I think that a good Buddha bowl should be a combo of several different whole food’s portions that, all together, will create a delicious nourishing meal – we’ve spoken before about the bowl concept here. It should provide balance, comfort and health to the body and soul. Some say that the term came from the tale of Buddha caring his bowl to be filled by whatever vegetarian foods villagers would offer.
Balance can be difficult to achieve. We tend to float up and down, like a roller coaster. Our journey towards balance, however, can start with small steps: improving our sleep hygiene, follow our principles, meditation, connect with people, or even minding our diet. Eating well can be seen under very scientific perspective, but it can also be incredibly simple.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
Do you already know where you travel this summer? I’m making a trip to Japan. In general, I always find it very enriching to get to know new places and cultures. I’ve never been to Asia yet and I’m absolutely looking forward to it! This sense of anticipation made me read a bit about Japanese cuisine. I’m currently excited by buying Japanese ingredients in our local health food stores and transforming them into simple meals (such as this, this and this).
There is a book called “Asiatisch Kochen” (“Asian Cooking”) that offers a great introduction to the Japanese cuisine. However, the recipe of this book that I’m going to share with you is not Japanese, but Korean. The latest Japanese food I bought was black sesame seeds. When I saw those stylish and tasty-looking sesame ginger cookies in the book, I knew I had to make them. You’ll find the recipe, if you scroll down. The cookies were at least as delicious as expected. Maybe I’ll also need to go to Korea once so to explore more flavors of this interesting country… 😉
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.
Have you already noticed that there hasn’t been any cookie recipe on this blog until now? 😮 Actually, we love cookies. Especially if they contain almonds. And tasty spices such as Ceylon cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. And some red lentils for the perfect consistency. And some chopped sweet dates hidden under a heavenly chocolate almond butter coating.
We like these almond cookies because they are an awesome nutritious and sweet snack when we are on the road. But we also enjoy them as a dessert together with a good cup of hot tea.
By the way, they also taste delicious without the chocolate topping. In this way, they are prepared very quickly. You decide, if you prefer them with or without. The size can also vary. For those, who don’t have the patience to form lots of small cookies or just prefer biting into a huge cookie, there is the possibility to make them bigger.
If you scroll down, you’ll find a video, in which I show you how to bake these almond cookies. Have fun with this recipe! 🙂 Continue Reading
A few years ago «Cannelle et Vanille» was the first food blog I discovered and I was immediately excited. It was my gateway to the wonderful world of the art of food photography, the creation and worldwide sharing of unconventional recipes and the stories around a way of cooking and living that is close to nature. Aran Goyoaga who is the person behind this blog inspires me a lot and is one of my favorite photographers. Her cooking style is different than mine in some significant aspects. Nevertheless, I admire her recipes and am a big fan of her cookbook «Small Plates and Sweet Treats». From this book, I made a gluten-free tart for the first time in my life. The crust containts different types of flours. The filling consists of quinoa, leek and zucchini. You’ll find this delicious springtime recipe at the bottom of this article.
Many of you have been following our Advent calendar 2015. Thank you so much for your support and the positive feedback!
Today I want to share again all the recipes of the Advent calendar in this article. These recipes are incredibly easy and require only 2 or 3 ingredients. For most of them we’ve made a little video. I’m sure you feel like trying out some of them soon. There are just so many things that are worth preparing yourself.
And these are the recipes:
– Quick Wholegrain Bread
– Chocolate Spread
– Olive Spread
– Mulled Wine without Refined Sugar
– Roasted Trail Mix
– Homemade Cinnamon Apple Sauce
WOW! This book is fantastic. A real artwork – in terms of culinary and photography. The day I got the parcel with the cookbook of food bloggers Susann Probst and Yannic Schon was a very happy day. Some days later, I took the time to leaf through the whole book while sitting on the couch and having a cup of tea. As I’m so thrilled about it, I absolutely want to present this book to you today. As always in our cookbook reviews, I’ll share a favorite recipe with you. This time it’s going to be the very best baked samosas.