Monthly Archives: November 2011

Flapjacks

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As promised here is the recipe for my Flapjacks. This is a fairly standard recipe and can be adapted to fit any season by adding dried fruit or chocolate chips, etc. I’ll try making one that tastes just like Christmas in the next week or so. To be honest, the smell reminded me of Lamingtons (one of my favorite desserts) and that’s why I probably like them so much. The first thing Christina commented on was how good they smell…chocolate and coconut, how can you go wrong with that?

I have been trying out different variations ever since the summer. The batch that I made then turned out to be very crumbly, but the taste was fine. I then tried adding maple syrup instead of honey and just did not like them that much. These flapjacks are very healthy (depending on how much chocolate you add). They do include brown rice syrup which gives them their sweetness, but most conventional recipes include butter which is not needed for these flapjacks, so don’t worry about the chocolate too much!

Flapjacks (Basic Recipe)

Makes 8-10 bars

You will need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. protein powder (this is optional, but using chocolate protein powder will make them even more chocolatey!)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (you may need a little extra depending on the consistency of the mixture)
  • 2 tbsp. nut butter
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 100g chocolate (either milk or dark chocolate)
  • coconut flakes
  1. If you want to glaze the flapjacks with chocolate now is the time to prepare a water bath. Let the chocolate melt and stir occasionally.
  2. Combine the oats, cinnamon and protein powder in a bowl.
  3. In a separate (heat-proof!) bowl combine the brown rice syrup, nut butter and vanilla extract. Heat the mixture up on medium heat in the microwave until everything in well combined.
  4. Pour the brown rice syrup mixture into the oats and stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a pan and press it in. Pour the chocolate onto the oat mixture and spread evenly. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze for about 15 minutes. Cut into 8-10 pieces.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Christina’s Fruit Smoothie

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My sister Christina has been drinking smoothies in the morning for a very long time now and it’s one of the things I look forward to most when I stay at her place. I love my usual breakfasts, which normally consist of oatmeal with lots of toppings or bread with almond butter, but filling your body with a load of fruits in the morning is a very good and filling start to the day. Generally, I’m a big smoothie lover no matter what the brand. I love Innocent Smoothies (especially Mango&Passion fruits) and I also really like the Green Machine Smoothie by Naked Juice. However, if I have the time and fruits on hand I always prefer to blend a fresh smoothie.

This is the recipe for my sisters breakfast smoothie. She generally varies the ingredients, especially in the summer when more fresh fruit is available.

Christina’s Fruit Smoothie

For 1 smoothie you will need:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 small apple
  • 1/2 cup pineapple + a little bit of the pineapple juice
  • handful of blueberries
  • a few grapes
  • approx. 150-200ml of fruit juice

You can also include strawberries, blackberries, coconut flakes, peaches or any other fruit. You might also like to add 1/4 cup of oats if you’re planning on drinking it in the morning.

  1. Cut the fruit into smaller pieces and throw everything into a blender.
  2. Add the fruit juice.
  3. Blend well and enjoy!

The ingredients in the pictures below were for 3 smoothies!

 

London Weekend Recap 2

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I am back in Reading after a great weekend in London. Initially I wanted to come back yesterday afternoon, but Christina and Fraser were planning on watching the ATP World Tour Final so I decided to stay for that. (My sister and I are Roger Federer fans so we were both quite happy when he finally won!)  Plus, staying in London for another night gave me a chance to do some baking. I made Cheesecake Brownies, which sound good in theory but which were still very fudgy in the center because the cream cheese on top was already turning brown…I blame the oven! I may have to give it a second go once my sugar rush has worn off.

Saturday’s dinner was really good. After two weeks of arguing with my brother about which restaurant to go to, we decided to try this great Thai restaurant which my sister had already been to once.  The food was delicious and rich in different flavors including spicy chilli and creamy coconut. As a starter I had Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce; I was hoping it would taste just like the Satay we used to have in Indonesia, which it didn’t, but it was still good. My sister had Steamed Prawn and Coconut Dumplings.

 

For the mains we decided to each order one dish and then share, which I’m glad we did because it gave me a chance to try a lot of different things. There was quite a bit of variation on the table and a lot to choose from: curry, pan-fried silken tofu, beef, fish and vegetables.

Fraser and Christina approved of my Flapjacks, so I will be posting the recipe sometime this week (even though I feel there is still some room for improvement).

Have a good week!

