Easy & Delicious Breakfast Bowl

When it comes to breakfast, I am definitely a meal repeater. Usually, I’ll find a certain breakfast food I like and then have it every morning for a few weeks until I move on to something else. This phenomenon is currently happening with this breakfast bowl. I don’t know if this qualifies as an acai or smoothie bowl, hence the very simple name haha. 

It is a very refreshing breakfast, so perfect for summer, when the temperatures are already high when you wake up. 

Another factor that makes this a great meal is how easy it is to personalize and to adapt to your own taste. You can use basically any frozen fruit as a base and any cereal/granola mix and fruit that you like as a topping, which makes it suitable for anyone! 

Without further ado, here is how I make this delicious bowl every morning. 

Ingredients: 

Frozen Raspberries 

Soy Milk 

Chocolate Cereal 

Granola Mix 

1 Banana

Method: 

  1. Put your frozen berries into a blender and add about double the amount of soy milk. Now blend everything until it’s nice and has a „saucy“ consistency. For an even more filling breakfast, you can also add protein powder into the base. 
  2. Pour your berry-milk mix into your bowl and add the toppings. You can get really creative here, but I usually just go with a chopped up banana and a blend of some chocolate cereal (for taste) and some granola mix (to help me stay full longer). 

I know this recipe was super simple, but that’s just another reason why this is the perfect breakfast, even if you have a busy schedule. 

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do! 

Sophie 

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„The Plot against America“ by Philip Roth (aka the only book I read in May)

Let me preface this by saying that May was a good month for me. My mental health has improved so much and I’m in such a good place, however, a lot of work went into that. On top of all the stuff I have been doing to improve my life, I also started to study for my uni entrance exams. So those two things have been taking up a lot of time. Additionally, the book I started in the beginning of May, „The Plot against America“ is a pretty heavy and kind of difficult-to-read story, which is why I only managed to read that one book in May. 

But without further ado, here is my review of „The Plot against America“. 

may-books-1.jpgThe novel deals with an alternative reality, in which Charles Lindbergh wins the 1940 election in America, defeating Franklin D. Roosevelt. The presidency slowly establishes antisemitism in America. The story focuses on the daily life of the Roth Family, living in Newark, New Jersey and is told by the youngest son, Philip. 

As you might be able to imagine by that description, while the book deals with such an important, and still really relevant topic, it is very heavy and dark. In my opinion, it is really important to learn about war, discrimination and other topics like that, in order as to not repeat previous mistakes. However, dealing with that kind of stuff is always difficult and can definitely be very sad. On top of the obstacles that go hand-in-hand with learning about hard-hitting material like war and persecution, Philip Roth also tends to write in long, complicated sentences. He also uses a lot of complicated terms, which definitely didn’t make the reading easier (Of course his works are very important and have such high quality, so I am definitely not trying to question his ability as an author. I’m just trying to explain why it took me so long to read it). 

„The Plot against America“ is therefore definitely not an easy beach read, but a book that requires a lot of attention and energy to read. I would still recommend it though, since it deals with such important issues that are still really relevant today and stories that deal with alternative realities are always interesting to me. 

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend the novel, just make sure that you are prepared to really dive into the topics and take your time to really focus on reading, in order to understand everything. 

So, that was my review of „The Plot against America“. Hopefully, I’ll get to read a bit more next month again. 

Sophie 

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Easy Vegan Rice Pot

Now, what happened with this recipe was that one day I went to sleep craving paella and really wanting to make some the next day. However, I then found out that we didn’t have any saffron at home and saffron is one of the signature ingredients that make paella into paella. So I decided to find some other ingredients and just mix them together for a different rice pot. It actually turned out quite nice for such an improvised dish, so I wanted to share the recipe. Once again, I didn’t really measure most of the ingredients, so you’re just gonna have to figure out the measurements yourself. 

Ingredients: 

-Red Pepper

-Courgette

-(Frozen) Peas

-Onion

-Garlic

-half a cup of rice

-Veggie Broth (Double the amount of rice, so in this case, one cup) 

-Sweet Pepper Powder

-Salt 

-Other Seasonings (I used a ready made mix which included hot and sweet pepper powder among other ingredients)

Method: 

  • Cut up the pepper, courgettes, onions and garlic. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and roast the veggies for a bit. 
  • Add the rice and peas and immediately pour the veggie broth over everything. Once the broth is boiling, add all your seasoning and stir well. 
  • Continue boiling until the rice has soaked up all the liquid. 

