All posts tagged: Homemade

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 ♡ Advertisements

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 …

Chunky Applesauce

In late summer, we spend two weeks at my mother-in-law`s Orchard in Colorado. It`s an old centennial farm surrounded by an apple and a pine tree plantation in a remote area nearby Telluride – an absolutely magical place! Since the apple business is no longer up and running, the trees were loaded with apples when we arrived and we tried to pick as many as we could while we were there. Three boxes filled with Jonathan, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious made it back to Los Angeles with us – roughly 100 pounds! – and since then it`s all about apples in our home. Even though we don`t really like to part with our apples – the apartment smells delicious since they are here! – we had to get creative about conserving our apples and making homemade applesauce has become a great way to keep them around a little longer 🙂 It`s a really fast and easy recipe, especially if you get a peeler/corer/slicer, which you can buy for very little money on amazon. Applesauce …

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, …