Archive for July, 2013

Social Media Summer Break

After what felt like the longest winter ever, summer is finally here and it’s just amazing!

There are a few things that I want to do right now:

  • going on bike rides with my husband
  • visiting our favorite Biergarten locations
  • enjoying refreshing gelato
  • workout out at my new gym (yay!) to get into my best shape ever
  • going on an epic road trip following the Danube river (finally!)
  • swim in a local pool or lake and bake in the sun
  • etc.

Things that I don’t want to do right now:

  • sit in my muggy apartment
  • staring at a computer screen
  • spending hours in my kitchen creating elaborate meals

That means I’m taking a break from blogging, including writing, reading, and commenting on blog posts.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t like this blogging game anymore, it’s just a shift of priorities. I want to focus on the things that really matter to me: my health, fitness, happiness, and most of all my family. I want to spend more time living offline instead of online.

I’m still posting all of my workouts on my DailyMile account, and might occasionally post on Instagram and Twitter.

So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me in the next few weeks or months. I’m just soaking up some sunshine.

See you!

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The Landshut Wedding is still on, which means that there are not only lots of people in medieval costumes running around town every weekend, but there are also dozens of bleachers set up along the main street (Altstadt). Their actual purpose is to provide seating options for the spectators of the wedding procession that takes place every Sunday morning. During the rest of the week, mainly on Friday and Saturday night, the locals like to have picnic parties on those bleachers. And so did we last Saturday!


After getting up on Saturday morning and having my usual breakfast (no picture, you have probably seen enough of my breakfast sandwiches by now), I started making a big pile of vegetable pancakes. I’ve modified my original recipe quite a bit, and I’m very happy with the results. I need to type that one up before I forget what I did.

My husband also made a batch of savory pancakes with pork belly and lots of garlic. Um, yeah, those are even stranger than mine.


We joined our friends on one of the bleachers, and they had also prepared a lot of food. They even provided meat free options for me. Yay!

We had, from top to bottom: pasta salad, mini pizzas, Greek salad, fresh radish, pizza slices, and our pancakes (almost gone already!). Unpictured, but still awesome: seasoned tofu pockets filled with rice (made by me!), and the infamous Rohrnudeln, sweet yeast rolls, freshly made by my best man.


Oh my goodness, so much delicious food!


We were lucky to catch a mini version of the procession, with musicians, guards, and several noble men and women.

And that’s all I have today. I was too busy chatting with my friends and entertaining two little baby girls.

I remember one of our last bleacher picnics eight years ago, where we had a lot less food and got terribly drunk. How things have changed!

What’s your favorite dish to bring to a picnic?

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The Munich area is absolutely beautiful and has so much more to offer than Oktoberfest and Hofbräuhaus! And I’m here to prove it.

Exhibit A: The Tollwood festival!

This is an outdoor event which takes place twice a year, and includes various stands selling everything from clothes to jewelery to liquor, lots of amazing, mostly organic food, and even live music. I’ve already been there a couple of times, and it’s become an annual tradition.


Before driving into town, I needed breakfast, of course. I’m still in love with that bright pink beet and horseradish spread. And local mini cucumbers. I could have those sandwiches for every meal of the day.


I also had some melon, that I shared with my husband, as it was already getting mushy.


Welcome to the Tollwood festival!


It was a very hot day, and I was getting thirsty, but wanted something more flavorful than plain water. We were lucky to find a juice stand near the entrance, where I got a grapefruit orange mix (left) and the husband had some strawberry concoction (right).


And then it was finally time for lunch! I had been looking forward to that falafel wrap all day long. It was good, but not as good as I remembered from previous visits. Strange. I also had a glass of my favorite summer cocktail. It’s called Hugo, and is a mix of sparkling wine, elderberry flower syrup, lemon, and mint. This one was perfect! More, please!


There are so many amazing food stands at the festival, I can’t possibly fit all of those delicious things into my belly, so I had to choose wisely what I wanted for dessert. It was a tough decision, but I finally settled on an old favorite, a thin crepe filled with applesauce. Fruity, not too heavy, not too sweet, just right.


