Good good links #61

It’s that time of the week again where I’m cutting my rambles short and let others’ words of wisdom, wittiness or [mouth]watering recipes shine. To say it in the words of Rihanna [or similarly]: I hope some of them are shining right like a diamond for you there.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

9 Body-Shaming Behaviors We All Need To Stop via Mind Body Green

[Slight] oldie but goodie: We’re quick to judge harshly – ourselves and others. This brought up some new points to consider for me, too.

 An Open Letter to The “Food Police” via The Balanced Blonde

Live and let live. Why shame others for the decisions they made for their diet or lives in general?

Weight Cycles through the Seasons of Life via Hunger for Happiness

Such a reassuring and honest post by a health coach who struggled with her weight, too, but ultimately reminded herself of these truths.

Restricted Eating, Restricted Tastebuds? via The Big Man’s World

If you consider protein powder concoctions equal to decadent desserts you might want to read this and reconsider.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Thoughts on accepting help via Fit Swiss Chick

It doesn’t make you a weak person so never hesitate to ask when you’re stuck. True friends like to help you.

12 Counterintuitive Health Tips That Really Work via Huffington Post

Exercise when you’re tired, eat more [of the right food] to eat less – and the caffeine + nap idea sounds worth trying.

What Helped Me Break Free From My Eating Disorder via Journeys Through Meadows

Making the commitment to recover and believing in the possibility are huge game changers.

When is it worth it to splurge on unhealthy food? via An Avocado A Day

A balanced and relaxed approach I agree with. Don’t try so hard to be healthy you’re missing out on fun in life.

Is Your Body Language Sending the Wrong Message? via Greatist

Never underestimate the power of non-verbal conversation. Great advice on how to interpret others’ body language and position yourself right [literally!].

16 Things I Want My Daughter to Know via HuffPost Parents

Not just for mums-to-be but any girl: some funny, some more serious pieces of female knowledge.

 

 

 Blogging

IHeart Blogging Series: 10 Things I Have Learned Along the Way via I heart organizing

Basically everything you need to know about blogging – including another opinion on handling comments.

 Ich hab mehr Follower als du via bekleidet [German]

Comparing your follower counts to others’ doesn’t make you happy. Blog because you enjoy it – not for the numbers.

3 Reasons Why You Read Those Ridiculous Lists on the Internet via Goins, Writer

Admit that you’re doing it, too! And here’s why and how to use lists to your advantage.

 

Food

 10 Plant-Based Proteins You Should Be Eating via Nutrition Stripped

A great guide with lots of recipe ideas and explanations of specific health benefits.

Produce tips: cleaning, storing and eating via love and lemons

Good to know to make those immense purchases [hello, fellow overbuyers] last longer plus seasoning tips.

 Try this: Chocolate Monster Bowls via A Beautiful Mess

“Serve your sugar in more sugar.” <- Because Halloween’s the time to go all out.

Label Lingo: The Definitions of Natural, Organic, Low-Fat and More! via hello healthy

Do you speak ‘label’? A little guide to lift the fog in the supermarket aisles.

3 Unexpected Beauty Uses For Coffee via Health.com

Not just delicious but boosting beauty, too: some ideas to find at the store, some DIYs.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Can You Guess Which of These Items Are Exercise Equipment? via Popsugar

Just a little quiz I took to relax after work the other day. Don’t confuse kettlebells with bras next time you hit the gym …

 12 words even smart people get wrong  via A Cup of Jo

Not technically a funny post but something for my fellow grammar nerds.

International Tourism vs Internetal Tourism: A Quiz via Commitness to Fitness

What’s your result? And: You’ll neither find me going on nor opening Safari …

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Molten Chocolate Cakes via The Frosted Vegan

We’re talking chocolate cake. Intensely chocolatey chocolate cake. Any more words needed? I didn’t think so, either.

Single-Serve Maple Pistachio Cinnamon Roll via Fit Foodie Finds

If this doesn’t make you want to get your hands covered in dough I don’t know what would. And portion-controlled. Unless you  make two at once … no judgement.

A “Zesty” Take on Eclairs via GiGi Eats Celebrities

T’as un désir des pâtisseries françaises? Get wild with these [vegan] eclairs that come without a sugar but maybe a protein high.

Curry Cashew Savoury Granola via Keepin’ It Kind

Far from your average granola: the kind of snack to munch on while watching movies on your couch.

