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In one of my recent What I Ate Wednesday posts I showed you a picture of semolina pudding, known as Grießbrei here in Germany. This is a traditional dessert or snack that is very easy to prepare. You could even enjoy it as breakfast!

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Sweet semolina pudding

To prepare this wholesome treat you only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes, so it’s a great option to satisfy a spontaneous dessert craving. Or you could enjoy it as an alternative breakfast item.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

*Vegetarian*Vegan*

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk, e.g almond milk, rice milk, full-fat cow’s milk
  • 1/4 cup semolina (Weichweizengrieß)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • a dash of salt

Directions:

Pour milk of choice into a pot and carefully bring it to a gentle boil. Add all remaining ingredients and thoroughly stir with a whisk. Reduce heat to low and keep whisking. The mixture will look very thin but it will firm up within a few minutes. Don’t stop whisking or the pudding will burn!

After about five minutes the pudding should be firm and creamy. If not, keep cooking on low temperature and whisk regularly until it has reached the desired consistency.

Serve either warm or chilled, topped with your favorite fruit. Cherry compote or apple sauce are great options to start.

Note that this pudding will firm up even more after cooling.

I’ve decided to link up this recipe in Laura’s Strange but good round-up, as I assume that semolina is a rather strange ingredient to my non-German readers.

Enjoy!

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Sunday At The Christmas Market

Today marks the official start of Christmas season. So of course we had to celebrate the day by taking a trip to one of our local Christmas markets. I generally prefer the smaller ones in our area as the larger ones, like in Munich, Regensburg, or Nuremberg, are way too crowded.

After scanning the booths and their goods – and buying myself a new knitted hat (it’s purple!) – it was time for food and drinks.

Mulled wine & roasted chestnuts

Mulled wine & roasted chestnuts

Both were very good, but as we had skipped lunch, I was still a bit hungry. There are usually very few vegetarian options at German Christmas markets, most vendors offer some variations of grilled sausages, hot dogs, steak sandwiched, etc. As I wasn’t in the mood for greasy fries I got myself a savory crepe, filled with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Savory crepe with tomatoes and mozzarella

Savory crepe with tomatoes and mozzarella

Gooey, cheesy, and deliciously filling. On our way home I felt my sweet tooth kicking in. Luckily, we happened to walk past my favorite bakery – the one that made our amazing wedding cake! And we got some lebkuchen. I couldn’t decide if I wanted a ‘white’ or a ‘black’ one, so I got both.

Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen

I ate one half of each and saved the rest for tomorrow. I actually liked the white one better. Who would have thought?

Christmas market #1 – check!

Any mulled wine fans out there? Red or white? Hot cider or mead?

See you!

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My Favorite Season

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’s celebrating!

For me it’s just a normal Thursday, so I’m already one step ahead and thinking about Christmas. Even though I’m not a fan of cold weather, December seems to be my favorite month of all. Why? Because of all the yummy cookies, lebkuchen, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and all the other seasonal delicacies that are only truly fun in winter.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved baking Christmas cookies with my mum. In the past few years I’ve scaled down my excessive baking habit a little bit, but I still enjoy producing many different kinds of those delicious sugary goodies. Last year I shared a few of my favorite cookie recipes, but there are many more, mostly in the form of magazine clippings and hand-written notes, all neatly filed away in a folder. (Type A? Me? Psh!)

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Fruity Chocolate Crossies

Fruity Chocolate Crossies

Spiced Linzer Cookies

Spiced Linzer Cookies

There’s another seasonal activity that I enjoy very much: visiting Christmas markets! We have lots of them around here, big or small, traditional or trendy. Most local markets start this weekend and I can hardly wait!

What do you love most about Christmas season?

See you!

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This is so easy that I’m a bit ashamed to even call it a recipe, but I decided to post it anyway.

I love bananas (some low-carb believers claim that bananas are bad for you, but I’m not one of them), and I also love ice cream and chocolate. It’s probably no surprise that I love love love Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. I also love the company’s attitude towards (mostly) natural ingredients, and environmental and social issues.  But I don’t quite love this brand’s price tag, and calorie and dairy content. So I tried to create my very own, slightly healthier, much cheaper version of Chunky Monkey.

Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Remake

Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Remake

Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Remake

makes one small serving

  • 1 large banana, frozen
  • dash of milk, optional (see below)
  • liquid sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup), optional
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips

First, prepare a batch of Banana Soft Serve. I’m not sure who to credit for this awesome idea, but I think I saw it first on Choosing Raw. I normally use one large frozen banana, but feel free to make a bigger batch. The original recipe uses only banana, but my poor little blender needs a little help, so I add a dash of milk. I prefer soy milk, but I’m sure almond, rice, coconut, or even cow’s milk all would work just fine. Make sure you don’t add too much milk, or you’ll end up with a smoothie. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, just not what we want right now. If you prefer your ice cream to be sweeter, add liquid sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup) to taste.

Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips and either enjoy immediately or put it in the freezer for a few minutes to let it firm up a bit.

You could also add half a scoop (about a tbsp) of protein powder and have it as a post-workout snack. That would be totally fine.

Enjoy!

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