metamorphosis

i think i have seriously abandoned this blog.

how long has it been?

i cannot really give reason to my absence from the blogosphere, really. I can only say that once you start to let go, due to stress or too many other things on your mind, you really start to let it slip away for good.

i can’t even remember the last time i posted something here! but:

let a new chapter begin today.

i can’t promise i will post regularly, in fact i can’t even tell you the exact direction this blog will be heading towards.

all i can say is that i’ve chosen to bring this baby back to life and to using it as a valve for my inner life. i can however tell you that the focus here will be shifted a little away from the foodie-world. of course, in case i come up with some seriously delicious recipe i will not keep it from you, but i generally plan on writing about more that tasty vegan food from now on!

same same but different?

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here’s a little recap on what has changed in my life:

well well. my fourth semester of Business Consultancy International has just ended and the summer break is on right now. the weather here however is veeeeery not summer-ish. yet. some days its freezing and i’m wearing my boots (!!!), the next day i’m melting in my shorts! heck.

my boyfriend & his family moved right next to my parents’ house! strange, you say? i thought so too. especially since I do NOT live there anymore!

but some time has passed now and I have to admit it’s quite convenient. i have the most important people right there living in the same street!

my mom adopted the cutest little miss doggy a few months ago. her name’s Mindy and she’s more than adorable! a little bundle of fluff, always excited and so much in love with her humans:)
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(right now, our haircolors are almost matching!)

Mindy is quite little and very affectionate! she will never miss a chance to hop onto my lap:

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about the band: we’ve been playing a good number of shows within the last year but right now we decided to cut back with live shows. we are focusing on recording our first album this summer and there is a lot to be done.

also, we shot our first music video some time ago. it’s currently in post-production cuz i’m gonna be doing stuff in a computer-created phantasy world! (yup, i’m excited. patience is not my strongest trait.)

we also have our own website now! i did some pencil & paper illustrations & hand-wrote the lyrics, so be sure to stop by and check it out here (click on “Lyrics” to see the drawings and words!).

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(screenshot from the upcoming music video!)

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(on-stage make-up)

oooh, and did you know about the tattoos I got?

here’s the two little ones, the picture was taken right after getting them done. the X is an ancient, african symbol for freedom, emancipation & independence.

the tiny “V” stands for vegan.

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this is the third tat i call my own. i had it done on my 20th birthday. it’s simply a leaf and i cannot tell you what it means exactly. the idea of a leaf simply came to my mind one day in class and so i started drawing. the tattoo artist really did an excellent job here and i still smile every time i see it on my arm!

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(real tattoo vs. my sketch)

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(strange pic, i know, but just so you see where exactly it is!)

so, that would be some of the news i can offer you.

i’m looking forward to spending more time here writing and excited about finding out about which direction this blog is headed to.

as said, from time to time i’ll just need to get some stuff off my mind and therefore will possibly write about it here.

 

right now, i just came home from a little get together with friends in honor of my best friend. she is leaving for one and a half months, so almost all of summer without her! 😦

she’ll be staying in Canada this time and i can tell you i will miss her a LOT. during regular university times we can’t spend much time together and i miss her a lot already when she’s in the country. so now i’ve been looking forward to spending time with her during the summer break…

she’ll have a blast in Canada, i’m sure of it, and therefore i’m happy for her, of course. but for selfish reasons i’m also sad she’s not with me. sometimes i’m just feeling like a three-year-old.

 

i think i should call it a day for this post, or should i just say “call it a post”? it’s almost 11 PM here and i have an Oh, I Taste The Queen show at 1 AM. yes, i said 1 AM.

this means i need to start making my hair look like a bird’s nest and have quite some face painting to do. these dots aren’t gonna draw themselves!

 

if you’re reading this it makes me happy. so thank you! ♥

i will update the about me page within the next days, too.

 

so long,

s.

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forget chewy, here comes crunchy!

 

looking for an easy, storable, healthy, protein-rich snack that’s embodying CRUNCHY-ness?

then you should definitely try these:

 

SPICY CRUNCHY-ROASTED CHICKPEAS

 

u need:

  • 2 or more cups pre-cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • spices of choice (i used basil, chili-powder, curry-powder, black pepper and salt)

 

directions:

  1. rinse and drain your chicks
  2. heat your oven to 220°C 
  3. place the chicks on a bakingsheet and add all the spices you chose, except the salt

 

 

       4.    bake the chicks for about 35 minutes.

           5.    take ’em out and add the salt.

           6.    let the chicks cool and munch on!

 

 

mmmmh. welcome  to crunch-heaven!

your munching,

S.

This Chick’s Protein Ice Cream

Hey there!

