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A photo an hour: 20 June 2015

In the middle of last week I read about a street food festival that was taking place in Olten (about 45 minutes train ride from us) on Saturday, which seemed like perfect timing – usually I find out about these things just after they occur rather than just before. When Jane pointed out that Saturday was also photo an hour day, the timing felt even more perfect. Obviously it was my fate to go! I’m planning a full post about the street food festival for later in the week, but for now here’s Saturday’s photo an hour:

10 a.m. I’m up! As usual, a cup of tea is needed before I do anything else. Trying to switch things up a bit by taking a photo of my cups in the cupboard.

11 a.m. Shower time! Look, it’s the shower in the new flat!

12 noon. Sorting out dry washing. *Yawn*

1 p.m. On the train (actually not 1 p.m. because we were busy buying tickets then and I kind of forgot about the photo. But 1 p.m. ish).

2 p.m. Still on the train. At least the view from the window was nice!

3 p.m. Waiting for some food at the festival! The weather kept switching from bright sunshine to rain literally within seconds – I felt like I was back in Britain! In this photo, it’s about to rain again.

4 p.m. Drinking lemonade from a Turkish stall. Very tasty and actually cheap!

5 p.m. Back on the train. I think we were near Sissach at this point.

6 p.m. Home! Doing a bit of cross stitch.

7 p.m. Erkältungstee time! I’m still not sure how a bunch of herbs can cure a cold, but anything’s worth a try, right?

8 p.m. Taking a break from cross stitching to read.

9 p.m. A late and light dinner since we spent the afternoon stuffing ourselves at the food festival.

10 p.m. (Ahem. Sort of). Rush (the film about Niki Lauda) was on Channel 4 so we decided to watch it. We get Channel 4 in Switzerland (and E4, More 4 and the BBC and ITV channels!).

11 p.m. Still watching Rush.

Midnight. Will this film ever end?!
It actually did end 15 minutes later then I went to bed without taking a photo. I don’t want to ruin my symmetry though, so here’s a bonus photo of the bedroom that I took a while ago to show my grandma our new place. You can see from the noon photo that we have different bedding on now.

The photo an hour roundup post isn’t up yet, but once it is you’ll find the link here.


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Basel Markthalle

Basel Markthalle

The May Day weekend was too rainy to really go anywhere (the photo above was taken the following week when the sun finally showed its face!), but seeing as it was both a long weekend and my first weekend in my new home it seemed a bit of a shame to spend the entire time at home. We had seen the Markthalle (literally market hall) a few times from the tram and another blogger had mentioned it as being a place where you could get relatively cheap food (cheap is always relative in Switzerland, unless you’re talking about taxes), so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, a lot of the stalls were closed for the long weekend, including this one that was the very first thing I spotted when we walked in:

Basel MarkthalleIf you look closely you’ll se the words “Pie another day” on the stall :-D
Oh well, at least now I know where to go when I have a craving for pie and mash that isn’t made by me!
Here are some more photos. The place was fairly empty when we were there – I’m not sure whether we were just too early for the lunchtime rush or everyone else knew it wasn’t worth going on May day weekend.

We finally decided to purchase lunch from a stall selling Lebanese cuisine. They also have a restaurant just round the corner from where we live so checking it out seemed like a good idea. I chose a mixed plate so I could have both meat and vegetables. You could choose between a chicken or lamb kebab – I went for lamb while Jan had chicken.

Just look at all that hummus!

Just look at all that hummus!

I also had a Lebanese lager, which you can just about spy behind my plate. It was okay, but nothing special.
This was a whole month ago and I’m useless so I don’t actually remember what this plate of food cost, but it was definitely less than in an ordinary Swiss restaurant! I will certainly be visiting the Basel Markthalle again – apart from my need for the occasional pie there’s Persian, Argentinian and Phillipine waiting to tickle my taste buds. Yum!


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My first Foodie Penpals reveal!

I heard about Foodie Penpals from Meredith, who blogs over at Kaffee und Kuchen, and was immediately interested. I mean, the only thing that could possibly be better than receiving mail that isn’t bills is receiving mail that isn’t bills and consists of yummy food. I went and signed up immediately and then had to wait a whole week for May’s matches to come out. With Foodie Penpals, you receive not one match but two – one person to send some treats to and one who sends you goodies. My package came from Birute in Lithuiana. I wasn’t clever enough to photograph the individual items separately so all you’re getting is this crappy snapshot ;-)

Lithuanian foodImmediately after taking that photo, I devoured the little chocolate bar you can see at the front, in between the cheese and the instant mashed potatoes. Most of the rest is gone now as well – the cheese went on a home-made pizza, the sweets gradually disappeared over a few days and a small piece of the dark chocolate went into some vegetarian chilli (dark chocolate in chilli is amazing! Seriously, go try it!). Only the tea bags are still hanging on (that’s the pretty box at the back). They contain a tea with thyme, mallow root and… I don’t remember what else (sorry – too lazy to go and look in the cupboard). I was very impressed with my first foodie package :-)

My other partner was Emma from England, who blogs at Something New Each Week. Unfortunately I haven’t heard yet whether her package has arrived – I hope it has though because I sent it at the same time as I sent another package to a friend (also in England) and hers arrived over a week ago. Here’s a little sneaky peek of what I sent to Emma anyway:

Swiss foodsFoodie Penpals is taking a break in June because the lovely Carol Anne who runs it is off on holiday, but if you’re interested in taking part in July you can read the rules and sign up here. (This is the European version, for those of you in the US/Canada, the original Foodie Penpals on The Lean Green Bean is here.)


