the original green smoothie
Is it a smoothie? Is it a soup? While Europe is sizzling in a record-breaking heat wave with temperatures soaring past 100° Fahrenheit I rediscovered this lovely recipe: Gazpacho is a cold, raw soup from Andalusia. It’s refreshing, delicious and healthy.
Long before anyone ever ate Paleo or vegan the Spanish came up with this plant-based dish. Or were it the Romans? The Moors? Whoever it was, when I had a plate of chilled Gazpacho for lunch yesterday I was thankful for its existence (man, is it hot in my apartment). Did I mention it only took ten minutes to prepare in a blender? Right.
One of the funniest food phenomena in the last years was, to me, the kale craze. There’s a book called Fifty Shades of Cale. National kale day was founded in the U.S. in 2013. The price of kale, a once dirt cheap vegetable, skyrocketed. And in the realm of the internet: Raw kale, steamed kale, asian-style kale, juiced kale- I’ve seen it all. In Germany, the land of the krauts, it remains hard to imagine glamour that the most common vegetable of the country has to foreign food bloggers.
Last moth I’ve been on vacation in the Netherlands, to visit a couple of old friends and my boyfriend’s family. And there, on the seventh floor of an apartment building, Inga and Pieter had a little balcony vegetable garden with a huge kale plant in it. When I told them that you could make salad of kale they looked at me in disbelief. In Holland, you can buy raw kale anywhere, but it is mostly eaten as kale hash. Curiously, we cut off a few leaves and prepared the salad with red onions, orange and spicy pumpkin seeds. A lemon and thyme vinaigrette rounded off the taste. How should I put it? Kale has never been that glamorous before. Maybe you learn most about your country when abroad.
Fine, I admit I baked the shortbread twice last week and me and Frieda ate it all. Time for something a little healthier, right? This blog is called the Healthy & the Tasty for a reason: We never could or would stop eating cake. And why should we? Food has many functions: It connects people, it provides your body with nutrients and it makes you feel good. Being healthy should encompass all these factors.
Have you ever baked your own bread? I’m telling you: All you need is three ingredients and an oven and you can make Swedish crispbread as we speak/write/read.
„Knäcka“ means crispy in Swedish. And it is crispyness, ideed, that is most characteristic for the Swedish “Knäckabröd”. Invented in Sweden in 500 AD, the thin cracker enjoys popularity in Scandinavia, Germany and among health-conscious people elsewhere. It tastes like crisps, it’s inexpensive, full of fibre and you can store it for ages. All you need is wholemeal rye flour, salt, and water. I’ve added extra seeds and grains for health benefits.
My lovely sister Lina
When my sister Lina decided to move back to the city we grew up in, many people wondered why. When I finished school, I wanted to move far away, possibly abroad. Now, no one is wondering anymore. She found herself a lovely flat and a job at the cutest organic market via connections. Although she’s really busy with university, she finds time for hobbies and to come up with new recipes.
She made me wonder: Isn’t it braver to try and find happiness where you are than to hunt for it in the distance?
Lentils. What comes to your mind when you think of lentils? Hippies? Farting? Legumes are not exactly the most sexy ingredients one must admit. And I didn’t have the best of an opinion about them either. Up until a while ago when I went to a café around the corner and I was starving. And all they had was a lentil salad. And it was gorgeous. So I will provide you with the recipe now.
Good Morning everybody!
Before I can tell you about the incredible boost that you get from a green smoothie for breakfast I have to explain why I needed one so much this morning. Yesterday I went hiking in the woods outside of Berlin. In Grunewald you can climb up a hill and look down on kilometres of dark green forest. Hidden between the trees there’s a small lake in which you can refresh yourself after a long hike (so far so healthy).