Food Talk Wednesday #6: Out and about

Even in cold autumn you can still take a deep dive into the sea … a sea of fog, that is. This was my reality when leaving the house this morning and riding my bike to my volunteering place. Fog adds that almost unreal and mysterical touch to an ordinary [and cold] day,

From fog to food now, though. Because talking there might be a time to talk about the weather [or not] but it’s definitely not on Wednesdays in the blog world. Wednesday are for peeking at others’ food through What I ate WednesdayA slightly special What I ate Wednesday for me as you’ll find out in a second.

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On the road … again. While I actually had only one appointment [that turned out to take less than an hour. ..] I spent the majority of Monday out and about again. On one hand, I actually like it as it means seing other places and taking a short break from the daily grind. On the other hand, it was cold-ish, I was sleepy and anxious about aforementioned appointment. What else this meant was I had to take all my food to go again. Hello, Tupper life! here’s what I tupperedmunched on.

Kabocha_breakfast_Tupper

No surprises for breakfast aside from the different background and fancy dish. Oh and possibly the …. that cooked, then cooled kabocha is quite delicious. As a fond warm food eater I was pleasantly surprised by this and will have it this way again.

Just like our mums taught us [and every blogger knows] road- or better yet train-tripping requires snacks. I’d actually bought these a while ago already but they haven’t made an appearance on here yet. Chili peas. The ingredient list could be better but they fed my cravings for salty-spicy nicely and sometimes that’s all that matters.

Veggie Crunch chili peas_snack

Okay, this is not what my lunch looked like yesterday. But when opening my Tupper after carrying this around for hours one look was enough to know I would definitely not take a picture. Unless I’d wanted to run ina contest for ugliest food picture of the year.Trust me you’d thank me for choosing to post this older picture of the dish rather than the actual state it was in when I ate it  … It was this red pepper cream sauce, only this time covering wheatberries, chickpeas and mushrooms.

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There were times when I used traveling as a chance to restrict but no longer. It’s one of those moments that show me how far I’ve come from my past. It’s a long road to travel down still but I’m on my way. Taking my own food – even full meals rather than just snacks – with me might seem like I was scared. Yet when traveling alone I use it as a means of saving money and I actually don’t enjoy eating out by myself. If I’m with others I will happily explore the local restaurants .

Lindt Chili_bars

If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know my fondness of a certain brand of chocolate. Shockingly, I was disloyal after discovering a new favourite and neglected the old. I was going weeks without even a longing for Lindt but it’s back in action now. There’s even a slight chance I’ll be able to get my hands on thiselusive flavour not available in Germany. For now, chili and I are reunited. I ended up eating half a bar – I’d clearly missed it more than I thought.
What you shouldn’t miss is the opportunity to peek into others’ days of food so

Happiness-inducing today: Volunteering and lending an ear to somebody. Being able to help others in simple ways is one of the best ways of fostering our own happiness.

 

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Tell me …
a) what kinds of food do you pack when you’re out and about all day?
b) your current favourite bar of chocolate?
c) Something that made you happy today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good good links #109

Hi there from the ketchup-hater! <- you guys really picked up on that one despite it not being the point of my post ;).

If you felt hurt by my dislike of certain condiments I hope I can reinstate peace by sharing some good good links with you. Sounds good? Great! Looking at the posts I’d collected at the end of this week I noticed that fall apparently bring back my longing to try new recipes because there are a lot of them. But everybody likes food so I feel you’ll be okay with that. Before scrolling down to the last category, though, I highly recommend taking a look at the other amazing posts from this week. too.

Have a wonderful first Sunday of fall!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

A Letter to My Body From the Past via Full of Life

Inspiring and powerful. What would you write in a letter to your past self?

Perfect Isn’t Real via Leaving Perfection

“choose to be in the moment, good and bad because I only have this life to live” – seeking perfection keeps us from just living.

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

A Note For Those Who Don’t Know What The Hell They’re Doing (Like Me) via The PB Lover

Do we really want to plan our lives out in advance or try to fulfill others’ expectations?

Exercise Anxiety via The Real Life RD

Something I feel many will be able to relate to but it’s possible to change our mindsets.

Change of Plans (Already) via Full of Life

Hayley is an amazing role model for what it means to prioritize your health above any other goals in life.