Low-Carb Fat-Free Delicious Blended Soups via Paleo Veganista

Not for the low-fat or -carb aspect but these sound like great bases for any kind of add-ins you like – paleo or not [beans FTW!]

Veggie Enchiladas with Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce {gluten free + vegan} via She Likes Food

Can you say Mexican food and pumpkin all tied up in one dish??  Sign me up.

 Mushroom Stroganoff via One Ingredient Chef

Excuse me while I’m trying to get over how incredible this looks with only a handful of simple ingredients.

30 Days of 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Dinners via Oh My Veggies

Because sometimes you just want simple good food without an extra grocery store run.

Pumpkin For Dinner via Craving something healthy

Could there ever be too many pumpkin recipes to add to your repertoire [or at least your Pinterest board]??

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: A good and relaxing workout.

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Care to comment? [an issue on my mind]

By far my favourite kind of posts are those where the discussion in the comments sparks the idea for another post – and that’s just what happened after my recent post. Like I mentioned I wasn’t sure if I should post it assuming everybody else would have a different opinion and not understand mine about not sharing. Then again, disagreement and seeing topics from another perspective is what enlivens conversations and is the beauty of blogging. Respectful, comprehensive commentary, that is. And then there are anonymus comments with the sole intention of letting you know “wrong/mean/stupid!”. It was one of that kind that inspired me to think about an issue that I’d only read about on other blogs but never delved into deeper myself before: comment policies. Just like last time I’m curious and can’t wait to hear your approach.  Let’s [dis]agree and think out loud!

Thinking-Out-Loud

Among the many things I didn’t know when I started blogging was that it’d attract not only kind but snarky or even hurtful comments, too – and that it might be wise to set up a comment policy for yourself. When I started blogging I approved of every comment – spam aside – and tried to answer them, too. Numerous times getting defensive when a commenter made some snarky notes on what I’d written [or in most cases eaten but more on that below]. Honestly, I absolutely dislike not approving a comment. It feels like I didn’t pay attention to a reader and I want everyone who stops by to know I read and – even if I respond with a major delay or not at all [<- sorry! Trying to stop being that forgetful about it!] – every single one makes me happy.

I’m  appreciative of every comment – anonymus or not. In fact, some of the anonymus comments I received early on when I’d just started blogging – and at that recovering – were helpful. Hidden by the cloak of anonymity these people didn’t hesitate to point out when they thought I was cheating myself and still restricting while in denial [I was]. Reading and thinking about their comments that way helped me move on, change and while probably a little hurtful or harsh at first I’m thankful for them in hindsight.

It’d be naive to think you could blog and live in a bubble of ignorance where yours is the only acceptable opinion. Blogging thrives off of exchange with alike andnon-alike minds. If a comment allows for any kind of further conversation I’ll approve it and see where it leads. “You’re mean/ dumb/ ugly/ can’t spell/ …” doesn’t lead anywhere. It’s an irrelevant personal accusation and if you feel the need to say it – again: mail me. Like the above examples of helpful anonymus comments show I don’t think I’m perfect in every – or any – aspect of life. In fact, I feel like for many of us the feedback of an outsider can help us realize truths we didn’t see before. Criticism – of the constructive kind – is welcome.

Rude and accusing comments – in real life just like in the blog world – often come from a place of … I’ll be honest: if your only intention is to bring others down: don’t waste your time. It’s cowardly to attack others from the depths of anonymity in the online community. Try to say only what you’d openly confront people with if you met them on the street. And even if you choose to post anonymically using a pseudonym – which I absolutely understand and respect – you should have the courage to leave a valid e-mail adress only visible to me. If you’re genuinely interested in me responding to you, that is. If not: why comment in anyway?

I’m genuinely interested in the exchange with readers – bloggers and non-bloggers alike – and most definitely not just if you agree with what I’m writing. What I like a lot about blogging is the large spectrum of different people and their views and opinions on all kinds of topics.   Even if I have a certain attitude towards an issue I’m not opposed to changing it if I hear convincing arguments in favour of a different standpoint. In fact,  I’d be disappointed and bored if everybody agreed with me all of the time.  side note: Yes, dad, I enjoy our arguments where two stubborn heads collide.

Let's talk

What all of this means for the comment policy I didn’t realize I’d started practicing somewhere along the way? I will allow negative comments if they have a fundament and allow for further discussion or add to the conversation. Comments that are clearly just meant to hurt or non-sensical ones distract and dillute any serious interaction going on.

