Spring Rolls Delivered

Today is a good day. It’s UNC’s University Day (Happy 217th Birthday!) and most of my classes were cancelled. Of course, the one at 8 AM wasn’t, but that gave me motivation to go to the gym for a good, non-excuses workout! It felt great! And later I am, of course, going to go on my all-too-frequent excursion to Whole Foods/TJ’s.

Yesterday I promised you the recipe of my spring rolls. Here it is!

Ingredients:

30 grams cauliflower

15 grams pea pods (I used sugar snap peas)

30 grams leek onions

30 grams cabbage

40 grams oyster mushrooms

30 grams mungo beans, sprouted (I was very liberal with these because I think they give a great taste)

16 grams sesame seeds

dough for spring rolls (I have not mastered the art of making these, but you can buy them pretty much at any supermarket in the Asian section.)

sesame oil, curry, ginger, soy sauce, cumin, shredded carrots- I usually do these kind of how I feel at that moment. Everyone likes more of one spice or less or another, so I suggest experimenting! You can also use the sesame oil to put on the dough once you wrap them but before you put them in the oven because it makes them nice and crunchy. But that is up to you.

Method:

Chop and slice all the vegetables. The smaller pieces the better, since they will then fit into your dough better later.

Gently fry the vegetables in the sesame oil and season everything with curry, soy sauce, salt, and ginger. This takes a while. The vegetables should become soft, yet still have a slight crunch to them.

Roast sesame seeds and at them to the mixture.

Once the vegetables are done, let them cool. This also takes a while. Use this time to wash dishes, clean the kitchen, go on a walk, call your friends and tell them what a wonderful cook you are. Also, pre-heat your oven to about 350 degrees.

Once the vegetables have cooled, put them on the dough and roll! (You can cheat like me and look at the picture on the package that the rolls come in and it gives you tips on how to roll them so that they stay together! Adding a dab of sesame oil on the areas where the dough meets helps it stay together in the oven.

Bake in oven for 20-15 mintues or until golden brown! And remember, the more you season them, the tastier they are! Enjoy!

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!

Bye Bye Berlin

Sorry I’ve been so MIA! I just left Berlin and am traveling a bit with my mom, so have little to no internet access! I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of refreshing!! It’s like I’m media-fasting! So this might be the last you hear from me for a while!

But I love where we are staying! Lot’s of sports (which, let’s face it, after traveling and being somewhat unsporty these past few months, is sorely needed!), only healthy foods, no sugar, no coffee, only organic! It’s very awesome! I’ll try to post some food pics soon!

That is our view! Look at all those sailboats!! If this isn’t a good place to relax for a little while before heading back to the US/going to college, then I don’t know what is!

I’ll be back soon!

Hot(t)

Yes, it is still hot, and I spent my day in Starbucks because what can I say, I love a little dose of good old AC!

But that is not the hot that I want to focus on now. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem got married!? How did I miss this? Is there a couple that could be any better looking?! Okay, I guess you could argue many couples… (Ryan Reynolds and Scarlet Johansson, Brad and Angelina and what have you, but still, this is a pretty good match, right?)

Speaking of celebrity news, is anyone else just a little bit sad that The Hills is over? I was never really a watcher, but last summer during a phase of boredom I watched all of the seasons. It’s addicting! And I’m not gonna lie, the ending was cool…

If you click on that pic, you can be a stalker like me and check out all of the The Hills reunion/finale pics! Is anyone else obsessed with Whitney’s dress?

So in the spirit of going out and enjoying my last week in Berlin (and celebrities) I tampered with the smokey eye I look today! Now I just need a good occasion to wear it to and to snap a pic to post! And thanks to Erica at Fashion Meets Food for her help!

Today I slept in and it was wonderful. So to celebrate I had a miniature brunch inspired by Kelsey at Snacking Squirrel. I know I’ve seen this before on someone’s blog, but yesterday it was Kelsey who made it look tasty! Mine doesn’t look quite as pretty, but it was very good! (That’s egg in multigrain bread if you can’t tell!) And I had a peach and a few strawbs!

Since I had a nice brunch there was no need for lunch, so let’s get right to dinner! I had the only thing I could possibly eat in this weather: leftover veggies from last night!! Seriously, even eating makes me sweat. This needs to end! It’s never this hot here in the summer!!

And guess what? Less than a month until I’m back in the USofA! Where there is air conditioning!

Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night

So, you know how some nights, no matter what you do, are just good nights?

