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July 2015

FOOD Recipes

In the Kitchen: Zürcher Rahmgeschnetzeltes with Mushrooms

Zürcher Rahmgeschnetzeltes is hands down one of my favorite dishes.

I often have a craving for food from Switzerland, which is unfortunate when I realize that it’s not available in Los Angeles. (Except if I find a specialized Swiss restaurant!)

I thought maybe you would like to try a new dish and play in the kitchen cooking “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes”.

zurcher rahmgeschnetzeltes

Preparation

Time: 40min.  

  1. veal for zuercher geschnetzeltesCut 600g of Veal in small bite size pieces.
  2. Clean the Champignon/ Mushrooms and cut them in small slices.
  3. Chop the onion in tiny little pieces (however much you like)
  4. Use a large size skillet or any other pan with a high rim. Heat up your skillet and wait for your butter to melt in the skillet.
  5. Brown your veal on all sides. (Remove the veal from your pan and keep it warm on the side)
  6. Use the same skillet to brown your mushrooms and then add the onions and let the onions get soft.
  7. Now add the white wine and reduce the heat on your skillet.
  8. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 5min.
  9. Now you can add your veal to the skillet , and turn up the heat a little, add your cream to the whole mix and add salt & pepper.
  10. Finish with a sprinkle of parsley for some decoration at the end.
  11. Let it set for  2-3 Minutes and then serve immediately.

 

 You can serve it with Rösti or also Spätzli (will be covered in an other post soon!)
One of my favorite dishes ever since I was a little girl. Well, if i think about it, I am still a little girl at heart … ❤️️

Picture: stechl, via Badische Zeitung

En guete,

xoxolisa

 

 

 

 

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9 Do’s & Dont’s for Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Taking part in the tea time tradition is a lovely pastime to share with friends and family to relax at near the end of the day. Now that you know the difference between high tea and afternoon tea, I will share my 9 etiquette tips for afternoon tea:

  1. After sitting down, don’t put your purse on the table. Rather, place your purse on your lap or behind you against your chair back to keep it out of the way.
  2. Be aware of proper napkin placement: unfold napkin on your lap upon sitting. If you must leave your seat temporarily, place your napkin on your chair or soiled side down to the left of your plate.
  3. When preparing your tea, place sugar in the cup first, then add thinly sliced lemon. Remember,  never mix milk and lemon together!
  4. If you take milk in your tea, add it in last. The habit of pouring milk into tea came from the French. As the superstition goes, “To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.”
  5. When eating on a tea tray,  enjoy the scones first while they are hot. Once finished, move to savories, then to sweets last.
  6. Split your scone horizontally with a knife. Curd and cream is placed on plate. Use your knife to put cream/curd onto each bite, eating neatly with your fingers.
  7. The spoon always goes behind your teacup on its saucer. Never leave your spoon in the cup.
  8. When drinking from your teacup, look into the teacup rather than looking over it.
  9. As for your finger, don’t put your pinky “up”! It’s not correct.
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5 Simple Ways to Fold Napkins

Summer time is here! Long, warm nights are the perfect excuse to have friends and family over for garden parties, luncheons, and dinners on the patio.

When preparing for guests, I always like my table to have a special touch. Napkins are small details that can perfectly tie together your place settings for a fun, sophisticated, and unique tablescape.

Here are 5 simple ways to fold napkins for your next gathering.

1. The Baguette

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2. The Roll Up

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3. Rose Garden

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4. Versaille

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5. The “Basic”

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Table tip: Don’t be afraid to use bright or patterned napkins to add spark your summer table. Accessorizing your table with colorful elements adds visual interest, especially if your porcelain or china set is very simple. (Similar to your clothing wardrobe: if you wear all black you can make a statement with a fun clutch and, of course, drop-dead gorgeous stilettos).

