Kimchi on everything

 

Hello

Have i told you how much i love kimchi. Kimchi and i go way way back. I must admit though that i was very scared of making my own kimchi, as i was scared of contamination and explosions- I know i am a little dramatic.

All things aside my kimchi turned out great and it was delicious. So here is the recipe that i used that i got off the kitchn.

However i did twerk up the recipe and added 1 tablespoon of Sea Salt and 1 cup of water, before letting the kimchi rest for 1 week. After 1 week i placed the kimchi in the fridge and waited 5 days after that i burst that jar open with a POP and then nomnonom.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt
  • Water to soak the Napa Cabbage in

For the Paste

  • 1 Tablespoon of grated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of ginger
  • 1  teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of korean chilli powder ( In Berlin you can get it at Vihn Loi)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Small Daikon radish peeled and cut into match sticks
  • half a leek cut into circles ( you can also use spring onions)

Finishing Touch

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of water

 

Special Equipment:

Airtight seal able jar -I used this  one

Method:

  1. Cut the Cabbage in half l remove the cores and then chop medium sized strips.
  2. Salt the Cabbage, place the cabbage in a big bowl and pour in the salt massage it in well, you can use gloves here but that is purely optional just make sure your hands and nails are clean. The cabbage should start to soften once it has slightly softened add water the water should be enough to cover all of the cabbage. Cover the bowl with a chopping board and place a heavy book or canned goods on top. Let it stand for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile make the spicy Paste. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, ginger, sugar, chilli powder and water. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the Cabbage and wash and drain with cold water 3 times. Give the cabbage a good squeeze and drain out all the water. Towel dry the bowl and place the bowl and place the cabbage back in the bowl.
  5. Add in the paste, leek and daikon raddish. Mix everything well together, again use your hands however this time it is more advisable to wear gloves as the chilli could irritate your skin and the garlic smell may take longer to get rid of off your hands. However this is entirely up to you!  Make sure its all mixed together well.
  6. Place the mix in the jar add in 1 tbsp of salt and one cup of water, shut the jar and let the magic happen. Let it ferment at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. I let it ferment for 1 week and then placed it in the fridge and let it stand for another 5 days after that i popped it open.
  7. Check on your kimchi daily- Avoid opening the lid too often though. If anything looks off just write me or if you think something has gone wrong don’t risk  getting sick, dispose of it! Always trust your gut feeling. Taste the kimchi if it is to your liking you can eat it at an earlier stage as well, however please use a clean fork and do not use the same fork once it has been in your mouth to avoid contamination.

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once my kimchi was done i ate it with everything ( as pictured above on top of my lentil pommegranate salad) . Kimchi also tastes great with a simple bowl of rice, quinoa or what have you. Kimchi Good!

 

Here are a few links to a blogpost that i read about the benefits of fermented foods. Sauerkraut i am coming for you next!

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5711/Why-Im-Krazy-for-Kimchee.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14758/why-fermented-foods-are-good-for-weight-loss-mood-glowing-skin.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24066/the-best-foods-supplements-for-a-healthy-gut-a-doctor-explains.html

 

 

 

 

Make things and give them away: Body Scrubs

 

 

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So seeing that it is the season of giving, i thought that it would be the perfect time to share with all of you, two body scrub recipes that i have personally used and i find are a great gifts to yourself, your skin and all your friends. I love giving people gifts and making them smile i don’t know there is just something about making something with your own two hands and then giving that to someone.  Last year i gifted all my friends coffee scrubs and they all loved it. I think that the perfect gift does not have to be the most expensive it should just be something that lets the other person know that you are thinking of them and that you cherish them.

So lets dive right into it.

Smooth ‘as a babies bottom’ Coffee Scrub

This is especially for those of us who have very dry skin, especially great in the winter months. This scrub leaves your skin silky smooth and smells so good. This is my favorite scrub!

Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut oil in solid form ( should NOT be melted)

1 cup of roughly ground coffee ( the rougher = the more exfoliating)

1 tsp cocoa powder

5 drops of organic orange oil

2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil

a dash of salt ( the more salt the rougher the scrub will be)

dash of cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla ( not extract or aroma but actual ground up vanilla if its too expensive than omit vanilla)

Method: 

Mix all the ingredients together transfer to a very clean glass jar seal well and store in a cool dry place. Keeps up-to 3 months just make sure to keep water out of the jar and store in a cool place. If it is very hot where you live then the fridge is a good place.

 

Lavender lemon Sugar or Salt Scrub/Balm

This is a great lip scrub if you make it with sugar. However if you make it with salt i would recommend you to use it on your skin only.  It smells delicious and leaves your skin soft and fresh.

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Autumn feelings: Oat ginger cookies.

So it has been a while… i know i haven’t been as consistent as i’d wish to be. I guess that is life but this blog has always been on my mind and i have so many ideas that i would love to share with all of you. Ideas that i have been wanting to share for such a long time, i have to write all these ideas down and bring them together somehow, so that i do not forget  and actually get to share them with you all.

I am happy though that i am no longer very hard on myself, i used to really be mean to myself if everything that i set out to do didn’t turn out the way i had planned. I am a huge writer of lists and plans, I write a plan almost every night! Thing is that i hope to achieve most of the things and someday i will but wouldn’t life be a bore if every single day goes as planned its nice to have a guideline an outline but i think randomness and surprises are what makes life. Not everything needs to be fixed.

 

I think that if you try to predict everything, it can lead to a lot of disappointment and instead of understanding the new thing or unexpected event,person or action you start to beat yourself up because things didn’t go as planned and you miss an opportunity in actually learning or accepting this change.

A little spontaneity can create wonderful experiences, thoughts, things and feelings. I am all about good feelings! This is exactly how i stumbled on this recipe. A friend of mine told me how she tried to make oat cookies the other day and that the recipe didn’t quiet turn out the way she had hoped so she asked me if i had a good recipe. I said i would get back to her. The whole week i was planning on trying a good recipe, sadly several things got in the way till yesterday when i was talking to one of my housemates, I told her that i had been meaning to make oat cookies she said ‘me too’ and had a recipe on her phone that she had browsed earlier that day. It was a ginger cookie recipe from my green kitchen stories we looked at each other and said lets do it (even though i hadn’t planned on baking at all)  and i got out the ingredients as we had almost everything and within 40 minutes we were munching on these delicious gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan cookies. All the other housemates loved them too!

My green kitchen stories is an amazing vegetarian blog run by the perfect couple. I love their recipes as they can all be veganised. When i got into the vegan lifestyle i used most of their recipes, which are super easy and i have never been disappointed. Till this day whenever i am planning a dinner or something i turn to their blog for inspiration. I can only recommend their website.

Now here is the recipe adapted from my green kitchen stories we added a bit of a twist and used fresh ginger and instead of maple syrup we used rice syrup. The original recipe can be found here http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/thin-oat-ginger-crisps/ check their site out really do!

Ingredients:
4 tbsp of room temp. coconut oil

3 tbsp of rice syrup

2 tbsp of buckwheat flour

2 tbsp of any plantbased milk that you prefer or have

70g rolled oats

1 tbsp of freshly grated ginger

pinch of clove

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. One tablespoon should equal one cookie, this recipe should make twelve thin small round cookies however if you like bigger  cookies you can make 6 big cookies. Press the cookies flat using the backside of a spoon or use your palms (wet them before though to avoid sticking).

Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, bake longer if your oven is weak they should be golden brown.

Take the cookies off the tray and let them cool. Let them cool as this well let them form and set, the wait is worth it!

Now enjoy, these cookies are great for dunking in tea or cold almond milk nomnomnom!

