Saturday, December 3, 2011

Poshy Couch Potatoes' Fitness Centers

I can not see any common points between a fat potato on the couch and myself :) I never practiced lots of sports but I aways loved cycling. Since, lets say 1994/1995 I was cycling circa 50 kms a week, March until November. Between 2003-2010 I was cycling nearly everyday something like 20 kms, which makes 70-80 kms a week, depending on the weather. Maybe it's not a lot but if you do it consequent year by year and you need only 40 minutes for 13 kms, you'll in a quite good shape without any ounce of needless fat. 

On the other hand, I have the good genes of my grandma, and that's something you can not control and I would be also without sports slim like plywood, how we say in German. But if you have bad genes, and your style of life and dining is not optimal, you can do whatever you want, you'll get the yo yo-effect one day anyway. The only rescue is trying to change the diet and... surprise, surprise: sports. But please not those posh indoor 20 minutes cycling behind a glass window. It's so pathetic. I don't know what's the point about those sophisticated leisure centers where you pay a lot of money for sweating behind a glass facade and other people can look and laugh at and of you. I think it's something for people full of complexes trying to push their personal status a class higher they really are, thinking that a membership in a posh fitness center would hide their roots of origin and doing everything to advance in the society but forget one thing: being themselves. That's so sad. 

Yes, after all, I just feel sorry for that mentally poor social climbers who never read an ambitious book or for whom the TV or its size is more important than books and education. I feel sorry for those who think that literature or [higher] education is just a piece of paper they should have "you know, it looks better in the CV" - instead of being a possibility to broaden the own horizons. There are so many people with MA's where the paper of such a degree is more worth than the degree itself... No matter how much you try, you can never escape from your own origin and your own roots. They will always follow you, no matter how posh you'll try your life to be.

But back to the point: No, I know I will never turn to a couch potato and I hope none of you too!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Housewarming Dinner

Saying "thank you" to my friends who helped me with moving to my new appartement, I decided to cook something (pasta with different sauces and pancakes with apricots and whipped cream as dessert) for them. 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Almond Apricot Cake

It's a great recipe from allrecipes for an almond apricot cake. It was not too difficult to make but it was important to keep some steps while baking the cake.

Update: I've just seen that the recipe disappeared from the website but luckily I noticed it down and I will post it as soon as I'll bake it again.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Meal for Grandma

I prepared a special "thank you" meal for my granny. So I cooked duck (!!! and I am vegetarian!!! - but I did not try!!!) for her to say "thanks" for the patience with me in the time I was moving to a new flat. It was a crazy time because everything happened in only 14 days. I redecorated, moved in to the new one and moved out from the old one in a fortnight! But It was better to keep it short. And I absolutely love my new flat. 


Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Finally Moved In

I finally moved in and I finished the renovation of the new apartment. Here are some pictures of my little kitchen which is 8m² (86 ft²) small. I like it because it is not open space and I can close the door while cooking since there is no possibility to install an exhaust hood. It has a window and I was able to place there all the important home appliances like a dish washer, washing machine and a big refrigerator as well a little IKEA table I can open or cave in (great idea) and a big ceiling high rack for my kitchen stuff on the opposite wall. But the most happy I am about having a gas oven again which is not very common in German flats nowadays (I can not understand why they say here that cooking with gas is outdated and everyone switches to induction or electric cooking). I needed a special permission from my landlord and paid the installation fees by myself. But it was worth it.

Update 6th Okt. 2012: After my mom got induction - I can imagine WHY do people switch from electric stoves to induction stoves. But I will still prefer a gas stove ;) 


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Back to the Roots

After I moved to my new appartement I decided to go back to the roots. Although I have a great Italian coffee machine I am using it very rare and having my coffee the "Turkish style" - coffee powder, hot water, milk, that's all. For boiling water I used in the past 6 years an electric water kettle which is widely known and popular here in Germany. But I still remembered the good old times of a normal water kettle I used on the stove top before my "electric-experiment" and decided to bring them back. I bought the cheapest one for around € 10 with a capacity of 1 quart and it does a really good job. It takes a little bit longer to bring your water boiling but it has something magic for me. The sound of the gas oven, the few minutes longer you wait for your water and the sound of the kettle whistling makes a perfect start into the day for me. I bought two very expensive electric kettles of a good European brand in the last 6 years and if I had known they will break down, I would safe that money. Now I am back to the roots.

Update 6th Oct. 2012: I do not own this water kettle anymore. I gave it to my parents because it works on an induction stove top and I bought myself an Italian water kettle by Alessi (Alessi 9093 "Bird"), designed by Michael Graves - Here's the link to the Alessi Website. I LOVE IT ;)


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Italian Focaccia

I love the idea of baking bread at home. Out of organic ingredients you know and only of them!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pasta with Tomato & Feta Sauce

One of my favourite dishes which I make once a week - pasta with tomato sauce, feta cheese and a lot of fresh pepper. Just cook the pasta and in the meantime make the sauce out of: a can of crashed tomatoes, some garlic, some spices, some herbs (oregano and basil). Cook it for a while and add a 6 oz (200g) package of feta cheese. Cook it for a while. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix it. Taste it - spice it if it's still not spicy enough. That's all - a 15 minutes dish ;)


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Preserved Zucchini & Bell Pepper (Winter Lecso)

I love the idea of lecso, the Hungarian dish with onions, bell pepper and zucchini. In the Fall I make a few jars for the Winter - let's be honest, the vegetables in the Winter are never "fresh" the way I think we should eat them. So I make lecso in when the vegetables have their season.

