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 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.
In my last article I have told you how I follow a plant-based diet while travelling. The idea for this article came spontaneously during my three-week trip in Japan. There, it was in fact not always easy to get plant-based dishes. However, I discovered and tried a lot – which was absolutely worth it. I really like the Japanese cuisine. Often, the foods such as rice, noodles, vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, etc. were not very flavorful. Crucial for the taste was the sauce. And whenever I found sesame sauce on my dish, I was very happy because it was generally really really delicious. At the same time sweet, slightly acidic, with intense sesame flavor and the Japanese touch due to the soy sauce. Once I was back in Switzerland, I tried to make it myself. My first attempt contained about 10 ingredients. Only at the second attempt, I realized that it actually requires only 5 ingredients. Like this, I absolutely loved my homemade sesame sauce. And it’s also like this that I want to share it with you now!
We are often asked for plant-based barbecue ideas. There is actually a lot you can make. A simple classic are zucchini and eggplant slices with a little oil and salt. We also like to grill cobs, stuffed mushrooms (for example with our cashew sour cream) or avocado halves. Marinated vegetable kebabs, sometimes with mushrooms or tofu, are also very tasty.
For the side dishes, there are no limits. One of the side dishes that we especially love for barbecues is Russian Salad. Normally, Russian Salad is made with lots of mayonnaise containing eggs. However, in our recipe we suggest a very authentic and tasty plant-based mayonnaise sauce. It is super quick and easy to prepare. Of course, it is extremely versatile. If you mix it with potatoes, peas and carrots, you get a delicious, satisfying, nutritious and high-protein Russian Salad. Its mild taste fits perfectly with the rich roast flavors from the grill. Continue Reading
At the beginning, there was the dressing. While preparing a quick lunch without thinking too much about how I would do it, I spontaneously mixed tahini, lemon juice and garam masala. As soon as I tried some, I was thrilled by this dressing and knew I would make it again. Next was the salad. At this time of the year, I can buy local organic salad in different colors and shapes everywhere. This is why I chose to combine the dressing with some green salad. Then, I started adding more ingredients until the dish was complete. This oriental salad has so many intense flavors that complement each other excellently. On a hot summer day, it constitutes a perfect lunch. You can prepare it in the evening before and take it to work. I recommend you to look for a suntrap and enjoy it outdoors. 😉
If you had to pick 5 foods that you could eat on a deserted island from now on, which ones would you choose? I find this question quite difficult to answer. But that oats would be one of my foods is absolutely clear. For years I have been eating oatmeal every day for breakfast and I still love it. When I go on trips or spend one night away, there is always a pack of oats in my backpack. Always. My oatmeal gives me warmth and energy for the day. Meanwhile, I have also infected Prospi… He also eats oatmeal daily. However, his plate looks a little different, because our tastes are not perfectly identical. I’m not a big fan of raisins, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts. Instead, I’m thrilled by the flavor combination of apricot and almond.
Today I show you the recipe of my delicious and nutritious current favorite breakfast. The almond butter ensures a creamy consistency and the molasses provides some sweetness, in addition to the soaked dried fruits.
«Gesund Kochen ist Liebe» is german and means «Cooking Healthy is Love». Isn’t this a beautiful title that Veronika Pachala has chosen for her cookbook? Cooking a healthy meal is really a wonderful way to express ones love. The author does this everyday for her little daugher and her husband. With her blog «Carrots for Claire» and the new cookbook, she aims to inspire other people to do the same. In my opinion, this sentence can also be reversed: “Cooking with love is healthy”. The more love we put into the preparation of a meal, the healthier and tastier it is for the person who eats it. In a book about ayurvedic nutrition I recently bought, a whole chapter is dedicated to this principle. This is why I recommend you to treat the ingredients as lovingly as you can and to have positive thoughts when preparing the delicious millet pilaf I’m going to present you. The recipe for the millet pilaf is so great that I already made it several times as a side dish. It is from Veronika Pachala’s cookbook «Gesund kochen ist Liebe». What else there is to discover in this book, I’ll tell you in this article.