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Let’s Talk Melon

How to Create Melon Balls

I am on this strange diet where you eat a lot of fruits and “obviously” its not really working well. 🙂

But since its been so hot lately I have been trying to find different ways to cool down.

So my latest obsession is Melons…

  1. Wash your melons, cut in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Take the melon baller and cut out little balls. Try to make them as round and pretty as possible.
  3. Use a Tupperware container or a baking sheet to place the melon balls on to.
  4. Make sure the melon balls don’t touch teacher other, otherwise the will freeze attached to each other.
  5. Place the container or the baking sheet with the melon balls in the freezer for a couple of hours.
  6. After all the melon balls are frozen you can place them all in a zip log bag until you are ready to create you drinks on the “rocks” (once they are frozen the won’t stick together anymore)

How to Use:

You can use the melon balls to chill all your beverages or add ons to any dessert.

If you decide not to freeze all of your melon balls you can just use them as a beautiful decoration and flavor addition to your salads.melon_balls_ice_balls

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How to make Swiss Bircher Muesli

One of my favorite afternoon snacks or “zvieri” is Bircher Muesli. Some consume it in the morning, while others like to have it as a snack. It’s a dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, mixed with milk, soy milk, yogurt or fruit juice

Zvierie =  Zvieri is the break and snack in the afternoon. Traditionally around 4Pm (“vieri” is “four”). It’s common in Switzerland, but only called “znĂĽni” and “zvieri” in the Swiss German part.

A Healthy Tradition

Bircher Muesli was created over a century ago by Swiss doctor, Maximillian Bircher-Benner, as part of a healing therapy for his patients. The key to original Bircher Muesli is to soak it overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient-dense muesli.

This is how you traditionally make a Swiss Bircher Muesli  (1 Person)

1 TS Oat
3 TS Water
1 TS Milk
2 Grated Apples
1/2 Orange Juice
1 TS Grated Nuts

Soak the oatmeal for twelve hours, then add the juice of an orange, milk and mix it all together. Peel and grate the apples and add the nuts.

If you like you can also add raisons and bananas at the very end… et voilĂ !

And for my German speaking friends … 🙂 auf deutsch… weil ich heute gut launt bin… 🙂

1 EL Haferflocken
3 EL Wasser
1 EL Milch
2 Ă„pfel, geriebene
1/2 Orange, der Saft davon
1 EL Nüsse, geriebene

Die Haferflocken zwölf Stunden mit dem Wasser vorweichen,
Haferflocken mit dem Saft der Zitrone und der Milch gut verrĂĽhren. Die Ă„pfel mit Schale und Gehäuse dazu reiben. Zum Schluss dann noch die NĂĽsse darĂĽber geben… et voilĂ !

xoxolisa

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Flower Friday: 10 Edible Flowers

In the spirit of Flower Friday, we are talking about Flowers. You can use blooms to decorate food and dessert. Not only are many edible, they are a beautiful way to add a little touch of color to your food. Adding flowers to your food is a beautiful way to add flavor and some color and even spice.

The use of flowers as a culinary experience dates back to thousands of years to the Romans and Chinese. They used flower petals in salads, teas and as an exotic garnish for desserts.

But before you go out in your garden and harvest a bunch of flowers for lunch or dinner, it is important to remember that some flowers are poisonous. Organic or not, all flowers should be shaken and washed in gold water prior to use, as the may have bugs and insects on them and pollen that may cause an allergic reaction.

To ensure a risk free experience, I suggest purchasing your edible flowers at the grocery store.

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What kind of flowers can you eat:

  • Daisy
  • Hibiscus
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Lilac
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Allium
  • Arugula
  • Fuchsia
  • Jasmine

Example of Usage:

  • To flavor butter
  • With pasta
  • In punch or tea
  • Atop salads
  • In soups
  • Flavoring vinegars
  • Decorating Desserts

Whole Foods : Edible Flowers

REMINDER: Individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk.

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Napkin Etiquette

Napkin Etiquette is an actual thing… Yes..!

Let’s talk about some Napkins Basics. Typically in a formal setting, your napkin will be located on the left side of your plate, or sometime in your plate.

There are many informal setting when you will find your napkin folded in your water glass, wine glass, or under your plate or inside of your soup bowl.

Now lets move forward…

Placing:
Typically, place your napkin in your lap as soon as you sit down. If you find yourself at a very formal dinner setting or a black tie event, you will follow the lead of the hostess and place your napkin in your lap when the hostess does.

You will leave your napkin in your lap during the entire meal.

Napkin Rings:
Napkin rings are not used for formal dining, you will find the napkin rings in more casual dining setting, where the napkin ring is a decorative accessory, used to add fun or highlight the theme of the table. I personally love napkin rings just to give the table setting more color.

Do not shake or pop out your napkin out of control. It looks really bad and makes you look bad. If the napkin is napkin etiquette blog post ddda dinner napkin, it should be remain folded in half lengthwise. Now on the other hand if your napkin is a lunch or breakfast size napkin, unfold it completely and place it in your lap.

Color:
In a formal setting, the napkins should match the color of the tablecloth, which typically would be off-white, ivory or beige. Fun colors and patterns are used for informal dinners. If you are wearing black attired it will be proposed to you if you would like a black napkin

Leaving the table:

If you leave the table during dinner it’s a faux pas and a sign of bad etiquette.

Do not leave the table during the meal unless absolutely necessary.

Now if you still decide to leave the table (hopefully for a good reason) You should place your napkin on your chair, or leave the napkin face down on the left side of your dinner plate.

In some fine establishments they might have replaced your napkin while you left the table.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell “are we still eating or is it time to leave?” The hostess will signal the end of the meal by placing her napkin on the left side of her dinner plate.

In that event the dinner is officially over and you can place your napkin in the center of your setting. But obviously never place your napkin in your plate.

Don’t Do:

  • Never tuck a napkin to your shirt (that’s probably the worst thing ever) or waistband.
  • And most importantly don’t wipe your mouth with your napkin! You might think that’s the strangest thing ever.
  • Blot your mouth but don’t wipe it.
  • Don’t dip your napkin or your fingers in your water glass! Obviously…!!
  • Ultimately you can do what you want of course, but if you want to make a good impression, you should probably at least follow some of these tips …

xoxolisa

FOOD Recipes

In the Kitchen: ZĂĽrcher Rahmgeschnetzeltes with Mushrooms

ZĂĽrcher 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 “ZĂĽrcher 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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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.

fresh water and lemons

 

fresh water lemon

 

How do you refresh your water?

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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