On that note I invite you to disagree with me in the comments.  Prove me wrong. Tell me why your comment policy is better or what it entails.  I’m looking forward to the exchange and you might convince me to change my mind here.

Happiness-inducing today: Overhearing a litttle boy [maybe around 3 years old?] at the grocery telling his mum he loved here in the middle of the freezer aisle. Kids’ spontaneity and honestly warms my heart.

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WIAW: Ditch the itch!

Can we please pretend it wasn’t today yet WIAW-wise? What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday came early for me this week. Not like I didn’t rejoice im the fact we’re halfway through the work week already. But thanks to an inflammated throat that’s been bugging me for more than a week my meals have felt very basic and uninspired. Luckily, nothing will ever stop me from eating completely so while I might not have been able to fully enjoy food with all sense I still had some good eats. All the while trying to ditch the itch with smooth and creamy food – not the worst choices.

wiaw fall into good habits button

Today that I’m writing this is the first day of being able to actually enjoy all kinds of food again. One I wasn’t able to eat well – its upside of containing lots of little fruit and nut bits and pieces was a downside for an itchy throat: Nakd bars.  I received samples way back and had meant to post a proper review by now but have yet to. Maybe because I keep saving them for emergency snacks?? Good emergency snacks.  Pictured below is the Cocoa Delight bar which I didn’t enjoy as much as you’d prbably expect from a chocolate fiend. But that exactly is the point: I’m super picky when it comes to chocolate-y foods. And while not bad the cocoa taste in here wasn’t intense enough for me with the dried fruit being overpowering.

Another one I’ve tried recently was the Cocoa Mint flavour and one of my chocolatey favourites.  I was skeptical of how well the mint would go with the taste of dried fruit – don’t ask me why exactly – but it works well and was just the right amount of refreshing minty-ness. Though yes, this one could use a deeper chocolate flavour [= higher cocoa content], too. But that’s just me being picky.

Nakd bar_cocoa delight

Am I even surprising you with my breakfast anymore? Kabocha is just so good I don’t see myself changing it anymore – until I run out, that is. What I didn’t reveal yet was my perfect way of preparing it that’s probably slightly OCD. My method of choice is to boil it until it’s tender, them mash some pieces to create a creamy sauce and add coconut oil for taste and saturation. Rather than just throw all chunks into the pot,  though, I’ve found I got the best results by organizing them neatly. Think of it as a little puzzle action in the morning.  Only with an acceptable amount of pieces – I wouldn’t be capable of the other kind  this early in the AM. And then I add just an inch or so of water, close the pot with a tightly-fitting lid and bring it to the boil.  Then I turn off the heat but do -not- open the lid. After about 10 minutes – insert morning routine – I come back to perfectly tender kabocha. Creamy-smooth enough to lower the amount of throat itching.

kabocha_pot

While you’re reading this I might be eating the dish below. It’s an old favourite that I decided to bring back: kidney bean pot-pie with mashed parsnip topping. One can only eat so much soups or stews until it gets boring and lunch time at work becomes a matter of ‘oh well, I’ll eat it because I’m hungry’. This was my effort to bring excitement back by preparing a dish that required a little more effort on Sunday. Really just a little more, though. The kidney bean filling comes together like 1-2-3 and the topping? Cleaning the blender is the most labor-intense part. Only I didn’t have enough parsnips on hand so I used the remainder of those, russet potatoes and cauliflower.

kidney bean filling

Parpoflower? Caulitatosnips? Either way,  it was delicious when prepping this already. This was one of the times where I was glad to have a blog.  Okay, I always am. But I’d completely forgotten what went into the dish and this way it took me a few clicks and I had a print-out of the recipe at hand.  Don’t you like when that happens? I wouldn’t have been patient enough to look through my previous ‘recipe organization’ – read: piles of loose papers with notes scribbled down.

pot pie_mashed

One of my recent sweet breaks included tea, chocolate and a magazine.  More specifically: tea from a newly purchased mug because I couldn’t resist the owls in different colours.  Chocolate was the far-travelled OmBar though my itchy throat took over my tastebuds, too, so I’ll save most of it for once they’re fully back at work again. And the magazine in the picture? The latest issue of Women’s Health.  It’s the only women’s magazine I buy and while I don’t agree with everything they write either, it’s better than most others in my opinion.

