Friday, January 24, 2014

The Finale.

Yes! Finals are coming up pretty quick for me, which means I've been studying and thinking about nothing else. Smart? NO! HEEELP! 

Its been a little intense with all the review in school and all the topics we still need to cover before we head into our first exams and over all I must say, this is a crazy ride. One moment I feel on top of the world and think I can master anything thrown at me and the next moment I feel like a little stinky puddle of mud in the corner of my living room. It doesn't help when my classmates talk about what they have studied and about all the stuff they know. 
Puhhhhlease, gimme a break guys!
I have realised that studying is actually fun if I also have a life along side of it. I can't just get up, go to school, come home and study till I go to sleep. That just ain't me...
So, I have been taking some breaks... I also have been struggling with getting my mind blank and not thinking about those exams during my breaks... 
But, this stressful time shall pass, I will come out stronger (and hopefully smarter) and there shall be another sunny day. 

On a happy note, I do yoga each day, laugh really hard at least a few times a day and eat really good food to keep my spirits up. 

Please do something really fun and think of me sitting in my living room with a huge pot of tea over some books, with steam coming out of my ears and really enjoy the fact that you don't have that life right now :D 
Happy almost TGIF!



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Morning Glory

It's Sunday! 
And I can see the sun is trying to come out here in chilly Berlin. I might have to take a break from studying (for my finals.. eeeeeeek) to get some rays in... 
That reminds me, I read a funny article about Germans a while back where the writer mentions how germans jump toward any sign of the sun (read it here).

So, I've been busy studying and actually enjoying it lots (!) but I do need breaks and in my breaks I like to cook or bake and get some creativity flowing. Here is a recipe I found on a sweeeet website, I made it, it was delicious and I thought instead of writing too much today (I really should get back to my studying) I will share the recipe with you! 

I wish you a HAPPY SUNNY SUNDAY. 



Amazing Baked CarrotCakeOatmeal Breakfast
For a vegan alternative: measure 2 tbsp chia seeds into a small bowl and add 1/3 cup (90 ml) water. Stir with a spoon and set a side for 15 minutes. Use in place of the eggs.
Dry mixture
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (or any rolled flakes), choose gluten free if you are celiac
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground vanilla or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch coarse sea salt
1 1/3 cups / 200 g / 7 oz grated raw carrot (about 4)
a handful raisins
Wet mixture
2 organic eggs or chia seed mixture (see top note)
2 1/4 cups / 500 ml / 17 oz plant milk of your choice
Crunchy top layer
4 tbsp maple syrup, honey or apple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature + extra for greasing the pan
1 cup / 180 g walnuts or nuts or your choice
3/4 cup / 100 g sunflower seeds or seeds of your choice
Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Grease the base of a 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm) baking dish with coconut oil and then set aside.
Combine the rolled oats, baking powder, spices and salt in a mixing bowl, then add grated carrots and raisins and stir to mix. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs (or chia mixture), add the milk and whisk well to combine.
To create the crunchy top layer, put the sweetener, coconut oil, walnuts and sunflower seeds in a small bowl and mix with your fingers to make sure everything is well coated.
Spoon the oat mixture into the baking dish and then pour the egg mixture over the oats so everything is evenly soaked. Sprinkle the seed and nut mixture on top and bake for 25 – 35 minutes. When it’s done, the oatmeal should be set and the nuts and seeds lightly browned and crunchy. Leave to cool slightly before serving.

Guten Appetit! 
(recipe from greenkitchenstories.com)

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New year! New you?

I hope your holidays were full of laughter and fun times! Christmas is over and now it's on to a new year! 2014. Can. You. Believe. It? I sure can't!
Adults have always said that time flies the older you get and I never accepted that saying! I always thought You can stop time if you live in the present, you can really really enjoy every moment. But now I realised that, despite putting all my focus into staying in the moment, this year has flown by.
I will use a few moments today to reflect on how much good has happened to me this past year. I will reflect on all the things that I have learned this year, physically and emotionally.

I also took some time to think about what I want to wish myself for next year and I ended up with one word. 

Honesty. 

It might sound cliché and cheesy but I really believe that honesty is a key ingredient in being happy.

Being honest with yourself and the people around you will keep you away from lies, awkwardness and desperation. It will bring you closer to other humans (and cats) closer to getting to know yourself and closer to happiness. I know it can be so much easier to say a little lie than to tell the truth and maybe hurt somebody or put the other person in an awkward position... but in the end, I just want to know how you feel and not how you think that I think how you want to make me feel.  mhm hope you can follow me :D
I am an adult and am confident that I can handle your truth. It may hurt me, it may frustrate or even piss me off but in the end, nothing is better than knowing the truth (heck, it might even make me happy).
This year, I wish to be honest to myself and my fellow peeples!

So, in all honesty, from me to you, thank you for reading this blog and I really do hope you like it and that I can inspire you every so often...

I wish you a very healthy, happy, adventurous and honest 2014 from crazy-war-zone-like Berlin!

After all the holiday fun, here is something quick, light and yummy to get back on the healthy train (but you never got off of it right ;)


Nutrients! Health! Yummy!

- One chinese Cabbage
- 2-3 carrots- sliced
- Large Broccoli chopped into smaller broccolinis  
- tsp coconut oil
- Brown Rice 

Dressing:
1 medium sized Garlic clove- minced
thumb size knob of fresh ginger- minced (or a bit less, I tend to use more)
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp tamari sauce
1 tsp maple syrup 
squeeze of  1/2 lemon
handful of sesame seeds (optional)
pepper to taste (you can also add some cayenne pepper for spiciness)

1.Prepare the rice as said on package.
2. Boil the carrots in a small pot with water and add the broccoli after a few minutes (take off stove when they are al-dente) 
3. Chop the chinese cabbage and fry in a bit of coconut oil until its nice and soft. (about 5 minutes)
4. Add the carrots and broccoli to the chinese cabbage, mix well 
5. Add the dressing ingredients to a little jar, shut with lid and shake well.
6. Add the dressing to the veggies, mix well
7. Optional- add toasted cashews!
Serve on rice.

Guten Appetit!