45 Life Lessons Written by a “90-Year-Old” Woman via Popsugar

I tried to pick my favourites here but it’s impossible because there are some many great ones.

The Kitchn’s Ultimate Guide for Using Up Every Type of Food via The Kitchn

Waste less! This has you covered on using up a bazillion [or at least a few dozen] different kinds of food including ‘odd’ ones like pie trimmings or that last 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin.

How to Organise Your Computer via a pair & a spare

Don’t tell me I was the only one who’s a little [more] behind on this one.

7 Golden rules to help keep small spaces more organised via Organise my House

It doesn’t have to take hours every week to keep your home neat and clean with a little action every day.

 

Food

33 Healthy Eating Habits Lazy College Students Will Appreciate via BuzzFeed

If you’re a blogger you obviously know some (#18 !) but you might still find some more tricks to make healthy living possible in dorm room and dining hall.

The Best Vegan Egg Replacer For Baking via Food 52

An experiment that might be helpful for anybody dabbling in egg-free baking.

Blogging

WordPress HTML & CSS: The Basics via The Wetherills Say I Do

Being technology-challenged I’m currently trying to learn a bit more about the behind-the-blog work and this was another helpful post.

7 Ways Blogging Taught Me To Be A Badass via Beyond Your Blog

Personal growth through blogging? Totally possible.

3 Reasons Bloggers Should Be on Periscope via In It 4 The Long Run

As a camera-shy individual I haven’t considered Periscope yet but Georgie has even me curious and if you are, too, then definitely read this.

 

Fitness and Health

The Guidelines Doctors Don’t Follow (and You Shouldn’t Either) via Greatist

It’s time to take a chill pill and not stress yourself out so much – #2 is an especially  good one to keep in mind.

The Best Youtube Workout Videos via Cupcakes and Cashmere

It’s getting cold outside – good options for those who prefer to get their sweat on inside.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

19 Things Only Indecisive People Will Understand via BuzzFeed

This is essentially my life. I don’t expect sympathy, just some understanding (#15 and 16 …).

 

Good good [food]

Orange Almond Tiramisu (vegan) via love me, feed me

Not your average tiramisu but a creative spin on the classic I’d order from a menu any time.

Pumpkin Date Caramel Cookie Bars via Yeah … Imma Eat That

I’ve probably mentioned I’m not sure where I stand regarding pumpkin baked goods but these … oh yes!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge via Fooduzzi

Can we say dangerous? Dangerously easy to prepare and devour a whole batch in no time.

Paleo Cookie Pizza with Cashew Cream via Faith, Food, Fitness

Do I really need to say more here? You’ve already clicked on it after reading the title in anyway, right?!

105 Plant-based After School Snack Recipes via Healthy. happy. life

… and suddenly deciding on a snack is getting either easier or harder – you decide ;).

Sundried Tomato and Basil Arancini (vegan)via Minimalist Baker

Arancini are following me around in the blog world this week and you’ll feel hungry looking at these, too.

Vegan Creamy White Bean Chili via Heather Eats Almond Butter

This one I’ll really have to try because a) I like chili and b) I don’t eat white beans often enough.

Vegan Fish-Flavoured Eggplant via The Conscientious Eater

Eggplant isn’t exactly my favourite vegetable but this recipe sounds like an interesting new way of preparing it.

Chipotle Hummus with Oat Flour Tortillas (+ chips) via Emilie Eats

Take Mexican night up a notch with homemade oat flour tortillas and spicy hummus.

 

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: The scent of  the candles in my apartment. Yankee candles might be nice but IKEA’s aren’t bad, either.

 
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Dare to be the unpopular one.

The first Thursday of Fall … can you believe it? Get out all the boots, scarves, fluffy socks and … thick blankets. I didn’t want to leave my bed this morning because it’s cold! Then again, staying in bed is no option [and yes, it gets boring after a while] so while I’m up already I’m joining  Amanda in thinking out loud again. It’s another one of those hardly-edited posts where I let my mind lead me. Daring to follow this path for me as an overthinker but that’s what this post is all about.

Thinking-Out-Loud

I don’t like ketchup. Or mayonnaise [the smell alone makes me gag]. Or aioli. Or mustard [nasty!]. Actually, I can probably count the number of condiments I do eat on one hand.