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Essentials: Oatly + milk rice recipe

The first product that i want to feature is Oatly. Oatly is a proud Swedish company, that makes oat drinks that are a great alternative to milk. I am all about making my own milk alternatives but sometimes the time is not there to clean everything up, therefore when i buy, i buy Oatly. Other milk alternatives brands which are available in stores contain a ton of crap like sunflower oil, i don’t understand what oil is doing in there! I recommend Oatly because it tastes amazing, contains simple readable minimal ingredients, is creamy and delicious-making it great to cook and bake with. I love their vanilla, chocolate and pure oat drink. I find all three the bombdiggity 😀

 

 

Oatly’s products are organic and place a deep emphasis on producing only plant-based products that are environmentally and eco friendly. Their website is very informative, colorful, has funny illustrations and is enjoyable to read.

Oatly also contributed at the Way out West festival which is one of Sweden’s biggest music festival which decided back in 2012 to go completely meat free this cut the festivals carbon footprint by 25%. They topped this in 2015 by going milk free too with Oatly changing the festivals name to Way oat west. (see video below)

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPTtwsFqwE0

Toni Petersson the CEO of Oatly he also posts YouTube videos under a series called Toni Tv were he posts hilarious videos like the wow no cow song and also shares his thoughts.

Oatly has made it possible for me to remake a childhood dish that i loved and still love and that is Milchreis. As a child i would have done everything for Milk rice i was a milk rice monster. Milk rice is something that is known by most people in Germany and is especially loved by children, it is like a sweet milk risotto that is topped with hot cherries, applemus/applesauce or cinnamon usually.  I have tried making milk rice with coconut milk but that reminded me more of the Thai sticky rice which i also like -don’t get me wrong- but i never really found the milk rice from my childhood till i tried to make it with Oatly. I hope you enjoy it, its super quick and easy  to make and doesn’t really require much stuff 🙂

What you need:

Stove

cooking pot with a lid

wooden spoon

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk rice or risotto rice

4 1/2 cup of vanilla oatly 

toppings: cinnamon, berries or whatever you prefer

Method:

Place the 4 1/2 Cups of Oatly and the rice in a pot and bring to boil once it is boiling turn down the heat to low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally, if it gets to dry add more Oatly. This takes about 25 minutes. Once the rice is ready turn off the heat take the pot away from the stove top and let the rice rest for 10 minutes in the pot with the lid on. Serve in a bowl add your toppings and enjoy. This is a great breakfast, lunch dinner or dessert! 😉

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Blacker the berry sweeter the muffin.


This recipe was a roaring success with my brother, who is might i add a very picky person. He is not as supportive of my vegan lifestyle but then again there are not many people around me who are. It gets tough, but instead of arguing or trying to convince my  friends and family i just keep on cooking and preparing delicious meals and i almost always hear hmmmm it tastes real good, i didn’t know vegan could taste good. It tastes good because it is cruelty free and prepared with love and life in mind.

 

this recipe is based on the recipe by cakeinvasion

 for 12 delicious muffins

Ingredients:

230 gram whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon Vanilla ( not essence but actual vanilla)

zest from half a lemon

zest from half an orange

pinch of salt

6 Tablespoons of brown rice syrup( or agave or whatever you have but the sweeter the syrup the less you will need to use)

5 Tablespoons of coconut oil ( or whatever oil you use)

150ml freshly squeezed orange juice

1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

130g Blueberries ( i used frozen ones, but fresh works well too. If you like a lot of blueberries in muffins use 150g)

2 Tablespoons of whole wheat flour.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 175 degree Celsius.

In a mixing can add in- if you have a lot of time sift in- the 230 grams of flour with the baking powder in a mixing bowl.

Add in the vanilla, salt and zests. Mix in all the ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Now add the oil, brown rice syrup, orange juice and lemon juice. Mix all everything well, stop mixing when the mixture is smooth and lump free.

