owes to oneself and which is definitely worth preparing no matter whether you cook and setting the table for one or two! Don`t you think?

Happy evening and a good start into the new week!

♥ Emilie's daughter 

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Desktop cleaning

 I clean my desktop today. Many pics I saved and I do not remember all the thoughts I had while saving... All of those photos I shall dispose... glad to have them on the blog though...

I guess I liked the view and the calm...

I remember how I loved the idea of the Union Jack on a chest of drawers
Just today I painted a similar chest of drawers but I did not remember this photo... a pity actually...

Ahh this one I remember: the orange table captured my eyes... I thought hubby could copy it for me... but he did not like it as much as I did... so no chance... 

Do not remember why I saved it as it is no really my style... I guess it was the way the blankets were arranged because I have similar ones

I love those cushions and it was a trigger to sew 10 cushions as well!

Here  I liked the arrangtment of the photo... to me it looks like a painting and I still like it

Here I thought to be a lovely arrangement for a cheese platter

These are all flowers... a pic from Chelsea Flower show which I hopefully will attend in 2015! 

A photo my son took! He cought and cooked the trouts!

Here I love the towels and I intended to knit some myself... upto today I did not! Shame on me!

Our X-mas cake - hubby did it and it was just GORGEOUS!

Hubby made this charming little table for a friend  

A photo I took in La-Chaux-do-Fonds on the way to Monsieur Corbusier's house

Our friends with whom we spent a wonderful weekend in delicious and beautiful  Lyon this spring - 
the oysters were yum!

In the Bernese Oberland - hubby and I had a fantastic walk - the mountain on the very left is the north face of Eiger

Here I loved the arrangement
Lemon on a cheese tart is such a good idea and surely very refreshing! Copy. copy copy!

So that is all for today! Now I will dispose all those photos and start anew...

Happy Saturday! 

♥ Emilie's daughter ♥

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Finger food made easy

 If you would like to prepare a quick but effective and tasty finger food dish here comes the recipe:

Slices of Finn Crisp
Vegetable broth
Cream Cheese
Slices of smoked salmon
Sprigs of fresh dill

Soak the slices of Finn Crisp in the hot vegetable broth until they are soft (it only takes a moment, do not boil!), lay tout on a plate, spread with fresh cheese. salmon and dill, roll it all and fix it with a tooth pick and a zest of lemon! Now it is all done and you are ready to eat! Most tasteful with a glass of white wine or a glass of champagne on your terrace or in your garden with someone you love!

Enjoy life!

♥ Emilie's daughter 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

3 of my balconies

Kitchen balcony

Moritz's balcony - the pretty flowers in the front are chocolate flowers -
they smell like dark chocolate when the sun shines on them

Living room balcony - I think I will soon buy a red sunsade . the sedds of the vetches in the back are from  Scotland. They smell sweet and I just adore them

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday evening!

♥  Emilie's daughter ♥ 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

My personal film festival... and I am so amazed!

I have had my own film festival last week. I love going to the cinema and - I may sound a bit odd - I love going alone in the afternoon. There are only a few people in the cinema hall and, watching movies when everybody else is at work, has something illegal about it and a kind of luxury!

However, I went to watch:

Inside Llewyn Davies - a comedy drama by Joel and Ethan Coen. 
The music made me dream and so did the actor Oscar Isaac. Read about the story here.

The Wolf of Wall Street - an American black comedy by Martin Scorsese with brilliantly acting Leonardo DiCaprio. It helped me a lot to understand why the financial crisis happened.
Read about the story here.

Philomena - a British-French-American comedy drama by Stephen Frears with Judie Dench and Steve Coogan. A sad (true) story which encouraged me to never loose faith. 
Judie Dench's acting is fantastic! Read more here.

Last but not least: The Italian Opera Nabucco by Guiseppe Verdi, composed in 1841.
Filmed in the world-famous Teatro Scala in Milan. 
The singing and the music was so powerful - a fest for the ears even in the cinema!
Read more here.

Then I would like to thank you all for your comments. I am deeply touched! I do not know for how long I will be posting on. It takes up a lot of time as you all know and life is just so short to do everything one would love to do! I admire everyone of you who comments, takes photos, writes stories, publishes inspirations of so many things, etc. etc. It's incredible all the talents you have out there! 
Thank you so much for sharing it all!

♥  Emilie's daughter ♥ 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Before and after...

 Sprouts, blue grapes, walnuts mixed with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and coarse-ground pepper. 
Mix well, put on a tray and bake in the oven at 200°C for about 30 minutes. 

That's what it looked after baking:

As we had overmuch bread I made the following:

Cut bread in half, spread some butter and mustard on it, put Camembert cheese on top, sprinkle with rose pepper, coarse-ground pepper and bake in the oven at 200°C until the cheese has melted.

Before baking:

After baking:

I think this is an easy dinner for an easy evening in wintertime - 
and a glass of red wine with it, is the final touch!


♥  Emilie's daughter ♥ 

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