Good morning everyone! Yesterday I baked some lovely vegan cinnamon buns adapted from a swedish recipe. It is just ridiculously easy to veganize yeast dough recipes! I replaced the butter and milk with margarine and soy milk and used a mix of wholemeal and regular flour to make them a tad more nourishing. All you need is an hour and a half and a bit of patience.
Yeast is a type of fungi that ferments the sugar in the dough into carbon dioxide. That’s why you activate the yeast in the beginning and let it prove multiple times: the gas forms bubbles and hence the dough expands. Once in the oven, the temperatures are too high for the fungus and the yeast dies. The air pockets remain, though, giving the dough a soft texture.
Kanelbullar are widely popular in Sweden and serve as perfect comfort food in autumn (or all round the year when you’re feeling down). In fact, I just had one for breakfast. You can easily produce large quantities, store them in a tin or a cookie jar and treat your friends to them. Enough said, here’s the recipe:
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.
If you don´t live anywhere near a beach than barbecues are the thing to do in summer! With the first rays of sunshine emerging, supermarkets are stocking up on charcoal, invites for park BBQs are coming in and you are probably wondering if you should finally invest in a humidity-proof picnic-blanket.
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.
Last week was the final week of my semester, the end of a long stretch of studying, a very intense and stressful period. Isn’t it funny how we tend to skip regular meals and grab a snack somewhere instead when we’re busy? One lessons I learned the hard way when I worked in parliament for a year is:
The more stressful your life gets, the more you need to plan your meals ahead.
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?
Every year a day or two before christmas we will meet up for a luscious brunch or „Kaffeeklatsch“ with our group of girlfriends from home. Most of us live in Berlin anyways but it is a wonderful time to share gossip, complain about the christmas-stress and exchange a gift or two. This year, May curiously watched me carry in a basket full of homemade goodies and told me that we might have prepared the same gifts. When it was time to reveal the presents, both of us sure enough pulled out cans of freshly made granola for the friends! While May had whipped up a delicious nutty banana granola, I had stuck to a more basic coconut-almond version. We will share both recipes and highly recommend preparing these gourmet granolas: easypeasy to make, great to have at home and both do indeed make wonderful gifts.
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.
Recently the New York times reported that the annual turnover of the hummus industry in the US has increased a hundredfold. Wait a minute? Hummus industry? I didn’t even know such a thing existed. But seemingly it does. And I know why. Because hummus is brilliant.