Art & Craft // Tees

Hey everyone!

I just hit the home stretch of my apprenticeship as a confectioner and am stuck in my studies with exams, papers and presentations up to my chin. What an exciting time! In less than 3 months everything will be over.

Even more exciting is the fact that I will have to decide what to do (and where to go) next. You probably remember me saying that “in 2013 I’ll go back to New Zealand”. Well. It is the year of 2013 now. And I’m reeeeaaallly homesick. And get even more homesick when project like the following remind me of how lovely the Kiwis are.

Look at these lovely shirts:

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They were designed to celebrate the hot and sunny summer of 2012/2013 (which is the reason why Germany/middle-Europe had such a crappy winter, thank you very much!) and only a true Kiwi or a person who knows and understands Kiwi humour can get the message when looking at the “Beehive” popsicle or the bee… I love it!

The first and the second are my favourites. Which one do you like best? Anyway, they totally deserve to be posted in the Art & Craft category, don’t you think?!

I’ve been thinking a lot about New Zealand and about all these things I love about the Kiwis lately (good music, good coffee, awesome personalities…) but sadly it looks as if it’s going to take a little longer than expected before I get back. Hm.

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March Wrap-up

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been lately. Let me explain.

There are a few reasons for my absence from coffeerocketfairytale. One is the new Bon Jovi record, of course. It came out within the first week of March and I’ve been listening to nothing else since. I love it (even though I have to admit that it takes some time for me to get used to some of the songs – but once I’ve listened to them a couple of times, I’m madly in love. It always goes like this.)

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Next reason – I have been job hunting like mad. I’ve been dying to tell you this and now that it’s somewhat “official” I can finally share the news with you. My final exams start in May and go through till July, which means I’ll have to get myself a new job until August 1. Actually, I could stay at the bakery where I’m currently working – they offered me a job, yay! – but I’m dying to gain new experience and see new places. I would love to work in a hotel so I’m currently running from one job interview to another and I’m quite positive that in the end everything will turn out just right.

Finally, I have even more exciting news for you: I’m currently working on a new project I am really excited about. You’ve probably realised that during the past year, I had more and more recipes of cakes and other sweet things published here on coffeerocketfairytale. I never wanted this to be a food blog, though. Coffeerocketfairytale is my personal blog where I write about everything I like – my hobbies, things I come across and everything I like. No need to change that. But at the same time, the desire to start a food blog – solely about baking – grew and I’m happy to announce that the day has come. As of today, there is a little corner on the internet where you can find all my recipes (soon) all in one place.

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But there is even more to it. You might be surprised to find out that Zimtzauber & Zuckernebel is entirely written in German. I’m currently working on a way to get relevant recipes or articles delivered to you in English (without writing every article in both languages, because I did that before on my aotearoablog and it’s really a pain…). Also, I’m trying out Blogger, as you can see. Simply because I’m curios.

Apart from Nana’s 80th birthday which I haven’t talked about (and which kept me pretty occupied in terms of organisation and all) that’s about it. I don’t think any of the other things that kept me busy (work, school, exams and work again) would be of interest to you. And this wrap-up is long enough, I suppose.

What have you been up to lately?

Art & Craft // 13.2 | WEEKEND WIND UP #72

1 // This: 

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{via: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m08eohhSGa1r5czf5o1_500.jpg – artist unknown – let me know if you know anything!}

2 // The art works of Hossam Hassan. This one reminds me of India for some reason (and of two of my Kiwi friends who currently spend a few months there): 

3 // Another amazing collage called “Dove”. So amazing: 

2012 in books

When the world didn’t come to an end (12/12/12, remember?), I made a promise to you guys to show you my favourite reads of the past year.

And, quick look on the calendar – EEK! It’s February already and I still haven’t shared my favourite books with you. That’s shoking!

So without any further a-do, here they are: my five favourite reads of 2012.

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I read soooo many good books in 2012, so naturally, picking the five best books wasn’t an easy choice. Also, if I had to decide on  THE best, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one it was. They were all really good, each in it’s very unique way, all 3475 of them. (Just kidding, I made that one up. Honestly, I didn’t count, but there was always something good to read…)

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This one, “Traumsplitter” is actually written by a German author, Tanja Heitmann, and unfortunately I’m not sure if translations into English or other languages actually exist, but if you speak German, I can strongly recommend this one to you. It’s the story of a young woman who has lived in Australia most of her life. When she turns 23 she decides to go back to the little village in North Germany, where the family originated from. She wants to refurbish her auntie’s mansion and gets help from a rather good-looking guy she is immediately attracted to. What she doesn’t know is that he has the ability to infiltrate her dreams. He walks right into her dreams at night – and this is when the story developes into a fast-paced mystery thriller.

