Thermomix Recipe: The quickest Salad

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3.. 2.. 1.. done! I swear this is the easiest and quickest way to preparing a healthy and yummy salad! Slowly but surely I am falling in love with the Thermomix. I mean, I’ve always wanted one but then when Sam brought it into the apartment, I never really used it as much. I consider myself still being a fan of the “traditional” cooking. I love cutting the vegetables and foods by myself – I find it to being one of the most relaxing things to do after a long day at work. At the same time, however, I often just want to eat and not do anything at all. Ha, anyone feel me?

With the thermomix one can do a salad within seconds it feels. Ok, let’s be honest, not seconds. Yet, I swear it did not take me longer than 5 minutes!

One should start of with what you want in the salad:
1) Salad – I chose the Iceberg Salad, but any green leaves should do
2) Cucumber
3) Paprika / Bell peppers
4) Mushrooms
5) Radish
These are the ingredients that I used.

You simply need to add the salad (medium sized leaves), largely cut cucumber and bell peppers (around 5cm diagonal), the mushrooms and radish (I cut them in halves) all into the Thermomix. Then chop them all for 5 seconds at speed 4. Done. Take out the cut ingredients, add them into a bowl, feel free to add (for example) corn, fruit or seeds, and finish it by adding the dressing. I simply used olive oil and balsamic – and added one cooked egg on top (always gotta have that protein)!
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Let’s talk about doing and not just trying for once

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Welcome back! First things first: don’t try! Now, I always speak about believing in yourself and trying. In the end, if you don’t try, you won’t know your potential. So if I say don’t even try, it seems quite paradox, doesn’t it. Quite frankly, it does. Now, let me get deeper into the topic.

Of course, I am a big believer of chasing your dreams. Go for it! Don’t let time pass by and suddenly you wake up regretting that you did not “try” it. That is to say, speaking of trying in the past sounds so much better, doesn’t it? Still don’t get it? Let me try to explain.

I am a big believer in following your dreams and doing what you love most. My saying is and always will be: go for it! And these three simple words are all they are. There is no “try” in it. My personal opinion is that one should approach a new idea, an adventure, a task or whatever it is with the opinion and set of mind that one will achieve, will manage and will go for it. People that say they will try often don’t actually give their full potential. Understand what I am getting at?

I have heard it over and over again. I tried. I really did try. Ok, so basically your goal was to get rid of some extra pounds (classic, no?). Usually (trying to generalize), people that say I will lose 5 pounds will actually manage – no matter in what time frame. Those that say they will give it a try, usually are not putting in 100%. Think about it. Think about how you approach certain goals and how the mental strength changes from being unsure and potentially scared, to receiving adrenaline and believing in yourself a little more once you say (try sounding convinced!) YES I can do it and I will manage it.

To summarize: trying – when speaking about really having gone for something and (for whatever reason) failed – is of course normal and can happen. Yet, one should not use the phrase “I tried” as an excuse for not having achieved what was initially pursued. I understand this is often easier said than done, but I also believe that it’s a booster for once belief and mental strength. Now: dream, believe, schedule, work on it and win it! xo

Weekend Mode

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SundayFunday! Yesterday I went to the pop-up gallery opening of a friends’ sister – whom showed and is selling antique art and objects here in Zurich. The pieces are stunning and I would have loved to take some home with me! Sadly, they are a little over my budget of what I should/can spend. Nevertheless, if you are in Zurich you should definetely check it out here. After a calm dinner at home I got ready to go and meet some girls – so we went to Taos here in Zurich. A great lounge/bar with one of my favorite DJs – he’s a bit older but such a sweetheart and always playing great beats! I then joined over to the club but didn’t stay long and got home shortly after 1am – boring, I know!

This morning I started of easy and calm. I had my breakfast in bed and looked through all the social media stuff, checked out some of my favorite blogs and then started cooking at around noon. I just had this super simple (again) but yummy lunch; consisting of an omlette (2 egg whites & 1 egg, spinach, 1 onion, leek and some mushrooms on the side). A super busy Sunday ;) just how I like it. Sadly though I still need to work on some uni projects, so that will be most of my afternoon and early evening. I also need to iron some clothes so I might do that in front of the TV tonight. I am so excited to finish this uni course at the beginning of October and finally have a bit more me- and social-time (and even more so once I am done with this Masters for good hopefully early/mid next year). I’ve missed it! How’s your weekend been?