I don’t drink alcohol. But if you do, that’s cool with me. Just like I won’t judge your diet.

My favourite beverage in the morning? Tea. No coffee in the AM. Actually, no coffee has been seen around here for months.

Pumpkin spice latte? I don’t think so. Which yes, means you won’t be seeing any of my money, Starbucks!

I don’t use Snapchat and don’t understand the hype about it, either. If you do, great, but I’ll pass.

Using Instagram? Sure. But taking pictures of all my meals, 4f4 or shoutouts? No. That’s not my style and I won’t change to please you.

 

These obviously aren’t any shocking revelations that would make anybody kick me out of their house. What they all have in common, though? Most people would disagree or feel differently on at least the majority of these. And you know what? That’s okay. We can’t ever be friends with everybody.

Growing up, I was shy about voicing my opinions or admitting I disagreed with people. It was much easier to ## not speak up at all ## or silently nod. Was it good, though? No. Keeping to yourself and swimming with the tide? Doesn’t allow you to actually grow and discover what you stand for.

ShoesLiterally not standing for it.

The actual reason I’m bringing up the topic is that surprisingly, my most popular posts [and the ones I put most passion into writing] are those where I just let my thoughts flow. No ‘but what if somebody thinks I’m weird?’ or ‘maybe I shouldn’t ….’s . That’s something I’m still learning but it’s seriously rewarding to dare and be different. Last week’s post? If I’d let it sit in my drafts folder for any longer – chances are you’d have never seen it. The feedback I got admittedly overwhelmed me [thank you so much again! Your comments mean the world to me]. And even if I hadn’t gotten as many comments just one or two people telling me how much it resonated with them would have been amazing.

The only hard rules about topics I post is: don’t be a jerk. Don’t hurt others [intentionally]. No political or religious topics [because those do have the tendency to hurt others].

When we dare to be different from the norm, we’ll more often than not discover we’re actually not alone in our ‘weirdness’. Somebody has to make a start to change something in the world or even just make people think, get a conversation started. Be different, be yourself – and be surprised by others’ response. You never know who might secretly share your unpopular opinions and appreciate you speaking up.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Making somebody else happy with good news I had for her.

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Food Talk Wednesday #5

It’s the season! Shorter days, colder [but luckily not yet much darker] mornings – Autumn/Fall is fading in faster than we know it. In fact, you’ll all be aware today marks the meteorological start of the season. What I do know for sure is that I appreciate the gifts its bearing: – especially all. the.winter squash/pumkin.[ <- is there any difference?? Enlighten me!] Something that will be there during all the seasons, making us [bloggers] feel at home? What I ate Wednesday. Upon finishing this post, I actually noticed I’m coming full circle here as I wrote a similar post  last year. Would you have noticed? Thanks to Jenn for hosting the first What I ate Wednesday of the season!

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Colour me orange – because that’s what my skin will look like in a few weeks. Self-tanning breakfast? Absolutely. I just can’t get enough … Kabocha. And … peanut butter. While our harvest – my mum’s been growing kabocha for me for the past ~ six years – isn’t overly huge it tastes all the better. Luckily, a certain grocery store has started carrying kabocha [though apparently just for a few weeks], too, so I’m stocking up while I can. Now onto a highly debated topic: the best way to prepare kabocha. It breaks my little squash-adoring heart to see people roast [and at worst: peel!] this wonderful vegetable. Trust me: simply steaming kabocha – no salt, no spices – creates the most amazing taste experience. If your squash happens to be perfectly ripe, that is. I’ve had some mediocre ones that I unwillingly had to use up until moving on to better ones. But no kabocha shall be wasted.

Breakfast_kabocha

Lunch contributed to my pumpkin tanning as it featured an all-time favourite: vegan pumpkin cheese sauce. This plate of sautéed cauliflower and wheat berries turned into a crave-worthy dish when adding the sauce. It’s so good I wanted to eat it by the spoonful [and I may or may not have …]. Despite its appearance I assure you I didn’t have Shrek in mind while preparing this.

