Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin

I’m totally exhausted. I really need some days off somewhere it’s hot and I can sit on the beach and have a cocktail. Thank god we will fly off tonight. It has been a crazy two weeks. Especially the last five days were so packed. We had to pack all our stuff so I can move the day after I come back from Asia. Also, of course it’s busy at work on the last days before you are off for three weeks. So after a long day at work I had to pack and still think about what I would need for the trip. I’m glad it’s all over now and I only have to work today and then we’ll be sitting on the plane. The boyfriend was a huge help, he packed most of our stuff. I’m so glad he’s always calm and shows me that we can manage, even when I freak out because I think we don’t have enough time to manage….

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Spain Recap and Bolognese Pasta

Bolognese Pasta

We are back again and it feels absolutely weird. I love Spain and especially Barcelona. I don’t even know what it is really that makes this city so enjoyable. It just seems to have a really good vibe. The people are extremely positive and friendly. Somehow it seems to be different than in other cities in Europe – at least in the Northern part. Another plus is the Spanish food of course. It’s just absolutely delicious! I would probably gain at least five kilos if I lived in Spain – or Italy for that matter. I did put on some weight even in this one week. But all well worth it of course considering all the food we ate. We had an awesome, unbelievably massive Paella at the wedding we attended. Below is a picture of it, bad quality I know but it was dark already. The most amazing part of the food at the wedding was a basil champagne drink, it was awesome and I will probably try to do it myself soon….

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Seafood Pasta and Barcelona

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We safely arrived in Barcelona on Sunday and have since enjoyed the sunshine as well as the premium food here. Well, with exceptions I must admit. We chose an airbnb apartment to stay in the center of Barcelona which was a pretty bad decision. The second bad experience with airbnb after our bad choice last year in Barcelona. We survived it even though we also had a horrible and expensive lunch on the first day. But it could only get better after that and it did. As planned, we enjoyed heaps of seafood on the first night at La Paradeta.

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Salmon Tartar

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With today’s delicious recipe I really intend to get into holiday mood! Finally, after two months of working and staying mostly at home we’ll head off to a week of sunshine in Spain. I know it sounds stupid but it feels like a long time since we went on holiday. Yet it doesn’t really, as time appears to fly by this year. It feels like autumn anyway around here with only 10 to 20°C and without sunshine yet with as much rain it could be a wet November. Maybe that is why I feel like Christmas is around the corner. Oh well, there you go, I REALLY need some summer now. The weather forecast is pretty awesome for Barcelona. We’ll finally get some summer sun in September. Which is desperately needed after a cooooold and wet August….

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Party Dips – Guacamole and Tapenade

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I did not remember how exhausting Birthdays are… I’ll probably forget again until next year and do the same thing again. The whole celebration weekend started with a dinner at a nice Japanese Restaurant. We already went there once a couple of months back and loved it. It was amazing, they offer lovely sushi as well as awesome starters. We never had any main dish but they look great as well. We finished our dinner with hot chocolate cake with green tea ice cream. What a start to the whole weekend.

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Trilogy of Wantons

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When I was about five or six years old, we sometimes went to a Chinese restaurant near our house. One of the very few I must say. There wasn’t much foreign food in the countryside of Germany 20 years ago. We usually went there for some buffet kind of lunch. I always had the wanton soup. I don’t remember me eating much else. Maybe I indulged in every bit of the buffet and just don’t remember it. Anyway, I mainly remember the wanton soup (and that my brother looooved sweet and sour duck). If you are fast enough and eat it while it is still hot, the wantons are still nice and crunchy and not yet soaked with soup – which is really what you don’t want. I always loved going to that restaurant. Mainly because it offered types of food we didn’t really have at home – unhealthy fried things. Or maybe just because I’ve always loved to eat out at restaurants. I don’t know what it was but I loved it.

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Shrimp Ceviche and How I Got to Know it

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The first time I heard about Ceviche was last year. I cannot believe it took me so long now that I know it. How could I – avocado-lime-prawn-lover that I am – have not come across it earlier in my life? But I’ll start from the beginning…

During the last semester of my Master program every student could do their semester abroad. You don’t have to but if you want to go, you are free to do so. During that last semester, just like the fifth semester of my Bachelor program, you can go study at another University anywhere you want. There are people going to Bali, Iceland or Malaysia. I wasn’t that adventurous and did one in Melbourne, Australia and the second one in Paris, France. During the semester in Australia, the boyfriend stayed at home in Frankfurt and kept working. He had lived in Melbourne for a year a couple of years earlier while studying there as well. So when he came visit me after five months he got to meet friends from back than and we traveled around Australia for five weeks. Awesome by the way, don’t miss Western Australia, it’s worth a visit. Then we flew back to Singapore where I did a three months internship, he flew back home after a few days.

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Kreppel, Berliner or as the Berliner says Pfannkuchen

Kreppel, Berliner or Pfannkuchen

I am allowed to eat again! Can you believe it? I was so relieved when the boyfriend and I decided to end the cleanse after 6 days. It was enough! Now I can tell you that it doesn’t get easier after day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Don’t let them fool you, it’s not true (for everybody)! My colleague compares it to a runner’s high after which you can continue to run and run and don’t get tired. I have to admit that I personally have also never experienced one of those – only know it from hearsay. Of course one reason for this could be that I never run long enough, but oh well who can tell. Back to the topic, there was no cleanse high for me within the first six days! And people tell me that the high usually is around day 3 to 6. Maybe people who already had a runner’s high have better chances at getting a cleanse high. Who knows?

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Salmon Spelt Bowl and Cleanse

Salmon Spelt Bowl

Let me tell you something: If you are planning to do a cleanse of any kind, write you food blog posts in advance!! Don’t be as stupid as I was here. Let me tell you about the cleanse before we’ll get to the recipe I’m going to share with you today.

Why did I even do something silly like this? Well, I experienced some kind of allergy over the last couple of months and didn’t know where it came from. After experimenting a bit I came to the conclusion that it’s probably perfume. Mainly the bed sheets and clothes that are washed with washing powder that contains perfume to be exact. Even though it got better since we’re using perfume-free washing powder I wanted to find a way to get rid of this allergy. After reading many articles about it, I knew that a cleanse sometimes helps. The absence of food in our system can help clearing it and the allergy goes away. I thought I should try it. The boyfriend decided to join this little party by the way. Much better not to do something like that alone, let me tell you that – you can whine together!

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Chocolate Mango Slice

Chocolate Mango Slice

It feels like ages ago but Germany did win the world cup! Wow, those were incredible weeks with the best outcome you could think of. We had a great weekend in Hamburg and on our last night we went to a restaurant/bar to watch the game. Turned out it was rater difficult to find a free table but we did manage in the end. We did choose wisely – we went to a place with great tapas and lovely people. Overall it was just an incredible evening. We’ll probably have to wait for a night like this for another 24 years, haha. But that’s ok, I hope that many other countries will be able to enjoy this feeling of joy and experiencing such a success as one nation. So fascinating how football or sports in general can move people closer together. I don’t really know what to do the whole day now though. It will take some time to get back to normal.

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