Napkins pictured above are from Pottery Barn:

ISA IKAT NAPKIN, SET OF 4

WINNIE NAPKIN, SET OF 4

EVERYDAY COLORFUL BELGIAN FLAX LINEN NAPKIN, SET OF 4

 

Napkin Pottery Barn

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Burn Notice : Tips to Burn Your Favorite Candle Properly

Lighting a candle is the perfect way to create a warm and inviting home for guests or wind down your day and relax. Now that you have found your favorite home fragrance to give your space the perfect touch, you want to make sure you get the most out of your scented candle.

Have you ever experienced a candle that had its own personality and just burned sideways or unevenly? You’re not alone. While most high-quality candles are perfectly designed for a proper, clean burn, our user errors can leave the tops smokey and uneven.

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With a few steps and proper care on your side, you can ensure a safe and long-lasting burn. Follow these tips to make the most of your candle so it burns clean and bright for hours.

Candle Care Tips:
  1. Trim your wix to 1/8” at all times.
  2.  The first burn is your most important burn: don’t burn your candle less than 2 hours the first time you light it.
  3. Make sure the wax gets liquid to the rim of the glass
  4. Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time
Candle Safety Tips:
  1. Always burn your candles away from drafts and anything flammable
  2. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets
  3. Never leave a burning candle unattended!
Some of my favorite candles are:
How do you burn your favorite candle?
Candle lovers, share your tips with us….

xoxolisa

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Refresh Your Water

I am personally not a huge fan of plain old water. Yes, it’s very healthy for you, but I am not a water person. I prefer cranberry juice over everything! I do admit drinking gallons of cranberry juice all day doesn’t seem healthy either.

To make it easier for me to drink more water every day, I began refreshing my water with fruits and herbs.

Lemon Water

Starting every morning with a glass of refreshing warm lemon water is actually a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions.

Lemon water is used to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight.

Mixed Fruit Water

My favorite combination of fruit water is adding sliced strawberries, oranges and mint leaves my pitcher. On other days you can just switch it up buy using lime or lemon slices with star fruit.

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How do you refresh your water?

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The Origin of Bonsai

The Origin of Bon-Sai 盆栽

chinese temple bonsai

Bon-sai, often misspelled as banzai or bonzai, is a miniature tree grown in a pot by using artificial methods to control its growth. It’s true definition means Tree in a Pot.

The Bon-sai has been around for thousands of years originated in China and eventually made its way into the Japanese Culture. Originally only the elite of the society practiced pun-tsai with native-collected specimens and the trees where spread throughout China as luxurious gifts.

During the Kamakura period, the period in which Japan adopted most of China’s cultural trademarks, the art of growing trees in containers was introduced into Japan.

 

 

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These are a couple of my favorite styles

Informal Upright Bonsai style

Moyogi 
The informal upright style is common in both nature and in the art of Bonsai. The trunk grows upright roughly in the shape of a letter ‘S’ and branching occurs at every turn. Tapering of the trunk must be clearly visible, with the base of the trunk thicker than the higher portion.semi cascade bonsai blog

Semi-Cascade Bonsai style

Han-kengai 
The semi-cascade style, just like the cascade style, is found in nature on cliffs and on the banks of rivers and lakes. The trunk grows upright for a small distance and then bends downwards and to the side.

Unlike the cascade style, the semi-cascade trunk will never grow below the bottom of the pot. The crown is usually above the rim of the pot while subsequent branching occurs below the rim.

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Bonsai care:

Location: Remember bonsais are actually mini trees. To keep it healthy and growing, place your bonsai outdoors or somewhere close to the window where it may receive plenty of sunlight.

Water: When the top soil of your Bonsai is complete dry, water it carefully. Don’t drown it, but make sure it gets soaked equally with enough water.

Pruning: Trimming your Bonsai is an art form and to most a mediative stress relief project. It takes time and practice and should not be rushed.

Use a Bonsai trimming tool and not regular scissors (you wouldn’t get a hair cut with random scissors, would you?). Do not be afraid to prune your Bonsai; it is important, especially in the outer and top areas, to prune regularly in order to force the tree to distribute growth more evenly.

