Dolce Vita in town

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My dear food-lovers, how are you?

I ignored this blog for way too long, I know (like, that’s the phrase all of my blogposts start with). Last time I made a post it was about grey skies and by now we’re blessed with hot sun and long nights. So to have you pardon me my absence quickly, I will draw on some really cheap method (the one that always works, though): Ice cream!

I was working on some projects lately (damn, that sounds important), so I did not really have time to cook a lot. And when I did it was not quite worthy of being taken pictures of.  I basically ate pasta, pasta and again, pasta (Can one ever have enough of pasta?!). Food-blogger-wise, however, that’s a shame and I am so gonna change that from now on: In order to trick myself into the kitchen, I bought tons of veggies yesterday. Fingers crossed that my “no-food-waste-gene” will make sure I really use them. But before that, let’s turn to the real good stuff, the sweet and refreshing dolce vita!

This week, I had a day off. Like, off-off. It’s been the first day in ages that I did not have any obligations. So, what was I gonna do on that day to live up to its singularity? Eat shiploads of ice cream, of course! And doing so, I managed to carve out the three most awesome Gelaterie in my beautiful little town Basel (this said, I wanna mention that there really are other lovely places and that I do not claim this list to be complete!). So: Let’s go!

Glatscharia Üna

Glatscharia is the Rhaeto-Roman (one of the four vernaculars of Switzerland) word for ice cream shop or Gelateria. It serves ice cream made from organic milk and best products. Try popcorn, ovomaltine (I might say, the national drink of Switzerland) or honey ice creams!

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Now one of the main reasons for me to do this post is that I always love to get tips by locals when I travel. And recently, there have been surprisingly many tourists in my town (not only because of the famous art exhibition). They usually stumble into the bar I work at and then they do two things: 1. They smile happily when they realise that I do speak English and that I can explain them where to find all the sites they are looking for (Mostly: the Münster, the Ferries over the Rhine and the Tinguely-Fountain) and 2. they tell me how small Basel is and that they thought it was one of the bigger cities in Switzerland. It is indeed. But Switzerland is tiny. So at least they can get ice cream to get over the size-disappointment. The other ice cream shop I simply adore is at the same time in a great location that absolutely needs to be recommended: the Markthalle. Great food stands place side by side. You can get everything edible, ranging from Vietnamese to Kurdish to Caribbean. And, as I said, great ice cream:

Eisuru

Eisuru’s ice cream is produced on site, their flavours are extraordinary and the cups and cones are filled and handed out almost meditatively. Try basil-strawberry, black sesame or guava.

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The last one is my personal favourite because of it’s awesome location. It’s close to the border of the rhine where literally everyone loves to hang out in summer.

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Other than that, the small Gelateria I am talking about offers awesome food, concerts (!!!) and is vegan friendly as well. How could anyone possibly resist? Have a look at:

Acero

I have been to Acero the first time only recently and I immediately felt ashamed I did not go there earlier. It’ s on the other side of the Rhine from where I live (the Kleinbasel or little Basel) and I was simply too lazy to go there because it seemed so far. Yes, that is the point where all tourists in the world who have visited Basel may laugh at me real hard! So please go and try the vegan sesame ice cream, the lemony panna cotta or basil-flavour!

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Now with this sugar-overdose (oh, glad you ask, yes I did have a weird tummy after my big ice cream tour!) I leave you today, but I will be back soon!

In the meantime, I will be happy to receive tips for amazing ice cream places all over the world, just comment below! I’m gonna stay in my lovely hometown until the end of July and then I’ll be off to chilly Norway.

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Enjoy these beautiful days with your beloved ones! See you soon,

Sincerely, your professional ice-cream-tastress, Florence

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Honey, Honey, how you thrill me!

My friends! In a time where ABBA and honey, or both at the same time, seem most thrilling to me you might think things are not going really well. It’s something, however, and I am gonna endow you with some sweet guilty pleasures, too. Same rights for everyone.