 

Well, i’m, once again, floated by tons and tons of work..good that i’ve got some powerfood at hand!

 

some recent eats in pictures..

..asian inspired green beans /w champignons pan..

..leftover green beans /w spicy white beans..

..quickly thrown 2gether protein bars with what i had on hand..

..lovely dish @ asian restaurant, featuring maki..

..leftover veggie-curry..

..indian inspired veggie-chickpea-curry..

 

 

 

..super-yummy protein ice cream..

WAIT.

protein icecream..?!

yes, you’re damn right.

here you go:

This Chick’s Protein Ice Cream

(serves 1 hungry chick)

-1 c. cooked chickpeas

-2 small bananas

– 2 T hemp protein powder (or other)

– 2 T syrup (agave, maple,…)

– 1-2 T cinnamon (or more for freaks like me)

– 1 t vanilla extract

– 2 T chia seeds

– 1 T lemon juice

– 1/4 c. mylk of choice

* optional : add cocoa powder or carob, choc. chips, 2 T nut butter or some berries;

 

directions:

blend everything except the chia until creamy.

pour into airtight container and add the chia.

freeze and enjoy!

 

yours,

s.

be the master of sweetness!

as you probably have already noticed i’m a huge fan of natural sweeteners.

maplesyrup, ricesyrup, agave,…all of these are delicious, healthy and make u feel good!

thing is, these sweeteners aren’t quite cheap.

being a college student with a rather tight budget, i had to come up with sth more purse-friendly…hello DATE-PASTE!

dried dates are super sweet, yummy and affordable, especially when bought in great amounts.

u can use this paste similarly as you would use the above mentioned sweeteners (or even enjoy by itself..haha) .

get urself a bowl, water, a hand-held blender and go!

DATE – PASTE

1.) depending on how much paste u wanna make, pick up some dried dates and soak them for about 30 minutes in hot water.

2.) get rid of the water that’s left and place your soked dates in a container.

* feel free to use some add-ins: spices, salt, proteinpowder,…i used cinnamon (of course!) and ginger.

3.) blend the dates.

that’s it! pretty easy, duh? 🙂

date-paste should be stored in an air-tight container in your fridge.

one thing i also did once was to soak the dates in tea, such as chai, to add some extra flavor.

i’d love to hear what you did with your homemade date-paste, so try and leave a comment!

here comes some nutritional information about dates:

dates are HIGH QUALITY FOOD:

  • they contain an impressive amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
  • fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.
  • rich in dietary fiber, which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  • contain many health benefitting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.
  • good source of Vitamin-A (contains 149 IU per 100 g), which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • very rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals and thereby found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
  • Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
  • good in potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.

  •  rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.
  •  adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.
so, let’s celebrate the dates!:)
yours,
s.

Protein – Bars

happy friday! 🙂

yeah, i promised you i’d come up with a recipe of a high-protein-version of my “college-bars”.

duh, i tried it!

i thought about how i could increase the protein in these yummy treats, and guess where it took me:

CHICKPEAS!

yes, chickpeas can be used for many different kinds of food.

number 1 use is, of course, “hummus”.

BUT chickpeas are very patient & can also be added to sweet stuff, such as granola-bars.

fact is, the original version of college-bars already contained some amount of protein, thanks to the Amaranth.

i absolutely LOVE amaranth, especially popped, for its high nutritional value & the protein it contains.

(if you are not interested in nutritional facts, scroll down & go straight to the recipe! )

here’s some interesting stuff about Amaranth:

– high in protein (15-18%)

– contains respectable amounts of lysine and methionine, two essential amino acids that are not frequently found in grains. 

– high in fiber

– contains calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C.

– fiber content of amaranth is three times that of wheat

– its iron content, five times more than wheat

– it contains two times more calcium than milk.

– Using amaranth in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice results in a complete protein as high in food value as fish, red meat or poultry.

– also contains tocotrienols (a form of vitamin E) which have cholesterol-lowering activity in humans. Cooked amaranth is 90% digestible and because of this ease of digestion, it has traditionally been given to those recovering from an illness or ending a fasting period.

– consists of 6-10% oil, which is found mostly within the germ. The oil is predominantly unsaturated and is high in linoleic acid, which is important in human nutrition.

– have a unique quality in that the nutrients are concentrated in a natural “nutrient ring” that surrounds the center, which is the starch section.

(source: http://chetday.com/amaranth.html)

now let’s take a look at chickpeas:

– helpful source of zincfolate and protein.

– also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes.

– low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated.

– One hundred grams of mature boiled chickpeas contains 164 calories, 2.6 grams of fat (of which only 0.27 grams is saturated), 7.6 grams of dietary fiber and 8.9 grams of protein.

