Cooking: Pike-pearch on spiced risotto with buttered tomato and a butter sauce

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time: 35 min
Actual time: 45 min

Difficulty: 3/10
Amount: for 2 persons initially, but then it´s really small portions
Price per person: approx. 4€

Having moved to Wilhelmshaven and thus to the North Sea coast, I thought that the best thing to cook first from the book would be a recipe with fish. And I was surprised that supermarkets here are not exactly experts in having pike-pearch, but in the end I found some frozen one – wanted fresh one, but well. Probably looked the wrong places. Same goes for the spices / herbs you were supposed to buy using for the risotto, so I had to improvise there. NO harm done, but still…

The recipe was easy to follow as usual, but it was a lot about the right timing and a lot of struggle with my cooking place – you need a lot of different ingredients and then mix them up and so you have a lot of half dirty plates to take care of later on. That´s been pretty much the only downside of this whole meal.

Because: the outcome was so freaking delicious I even made it a second time (slightly changed) the day after! Never had made risotto on my own before, and it worked and tasted like a charm.

It´s clearly a meal for rather autumn or spring and not summer, but then it´s just perfect – am still loving it!


Cooking: Spinach-mozzarella filled chicken breast

Cooking book: the app “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  30min
Actual time:  40min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person
Price per person: ~2€

Sometimes there´s recipes where you wonder why you didn´t get to do those before – or didn´t think about it yourself because they´re easy, quick and tasty. This dish clearly is one of those!

Not many ingredients and it´s done – the basic recipe is just the filled chicken breast, but I added some pasta and made a salad of some leftover spinach and some tomatos to stock it all up. And it fit together just perfectly fine, and was filling meal. But maybe nothing for a really hot day, as the mozzarella cheese makes the dish a bit heavy for one or the other person maybe.

Overall opinion? I will do it again. Very soon. Very very soon!

Cooking: Zucchini-pancakes with tomato salad

Cooking book: the app “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  15min
Actual time:  20min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person
Price per person: ~2€

Alrighty, the initial recipe from the app comes without the little tomato salad – but just the “pancakes” would´ve been a tad boring so I added some tomatos with a dressing mix including the Asian salad mix from Just Spices. Yes, I like it spicy, that´s why I not only used this dressing but also added chili to the zucchini-onion-egg-parmesan mix, and not only pepper.

Generall the preparation was really easy, even though it´s annoying to be rasping the zucchini and especially the onion. Before you ask: yes, it did make me cry. But it´s been worth it. The rest was easy – adding the eggs and the parmesan cheese, mix it, put it into the pan and fry it.

For me, this is a perfect food for summer – it´s light, healthy and something easily prepared. A “must do again” for me!

Cooking: Spinach-Creme-Roll with salmon

Cooking book: The App “Yazio”
Publisher: n/a

Estimated time:  20min
Actual time:  35min

Difficulty: 3/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~5€

Yes, it´s pricey – simply because the spinach wasn´t exactly the cheapest thing to be buying, and the salmon kinda topped it. The cheese and the eggs needed for the whole were the rather cheap parts of it, and mixing it all together also the easiest part.

I made the mistake of spreading the spinach-“liquid” too thin onto the baking paper, it should´ve been far thicker but nope, it said “thin” in the instructions so…now I know better, and next time it´ll hopefully also peel off the baking paper better after it cooled off. The rest of the preparation was easy, so no big deal.

For mt it was perfect food for a not so warm summer evening after a day with a workout – simply because it has loads of proteins in it, and in my version with more salmon than instructed it had around 600kcal.

Clearly a recipe I will be doing again – tastes just so good! And it stuffs nicely!

“You never go and buy food with us”

…during lunchtime at work probably the sentence I have heard the most during my now soon more than 7 months there. It´s not meant in an un-nice way, but if you don´t know me well enough, it´s maybe hard to grasp. Because it´s not all about the money – though I am really not willing to pay around 7€ for a meal, because that makes nearly 40€ a week for lunch at work and with this is more than what I need for a full week with cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

But the main reason is: I wanna know what I eat, how much I eat. I am still on my weightloss journey, but having started my road to my half marathon, I need to watch it even more what I am eating and that m body is not lacking anything. Adjusting it how it comes and goes and how I train and how much I train.