OmBar cocomylk_chocolate_raw

How was that for a random tangent?  Touching the issue of health and fitness magazines when I was talking about food only just a second ago. I won’t go into the issue in any more detail today but I do have a decided opinion on the influence on the media’s influence on our individual live. Clearly a topic for a future episode of Thinking out loud. Not tomorrow’s, though, but there’s another subject on my mind that I hope you’ll chime in on tomorrow. Until then:

Happy Wednesday!

Happiness-inducing today: One of my colleagues asking me to proof-read her page when just shortly ago she doubted I was even able to do that yet.

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Bloggers: do you ever forget any of your own recipes and have to go back to look them up?

 Which magazines do you read [not just food and health, any you read on the regular]? Aside from Women’s Health I’m a huge fan of brand eins. And to all German readers: yes, I do realize these couldn’t be more different from each other.

Good good links #60

Insanity. How in the world are we already at the end of the second week of October?? This is going way too fast for me. Just wait for it: next time you turn around it’s Christmas. Do you think it’d be a wise move to start gathering gifts already?

Well, for now all the gathering I’ve done is compiling a list of my favourite posts from the week. Though – thinking about it – saying these were my favourites from the whole wide [blog] world wouldn’t be a true statement for all the blogs I can’t possibly read. Yes, I can be that kind of overly correct. But before I ramble on here: good links from the blog world – whether its entiety or the small part I read.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

 

 Good good [food for thought]

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi’s 8 Promises via Huffington Post

Even if you’re not religious this is a wonderful all-encompassioning promise that hopefully – in some way or the other – many people agree with.

I’m Not Her via Daily Moves and Grooves

The comparison trap catches all of us on occasion and it’s good to remind we’re all unique. Uniquely awesome.

Is it Realistic to Count Macros Forever? via Brittany Lesser

Even if it was: Would you really want to deep down?

Curveballs via Build Your Bliss

“Life will forever be throwing curveballs and we have to decide whether we want to swerve out of the way or reach out and catch them. You have the power so don’t you ever, ever feel ashamed of the path you choose.” <- So true.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Blogging

Blogging Advice to My Former Self via Long Drive Journey

Yes to all of these points.

Why You Should Start a Blog (Even If You’re Not a Writer) via Goins, Writer

The question should really be: why NOT start a blog?

The Bread & Butter of the Blog via IHeart Organizing

A good overview of both ways to monetarize your blog as well as the expenses to take into account.

 

6 Decisions You’ll Never Regret Making via Huffington Post

Kindness, treating yourself well and smiling at strangers are good choices whenever you make them.

my kind of perfect via vodka & soda

Life lessons on being happy with where you’re at: Cultivating meaningful relationships, balancing work and life, loving yourself.

Should you eat when you’re not hungry? via the real life RD

Sometimes we just feel like eating a little extra food and that’s perfectly normal.

Is lack of sleep making you fat? via Blogilates

Even if weight is not an issue getting enough sleep is vital to being healthy and happy.

 

 Is It Expensive to Be Vegan? via Vegan Insanity

The answer: it depends but not necessarily more than any diet focussing on high-qualilty ingredients. Plus some great tips to save money – applicable for everybody who likes produce, not just vegans.

4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Honey via Huffington Post

It’s a magical sticky sweetener that has a lot of benefits – not just when eaten.

17 Easy Hacks For Fresher Food via HuffPost Taste

Keeping food fresh for longer saves money and reduces waste and here’s how.

 

 

 Good good [posts to make you smile]

How to survive a trip to IKEA via Squawkfox

Humor is timeless and this older post will make you laugh. And then run to IKEA. Sorry.

The Best Destinations In The World For Serious Chocolate Lovers via HuffPost Taste

Who’s up for a little trip around the world after reading this post?

How to Recognize if You’re Raising a Budding Healthy Living Blogger via Commitness to Fitness

Hint: Bloglovin as a bedtime lecture is a surefire sign.

 

 

Good good [food]

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls via Love & Lemons

Burrito meets squash – and I’m sure you can imagine how good that gets.

33 Super Surprising (and Super Delicious) Ways to Eat Cauliflower via Greatist

Bring on the wonder vegetable! If you ever run out of ideas to use cauliflower here’s more inspiration.

 

Gooey Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake via Oh she glows

Somebody pinch me! Healthy vegan self-saucing cake: Is this even real?

Raw Apple Pie Filling via Eating bird food

The taste of apple pie without slaving in the kitchen for hours messing with delicate pastry? Win!

