Feels so good to be posting again. I do not want to complain but I experienced a great lack of inspiration during the past weeks. Maybe it comes from all the tests that I took before christmas? Finally, the holiday arrived and I don’t have to go to school until next year, what a luxury!
I’m so sorry for the silence on this blog, especially as I was in the kitchen everyday. But there were recipe fails, recipes that I forgot to photograph or write down, and many recipes from great bloggers that I had to try out. So why not recommend them to you? Here come: Really fancy recipes that I truly ADORE!
1. One of my favourite bowls of oatmeal. Seriously, try it!
2. It is so easy and yummy and I made it maybe 3 times: Sweet Potato Soup
3. I made homemade “Better than Baileys” from this as a Christmas present. I even had to make a second bottle because the first one went so fast! Recipe to come.
4. Everybody loved these.
5. And these!
I also made bread from a german cookbook, and smoothies, and many soups in general. Yesterday we had a soup that was inspired by this one. It was a huge hit and my boyfriend, who is always a bit sceptical about unknown foods, really liked it.
Now let’s talk about Chriiiistmas! In Germany, the day before christmas is what most people perceive as “christmas”. Today is called “Heiligabend” which simply means “holy night” and it is the day when families gather, eat together and exchange presents. We also say that Christmas is a celebration of love overall. Everybody wants to have somebody to love right now, curl up on the couch together and watch the snowflakes dance their way through a white winter sky. This year, there’s just one problem: 53 degrees out there! No snow. No christmas-y mood. It was just a logical consequence that I decided to take the matter into my own hands and create a christmas inspired breakfast. (Sorry for the wannabe photo, but I was hungry!)
A red and green bowl of oatmeal. Very easy and extremely yummy.
My christmas breakfast (vegan, sugar-free, can be gluten-free):
- a bit over 1/4 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if necessary, 25 grams)
- 1/3 cup finely grated zucchini (70 grams)
- 1/2 a small banana (50 grams)
- a pinch vanilla powder, or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I prefer real vanilla powder)
- a tiny pinch salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 3 small pieces 99% chocolate (use another chocolate if you like, but I like my chocolate less sweet)
- a few goji Berries (maybe try raisins instead if you don’t have goji berries. I do not recommend skipping them as they added a nice chew)
- 3/4 cup water
- Add banana, water and almond butter in your food processor to create a smooth milk.
- Cook oats, zucchini, milk, salt and cinnamon for 5-6 minutes until the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency.
- Fill oatmeal in a bowl and stick the chocolate in it. It will get all melty and wonderful! Arrange the goji berries in a star shape.
- Devour! (but please don’t burn your tongue)
Maybe I’ll get around posting later today again – Hot Cocoa! (Can there be too much chocolate in a day? Probably not!) If not, I wish you a very very very very white and wonderful christmas. Spread all the love that your heart can give and show your loved ones how special they are. Please do not forget why we celebrate christmas at all: Because of our god and not because of presents. Because of love and not because of materialism. Because of happiness and not because of fancy food and sparkly lighting.
I send you all a big hug and thank you very much for reading this unstructured gush of christmas thoughts. <3