Saturday, 30 July 2011

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Prawns

What we had for lunch today...


  • 3 - 4 cloves of garlic, sliced, or more to taste
  • 150 g prawns
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  •  lemon pepper, sea salt
Bring 6 quarts of lightly salted water to a boil and add the spaghetti. Meanwhile, slice the garlic cloves, and sauté them in the oil until the garlic begins to brown. Turn off the heat (the garlic will continue to brown; you don't want it to overbrown and become bitter).

Add the prawns and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes.

When the spaghetti are done, drain them well, transfer them to a bowl, and stir the sauce into them. Add freshly ground lemon pepper and a pinch of sea salt.

Rainy Day and Retail Therapy

Rainy summer day? More like rainy summer month! That‘s it! I‘ve had it with July. Nothing but rain, rain, rain. There is something seriously wrong about wearing a trench coat plus a summer scarf (!) and carrying the biggest umbrella you can find for a walk into town. We‘re talking end of July here, people. Excuse me, but could we have some summer first, as in high temperatures, sleeveless shirts and delicate summer dresses, before skipping that part and going directly to Fall season? This really sucks. I‘m counting on August now to make up for that sorry excuse of a summer we‘ve had so far. Or maybe we‘ve been given our summer already in the six weeks in April/May which were unusually hot and dry?!?! It‘s just really crazy. On top of the depressing weather, I came down with a nasty summer cold last weekend and only got out of bed yesterday. I was really hoping for some sun to warm up the old bones *head desk*

Anyway...  two things saved this Saturday: One, my appointment with my hairdresser  this morning (aka the man who never fails to lift my spirit! Thanks, Martin!) Two,  a bit of retail therapy in the afternoon. So later, I braced the rain and wind and trotted into town to get myself a bag which I had my eyes on for weeks now. Yup, it was still there, still gorgeous and not overly overpriced, so I bought it. *insert contented sigh here*.  My collection keeps crowing :) (Have I mentioned that I have a thing for bags and shoes? Have I?!?!?)

Since I didn‘t want to end up looking like a drowned rat after walking all the way back, I called best hubby in the world to pick me up. He did. Bless my baby! While waiting I indulged in an Espresso Macchiato with a portion of sweet, delicious elephant ears. Yummy!

Speaking of elephants.... Got these gorgeous Philippi bookends in the new store across from the cafe.
Retail Therapy? It sure worked for me today :) Now it‘s curling up on the sofa with a nice hot cuppa and a good book or movie later. (Yeah, I know... summer isn‘t exactly known for that type of „lame“ R&R activity *sigh*) 

Well, as soon as the sun makes an appearance again, I‘ll be the first to run outside and indulge in all sorts of fun-loving, sportive activities. (Wake me, when it‘s here!)

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Plum Season

The plum tree in our garden is full of fruits this year. Can't remember a time when it had so many that the branches were hanging that low :)

We already brought in the first "harvest" from the other plum tree 
(in the backyard of the new property)

 They were as delicious as they look here :)

To be "prepared", since this seems to be a very good harvest this year, I have looked up some yummy recipes already...(all from the BBC foodblog here)

Don't these dishes look like they would melt in your mouth?

(this one I can't wait to try!)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Ever so slightly bitter Ebay listing ;)

Poor guy...

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If you want to look like an offensively rich footballer at fraction of the cost take a look at this bad boy. This rather delicious watch for the sportier men among you was given to me by my idiot of an ex girlfriend, who by the way ended up in bed last Thursday with Steve. Steve, for your information, is not me.

The watch has a trustworthy and comforting rubber strap, in white, which is more than you can say for my girlfriend who can't be trusted for five seconds and is about as comforting as having a lung removed.  The face is clear and consistent white with simple minimalist design however my girlfriends face is covered in freckles, fake tan and has an unsightly mole just under her right eye.

This item is presented in a red gift box and is powered by a Storm battery but I no longer have the box or the instructions, still could be worse, my girlfriend unfortunately no longer has anywhere to live.

Unfortunately I have only worn this watch twice since she purchased it for me - Oh how extravagant of her -"Oh what gift can I buy my boyfriend, I know. I'll go to Covent Garden to the Storm shop and buy him a watch but come home with 12 pairs of shoes for myself and a 3 Grand Breitling for Steve" By the way she also has big feet. Size 9. On a woman, yes that's what I said she should be in the circus. "Roll up Roll up for the incredible big footed lady with a hairy eye wart"

I was going to ask Steve if after eating my girlfriend's body in front of me, he might want to purchase the watch. I also then offered him my girlfriends thrush pessaries from the bathroom cabinet.  He declined both politely and drove off in his Grey 2002 plate Ford Focus - LX. Grey like his personality, complexion and most of his hair.

So as Mr Grey and Sasquatch Mole Eye wander off happily holding hands, I will be withholding all the items remotely connected to our relationship in escrow and sending them romantically on their way to eBay.

PS - As Steve is actually my boss and I punched him hard in the face and subsequently do not have a job, the revenue from the sale of these items will go toward feeding myself and my poor cat Judy, who sadly lost her tail and one of her legs in a lathe accident.