 20 Savory Pumpkin Recipes via Oh my veggies

Because can you ever have enough pumpkin dishes in your repertoire??!

Whole Wheat Lasagna Bowls via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Who wants to come cook for me?? Minus the meat these look perfect: one of the best kind of dishes [pasta] served the best way [in a bowl]

10-Spice Vegetable Soup via Oh she glows

Wonderful vegetable-packed soup with a finish of smooth cashew cream – yes, please.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Another one of those random chats with a stranger.

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What were some must-read posts for you this week?

 

Coffee chat and colour-coordinated cleaning

First things first: thank you to everybody who shared their opinion on my post last Thursday. It was very insightful to hear the different views and ways of handling the issue. Definitely some food for thought and I’d originally intended a follow-up post today but decided to spare you for now ;) and go for some light-hearted randomness. There’s truly no better time for thinking out loud than Thursday – that one day separating us from weekend wondrousness.

Thinking-Out-Loud

1. Another note on the issue of that post, though: If it wasn’t for the ‘fear’ of colleagues finding my blog I’d share my real name and start posting pictures of myself in a heartbeat. Because Miss Polkadot was all cute and well in the beginning but just isn’t me. In a Gossip Girl kind of world I’d tell you to call me S – what is it about calling people by their first initial?? – but … not.

2. While in Hamburg – there’s no Starbucks in the city I live in – I spotted a sign announcing the wait is over for any coffee fiends once again: the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. Now that I’m slowly developping a taste for coffee the big question would be if I should give it a go.

Only to remember right the next second that it’s not quite as alluring with the facts in mind. But there’s obviously still the option of a homemade cup of it – once I can overcome my laziness and make pumpkin puree from scratch … Oh, and pumpkin pie spice because we obviously don’t get it in stores over here.

3. Speaking of coffee: contrary to my expectation I find myself enjoying it more than I thought. It will never replace tea for me – especially not my favourite – but fixing myself a cup of it has become an after-work ritual for me. Still with a splash of milk, still sweetened. I ran into a little trouble for what to call it here. A cup of  joe? java? a hug in a mug? …? I’d like to assert that there’s no other beverage out there that has as many [loving] synonyms. Tell me yours!

4. On the weekend the topic of marriage kept coming up: one of my sister’s best friends just got married a few weeks ago, another will in a few months. My parents [jokingly] tried to evaluate the likeliness of my brother and his girlfriend tying the knot soon. They’re still touring the world and in the US right now so who knows if they won’t spontaneously take the trip to Las Vegas …?!

5. If you remember my sister’s wedding invitations I thought these by her best friend were really cute,  too. To explain: my sister’s friend and her now-husband enjoy playing both board games and Playstation. Does that bring back memories of playing Mario Party and always choosing the princess for anybody else, too?

Wedding invitation

6. Inspired by Amanda I finally picked up the Swiffer I bought, oh, two weeks ago? … ! What can I say? The vacuum cleaner has been my best friend but there’s a point where it doesn’t help much anymore. Also, is it just me or is mopping floors an extremely satisfactiory task?!

7. Speaking of satisfaction and said purchase: I swear I didn’t intentionally colour-coordinate while shopping. But my OCD was very pleased when I noticed the happy accident when unpacking:

Green

Anybody with OCD will understand the contentment I felt in that moment.

8. And on a last note the sky I talked about in yesterday’s happiness-inducer. Aside from the apparent lack of stars I had Coldplay playing in my mind. Don’t even ask about the scenario behind taking that picture. I make myself laugh sometimes …

Pink sky

Apparently the angels were baking as my dad used to tell me on such occasions when I was younger. Right in time if you’re asking me. Little more than two and a half months until Christmas so they’d better get baking if they want to keep Santa fuelled for his journey around the world. Why, yes, I’m five years old at heart. <- the result of being serious at work.

Happiness-inducing today: Seeing this picture. Yes, that gets me excited and yes, now you know what to you can do to make me – or another blogger, really – happy. (:

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Family fun, food fails and favourites

Another weekend on the train – four hours on Friday, three on Sunday – and lots in between.  Don’t worry, though, I won’t center another What I ate Wednesday around train food. Instead, I’ll show you the good and not that good food I ate at my destination(s). Hence the favourite and fails in the title but you guessed that by now, right? Spending time with my family and eating fall-ish foods was definitely a way of falling into good habits for this week’s What I ate Wednesday.

wiaw fall into good habits button

Obviously,  I had to make the best use of my short, no, very short,  stay at my parents’. Think: eat all the food. The first home-grown kabocha in way too long. I arrived with an empty suitcase for a reason – a miracle happened because I can’t remember I’ve ever packed this light before – kabocha dedication.