And you’re already done! This is such an easy recipe, but the result is super delicious and filling. 

Let me know if you try out this dish! 

Sophie 

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Books I read in April 2019

April was the first month of my new job (at an ice cream shop, which is really fun!) and therefore really busy for me. I also went through some bad times in my personal life and so those two factors were reasons for me not too read that much. However, I still managed to finish 3 books and here they are! 

  • The Truth about Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown 

april books 3Savannah Brown has a youtube channel, does a lot of slam poetry and has published a collection of poems (called Graffiti) before this debut novel. I’ve been keeping up (and falling in love) with her work for years at this point and was so happy to finally get my hands on TTAKS in April. The story deals with Sydney, who has just lost her father and develops an unlikely friendship with June, a super popular girl from her high school. I really don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I won’t go into more detail about the plot. This novel is SO well written, which allows you to get lost in the words/language just as much as in the incredibly thrilling and exciting story. It is a young adult book but I would recommend it to adults just as much as to teens. TTAKS is a story that will capture you and stay with you for a while even after you finish reading it. 

  • Before I fall by Lauren Oliver 

I’m going to be honest here, the only reason I started reading this was because we had april books 2the book lying around at home with no-one else reading it haha. While this novel starts out as a typical teen book revolving around the popular mean girls of a high school, it quickly gets deep, after the protagonist, Sam, is stuck in a Groundhog-Day kind of scenario. Every evening she dies, and then wakes up to the start of the day again. Throughout the novel, she has to find out how to change the day for the better. I won’t tell you what happens at the end, but I will tell you that this book was such a captivating read. I am a big fan of the butterfly effect and stories that revolve around how your life changes when you only change one small thing and if you feel the same, you will LOVE this book. However, Sam is part of a group of popular bitches (sorry but it’s true) and their behavior made me a bit angry/sad at times, so beware of that. 

  • If Beale Street could talk by James Baldwin 

april books 4This is a book that was turned into a film recently, and I really wanted to see it, but never actually go around to it, so it only felt appropriate to read the book first. If Beale Street could talk tells the heartbreaking story of Tish and Fonny, a young black couple. Fonny gets imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and Tish soon finds out that she is pregnant. In a race against time, they try to get Fonny out of jail before the baby is born. This book made me angry, sad and heartbroken but honestly, I feel like that’s the only proper way to feel with a story like this. It was published in 1974 and unfortunately, I feel like the exact same thing could happen today. If Beale Street could talk is definitely not an easy read, as it deals with pretty heavy stuff, but it is really good, especially if you’re a white person (because we definitely still have a lot of educating ourselves to do). I would definitely recommend this book, but maybe only to people over the age of like 14, since it features some pretty graphic sex scenes. 

So, that was April 2019 in books. Let me know if you have read any of these novels before, I’d love to know what you thought about them! 

Sophie 

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Easy Vegetarian Lentil&Bean Stew

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE stews, curries and soups. To me, they’re the ultimate comfort food and you can put almost anything in them, which is perfect if you have leftovers! 

Recently, I decided to cook a nice lentil and bean stew, which was SO good. 

As always, I didn’t really do any measuring and just took the amount that felt right 🙂 

Obviously you can substitute the veggies for whatever you want/prefer. 

Ingredients: 

  • Lentils and Beans (we have this dried mix that needs to be soaked in water before cooking) 
  • Carrots (the ones I used were purple ones, so don’t get confused by that haha) 
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Oil 
  • Vegetable Broth 
  • Soy Sauce 
  • Seasoning (I used mild Paprika, caraway powder, and chili powder) 

How to cook: 

  • Chop up the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic. Meanwhile, you can heat up some oil in the pan and once that’s warm, throw the veggies in and leave them there for a bit. 
  • Put in the lentils and beans (they should be ready to eat at this point, if you need to soak or boil them before they’re ready, do that before!). Pour the veggie broth on the mix. 
  • Once the broth is boiling, season it with you seasoning and the soy sauce (always keep tasting it throughout this process until you like the taste). In total, the broth should be boiling for about 15-20 minutes (until the potatoes are cooked thoroughly). 
  • Serve with a slice of bread 🙂 

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do! If you try it out, let me know 🙂 

Sophie 

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Easy Filled Zucchini Recipe

My family has this weekly vegetable subscription from a local farm and recently, we got like 5 zucchinis in one box. Now, I really like zucchinis and the fact that we got so many meant I got to be creative with some recipes. I have seen pictures of the meal I’m about to write about, but I’ve never actually read a recipe, so this is my own interpretation/try to copy some instagram pictures haha. 

