Category Archives: Lunch

Resolution for the Not So New Year

I have committed a crime.

Since I have been back at school I have officially been the worst blogger ever. School work, plus not cooking all the time because of other time commitments has made me a blogging-slacker. But the good news is, I miss blogging and I want to blog and I miss the blogging community! So it’s my new resolution!

I have come up with lots of recipes that I want to share, but first and foremost:

I went home a week ago and we had Raclette. If you don’t know what Raclette is, you need to travel to Switzerland and try it. It’s not particularly healthy, so be prepared for a mini heart attack when you look at these pictures. It comes from Switzerland and you only eat it once or twice a year when it is really cold outside. I love it because you cook all of your food yourself and you sit at the table for a long time and no one rushes up to leave or go somewhere.

You put the cheese on the bottom in the little shovel until it bubbles and then you grill whatever you want on the top! My parents had filet and I had some shrimp. My favorite is also pineapple. Once the cheese is done you put it on a potato and eat! I like to make towers with pineapple or peppers or mushrooms. The combinations may sound weird, but they are oh so delicious!

And we had that with a wonderful German white wine:

But I’m getting ahead of myself. When I arrived home on Friday afternoon my mom greeted me with lunch from one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte: Upstream. If you live in Charlotte and haven’t been, I highly recommend it (especially for lunch). I always either get the Salmon Bento Box or Vegetable “Toban Yaki.” I usually ask for it minus the pasta and with extra vegetables. It also comes with rice, so I only need one side of carbs!

It usually doesn’t have tofu, so it surprised me a little, but every time it’s a little different. Usually it has mushrooms, water chestnuts, fennel, some type of bean, tomatoes…you name it and it’s probably in there!

When I got back to school, I stocked up on grapefruit and other citrus-y goodness. I cannot go a breakfast in the winter without grapefruit. Oatmeal for some, grapefruit for others!

What are everyone’s superbowl plans? My roommate is a Packers fan, so she is rooting for them, and so far so good…but let’s be honest, it’s only the first quarter. I for one, not the biggest football fan myself, enjoyed Lea Michele singing at the beginning! (But I’m not sure how I felt about Christina Aguilera’s hair… thoughts?)

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Right When You Thought I’d Given Up…

Friends,

I’M BACK!

Please excuse my long absence. I will make up for it with awesome new recipes! As my last post may remind you, I was media fasting, and yes, I admit I have been back in the real world for a while, but life has been crazy! I got back to the USA from my time abroad in Germany, had a few days at home to see friends and family, and then made the road trip back to college!

I loved being in Germany. It’s a second home to me since I have so much family over there. BUT BEING BACK IS AMAZING! I missed my home, my friends, my food, and yes, even my school.  Dorothy may have sounded corny when she said this, but was definitely right: There is no place like home.

Right before I came back, my mom and I went to a health clinic in southern Germany. That was where the picture of the sailboats was from on my last post. It was wonderful. I basically lived off of fennel and a variety of other vegetables, received awesome recipes, lost a few pounds that I had gained (although I hate to admit it) from study abroad, and exercised again, something I sorely missed during my travels. I took cooking classes, turned vegetarian (kind of: I still eat organic meat (mostly chicken) or local meat (again, usually by meat I mean chicken) and I also still eat fish, because let’s face it, I love my weekly does of Salmon and Omega-3), went hiking in the Alps, baked bread, learned how to meditate, and met royalty from Saudi Arabia! I don’t think I have ever been that healthy in my life, because there were doctors and nurses and anyone else you can imagine who can aid you in healthy living.

Here are some highlights in pictures:

One of many delicious meals with an abundance of nutrients but only around 200 calories!

The bread I baked!

My new breakfast staple. Sorry overnight oats, you have moved out of the way for this bad boy. 2 or three Tablespoons of nonfat plain yogurt, flax seed oil or ground flax seeds for the all important omega-3, any type of season fruit (I am currently filling bowl with the last available peaches from the farmer’s market), one tablespoon of oats (yes, while at the clinic I even ground the oats myself!), 5 almonds or a different kind of nut you may like, and one third mushed banana mixed in. DELICIOUS. Unfortunately I will have to give this up soon since summer starting to turn into fall and I will be craving warm oatmeal again.

