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Pancakes with yoghurt and pomegranate seeds

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Soooo…how are your New Year’s resolution going? Have you been to the gym three times this week, eating only salad and green smoothies, cleaned out your closet, organized your desk and filed your tax return? No? Well, I´m not surprised. Most New Year’s resolutions are made known fully well that they are never to be kept anyway. Although sometimes having a goal can really motivate you, other times too many resolutions are just frustrating. You know, like when you got so much stuff to do, you decide to take a nap instead? I hear you!

Don´t worry, I am not here today to make you feel bad. Instead, I am here to tell you that you can have your (pan)cake and eat it too!

 

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Veggie Burger with sweet potato fries

IMG_0393Ah, the good old Fast Food. I´m guessing nobody can resist the temptation that comes from the local burger restaurant. Especially not when it´s 6 in the morning and you are on your way home from a night out dancing. We have all been there! While I love French fries I usually ignore the burger and instead order some falafel and bread. It´s just that the regular fast food restaurants never seem to satisfy my cravings for a good burger. The first bite seems right but half an hour after you have eaten the burger all you feel is full and slightly nauseated. But fear not my friends, I´ve got just the thing for you.

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New Year´s resolutions and my grandma´s Mohnstriezel

IMG_0527Happy New Year everybody! Did you have a good New Year´s Eve? I hope everyone had a great holiday, awesome New Year’s Eve party and can now start 2015 with a full belly, happy thoughts and without any stress. And without too many New Year’s resolution please!

I am not the biggest fan of New Year´s resolutions. Mostly due to the fact that I can never keep them. Just look at all the times I decided to get my lazy butt of the couch and start working out. The times I actually did go to the gym in 2014 are rather rare. So before I can get frustrated, I usually never make any resolutions.

This year however I do have one resolution regarding this blog. I´ve been thinking about this for quite a while now. It has to do with this blog, what inspires me and what I want to communicate and convey with it. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Sunday evening we got to enjoy an impromptu jam session. Four guitars and one cajón made for some lovely moments in front of the chimney. It wasn´t long before a small fan club gathered to listen. It was during this moment that we decided to record the Christmas spirit and made a little video for you to enjoy.

I wish everyone a lovely holiday, filled with joy, laughter, loved ones and good food. For those who might not be celebrating Christmas, I nonetheless hope you have some relaxing days with your loved ones. I Hope everyone has a great start into the New Year, I will see you all in 2015.

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Hot chocolate with a twist…

IMG_9272Christmas is almost here. Most of you are probably busy with the last preparations, buying groceries, packing presents and at least in our case, the tree still needs to be decorated as well. But once all the preparations are done, once the food is ready, the presents unpacked and the candles lit, then I hope everyone can find some time to relax and just enjoy the holidays. Let´s be honest, Christmas I never as cozy and peaceful as one would wish but actually…it would probably be pretty boring if it was.

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If you need some alone time to relax in these last days, I got just the thing for you. Homemade hot chocolate, ready in less than five minutes and awfully creamy, rich and chocolaty. This hot chocolate is made with coconut milk which makes it a little thicker and creamier than regular hot chocolate. I think it is absolutely worth trying but if coconut milk is not your thing, you can of course use regular milk as well. Continue reading

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German Spitzbuben

IMG_9136It´s Christmas time again. Which means it´s time to relax, calm down, spend time with your family, drink Glühwein and eat tons of cookies. Or in my case, it means that you are totally stressed out while trying to combine work, university, Christmas shopping and baking all at once. I might need to work on my relaxation technique I guess. But I did manage to bake my favorite Christmas cookies already. I Also made baked apples and Feuerzangenbowle, so you could say my Christmas spirit is rocking!

IMG_9106I of course had to post a Christmas cookie recipe this year. I already introduced you to the wonderful world of German Christmas baking last year when I posted the recipe for my grandmas cinnamon stars. This year I present to you Spitzbuben, a recipe similar to Linzer cookies. Continue reading

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Homemade chocolate bars with nuts, dried fruits and pistachios

IMG_9055It´s that time of the year again. The Christmas lights are up, Christmas markets all over Germany are open and everybody is getting busy baking cookies, or as we call them Plätzchen. I made my first batch of cookies already but this post is more about the difficult situation I am facing each year: what kind of presents should I get for my loved ones? If you are anything like me, you either have an idea right away or you will be stuck thinking about finding something the whole December. And then get busy at the last possible moment and try to get all the presents two days before Christmas. Well, worry no more, because I got an idea for you. How about homemade chocolate bars?

Since I love to cook, bake and most of all eat, I often resort to homemade things when I need to find presents. Chocolate, candy, cookies or jam, I think it’s great to get creative instead of just buying something. I even made my own Nutella one time, which was a huge hit. But for now, we will stick to chocolate. Continue reading