Graduation Weekend 1.0

by Antonia on July 10, 2014

Last weekend was a very special one for my family as it was my sister’s graduation. More than a year after submitting her thesis, she officially became Dr. Christina on Friday. I’m so incredibly proud of her and all her achievements and she keeps inspiring me to be just as hard of a worker.

Another exciting reason why the weekend was so special to me, is that it was one of those rare weekends where the whole family got together. The fact that our little reunion happened to be in London made it all the more special. Mo and I flew in from Munich after work on Thursday and met up with Alex and Christina for drinks and dinner at the South Bank. Friday was filled with celebrating, eating, more celebrating and my favorite musical (hint: “hakuna matata”). Unfortunately, Alex had to fly to Italy for a friend’s wedding that evening so he could only join for a part of the festivities, but it was nonetheless nice to be together, while it lasted.

Our trip concluded with a family shopping session on Saturday, from which I have yet to recover.

Because I’m currently working on improving my editing & video making skills, I decided to film the whole shindig and share the highlights with you all. If you like, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. There’s not a lot to see yet (I’ve only posted 10 videos so far), but I’m currently working on a few new recipe videos and from time to time I’ll be posting personal and lifestyle videos.

I don’t mean to leave you with a cliffhanger but Graduation Weekend 2.0 will be posted soon. I wonder who’s graduating next….If you really can’t wait to find out, you can follow me on instagram and facebook.

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Wiener Schnitzel {Video Recipe}

by Antonia on July 2, 2014

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Don’t you think it’s funny how there’s certain comfort meals that everyone likes, meals that bring the whole family around the table , meals that even kids will eat, meals that are a joy to prepare and even more so, to devour. In my family Wiener Schnitzel, Viennese Schnitzel, is just that. It’s, hand down, the most requested meal at home and simply one of the best things ever.

My sister, who only comes home about twice a year always sends a list of requested meals before she arrives so my mom can take care of the shopping. Not so surprisingly, Schnitzel is always on top of the list and I don’t blame her.

I couldn’t quite believe that I had never posted the recipe for this before, especially considering how often I’m having this, particularly last month. It’s sort of become a weekly staple in my diet as I’m making up for the many months where I couldn’t get this.

It’s really not a difficult dish to make, but I still thought that I’d film a short video to show you the whole cooking process. Once again the editing process was quite disastrous and I couldn’t have done it without my helper, Mo. A big thank you also goes out to my mom who starred in the video.

 

Hope you enjoy the video and I can’t wait to film another one soon!

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[read on for the recipe...]

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It’s only been a few weeks since I started working full-time and my mornings are already chaotic in between getting ready for work, going to the gym, prepping breakfast and getting to work on time. Luckily for me, we have flexible working hours which means I can basically come and go as I please, as long as I get my work done. If you ask me, it’s pure luxury, especially during the warmer summer months when absolutely nobody has the desire to stay at the office until 7pm. However, to be able to leave work at a decent time I need to arrive early, which means my morning has to  be somewhat organized.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve discovered that, in order to be able to head to the gym before work, my breakfast needs a bit of thought and prep. At 5.30 in the morning every minute is valuable and of course I’d rather get an extra few minutes of much needed beauty sleep than having to wake up early. On the other hand, I don’t always want to spend my whole evening prepping food, clothes, make-up, work stuff, etc. for the next day. That’s why I’ve gathered a few ideas on prepping for work and healthy, quick and on-the-go breakfast ideas for those who, like me, are new to the hectic world of having a 9-5 job and  are pressed for time in the early morning hours.

Save time where you can

I tend to be most forgetful in the mornings and there have been times when in the midst of my morning haze, I have  forgotten to pack parts of my work outfit or shoes in my gym bag. That’s why I now make it a rule to prepare my work clothes {this includes jewelry and shoes} the night before. I pack everything directly into my gym bag. In the mornings when I get dressed, I immediately wear my workout clothes and only need to grab my prepared gym bag.

Buy makeup and shower essentials twice

If you’re like me and you’re used to living out of your suitcase {#storyofmylife} then it shouldn’t be a problem to have all your makeup and beauty essentials in on-the-go makeup bags. I simply take what I have and throw it into my gym bag. However, if you like having your makeup and perfume collection neatly arranged on your makeup table at home {how I wish I had such a thing!} then it might be handy to have an extra set of essentials that you simply can’t live without: shower gel, shampoo, perhaps your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer, mascara and eyeliner and perfume. If you have a small “gym-only” makeup bag, you’re less likely to forget things at home and it prevents additional hassle in the morning.