Hiking in the Alps!

Light Painting with some new friends!

Yes, it was a successful end to the summer. Shortly after returning to the States, my sister and I were finally reunited, and we had a party with our friends. First order of business? Trying out one of my new recipes from the health place! Homemade Vegetarian Spring Rolls! So incredible. I definitely recommend them for any party you are planning to host. And a little selfish side note: everyone will complement you, because no one expects you to home-make spring rolls!

(Sorry this is blurry. My camera is broken. But they are supposed to be sesame seeds roasting away!)

An amalgam of vegetables on the stove!

They may not look impressive, but just wait until you taste them! I will post the recipe tomorrow!

And now I am back at college. I am living off campus this semester, which I am loving because I have a kitchen to continue my cooking, GM-making, oatmeal-eating habits! And I still have Germany partly with me because I ride my bike to school everyday like a true European! It’s actually a nice ride that helps me cool off in the afternoon and wakes me up in the morning. I start the day off feeling like I did something!

And probably the best thing about being back? FRIENDS! I love them all!

This is us before a cocktail! That’s me in the white dress and yes, you recognized correctly. The second on the right is Megan from The Oatmeal Diaries! Reunited at long last! Check out her post from a few week ago! That was the tasty meal we made together! Homemade humus and guac plus some freshly baked break = good friday afternoon!

Okay, that was long, but necessary to catch you up on my life! More regular updates are once again coming!

Nuernberg Weekend Recap part deux

Okay, now for the food part of my weekend! If you go to Nuernberg you must try the Nuernberg Sausages from yesterday’s post! Very tasty! And small, too, so you don’t get too full! And beer. Ohmygoodness. I had lot’s of beer. Once I even had beer at 11:30 in the morning. But I didn’t feel bad becuase every other table to Germans had beer too. Welcome to Southern Germany. But it was hot, and I needed a refreshing cold wonderful beer to cool me down!

This market was truly crazy. When we walked by, they were all yelling “Half price, half price! All fruit half price!” I have never seen people at a fruit market go that crazy!! Naturally, my dad and I bought some apricots and cherries because we couldn’t just walk by and not get anything!!

Doesn’t this papaya look absolutely delisshhh?

My dad!

My dinner on Friday: Salad with olives, tuna, onions, rucola, tomatoes, cucumbers, and an egg. Full load!

My dad had Carpaccio and a tomato and mozarella salad. The resteraunt was called Vapiano. It is an Italian restaurant chain in Germany (I actually think that there may be some in the US), but you wouldn’t know it’s a chain! They make all of the food right in front of you!

Breakfast Saturday and Sunday (I had the same thing except that I only had the cheese bread on the second day)

Needless to say, after a hearty breakfast like that, no lunch was needed! I always forget how much I love scrambled ggs!

Dinner Saturday: Italian, again. Germans love Italian food, so there are lots of really good and not so expensive Italian restaurants all over the place. My dad and I shared appetizers so that we could taste more than one! I rolled back to the hotel after this dinner.

(the above are supposed to be small shrimp incase you can’t recognize it!)

Yes, you counted right. We shared three appetizers. And then, all of a sudden they come out with a salad!! Apparently it came with the fish, but because the fish was a special that day it hadn’t said it anywhere! I couldn’t finish mine, but my Dad finished it for me, so no waisting food happening in our vicinity!

And then the main dish: Fish! In German it is called a Dorade. I have no idea what it is in English… oops!

I was very proud of myself for taking out all the bones so well!

Look at all of the different types of pasta they had!! Crazy!!! And the menu was also cool because it explained where the dishes etc came from! Clever idea!

Yes, I was FULL. No dessert necessary!

And during dinner, what else did we do but watch the Germany-Uruguay game for third place! Germany one! Wooo!

German Goal!!

Trainer Jogi Loewe hugging his players!

Getting their bronze medal!!

Team Pic!

And one last pic of what a wonderful team they are!