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Wrapped Chicken Salad

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What better is there than a Chicken fajita inspired wrap – the healthy way! I’ve been looking at my diet and eating habits recently and started cooking differently. I am actually being a little restrictive with not even drinking alcohol or eating certain foods – but not forever, trust me. This is a kick-start I have always wanted to do, and it seems to work perfectly so far. Although I am a bit restricted in what I am eating, I still try to be creative with my food, make it not only yummy, but also try to make it look presentable. This of course does not mean that I won’t bake anymore or enjoy a glas of wine here and there – I surely will, just not this month. I’ve been seeing a lot of chicken fajitas lately – or maybe I’ve been craving them for too long and noticed every single picture suddenly out in the social media world. Either way, I decided to make a healthy treat out of it myself and made myself this little lunch yesterday. Little is to say it looks small on the picture – but trust me, it’s filling. As always, the food is dairy and glutenfree – and this time, doesn’t even contain any oils or sugars. It is super easy in the making and takes about 20 minutes time to prepare.

What you need for 1 portion

100g chicken
3 tablespoons of tamari (gluten free soy sauce / or use a normal one if you can)
4-5 large mushrooms
1 large onion
2 medium-sized leek
iceberg salad / or any salad that has large leafs to wrap up the “fajita”
in case you do not have a coated pan, you  might need some olive oil

What to do

1) peel the onion and first 1-2 layers of the leek and cut up all vegetables into small, bite-size cubes
2) clean the chicken and remove any visible fat or veins – and likewise, cut it up into bite-size pieces
3) heat up a pan large enough for all vegetables and a smaller pan for the chicken (depending on your pans, you might not need any oil – otherwise, add some olive oil)
4) add the onion, mushrooms and leek into one pan and the chicken into the other
5) add 2 tablespoons of tamari to the vegetables, and make stir it well. Add one more tablespoon of tamari to the chicken
6) cover up the pans and put the heat on medium heat
7) cook both the vegetables and the chicken for about 15 minutes – though do take off the cover once or twice to stir everything
8) once the chicken is done (do test one piece), it can be added to the vegetables and on high heat, stir it for another 2-3 minutes
9) Lastly, take the mixture aside and let it cool off slightly (don’t want it burning through your salad later on..) 

Now you can

1) Use a spoon to fill up your salad wraps and enjoy your meal
2) Or place the vegetable and chicken mixture into the fridge for another day (if you use an air-tight box, it will stay good for 3-4 days in the fridge)

If you want the whole meal to look a little more colorful, try adding in some red paprika or corn if you like. Of course, you can make double the portion for two people or as much as you need or can eat :) Bon appetit!

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June 1st

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Happy 1st of June! How does time pass so fast, and how was it New Years only (feels like) yesterday? I know I am lacking updates majorly right now and my work and studies probably aren’t best excuse – because, well, they always tend to be. Nevertheless, much has been going on and my schedule for the next couple of weeks is full. Quite frankly, my calendar for almost the whole year is planned (more or less), with one trip at least once every four weeks. Now in June I will be in Geneva for business, Germany to see my family (sister’s high school graduation!), back in Geneva for business and then straight to Malta. My family is moving from Germany to Malta at the end of this month and so I will be helping with the move and exploring the Island a little bit. How exciting?! It’s the first time they are moving “big time” without me, as I am fully established and loving (yep, heard it right) Zurich right now. We’ve actually moved quite a few times (be it house, apartment, city or country), that I lost count. Nevertheless, visiting the family every couple of weeks in sunny Malta is something I surely cannot complain about in the future.

Here is a snapshot of a dinner I made a while ago with some chicken, a good’ol salad and my delicious salsa sauce. The recipe to the salsa was posted a little earlier here. I actually received a couple of things (make-up; yay!) the past days and wanted to share a little bit of it with you. Now the only thing keeping me from doing that is the cloudy weather (horrible lightning), and of course, my busy schedule. Latest on the weekend, though, I promised myself to take some pictures! I am actually so OCD that I couldn’t open the packages yet, because I don’t want them to look opened up already :’). So stay tuned on that one! xo

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