Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Vegan Supercookies

Fancy a healthy snack for a little break?















I recently stumbled upon this fantastic recipe here and here, and it sounded so promising that I spontaneously decided to give it a try on an early Wednesday afternoon. Turns out that vegan baking is totally my thing, and those little guys are yummy as cookie heaven!
  1. Take one banana and mash it, then add one cup of oats and finally mix in some interesting ingredients you might find in your storage cupboard. (I used raisins, but I imagine nuts, coconut shreds, cinnamon or dark vegan chocolate must be great as well.) 
  2. Take a spoon and scoop about nine little balls on a cooking tray. (You might want to use baking paper so that they don't get stuck on the tray.)
  3. Put them in the oven (at approx. 190ºC) for about 20 minutes, until they are slightly golden on top. And there you go!
I'm just going to claim that they are good for your physiological and psychological well-being. Definitely a super efficient bait for the upcoming exam period!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Pancake Day Revisited

As the last week was quite busy, I didn't actually get around to make myself some pancakes on Tuesday. Anyhow, I gave in to my craving today and treated myself to some home made Eierkuchen for lunch.















And you can have some, too!

Ingredients
(makes for two adequate servings)

the base.
125g flour
200ml milk
2 eggs
50ml water
an apple
a bit of honey and vanilla essence as required
nuts (such as hazelnuts, almonds - you name it!)
*I like to keep the dough slightly bland so that I can experiment with a range of (sweet) toppings, but if you prefer overall sweetness, add some sugar straight away.*

topping.
icing sugar
cinnamon
yoghurt
But of course you can put anything on there, sweet and savoury, so feel free to get out your nutella jar, bottle of maple syrup, whipped cream or cream cheese! (Not that I'm saying that you can't have all of these at once if you want to.)


Instructions
  1. Mix the eggs, milk and water in a bowl, slowly add the flour (I used a sieve to sprinkle it smoothly into the batter.) and whisk everything thorougly until no clumps are left.
  2. Now slice the apple into thumb-sized pieces and grind the nuts as fine as you want them. Add everything to the batter, including the honey and vanilla essence.
  3. Put the bowl into the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat some oil in a small frying pan and fry one blob of batter at a time until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Add your desired topping, et voilà! Bon appetit, mes amis!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Blank Page

I should not be writing, should I? 
Apart from the fact that I actually have to work on this important essay, organise myself and my (future) life and concentrate on my academic career in general, what objections are there really?
I've been toying with the idea of starting a little blog to collect all the beautiful and lovely things I encounter in my everyday life for a while now, and even though I always tend to enthusiastically start a lot of projects on a whim and then abandon them after some time, I think this is worth a try. (I mean, it's the internet after all, and what isn't ephemeral these days?)
Used to having no audience, I enjoy the thought of keeping track of my experiences just for myself, but if you feel like this could be appealing to you as well, feel free to follow me on my journey through culture and cuisine and let me show you some pretty things I find here and there.
I really hope this is going to be something.