Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Orange Food is my Favorite

I like the color orange.  In fact, some of my favorite foods are orange: carrots, pumpkin, sweet-potatoes, cheddar cheese, oranges (uh, duh), and eggs (well, the yolks here in Germany are).  I wish I could wear orange -it's so cheerful and vital.  Unfortunately, it doesn't make me look very cheerful and vital.  So I settle for eating orange things and coloring with orange colored pencils.  My dinner tonight paid homage to this summery color.  It was super simple, and super, super delicious.

Sweet potato with curry ketchup, red cabbage and orange salad, poached egg.  If only all meals could be this good :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yogurt Part 1: The Yogurty-Like Substance

It all started as a 2-Euro culinary experiment.  I'm fascinated by the idea of creating things from scratch that we normally wouldn't imagine.  Bread, for example, is a staple that most people wouldn't make at home.  Yogurt is another one.

I know I said in my last post that I generally avoid dairy, there is one extremely notable exception.  Yogurt.  I.  Love.  Yogurt.  It is super super delicious, nutritious, and has lots of simple and fancy applications.  Plain with muesli, fruit, honey, or jam.  Mixed into baked goods as a substitute for sour cream.  Served as a substitute for sour cream on potatoes, chilli, or in dip.  You get the point -yogurt is a wonder-food.

But it's a little weird in Germany...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Coconut Ice Cream


My love of experimentation and general avoidance of dairy have led me to try some cold-dessert alternatives.  First was banana ice-cream.  I liked it a lot, but I have no blender here, so that was out.  Soy ice-cream from the store is out, since I don't eat soy.  Other non-dairy ice cream is ridiculously expensive and often has ingredient lists longer than I'd like.  After remembering that I had a leftover can of coconut milk and some honey in my cupboard, I decided to give it a try.

While I'm not on any sort of special diet, this recipe (Thank you Mommypotamus!) seemed like the simplest one.  I also had all the ingredients mentioned.

The Result: I wasn't the biggest fan.  It was too sweet for my tastes, but I think that was my fault for putting too much honey in.  In the future, I would try it with JUST coconut milk -it's pretty sweet already.