I am Rita, a young (oh well, 30 years old) Portuguese living in Cambridge, United Kingdom. I am an archaeologist but I have so many other passions such as nature, health, people, and…living! I am looking forward to unravel what this exciting New Year has to offer us.
Every now and then I fancy eating a patty. They tend to be fulfilling and tasty but most of the ones I find around (restaurants, shops, etc.) they are either too processed, too spicy, too greasy or with far too many ingredients of which I can only taste one (normally a spice, onion or garlic).
The good news is that they can be easy to do and with a very flexible recipe: you can choose the amount or type of spices you prefer, you can opt to add more garlic, more onion or more parsley. You can even choose to cook them in the oven or fry them instead.
A lot has happened since New Year’s Eve. We had a very successful to Real Life Gourmet Dinner in Bern. Thanks again to all who came! In addition, I have just finished a training as a baby massage instructor, we are about to move to a new city, and preparations for the big brunch next Sunday are also happening right now. But somehow we are still at the beginning of the year. There is so much more to come. Isn’t this awesome? I have a very good feeling for this year. I believe that several wonderful things will happen..
My biggest learning of the last year, however, is that everything is going to be fine anyway, if I have a positive attitude and take things calmly. Prospi has already told you about my final thesis for the university, which I wrote following the 80/20 principle. Our wedding in September was another great example of this learning. I deliberately put myself in a positive vibe and decided to enjoy the special day without sticking to the idea that everything will be perfect. Even if the marquee would collapse and heavy rain would start at the same time, I could accept this situation and continue to celebrate. In the end, nothing collapsed, and the weather was fantastic. But this attitude has allowed me to take everything as it came, and to enjoy an absolutely magical and unforgettable wedding day full of love and positive energy. Of course, not everything came as planned. It was imperfectly perfect. And that’s how life is.
Are you also looking forward to finding out what 2018 is going to offer?
You can create a very joyful moment for yourself if you take 5 minutes to make the vegan, wholesome and extremely delicious hot chocolate I’m showing you today. I usually make this kind of hot beverages with our blender. But as I know that not all of you have a powerful blender at home, I’ve created a version that can be made with a normal hand blender.
I love the cooking concept of bowls. You simply combine different delicious dishes, nicely arranged in bowls, to get an even more delicious complete meal. It is advantageous to choose components with different colors so that the bowl looks particularly beautiful. You can use all your leftovers in bowls, which is great. You can also be creative and add whatever you feel like today. The world of plant-based foods is so incredibly versatile. I am still thrilled every day. ?
Of course, I only use local and seasonal vegetables in my bowls. What Swiss nature has to offer in autumn, is fantastic. This is why I’ve decided to write down the recipe for an Autumn Bowl. Continue Reading
A few years ago, I suffered from digestive issues. As a consequence, I changed a few things in my diet. From TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) I learned that having a warm breakfast might help me. From that moment, my first meal of the day has been oatmeal. I’m convinced that this was one of the changes that healed me the most. This is how I became an oatmeal lover. What I put into my oatmeal changes according to what I feel like eating. However, I make my beloved apricot and almond porridge most of the times.
When I first heard of the cookbook that is all about oatmeals with more than 50 recipes, I was very interested. Today, I’ll share my review on this book with you. Furthermore, I’ll present you a special, healthy and yummy recipe that I didn’t know before reading the book. It’s a very easy sweet oatmeal made of zucchini, banana and raw cacao.
Are you looking for a super quick and yet impressive dessert for a spontaneous summer barbecue evening with friends? Then we have the solution for you. This caramel cream consists of only three ingredients and is actually very easy to prepare. Instead of refined sugar, caramelized dates provide a wonderful flavor. The cream tastes particularly delicious in combination with the vanilla apples. It’s a light sweet pleasure for hot days. This dessert contains healthy fats and other precious nutrients. It is also an excellent snack or breakfast. When there are leftovers, I add them into my oatmeal. Continue Reading
I hope you’re all enjoying spring. Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love how everything is starting to grow and live again. Furthermore, I really enjoy those sunny days that are not too hot yet, but still refreshing. Among others, nature offers us wild garlic that has the potential to transform any dish even if you add only a small amount thanks to its strong flavor. Today, I show you how I use it in a super creamy white sauce that tastes awesome combined with homemade lentil balls.
I use my muffin cups very often. Since we travel a lot, we need snacks that can be easily transported. Sweet muffins with all kinds of flavors of fruits, spices, and nuts are excellent. But sometimes we need something salty on the road. Thus, the idea of vegetable muffins has arisen. They are perfect as a salty snack, as a lunch on the go for example with a lentil salad, as a hearty breakfast, as a starter with a green salad, as a party snack for children as well as for adults or as part of a picnic. You can enjoy them either warm or cold. They are healthy and completely plant-based, have a perfectly moist consistency and taste delicious. For a gluten-free version, you can use brown rice flour. That works very well. Depending on the season, you can vary with the vegetables. In summer, for example, the leeks can be replaced by zucchini. The following suggestion with carrots and leeks is our favorite and fits in the beginning of spring. So start baking! 🙂
It has been a while since I last wrote a cookbook review. I actually wanted to write one a month ago, but then I spontaneously decided to get personal and share some thoughts on how to deal with one’s shadows with you. I would like to thank you very much for all the dear comments! As promised, the review of our latest cookbook comes now. This book was only released in December 2016. It is full of irresistible baking recipes, from which I have tried the black bean brownies. Although I already had positive expectations, I was surprised by the result. Wet, sweet, chocolatey. You can find the simple recipe below.
I hope you’re all well and enjoy – in accord with our last article – the time of your life. We still have a lot of ideas for Journey to Real Life and make a big effort not to do everything at the same time, because it is just impossible. 😉 All the workshops we did this year with you have been a lot of fun. This is why we decided to make two more workshops in December. We are going to cook together a three-course holiday dinner. Register now, if you want to take part. We are already looking forward to it.
And now I’ll switch to the homemade chocolate bars because you really should try them! We have become big fans of them. Whenever I make them, they are eaten within a few days. For the three tastes, we use the raw bars of the brand Veganz. When I developed this recipe, I thought I’d choose one of the three flavours. But they all turned out so delicious in such different ways, that I decided to share them all with you. However, my favourite one is the chocolate bar with the refreshing flavours of coconut and lemon. But also the combination of berries and chocolate is fantastic. And the true chocolate lovers are going to adore the intense maca/cocoa chocolate bars. Of course, you can also use any other kinds of raw bars for this recipe. The biscuit and the chocolate coating are homemade. In this article, I’m going to show you how easy this can be made.