In a separate bowl gently mix the blueberries with 2 tablespoons of flour and make sure the blueberries are covered with flour. This is done so that the blueberries don’t get all squashed up.

Place the blueberries into the mixture and fold them in gently.

Line  muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Portion out one and a half a heaped tablespoon of the muffin mix in each liner.

Place in oven and bake for 20 to 25 mins.

Set aside to cool, it is essential to let them cool as this allows the to firm up!

Enjoy these with tasty date paste or with a jam or spread of your choice as these wont be that sweet,- depending on what sweetener you use- I used brown rice syrup and they were perfectly fine for me but for those who like it sweeter there is an array of spreads to use! or devour these sprinkled on top of nicecream or with a cool smoothie the possibilities are endless really!

 

Tip: you can lick out the raw mix as it is vegan! Oh yea 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misir Wot aka Ethiopian lentils

Lentils are an essential in many cultures as they are versatile and packed with protein. Misir in Amharic stands for lentils and wot means stew or curry. I was introduced to Ethiopian food by my boyfriend, we went out for Ethiopian food here in Berlin and I fell in love with the flavors, spices and food traditions like eating from a huge platter together. Ethiopian food is usually served on a huge platter (traditionally on a straw platter) an injera is laid out -the traditional Ethiopian sourdough bread made out of teff (originally gluten-free but many restaurants nowadays mix it with wheat…)- and different wot’s are placed on top of the Injera.

 

Since i am all about experimenting and cooking things myself, i had to make my own wot. Its healthier to cook things yourself as you know exactly what goes into what you are making. Restaurants in my opinion are going overboard with some ingredients such as oil, i am not saying that eating out is bad- i mean i live in Berlin a culinary metropolis-  but maybe you should let those meals out inspire you to whip up the food yourself just to your liking and with less salt and oil and all that not so good stuff.

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Vegan Take away from Betje Ethiopia in Berlin. Vegans when odering Ethiopian food dont forget to say no butter and no ghee !

This recipe does though call for original Ethiopian good stuff, that is the whimsical red hot spice mix Berbere. The Spice mix is a blend of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, chili peppers and korarima ( which is a plant that grows wild in Ethiopia and is known as Ethiopian Cardamon). This mix can be found in all Ethiopian and spice stores, sometimes even sold in Italian grocery stores in the spice section. In Berlin it is easy to get your hands on it, even the organic brand  Sonnentor has a Berbere mix thus you can get it in the spice section from organic stores here as well, and if all else fails just order it online. Its essential for this recipe and its what gives the lentils its red hot color and rich spicy taste.

Ingredients:

1 red onion diced ( white onion works too)

2 cups of dried red lentils (washed)

1 Tbs of tomato paste

2 tbs of berbere spice ( more if you like it spicy)

1 tsp tumeric powder (also known as curcuma)

a pinch of cumin powder

1 crushed garlic clove

1 medium sized knob crushed ginger

4 cups of water

2/3  can of crushed tomatoes

Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Method:

-Put a tablespoon of olive oil in cooking pot and place it on a medium high heat stove top.

-Once the oil is hot but not smoking hot place the onions in and let them saute, when the onions are glassy add the garlic and ginger turn the heat a bit lower you don’t want the garlic and ginger to burn.

-Add in the berbere, turmeric and cumin and mix it well.

-Place in the lentils and stir everything together.

-Toss in the tomato paste and stir in well together.

-Add the crushed tomatoes followed by 3 1/2 cups of water.

-Lower the heat and let it simmer, stir occasionally and add in the rest of the water, when there is a visible reduction of water. Let it simmer for 30 mins, stir in salt to your taste and then serve.

– Serve with rice, bread and all the other carbs you can think of. However if you can get your hands on injera, then ignore everything else and devour it with injera!

Tip: This can also be enjoyed cold and stores up-to 3 days in the fridge so its also a great recipe for meal preps. Perfect recipe for creating a tasty nourishing wholesome happy bowl.