I swear, that was the last little bit of world cup news you are getting from me!!

I am very very ashamed to admit, however, that I did have some sugar this weekend 😦 Before I remembered my goal, I ordered a Radler, which is beer mixed with sprite, and had orange juice (not freshly pressed) at breakfast. Fail. But at least I enjoyed it and food-wise I am still going strong! And now that I am back in Berlin, I know I will last for the rest of the time! But it was a very unfortunate moment when I realized what I had done.

Also, today I bought my last jar of white almond butter. It was an embarrassing process because when I was checking out the woman at the cash register said “Oh, so you’re the girl who always buys the almond butter.” I had never seen her before in my life!

Okay, I’m going to go live up my last week in Berlin!!

Smarts and Sorrows

Today I feel smart. Who knew that studying could do that to me! I’ve been studying all day (minus during lunch for two hours and since 6pm because I had to stand in line to get a good seat to watch the World Cup game) and it’s actually been, dare I say it, fun!

Uh-oh. I think I may have just revealed a little too much of my inner nerd…

But now I can actually go to museums in Germany with my Grandmother and myriad of other smart relatives that actually know their German history, and not wonder what the difference is between Friedrich Wilhelm, Friedrich Wilhelm I, Friedrich Wilhelm II, Friedrich Wilhelm III, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Friedrich der Grosse, Friedrich III/I, Wilhelm II… and the list goes on. I don’t get why they all have to be named the same way. So uncreative!

Breakfast was a leftover mango from yesterday with strawberries. So delicious. Don’t hate me overnight oat-lovers, but I think this may have beat my morning bowl of oats. It was that good. And I finished it off with a few spoonfuls of almond butter.

Then I had an iced coffee and got studying. And I was so diligent that I studied right through lunch! So I had leftovers from last night for lunch/dinner, and it was actually better than last night because the mango flavor had become stronger overnight! And for dessert and Allos bar before heading out to see the game.

Unfortunately we couldn’t pull off another 4 goals. 😦 So Spain is going to the finals, and for the second time in a row, we have to play for 3rd place. And it was especially sad since we lost against Spain two years ago in the finals of the Europe Cup. But it is only fair to say that today Spain played better. And we are still one of the four best teams in the world! Next World Cup, here we come 🙂 But you will be very proud of me, because I didn’t drink beer (which is such a must during world cup season)! German beer actually has no added sugar, so I wouldn’t have broken my no-sugar-rule, but it can’t hurt not to drink it, right?!

my water…

my friends’ beer! Just looking at that makes me thirsty!

And the pretty beer garden where I unfortunately wasted all of my precious study time watching my beautiful boys lose 😦

But enough pity partying! Wish me luck on my exam! See you when I am on the other side in Freedom!!

Day 1: Success!

I did it! No sweets! No juice, no chocolate, no cake—nada, nothing, nix, niente!! The first day is apparently always the hardest (I was very tempted to eat a crepe with nutella) but today wasn’t too hard, so let’s hope that it stays that way!

For breakfast I had two peaches! It was perfect to satisfy by sweet tooth for breakfast because they were ripe and sweet!

I went to class and for lunch I had this delicious multigrain “broetchen” with lettuce, a piece of emmentaler cheese, and a delicious fig-mustard. I even asked to make sure that the fig-mustard didn’t have any sugar, other than from the fig!  I made an iced coffee and got studying, and, surprise surprise, I actually did! I think it’s this whole no sugar motivation!

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted for dinner. I was tempted to be lazy and order indian, but I decided that I wanted to cook, mostly so that I could listen to the Glee soundtrack.

No judging!

Are there any other Gleeks out there?

So while watching Gilmore Girls in German, I found a delicious mango-chicken-curry recipe! I had to leave out a few of the ingredients, but it ended up working! Here is the recipe:

  • 3 Tbsp (or more) of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (can substitute all or partially with coconut milk)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

I didn’t have vinegar or cumin, but I did use a little bit of tumeric and chinese fish sauce. It worked, but I would suggest the normal recipe! Also, I left out the raisins because I’m not a fan, and I used reduced fat coconut milk and not heavy cream.