– also provide dietary phosphorus (49–53 mg/100 g), with some sources citing the garbanzo’s content as about the same as yogurt and close to milk

– According to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics chickpea seeds contain on average:

  • 23% protein
  • 64% total carbohydrates (47% starch, 6% soluble sugar)
  • 5% fat
  • 6% crude fiber
  • 2% unknown

– There is also a high reported mineral content:

  • phosphorus (340 mg/100 g)
  • calcium
  • magnesium (140 mg/100 g)
  • iron (7 mg/100 g)
  • zinc (3 mg/100 g)

Recent studies have also shown that they can assist in lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

(this information is from wikipedia)

i think i created a very balanced & tasty bar, for i used the chickpeas both mashed & in original form.

here’s the recipe:

– 1 c. spelt flakes

– 2 c. oats mix (sunflower seeds, raisins, oats)

– 1. amaranth pops

– 1/3 c. flax seed, ground

– 1 c. chickpeas, cooked

–> as always, toast these ingredients on a baking sheet in your stove until golden brown;

combine and mash (i did this with a hand held blender):

– 1 1/2 banana

– 1 c. chickpeas

– 3/4 c. rice syrup

– 1/4 cup pure orange juice, or more if desired

– 1 1/2 t salt

– 2 t carob powder

– 2 T cinnamon

– 3 t ginger powder

* optional: 2-4 t instant coffee powder

–> mash all the ingredients above until a homogeny liquidish paste & set aside;

prepare:

– 2 c. dried dates

– 2 c. raisins

– 1/2 banana, roughly chopped

now, take your (hopefully) golden ingredients out of the stove & in a bowl, combine with the liquidish paste & the fruit;

toss well, to make sure everything is covered with the chickpea-rice syrup-banana-paste;

layer everything on a baking sheet and, with another baking sheet to help, press everything until flat. make sure to not leave any air between the sticky stuff!

–> turn on heat to about 180 – 200 °C & bake for about 15-25 min., depending on woh crunchy you want your protein – bars.

when finished, let cool down for about 10-30 min., then carefully cut into bars!

oh, you can also wrap them up and give them as a present!

OR, another opportunity, use them for the “WAKE ME UP – CUP”:

College – Bars

hey there 🙂

actually, i’ve just gotten home from my third day at college.

IT’S AMAZING!

imagine about 70 people, coming from everywhere across the whole planet in my hometown to study.

we got 22 nations covered!

here’s a list of all the countries featured by us students

i told you i need some quick grab’n’go treats to take with me when spending the whole day at college.

therefore, i created my own recipe for GRANOLA BARS!

they are very similar as my “homemade granola”, just as a comfy to-go snack.

i figured out 2 versions of these bars.

they are very easy to make and, again, very flexible.

put into your fav. ingredients, here are my tried versions:

COLLEGE  – BARS

classic  style


– 1/2 – 1 c. spelt flakes

– 1 c. amarath-pops

– 1 cup muesli mix (oats, raisins, sunflower seeds)

– 1/4 c. flax seed, shredded

– 3/4 – 1 c. nuts, chopped (i used almonds, cashews & pecans)

–> on a baking sheet, toast the above ingredients for about 10 min. at 150 – 200 ° C.

– 1 banana, mashed

– 1/2 c. rice-syrup

– 3- 4 T mylk

–  1 t salt

– 1 t carob-powder

– 1 – 3 T cinnamon

* optional: some instant coffee powder

–> mix these ingredients & set aside until your others are a little toasted.

then, mix everything & toss well.

layer everything on the baking sheet, pressing it until flat (depends on how thin/thick you want your bars to be).

turn on heat to 200° C. & bake for about 15-25 min., depending on how crunchy you want the bars to end up.

now, let cool down for about 20 min. & then cut into bars.

cool in fridge & enjoy!

COLLEGE – BARS

fruity style

– 1 1/2 c. spelt flakes

– 1 1/2 c. amaranth pops

– 1/3 c. flaxseed, shredded

– 3/4 c. nuts, chopped (almonds, cashews, pecans)

– some dried figs, chopped (i used 7)

– some dried dates, chopped

– 3/4 c. raisins

– 1 banana, mashed

– 1/2 c. rice syrup

– 1/4 c. pure orange juice

– 1 t salt

– 1 t carob

– 2-4 T cinnamon

– 2 t ginger powder

*optional: 2 t instant coffee powder

-> see the instructions above at the “classic version” & follow them. 

roast the grains & nuts first & then add the wet mixture & toss well.

layer everything on a baking sheet &  press until flat, then bake.

when finished, let cool down & then cut in bars-forms.

i am so amazed!

these college – bars are so much cheaper, healthier & tastier than store-bought granola bars!

