All posts tagged: Food

White Smoothie

I`ve been down with a cold for three entire weeks now and my energy level is at its lowest. Subsequently I am craving sugar and comfort foods but don`t want to reach for the bad stuff. My solution: this super yummy white smoothie! It`s texture is divine, vicid and lubricating for the throat, yet completely vegan. Plus its sweetness comes solemnly from natural produce like dates. It`s a quick fix and rich enough to substitute breakfast. A real winner! White Smoothie ∼ 1 pint ∼ 1 Banana 1 Tablespoons raw coconut oil 2 Tablespoons coconut flakes 3 Tablespoons peeled hemp seeds 3 Dates A little plant based milk and water Cinnamon and / or vanilla to your liking Mix everything in a powerful food processor and enjoy ♡

Apple Jam

Are you looking for christmas presents to give to your loved ones but don`t want to join in the shopping craziness? Then I have the perfect solution for you: homemade treats! When I started making jams, cremes and spreads for my family and friends two years ago everyone was loving it – including myself. My kitchen smelled delicious, the house felt warm and cozy, and the decoration of the jars and cans brought out a whole new level of creativity. One of my favorite recipes and the last one in my apple series is this velvety apple jam – with just the right amount of sweetness it melts on your tongue and makes every scone or croissant oh so exquisite. Apple Jam ∼ 6 pints ∼ 6 lbs cored and chopped apples 2 cups sugar ⅓ cup Lemon Juice Core and chop apples into desired size. Put apples in a very large pot, pour 1 cup of sugar over the apples and mix well. Cover the pot with a towel and let it sit overnight in a …

Apple Crumble

It`s this time of the year when all I want to do is curl up under cozy blankets and eat warm, comforting food. Thankfully, this weekend we were blessed with a few days of rain and since there are still some apples left from Colorado I made my mothers famous Apple Crumble ♡ Apple Crumble ∼ 6-8 portions ∼ For the filling: 600 gr. apples 100 gr. raisins 5 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon For the crumble: 100 gr. non-dairy butter 175 gr. whole wheat flour 100 gr. sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and add the cold butter in small patches. Use your hands to knead the mixture into crumbles and store in a cool place. Preaheat the oven to 200 degrees. Rinse the raisins under hot water. Peel and cut the apples into thin slices and mix them with the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and raisins. Pour the mixture into a greased pan. Spread the crumbles over the mixture and …

Green Machine

It is very hot, dry and windy these days in Los Angeles and a lot of people, including myself, came down with a summer flu. The wind and dryness seem to enforce the cities general hustle and bustle – which according to Ayurveda belongs to the realm of Vata energy – and if your energy chambers are already depleted, you`re leaving the doors wide open for anything that wants to move through. So rest, replenish and make yourself a juice that will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy and cool in the summer. The fruits and veggies in this juice are alkaline and rich in minerals. These so-called micronutritients play an essential role as transporters, synergists, and co-factors for nutrients throughout the body and are often missing in our standard macro nutrient based diet, consisting of protein, carbs and fat. Also, juicing allows for a much higher mineral density that we could ever get by blending our food like in a smoothie or chewing – which makes juicing an even greater addition to your  diet! …

Somen Delight

Summer is finally here and with it long, georgeous days filled with beautiful sunshine (yes, that`s right, I looooove summer!). Here in Los Angeles it can get pretty hot and humid though and I am often at a loss with what to eat. Being hungry without appetite doesn`t make for the best cook… Since we live in Koeatown and my husband has a thing for Asian cuisine we prepared Somen the other day and what can I say… this dish has already made it on my favorite summer recipes list! It`s so light and refreshing and fun to eat, plus it will only take a couple of minutes to prepare. Somen are thin wheat flour noodles that can be found at East-Asian grocery stores. They only cook in three minutes and are served chilled on a bed of ice. Traditionally the icy-cold Somen are dipped in a light sauce called Tsuyu – also to be found in stores or prepared at home. In this recipe I replaced Tsuyu with a light soy sauce variation, making …

Vanilla Chestnut Cream

One of the things I love about spending Christmas at home is all the traditions linked to the festivities and getting to spend time with my loved ones. I love to light a candle on every Sunday before Christmas Eve, I love to open a door each day on my calendar until December 24, receiving my little surprise with as much awe as when I was five years old, I love the cookie baking and tea drinking and getting cozy at home and I love Christmas markets and sparkling lights and music and oh… Since the beginning of memory, winter with it`s fading light and shorter days marks a time of winding down, of coming to halt and of exploring the darker spaces of our existence, reconnecting with our roots and the essence of life. With the festivities approaching, this immanent exploration of the dark together with our rising excitement often leads to challenging confontations with ourselves and our loved ones. For me, one way to step back and remember the true essence of this time, …

Delicious Sivananda Cookies

Only last week I was wandering the streets of L.A., with temperatures rising as high as 40 degree, a glistening sun blazing down on the city, and roads to Santa Monica clogged with people heading for some beach time and incredible sunsets. This week I find myself back in Munich with temperatures as low as below cero, having left my love behind once more. Hence, my arrival requires quite some adjustment, physiologically, psychologically and of course, emotionally. However, the more stability I find within myself and life, the more I come to love the seasons. After the excitement and abundance of summer, autumn winds us down, making space to turn inward and preparing us for the halt that is winter. It is in this setting that I have chosen to complete another Yoga Teacher Training with Patrick Broome. Forever thankful for yet another experience of growth, learning, letting go and friendship, honoring the warmth inside of me, the cold autumn weather outside and the lineage that brought me here after all I decided to make some yummy, …