A Song For Tuesday: Inner Cinema by KYTES!

Today’s song Inner Cinema is a German piece by the Munich-based indie-rock band KYTES. Their first album Head and Tales has just been released. I love those rough and young tunes. They just make me wanna jump around and feel like I am in my twenties again ;).

Have fun listening!

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A Relaxed Hamburg Weekend!

hh2The opening of the brewery Hopper Bräu. Pics by Franzi.

This last weekend I tried to relax a bit and to enjoy the first days of fall. I went (again) to the farmers market, cooked soups, visited the opening of the craft beer brewery Hopper Bräu and had a game night with friends. Perfection!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – enjoy those beautiful September days!

hh4I was at the farmers market, again :)!

hh1Hamburg’s town hall by night looks amazing!

hh3Inside the Hopper Bräu brewery!

Happy Birthday Mum!

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The Books I’ve Read: Cézanne gesucht! // Chasing Cézanne by Peter Mayle!

cezannePic by Franzi.

I found the book Cézanne gesucht! (Chasing Cézanne) by Peter Mayle on the street – near my favorite ice-cream shop here in Hamburg. So, the book found me in this case :). Because of its sunny Provence cover I decided to take it with me on my summer vacations. It was one of the easiest and fastest reads I ever had.

The crime novel plays in the international art scene. New York-based photojournalist Andre is working in the south of France, when he observes something strange happening: A famous Cézanne painting is transported out of the residence of its rich owner and loaded into a suspicious looking van. That’s the starting point of a wild chase. Andre, his boss Camilla, booking agent Lucy and art dealer Cyrus are in the center of it. A light and entertaining book that was great fun to read!

I wish you a fun weekend! Have a relaxed one :)!

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Figs!

pizzaPic by Franzi.

Since eating gluten-free, I think a lot about pizza (and pasta). I just miss my pizza treats from time to time. But then I read that one can actually make a pizza crust with cauliflower instead of flour. Yes, cauliflower. Last weekend I tried it – topped with figs and ricotta cheese. What can I say?… The crust preparation took some time, but it was absolutely delicious!

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower (chopped into florets), 2 eggs, 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 TSps Herbs de Provence, 1/2 TSp salt, 1 onion (cut into rings, caramelized), 4 figs (cut into slices), 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, basil leaves.

Preparation:

Pizza Crust:

Add the chopped cauliflower to a food processor, grind until small grains form. Spread the cauliflower over a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes at 200°C. Remove and let cool. Place cauliflower in the center of a tea towel and wrap it into a ball. Squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Place the drained cauliflower into a mixing bowl, add eggs, salt, herbs and parmesan cheese – stir together. Line a small cake tin with parchment paper. Spread the crust mixture into the tin. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 225°C. Allow the crust to cool slightly before adding toppings.

Topping:

Distribute the caramelized onion, the ricotta cheese and the sliced figs over the crust. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes at 225°C. Garnish with fresh basil.

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Bags!

bags4Three of my bags. Pics by Franzi.

So, let’s count my bags! I have: One HUGE rucksack (which I carry on my back nearly everyday), one brown leather tote (which I often combine with the rucksack to have easy access to my keys and money), one (girly) beach bag (which I also use in the city) and three bags I nearly never use (one from the 1990s, one was a recent gift and one for special occasions). This makes six bags. …Plus, an enormous red travel rucksack (what else?), a small travel bag, one big travel bag and one gigantic travel bag (which has already holes and is only used when I am moving flats).

Have a beautiful day!

bags1My beloved rucksack (you can see me everyday with this monster on my bag).

bags3My good-old (girly) beach bag!

bags5Three more: Two bags for the beach and one tote for special occasions.

bags2My everyday-tote!

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A Song For Tuesday: Bus In These Streets by Thundercat!

Today’s song Bus In These Streets by the American musician Thundercat simply convinced me with its distinct vibe and groove. It’s hard to find a genre for Thundercat’s sound – for me it’s located somewhere between funk and soul. I am pretty sure, that we will hear a lot more from this exceptional artist in the near future!

Have fun listening!

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Late Summer in Hamburg!

we1Sunset with the Telemichel. Pics by Franzi.

Another weekend in late-summer Hamburg! I enjoyed the bright red sky on Friday evening, a stroll through the Isemarkt and cooking delicious meals. Saturday we celebrated the bachelorette party of my pal D with a fun photo shoot and an Italian dinner. Now we all look forward to her wedding in two weeks!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – enjoy those last late-summer days!

we5The farmers market “Isemarkt” is filled with tasty late-summer fruits and vegetables…

we4…as well as with beautiful flowers!

we2It’s figs season! I used them for a fig-ricotta pizza (recipe will follow). Delicious!

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The Books I’ve Read: Sehnsucht ist ein Notfall // Desire is an Emergency by Sabine Heinrich!

bookPic by Franzi.

Sehnsucht ist ein Notfall (Desire is an Emergency) by Sabine Heinrich is one of the many books I read during my summer vacations. It’s the story of a young women between two guys – with one she has a several year-long relationship, that feels comfy but not very wild. The other guy is not only good-looking but also feels adventurous. Then there is her grandma that just decided to seperate from her grandpa. In between all this chaos, the two women decide to take a break and drive to Italy because the grandma never saw the sea. During their trip both women think about their lives and decisions. It’s a road-trip full of insights and adventures that made me think on my own belated grandma. A great read – not only on vacations!

I wish you a fun weekend! Have a wild one :)!

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Mexican Rice Casserole!

2016-09-15-casserolePics by Franzi.

And another gluten-free recipe… AGAIN with a Mexican touch: A casserole filled with beans and rice and enchilada sauce, broiled in the oven with a golden cheese crust. Yummi!

Recipe: Serves 3.

Ingredients:

1 diced onion, 1 TblSp olive oil, cumin, chili flakes, paprika, salt, dried oregano, 1 red bell pepper (diced), 100 g diced green chillies, app. 200 g corn, app. 200 g kidney beans, app. 200 ml enchilada sauce, 1,5 cups cooked brown rice, app. 200 g shredded cheese.

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions. Cook for app. 3 minutes, then add the spices, roast for one more minute. Add the bell pepper and green chillies. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the beans, the corn, the enchilada sauce and the rice. Stir together.Top the mixture with grated cheese. Broil in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is golden.

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Shoes!

schoesJust a few of my shoes… Pics by Franzi.

Shoes and me, we are a strange couple with an even stranger relationship: Since my feet seem to be larger than those of the average woman, it’s hard to find nice shoes for me. Thus, if I find a good pair, I HAVE to buy it. After wearing them continuously for a few years, I won’t get rid of them –  even if they have actual holes. I first have to find a substitute. Thus, it isn’t very surprising that I counted 36 shoe pairs in my flat:

Two winter boots, two autumn boots, three boots for the whole year round, five sneaker pairs (one from the 1990s, one for running, one with holes that I am still wearing nearly every day, one black canvas sneaker pair that is uncomfortable, one white canvas sneaker pair that doesn’t fit with my wardrobe), eight sandals, four loafers (three uncomfortable pairs, one with holes that I am wearing), seven shoes for festive occasions (I nearly never wear those) and five more unclassified pairs (rain boots, slippers, ballet shoes…).

Okay, 36 shoe pairs may seem a lot – but I assure you, I need them all (from time to time). My next plan is to substitute my holey everyday sneakers with a new fashionable and comfy one. Wish me luck in finding those, soon :)!

Have a beautiful day!

shoes1A glimpse into my shoe cabinet. – No, there isn’t any system. I am just lazy in storing my shoes :D.

shoes2Three more boots.

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