Sometimes you just need cake. Without an actual event calling for it. Which is how I felt last weekend – I just wanted to bake a beautiful cake, layered with something creamy and fruity, topped with something sprinkly and full of ingredients I can deal with (so no dairy and no wheat). The result was a spin-off of my banana bread recipe in combination with some whipped rice cream mixed with a raspberries and vanilla…and I dare say the result turned out beautiful:
I’m back at my apartment, away from home, feeling a little bit lonely. It’s only been a few hours by myself, but I’m already missing my boyfriend, and not because we constantly spent time together the past two weeks, but because of that feeling you always have when you know the person you love is going to come home at some point. You know, that you’re not going to crawl into bed by yourself, or that you’re not going to wake up without a sleepy, drooly kiss or something like that. It might sound cheesy, but those are the things that make life easier for me.
Speaking of things that make life easier: Energy Bars.
I have finally finished preparing all my lessons for next week. Which means I actually get two more days off before the craziness starts again. And that’s very good, because I don’t feel ready. I don’t feel ready to start giving 100% again, I don’t feel ready to leave home and my boyfriend.
What I do feel ready for is starting to take better care of myself again. I really let my doing sports go a bit the past weeks, and haven’t been enjoying cooking as much. The cooking part has gotten a lot better in the two weeks off from school, mostly because I love my kitchen at home so much more than the one at my apartment, but also because I wasn’t cooking for just me.
I have a headache. I guess I am becoming a cliché. I often wonder what makes being a teacher so exhausting. And why it seems to me as if it’s more exhausting than other jobs. Or is that just me throwing myself a pity party?
I just spent an hour trying to reach an office that would be able to explain to me why my doctor’s bills haven’t been covered by my insurance. Once I reached the office, I was informed very bluntly that I was missing one document. After I asked just one question about what that document should look like, I was treated like a stupid person, but you know what, I really can’t feel stupid after having to deal with all the crazy German bureaucracy paperwork stuff. How am I supposed to know what I should send where if there’s a million documents with words on them that I don’t understand?
I do feel a little stupid.
So I won’t be needing to buy clif bars any more. And that’s pretty amazing, actually, because they truly aren’t particularly cheap here in Germany. But besides that, I am super proud to have gotten around to not only baking but photographing a recipe…something which I haven’t had the energy to do in at least two weeks. (The previous posts I had in “store” for times like this.) But, today I have decided to do absolutely NOTHING to do with school, which is truly awesome, and much needed.
One of my absolute childhood favorites is snickerdoodles. For those of you not from the States, you’ll probably be raising your eyebrows, wondering what in the world I am referring to. At least that’s what I am guessing, as my boyfriend reacted just like that when I presented him with these. It’s definitely not a “known” cookie here in Germany, and therefore I am so super excited to be sharing this recipe with you – I have never found any of these wonderful cinnamon-cookies in German stores!
The title of today’s post is too long. I know this, but I honestly didn’t know how to shorten it anymore. Originally, I thought about naming this cake:
Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread Raspberry Coconut Cake.
But that would’ve definitely been too long. The title now is my compromise. If you have a better, idea, let me know in the comments, and I may change it.
Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I were at a ball, organized by one of our friends with whom we used to take dancing lessons. We had a wonderful night, and I for one love dressing up and pretending to be a star for just one night! There is something seriously “grown up” about ballroom dancing, in my opinion, and I love being twirled around by my boyfriend (who happens to be a phenomenal dancer). Since our friend is the one who organizes this ball, we help clean up afterwards, which means that last Saturday I was up until 6 am. I feel almost proud! 🙂
Anyways, the next day, I was pretty out of it, logically. I was craving cake for breakfast (which we had at 2 pm on Sunday), and couldn’t decide whether going back to bed or ironing the laundry pile sounded more appealing (just kidding!). I opted for neither of the two, and made raw cookies instead.
I thought about what I would name these cookies, and I had a difficult time deciding. Whenever you put macadamia nuts in cookies, and add the word “chocolate”, people think of white chocolate. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies, that’s a standard. Which is why I didn’t want to add the word, eventhough there is chocolate involved: as a drizzle on top, and it’s the good stuff, too (72% dark chocolate). Also, these are kind of oatmeal cookies, as I didn’t feel like using flour, or grinding the oats into a flour, or using more nuts as a base: therefore, oats it was. And, finally, I added vanilla protein powder, to make these babies even healthier. “Vanilla Protein Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Chocolate Drizzled Cookies” seemed too long, especially had I added that these are both vegan and sugarfree. Oh, the problems of a food blogger. 🙂