Oh, raspberry shakes, how I love you. Every year once summer rolls around I get a unsatiable appetite for milkshakes in every variation. I have tried and tested this recipe over many many summers, failed a couple of times, but mostly loved it (you can never go wrong with shakes in my opinion). With and without banana (without is definitely more refreshing), with honey or powdered sugar, with lemon juice or lime juice. This is probably not the last version of my favourite summer drink, but it’s definitely the best I have found so far.
Refreshing Summer Raspberry Shake
Serves 2 to 4.
- 500 millilitres Milk
- 150 grams Quark/Curd (or yoghurt)
- 250 grams Frozen Raspberry’s
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 dash Vanilla or Cinnamon (or both!)
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
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.
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.
Millet Salad | Restart Salad
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
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.