London calling…

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Before I’m off to London to meet my sister, her boyfriend and my brother I thought I’d share my lunch with you. I made a ginormous mixed salad with tomatoes, sprinkled with nuts, raisins and sunflower seeds. On the side I had half of the Le Pain Quotidien Hazelnut Flute. Dessert was a very filling fruit plate: apple and pear, plus clementines (all gobbled up before I could take a picture).

My legs are really sore from this morning’s workout. Hope I’ll manage the walk down to the train station.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Time to think about Christmas!

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First of all, I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a fun filled day with their loved ones. From what I’ve seen so far on some of the blogs, it was very successful food wise. Now I can’t wait to see all the Christmas recipes everyone has to offer!

Being a Christmas-obsessed person, I start my Christmas countdown in September, start listening to Christmas music at the beginning of November and start thinking about Christmas cookies and treats earlier than the average human being. Over the last couple of weeks I was trying to come up with a healthy version of a Christmas Flapjack and today I finally managed to end with a version which I feel I can share with you. Before I do though I need to have them taste-tested by my sister and her boyfriend this weekend. If they approve, I will share the recipe next week. Here’s a little preview:

This morning during one of my boring lectures I was mentally going through the food I had in my fridge to figure out what I could have for lunch. I decided to make wraps with a very big side of kale chips.

The foundation of the wrap was a sauce I created out of fried onion, soured cream, honey and a little bit of barbeque sauce. This was probably my favorite part because it reminded my of a sauce we have with our Fondue on New Year’s Eve. The wraps were filled with diced tomato, roasted chicken, goat cheese and mixed salad. Scrumptious!

 

Have a good weekend!

I am thankful for…

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Being from Austria and studying in the UK, Thanksgiving isn’t actually something I celebrate. I wish I would though because 1. I love Turkey and 2. I think its a great thing to have a day dedicated to giving thanks and being thankful. Therefore I would like to take the opportunity and share with you some of the things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my health. I have been through a lot in the past years and consider myself very lucky to be healthy and happy today. Recovering from an eating disorder is never an easy thing to do and many people have to live with the fact that they have done permanent damage to their bodies. I am lucky because, even though I still have off-days where too much thought is put into my food, I can say that I have won the battle against an illness that unfortunately too many people lose.

I am thankful for the way my life has turned out. I grew up in Indonesia and had the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and be part of a different culture. Growing up in a country where poverty is present wherever you go has made me the person I am today, appreciative of everything my family and I have. I am thankful that the country that I consider home (Austria), is a peaceful and beautiful place to live where picturesque mountains are never too far away.

 

However, I am most thankful for my loving family and for the unconditional love they give me everyday. I am lucky to have 3 siblings who I couldn’t live without. I have a unique relationship with each of them and miss them when they are not around. I am thankful for my older brother and his very special sense of humor that can make me laugh for hours and hours. I am thankful for my younger brother who has grown up to be such an incredible, kind and sensitive young man and who I miss so much when I am away at Uni. And I am thankful to have a beautiful sister, who is my best friend, who I know is always there for me and who has been an inspiration to me all my life. The two people I am most thankful for are my parents who have made me the person I am today. Without them, overcoming the difficult situations in my life would not have been possible. My dad has always shown me that a positive outlook on life can make big dreams come true and that I have the ability to do whatever I want to, as long I believe in myself. And  my mum and her loving and kind words are the reason I was able overcome my eating disorder and I am grateful to have such a warm, generous and kind-hearted person in my life. I love you guys!

And because no post is complete without a picture of my food, here’s my Avocado-Chicken Sandwich I had for lunch.

 

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Vampire Craze

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Seriously! Am I the only person on this planet not fascinated by vampire movies or books? The reason I’m asking is because I’m about to go to the cinema to see the new Twilight movie with my friends and have no clue what it’s about. I mean, I know that it revolves around a girl who falls in love with a vampire, but that’s about it. In an attempt to catch up on the plot and storyline of the previous movies I spent some of my afternoon googling and watching videos on Youtube!

Lunch was a quick but good one. Not the most creative I’ve ever been, but it still turned out to be a delight for the tastebuds. I made Gnocchi with Pumpkin-Ricotta Coulis…(I had 2 hours of french today and am feeling creative!)

For the coulis (sauce) all I did was heat up a can of puréed pumpkin with some ricotta. I added vegetable stock  to make it more liquid and seasoned with basil and pepper and a little salt. Delicious if you like pumpkin! It would also taste great with spaghetti or any kind of pasta, I just happened to make Gnocchi. And don’t forget the most important part: the Parmesan!

 

Time for me to see what all this vampire craze is about!