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None of my days is complete without snacks. Actually, rumor has it they make up the largest part of my intake. Oops? What can I say: I’m a snacker, no, grazer. Yet it’s impossible to capture every morsel that enters my mouth so I just captured a seasonal one for you: raspberries. Yellow raspberries at that because they are even better than regular ones. I’m trying to claim dibs on these but some days I have to share.Which I guess is only fair since my mum grows them 😉 … Yellow raspberries_fruit

On another snack note I was successful in scoring a few reduced cups of Fage – and even my favourite flavour. Now I’m just a little worried the store is about to discontinue selling them but: live in the moment. Meaning I’m enjoying the ones I have and then see what will happen. Plus: it’s just food. Delicious but in the end just food.

Fage_Greek yoghurt_jam_blueberry

Once more no dinner picture … A few years ago, I had a full-blown obsession with pumpkin oat bran – more self-tanning power 😉 – but have been too lazy to prepare my own pumpkin puree in a long while. No canned pumpkin available in stores over here means I’m stuck with my usual oat creation for dinner – and I can’t say I was complaining. Cocoa banana oat bran with almond butter and a sprinkle of sea salt perfectly fits the bill for autumnal [or any season, really] comfort food. No picture because hi, carbs after dark [read: no, I don’t mind what time I eat which macronutrient. But pictures taken after sunset don’ turn out pretty anymore this time of the year. We can’t have everything [read: squash, colourful leaves and good lighting] at once. If you’re curious to see how everybody else has been ringing in fall, hop over to the What I ate Wednesday shenagigans!

Happy first Wednesday of Fall!

Happiness-inducing today: Noticing my mental arithmetic skills aren’t as bad as I’d assumed. Tutoring helps!

 

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What is your favourite way to prepare kabocha? Please do me a favour and don’t insist on roasting it but give a gentle steaming a try just once. Like I said: if you picked a perfectly ripe/starchy one you won’t regret it!

Tell me your current go-to breakfast! How often do you change it up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good good links #108

Weekend, you’re too short! I could do with another day of sleeping in, just rolling with the flow and neglecting my to-do list for a little while. But alas, the show must go on and the daily grind will have us back soon already. Not before making the most of today – whatever that means for you – and trying to live in the moment.

On another note I was overwhelmed by the feedback I got on my last post. How are the posts I spend the least time stressing over drafting actually those that you enjoy most?? I guess I need to go with my guts  and let my thoughts flow more often rather than letting my overthinking brain get in between. Easier said than done …

Enough of me for now, though, as there was a plethora of amazing posts by many other great writers out there once again. I’m especially curious how you like the posts from the first category so let me know if you get/got a chance to read them.

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Is there any room for writers on the Internet anymore? via Forever Amber

That’s a very good question I’ve been pondering before, too. What do you think?

The Crazy Unhealthy Things Fitness Models Do Before a Photo Shoot via Greatist

A must-read for anybody and the first paragraph sums the insanity up already: “Only when you feel your worst are you able to look your best.”

We’re craving realness via In It 4 The Long Run

Life isn’t sunshine and rainbows 24/7, we don’t all ‘woke up like that’  or have perfect family, jobs, you-name-it – and aren’t we tired of pretending that, too?

 

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Exercise is overrated via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

Yes, working out is wonderful for many reasons but there’s a point of overdoing even the good.

3 Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Day via Career Girl Daily

Fail to plan – plan to fail. It’s all about the prep work to make sure your day’s off on a good note. And oh, #3 …

 

21 simple habits to make home life easier via Organise My House

Some of these take hardly any time making a neat house/apartment managable without hour-long cleaning.

 

 

 

Blogging

Get Your Life Back WithThese Scheduling Tools  via Oh so Amelia

Having your posts scheduled is one of the keys to keep social media from taking over your life.

11 Things to Remove from Your Website (Declutter Your Blog) via Gina Alyse

Not just our homes but our blogs benefit from a thorough cleaning  spree, too. [Added to my to-do list].

8 Places To Find FREE Photos For Your Blog via Helene In Between

If you read the post above you – like me – will find this an awesome piece of advice.

 

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

31 Cheap And Easy Last-Minute DIY Gifts They’ll Actually Want via BuzzFeed

Can you tell I’m trying to get a head start regarding Christmas gifts?

