New Year’s Resolution IV: Cook Foreign Dishes!

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My fourth resolution for 2017 is an easy one: Cook more foreign (gluten-free) dishes.

I already promised my special someone, that we will cook every month another dish from his new The Nordic Cookbook (my X-Mas gift for him).

Moreover, I read some exotic books lately, describing mouth-watering dishes from Mexico and Japan, that are still on my to-do list. So, more foreign cooking next year!

Have a delicious Tuesday :)!

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Topic of the Week: Dining with Friends!

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What did you do this last weekend? Maybe you met up with a couple of friends? Did you share a good piece of pizza with each other? Or maybe you made a BBQ? Or even a picnic? There are a million ways to come together and enjoy a good time with good talks, good company, good food and not seldom a good bottle of wine. Lately, I rediscovered the power of those evenings. Even if your day was slightly boring or depressing, a good laugh with friends at dinner on your balcony, in your living room or in your garden can easily save your day. Afterwards you feel relaxed and are looking forward to the next time you will all meet. That’s why I dedicated this week to the topic Dining with Friends. It does not require much to share a good meal with the people you like. Those are the important ingredients:

* A nice place to meet-up:
Your kitchen table, a picnic blanket, a balcony, a garden … Every tiny spot can feel comfy. Just lit a few candles, maybe choose some relaxed background music and this is it.

* Offer something delicious to eat:
This has not to be something extraordinary or complicated. Most times a good piece of pizza, a lasagna or a big bowl of pasta is more welcome than any fancy stuff.

A nice bunch of people:
It doesn’t matter if you are only two or fifty. As long as you enjoy your time together and there are stories to share you will have a wonderful time!

I wish you a good start into the new week with many hours shared with friends!

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A Monthly Challenge: Sustainable Eating – Local & Seasonal & Healthy!

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It’s time to start a new monthly food challenge: This week I will still indulge in (wedding) cake and big dinners but AFTER Suse’s big day a new era starts: For one month I will try to only eat local, seasonal as well as healthy food. This time I won’t be alone with this challenge – it was the idea of a special Mr who wants to improve our lifestyle. Cling together, swing together – or as we say here in Germany: “Mitgefangen, mitgehangen.” So we both will give our best during the next four weeks and I’ll try to create every week one dish that’s healthy, local & seasonal.

Do have any recipe ideas? Then tell me 🙂 ! And wish us luck!

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A monthly Challenge! January: Going Vegan!

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Voilá, I proudly present you a new series: A monthly Challenge. Life would be boring without a few challenges, wouldn’t it? And because the last few days (or should I say last two years?) showed already that I can deal with new challenges, I will make no pause and just search myself a new one …and in February the next, and in March another one and in April… I think you already get the scheme: 12 fresh months (okay 11,5) are laying stretched out before us and I will go for 12 fresh challenges. I haven’t decided yet if all of them will be food challenges (maybe yes – there’s still so much to try out; maybe not – life has to offer so much more thrilling challenges), but I will start with one. A big one. I will change my food status a bit: Instead of being a pescetarian  (Yeah, I also learned this word just now – cool isn’t it?) like usually, I’m going to live as a vegan from next Monday on for the next four weeks. In the beginning of the last year I made a 4 week detox during which I lived two weeks vegan. I found it pretty hard to adjust myself to this practise of a diet, but at least I had some recipes at hand and in the end it really helped me with some health issues. And since I planned to read Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals for a very long time anyway, I will start to read it now and give my best to challenge myself. I will keep you informed how it is going on and MAYBE – if I will dig out some new delicious vegan recipes – share them with you.

Wish me Luck!

(My dear illusion: This one is a coincidence and has nothing to do with you or your current popularity.)

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