I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it on here (I probably have), but I definitely prefer cooking to baking. I just love experimenting with different ingredients and flavours. For me, cooking means putting things together and experimenting. Baking is just following a certain recipe to a T and that’s less fun. Anyway, the exception to my baking reluctance is baking bread. I love taking a fresh loaf out of the oven and the smell that fills every room. While I’m still looking for the perfect white bread, I think I have mastered the perfect dark and healthy bread. This one’s great with both sweet and savoury spreads and I could probably eat it every day. Enjoy.
This week was a pretty low-key one, mainly because I was sick with the flu and also had to do a lot of work for school. My days mainly consisted of reading in bed and drinking lots of tea and coffee. It could definitely be worse, I think:
+ On Sunday, I met up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and we had such a great time. We had the opportunity to catch up a bit and also made our own raffaellos. The recipe we followed was in German, but I will try and share it sometime in the next few weeks (I didn’t get around to snap any photos this time…).
+ Monday, I felt like spending some time in the kitchen, so I made some jam (raspberry-orange) and baked some bread. I’m still looking for a great white bread (yes, the unhealthy, white flour kind). The one I tried was good, but not great, so the search continues. Any favourite recipes?
+ This week I read ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides. It wasn’t bad or boring, but I guess I also wouldn’t recommend it. Incendiary is definitely so much better (strange/sad fact: this book was actually published on the day of the London terror attacks in July 2005).
Happy Monday everybody! Are you ready for the new week ahead and up for a little challenge? As summer rolls around we are all trying to change up our eating habits a little bit – more fruit and vegetables, less fast and processed food. In addition to that, why don’t we try eating less meat this week? Here are some basic facts:
1 | First of all, let me clear up one thing: Eating meat isn’t unhealthy (in general). The only thing unwholesome about the way we consume meat are the amounts we eat on a regular basis (the common American eats about 120 kg per person per year, Europeans about 80 kg). Just remember that a few decades ago, people used to have a special roast on Sundays and that was it for the week.
2 | Did you know that the meat industry also plays a large part in all those global warming issues? According to Greenpeace, one kilo of beef produces roughly the same amount of greenhouse emissions as an average car on a stretch of 250 km. You could take a small trip and still produce less emissions than a steak. Also, lifestock needs tremendous amounts of water that could be saved as well (around 6000 to 10000 litres of water go into one steak!).
3 | I don’t really need to tell you about the cruel conditions on common animal farms on here and I guess we all have a basic idea about it. I would really recommend reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer or watching Food, Inc, they both give a real good overview of the industry at the moment. The PETA website is a really good resource as well.
Why don’t we all try to consume meat a little bit more consciously this week? Living meatless for five days in a row shouldn’t be hard, right? I can’t wait to try some new recipes! Whether you decide to go completely vegetarian after that or reduce your ‘meat meals’ to one or two per week, you will definitely make a healthy change for yourself and the environment. And if you have the occasional burger or steak, I would advice you to get the freshest meat possible at your local butcher and not something cheap from the supermarket.
Hey guys! It’s Friday already and the weekend is here. It’s been a pretty relaxed week for me – probably one of the last until exams are over in August (need to start studying soon…). Here’s what’s been going on in my part of the world:
+ Monday, my little brother celebrated his birthday. I can’t believe he’s ten already! Of course, lots of cake and chocolate was there to celebrate.
+ On Wednesday my flatmate and I went out and got home-made Chinese food (even the noodles were fresh and awesome). It was a really nice and sunny evening, we took our bikes there and were able to sit outside, had some white wine with the food and were surrounded by relaxed and happy people. Instant summer feeling.
+ Thursday, I was invited to a girls-only Strawberry Brunch. We had fresh Greek Yoghurt, melted chocolate, milkshakes and of course – tons of strawberries! It was super-nice and of course extremely delicious. I recommend trying it as well as long as strawberries are in season.
+ Yesterday, was a holiday in Germany and I definitely enjoyed it lazy in bed with a cup of coffee and some favourite blogs. I recently discovered Joy Felicity Jane and I’ve clicked my way through the archives (so much goodness there!). You should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.