14 “Gilmore Girls” Questions That Are Impossible To Answer via BuzzFeed

I don’t quite agree with the title [you’ll see what I mean!] but it’s fun to do nonetheless.

18 Cheese Jokes That Are So Dumb They’re Actually Genius via BuzzzFeed

You gouda at least try to guess these right.

 

Good good [food]

Peanut Butter Maca Granola Clusters (vegan, gf) via Blissful Basil

Clusters are the best part of granola and I don’t need to add any peanut butter praise to convince you, right?!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Yes, I would definitely  eat this by the spoonful as is – no pie involved.

Rice Cooker Lasagna via Chow Vegan

No need to turn on the oven for this vegetable-filled lasagna for two.

Loaded Vegan Chili Cheese Nachos via Making Thyme For Health

We might not have football games over here but I’ll take this game day-suitable dish in anyway.

Super Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese via Vegan Yummyness

I enjoyed VegNews’ recipe when trying it years ago but agree with Lindsay it was a little heavy – this ‘lighter’ version sounds great.

Veggie Burrito Bowls via Amuse Your Bouche

Another one from a while back but do burrito bowls really ever get old?!

15 Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast via hello natural

Because if you’re like me you can never have enough of it in your life.

Cauliflower Kofta Curry (Baked Cauliflower Veggie Balls in Spiced Tomato Onion Sauce) via Vegan Richa

Definitely more involved than your typical curry recipe but created to impress guests – or yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Braving the rain and still setting out for a little bike tour. The need to beat the cabin fever was real.

 
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What to think about before you post.

It’s Thursday already!? If it wasn’t for both my calendar and laptop telling me this I’d be in denial.   Either way, after failing to publish my already drafted WIAW post yesterday thanks to no internet connection – me and technology don’t get along well so don’t ask what all I tried to fix it … – I’m following Amanda‘s invitation to think out loud once more. Let’s see where typing a post in a spur of the moment decision leads …

Thinking-Out-Loud

What inspired this post is a multitude of experiences and thoughts so bear with me as I’m trying to work out a clear line. This will very much follow Amanda’s no-script suggestion of Thinking out loud so there we go …

You set a new PR at the gym.

You’re working in an amazing high-paying job.

So you quit sugar, refined flour and all of these other nasty, nasty ingredients.

In short: you have accomplished something in life and are proud. Rightly so. In a world where self-doubt is a prominent characteristic enhanced by many magazines and websites telling us how to improve our [perceived] flaws and always be prettier/happier/[insert adjective of choice] it’s great to see people proud of theirselves and feeling comfortable in their skin. But …

Don’t let your confidence diminish that of others. I will not tell you to hide your pride altogether because like I said: it’s great you’re feeling good about yourself! Yet I think some people are taking their pride and talking about it too far.

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Taking pictures of your ab progress because you worked hard and you’re proud of getting where you are? is Understandable. You couldn’t be more excited to tell everybody on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere how much better you feel since changing your diet to vegan/paleo/sugar-free? Understandable.

I’m still standing in for my opinion on Instagram: it’s your choice what to post and talk about. But for the sake of others it might be a good idea to occasionally consider if your pride has the potential of hurting others. Seeing too many ab shots or hearing people about their weight loss success while you’re in recovery from an eating disorder [or while ‘just’ recovering from an injury that keeps you from training], trying to gain could be discouraging and lead to unsatisfying comparison. But why are you following these people in anyway, then? <- I personally choose not to follow those people but from what I’ve seen and heard others in recovery say it affected them.

The same goes for people who show pictures of their pedometers/fit bits/Polar watches. If you do it: ask yourself why. What might this make your Facebook ‘friends’ or followers on Instagram feel like? Does the text you wrote aboutyour epiphany since you gave up sugar sound judgemental towards those who like their sweet treats? Is your progress picture potentially triggering?

The takeaway here? Don’t be less proud of what you’ve accomplished. But before you go about sharing your pride all over the place keep in mind how it might affect others. Everybody is on their own journey but it’s hard not to get distracted or discouraged when comparison is lurking all over the place.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Successfully work on a presentation [about Immigration in the US] with the exchange student I’m teaching – both of us were learning from each other which is the best kind in my opinion.

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No specific questions today but I’m curious to hear your thoughts and experiences on the issue.