How to cook!

1 Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and another tablespoon of oil, cook for a couple more minutes. Add the curry powder and cumin, cook for a few more minutes. Add the ginger and garlic, cook for one minute more.

2 Add the vinegar, water, and a 1/2 of the chopped mango to the pan. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Scoop the sauce into a blender. Purée the sauce, pulsing until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan. (I don’t have a puree stick or a mixer, so I just attempted to mush the mango a little bit with my fork, and other than that I left it, and it still tasted wonderful!)

3 Add chicken pieces (and raisins) to the pan. Return to a low simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Chicken should be just cooked through. I would just cut into a piece of chicken to make sure it’s done!

4 Add remaining mango pieces to the pan. Stir in the coconut milk (or cream). Let cook at a very low temperature for another minute or two, uncovered. Adjust seasonings. If a little too sweet, add a little more vinegar. If not sweet enough, you can add a dash of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro. Serves 4.

Ta da!I had no rice or cilantro, so I just ate it as it was, and it was really good! Next time I may put in more mango though, because all of those spices kind of took some of the flavor. But I definitely recommend this! And for dessert I had an Allos bar, because guess what?! They are made up of just honey and hazelnuts, so I’m allowed to eat them!

Also, today when I looked at my blog, I was so excited because the wonderful Sarah at Baking Serendipity awarded my blog with its first award! The Sunshine Award! I should have known this was going to be a good day!

So now it is my turn to pass it on to twelve of my favorite blogs! (These are in no particular order!)

1) Cara Craves… – for living such a cool life in South Korea and sharing her interesting stories and recipes!

2) Hungry Meets Healthy: for being my left handed, right footed twin!

3) Live Life, Eat Right – For the wonderful inspirations she had last week and for inspiring me!

4) Beck on the Run – Not only is it her birthday, but her exercise routine is one that I should follow! 10 miles!!

5) Itzy’s Kitchen – She teaches Body Pump, Body Step, and Body Attack. Need I say more?!

6) She’s Going The Distance – Such a great blog, and one of the first ones I started reading regularly!

7) My Fancy Tuna – A fellow college student! I love the way she writes her blog!

8 ) Good Eats Girl – for wonderful recipes and constant positivity!

9) Fired N Fabulous! – Have you read her blog? So good and funny!

10) Eat, Live, Run – Let’s be honest. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Jenna’s blog?

11) The Art of Kaztronomy – for being one of my first commenters!

12)The Oatmeal Diaries – for being one of my best friends and my inspiration to start blogging after I read her blog daily! (Megan, I know you already got the award, but since you were my inspiration, I thought it was only appropriate 🙂 Love you!)

Thanks again to Sarah!! And thank you to you all to making the Blogging World so interesting! To continue the trend, if you received an award here, choose 12 recipients, mention them and link to their blogs, as well as mine, in a post. Then, leave a comment on each of the blogs you pass the award onto.

Time to study? Or finish watching the Uruguay vs Netherlands game? I think it will be that latter…

New Goal

I have a new goal! Since I have somewhat failed at being a good foodie lately, and since it’s hard for me to buy  a lot of food now since I am leaving Berlin so soon, I have a perfect goal for that time span. No more artificial sweets!

This is going to be hard! I love my sweets!! Not to mention German cakes!!

No juice (unless it’s freshly pressed which means no more multivitamin juice! AHH!), chocolate, sauces with sweetener, flavored iced coffee, etc etc. Honey, algarve nectar, and sugar in fruits (aka natural sugars) are okay. I really hope I can do it! Once again I was inspired by my mom! She is so healthy because she wants to make sure that the cancer doesn’t come back, and cancer thrives on sugar. While things like peaches and raspberries have some kind of chemical make up that actually help kill cancer cells, sugar does the opposite. She has decided to give up almost all things with added sugar, but I know that I will not be able to. I’m only twenty and am not ready to give up ice cream and chai tea lattes for good! But until the end of the my time in Berlin, this is going to be my goal.

As for today’s eats:

Watermelon for breakfast.

