July 31st, 2011
My mum’s garden is a paradise of fresh vegetables and fruits. I like to come back to see my parents in the tomato season. In Carinthia, we have Norther Italian climate in the summer and this results in the most beautiful and aromatic tomatoes one can imagine. When you walk around the house, you are haunted by their delicious smell and you can’t help yourself but eating the cherry tomatoes, heated from the sun, straight from the vine. They taste of summer, of long nights drinking white wine on the balcony, of languid days on the beach with the sun on your back…
My parents buy the tomato plants in Italy, which really makes a huge difference to the ones you get in Austria and probably also in the UK. This year they went a bit overboard and have 5 different species growing. Apart from the beef tomatoes which are wonderful with mozzarella and for cooking, we have cherry tomatoes, vine tomatoes and, particularly optically pleasing,Â green zebra tomatoes and yellow tomatoes. The only favourite of mine missing is the sweet and intense tasting plum tomato. Well, next year.
Tomatoes fresh from my mum's garden
Apart from tomatoes, there loads of cucumber and zucchini, huge bright orange pumpkins, red and yellow peppers, chili plants looking all innocent until you make the mistake to bite into one of their fruits, green beans, basil plants (I counted 5 different varieties), not to mention raspberries, red and black currents and figs. We also have apples and pears, but they don’t taste very nice.
It is almost too much to eat it all fresh in salads, so my favourite way to get the flavours of summer into a healthy, light and delicious dish is the Spanish Gazpacho. Dependent on which vegetables you have around and like (I for example am not keen on peppers and only add one red pepper for colour), you can vary the proportions.
Amount: for 4 people
Cooking Time: 20 min (and afterward, allow enough time to chill)
Ingredients: Read more... (653 words, 3 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
- 1 salad cucumber OR 1-2 garden cucumbers
- 1 red pepper
- 2 ripe beef tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 l vegetable stock (from cube is fine)
- 1/4 l tomato juice
- 1 hot chili
- 1 big spoon olive oil
- 2 big spoons of Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche
- 1 slice of white bread (e.g. ciabatta)
- salt, pepper
July 29th, 2011
When I lived in Vienna as a student, the main thing I got to know were pubs, bars, clubs and other more or rather less cultural venues. Now, only sporadically returning as a ‘tourist’, I have the opportunity to explore Vienna from a different viewpoint. I am still not very keen on the standard tourist attractions such as the Stefan’s Dom, Schloss Schoenbrunn or the Hofburg. I have seen them as a child or teenager and have never had the urge to go back fighting for space with masses of tourists from all over the world. However, I tremendously enjoy the excellent restaurant and food scene in Vienna, the beautiful parks, the outskirts of Vienna with small vineyards and the great art museums and exhibitions. Read more... (873 words, 11 images, estimated 3:30 mins reading time)
July 28th, 2011
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(Double Room from 293 Euros)
HOTEL DAS TRIEST
This traditional hotel with 72 rooms has been re-designed in the 1996 by Sir Terence Conran resulting in a contemporary, stylish but at the same time inviting place. I really like the location – even though it is only 5 minutes walk from the First Disctrict with all the monuments and sights, sleek bars and fancy shops, it is in the middle of ‘real’ Vienna, with neighbourhood bars and restaurants and odd little shops.
The rooms are generous and nicely designed. I hated the shower though, if you try not to get your hair wet, you end up having to balance the hand-held shower head with one hand while trying to soap your body with the other, flooding the bathroom at the same time.
Room Rates: â€¨Doubles from 293.00 Euros a night which includes breakfast.
Food and Drinks:
The breakfast buffet has everything an Austrian would want. Fresh semmel (Austrian rolls), a choice of home-made jams, a selection of tasty hams and cheeses as well as Apfelstrudel. My American companions enjoyed the freshly cooked eggs. I was not so keen on the buffet closing at 10:00 am sharp, and their selection of English language news papers was poor. Read more... (443 words, 6 images, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
July 25th, 2011
Category: Ice Cream
I have almost made my round through the most talked and blogged-about London frozen yoghurt places, the last one on my to do list was Yog in Charlotte Street. After having had some rather mediocre Thai at Thai Metro opposite(I don’t know if I can be bothered to write it up), I needed something cold, sweet, tasty and light. Time to hit Yog. Read more... (254 words, 5 images, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
July 14th, 2011
Category: Ice CreamÂ
After I blogged about the frozen yoghurt joint Snog and how little it convinced me, Catty left a comment, suggesting I should try one of her favourite alternatives, Yuforia. And that’s exactly what I did. Read more... (344 words, 4 images, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)