Once someone told me, if you have nothing to say at all, talk about the weather. Well I have a bucket load to talk about but the weather is the most exciting thing right now. It’s like summer in Germany but in the South we call it spring. I am still not used to it and it feels weird especially if I talk to my family because they just stopped wearing boots a couple of days ago. And it is awesome at the same time, how nice is it to sit outside at night, chatting with neighbors and having a beer? We have the windows wide open all day and my lab Lily is sleeping outside in the sun, just coming in to cool down from time to time.
After all the renovation, moving and getting settled, we finally are ready to enjoy our new city. I am still feeling like a stranger in a strange town but getting to know what Atlanta has to offer, will hopefully help me to feel more like home. We started to get our bikes ready, that means I bought some spare parts and an air-pump and Mr. F is going to fix everything, division of work is very necessary in life.
Back in Germany our Sunday morning bicycle tours were legendary. We would get up as early as possible without alarm clock, jump in our sport clothes, pack something for a later breakfast and we were out and about. Without aiming for a target, we left our neighborhood, when the city, passing by fields and meadows until hunger struck and we found a nice place for an impromptu breakfast.The healthy morning glory muffins would be something we would pull out of our backpacks. Just filling enough and with loads of energy. Coffee out of a thermos jug completed the breakfast. And after a short break we heated home again, ready for shower and lunch with our family. What a great way to start a Sunday! I am looking forward to get on my bike again and explore Atlanta in the morning hours while most of the city is still sleeping.
The healthy morning glory muffins
- 100 g / 3.5 oz. old fashioned oats (1 cup)
- 100 g / 3.5 oz. whole wheat flour (¾ cup)
- 150 g / 5.3 oz. all-purpose flour (1 ¼ cups)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 150 ml / 2/3 cup milk (2%)
- 60 ml / ¼ cup vegetable oil (I used walnut oil)
- 100g /3.5 oz. honey (70 ml / 1/3 cup)
- 50 g / 1.8 oz. light brown sugar (¼ cup)
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ Tbsp. orange zest (use organic if available)
- 100 g / 3.5 oz. grated carrots (from about 2 midsize carrots, again organic so I can skip the peeling)
- Preheat your oven to 190 C/ 375 F and line your muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl add flours, oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon (yes all dry ingredients beside sugar please) and stir.
- In a large bowl add milk, oil, honey, sugar, eggs and mix well, a little stirring with a rubber spatula is well enough.
- Add orange zest and grated carrots and stir again.
- Add dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.
- Scoop into muffin cups and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
- If you like to add a glaze:
- Heat 3 Tbsp. orange marmalade (microwave oven works great) to liquefy. Brush on top of cooled muffins. Enjoy!
Usually I would have a desire for hot soup this time of the year. The calendar says it’s winter but outside it’s warm and sunny, strange weather isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, love it. A couple of days ago I splurged on tea. The lady in the store told me: “Congratulations you spent 15 Dollar on your health.” Well I didn’t said it loud but for this little bit of tea I would expect it heals cancer or at least warts. Since then the tea is sitting on my counter and I am not in the mood at all for hot tea, as good as it might be. Instead I am making light salads. Like this apple cucumber salad. I got so much friendly feedback for the lentil salad with smoked almonds, sweet potato and goat cheese that I thought you might like to nibble on another salad as well. You and I still have to make up for the last holiday eat marathon, I can see you nodding your head… If not keep this simple salad in mind for the next spring or summer.
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apple cucumber salad
4 servings as a side dish
I like to wash and peel off strips from the cucumber and apples for a decorative look after slicing. I don’t bother to remove the seeds from the cucumber but do so if you like.
2 apple (preferable tart apples)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons yoghurt
For the salad:
Cut cucumber and apples into fine slices or use your food processor or mandolin. Add to a bowl with the lemon juice, green onion and toss well.
For the salad dressing;
Add the remaining ingredients into a small bowl and stir until combined.
Pour over the salad and stir well.
You can eat this salad right away but it tastes even better after it sats around for two hours in the refrigerator. Makes a great lunchbox salad even the next day.
Crystallized honey is difficult to stir, heat it in your microwave oven just for a few seconds to liquify. A pot of hot water does the same job.
The week before Thanksgiving is a very busy time especially for cooks and hosts, there are cookbooks to study, recipes to choose, shopping lists to write and someone has to go to the grocery to buy all the ingredients. A lot of work but totally worth. Let’s be honest for me as a German these days just don’t have the same meaning like for the majority of the USA but I am willing to participate any possible celebration and won’t pass up an opportunity to party. Traveling and to wine and dine are my favorite hobby.
It seams like everyone is going to visit his family over the holidays and this is why it’s the worst busiest time of the year for traveling. My last years airport nightmare still haunts me in my dreams. This year I can avoid to hop on a plane but I am afraid to stuck in traffic jams around Chicago where we are visiting our friends.
Although I am aware of spending some time on the interstate I wanna prepare myself and escape the fear of starving while squeezed in between two trucks somewhere on a highway around Chicago.
Whenever I am on the road, I make some sandwiches and although I can make some darn good ones, it happens that I bring them home without being touched. They just doesn’t look very appealing after being shacked for hours, I guess that just works for martinis.
Something healthy with a lot of energy, sweet but no sugar, easy to grab and eat while driving, with a lot of flavor… here we go this balls are simply great, easy to make and good for you. Travel safe and have a happy Thanksgiving, y’all.
15 balls if you use a 15 ml, 1 tablespoon cookie scoop
70 g / 10 dried pitted dates
80 g / 1/2 cup golden raisins
60 g / 1/2 cup dried cranberries
60 g / 1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts
4 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon orange juice
Place everything but 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (save the other 2 tablespoons for later) into your food processor and use the pulse button to chop the ingredients.
Form small balls and roll in the remaining coconut. Portioning the balls is a little sticky but very easy with a cookie scoop.
Can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for several days.