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Decking out your new pad

As I mentioned in a previous post, we have found an apartment that we are happy with and can probably afford in Stuttgart, but now comes the fun part: decorating.

I’m no Martha Stewart, but I definitely have ideas.

For example, the apartment has a great corner, perfect for an L-shaped sofa:

Cool sofa

I like the fact that you can store a few books or even put your tea into the arm of the sofa. This one is a little big and expensive, but it’s going in the right direction. The other alternative, of course, is to just get a regular sofa and buy some extra mattresses for our visitors, which we can store in the cellar.

We’re thinking about getting some second-hand furniture but the sofa definitely has to be new and ideally should be big enough for 2 people to comfortably sleep on in case we have visitors (ahem, right, Kokstars?).

I never really thought about how many options one is faced with when decking out their new place. We’ve been to Möbel Rieger, XXXL Gamerdinger and two other furniture stores looking at sofas, dining tables, sideboards, lighting options and only scratched the surface.

Led Mood Lighting

Also in terms of lighting, we’re going to go for LEDs in some places and ambient light. I’m looking forward to it all being finished, but first thing’s first. Secure the place and then the work begins. I shall update you on our progress and any tips are welcome!

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Experimental Kitchen: Martha Stewart Style

Each day we are posed with the same, nagging and somewhat difficult question: What should I make for dinner tonight?

Living away from home and not being treated by mum’s legendary cooking skills, this has become a daily struggle. Not that I’m complaining because I know I’ve got it good compared to many, and it also allows me to experiment and be creative in the kitchen. As we do nowadays, I turn to Google. I’ve used a number of sites and searched for recipes as well as used Apps but now I’m trying something else. I’m turning to Martha.

Recently I tried this recipe and it turned out really well. It was simple yet delicious and looked impressive. So here’s my slightly altered version.

Chicken breast stuffed with tomato, basil and mozzarella

Ingredients

Chicken breasts (at least 1 for each person) – Martha Stewart recommended to use chicken breast with bone but I used boneless and it was still juicy and tasty.

1 Mozarella ball (125g)

A handful of fresh basil leaves

Sundried tomato (approx. 4 slices – can be more)

1 fresh tomato

2 cloves of garlic

Olive oil

Juice of a lemon (fresh or from a bottle)

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220 C and line a tray with aluminium foil.

2. Use a sharp knife to cut a slit through the side of each breast. Carefully create pockets in the breasts for the filling.

3. Finely chop up the basil leaves, sundried tomato slices, garlic cloves and fresh tomato and garnish with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

4. Spoon the filling into the chicken breasts and insert a slice of mozzarella in each. Close the chicken breast pockets with toothpicks or metal sticks.

5. Arrange chicken breasts on the tray, rub/brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put in over for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

6. In the meantime, to create a sauce, heat up chopped up tomatoes from a can/carton and then stir in chopped up basil leaves and season to taste.

7. Serve with spaghetti noodles or cous cous.

Eat and enjoy!