OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are back. We made it back from another world filled with Italian ice cream, sunshine and walks along the beach.

We started from home Friday afternoon. With blue sky and sunshine. We boarded the plane with direction Amsterdam, got ready and – nothing happened. The cargo software in Amsterdam wasn’t working and the flight deck had to use it’s grey mass to figure out the weight of our plane. That took them over half an hour but then we were airborne and made it to Amsterdam with just a 15min delay. Have you ever seen someone sprinting over an airport pushing a stroller? -No, well that Friday you would have seen me. Our munchkin thought it was fun and giggled.  Just a few minutes later we boarded the next plane with direction Nice. They flew a loop and then along the beach promenade of the Rivera with all its lights. That was just amazing and we had only 14C which felt like summer. 🙂

Our first full day in Nice started out with a nice breakfast and a cloudy sky. Our friend who we were supposed to meet gave us an update on the weather: rain and later storm. GREAT!

But then I found a hairdresser and tried to get a decent haircut with almost no French. The best part was, we managed somehow. The French lady and I. Wohoo! And it cost only 15Euro. M&m strolled around while my hair got trimmed and when I left the place my hair was shorter and it was raining. We started to walk into the direction where we were supposed to meet our friend and by the time we arrived there, FINALLY, we were soaking wet, munchkin had a wet sock and the cafe didn’t open for another half an hour. Bohoo. We took shelter in a bakery until the cafe opened, where we talked and talked, ate dairyfree treats (the brownies were really odd! M…when are you preparing those brownies?!) and dried out. Our friends went later with us to the area of the Garibaldi square where we ate Socca, a pan cake like flat bread made from chickpea flour and eaten with a lot of pepper. We all loved it but m didn’t get any pepper on his pieces.

Did I mention that we were wet again by the time we arrived at the Socca place? -No? -Well we were and the rain just got harder and harder. Eventually we split and headed back the hotel but the walk there was wet. In the end our shoes were wet, really wet, our jeans were soak wet and M’s iPhone died due to the increased humidity.

On Sunday we had to survive another adventure. We went by train to Monte Carlo. Since there weren’t any lifts to get down and then up again on the platforms, we used the escalator. Unfortunately the fat lady in front of us had decided to fall and not try to get up by herself again. So, I had Theo in his stroller and piled up on her. But M was fast as lightning, hopped over the middle handrail and pushed the “stop” button. The handle of our stroller got shredded, I had dog poop all over me (the womans suitcase was full with it) and M had hurt his elbow when jumping over the railing. Wet wipes helped against the poop, the little one was in a good mood like usual and the weather so wonderful. So we climbed on the train and just 25min later we climbed out of it to see Monte Carlo.


We visited the oceanographic museum and the exotic garden. The museum had a huge aquarium, actually a few aquariums, baby sharks could be petted and the tortoises on the roof too.

Sharks which could be touched

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALa Gelateria in Monte Carlo serves wonderful creamy and soft ice cream and if you would ask our munchkin which sorts he prefers, his answer would be pistachio.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Monday the nice weather continued and we used the time to walk along the beach, stroll through the big park in the middle of the city which is the border between the old and the new Nice, eat ice cream, sun bathe on the roof terrace of our hotel and then meet our friends for dinner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy birthday cake 🙂 a lemon tart with meringue

IMG_0327 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur lunch: open Piadina with caprese salad and a 4 formaggi PiadinaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfternoon cakeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASomebody got tired from the swim in the pool on the roof terraceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIce cream in Nice

20140328-122427.jpg 20140328-122418.jpg 20140328-122437.jpg 20140328-122323.jpgOur hotel pool on top of the roof.

20140328-122338.jpg 20140328-122351.jpgAfter that we came back to a couple of very full days and finally it’s weekend. 🙂 This weekend a couple of friends are coming over for breakfast with airy ricotta lime pancakes and waffles. Soon I’m off with munchkin to get the groceries and with his help I’m going to prepare a lemon cake with lemon icing. Sounds good and tastes fantastic!

But before we left for Nice last week we cooked a couple of things up here too. I made wraps filled with guacamole, fried salmon and salad, flour tortillas and M prepared Quesadillas which I love so much.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHomemade flour tortillas (about 12 tortillas)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1.5 cups water
  • In a bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder together, then add the margarine and crumble it until it’s coarse like polenta flour. Add the water and knead it for about 5 min until you have gotten an even and elastic dough.


  • Divide into 12 equal pieces and roll balls out of each piece. Cover with cling film that they don’t dry out while you are rolling the others out.


  • Then on a lightly floured surface roll each ball out to a very thin flat round. Fry each round in a dry medium hot cast iron pan for 10-15secs on each side. Be careful they burn easily.


  • In a clean plastic bag set a cooling rack with a tea towel on top. Put each tortillas after frying between the tea towel to keep them elastic until you use them.
  • The left over ones can be frozen for later.

Wraps filled with guacamole and fried salmon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI prepared those before I’d made those flour tortillas so I used store bought tortillas.

Our guacamole which M likes too (enough for 4 wraps):

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • a few squirts of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • fresh cilandro, cayenne, salt and cumin
  • fresh vegetables, rinsed and sliced thinlyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • fried salmon


  • Mash the avocado with a fork until it’s fine enough for you and add the sour cream and lime juice. Taste it before it gets too sour. Season it with the spices and the cilantro.
  • Have your tortillas laying in front of you and spread on each half of each them the guacamole thin.  Continue with your veggies e.g. carrots, cucumber thinly sliced, ice berg salad rinsed and dried. After that continue with a piece of fried salmon and cover it with e.g. some stronger cheese like Feta.


  • Then roll them, first half way, then fold the lower part up and roll until the end. Wrap each maybe in a napkin / kitchen paper to hold them better together.


Quesadillas with bean spread

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABean spread adapted from Otto Lenghi, Plenty (enough for 4 quesadillas)

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • a few squirts of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • fresh cilantro, cayenne, salt, cumin
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into small chunks
  • shredded cheese
  • a few chunks of Feta cheese
  • Have all your bean spread ingredients in a food processer and blend well. Season carefully with the salt and don’t forget that the Feta cheese is pretty salty too.
  • Take one Tortillas and spread on half of it bean spread, top with some chunk of bell pepper, followed by a few leafs of fresh cilantro, then the Feta cheese and the shredded cheese. Fold the empty side over and fry in a panini grill.


Ready to be fried



Otherwise we prepared toast bread with whole wheat flour and pizza baked on the stone.






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