I am counting my calories and macros (protein, carbs and fat) with my Yazio App – and yes, I weight everything I eat/prepare. Okay, not everything, because with some foods I already can (+/-5g) estimate the weight really well and so don´t need to weight it. And before you ask: no, it is no fun. It´s making cooking sometimes feel like some chemical experiment, but it´s proven to be working for me when looking at my weightloss success.

Now I am watching my calories also in the other direction – not that I manage to eat as little as needed but due to all the training and easily burning 600+kcal during my runs, I have to watch not to be eating too little and then lose strength and cannot exercise and train the next day or the same da anymore. Because I painfully had to learn that I really need a lot more energy nowadays than I ever needed before. And for me, it´s tough to balance that out.

Also, with all the meal planning and preparing I can make sure I don´t eat randomly all kinds of shit – I notice that on weekend, where I eat what I want in that moment and really struggle with staying in my calorie boundaries. And often fail. Too many tempatations, too many options, too many calories.

But yes, maybe that makes it understandable why I meal prep – it´s all about control. Because when it comes to me, in the end, I am a total control freak that demands discipline – too much of it at times but…anyways, let´s not get off track here!

Because: I still need to prepare food for tomorrow and decide which sweet treat I allow myself for the coming day(s) 😉

Cooking: Salad of glass noodles, radish, mango and asian dressing

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  20min
Actual time:  25min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~2€

I think my biggest struggle was at first trying to split up the 100g of glass noodles that I had – in the end split it up after the cooking/soaking in hot water. The combination of those noodles with the rest of the ingredients, clearly something spicy and and patially hot – the only thing that makes this dish not perfect for winter time is that only the noodles were warm, and the rest of the salad was of course cold.

There was one thing I had to adapt – the vinaigrette, as in the recipe it was with peanuts and I am allergic to those, so I instead too some spice mix from Just Spices that was made for an asian dressing. And it fit really well!

So this is clearly something that is perfect for a summer evening where you need somethig fresh and light and still filling – but not for now 😉 So I am gonna wait until summer and then do it again ^^

Bucket List #19 – Eat vegan for a whole week

Well, first off – this is not the start into a totally vegan life – I simply love my animal products too much and fell well with eating those. But I wanna broaden my horizon, wanna try out new things and gain back my excitement for animal products.

One thing already now – I tried to go without my protein shake, but had to go back to it because the amount of proteins that I had through my normal food was simply not enough – and I am not gonna buy special vegan protein powder for such a short amount of time.

Day 0 – Grocery Shopping

I already expected it to not be THAT easy – but I was surprised in the end in how many products are not vegan which I thought that they were vegan. And also it kinda made me upset how expensive that vegan cheese, the soy products and whatnot actually are. It´s hilarious, really. Fresh and healthy food also is – and that´s somethin that really made me annoyed alread doing shopping, besides feeling like always checking what was actually in the ingredients…

Day 1 – Monday (09.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Smoothie of raspberry and coconut water
    Really tasty, but not made for a breakfast because it´s just too sour – next time as a lunch I think!
  • Lunch – Bread with fake coldmeat and a bit of salad
    That coldmeat…I will never get to liking it, really…i´s awful I think. Maybe I will at least get used to it…
  • Dinner Falafel, beetroot, onion and some pointed cabbage as as salad
    Tasted so amazing! One of those things I will clearly make more often!
  • Snacks – Bio crackers with taste of tomato and herbs, chooclcate rice waffles, vegan gummi bears
    Really good for in between when you usually had some sweets – okay, I also had sweets as you can see but…less than I used to.

From morning on I felt like a truck had ran over me or parked on me, and somehow the headache and this odd feeling simply didn´t want to leave at all – I felt like going through withdrawal from something. It really was no fun, and actually I expected it to be easier than it had been in the end.