While I ate a lot at the festival, we also ended up walking about five miles total that day. Maybe even more. I wasn’t very hungry, but didn’t want to skip dinner either, so I made us … no, not bibimbap, but bibimguksu. Which is basically the same dish, just with noodles instead of rice. I topped my noodles with green onions, parsley, button mushrooms, bell pepper, pickled radish, edamame, and avocado.

Bibimguksu is traditionally eaten cold, so it was a very refreshing end to a wonderful, hot summer day.

What’s your favorite summer festival? Or favorite festival food?

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Some might think I’m a little crazy to spend an entire afternoon baking in the middle of summer. Well, some things just need to be done!


My Saturday started the usual way, with open-faced sandwiches for breakfast. I had a leftover avocado half in my fridge that needed to be used up, so I simply mashed it with a little salt and lemon juice and put it on a slice of toast. Best idea ever!


Remember the lentil stew from my last post? I made a huge batch and have been eating leftovers for days. And there’s another serving in my freezer. It tastes great with millet and pickled greens.


I’m currently trying to clear out my pantry. There are so many strange things hiding in there, it’s a little insane. Among other things, I found half a bag of whole-grain bread baking mix. So I whipped up a loaf. It was ridiculously easy. And also delicious. And almost gone. Oops. My taste test was also my mid-afternoon snack, a slice of fresh bread with hummus and ajvar.


My husband and I were watching a cooking show, where the host made a berry meringue cake. It looked really good. And so my husband spontaneously decided to bake a similar cake, just because. His creation was actually quite tasty, but also ugly. The meringue topping was too runny and didn’t really set, I guess because the strawberries released some moisture. We’ll work on that one.


Dinner was another bowl of bibimbap, a family favorite. I know, I post this dish almost every week, but it’s just so good! And versatile! I admit I’m a little addicted to those black soy beans, so I use every chance I get to shovel them into my mouth.

What was the last thing you baked?

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Foodie Penpals

Last month I was exceptionally lucky to be paired with a lovely young lady from Birmingham, named Susie! As the contents of my last few parcels were mostly on the sugary side, I had specifically asked her for some savory items. And that’s exactly what I received.


Let’s take a moment to admire the beautiful wrapping! Isn’t it amazing!


Spicy curry peanuts: Those homemade spiced nuts are based on a recipe from JustBento.com. I’ve been a fan of that site for years and always wanted to try that recipe, but I’ve been too lazy. (Story of my life.) Great minds think alike? Needless to say, they are delicious.

Smoked chipotle chilis: Those little fellows have a strong smokey smell on them, but I’m a little intimidated. The label claims that they are only medium hot, but I’m not sure if I can handle it. I will give them a try in my next batch of meat-less chili. If they turn out to be too hot for me, I’ll pass them on to my husband, who loves spicy stuff.

Heinz salad cream: I used this as a dipping sauce instead of a dressing, because it is rather thick. This kind of sauce is not available in Germany, I think, so I’m glad I got to try it. It’s quite tasty.


BBQ sea salt: This salt mix smelled amazing, so I just had to try it immediately. I roasted a handful of cooked chickpeas in a little oil and mixed in some of the BBQ salt. Finally, I poured those spiced up chickpeas on top of a salad. The result blew my mind! The chickpeas were salty, spicy, warm, and slightly crunchy. I will definitely make that again. And again.

Curry powder: This ingredient arrived exactly at the right time, as I’m almost out of my favorite curry mix. I love all things curry, and I’m sure it will be awesome in soups, stews, sauces, dressings, etc.


Ethiopian berbere spice mix: I’ve never tried this kind of spice mix before, or any Ethiopian dish, so I was very curious. Susie recommended using it in a lentil stew, so that’s what I did. The resulting dish was a little spicy and had a distinct cinnamon flavor. I love cinnamon and tend to add it to almost everything, so it’s no surprise that I loved this stew.

Fairy cake cases: Honestly, I have no idea what to do with those, but they are incredibly cute, so I’ll surely find a way. Any ideas?

Lemon chili fudge: This was the only sweet item in the parcel. I didn’t mind, though, as I do love sweets, just in moderation. This fudge was surprisingly spicy! Normally, I don’t like spicy sweets, but who can say no to fudge? Not me, obviously, I ate it all up within just a few days.

Thank you, Susie, for such a beautiful and delicious parcel!

See you!

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