Monthly Archives: July 2013

Waterbiscuit @Intercontinental, Malta

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Oh my! How I’ve missed my poached egg for the last years. Being a foodie and lover of cooking I still haven’t managed to make them as nicely as my mum makes them. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories when she served my poached egg with spinach and tomatoes on toast to bed for my bday, the whole family sleepy and singing happy bday for me in the dark Austrian winter morning. Ahhh good sweet memories!

Anyways, I still love poached eggs but as I said never successfully made them in my own kitchen. Now there’s no more reason to moan about it. Finally a great bfast spot opened up its doors in Malta, straight at the Intercontinental hotel in Paceville.

First to say, their menu is pure joy to read. You can choose from a vast choice of eggs, especially versions of eggs Benedict (poached) which are their signature dish. Besides, there’s different sweet and savory dishes and a lovely choice of juices and smoothies. The staff is very professional and friendly – another big plus in Malta as its not always the case 😉 The design is simple and cool and the pricing is totally okay. Definitely not the last time we’ve been there!

The only little downside was their spinach cucumber celery juice which got me really excited when I spotted it in the menu. They use lots of ice with it,more like a smoothie – not really a juice from my point of view. There seems to be a different understanding of the management about it (had a nice discussion with the bartender who tried to explain and really tried hard :). Anyways, you’re better off with the beet root mint juice which is a real juice and absolutely lovely!

Many happy bfasts, lovely people!
xxNadine

Our favorite morning muesli mix

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What do you eat as your first meal of the day? Nothing? Coffee? A quick croissant on the way to work or a pre-made sandwich from the corner shop? Well, we’ve all been there and I’m not saying that a nice, lavish brunch should generally be banned. But: on an everyday basis we try to start our day healthily. Sure, it has to be quick – I fully agree. But it should also give me a boost for the day and do my body something good 🙂 Therefore me and my lovely have created our very own special muesli mix.

Since my last detox I kept on eating oats for breakfast. The contain a lot of fibre and keep the guts working (pssst! – that’s also good for people whose bowls don’t move enough if you know what I mean). Besides, they have ton of other health benefits which you can read here and if you wish you can also get them gluten free. In addition to the oats we mix lots of other yummy ingredients and super foods which surely all heard of like chia seeds, goji berries, maca powder, cacao nibs and so on. Just choose what you like and play with different combinations!

To keep it simple in the mornings, we just prepare a recycled box or big jar of our special bfast muesli mix and keep it ready in the drawer. Like this you only have to get your bowl, take a few table spoons of the muesli mix and top it up with hot water or dairy free milk like coconut or almond milk before you have your shower. You can also put it on the hob for a couple of minutes then it’s creamier like a porridge. Chop up a piece of fresh fruit or two (we like apple, fresh Maltese peaches or nectarines, pomegranate or whatever you get locally and is in season) and either cook it with the muesli or use it as a topping. Add a tiny bit of oil to get the best out of your ingredients and mix it. Then take your time to get ready for the day – in the meantime the muesli mix can soak up the liquid. You can also do that over night -that’s what everyone calls “overnight oats”.
If you do it fresh in the morning it sometimes soaks up so quickly that you have to add a tiny bit more liquid. By the time you’re ready, your muesli will be perfect to enjoy and give you the best start to the day! If you’re in a total rush you can also just put it in a jar and simply take it with you. Easy peasy 🙂

So far, all our guests fell in love with it – so we thought it’s time to write up the recipe!
(for our German speaking friends I chose the photo with the original handwritten recipe)

Our special muesli mix

What you need….
(amounts depending on the size of your box, play with it!)

  • Oats (about 50%, that’s the base)
  • Chia seeds
  • Whole almonds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Dried cranberries, mulberries, apple etc. (whatever you have and like)

Possible superfood additions

  • Cacao nibs
  • Maca powder
  • Baobab powder
  • Bee pollen

Possible toppings:

  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes
  • Raw cacao powder

At the very end:

  • A tiny bit of oil (I use cold pressed flax seed oil cause of the great amounts of omega 3 but you can also use coconut which tastes much nicer 😉
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hot water or dairy free milk

What to do…

Mix all ingredients in a big box or jar (apart from the toppings). When you wanna make it, take out a few table spoons per person (seems little but soaks up nicely), top it up with hot water or dairy free milk, let it stand for a bit (10min minimum, no maximum) and finally add some fruit, a drizzle of oil and toppings of your choice.
If you make a warm version, which is lovely in winter, throw it all in a little pot and let it cook gently for a few minutes – warm bfast here we come!

As I said, play with the ingredients – you can add or skip stuff and see what you like best. Only the oats I wouldn’t skip as they are the base for a nicely creamy comfort muesli.

Enjoy and have some great energetic mornings!

Love, N xx