Day 2- Tuesday (09.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat, salad and avocado
    A really good and tasty mix, that made me feel full for long – and was still good for my bitchy stomach
  • Lunch – Alpro soy yoghurt with lemon taste with rice-chocolate waffel and coconut-chocolate bit
    Good and heavy, nothing to eat in one go, rather something to be eating over several hours and that´s also what I did
  • Dinner – Tofu with pointed cabbage and tomato
    And that pre-spiced tofu was really tasty, like, really – something I will surely be eating again. Just the cobination with the veggies I chose wasn´t the best somehow.
  • Snacks none, added them to the yoghurt

During nighttime I had migraine signs, and when I woke up it didn´t get better and I just felt sick – fully sick, like my body was performing a full strike on my costs because it´s pouting about the food it got yesterday. But I anyways stuck to my vegan eating…and it felt easier today than yesterday, maybe also because I wasn´t exactly hungry anyways because of not feeling well.

Day 3 – Wednesday (10.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake cheese and salad and tomato
  • Lunch – Smoothie of raspberry, banana, coconut water and soy milk
    I love smoothies – so much! It´s just annoying they lose their taste if you don´t prepare them all fresh like I did today.
  • Dinner – Falafel, corn and beetroot with salad
    Not too creative, but quick, healthy and rather friendly to the stomach – and I simply love beetroot, it´s become THE vegetable of the winter time for me!
  • Snacks – Veggie chips
    They were okay, I expected more but somehow…they tasted odd. Not gonna buy that brand again, maybe some others.

Finally feeling better, yet still weak and thus needed many vitamins in form of whatever food possible – thus a lot of different veggies, and trying not to think about how much I was longing for some good chicen breast or salmon…okay, I permanently was thinking about food today, no matter what kind of food…no other thoughts.

Day 4 – Thursday (11.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat and vegan cheese, salad and tomato
    It starts to become so terrible boring…I really need something else, something more inspired…
  • Lunch – Zucchini, beans, champignons and corn amaranth waffle
    Light and trying to get some more proteins – just the right amount for a good amount of lunchtime food
  • Dinner – Tofu with zucchini, corn, salad and vegan cheese and salad
    Quick, and with the cheese a bit heavier than usual but h so good I could have been eating 24-7!
  • Snacks – Vegan gummi bears

I feel like I am doing well, except the fact my macro tracking really tells me I am having too little protein – I need to change that, working out with so little protein in my food is ridicolous.

Day 5 – Friday (12.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat and vegan cheese, salad and tomato
    Nothing special, just a desperate try to get rid off the cold meat without it being the only taste giver of the meal xD
  • Lunch – Pointed cabbage, beans and tomato with curry sauce
    Something quick and light for lunchtime, which was more than I had expected and thus filling me really well
  • Dinner – Lizza pizza with vegan cheese, selfmade tomato spread, onions, paprika and corn
    I just needed a “cheat meal” – and pizza always goes, and decided for Lizza because less carbs and more protein combared to normal dough – what a great meal it was!
  • Snacks – Lemon sorbet
    I needed something “sweet” – would´ve loved some ice cream but…nope.

The moment when you go to the store to buy stuff for a pizza…and you want pine apple and salmon and end up with a veggie pizza. To be fair, veggie pizza was tasty but it feels lik ethe lamest thing one could ever be eating. I am annoyed, really.

Day 6 – Saturday (13.01.2018)

  • Breakfast- Bread with avocado and onion
    Avocado…I love it in all kinds possible, and on a warm and crispy bread…good start into the day!
  • Lunch – Bread with fake teewurst, tomato spread, tomato and onion
    Quick and dirty, surprised about the fake teewurst – clearly a recommendation for me though it will never be as good as the real one!
  • Dinner – Shirataki spaghetti with arrabiata sauce, veggie skewers and tofu
    Far too massive, but also really good – especially the tofu that I prepared with curry and such – I ould really get used to this all!

