Sunday, September 27, 2015

Plain Picture-Perfect Pancakes (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 20 mins
Main ingredients: oats, buckwheat, banana, non-dairy milk
difficulty level: easy
serves: 2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low-fat

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Homemade Birthday Buffet (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: ca. 3 min

// 24 //

Hello my lovelies,

on Monday i turned 24 (didn't manage to publish a novel by 23 unfortunately, but oh well), on Sunday i held a small family get-together and an "un-birthday" buffet. Completely vegan of course. 

The buffet, which was homemade - mostly by my boyfriend and me - , consisted of an Asian Pumpkin Soup, Millet Avocado Bean Tofu Salad, Chickpea Tofu Salad, Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies + one Pear Cinnamon Cake not pictured above, and condiments such as baguette, hummus, pumpkin hummus and homemade herb butter (the only non-vegan part of our buffet). EVERYTHING except for half the herb butter was gone after three hours!

Just like last year, here are some buffet impressions and ingredients:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Banana Buckwheat Bread (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: ca. 1 min

This is one of the things that my boyfriend and i took with us on our hiking trip back in April, and i've made this recipe several times now, so i really wanted to share it with you! It's free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar and even free of nuts, if you like. This is a true "lembas" bread (lord of the rings reference) because it is dense, filling, and a bit on the dry side. To make it more moist, add more bananas or less flour, or use ground nuts instead of any flour. 

The trick is to use only the ripest bananas you can find. Once the skins start to develop freckles and the fruits are just a little too soft for pleasurable snacking, then it's banana bread time. Letting your bananas ripen even longer - until the skins are brown and the fruit falls apart when you peel it - will make your bread even more strongly banana-flavoured and richer.

Vegan Gluten-free Walnut Apple Bread

reading time: ca. 1 min

Preparation time: 10 mins + 50 minutes baking time
Main ingredients: walnuts, almonds, apple
difficulty level: easy, fool-proof
makes: 1 loaf
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, low carb

This is the other bread/cake that we brought along on our hiking trip through the highest mountains of Northern Germany (as well as our weekend trip to Rügen Island). Such perfect provisions for a journey! I like the one-bowl simplicity of this recipe, and i love love love the outcome. So nice and moist and juicy and satisfying.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Essentials /15

reading time: ca. 4 min

Hey guys - 
as I am typing this, I'm singing along to Freedom by Pharrell Williams and spooning away a totally overflowing bowl of nicecream. La-lala-la-lala-lala-la-la... mh! Yep I'm celebrating because i just handed in my last term paper, so I got one month worth of time for all my personal projects - so thrilled!!

So what am I gonna do with all my free time? Well, for one thing I will continue with my Day Zero Project (currently eyeballing numbers 12, 24, 34, 37, 46, 47, 74, 80, 82, 83... there are so many possibilities! but let's see how far i'll actually get... //EDIT: actually managed to tick off all listed tasks except 46, 74, 80, 82 and 83!). 

Also: READ! Aah, i can't wait to get my hands on some new book pages! (currently diving deep into Wildwood by Colin Meloy, finally!!) And in the rest of my free time I will meet up with friends, family and do my tutoring job. 

But right now I just need to relax and wallow in my success of finally finishing these term paper beasts!

Chocolate, candles and red roses

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Travel Diary | Ehrwald, Austria

reading time: ca. 3 min

Guys, i was on holidays again. As i already announced in my Travel Diary: Prague, i spent a week in Austria - not in Vienna with my friends unfortunately (that will be made good for later), but in a picturesque town called Ehrwald in Tyrol, western Austria. 

Ehrwald lies at the southern base of the Zugspitze (around 2950 meters above sea level), Germany's highest mountain, which we went to on our third day in Austria. This must have been the most active, sporty vacation i've ever been on! Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, swimming, jumping on trampolines and what not.

By the way, the picture above was taken at the Zugspitze at the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. And just a heads-up: the following photos mainly consist of mountains, woods, alpine pastures, animals and lakes. Landscape porn, so to say. Lean back and enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

No-bake Dirty Blondies (raw vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: ca. 1 min

These blondies were made in my PJs. 

I don't know if this says something about the sluttishness of these "dirty blondies" *, but I definitely recommend rocking the kitchen in your jammies while singing along to These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra. Great song. Which will hopefully inspire you to create some greatness yourself as you are prancing through the kitchen, holding your spatula like a microphone. 

Sunday, September 06, 2015

DIY Falafel with Flatbread (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: ca. 3 min

After making Buckwheat Wraps with "Aioli" Bean Cream + Spinach Pesto i decided to make my own vegan, gluten-free Falafel served with homemade flatbread and salad.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Maisy ❤ August 2015

reading time: ca. 2 min

I'm back from my adventure holidays in Tyrol, Austria (a City Capture will follow soon), back to everyday life and my working routine, so here goes this month's media round-up.

(The only advantage to that is that i will also have more time to read, hopefully finish some of my Day Zero Project tasks and watch movies again... sigh.)

Read: This Dad Has Been Tattooing His Son's Drawings On His Own Arm Since He Was 5 (2015)

source: boredpanda