Christmas came early in the Cotelo-Zopf-Ricca-Cornij mansion

Over the last year we observed that dinner parties seem to be a pretty big thing here in London – and yesterday we had our first dinner party! 🙂 As some of us are not going to be in London over Christmas, we decided to have our festive dinner one week early.
We spent the whole afternoon tidying up the living room, shopping for all the ingredients and preparing the food. In the evening we got all dressed up and had a truly lovely dinner!

Our international Christmas dinner was composed as follows:

  • Lithuanian starters (prawns and egg salad)
  • as Primo: Spaghetti with mussels in white wine sauce
  • the main was a (Spanish) quiche and Lithuanian salads
  • Austrian baked apples

*hmmm* 🙂

Being in London, we embraced the tradition of  Christmas crackers – leaving us with funny hats and  weird jokes we didn’t really understand. But luckily we’ve invited James and he explained them to us, as most of them were odd word-games. Here’s to the native speakers! 😉
Considering the high number of professional photographers around, can you imagine the fuss that was made about taking the obligatory “family picture” in front of the Christmas tree? Cameras were placed and tripods were mounted – and I have to admit I absolute love the outcome!
Of course we opened the many presents under our tree and  finished the evening with Austrian Punsch, gingerbread and Vanillekipferl and some funny games.


I’m very happy to have spent an amazing pre-Christmas with all of you guys, thank you! I’m very grateful to have you around!

XX, Angie


Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

christmas Collage_IIAs you all know very well, I’m kind of a christmas fanatic 🙂 I like lights, cookies and candles – and I’d looove to have a Christmas tree in our flat in London!
But you also know that I’m (sometimes) quite a reasonable girl, and I agreed that it would make no sense to buy one, considering that we’ll probably all be going home to our families over Christmas. So no tree…  until Andrea (the genius!) came up with the Italian tradition of putting up the tree already on the 8th of December!

What followed was an extensive trip to Ikea, leaving us with a lovely fake tree, sparkly ornaments and decorations, fairy lights, winter-scented candles, two folding chairs, a little jug to make the perfect milk froth for our cappuccino and some Swedish biscuits – and a lot of anticipation! 🙂

Andrea and me were looking forward to putting the tree up, just like two kids, whereas Gonzo and Maria were rather skeptical. But came the day, Maria was the most excited one and rushing us. 😉  Being from Ikea, our lovely Fejka fir had to be assembled before we could hang the lights and stars. But in the end it was just amazing – and the presents already start to accumulate beneath it! Andrea and me had chosen red and silver as the main colours and it looks beautiful!

It’s the first Christmas tree on my own – and I’m happy to share it with my London family.

XX, Angie

All I want for winter …

… is a warm pullover!! Seriously guys, who would’ve thought that it can be that hard to find a decent, snugly and cozy hoodie??

It’s f***… err, freezing cold here in London right now. Yeah, I know: “But you are Austrian, you are supposed to be used to the cold!” – Wrong, I’m used to being cold. Doesn’t mean I’m not cold, smartass. I’m cold in the train, I’m cold in the office, I’m even cold at home! (Window insulation is another unknown thing to our dear Brits.)pullover

So today it was enough, I went to buy a warm pullover – but my search was in vain. All I found was some glittery dresses and crop tops, Christmas offers en masse, sparkling fake jewelry and more beautiful, enchanting and absolutely not-winter clothes. I think I get it now. A true Londoner simply denies the fact of cold and winter and probably frozen belly buttons and kidneys as well … Yes. No. What the hell? I don’t understand it at all and I demand hereby that seasonal clothing corresponds to the season!
Thank you.

Yours freezing,
XX, Angie

P.S: Thank you Gonzo, for letting me steal yours ❤

5 weeks to Christmas


While my flatmates receive parcels from home containing chorizo and jamón, good italian coffee and panettone, my mum sent me a massive fir twig from the big christmas tree on the main square of my hometown. Yes, my mum definitely focuses on everyday necessities! 😉 Ok, to be fair, she also sent me gingerbread, tea, baking utensils and basically a hug in a box. ❤

The fir twig came in very handy when I tried to create what should resemble an Adventkranz. Traditionally it’s a wreath (out of fir, duh!) with four big candles stuck to it. Every sunday in advent one candle is lit and it basically works like some kind of advent calendar.
But I guess it’s a very Austrian concept, as none of my flatmates could relate to it. I tried to explain, and I think they get the idea by now, but still… Anyway, I’m happy and nobody could ever reject some lovely candles – especially at this time of the year, right?

adventkranz Collage III

So, here’s my result. I’m quite proud actually!

Happy first of Advent, everybody!
XX, Angie