Thinking out loud #2

Confession: I started compiling randomness for this post days ago already in anticipation for another round of Thinking out loud. It’s late already as I’m finally able to use the internet so let’s dive straight into the randomness. Not before saying thanks to our host Amanda, though: Thank you, girl!


1. My family’s taking turns in where we gather to celebrate Christmas. This year we’ll be at my grandparents’ again. If it’s the same for you here’s a reminder of what to expect and get excited already:


2. Oh, and if in addition you’re single during the holidays? Even better (apparently).  [Note Julie from PB Fingers making an appearance!]

3. How about fried cookie dough balls for dinner? It might have actually happened around here on Thursday night. I’d prepared another batch of dough for Traumstücke and stuck it into my parents’ fridge to chill when leaving for an appointment. My mum wasn’t at home when my dad returned from work in the evening ravenous so he figured she’d left him dinner in the fridge. Seeing as my mum had prepared a giant amount of seitan the days before he assumed that would be what was in the mixing bowl. Luckily, he somehow got distracted from actually diving into the cookie dough bowl. Gingerbread-flavoured seitan? Interesting …


4. Call me a moon watcher. No matter how often I’ve seen it already full moon draws me in each time anew. We’ve had it for the past few days and it already had  me almost stumble over a rock lying on the side of the path leading up to our house. Just because I had my head in the stars was watching the moon. But wouldn’t you take every peek at it you can get, too?

5. That being said: Any ideas on how to use this little gem I picked up at the market last week?


6. While I’d noticed the days before that next Friday would be the 13th I’d completely forgotten upon waking up the day itself. It wasn’t until turning on the radio in the car that I was reminded of the fact again. [Side note: Does anybody else get just a little annoyed by radio presenters needing to stress these kind of ‘special’ days just about every 30 minutes? Why not just celebrate another occasion to say TGIF!?]

7.  It’s almost too simple to call it a recipe. But I figured I’d include the Celeriac Apple Stew/Mash mentioned in this week’s WIAW post for a little strange but good action. Given it’s randomness I hadn’t originally intented to post so my measurements aren’t totally exact. Aren’t recipes just guidelines in anyway?  Preparation: Sauté the onion in a small pot. Add celeriac and almond milk, cook until soft. Blend mixing in the spices. Return to the stove and add kale and mushrooms.  Let cook until kale is wilted and mushrooms are soft. Stir in apple sauce, kidney beans and chopped apple to warm through. I topped mine with a dollop of soy yogurt.


  • ¼ small celeriac root
  • ¼ small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 handful of kale, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup of kidney beans
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp hot curry powder
  • 2 tbsps of unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ small sweet apple, chopped

8. Not only am I a produce over-buyer but I get special produce anxiety, too. Never heard of that? Maybe because I made the term up. Do you ever buy a certain rare ingredient all excited to use it – only to end up letting it sit around for ages. At worst going bad just because you can’t decide on the one special enough recipe to use it in? That is what I’m calling special produce anxiety.

9. Only two more ‘mandatory’ Christmas gifts to buy! By Monday I was still unsure I’d finish my shopping in time [and announcing this might be knocking on wood …] but now that I’ve even gotten the hardest to buy for person on my list – my dad – covered I feel more relaxed. Fingers crossed my orders will arrive in time!

[Edited to add Rafflecopter was cheating on me so my giveaway is still open today. Sorry!]

10. Stealing a great idea from our host Amanda I added orange zest to my oat bran today. If only it was possible to get all of it from the grater … Any tips?


And with that I’m off to work again eating said breakfast while typing an article. Wherever you are right now:

Happy Thursday!

Happiness inducing today: A friend doing me a favour.

Share some randomness with me:

Who’s the hardest person to buy for in your family? Did you already find a gift for that person this year?

15 thoughts on “Thinking out loud #2

  1. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    Those grandparents’ house rules are the reason that I’m so sad that mine live so far way. I’ve never been able to spend any of my holidays with them, but I’m still thankful for some of the summers I was over there. And what is it about men that makes them so hard to shop for? My dad is definitely the most difficult person on my list, and I have yet to really start my shopping. Here’s hoping I can get it done this weekend!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Awwwr, I hope you’ll get to spend Christmas with your grandparents one year. But I guess those house rules really apply for any and every visit so summers are awesome, too.
      Fingers crossed for your holiday shopping this weekend!

  2. sprint2thetable says:

    LOVE the house rules!! And the gingerbread seitan. That could have been#strangebutgood. 😉

    The stew looks wonderful. I love how simple it is, and I would have never thought to add applesauce. I’ll have to try this out!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Well, maybe I should let my dad know he was -this- close to joining the strange but good squad?! Judging from the looks he’s given some of my creations in the past I’m not sure if he’d feel honoured or not [though he should!].

  3. shashi @ says:

    Thanks for the recipe for “Celeriac Apple Stew/Mash” I was so intrigued by it when I saw you post it!
    The ” single during the holidays” list was hilarious – thanks for giving me a good chuckle! And those cookie dough balls – yum!
    Like Amanda, my dad is the hardest person on my list to shop for too! It definitely must be a guy thing!
    Love the grandparents’ rules – specially “dessert comes first” 😉

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      What is it about men, really? Shouldn’t us ladies be hardest to buy for ;)? At least [or so I think] I found a good present for my dad this year.
      Aside from dessert the ones I’m looking forward to most are endless hugs and – hopefully! – playing games. Is it Tuesday yet?!

  4. Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia says:

    Your stew sounds amazing! I love all of the ingredients you put in there.

    I’ve only ever used those little tiny pumpkins for decorations..I’ve never even thought about what else you could do with them..

    I am a moon watcher too! 🙂 Full moon in Gemini (my sign). What a great way to end the year! 🙂

  5. Missy says:

    Full moons are SO captivating — I am right there with you on that one.
    And sorry — graters and zesters (and garlic presses) are the bain of my existence. I am a big fan of cleanliness.

  6. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says:

    Omg, special produce anxiety! I TOTALLY understand…especially since I have a quince in my crisper drawer as we speak without ANY idea of what to do with it! It’s been in there for nearly three weeks! 😯

    And I’m with you on the moon-watching too! There were a couple of days last week, I had to really focus on driving to work and not gazing up at the sky…it was just so gorgeous!

    So glad you shared the “recipe” for your stew! Definitely piquing my curiosity!

    The finer the grater, the better! Try a microplane one like this

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