Preserving vegetables is a great deal for having some of them for the Winter time. Here are some pictures from two different years I was cooking and later preserving lecso.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Boston Baked Beans

I LOVE Boston Baked Beans and it's hard to get them in Germany. Once or twice I bought a can of BBB of Heinz's and, well after that experience I started to make them by myself.

Update 7th Oct. 2012: Now it's possible to get the BBB in the most bigger supermarkets but they're still not as tasty like the home-made ones.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carrot Cake

Another great carrot cake from allrecipes. I will probably never understand why do U.S. Americans love their cakes so sweet. I reduced the among of sugar a half and it was still very sweet.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Celery Pasta

Something new I tried - I never liked celery but I learned ho to cook and prepare it the way I love it now.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Israeli Hummus

I just love the Israeli Hummus, made of chickpeas, tahina (sesam paste) and quality extra vergine olive oil. I only add salt and pepper as spices.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Silesian Potato Dumplings I

I love the Silesian potato dumplings which are a great and so tasty tradition in our family cuisine.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Potato Burgers

Potato burgers - I had some potato puree left so I mixed it with eggs and feta cheese and baked it on a BBQ-pan.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

About

Some people who are not my friends and follow my blog ask me questions who is the guy behind the blog. So I thought I'll write a few words about myself and the reasons I am blogging.

What is my mission? I am a passionate amateur chef. Why? That's simple. I enjoy cooking and baking because it gives me some time for myself and for my own thoughts. Working manually with my hands allows me to switch off from my day-job, all the §§§ and translations from languages that no normal German would be able to read. Since I turned vegetarian when I was a teenager I started focusing on things we/I eat and cook. Paying attention not to eat or buy junk food, trying to go local and buy products from the local farmer's markets and so on. I hold the view that it's possible to cook fresh and healthy meals at home in only 20 minutes - that's exactly the time you would need to buy some junk food and warm it up. So my dishes are not too complicated and everyone can easily and fast re-cook it. That's what's my mission: to show people of my age, living in big cities that the kitchen is not only a place where you prepare your breakfast and cook coffee and that it's possible to cook fast and healthy dishes even in a small city kitchen.

Why vegetarian? I am vegetarian since 1997. I never liked meat so it was problem to stop eating it. I always have to laugh when I meet old friends from high school and their first question is: "Are you still vegetarian???" So my answer always is: what do you mean with "still". I am vegetarian and I am quite sure I will stay it.

Why blogging? After I bought my first digital camera 10 years ago I started taking photos of my food and posting them on picasa and later I started blogging because I thought it would be cool to get in touch with other people who think the same and as well collect my recipes somewhere. Sometimes I am blogging kind of off-topics about my thoughts or just simple life. As I said, it's not a professional blog and while cooking I have always 20.000 thoughts - it's one of those times of the day I really can concentrate only on myself and doing the manual work cooking is, go deep inside my thoughts. Sometimes it ends with pasta which is not al dente anymore or a burned burger - but that's the life.

I am only an amateur! I am not a person who posts every recipe in details - the most of the time I am experimenting in my kitchen and sometimes I am in mood only to send some photos. So excuse that there are not always recipes along my photos. I am not claiming to run a professional blog with recipes - I am just an amateur enjoying my small after-hours hobby and trying to share it with people from all over the world. But feel free to ask for recipes if you will see something interesting and I did not write the ingredients and the preparation.

Environment and ecology - VERY important to me. It started already when I was a kid. We had an European project running at our school - about environment education and ecology. We were part of the Green Club we called it and we got a deep education in saving the planet and ecological thoughts. We were forced to do waste separation, thinking global and doing a lot of programmes and activities at school or with our partner schools from across Europe. So I grew up into an ecological education at school which was a novelty at the beginning of the 1990s here. I was part of this project for more than five years and that was I kept this kind of thinking until now. That's why I think that's very important to educate the children in environment and planetary saving-thinking from the very beginning and early years. Ecology and doing so, is something that comes naturally to me - I'm just following what I was taught when I was a small kid.

Farmer and Carpenter ;) I grew up in a suburb in a big house with a much bigger garden - with animals, couple of cats, always two dogs etc etc. That's why I am always claiming to call myself a regular guy from the province. I am down-to-earth and I have a natural animosity against people who grew up in suburbs or in small tows, later coming to big cities and pretending to be someone else (or BETTER) they really are. I hate big cities and every city over a million habitants is my personal horror. For the future - when I get retired one day I hope I could make my dream possible - a small farm, some animals and a simple life far away from the overcrowded cities in Europe we are forced to live and far away from that rat race we are every day part of - in our jobs or lives. I hope to learn one day how to be a more or less professional carpenter ;) Until this happens I'll keep on blogging from my small kitchen in the middle of the big city and living my normal city life. I am from Frankfurt am Main/Germany.

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