spaghetti with prawns and zucchini

On Sundays I like to stay at home. I usually wake up early, make myself some breakfast and after I go for a run. When I'm home again I take a long shower and cook something for lunch. Today I made this easy spaghetti dish.
During the week, I don't have that much time to cook. I eat a lot of salads, wraps or a sandwich. Things that are healthy but also easy to bring to work. So I really enjoy it when I have time to try out new things in the kitchen.

~ spaghetti with prawns and zucchini ~

for 1 person

80g whole wheat spaghetti
1 medium zucchini
100g frozen or fresh prawns 
2 gloves garlic
fresh parsley
olive oil

Chop the zucchini and the garlic. In a bowl, mix the prawns, zucchini, garlic, pepper, paprika and a little olive oil. Set aside for about 10 - 15 minutes (the longer, the better). In the meantime chop the parsley and heat up  the water for the spaghettis. When the water boils, add the spaghetti and cook for about 10 minutes or until al dente. 

Use a large skillet to sauté the prawns and zucchini. Add the spaghetti to the prawns and mix it. If they are to dry just add a little bit of the spaghetti water.

Top it with the fresh parsley and then bon appétit.

banana almond muffins

I made those muffins at 7 o'clock on saturday morning. I woke up that early because I wanted to go for a run before I visit my grandparents over the weekend. Sadly I woke up with a toothache, one of my wisdom teeth is peeking trough and currently I look like a little hamster. So no morning run for me, instead I decided to make some little treats for my grandparents - and of course for myself :).

~ banana almond muffins ~

There were some over ripe bananas in my fridge which I wanted to use. I added almonds for the crunch and some raisins for extra sweetness.

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds

3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 egg
handful of raisins
2 tablespoons honey

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mash the bananas with a fork, add the egg and stir until combined. Then, in a small pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Mix it with the honey and then with the egg/banana mixture. Add the raisins and slowly add it to the dry ingredients and stir well.

Line a muffin tray and top the muffins with some sliced almonds. Bake at 356F degrees (180°C) for about 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

"Dreikönigs Kuchen" - Kings Cake

On january the 6th we celebrate the "Dreikönigs-Tag". Actually its a christian holiday but for most of the people in Switzerland celebrate  this day, means buy or bake a Kings Cake and crown the king or queen of the family.

In my family we celebrated this day every year with a homemade cake from my mum. The person who found the little plastic king in their slice of cake was the king or queen for that day. I really really like this cake, so this year I made one for my family.

~ "Dreikönigs Kuchen" - Kings Cake ~

The cake is more like a bread, its made out of sweet yeast dough with raisins. You could also use chocolate chips instead of raisins or any other dried or crystallized fruits. I didn't have a little plastic king, so I used an almond instead. So we are going to crown the "almond king" today :)

For the dough:
60g butter
500g pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
100g sugar
20g fresh yeast
2.25 dl milk
1 egg
50g raisins

For the decoration:
coarse sugar
flaked almonds
1 egg
1 almond

Melt the butter in a little pan.. Mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Make a little hole in the middle and add the egg and melted butter. Then dissolve the yeast in the milk and add it to the dough. Stir only a little bit, so that everthing just comes together. Add the raisins and knead until you get a smooth and soft dough.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest for about 2 hours.
Take a 280g piece of dough and form a big ball. This will be the middle part of your Kings Cake. With the remaining dough, form 8 little balls and place them around the big one. Place the almond in one of them. Leave a little space between each of them, the dough will enlarge in the oven. Cover your cake again with a damp towel and let it rest for another half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 374F degrees (190°C). Whisk the egg and brush it on the cake then sprinkle the top with the coarse sugar and the flaked almonds. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.