think about how much you would normally pay for such a bar.

college – bars don’t contain any trans fats. in fact, they contain no added fat at all!

more, these bars contain no sugar, but healthy, natural sweeteners.

short: they’re good for you, for the environment, animals, your heart & for your purse!  🙂

EXTRA- RECOMMENDATION

make your own composition of bars!

if you wonder what you could change, you may take a look at my “Index” – page for substitution-ideas.

i also kinda brainstormed and could offer you the following ideas:

– add chocolate! chocolate is great in any form: chocolate chips, totally chocolate-covered bars, cocoa powder instead of the carob;

– add some dried/dehydrated/fresh berries;

– add pieces of a banana;

– add peanut or any nut butter to the wet ingredients;

– add jam to the wet ingredients;

– reduce the amount of grains & use more nuts instead for a more “nutty” bar;

– add seeds! pumpkin, sunflower etc.;

– add shredded coconut/coconut-flakes;

have a good day,

s.

post – gig & pre – college day.

i’ve never had a post -gig & pre -college day before.

i’ve had quite a lot post – gig days, yes, but it happens i’ve never had a pre -college day before.

this is, because i’ve never been to a college until tomorrow.

yes, i attended a few courses at the university last year, but tomorrow is different. tomorrow i’m gonna be a freshman student at the FH, which is gonna be my real college for at least the next 3 years.

am i excited?

hell, YES!!

i also had a gig with “Oh, I Taste The Queen” last night, which means, it was waaaay cool, but today i’m really groggy.

my metabolism is quite fast, which means i naturally burn a lot of calories.

therefore i need some extra-energy when being exhausted- and of course, i expect it to be delicious!

 

though i want to eat healthy, mostly unprocessed & of course vegan food!

i’m simply concerned that my body can use this kind of food the best way possible.

 

 

more, i’m pretty nervous about tomorrow, which normally means i eat less. stress & unhappiness always lead to not feeling hungry & losing weight, wich i cannot afford.

taking that into account, i need my food extra-extra yummy on such an important day!

 

here is what i recommend:

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

sweet, crunchy, healthy. what more could a girl want?

need caffein?

why not get really naughty & combine the granola with a chai-coffee shake?

oh, and don’t forget the extra-energy.

i chose nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews) & mixed them into the granola.

yes please.

i told ya, energy! 🙂

did you know i’m always craving fruit after a long night?

it’s as if the vitamins were calling my name.

i can’t escape!

speaking of vitamins: lots of veggies are perfect for a stressed out day.

for me, they just work, by not being heavy & saving me from having an empty stomach.

i figured i’m gonna need a lot of packed lunch when i’m in college.

so you tell me: what’s easier than bringing sandwiches?

therefore, i created my own SPREAD RECIPE today.


i’m sure you all know “hummus“.

see, even Zohan knows & loves it!

my boyfriends loves this movie! 😉

BUT, he had no idea what hummus was, until i explained it to him:

hummus, or “humus”, is a spread or dip made of mainly chickpeas. it’s savory & there are a number of different kinds of hummus. it’s very healthy, for it’s rich in protein, and tastes fantastically!

me, i had no chickpeas at hand, but what i did have, was LENTILS.

i really like the saying “everything in moderation“, cuz it’s true in most situations. as in my lentil-spread recipe!

it’s really easy & there’s a lot of room for taste – experiments.

and here it is:

“EVERYTHING IN MODERATION – SPREAD”

you need:

– 1 1/2 c. cooked lentils, drained & rinsed

soy sauce

salt, pepper

spices: chili, oregano, basil, curcuma, majoram, garlic-powder, caraway-seeds; (omit what you don’t like & add what you like)

– a little water

1.) take the lentils & mash them with a hand-held blender

2.) add a little water & 2-3 T soy-sauce.

then start to add the salt, pepper & the spices you wanna use.

i used a whole lot of different ones. as long as you stick to “everything in moderation“, you can’t go wrong!

3.) that’s it! almost too easy to be called a “recipe”, huh? 🙂

no, i’m serious. just trust your tastebuds & try whatever you like!

this spread can be used as a regular spread on toast, bread or whatever, as a dip for veggies or tortilla chips or eaten by the spoonful!

i tried it on top of a cherry-tomato..

the tomato & me, we kinda liked it’s spread-hat! 🙂

oh, & because it’s the day inbetween 2 special days today, i thought i’d give you some extra-goodie.

maybe anyone is interested in my stage make-up?

it varies a little from gig to gig, but this is how i did it yesterday:

i always feel like a circus-clown before i enter the stage when being painted like this! 😉

tell me what’cha think about it!

so, wish me a good first day at college tomorrow!

your freshgirl,

s.