(via ebay )

Dexter Season 06 - New Trailer

Absolutely CANNOT WAIT!!!!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan and Olive Oil

What I had for dinner tonight...

Beef filet - (use a nice piece of center cut) 
Parmesan cheese (Grana Padano)
Olive Oil - (Extra Virgin Olive Oil - cold pressed)

Put the beef into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm it up and make it easier to slice.

Use a very sharp, large knife, cut slices as thinly as you can. Lay these on a plate and cover them with clingfilm as you cut to stop them colouring. If you put a layer of baking parchment or clingfilm between the layers you'll easily be able to separate them out easily later. 

To serve, plate the beef slices on a platter or individual plates, heap some parmesan shavings in the middle and drizzle the olive oil around the edge.

There are some recipes that add other ingredients to it, like lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper, but I prefer the "simple version", especially when made from best quality/organic beef and olive oil.

Lunch Break Today...

...nice walk in the park, strawberries, wild blackberries, ice cream  :)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Monkey takes self-portrait :)

Hilarious story of a monkey taking his own photo :)

Read the whole story here.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Weekend in Cologne...

We had a marvelous weekend in Cologne. Met some very lovely people, enjoyed the glorious weather, delightful strolls along the riverside and an amazing evening with the most delicious food and wine one could ask for.

Where we stayed at:

The art‘otel Cologne. Awesome place!

It features the art of Korean-born artis Seo. Her artwork is presented throughout the hotel.  Seo, a master-class student of Georg Baselitz, now lives and works in Berlin. The hotel‘s collection includes 18 large-scale originals that were created  over a span of three years specifically for this hotel.

Friday, late night dinner at the hotel's Pan-Asian restaurant Chino Latino. What an AMAZING experience. It has to be said though that you‘re better not in a hurry to eat when you go there. It took over an hour until the food was served (to be fair: they said it was due to the second kitchen chef calling in sick that night and they couldn't find a replacement on such a short notice). Anyway, it was so worth waiting for it!

The sushi is the best I have ever had outside of Japan/Asia! The sushi chef is only 19 years old but already a true master of his art. You can watch him prepare his creations in the open kitchen and that alone is entertaining enough to pass the time. Frank had roast beef on hot stones that was very tender, delicious and cooked exactly to the point. No wonder they were voted best Asian restaurant in Cologne in 2011.

Served complimentary were fried lotus roots and sweet potato chips with a Mango/Chili-Pepper dip. The dip was from beyond this world! (Note to self: next time, watch out NOT to accidentally bite on one of the red hot chili-pepper seeds! Unless you intend to give your fire-spitting dragon impression!)

Saturday we took some time to shop and then hubby wanted to go and visit the biggest music store in Europe. Even though I was slightly panicked that this would mean we‘d go home with another guitar added to Frank‘s huge collection, I happily trotted along. I really love guitars too. I admire the craftsmanship that goes into making such a beautiful instrument that a good acoustic guitar represents.

Anyway, this shop is not only an El Dorado for professional musicians but it was great fun for me to explore too, since they have a coffee bar designed with lots of original pieces and mementos of the Fifties (including an original pink-colored Fender Buick :)

I had a blast :)

All in all, a very nice trip to a city that really charmed us. That was definitely not the last time we‘ve been there.

(all photos © Lausi; using Nikon D80 + iPhone/Instagram)

Monday, 11 July 2011

Gambas Zucchini Curry...

...What I had for dinner tonight...

 2 tsp. butter, green onions, 1 zucchini, 150 g gambas

 add 1 cup low-fat milk, 1 tbsp. vegetable broth, 
salt, pepper, curry

 simmer until creamy

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Summer Sunday

...what makes it perfect?

glorious weather and hanging with the best company in the world ;)

 way to start the day :)

Muffin? Yes, please.

 bruschetta with sweet peppers, tomatoes and basil

grilled chicken breast and arugula salad

espresso with Belgian waffle

time to read

for chilling :)

(photos via iPhone, Instagram,
and Nikon D80, last one by Frank)

Friday, 8 July 2011

Took the bikes out today...

It's been a while since I rode my KLR, found out... it's still FUN :)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Lausi's Favorites...

When it comes to clothes, we all have our favorite pieces, right?

Here's a peek into my closet and one of my favorite combos, consisting of my much loved boyfriend jeans, my leather jacket, denim pumps, a vintage ring, my favorite bag and my Cavalli sunshades.

As for the sunshades, considering that I bought them four years ago and they're still stylish and go with almost everything, I'd say they were well worth the investment :)

Fascinating ladies....

Discovered this blog about creative and stylish "old folks" and I'm blown away by it :)

Look at that:
 (from the blog Advanced Style)

I can only hope that I will  age as gracefully and with as much style as these AWESOME ladies portrayed on Ari Seth Cohen's blog Advanced Style.

Check it out, it's absolutely AMAZING!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Inspirations by Walter Knoll...

(Walter Knoll)

D&G iPad case...

 Well...if I had approx. 630 EUR to spare... this would be it.
The perfect and stylish iPad bag/case.
(Mind you, not that I could afford the iPad anymore that's supposed to go with it then.)
via French Vogue  here.