London and coffee, the perfect team. You probably know already: After living in London two years ago, it is one of my favourite cities in the world. The people, the streets, the restaurants, I love it all. And of course, the London coffee scene is amazing!
There are cool or cosy London coffee shops around every corner. On my last trip I had a lot of coffee, of course. I both tried some new places and visited my old favourites. If you’re planning on visiting soon, here’s my round-up of places you definitely need to go. By the way, if you’re looking for Paris or Berlin coffee, I’ve got you covered as well!
Ozone Coffee Roasters
I have wanted to visit Ozone Coffee Roasters for absolute ages. This time, I finally made it. It’s a beautiful coffee shop near Old Street in East London.
The vibe there is beautiful, so you can easily sit there for hours on end, just drinking coffee, watching people and reading books. I went there for breakfast and had the most amazing banana bread with nut butter. Also, it’s open almost all the time. Highly recommended! (more…)
Oh, raspberry milk, how I love you. Every year once summer comes around I get an unsatiable appetite for milkshakes in every variation. Just imagine this: It’s summer and it’s hot outside. It is so warm that even the thought of eating a proper meal just feels wrong. It’s the weekend, so you have the whole day to yourself with nowhere to be and nothing to do. You sit outside in the hammock with a good book and relaxed music playing. Can it get even more perfect? Well, there’s only one thing missing: A refreshing raspberry milk shake in your hand!
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a refreshing raspberry milk shake. I have tried and tested this recipe over many many summers, failed a couple of times, but almost always loved the outcome. With or without banana (without banana the drink is definitely more refreshing), with honey or powdered sugar, with lemon juice or lime juice – I have tried everything. This recipe here is probably not the last version of my favourite summer drink, but it’s definitely the best I have found so far.
Refreshing Raspberry Milk for Summer
Serves 2 to 4.
500 millilitres Milk
1 dash Vanilla or Cinnamon (or both!)
150 grams Quark/Curd (or yoghurt)
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
250 grams Frozen Raspberry’s
1 tablespoon sugar
Since this is a shake, there aren’t too many instructions! Just add everything to your mixer and enjoy. This is a really thick milkshake, so if you prefer it a little bit more ‘drinkable’, just add more milk or water.
PS: If you’re looking for even more great summer recipes, head on over to my Pinterest. I pinned tons more dessert recipes over there, if you’re interested!
Do you have a favourite raspberry milk shake recipe? Or just a great milkshake you could drink every year? Link your recipe in the comments, I would love to try it!
First of all, happy bank holiday everyone! Are you enjoying the additional day of? I certainly am! I just returned home from a day out and about with my family, eating ice cream and drinking coffee, and I’m about to go out for a fun evening watching Pitch Perfect 2. Living the life, as some would say.
In between social engagements (haha), I wanted to share with you a little Fair Trade fact I read about recently. Who else is a chocoholic out there and quite happy about the fact, that there are more and more supermarket/discounter brands with a Fairtrade logo? The perfect match – same price, but good working conditions. Well, sadly it’s not quite as easy. I read (and you can too by googling ‘Fairtrade chocolate percentage’, there’s tons of articles) that to get a Fairtrade logo, brands only have to buy a certain percentage of Fairtrade cocoa. That means, that you might buy a Fairtrade (discounter) chocolate bar, that doesn’t actually have any Fairtrade chocolate beans in it (on the other hand, you might buy a 100 percent Fairtrade one, but you never know). Don’t get me wrong here, a small percentage of Fair Trade is still better than nothing, but it’s also not ideal or what we should be pushing for as consumers. So, what’s the solution? Just continue buying certified and well-known Fair Trade brands, that have been working in that field for a couple of years. That might be GEPA in Germany, Divine Chocolate or Green & Black (update: apparently G&B is owned by Mondelēz International/Kraft Foods, so they are probably not a safe bet either! Thanks for the hint, Beanie) in the UK and probably lots of other brands in other countries (researching this should be easy enough).
This way, you might pay a bit more, but you can be certain to enjoy fairly produced chocolate (which totally justifies eating a whole bar, no?)!
What’s your favourite fair chocolate brand?
Starting my internship and working full-time has been wonderful and exhausting at the same time. One of the things that definitely took the back burner: Cooking and proper lunch food. So after going out for lunch every day (definitely too expensive) or living off Tesco ready-made soups for a few weeks, it was time to start having meal preparation evenings (usually for the next 2/3 days), save some money and still have a little bit of diversity.
By the way, a little veggie update: I’m still going strong and living completely vegetarian! I’ve never managed to actually stick to it for such a long time (without the smallest exceptions) and to be honest, I’ve never craved meat so much before in my life (not even in the non-vegetarian days). It’s always the things you can’t have, I guess? I’m too happy about being strong and not giving in to give up now though, so all is good (and I hope the cravings will soon dissappear).
So here we go, my favourite filling, make-ahead meals, that can easily be reheated in the microwave or eaten cold. As environmental living is a thing on this blog, all the recipes use ingredients that are in season at the moment (also because I’m way too broke to afford vegetables that arent’ ;).
I normally make enough for two meals, so it’s actually worth cooking, but I don’t have to eat the same thing for a week.
Sweet Potato Detox Soup | Broccoli Detox Soup | Quick Red Lentil Curry
In winter I don’t really enjoy cold, lettuce salads, but those with quinoa/grains? Whole other story.
Over the past few weeks here in Scotland, I’ve started trying a lot of the recipes I’ve been pinning on Pinterest (instead of just having a pretty picture collection). My flat is ‘only’ student accomodation, but the kitchen is big and amazing and it’s real fun working in there (even though my utensils practically consist of a spoon and two pots). I’ve tested quite a few recipes so far, some have been great and absolutely delicious, others not so much. Either way, most of the combinations were something I would have never thought of trying before.
Since I know some of you are cooks (and Pinterest-users ;) as well, here’s a little selection of my favourite recipes in September:
+ Pear Pizza with Fried Sage (I used dried sage instead of fresh and fried – still tasted amazing)
+ Healthy Chicken Enchiladas