Here’s another idea for a very tasty, yet quick snack that only requires a handful of ingredients. (And did you notice that I finally have new plates? 🙂 The Mr. said that I really needed some pretty plates to present my foods. See? We has now pretty plates. 🙂 )
Here’s what you’ll need:
- smoked salmon
- flour tortilla
- cream cheese (plain or with herbs)
- lemon juice
- freshly ground black pepper
As promised, I’m going to talk about food and drink during a gaming marathon as it will come up very soon. In fact, next week! Pandaria, here we come! Woohoo!
The Non-Gamers amongst you might think that during a gaming marathon we live off Energy Drinks, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine…
Sorry to disappoint you, but no. While there will be the occassional Energy Drink or Coffee, I refrain from alcohol and Soft Drinks. We will be going through a rather unhealthy gaming marathon with little sleep, therefore it’s even more important to drink enough and drink the right things. Water would obviously be the best choice, but sometimes it’s just too bland and I need something with a taste to it that keeps me drinking enough.
One thing that I will prepare for sure by the buckets is this Ginger-Lemon Drink that I’ve introduced before. Another is tea. When I was little, my Mom would always brew a mix of lime-tree blossom and peppermint, add some lemon juice and a bit of sugar, let it cool and that was that. That was way cheaper than buying soft drinks. And that’s something I keep doing to-date, though I vary the teas a lot – I have quite the collection in my cupboard.
In fact, I need to go buy some more teas, the cupboard ain’t as full as it used to be. 🙂
One of my favourite teas is Mexican Spiced Rooibos. I knew the previous owner of SBS Teas and that’s how I know about this awesome online tea shop. They are based in the US, but ship internationally and I really recommend these ladies if you’re looking for something special. But I’m also lucky enough to have a good Tea House here in town, the London Tea Company, that carry great teas. And I don’t mind at all drinking tea brewed from inexpensive grocery store tea bags. I usually sweeten my drinks with honey, sometimes I use sugar. But the great thing about brewing your own drink is that it’s entirely up to you how much sugar you add or if you substitute with something else.
And that’s my alternative to soft drinks. 🙂
It was my Birthday a couple of weeks ago and I always use that as an excuse to indulge in my favourite cake: Chocolate Peach Cheesecake! I love cheesecake. I indulge very very seldom in it. It’s not very common in Switzerland and if I want some, I have to make it myself or go buy an exorbitantly expensive piece at Starbucks. I got the original recipe from the Philadelphia Cream Cheese Website a couple of years ago but amended the recipe a bit.
You may have noticed in a lot of my pictures that there are often products with a green-white design. These are low-budget products. While I’m luckily not on an extremely tight budget anymore as I was half a year ago, I still believe in buying cost consciously. While I do spend a bit more on better quality and local fresh produce, there are things where I don’t see why I should spend more. Especially if the low budget cream cheese tastes just as good as the expensive one with a brand name.
Anywhoooo, here come the ingredients:
- 250g sponge biscuits or ladyfingers or as we call them “Löffelbiskuit”
- 50g butter
- 200g dark chocolate
- 600g plain cream cheese
- 100g sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3 eggs
- 2 cans peaches (drained about 800g fruit, but save 2 tbsp of the juice)
Today I’ll only share a recipe that I’ve found on another blog. It’s a Swiss Foodblog run by the writers of a popular cooking magazine. The Blog is called Das Trüffelschwein, roughly translated it means The Truffle Pig. 🙂
In any case, pictures are from the above mentioned Blog, recipe translated for your benefit by me. (and commented, too). Also, here you may find the link to the original recipe.
- 3 organic lemons
- 1 Vanilla Bean
- 80g sugar
- 1 litre sparkling water (I used 1,5 litres)
- ice cubes (optional)
Thinly peel the zest off the lemons. Squeeze the juice from all three lemons. Cut the vanilla pod lenghthwise and scrape out the insides. Place everything in a large pitcher or bowl and mix in the sugar. Add the sparkling water, stir, cover with foil and let sit in the fridge for about one hour.
Pour through a fine sieve and serve with ice.
They also advice that this works with oranges, too, and that one should not place the drink in a bottle, because the bottle may explode because of fermentation. Well, since I drink it right away anyways, I did place it in one of my trusty PET bottles. But I guess you shouldn’t let it stand for too long. There, I gave the warning. 🙂
This drink is my absolute new favourite. The Vanilla gives it just a bit of decadence and the combination with the lemons works beautifully.
Besides… After preparing the drink my hands smelled like vanilla and lemons for a whole day and that’s a real nice perfume! 🙂