The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree.

Price Range: You will find bonsai trees for a variety of prices from $50 to $1000, and sometimes even more.
Bonsai trees make a unique and thoughtful housewarming or hostessing gift instead of flower or wine.

Popular Bonsai Designs

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Bonsai at it’s best on Pinterest

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SHYP – The Best App Since Über

Today I’ve discovered the most amazing app that I need to share with all of you…

SHYP is probably the best new iPhone app since Über.

Do you wish you were a better friend by remembering to send birthday packages on time but can’t fit in a stop at UPS? Want to launch your own online business but hate the idea of multiple weekly post office trips? Are you tired of frustrating experiences and outrageous FedEx costs?

I’ve finally found the solution to these package problems: SHYP!

To explain it in a nutshell, SHYP is Über for packages!

SHYP is a San Francisco-based company that utilizes a mobile app to provide an easy, on-demand shipping experience. The app cuts out a time-consuming and frustrating visit the post office by picking up packages and shipping items for you through USPS and other major carriers.

Shyp is the easiest way to send anything, anywhere in the world.

The best part? They pick up your item for only $5 at your doorstep. But wait, it get’s better! SHYP will pick up a max of 20 items for the same pick-up fee and create a custom box for your items. On top of this, you receive a tracking number, and the package is insured for up to $1,000.

Voilà!

Do you sell on eBay or Etsy or frequently ship out gifts and items to your family and friends? Then this app will change your life! It’s like having your own personal assistant for your boxes.

I am loving this!

Have you tried it…?

Comment below to share your SHYP experience or your favorite life-changing app!

xoxolisa

 

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Tea Time Traditions Explained

With our fascination with the British Royal Family and the welcoming of Prince William and Kate’s baby, Princess Charlotte, I have noticed aspects of British culture making its way across the pond. In particular, I frequently hear the term “high tea” by friends and see it on menus offered by five star establishments.

I decided to take a deeper look into the origin of high tea and other tea traditions.

High tea originated in the UK as the British working class’ meal before dinner. Typically the meal was enjoyed on a high table and stool, hence the name, “high tea”. The meal would usually consist of meats, custard, and tea.

On the other hand, afternoon tea became popular about one hundred and fifty years ago, when ladies invited their friends to their houses for an afternoon cup of tea. This tradition included light sandwiches, sweets, cakes and of course, tea.

Our modern tea tradition is more closely related to afternoon tea. When serving afternoon tea, light sandwiches, like watercress or fish paste or butter, are popular offerings. Scones and clotted cream are also common, and cakes, pastries, petit fours, and other assorted pastries satisfy sweet tooths. When scones and clotted cream are served, the meal might also be called cream tea.

Even in England, where the tradition of afternoon tea still remains a part of daily life, an elaborate cream tea is typically reserved for special events only. Sometimes, afternoon tea is a weekend meal, or one might attend an afternoon tea at a restaurant, teashop, or hotel. When restaurants outside of the UK feature high tea, they are usually referring to afternoon or cream tea.

One casual teatime tradition is a cup of tea at 4pm as a restorative. When children arrive home from school at about this time, an afternoon snack is usually fairly desirable.

Attending afternoon tea? Be sure to brush up on these teatime etiquette tips.

What teatime traditions do you enjoy? Leave a comment below.

xoxolisa

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Welcome to Dream.Design.Discover

Dream.Design.Discover is the premier destination for tips and inspiration for living a chic lifestyle with simple and elegant ideas on decorating, entertaining and living life beautifully.

Inspired by travel and lust for life, I have started this blog to share my experiences. When sharing my little tips and tricks with my friends they would often ask me, “Why don’t you create a space so you can share with everyone?” This inspired me to create Dream.Design.Discover.

Please feel free to engage and leave your comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

Chat soon …

xoxolisa