Iced Coffee (good thing I like my coffee without sugar anyways!) and this sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes for lunch:

And for dinner I was really excited because I had seen so many bloggies making wraps and I was craving one! So I got some, multigrain wraps, guacamole, tomatoes, cucumbers, some lettuce, and a red bell pepper to make it with! I was actually on a mission to find hummus, but I couldn’t! So the guac had to do!

In theory it could have been good! But sadly the guac wasn’t good. It’s better when my mom makes it! Guess I have to wait until I get home!

But I did have this funny peach for dessert, and it was soooo good!!! Perfect to wash away the taste of the weird guacamole…

And now it just started to storm! I love falling asleep to summer thunderstorms! One of my best friends from my childhood lives down the street from me at home, and when we are both “The Lane” in the summer we go running when it’s raining. It feels so good!

These Are My Confessions

Did anyone else just start singing the GLEE mash-up song when they read that title? If you did, I am very proud. I promise, more of my Gleekiness coming up soon.

First of all: Happy Fourth of July!

Oh goodness, so the past few days have been off of the record a little bit, food wise and other pictures wise because I’ve been so busy! Exams, World Cup Extravaganza, Dating!. It’s all been mushed into these last days, but, before I go into detail, I have to confess something to you guys.

I have never, not once, been in the US for the Fourth of July. Is that a crime or what? Oh wait, I just remembered I was there last summer, but I got my wisdom teeth out the day before so I was out of it and didn’t really know what day it was. But it’s okay, because I spent the day with some of my American friends and we had a grill party! And sang the National Anthem. It sounded pretty fantastic. But I can tell you, that after a breakfast of iced coffee and an Allos bar, my chicken burger (I forgot to take a pic!) was delicious!! I hardly ever eat beef, so the chicken was topped with lots of tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and ketchup. So. Good. And for sides we had a variety of salads, from potato, to pasta, to lettuce-y salads. And watermelon, courtesy of moi! I have a fun picture I want to post, but I have to wait until my friend sends it to me! Then you will see all of our American Pride!

Another confession? Once again, for about the fourth (+) time in a month, my voice is hoarse. (Consider yourselfs lucky that you didn’t have to listen to me singing the National Anthem… it wasn’t pretty.) It’s all this World Cup Madness!!! But really, can you blame me!? Another 4:0 win for Germany!!! What is up with these four goals in almost every game? Whatever it is, I LOVE it! And I’ll tie my next confession in right here: soccer player’s have the BEST bodies. It’s true. Wonderful. I don’t understand why soccer isn’t a more appreciated sport in the US, even though I confess that when I am there I hardly watch it either. But it is so fun!

Where I watched the game!

Another confession. My eats lately have been less than blog worthy. I need to get back on my game. For example, although I was full tonight after that burger, I went on a short walk to the German Parliment, Reichstag, and Brandenburger Tor with some friends and we decided to stop at an italian place. The pizza looked so good that I HAD to order some. While most of it is now in my fridge, I couldn’t resist a bite of this baby, fresh-out-of-the-oven. Pesto and Spinach topped with a heap of fresh tomatoes. Tomorrow when I re-heat I will add some of my basil!

See, I was happy!

Next confession: I miss air conditioning! I thought I was a tough cookie when it comes to that, but I’ve succumbed to sitting around in minimal amounts of clothing attempting to “study” and wishing I could just sit in a cold bath all day long.

My last confession. I like a German boy. Maybe my dream of finding a fellow German has finally come true. Minus the fact that I leave Berlin in less than two weeks, but let’s not think about that. Let’s think of the fact that maybe, just maybe, he may like me too! He payed for my drinks last night, so that’s a good sign, right?!  Do I sound like a middle schooler right now? Probably. But it makes me smile! Oddly enough, when we first met, I didn’t like him at all, but we’ve been hanging out, and maybe it helped that we were so happy that Germany won last night and after a few drinks everything seems better, but it was just so fun!

Now, since I’ve spilled my heart out to the blog world, what are your confessions!?

I hope everyone had/is having a wonderful Fourth of July!