Rose Macarons

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Macarons shell ingredients
120g ground almond
120g icing sugar
100g egg whites
125g caster sugar
30ml water
Pink food colouring

Rosewater buttercream ingredients
100g sugar
2 large egg white
150g butter (room temperature)
1 tablespoon rosewater

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Macarons shell

Sift almond powder and icing sugar together through a very fine sieve and set aside. It is important that you sift both of these ingredients because otherwise the macarons might not rise well.

Divide egg whites into two equal portions, 50g each. Pour the first portion of egg white and food colouring into the almond/icing sugar mixture but don’t stir yet.


Put the water and caster sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. When the syrup starts to boil, place the rest of egg white into a mixing bowl, using the whip attachment and whip the egg white to soft peak. When the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup bubbles a lot, take if off the heat and let it cool down until the bubbles slightly subside.


While the mixer is still running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl. Be careful not to pour syrup onto the whip as it might spatter. Continue mixing until the meringue cools down, so that the mixing bowl is warm to touch. The whipped egg white should be stiff and glossy.

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Mix a third of whipped egg white into the almond mixture and stir them together. Fold the rest of whipped egg white into the mixture and mix well, yet gently, until the batter is smooth and thick.

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Put the mixture into a piping bag. Pipe rows of circles (4cm diameter) onto non-stick baking sheets. Let the piped shells stand at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes until they are dry to touch without it sticking to your fingers.

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Just before baking, turn the temperature down to 150°C and bake the macarons for 15 minutes. Let the macarons cool down completely before removing them from the baking sheet. Then pipe buttercream onto one of the shells and stick the other one on.


Making rosewater buttercream

Place sugar and egg whites in a large bowl. Put the bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk continuously until the sugar is dissolved. The egg mixture will be quite thick and sticky.

Place the egg white mixture into an electric mixing bowl. Using whip attachment, whip the egg white on medium-high speed until it reaches stiff peak and is glossy. The meringue should be cool at this point.

Change to paddle attachment and contiune beating meringue at medium-high speed . While the motor is running, add small chunk of room temperature butter at a time. Continue adding all butter and keep beating until the butter is blended in and the buttercream is smooth. Put rosewater into buttercream and mix well to combine.

 

Waterfalls you must visit in Iceland

Chasing all the prettiest waterfalls in Iceland is a must when visiting the incredibly beautiful island. Iceland is one of the most incredible places I have ever been to. The vast stretches of untouched nature, the intense colors and the clarity of water and air create a humbling atmosphere that sets you back to the start of earth’s history. In the midst of this dramatic setting there are thousands of waterfalls. Some have become famous tourist attractions others are still hidden (however if you travel with Hidden Iceland you will even be lead to see the hidden ones).

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One of the more famous waterfalls to walk behind is Seljalandsfoss located on the South Coast. Make sure to bring your rain coat because there is no way you will stay dry.

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Another very popular one is Gullfoss. I would recommend combining this with the Snowmobile tour as the pickup for that is right by the Gullfoss parking lot.

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This hidden gem is impossible to find by yourself. Even after being there I could not find my way back. However once you arrive this ravine with more than twenty waterfalls magically draws you in. So please watch out not to step over the edge.

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This Waterfall, called Öxarárfoss, is located in Thingvellir National Park. The water is possibly the clearest in the world and I can only recommend combining it with the Silfra snorkeling or diving tour.

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Skógarfoss again is one of the most famous waterfalls – with tons of water coming down and the mist making you wet from a distance of more than 100m it is definitely worth visiting this incredible sight.

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Until very recently this was believed to be the highest waterfall in Iceland – with its cascade of 198m there was no spot from where you were able to see the whole thing. It is about a 3 hour hike and you have to cross a rather cold river. However, considering the views it is definitely worth it.

Avocado Club Berlin

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        – “YOU CAN’T MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY, YOUR NOT AN AVOCADO”

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Avocado Club is the #1 Spot to satisfy your avocado cravings in Berlin. Weather you want that healthy Smoothie Bowl or Salad, a Sandwich or even a Waffle there is some avocado goodness for everyone. I tried the Summer Rolls and the Grilled avocado halves and both were amazing! I am planning to come back to try the waffle and hopefully the rest of the menu.

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Not only is the Food amazing, but the place is beautiful. Pink decor and plants everywhere give a soft touch to the Berlin style concrete wall and wooden bar and make the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post.

Located in Friedrichshain it is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after visiting the Famous east side Gallery.

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Sylt – a perfect summer escape in northern Germany

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When summer comes along many Germans pull out their striped shirts, white pants and beach bag. It is all they need to travel to the very north of their home country and visit a small charming Island named Sylt. They rent out one of the reed covered houses and spend a relaxing week or three reading their books on the beach. I would highly recommend reserving a traditional Strandkorb – they are also very nice for pictures.

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If you want to continue reading your book in a different setting or want to catch up with friends I can recommend having a coffee and a slice of homemade cake at the Kupferkanne. Here your children can play catch while you sit in the enchanting garden in the midst of pine trees looking out to the sea.

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If you are craving a real lunch I can recommend ordering a Currywurst at Henry’s. The central location in Kampen makes this a great place to people-watch or to stop by after strolling to the shops.

Too lazy to leave the beach? You can also have a drink and lunch at the iconic Buhne 16. Here you can sit with you feet still in the sand while you wait for fresh Shrimps that were caught locally. You have to be quick though because they usually run out within an hour.

When you are done reading your books you can also be a bit more active. You can book a course at the Kiteschule Sylt. They offer surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP courses. They have great equipment and nice instructors but you should make sure that you are wearing neoprene shoes because chances are high that you may cut yourself otherwise.

After an early dinner you can go back to the beach to watch the sunset or go out to one of the bars – there is even a nightclub on the island.

 

 

 

Intro

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“the perfect match” – that is what you may think of when you look at these Photos. But we all know that pictures don’t tell the full story. In fact, the two of us are quite different. One could even call us opposites. And that may be exactly why we can (once we have gotten past all our differences) be the perfect match. However that is also why it took us quite a while to actually set up this Blog.

Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. We believe this famous quote to be true. Why is it that not all the things we dream become reality?

It’s simply because the quote does not say “If you can dream it, it will be done”. Instead, you actively have to work towards that dream. As we all know that once we wake up and start our busy days most of the dreams are already forgotten – people rarely remember what their dream was.

Starting this blog was an Idea we had quite a while ago, but there was just too much going on. Nevertheless, I have always believed in fairytales and thus never questioned anything Walt Disney has ever said, which meant, I did know that this Blog would exist eventually.

Philippa et Pauline aspires to become a blog that will further your dreams and fantasies and give you a  little something to think about here and there.