I had one of those. Since my time in Berlin is coming to an end I am trying to to everything that I can to enjoy the last few days. And it’s not easy, because not only do I have to finished three essays and find time to have fun with friends, but it is about 100 degrees and there is no air conditioning. Yes I had to make that italic and bold because it is almost not doable! (Or maybe I’m  just a wimp…) I took an hour long bath yesterday to cool down and literally while I was still drying and walking around in my underwear I was sweating again. It’s like freshman year of college when I got the crappiest dorm on campus and there was no air conditioning. That and North Carolina’s humid summers and walking up ten million hills (okay not quite that many) to class do not match. And here trying to write three essays when I am sticking to my furniture is not okay either. So where do I spend my day? Good old Starbucks! Because it is American and I therefore knew that there had to be air conditioning! And I actually work well in Starbucks because I study there at home sometimes so it has an “efficient” vibe to it. Although I wrote four pages, about one third of one paper, I realized that I was completely out of ideas and had nothing else to write. Don’t you hate that?! I hope by tomorrow my brain will be refreshed!! And I had downed my iced coffee in the first 5 minutes, so the whole time I was craving another one! But I held it together and just popped a piece of my yummy Orbit Mint Peppermint Spray! You all know how much I like that 🙂

For a little cool off when I got home I ate this wonderful mix of greek yogurt, frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and ribes. Ribes are very common in Germany, but I have no idea about the US…), a shot of milk, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Mmmm. ( I realize that this may not look appitizing, but oh it was!)

But now to the night. I went to my godmother’s, who you all know well from this post and this post, and we had such a nice dinner on her balcony. We talked for four hours and the weather finally did us a favor and turned into a cool night so we even stopped sweating!! And then, to make up for some missed birthdays and Christmases (which wasn’t at all necessary) she told me she was going to sew me two pillow cases and a skirt!! She is very talented, and wears her own skirts all of the time and they are simply adorable. When she finishes and sends it to me I will post a picture! Look at her fabrics!

And although I didn’t take any pics because I was so busy enjoying that I forgot, the food was so refreshing. Perfect summer meal. Tomato and mozzarella salad topped with basil, cantaloupe with prosciutto, and fresh veggies with homemade sauce. She even gave me the rest of the sauce and veggies to eat tomorrow, so I will take it pic then! In the past few weeks have you had a really good night, even if it was just reading or relaxing?

And lastly, I am having so much trouble commenting on everyone’s blogs, so I am really sorry! I have no idea if it is my horrible internet connection or what, but I’m really sorry if I haven’t been commenting! Does anyone else have this kind of a problem/ know how to fix it??

Buenas Noches friends! I am about to go to bed and am sweating again because it is SO HOT. Where is my air conditioning?! Or perhaps just a fan?! Oh the things I look forward to in America!

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!!

Nuernberg Weekend Recap #1

I had a wonderful weekend in Nuernberg! I met up with my High School teacher/now friend for lunch on Friday after I arrived, and it was so great to have a little bit of Charlotte in Germany for an afternoon! Then I met up with my Dad and we did a long walking tour through the city on Saturaday. Actually, it wasn’t that long, but it was sweltering outside, so it seemed long! Plus we stopped in every church, there are A LOT, so it took a while!! But I definitely recommend Nuerberg to anyone who is going to be in Bavaria and is looking to travel around. A weekend is enough to see the Alt Stadt, or old city, which is beautiful. And Nuernberg is known for having the best Christmas Market in Germany, so if you happen to be here for Christmas time I beg you go and tell me how it is!! I would be be forever jealous! But I would definitely recommend going to the St. Lorenz Church, which is beautiful, but also the smaller churches. Often they have pictures of how destroyed they were during the war and if you see that and then look at it now, it is really incredible how much has been done! And the medieval castle wasn’t damaged at all, so definitely go up there to enjoy the wonderful view from the tower!

Frauen Kirche—Church of Our Lady

Schoener Brunnen—literally means Beautiful Fountain!

St. Lorenz Kirche

and on the inside…

outside of the St. Sebaldus and the restaurant in which we ate!

My dad had this famous Nuernberger Sausages! (I had eaten them the day before for lunch with my teacher/friend, so I didn’t eat anything this time.)

How the above St. Sebaldus Church looked after WWII

We finally reached the Kaiserburg…but still had the tower-climb ahead of us!

…such a hard walk up! Okay, okay, it was only 112 steps, but it was so hot!

…but worth it!

Picture from the Castle wall onto the castle!!

And before leaving, of course my Dad and I built our own little castle:

We are such kids!

Famous German Fachwerk Haeuser. I think these are so pretty. They are often also found in Eastern Germany.

And then I decided, of all the museums we could go into, to go to the Toy Museum, because Nuernberg is known for toy manufacturing!! And look at all these wonderful doll kitchens from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Seriously? If only I had a kitchen that was this nice!! And the dishes!! So cute!

This one even had a stove that you could actually cook on and a sink you could actually watch the dishes in!! Love it! Minus the fact that the doll is a little creepy… And the fact that girls were given these kitchens to get an early practice to housework. What the rest of their lives would be like…

And I had so much food!! If I had stretchy pants, I would have come back with them on…  Lots of good eats coming your way, but it is my bed time and the pics take forever to upload with my slow internet!

With love from the country whose World Cup team has been in the top four the most out of any other! And Congrats Spain! World Champs!