27 July 2016

Prague photo diary

 As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I went on a city trip to Prague last week. After falling in love with Budapest two years ago, I was sure this was gonna be my cup of tea as well. In fact, Prague seemed even more impressive and vivid, though that may have to do with it being summer and not the midst of February. 

We spent our time exploring Josefov (the Jewish quarter), the Old Town, Prague Castle and Petrin Hill. My favorite was definitely the Staré Město or Old Town where we went up the Astronomical Clock Tower for an amazing view of The Church of Our Lady Before Týn and the Old Town Square. Across the bridge I was also impressed by Prague Castle and the amazing
Gothic architecture of the St. Vitus Cathedral. 

This trip has definitely hit me with the travel bug again and I can't wait to be off to a new destination. Next up is Gdańsk in Poland, which promises to be just as colorful as Prague. I guess I seem to be drawn to these types of places.

Have you ever been to the Czech capital?
What was your favorite part?

1. The Church of Our Lady Before Týn - 2. The Old Town Square - 3. The Astronomical Clock - 4. Trdelník - 5. Golden Lane - 6. Malá Strana - 7. The Lennon Wall - 8. Me in Vinohrady - 9. View of the old town from the Astronomical Clock Tower - 10. View from Prague Castle

12 May 2016

lovebirds in bruges

Oh Bruges, how dreamy you are! Rens and I spent last Sunday - which felt like a summer day! - playing tourist in Belgium's most romantic city of all. We met its beautiful swans, walked along its charming streets and even made a boat trip on its canals. I often complain about living in a country so small and insignificant but when I'm in Bruges I feel like I'm in a different place entirely. Sometimes all you need is somewhere to escape to!

Fitting the context, I wore a bright teal dress by Sugarhill Boutique with the sweetest lovebird print. It's so light and airy and I love the 3/4 sleeves.

 Have you ever been to Bruges?
Happy Thursday!

Dress: Sugarhill Boutique via ASOS - Bag: Mint & Berry via Zalando - Shoes: Boohoo

25 April 2016

lemon raspberry madeleines

Introducing you to my latest baking obsession: madeleines. Classic recipes for these delightful French sponge cakes usually include a little bit of lemon zest and for this more lemony variation I used the zest of a whole lemon in addition to a handful of raspberries as I think those flavors really compliment each other. Aside from the extras, this is a pretty simple batter. All you really need is a madeleine pan to get that characteristic shell shape and you're ready to get baking!

Preparing the batter:
1. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and foamy.
2. Add the flour, vanilla sugar and baking powder and mix until smooth.
3. Melt the butter and add it to the mixture.
4. Add a tablespoon of honey and the zest of one lemon.
5. Cut up the raspberries and add them to the mixture.
6. Leave the batter in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Baking the madeleines:
1. While the batter is refrigerating, butter and flour your madeleine pan.
2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
3. Fill each well in the pan with one tablespoon of batter.
4. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and a little puffed up in the middle.
5. Allow the madeleines to cool on a wire rack and dust them with powdered sugar.
6. You'll get 24 madeleines from this recipe so you can either bake one batch and then refill the pan (don't forget to rebutter it as well!) or you can bake them all together if you have two pans.

Once baked (and cooled!), these darlings will last for about a week in an airtight container. So you can easily bake your madeleines ahead to enjoy them at a spring picnic or simply at teatime!

Have you made madeleines before?
Do share your experiences or tips below!