The day felt good, I felt pretty much fit and like I got used to eating vegan – even though going through the store and pass by all the meat and cold cut meat was tough. But what was even worse: passing by my beloved feta cheese. Oh how I dearly miss it…

Day 7- Sunday (14.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Pancakes with jam, banana and chooclate and raspberry sauce
    Man, what a breakfast – and the first time I did pancakes not with a certain mix but all myself and they turned out oka – the mix made it amazing though!
  • Lunch – Rice crackers with avocado
    …because I needed something light but healthy, and that combination was just dope!
  • Dinner – Potato dumplings with veggies
    A heavy dinner that turned out bigger in the end than planned to be honest – and I am not a fan of those dumplings, but the other ones weren´t vegan…

To be honest, all I really do miss is cheese – any kind of cheese. And surely the first thing I´ll be doing tomorrow morning is having cheese. Real cheese. As the first thing in the morning. And maybe some fish. Tuna e.g. I don´t miss meat anymore at all, never expected that this happen!


Man, what an experience. At first I thought it would be a walk in the park, then during the first two days I thought I was never gonna be finishing this week and then at the end it didn´t feel that tough anymore because I found so many great unknown products that I wanted and still need to be trying.

And this is why I will continue – with a difference: it will be MOSTLY vegan, but not only vegan. Simply because I am missing certain products too much and have always been missing them throughout this week. Others I rarely missed (like real milk, yoghurt and such), and so I will try to not have them anymore.

So: it´s been great to widen the horizon, and I am happy I really tried it!

Cooking: Italian burrata on rucola salad with pesto rosso, garlic crostini and pine nuts

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  25min
Actual time:  15min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~3€

I wanted to have something not too heavy, yet filling for dinner and as I always enjoy some salad and cheese, it was the time to try this recipe – and that though I am usually not a big fan of rucola and try to avoid it.

But I was really surprised how amazing the salad tasted, also with the vinaigrette that I did, and it matched perfectly well with the creamy cheese, the crostini with garlic and of course the pest rosso – and this recipe I will be doing far more often, that´s for sure, really.

It´s simple, quick and a meal that you can eat all year round!

Cooking: Zucchini burger with goat cheese, beetroot chips and veggie sticks

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  40min
Actual time:  55min

Difficulty: 2/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~3-4€

When I saw this, the reason why I initially wanted to try it was, that they used that certain kind of breadroll and the goat cheese – I was especially skeptical about the beetroot chips. I couldn´t imagine that this could be tasty, but boy it was. It was a bit of a hassle to cut it thin enough and then put it into the pan with loads of oil, but it was worth the hassle.

The rest was pretty easy, and nothing really extraordinary when it comes to the making process. But the whole mix of the cheese and the veggies and especially the beet root chips…what a dream!

And it´s so easy and quick to make once you get the hang of it – clearly one of my fave ne recipes that I found thanks to the cooking book!

Cooking: Salmon in pancetta with mashed sweet potatoes and beans

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  30min
Actual time:  40min

Difficulty: 2/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~3-4€

I really love anything that goes into the direction of crispy bacon when put into a hot pan, and same for salmon. And this combination really caught my eyes in the cooking book but initially had turned me off because pumpkin had been playing a role in it. Now I simply dismissed it, and in order to make it nice, I changed it to sweet potatoes – and now pumpkin and no mango, it´s sweet enough like it is 😉

So it was really not tough to prepare, you really need enough space to get everything going at the same time. And keep things warm, in case there is some waiting time, as it had been the case with me, as I prepared the salmon too late. So wrapping the salmon in the pancetta was a first struggle as the pancetta was falling into pieces when just looking at it, and the second one: how the hell to wrap it around the salmon? But I managed. And then it partially fell apart when putting it into the pan….but as you can see, you can still hide it somehow so that it works and looks well.

Overall – a foodgasm combination, the salmon and the pancetta…though it has tons of calories, it´s something I will clearly do more often fro now on!