Italian Christmas Party

Because one Christmas party is never enough!

Yesterday we met up at Andrea and Francesca’s house for a lovely pre-Christmas dinner – and apart from me and James it was all Italians. 🙂

The glorious menu consisted of:

  • carciofi ripieni (made from Neapolitan artichokes sent from Andreas mum)
  • pizza pies
  • amazing tiramisu
  • panettone and Punsch

But of course after hours of eating we weren’t finished at all. What followed was coffee, chocolate, gossip, cookies, games, polaroids and silly selfies.

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It was a lovely night, thanks to all of you! ❤

Baci, Angie

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The Force is strong…

Yesterday night we went to the midnight premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

SWPremiere_III was super excited as I’ve never been to a midnight premiere before and Gonzo was super excited because Star Wars and all 🙂
It was really good! There were lots of people in costumes and some in pyjamas. The general mood during the screening was very good as well, people applauding when the iconic intro started and cheering when old characters entered the screen.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the film! No spoilers, but I think it’s a very solid movie, softly reopening the franchise for another set of three films.

 

May the force be with you 🙂

XX, Angie

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Christmas couldn’t possibly have come and gone without a Christmas dinner for the flat and as (for some miraculous reason) we all were off yesterday evening, we held a very Spanish dinner party – with a little Austrian twist!

Our kitchen was busy since the early afternoon with everyone preparing their course for the massive dinner we had planned. And while the guys did the cooking we moved tables and chairs to the living room and prepared a festive table.

As you know the Spanish-Austrian ratio in our flat is 5:1, and that was perfectly mirrored in the menu:

  • Canapés and Gazpacho as starters
  • Croquetas and lots of Langustines in garlic and parsley
  • Black rice with aioli and fried Calamari
    and for dessert:
  • Baked apples, gingerbread and cookies and mulled wine 😉

We definitely had enough to feed a roman legion, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. What a Christmas dinner would it be, it there weren’t enough left-overs to live of for the rest of the week?

And even though we almost died in food coma, we had fun revealing the Secret Santa presents (thanks for the lovely tea pot!!), took lots of pictures, played games and cracked loads of Christmas crackers!

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It was such a nice and relaxed, little bit chaotic, very festive and lovely evening!
Thanks so much chicos! 🙂

XX, Angie

Christmas Shortbread

Hollaroh everyone!

I did it again. Yes, guilty. Even though we have plenty of sweets and cookies in our cupboards, I spent the whole morning baking my heart out. Just can’t help it! 🙂

I found the most simple, yet amazing Shortbread recipe; easy to cut and yummy buttery in taste. But as traditional and British as it might be, plain old Shortbread would be way to boring for the season – so I raised the Christmas-factor by adding red and green sprinkles! *yay*

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That’s what you need:

300 g plain flour
200 g unsalted butter
100 g caster sugar
vanilla sugar to taste
sprinkles!!! 

I simply kneaded everything together in a big bowl and then chilled the dough for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Roll out ca. 1 cm thick an cut out shapes. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 130 °C until golden.
Thadaaa!! There you go, super easy and super yummy! 🙂

Enjoy!
XX, Angie

 

Unfinished business…

Once upon a December, in our first winter in the London, in the very beginning, when my sister Kathi and I used to live together in Queens Park, we decided to go ice skating.

We made it to the Natural History Museum ice rink but then decided very spontaneously to call the whole thing off. We went for a walk on the Southbank instead but as soon as we were home again, we regretted our decision – it’s just that ice skating on one of the picturesque rinks seems one of the things to do in London before Christmas.  And for reasons unknown we didn’t make it to go back and tick “ice skating in front of the Natural History Museum” off our list before Kathi left and went back to Austria. So there you go, that’s the story behind the unfinished business Kathi and I have in London.

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But never fear! I used my mighty older-sister-powers and fixed it! My Christmas present came early this year: I invited Kathi to London and we had the most magical Christmas weekend in London – including lots of tea and scones, long walks, talks and bus rides, Christmas departments and shopping for presents, a shoe exhibition, watching Frozen, cuddles, cookies and chocolate… and a skating session on the beautiful Swarovski ice rink! Tick! 😉

Hab dich lieb, kleiner Stern!

XXX, Angie

 

Feeling very Festive!

Do you remember that lovely Fejka fake fir tree that I bought last year? Well, I am indeed a true Zopf – we hardly ever dispose of useless stuff! Through the year it wasn’t always easy (think moving house etc.) but now I’m really happy that I kept all the Christmas tree things! Because you never know when things come in handy!  (I hear my mother speaking! 😉 )

And guess what – here we go again!

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As a little disclaimer I have to say that back at home, we the Christkind puts up the tree just before the 24th and actually I still think that’s the proper way to do. But well, we are not back at home and to be honest, when I walk through our street in the evening I’m seeing Christmas trees in living room windows since at least two weeks. So let’s just do as our dear Brits do!
Living with Andrea and Maria, two complete Christmas enthusiasts, our flat started to fill with tinsel, christmas ornaments and all kinds of seasonal decoration weeks ago! I don’t really know how we held out so long, but I guess it would just feel a little immoral to put up a Christmas tree before December… Anyway, it’s the first weekend of December and here we go: Fejka back in action!

Hope you have are feeling very festive as well!

XX, Angie

sorry, if I went a little ott on the collage, I just felt veeery festive tonight! 😉