Refueling the energy tank

No matter if I head out for an early morning run or stop by the gym before work, I make sure to have breakfast as soon I get to work. If I feel hungry before my workout I might have half a banana, but no matter what, when I arrive at work, which usually is sometime between 8.15 and 8.30am I need a proper breakfast and coffee.

I’m lucky that there’s an “all you can drink” coffee machine at work so I don’t have to grab a coffee-to-go on the way, but I still have to think about breakfast. Here’s some ideas of things I’ve been loving lately.

  • Oat So Simple: I know instant oatmeal isn’t the healthiest options out there, but considering the little time it requires to prepare, it’s actually a decent and filling option. The unflavored variety only contains oats and usually one stabilizer which helps prevent the porridge from over-boiling. I’m not the biggest fan of the flavored varieties, so I add the flavor myself by bringing a small container of berries or keeping honey or maple syrup in my desk drawer at work.

  • Homemade Cereal: If you have a few minutes to spare in the morning and want something filling, healthy and delicious then this healthy breakfast might be something for you. I’ve already tried a few variations of this homemade cereal and it requires only a few seconds of pulsing in the food processor. Definitely a healthy option for everyone who wants maximum nutrition with little active cooking time. For additional recipes and healthy living tips be sure to check out Natural Balance Foods {this avocado chocolate mousse is calling my name!}

  • Banana with nut butters: This is one of my favorite pre-workout snacks, and I love it just as much as a post-workout breakfast. It’s not quite as filling as oatmeal, but will do the job of tiding me over till lunch just fine. Again, all you need to bring is a banana, and you can keep a small jar of nut butter in the office.

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  • Energy bars: When you’re really pressed for time and don’t have a second to sit down because of meetings, appointments, etc. then healthy breakfast bars might be an option for you. Try not to go for the super-sugary kinds, but rather for something that’s well balanced. My favorite energy bars are Nakd bars, LarabarsClif and Luna bars.

  • Overnight oats: This is an oldie but goodie. I don’t think this needs a lot explanation. It’s basically overnight-soaked oats with yoghurt and fruit. This can be prepared in a small plastic container or glass jar at night and can be thrown into your gym bag before you head out in the morning. Apart from it being super delicious, there are an endless amount of flavor variations you can try out so things will never get boring. For recipe inspiration check out Kath’s recipe roundup {accompanied by mouthwatering pictures}.

I’m definitely looking forward to trying out a few new recipes for quick on-the-go breakfasts, but for now, I hope this post was helpful.

Just out of curiosity, what kind of breakfast do you bring to work after a trip to the gym?

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Asparagus Rice Tart {gluten-free}

June 19, 2014

I’m so excited to finally share the recipe for this asparagus tart with you. I tested the recipe and took the pictures a very long time ago, when I was back at home in Austria over Easter. Yup, you heard me right….Easter! I think it’s never taken me this long to type up a post, […]

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Summer Weekend in Austria {video}

June 12, 2014

I hope everyone’s having a great week. After a long weekend at home it doesn’t feel like Thursday at all,  but I’m certainly not complaining. I had plans to work on some recipes and posts over the weekend, but then the weather was just too nice…and by nice I mean hot and by hot I […]

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May in Instagrams

June 4, 2014

Guess what? I’m back! I’m really sorry for the lack of posts last month but Uni kind of got in the way. The good thing is, I’m now officially done with my exams. I had my viva last week and spent a long, fun-filled weekend with friends that came to visit. To celebrate the end […]

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Chocolate Fondants {…and a bit of news}

May 2, 2014

When bloggers use the words “news” in post titles it usually has to do with a cookbook that they’re writing or a an engagement. None of that applies to me, but I still have exciting news, which explains why I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere last month. I feel like I’ve been the […]

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Linz Half-Marathon {Race Recap}

April 7, 2014

Yesterday I ran my first race of the year! The half-marathon in Linz, Austria {my hometown} is something like a standing appointment {you can read about last year’s half-marathon here, and the 2012 quarter marathon here}. It’s usually the first race of the season, so  it’s a great way to see how my fitness has […]

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Chocolate Chunk Muffins

March 31, 2014

I’m quite certain that I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t do a lot of baking when I’m away at University. It’s not because I don’t have the time, because frankly, most of my recipes really don’t require that much time or effort. It’s more because of the lack of tools and ingredients. Grocery shopping […]

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Triathlons –The Ultimate Fitness Challenge

March 27, 2014

{Source} We all know that feeling of doing something over and over again, to the point where it gets slightly less exciting and tedious. For me, half-marathon training can have just that effect. I love running, but waking up in the morning knowing that I have to do a 18km trainings run can sometimes put […]

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