Ingredients (once again not really measured haha): 

  • Zucchini (I used one, because I also made some potatoes as sides, but obviously you can adapt the amount depending on how many people are going to eat etc.)
  • Chickpeas 
  • Pepper
  • Sweet Corn 
  • Taco Sauce 
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt 
  • Pizza Cheese 

Instructions

  • First, you want to preheat the oven to about 200 degrees Celcius. 
  • Next, Cut the zucchini in half and use a spoon to kind of hollow the halves. You can use the zucchini that you just removed in the filling. 
  • Squish the Chickpeas with a fork. It makes the whole filling process easier. 
  • Now, chop up some pepper and add it to the chickpeas alongside the corn, salt, chili powder and a bit of cheese. 
  • Once you’ve mixed everything properly, fill it into the hollowed part of the zucchini. If you want, you can now add a bit more cheese on top. 
  • Put in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. 

And you’re already finished! I think this is such a great meal because it’s relatively easy and quick but still looks like you put a lot of effort into it. 

Obviously you could try out different ingredients in the filling to put your own touch to the meal. 

If you try this, let me know! 

Sophie 

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Books I read in March 2019

books march 2March was a rollercoaster when it comes to reading time haha. On the one hand, I travelled to Munich by train and had two flights (to and from Edinburgh). On top of that, I also commuted to work three days a week via train. On the other hand, I commuted to work “only“ three days a week and spent most of my free time at home doing anything but reading (which I really want to improve next month). 

Moreover, I think March is the first month this year where I read more German books (by German native speakers as well!) than English ones, which is interesting. 

I managed to read three books in March and here’s what I thought about each of them. 

  • Das Paket (The Package) by Sebastian Fitzek

When I was still interning at the theatre, I often had a lot of spare time at the train books march 6station before I could catch a train home or head out to rehearsal, so I often wandered through the Book store there, reading the blurbs of different books. When I read the one to this novel, I was immediately captivated and just had to get the book (I actually ended up ordering a used version online haha). This story deals with a victim of a crime (I don’t want to spoil anything) and her confusion and possible hallucinations in the aftermath of the incident, which entails anxiety, paranoia and medicine. It’s super captivating and constantly kept me on the edge of my seat as I was struggling (just like the protagonist) to differentiate between what really happened and what she is just imagining. Plus, the end features a huge plot twist that actually made me gasp out loud. Das Paket is definitely one of my all time favorite thrillers I have ever read and it’s not crazily gory or anything, like a lot of these kinds of books. If you’re looking for a suspenseful story full of crazy twists, this is the book for you! 

  • Thalamus by Ursula Poznanski 

books march 7In March, another book I was reading was Felix the railway cat (which can be found right below this text haha) but I misplaced it for a couple of days after returning from Edinburgh, so my mum gave me Thalamus, which she had just recently read, in order to have some entertainment while looking for the other book. This story is about Timo, a teenage boy who gets into an accident and then spends some time at a rehabilitation clinic in the middle of nowhere. He makes great progress, just like most people at the clinic, but at night, there are dubious things going on and the worst part is that he cannot tell anyone about it, because the part of his brain responsible for speech is still not functioning properly. This is another super suspenseful book, but not as scary as Das Paket. It also deals with a bit of science fiction and the use of technology in the medicine world, so if you’re into that, I highly recommend this book! 

  • Felix the railway cat by Kate Moore 

After falling in love with a Street Cat named Bob, I freaked out when I saw another books-march-9.jpg     real-life cat story book at a store. My boyfriend actually got this for me as a present and I was so excited to learn more about Felix. Now, this is a really adorable and nice story that’s suitable for all ages, but the book (in my personal opinion) is just not that well written. I was determined to finish it, and I did, but it took me a really long time because I often couldn’t read more than one chapter at a time because the writing was just really dull to me personally. If you’re as obsessed with cats as me, you might still want to check it out, but maybe try to find a little extract online or read a few pages at the book store first, to find out if it’s your style or not. 

So those were all the books I read in March of 2019. Let me know if you’ve read any of these already and how you liked them! 

Sophie 

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