Kabocha_cut

Can we agree that home-grown raspberries > storebought. And yellow raspberries > any other kind. So when I walked to the vegetable patch to pick up more kabocha and came across bushes upon bushes of these I couldn’t help myself from helping myself [ha!]. Actually,  I was overstuffed at this point already but knowing I wouldn’t be able to get another chance this year anymore so it was worth the stomach ache. Don’t tell me you couldn’t relate. I know you’ve been there before ;).

Raspberries

We had a packed weekend ahead. After arriving Friday night Saturday included a gorgeous autumn-y bike ride through the countryside.  I miss it [and my family] so much. I was barely there when we already  because we had plans to meet my sister, her husband,  a cousins and friends on Saturday night. It had been way too long since my last visit to the theatre and my sister had suggested going a while ago already.

Friedrich Fett_interior

Right after the theatre we had  reservations for dinner. And by dinner I mean at 9.45 PM which means we didn’t get to eat until 10.30 PM. Hello, eating late at night.

Friedrich Fett is a newly opened restaurant in Hamburg-Altona my sister insisted on trying instead of going for one of our usual favourites. Unfortunately not as much of a vegan-friendly as my sister had promised. Or maybe going on Saturday – their proclaimed ‘meat day’ – was bad luck for me. Fortunately, the kitchen offered to cater spontaneously and even brought out an additional vegan platter for a first course: a piece of grilled corn; avocado atop marinated hokkaido squash (!!), spears of fried Parsnip and eggplant. The squash was incredible, the corn too bland for my taste.

Friedrich Fett_Vorspeise
We sadly missed out on the guacamole with plantain chips I’d been eyeing on the menu but you can’t have everything. (:

For my main I tried to customize a tofu bolognese that was originally meant to go with pasta asking them to sub plain quinoa. The waiter – very sweet and genuinely making an effort but probably still new to the job [given they'd opened just four weeks ago] – mixed things up. When our plates arrived I got a small dish of zucchini quinoa mixed with red pesto;  a tofu and vegetable stir-fry and peanut sauce on the side. Both sides went unpictured because my family protested when I took pictures of the food before already and family harmony > blogging duties. Right?! I still gave the stank eye to my sister because that way I can neither show you the quinoa [picture a dish of red-ish hued quinoa with fried zucchini here] and peanut sauce. And the latter was of the I want to drink it with a straw kind. Ridiculous. The best part of my dish.

Friedrich Fett_1

I won’t lie: it was somewhat disappointing. Not bad per se but not a sensation for my tastebuds, either. If you saw one of my recent WIAWs you’ll probably notice the resemblance here.  Petzi from the Vegan Wednesday team said it right in her note on the Pinterest board: the stand-by vegan dish at non-vegan restaurants. There’s still room for improvement. I’ll admit I thought differently the night of but in hindsight most other family members pleased with their choices are worth one sub-par meal on my part. And you know it: next time I’ll pick the restaurant. For any German readers: I can’t recommend Friedrich Fett as of now.

Eggplant Lasagna_soy yogurt

Ending this post on the note of favourites: in an effort to re-shoot the eggplant lasagna – obviously just out of blogger dedication and not because I’m obsessed with it – I snagged the eggplant my mum had sitting around. Apparently well-traveled vegetables makes the best dishes because it was even better than the times before. I’ll edit the post soon – not just for the pictures but to add an even simpler variation on the white sauce. Because why go with simple if you can go even simpler??

On the note of simple I’ll go the easy route of ending this post by wishing you a happy Wednesday! See you tomorrow for thinking out loud,

Happiness-inducing today: The sky turning pink when I walked home after running errands after work – and you better believe I took a picture with my phone. Even if I looked ridiculous while doing so [think: barely able to move my arm clinging a four-pack of water bottles and carrying a bag].

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Vegans/ vegetarians: what were your best and worst experiences when eating out at non-vegetarian restaurants?

Kabocha fiends: how long can you go without major cravings? I didn’t even realize how intense mine were until I sank my teeth into that first piece of buttery amazingness on Friday night. It’s the simple things.