PARK LIFE #2 – 2017 PHOTO PROJECT

It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s foggy. I grab my camera and head out. To the park. My park. And today I love it. Hardly any people around. Park life winter edition.

The cold numbs my cheeks. It cleans my lunges. It’s refreshing. It’s a reset. The perfect start to the weekend. The mind slows down, the thoughts ebb away. Free…

Volkspark Friedrichshain winter

My feet get wet. Snow is melting, puddles are forming and give sight to most curious reflections. I pause a moment and I am in awe. So much beauty on a grey foggy day in February.

Trees are showing there skeletons and seem suddenly magical. Water droplets imitate fairy dust and enchanting my surroundings.

Volkspark Friedrichshain winter

A wisp of cold air fills my lungs. There is something else. Warm, soothing… The smell of home. Of comfort. Coffee.

My feet carry me back, the sounds become vibrant. But the memory of this magical winter day will stay with me.

Have a whimsical Sunday

Tobia

I took those pictures for my 2017 photo project and Tabea is collecting more

Winter Salad with Savoy, Bacon and Tiger Nuts

I love veggies. But I could eat more of them. During summer that is easy. During winter – not so much. It’s the time I crave soups. Something warm, soothing and filling. But I wanted to challenge myself for Claras veggie expedition. February it’s all about savoy cabbage. I could have easily made a soup… with pearl barley and beef. But no I had my mind set on salad. A winter salad.

winter salad with savoy bacon tiger nut

Best lukewarm… because it’s cold out there. And also something savory… bacon is always a good choice! Are you hungry yet? Ok here is is:

Winter Salad with Savoy, Bacon and Tiger Nuts

Ingredients:

♥ 1/4 savoy cabbage
♥ Salt
♥ Bacon (as much as you like)
♥ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥ Pepper
♥ 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
♥ 2 tbsp Balsamico, white
♥ 1 pinch brown sugar
♥ 1 handful chopped tiger nuts (If you don’t have any tiger nuts you can easily use any other nut you have. I just had them in the pantry.)

Directions:

1. Cut savoy cabbage and remove stem. Wash leaves and cut into stripes. Remove veining. Boil for 3 minutes in salted water. Drain and let cool.

2. Roast bacon until crunchy.

3. Toss everything together and season with salt, pepper and caraway seeds. Add oil and vinegar. Garnish with tiger nuts and bacon. Enjoy lukewarm.

What is your favorite winter salad? Do you use savoy often? I don’t. I think its the second time ever I bought this cabbage. But with the many recipes coming in I am sure I will give it a spin. And I have 3/4 of the cabbage in my freezer. All cut up. easy to make soup…

Happy cooking

Tobia

 

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #24

Happy weekend to everyone.

I had a great, happy, productive week and it calls for Denise’s happiness project.

Lets Dance urban art

It all started last Saturday with my dad birthday party that is a huge thing every since I can remember. After college (or maybe even during college) he decided to throw a big annual gathering every Saturday after his birthday inviting all his college buddies. And throughout his life more people got invited  and some didn’t show up anymore. I grew up with this scenario and I just love it. I meet those people every year. Some I don’t even know their names but somehow its just right. You take part in each other’s life maybe just for this one night.

I had time to walk around the neighborhood taking pictures. Well, actually I didn’t feel like taking pictures but had an assignment for my photo class. And isn’t it great that inspiration comes when you least expect it? I was suddenly seeing so many interesting lines and found so many perspectives of this one building I stumbled across. I love this. And the weather was nice too – crisp winter air.

urban lines and patterns

Another thing I started this week – again – was using my yoga app. I woke up with back pain and decided to give it try again. Isn’t it amazing how fast one (me!) forgets how helpful, relaxing, good something is? So I did yoga two days in a row and hope to do more of it in the future.

A few other things happened for me this week that left me optimistic and energized (like this Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto with Coconut milk) but they don’t fit in here right now.

Overall I am happy. And I look forward to the weekend. Are you doing anything fun?

Happy weekend,

Tobia

 

Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi – Risotto Love

Did you know I love love love risotto? Well I do. And that is probably the only reason I would agree to walk into an Italian restaurant. Because pizza… not my thing. Not at all. Maybe once a year. Pasta ok, but than I can do this at home any day. For years I thought – and was told – risotto is so hard to cook and it takes forever. Well, guess what: not true.

I only make risotto when I am cooking for my own. The lastest risotto I made was this awesome Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi and coconut milk. To die for. Really.

Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi

You know what’s surprising to me: it’s the first risotto recipe on craftaliciousme. How did that happen? I’ve so many yummy recipes and improvise even more. So it’s time to post this one.

Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi

You need the following ingredients when you cook for one really hungry person (me!) or it would work for two when there is a dessert later on.

Ingredients:

♥ 1 shallot
♥ 1 cm of ginger
♥ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥ 100 g risotto rice
♥ 250 ml strong vegetable broth
♥ 100 ml coconut milk
♥ 4 shrimps
♥ 1 pak choi
♥ salt
♥ chilli powder
♥ parmesan
♥ 1/2 lime

Coconut Risotto with Shrimp and Pak Choi

Directions:

1. Peel and finely dice shallot and ginger.

2. Heat oil in a pot. Add shallot and ginger. When shallot glazes over add shrimp and fry a bit more. Now add risotto rice and let glaze over.

3. Add broth and coconut milk one bit after another. ( I am way too impatient to do this and usually dump it all in at once. Don’t know what the difference would be.) Reduce heat and let simmer until liquids re absorbed (approx. 20 min).

4. Wash pak choi and cut into strips. 5 minutes before rice is done add the stem pieces to the risotto. Let cook for remaining time.

5. Add salt and chill powder to taste as well as leaves of the pak choi and grated parmesan.

6. Set table and risotto is done.

 

Risotto with Shrimp and Pak Choi

Enjoy your risotto. I could eat it for breakfast. Really it’s so yummy. Do you have a favorite risotto recipe? Please leave a link in the comments I would love to venture and try new ones.

Happy Sunday,

Tobia

Snowy Winter Walk

Every one of you who has read more than one post here knows I am winter crazy.

So it should not surprise that I am beyond excited when I see the tiniest snowflake.

fluffy plant

A couple weekends ago I woke up and snowflakes were dancing in the air. After having a quick coffee I grabbed my camera and went to the park.

snowy stair patternMy mission: catching the untampered winter wonderland. Unfortunately I was not the only one with this idea. The park was filled with morning joggers, dog walkers and excited kids sledding down every available rise in the ground.

greenery and blueI craved for some quietness and alone time but obviously that wasn’t going to happen… the perks of living in a city.

Snowy BenchAnyhow I went some lonelier pathes, and came a across a few birds feeding on seeds someone had left.

Feeding Sparrows in SnowI am usually not so much into birds and animals but I found it interesting and challenging to try to snap a good picture. It was tough. These are my best shots.

feeding great tit in snow

After two hours or so the park became even busier, my stomach louder and my feet colder so I headed back home for breakfast.

greenery

I want to repeat my snow walk in the park on a weekday hoping for more solitude. So please snow, come and delight us again.

Have you taken a snowy winter walk? What’s your favorite place to go?

Happy snow wandering

Tobia