I was really craving pizza the other day, but didn’t feel like going on and on making the crust in an oven that barely works. Plus, I rarely feel good and energized after pizza; sadly, it does always leave me feeling quite heavy. I wasn’t in the mood for that, so I searched my fridge for an alternative. Just as I was about to give up…drumroll, please…I came up with the easiest, quickest, plant-based pizza alternative you could think of. And you can make it without an oven, which is truly perfect for anyone in my shoes.
Drinking smoothies during winter is tougher than when it’s extremely hot outside. In summer, I could probably get by on smoothies alone, but in winter – whether we have 16° C outside or -10° C – I really have to force myself to make green smoothies. Which is truly strange, because once it’s ready, I absolutely love drinking it.
With the new smoothie I came up with, however, no emotional hurdles have to be overcome in order to drink a green smoothie. Trust me, once you’ve had this specific green smoothie, you’ll want to have it every day. Even New Year’s Day.
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!
Yesterday morning, I woke up with intense back pain. It actually felt like somebody was stabbing me behing my right shoulder blade…and, after about 20 minutes, I realized I wasn’t just sore, there was actually something quite wrong. I called the orthopedist immediately, and, luckily, was able to see the doctor within the hour. Sadly, despite an injection, I have been in pain ever since, causing me to stop all plans and just lay in bed all day yesterday.
Funny how sometimes your body forces you to stop, like seriously stop, and focus on relaxing. I must say it’s not nice at all to have your back thrown out, but I haven’t been able to slow down or allow my mind to be quiet for one minute since my holidays started…and then, yesterday, after taking a hot bath, I realized it was my body forcing my mind to take a breather.
Last week, it was my mom’s birthday. I was pretty upset I couldn’t be there, but that’s just how life goes sometimes, I guess. I myself am very big on birthdays, and therefore I’m always upset when I can’t be there when other people are celebrating theirs…but, I made up for it this week. My present was that I cooked a 3-course meal for my mom, and I must say it was super special to spend one-on-one time with my mom like that. Turns out we haven’t done that in ages!
The menu I cooked was very allergy-friendly, as my mom suffers from quite a few food allergies. The menu is soy-free, nut-free, milk-free, glutenfree, refined-sugarfree, and it still tasted delicious. Don’t believe me? Have a look:
Today marks a very special day. Well, more like a special month, but either way, it’s special. 11 months ago, I started my “A year of salads” category, and have since posted 11 salad recipes – one for each month. There have been some recipes which you may have approvingly nodded at, as it didn’t seem too far-fetched to combine said ingredients. But I’m sure there have also been those that you raised your eyebrows at, thinking there was no way that would ever taste good. Am I right?
Well, this last salad is most likely one you’ll raise your eyebrows at, as it’s not at all intuitive. I mean, who puts radish and artichokes in the same salad as white beans?
One of the hardest parts about not being able to eat wheat is not really having access to a lot of “fluffy” bread. I mean the kind of bread anyone watching their health isn’t going to be eating on a regular basis, the croissants, butter buns, baguettes and all their french siblings. I used to love digging into an insanely unhealthy croissant on weekends, and, while I’ve found a bakery that makes spelt-croissants, they still use milk and butter to make them, so I try not to indulge too often. Wheatfree baguette, on the other hand, I have yet to find at a store nearby; especially in summer, when everyone’s barbecuing or having summer parties featuring bread and salad, I find it hard to resist.
Finally, though, I have come up with something that can compete.
I have had one productive Monday, people. And it has made me so happy to have things to do, and accomplishing them without feeling stressed in between! I know it may sound like I am mocking you – but I am just really happy to have already done so much today. Isn’t it great when your week starts of optimistically? I wish I could retain this feeling and save it for those days I don’t really manage a positive outlook on life. If you’re not feeling it today, let me know…I’ll send some of my happy to you, okay?
Every year, I wait tables at a local vintner’s, and have been doing so for the past 5 years. Seeing that on paper (or, more like, on the screen) makes me feel kind of…old. It is slowly but surely starting to dawn on me that I actually am done with university, and am about to embark on the rest of my life. Gosh, I’m poetic today.
Anyways, waiting tables at this vintner’s has become a part of my life, at least those 3 weeks of the year he sells his wine in his yard. This is a typical thing in Germany, at least in our region: my boss has a job other than being a vintner, but three weeks of the year he runs a little yard restaurant, where he mostly serves his wine, but also sells some food along with it. Hence my working there as a waitress.
So, it’s that time of the month again: A new salad for my A Year Of Salads Category is coming up on the blog. I’m amazed by the fact that I haven’t run out of ideas yet, to be honest, but I am determined to fill the category with a year of salad recipes…meaning I gotta keep going till September!