30.06.2012

Berlin... du bist so wunderbar... Berlin!

caution: heavy pic load ;)

Hey sweeties,
I am back from Berlin and it was a wonderful time - friends, fun, meeting new people, shopping, sightseeing, great food (this trip was very culinary :D), partying, rain, sun, clouds and so much impressions....
We arrived on Monday in the late evening and instead of having some rest we made a touch-and-go-landing and visited the Duncker Club for a goth night -
its a nice tiny club with good music and yummy beer - 
 
I will come back as soon as possible :) 
At 5 in the morning we decided to get something to eat somewhere at the Alexanderplatz... it was so quiet around this place - only a few people who went to work... it was a bit surreal...
yeeeeeehaaaawwww :D

Tuesday was a lazy day - after sleeping till afternoon we strolled around Friedrichshain with its nice pubs, bars, restaurants - its a coloured melting-pot and I love the flair of this quarter...
a cute toy store... with a mini piano and a retro robot...
lemonade-break ^^
 later we get a big and decadent dinner at an Indian restaurant ...
 and we met a friend of mine, who lives in Berlin.
After we filled our bellies we went to a goth-bar in Friedrichshain, Pech & Schwefel - its a cozy place with comfortable sofas all around - and we drank Fritz-lemonade *hmmmmm*
creepy giant spider in the corner of Pech&Schwefel
Wednesday was a rainy day - so we delayed our sightseeing plans on the next day... Before it started raining we went to the Hackesche Markt and Hackesche Höfe... 
raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwrrrrrrrr...
best icetea ever!!!
...some street art around the quarter...
at the cat wash :D

...after that we strolled again around the rainy Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg and went shopping (I will show my haul at the next posting). 
hmmm... that reminds me of a sitcom... :D
 In the evening we had an Asian dinner at a tiny tiny restaurant with our host.
the peanut sauce was sooooo yummy!

On Thursday, the day of our departure, we made use of our time for sightseeing... so we went to Alexanderplatz again...
ooooh stupid tourists I....
...Checkpoint Charlie...
stupid tourists II...
... Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse...
Stupid tourists III
 ... had a Berliner Weisse at the riverside of the Spree 
typical speciality: Beer with sweet woodruff syrup.. om nom nom!
and went to the Alexa (shopping mall)...
always eating... I think I gained 10 kilos more after that trip... T____T
 
In the evening we drove home... and I arrived at 2 o'clock in the morning home... 
I was happy to see my kitties and my boy --- but I miss the big big city a bit now.... I hope I am back there as soon as possible!
Hope you like my little roadtrip-diary!
Hugs'n'Kisses
yours 
Meeow

25.06.2012

Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin...

... or: Berlin.. Berlin... Meeow is going to Berlin! :D

Hey sweeties...

in some minutes I will hit the road with a good friend of mine to visit the beautiful capital of Germany. I will bring back some pics and stories for you...
Tonight we will visit the Duncker Club - I am curious :)
Btw. the title is a song of Hildegard Knef - a sweet office mate of me send me this text yesterday to wish me a great time in Berlin ^^

See ya all in 4 days ^^
Hugs'n'Kisses
yours
Meeow

24.06.2012

Meeow gets mad about baking...

...and macarons drives her to insanity!!!!

Hey sweeties -
- just a little sign of life from Meeow - I had some very hard working weeks and even my glossybox- and box-of-beauty postings are gathering dust (shame on me - 2 boxes of beauty and 1 glossybox are waiting to get photographed and dissected... ) - I need some vacation time so badly, some time to take a deep breath - the coming week i have some free days - I am planning to visit Berlin with a good friend of mine - hope everything will go according to plan. Wish me the best! :)

In the meantime I tried to alleviate stress with baking - baking is like Yoga for me - I feel like calming down when I am stiring up dough and decorate cakes... but the last times I tried some experiments ... and a lot failed - but I won't give up!

* First step to insanity : Making marshmallow - fondant icing!
Never - neeeeeeevermoooore ever I will make fondant by myself - never!!! I wanted a special birthday gift for my beloved ex-neighbour - so I baked him my favourite Lemon-Lavender-Cake and wanted to decorate it with coloured fondant. He likes nerdy stuff, so I decided to make a Pacman-Cake.... and the frenzy took its course. I found this recipe at chefkoch.de and the user were totally happy about that recipe - its so easy, its not sticky bla bla bla... After I added 1 kg (!) icing sugar into 300 g melted marshmallows, I was trapped for almost 2 hours in a sticky, icky, tacky mixture and I kneaded like a lunatic... 
the result - a 3-pounds-marshmallow:
But then... colorize this big marshmallow - with liquid food coloring it seems impossible... the more I added, the more tackier the fondant got... so I decided to color the pieces one by one with a brush and color... after 3 hours the result was this Pacmancake:
 It was a hard work and I wasn't satisfied with the result - but my friend was happy about it :)

*Second step to insanity: MACARONS of doom!
Once in a while I saw these pretty delicous little baked goods in blogs, books and almost everywhere - and then I came across with a baking-book when I was strolling in "Butler's" - so I decided to buy it and try these sweeties at home... The first time I tried macarons with selfmade lemon-curd... but - almost all of them turned cracky... and although I coloured them yellow, they turned brown... 
 before baking they looked so gorgeous...
 but after baking: brown and cracky... but they tasted delicious - and I love the lemon-curd!!
hmmm okay - in the baking-book they say, that the first times baking macarons often are a fail - and don't give it up... okay...

*Third and last step to insanity: Macarons don't like nerds :D
...today I tried it again: I bought white grounded almonds instead of brown ones and I took more time to stir in the fine sugar into the eggwhite-batter... and: everything looked better than the first time... the batter was pretty tight and I let them dry over night so they can get a nice crispy shell... 
I added rainbow-nerds on some of them - cause I thought it would look gorgeous with the pink shell... 
But... in the oven the nerds began to melt... and lost liquid so the shells cracked... 
 
 the ones without nerd-sprinkles looked okay - and I let them in the oven for exactly 10 minutes but....
 the shells turned brown, the nerds black and it looked like the nerds ate their way through the macarons... O.o - they looked crispy but when I peeled the baking paper off, they were sticky...
 At the second load I minimized the temperature and let them bake for 8 minutes... but as you can see, the nerds turned the macarons into Swiss cheese :D
And thats how they should look... -.-'

My next plan: Buy a silicone mat for baking, maybe a special macaron mat - and yesterday I bought coloring-powder special for hydrophobic baking goods like my macarons :D
I will never give up!!! 

What about you? Did you ever tried baking macarons? Tell me your secrets ;)
Hugs'n'Kisses
yours
Meeow