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“Tote Paten küssen besser” or “Don of the Dead” by Casey Daniels is another book that plays with mysterious, paranormal elements, when Pepper Martin – an ex-rich girl with no work experience whatsoever – is forced to take on a job as a tour guide on the local cementery where she bumps into the ghost of a mafia boss who died thirty-odd years ago. Get ready for a turbulent, funny and surprising story.

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“Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” – in German “Dash & Lilys Winterwunder” (which translates into “Dash & Lily’s winter wonder” which is also quite suitable, actually) – is my all-time favourite Christmas book. I never enjoyed seasonal-themed books much because I usually want to read the storys all year round and then get annoyed when lying at the pool, reading about snow and ice in December. But this book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan changed everything. It’s about a girl (Lily) who leaves a notebook with instructions to the finder at her favourite bookstore. A boy (Dash) finds the book, follows the instructions and decided to start a game, writing down his instructions to Lily. The book goes back and forth between the two of them and every time the book changes it location, the main characters explore another part of New York City at Christmas time. Amazing. Simply amazing.

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This might as well be one of the very best books I have read in a while. Top of the range. The icing on the cake, the cherry on top of the cupcake, the edible gold glitter on top of the torte. “Nachricht von dir” (original: “L‘appel de l‘ange”; englisch: “Call by an angel”) by French author Guillaume Musso is the best deal you can get, so to speak. It has everything. An intriguing start when two people (who don’t seem to like each other when they first meet) accidentally swap their cellphones when bumping into each other at a busy airport. Madeline is back in Paris, France, Jonathan at home in San Francisco, US, when they realise what happened. And this is when the story quickly turns from what could be a really cheesy love story into a breath-taking, suspense-packed criminal novel. Think about this: what if a stranger gains insight into your best-kept secrets? What if he/she gains access to your best-hidden documents? One word: brilliant.

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This little beauty – a signed copy of “Cut & Run” – is one I manage to get my hands on at the Frankfurt Book Fair in autumn last year. Alix Bosco is actually the pseudonym of Kiwi writer Greg McGee – just in case you wondered about the two autographs. This is another great criminal novel (you know, I just love thrilling reads). To be honest, even if it were a shitty book I’d probably love it, simply for the fact that the story is set in New Zealand. Luckily, it has not only a beautiful setting, but also a brilliant story line, so if you’re looking for another extraordinary novel, this could be it.

Well, I guess those were my five favourite reads of 2012 and I hope you enjoyed the brief over-view I tried to give you. I realise these were no proper reviews but writing reviews wasn’t what I had planned anyway because reviews only make sense to me if you’re talking about a brand-new book. Anway, I always look for new reading material and I would love to read about some of your favourite books (of the last year, the last month, the last weekend…) below!

Currently obsessed with…

1. Monkey Island – I really don’t know what took me so long to get the Special Edition for Playstation 3, but I got it the week before last and I’ve been hooked since. It’s like having one never-ending déjà-vu… I used to watch my older brother play it 13 years ago so when I play it now it’s a bit like travelling back in time. Amazing.

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2. Knitting – Totally re-discovered needlework and at the moment, it’s knitting. I try to teach myself how to knit socks using four and five needles.

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Oreo Cupcakes reloaded

You know, I’m a sucker for Oreos. And cupcakes. And Oreo cupcakes, naturally. But I’ve made Oreo cupcakes before, so this time I thought I’d bring the experience to a new level. Oreo cupcakes reloaded, basically.

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The result is a white vanilla-flavoured cake with crunchy classic Oreo bits in it, topped with a dark chocolate ganache and finished off with white Oreos. Heavenly, I say.

Since I’m such a generous person, I thought I’d share the love – here is how I made these delicious treats:

White Oreo Cupcakes Supreme

130 g flour
130 g super-fine white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
40 g butter

Mix the dry ingredients and the butter in a free-standing mixer with paddle attachement. Add:

60 ml milk

and continue beating on low speed for a few more seconds. In a seperate bowl, mix

70 ml milk
1 egg
~ 5 g vanilla essence

Pour this mix into the flour/sugar mix and beat on low speed until you get a smooth consistency. Make sure not to over-beat! Fill the mixture into a prepared cupcake/muffin tin (you can use paper cases, if you like). Cut

8 classic Oreos

in quarters, sprinkle on top of your cupcakes and bake at 165°C for about 20-25 minutes.

For the topping, I used the same ganache recipe like last time (200 g cream, 125 g dark chocolate 70%). For more detailed directions, please have a look here. Use a pastry bag with a star-nozzle to decorate the cupcakes and stick White chocolate Oreo halves on top of each cupcake. Serve, make your guests (and yourself) smile and enjoy!

