In Austria we love sweets. (You know me, and I’m a very good example in that case!) And we love to bake. Especially on Christmas. So I did what Austrians do best. – No! Who mentioned yodeling?! I tried to bake Christmas cookies. And yes, I tried. It was more and attempt that an actual success, but I want to be honest with you guys and defend my honor.
So the other day I had a day off and I got totally overwhelmed by Christmas spirit and spontaneously decided to bake! I wrapped myself in my lovely red wither coat and happy-hearted I wanted to run really quickly to Sainsbury’s and get all my ingredients. Ha! Well, who would have thought that instead of 5 minutes I’d spend more than one hour in three different shops in order to look for vanilla sugar and other fancy things like grinded hazelnuts or powder sugar! 😛 Ok, help me guys, but are those things really so special?? At least in Austria at that time of the year you get basically swamped with all the basic baking ingredients at every supermarket.
But pfff, who needs vanilla sugar when you have cinnamon, right? I just got a little creative and improvisative (?) and substituted some of the ingredients I needed.
Ok, so by now I had a batter. It might not have been the best batter I’ve ever mixed, but under the given circumstances I was quite proud actually. And I tasted really yummy!
The next obstacle was the oven. For the reference: I am not complaining here! You might (or might not) know that last year in Milano I had no oven at all!! So objectively spoken, we talk about a 100 % improvement. But you can look at it from whatever perspective you want, I’m just not used to handle a gas oven and the conversion chart I found on the internet for degrees and gas settings was not as trustworthy as it seemed…
Long story short: the whole crazy process also had an outcome. But you might have guessed it, the cookies are pretty hard actually and the weird baking sugar I used instead of normal powder sugar had some extra flavor added that makes the cookies taste like and overkill of chocolate and caramel. You think that’s not possible? Try them! You’ll get diabetes form looking 😉 And if people do try them, they have to be warned: the only way to eat my cookies and keep all your teeth is to soak them in tea of coffee first! Moizeit!
But after all, I feel very Christmassy and Austrian now 🙂
Kathi and I have been to the cinema yesterday, to see Frozen, the new Walt Disney movie. Well, what shall I say? We are two little princesses and that’s why we had to see it on the first day it was out 🙂
I’m over the moon! It was so adorable! I have to say that my expectations were kind of mixed. The recent movies of Disney didn’t really wow me (Tangled for instance…) but I’ve read some really good reviews, so I was really looking forward to see it.
Kathi and I decided to go for it as soon as it comes out, and it happened to be the 6th, so it was kind of a Nikolaus present to ourselves.
You probably know, how fond I am of movie trailers and advertisements. The evening was opened by the lovely advert of John Lewis, The bear and the hare. A good start. I just love that commercial. And also before the actual film we saw a fun new short film from Pixar.
I think I read somewhere that Frozen is based on The Snowqueen by Hans Christian Andersen – well, maybe. I couldn’t really tell. The storyline is simple yet well told and includes a lot of singing, trolls, a snowman as well as a snowmonster, true love and loooads of frost and snow. I try not to spoil but I have to point out that the secret star of the film is definitively Olaf, the snowman who wishes for summer! He is just great and soo cute! I suggest him for an award as best snowman in a supporting role 2013.
We didn’t realize until we actually saw the movie, that the plot centers the relationship between two sisters, so it was actually perfect for our lovely sisters-date. ❤
Summary of Frozen: I cried a lot. Because of sad scenes, touching moments and, most important, because of laughing!
Only downturn: Now I really wish for snow! And I’m not sure if the British climate will grant me white Christmas… Or maybe a little snowstorm?… 😉
On the 6th of December in Austria we celebrate the day of Saint Nikolaus. However on the evening of the 5th of December he visits good children and leaves small presents behind. Well, but what happens if you are far away form home, let’s say London for instance? Don’t worry, he’ll certainly send a parcel to you! 🙂
Already a week ago a huge parcel arrived and it was “GRUSS VOM NIKOLAUS” written all over it. Yesterday night we were finally allowed to open it. It contained two little red bags filled to the top with sweets, peanuts and gingerbread, and some yummy Christmas-teas, more sweets and festive decoration aside. 😀
Thank you dear Nikolaus for thinking of us, even when we are not at home!
The only good thing of not being home in the first week of December: the Krampus can’t catch you! 😉
It’s advent. So what do you need?? – An Adventkranz natürlich!
But it seems that our dear Brits are not really acquainted with this lovely Austrian tradition of lighting a candle every Sunday of advent.
So in order to keep the tradition up and to decorate our humble home, er.. room with an Adventkranz (advent wreath) I had to get a little crafty. Due to the lack of fir branches and all kind of DIY condiments, I got a nice big wooden plate and arranged four big red candles and some Christmas ornaments. It’s nothing like the fancy ones we have at home, but I think it will do the job 🙂
Happy first of Advent everyone!
Ha! And what better can you do to get into the ultimate Christmas-mood than spend an evening in the Winter Wonderland, London’s current kitsch center? So on Saturday night I met up with Andrea and Maria and we went to Hyde Park for a dose of cheesy music, crowd and cold. Already form afar one can see the ferris wheel and all the colourful light and it looks really pretty.
Basically it’s a fun fair but everything, absolutely everything is Christmas and winter themed – or Bavarian/Austrian/German-ish. Because apparently this part of the world invented Christmas. They sell Bratwurst and mulled wine from booths that resemble all the clichés that come to your mind when you think of an alpine winter landscape: fake snow, Dirndl, yodelling and singing mooses. 😉 It was fun tough, and I have to admit, I was really happy to have a Bratwurst, even if it was a fake one, of course. The Christmas-craziness didn’t even stop from the haunted house. All the monsters were wrapped in Christmas lights and garlands and the Frankenstein on the front door even wore a Santa Clause hat!
Maria that crazy girl wanted to go on all the crazy rides and Andrea the poor had to accompany her. I choose the safe position and took the photos. 😛