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Let’s talk about Swiss prices

So, I made it to Switzerland! I actually managed to get all the cleaning done in time and the move itself went smoothly. It was a looong day though, hence no blog post last night.

I’ve got this week off to get settled in, so since Jan is at work, I went shopping today. Here’s what I bought:

shopping

That little lot cost me 34 Swiss francs, which is 32 euros and 82 cents or 23 pounds 49p. I think it’s about time Jan got his first Swiss pay check!


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35 Before 35: Make cheesecake

A few weeks ago, somebody posted a recipe for Toblerone Cheesecake on Facebook. I love Toberlone and I love cheesecake, so I immediately made a note of it. Then, when I was looking for simple, quick recipes for our leaving party, my mind went back to that Facebook post. With only five ingredients (chocolate Digestives, butter, cream cheese, cream and, obviosuly, Toberlone) and no need for baking it was definitely both quick and easy! I used this recipe from the BBC Good Food website. The Philadelphia website also has one that’s basically the same, but of course they insist you use Philadelphia rather than any old cream cheese (as it happens, I did buy Philadelphia, but only because it was on offer!). Here’s my finished article:

Toblerone cheesecakeEveryone who tried a bit said it was delicious and I liked it so much I actually ended up having some for breakfast on Monday because I couldn’t possibly wait til I got home from work to taste it again ;-)

And that’s another item crossed off the 35 Before 35 list.


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A photo an hour: Saturday, 21 March 2015

I managed to quickly upload these photos last night before Jan took the computer apart so that I could spend my lunch break writing up Saturday’s photo an hour. The chosen date happened to be the day of our leaving party, so for once the photos aren’t just drinking tea, cross stitching and doing housework! However, I also forgot to take any more photos after the party started so the day ends at 9 p.m. ;-)

8:30 a.m. Faaar too early to be up on a Saturday, but I have loads to do. But first a cup of tea is needed! (Will there ever be a photo and hour day that doesn’t start with tea? I doubt it!)

9 a.m. (switching back to on the hour because I prefer it). Trying to find a recipe for the evening’s vegetarian option. It shall be curry, but which one?

10 a.m. Showered and dressed. How amazing are these tights?! I fully expected them to be ripped by the end of the evening, but they lived to see another wearing. Woo hoo!

11 a.m. Crushing biscuits, a.k.a wishing I owned a food processor!

12 noon. Melt chocolate, melt!

1 p.m. Taking a break from the kitchen to put together another box to be filled with things from the spare room.

2 p.m. Back to baking. Mixing flour and cocoa powder together.

3 p.m. The dairy-free chocolate and coconut cupcakes are out of the oven. Now they just need to cool so they can be frosted. Also, look at my fabulous new cupcake holders!

4 p.m. Switching to savoury food. Time to make cheese scones. (And immediately after taking that photo came the thought “Aaargh, it’s 4 p.m. and I haven’t even started peeling the potatoes for the curry yet!)

5 p.m. The potatoes are peeled and chopped, so I’ve decided to make a start on the chilli while I wait for Jan to return from the shops with the remaining curry ingredients.

6 p.m. Curry and chilli coming along nicely. (Please ignore the stack of dirty bowls in the background that I hadn’t got round to washing yet.)

7 p.m. First batch of sausage rolls done!

8 p.m. Moving things over to the table.

9 p.m. Finally everything’s ready (ages after our guests arrived)… let’s eat!

Aaaand that was it as far as photos are concerned. I didn’t get to bed until 3 a.m., but a photo an hour ended there. A very busy day, but the food was yummy! (I’m just glad the chosen date wasn’t the next day, otherwise this post would have consisted of 12 photos of half-packed boxes with different contents!)

You can see who else joined in this time on Jane’s and Louisa’s posts. Thanks for hosting, you two!


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A Photo an Hour: 21 February 2015

Yesterday I took part in A Photo an Hour, hosted by Jane from Is That You Darling? and Louisa from Duck in a Dress. Here are the results of my efforts.

11 a.m. A late start to the morning (but in my defence, I’d had a looong day the day before… and a long week for that matter!). First things first: a cup of tea is needed!

12 noon Doing a bit of cross stitch (actually, at this point I was unpicking. Yes, I messed up right at the beginning and had to start over)

1 p.m. A spot of lunch (brunch?) while looking for even more flat adverts to respond to. Jan took the tablet while I was fetching my camera and then wouldn’t give it back to me, so instead of a real estate website, you get a photo of my empty plate.

2 p.m. Wrapping a new home gift for a friend ready to take it to the post office.

3 p.m. Showered and dressed… aren’t my spotty tights fab?

4 p.m. Post office done, now to head home via the supermarket. I happened to be passing St Stephen’s Church at 4, and its chimes reminded me to take a photo so I decided it deserved to be the subject of said photo.

5 p.m. Time to wash some dishes. I’m ashamed to say that I was washing dishes from Thursday!

6 p.m. Sorting out some of my crafting supplies… a task that desperately needs doing so I can pack up the spare room read for the move.

7 p.m. Cracking some eggs to make omelets for tea.

8 p.m. Carrot and apple salad (it’s a German thing…)

9 p.m. (actually 9:30… I got distracted!). Cross stitching while watching TV.

11 p.m. I forgot to take a photo at 10! Not that it would have made much difference… still cross stitching. Working on the dreaded French knots of dooooom!

And actually forgetting to take a photo at 10 turned out quite well because it means I get to keep my symmetry. I went to bed after the news, which finished at 11:35, so there was no midnight photo.

So, that was my Saturday. Pretty boring! How was yours?

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