From Black Eye to Green Soup: Peas, Mint & Coconut

Sometimes the stimulus to cook a new recipe comes from an unexpected direction.

Cleaning up the uppermost shelf of my wardrobe, trying to tighten und lash up our winter blankets while standing on a wobbly stool (Attention: DO NOT TRY THIS!) I managed to give myself a full blown punch on my left eye. It really hurt and my eye started to swell (well, at least I did not knock myself out). My husband sprinted to the kitchen and came back with a bag of frozen peas to put on. You see, a green diet improves health:)

But what to do with those half-defrosted peas? Helene Holunder has a wonderful recipe in her book “Meine Familie isst vegan” (My family eastes vegan), to make good use of them.

Recipe: Pea-Soup with Mint and Coconut

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Life’s bananas and a bit nuts

Not everything always works out as expected, sometimes things just go bananas and a bit nuts. Just make the best out of it  – turn it into a banana-bread and enjoy the ride!

Recipe: Banana-Bread

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Foursome of pasta with a touch of Seabreeze

Most of us love the sea. The salty air, this light “fishy” breeze makes us feel happy and recharged. We walk the beach,  watch the fishes happily swim along and if hungry we thoughtfully gaze at the seaweeds – could we, should we, can we dare to eat 🙂

If you are missing a bit of sea breeze in your life right now ( or if you try to go vegan, but love a fishy taste)  this pasta- salad is a good start. I recently did discover  Seamore, a company selling algae products. Some of my “former-fish-addicted-now-vegan” friends can’t get enough of their algae pasta and bacon which I did use for this recipe.

Recipe: Foursome Pasta Salad with a touch of Seabreeze

(after a recipe from Nicole Just – La Veganista Superfood)

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True friends bake cakes:)

Every single year my friend Bea bakes a vegan birthday cake for me and also one for my husband’s birthday. Every single time a different one. Every single time her cakes are not only super-tasty, all vegan and organic, but they always are true eye candies. I even have  created a Facebook album just for all her creations.

This year’s cake was especially pretty with it’s blueberries, coconut topping  – and a filling of avocado, peanuts and raspberries.

Bea’s Birthday Cake for Daniela – 2017

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Bloody Morning: Beetroot-Blueberry Smoothie

Green Smoothies do not always have to be green. Depending on what you throw into your mixer you can end up with some interesting colours. Blueberries and Beetroots will make this smoothie turn out a very bright bloody red. Yes, vegans are mean hunters – poor little beetroots  and blueberries better hide from us:)

Recipe: Beetroot-Blueberry Smoothie (for 300 ml)

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Green Superhero: Broccoli-Pear Smoothie

I have to admit I have been in kind of a hibernation,  just hanging in there, waiting for nicer, warmer days to come. You have to keep in mind, sleeping is a real energy guzzler. During your night’s sleep you spend nearly 50% of your base metabolic calories!

But now spring is in the air, my spirits are up again and I am back to fill up those empty batteries with healthy delicious food. It is time to switch from warm comfort food to healthy green vitamin bombs for a perfect start into the day and as a prep for  summer and bikini time (you never can start too early). It is  Green Smoothie Time!

Recipe: Green Superhero – Broccoli-Pear Smoothie (250ml)

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A Good Life needs Good Reads

I love to read – I read every single day. I read in the morning before getting up, I read in the afternoon on the couch, I read on plains and trains, I read before I go to sleep. I even read on the loo. I never leave house without a book or my e-reader. I read fiction as well as non fiction, I read German and English books. I read and read, I am basically addicted to books:) If I would buy all the books I read I would have run out of money a long time ago:)

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