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Currently obsessed with… | WEEKEND WIND UP #63

Once again I’d like to show you the things I madly love at the moment. (We should really make this a category on the blog, don’t you think?)

So, here we go, currently, I’m obsessed with…

1. Matching movie and ice cream duos. Like Casablanca, the movie and Casablanca, the ice cream. 

{Remember last year when I got all crazy about Doctor Zhivago?}

2. Cavo

{Listening to their new record ALL THE TIME!}

3. Bluntcards/ecards – they’re just so perfectly… blunt. ^^

A coffee fairytale…

… of some sort.

This blog is called coffeerocketfairytale for a reason and it’s been a while since we last talked about my favourite hot beverage, right? (Oh my God, last time coffee played a role on coffeerocketfairytale was actually at Christmas time!!! Eeek!) 

So without further ado, have a look at this fabulous chart created by the amazing people of Happy To Serve You:

For the odd paranoid reader here (yeah, I have to admit, that sometimes includes myself, too): If you follow THIS link you will find quite a handy website that will (hopefully) destroy all your remaining concerns in terms of how harmful coffee can be.

In fact, it will tell you, how much caffeine you would have to take in before you die. Fun, aye?

If you still can’t get enough and want to know more about…

…click either on the image above or follow THIS link and you’ll end up looking at a beautiful chart created by The Oatmeal that will provide you with yet more information about the liquid brown gold as I like to call it.

Sorry to leave you, but I have a déjà-brew right now. The feeling that I had this coffee before. 🙂

One Night Love Affair

Imagine that: Me, sound asleep in my bed, enjoying a wonderful afternoon nap (didn’t get enough sleep last night, but let’s talk about this later) and nice dreams – then my phone rings.

I jump out of bed, now wide awake, as you are the first 30 seconds when are being rudely awakened, and answer the phone.

There goes the operator: “Hello. Someone tries to call you from abroad and asks you to pay for the call. It will cost you…”

No further information on who would call and from which country they are.

What the heck? I just hung up and tossed the phone away ’cause this computer-generated message had rip-off written all over it. Well, not literally “written”, but you get what I mean, right?

But once I actually started to wake up (like, really wake up as opposed to ‘being awake’ as in ‘not asleep’) I began to wonder.

After all, I had never had a phone call from abroad other than on Skype. So what if there are computer-voiced operators who tell you nothing but the amount of money you have to pay to take the call, nowadays?

(And what if it was something important? Like Hollywood wanting to buy the rights to turn my life into a movie? Or Bollywood, while we’re at it…)

Aaaaanyways – to cut the long story short: I just wanted to check with you guys that none of you actually just used the good old telephone to reach me this arvo. (Just making sure I didn’t dismiss the chance to talk to you.)

Now let’s move on to the subject of why I didn’t get enough sleep last night.

The reason is Canadian and puts on awesome life shows.

I’m talking about Bryan Adams.

Mum and I went to see his show in Stuttgart last night and believe me if I say it was one hell of a night.

He might be-…… Oh my God, as I’m typing this, I just realised they used my photo (the one I shared on Instagram/Twitter shortly after the show last night) in the tour diary on the official BA website. Without picture credit. But it’s mine. It’s mine.

See, here it is again. Same thing.

Actually, I’m quite proud. Yesterday I was featured on the big screen with one of my tweets (with byline), today there is my pic. Oh my God.

Yeah, sorry, I realise I’m totally slipping off into rambling-mode here, but I am actually a little bit taken aback right now.

Somewhere in between anger (copyright infringement? No, not really, but it would have been nice to have my name there so that people know that I have taken the pic) and proud and happiness.

Yay. They posted my pic!

Actually… he’d better make sure they give me credit. I’m an entertainment journalist. I could totally ruin him.

Naaahhh… wouldn’t do that. 🙂 His show was too awesome for me to do him any harm. I love music.

Currently obsessed with…

Following this week’s “Currently shocked because of…” post, I now feel obliged to tell you what I’m currently crazy about.

Currently, I’m obsessed with…

1. Drake’s Deception – I grew up with Tomb Raider (that was shortly after my Lemmings phase, you know) so naturally I’m no stranger to PS adventures. My brother just recently lent me Nathan Drake’s third PS3 adventure and I just can’t stop playing it. {By the way, according to a comment on Pinterest, Nathan Drake is “sometimes described as a Ben Affleck action stunt double but without the dickyness” – I wonder what Ben Affleck has say to this statement…)

2. You Found Me – I just recently saw a music documentary in which The Fray performed this song and now I got it stuck in my head for days. “Lost and insecure… you found me… you found me…” Okay, okay, I’ll stop torturing you with my singing voice now.

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