Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day Out

Today we all (teachers included) took a day off of classes to explore parts of Ludwigsburg (home to a fantastic Baroque palace), Stuttgart (namely the Mercedes-Benz museum), and Esslingen (for a wine tasting).  It was a very, very long day.  It was also lovely weather (in the high 60s) and the company, food, and experiences were great.  Without further ado, Ludwigsburg (pictures inside the Schloss were, sadly, forbidden):

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 :)

Spring has Sprung

The weather here is totally lovely.  It's actually more summery than springy, totally alright by me.  We've been sitting in the park, walking through the Altstadt, visitng flea markets, and eating ice cream.  Delicious ice cream.  I found a dairy-free chocolate that is SO rich and dark.  Like a chocolate bar in an ice-cream cone.  No joke.  Welcome to my fairy-tale of a life:

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.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Sometimes life goes slow and you have no motivation to do anything.  No motivation to go to class.  No desire to fold your laundry.  No real interest in anything but sleeping, running, cooking, drawing, and dreaming.  Two more weeks until spring break, and it can't come soon enough.  What am I going to do until then?

Probably look at pictures and plan for the future.  Enjoy a little "Zusammenfassung" of my time here so far.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's Been Awhile

Hi Everyone!  It's been a long absence, and it looked something like this:

Monday, March 5, 2012


We're here in beautiful southern Germany taking in the sights, smells, and tastes of our home for the next six months.  More to come.