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So, I planned on going to the Ticino (the Italian part of Switzerland) with my friend tomorrow and I hoped that I would be able to come back with a lot of charming insipration and a pinch of mediterraneo for you guys. Turns out you might need to get prepared for some soaking wet ideas: If you believe in the weather forecast (which is testing my trust a lot recently), then it will pour with rain next week. Well, all I can do now is hope that the weather forecast doesn’t decide to turn out to be right for once. Or that we get sudden inspiration where else to go. The place summer decided to go to a couple of weeks ago, for example. I don’t know where that is, though. Any hints are welcome!

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Anyways, back to more graspable stuff. More fun stuff. More reliable stuff. Food, basically.

I baked for the first time in like a thousand years yesterday. And well, looking at my casserole you can tell. Half of the guilty pleasure still sticks there and it’s quite persistent. But, insider’s tip from your kitchen-slob #1: you can save everything with a thick layer of sweet topping. Almost everything (not the casserole, though). So I saved what I could save and I was astonished to acknowledge that the result tasted more than okay. Also, it’s almost vegan (sometimes there just isn’t a substitute for honey). And pretty healthy. And there is a lot of coffee in there to keep you going. And chocoloate, honey and vanilla. So turn up ABBA, don’t get killed by the honey (seems to be likely, though, according to their song), and go prepare yourself some of these:

(almost) Vegan Honey-Mocca-Brownies with Cashewbutter-Topping

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ingredients (20):

  • 2 cups wholemeal spelt-flour
  • 2 cups ground cashews
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 2 teaspoons coffee
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 20 pecan nuts

Preparation:

  1. mix flour, coffee, cocoa, cashews, cane sugar, baking soda and cinnamon
  2. preheat a pan with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey and inner of vanilla beans and let simmer for 2-3 minutes
  3. blend all ingredients and stir well
  4. grease a large baking mould (like, really well) and preheat the oven to 180°
  5. bake for about 30 minutes, meanwhile blend cashew butter with honey and coffee
  6. let the brownies cool down, then cut and top with cashew butter and one pecan nut
  7. ENJOY with more coffee (depending on your wakefulness)

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See you soon, my sweet honey bees!

Yours, Florence

Lenses and Chickpeas

Hey my dear fellows,  how are you?

Recently, my days just don’t have enough hours for me to get to do everything I wanted to do. Or would have had to do. Anyways, here I am giving you a vital sign. At the advanced age of 22, I moved out. Well, I also moved in. Luckily. So the last couple of weeks were all about moving furniture, buying furniture and, most importantly, pretending to be an adult and to know what’s going on. This, in succession, made me spend a lot of money, basically. And then try to make money again, which left me pretty busy.

So after almost three weeks in the new apartment, you can really see what I assigned priority to. A little cupboard with exactly 21 different spices on it? Sure I have that! A wardrobe? Uhm, well… A desk? Who needs a desk when there is a sofa bed and a laptop?!

So while I am spending time with this virtual little bubble showering you with my daily struggles, I should actually be doing other stuff. But priorities, ya know…

And: I have a new camera which I am terribly in love with. It’s basically all I do at the moment: Carefully picking that beautiful thing up and taking pictures of everything and everyone not fast enough to do a runner. And it’s exactly why my days are too short and why I am skillfully ignoring my seminar paper and why my favourite curly-headed man only sees me in a static position, slightly bent, winking, with a huge black thing in front of my face, making click sounds. But now I’m back in familiar territory. With my sweet tooth whining. And my healthy and sporty part reasoning. That’s the result:

Mellow vegan and gluten-free orange-maple-brownies on chickpea-basis

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ingredients:

  • 1 ,5 cups chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder

preparation:

  1. blend chickpeas and coconut milk, then put into a bowl
  2. add all the other ingredients and stir well
  3. preheat the oven on 200°, fill dough into a baking mould of about 25×25 cm and bake for 20 minutes
  4. enjoy with warm coconut-rice milk