Best Oat Cookies

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115 g softened butter, 125 g light brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 95 g all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon table salt, 120 g rolled oats, 120 g dried fruit (apricots/raisins/cranberries/…)

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It’s once again the time of the year when I am on a healthy trip, counting calories, doing loads of pilates, trying to eat healthy. But I can’t do without something sweet from time to time and this hunger must be satisfied responsibly. So I found the recipe for these cookies that are realtively low-calorie (around 110/cookie), I made them and they totally surprised me. They are amazingly delicious! You have to try these!

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You can find the recipe here.

No-Buttermilk Buttermilk Bread

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240 g all-purpose flour, 100 g caster sugar, 1,5 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg, 60 g butter/60 ml olive oil,  240 ml buttermilk/yoghurt mixed with milk

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Do you know the feeling when you want to eat bread but you kind of don’t  want to because it can feel really heavy? If this makes sence to you, this is the bread to go for. Even though, I’m not going to lie to you, at first it doesn’t taste like bread, more like cake, but then the savoury part kicks in and it’s super delicious, moist and light and again so easy. It’s that easy, even if you don’t have the name giving ingredient buttermilk, you can still make this bread. That’s why mine was a no-buttermilk buttermilk bread (more like a yoghurt and milk mix bread) and it still turned out well.

You can find the recipe here.

Special Roadtrip Post #2

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After we walked along Hadrian’s Wall for half a day, we went to  Edinburgh where we stayed for two nights (our recommendation: Castle Rock Hostel!). It was pretty clear from the beginning that this holiday was going to be a seafood celebration. So we treated ourselves with booking a table at the amazing ‘Ondine’ restaurant which was awesome. I also had my first oyster ever (because the world was my oyster) and what can I say, I just love seafood in every shape and colour.

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After the oyster fresh Scottish mussels (in a delicious white wine-onion-garlic broth) and lemon curd with berries and shortbread combined to a marvelous menu and later we rounded the day off with some drinks at the ‘Villager’ bar and my dad enjoyed some Scottish whiskey. What a great day.

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Special Roadtrip Post #1

Ok, we are  really sorry we neglected this blog over the past few weeks but we have some good excuses! First we had exams (so glad it’s over) and the last week we’ve been on a small roadtrip from lovely Lincoln over York, Northumberland, up to Scotland. There we went from Edinburgh to Oban to Glasgow and then over Kendal back to Lincoln. Naturally one of the main reasons for us doing this was food, as always (but don’t tell my dad, we tricked him into coming along with beautiful nature and stuff…) and of course we want to show you some impressions, so here is day 1 in York (long post alert!).

One of the greatest things about York was that exactly at the weekend we went there happened to be the York Food Festival. It is held only twice a year, so the food gods must have been looking over us (I mean, what are the chances!)

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The Festival was basically a market organized by local people,l selling local and exotic food (you can see me here enjoying a sweet potato and goats cheese galette.) and we could taste almost everything for free.

It. Was. Awesome.

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That’s us trying some great rapeseed oil infused with garlic and other interesting flavours. To satisfy the big hunger we then had some malaysian dishes (spring rolls for the win!).

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After tasting some chutneys, and buying some amazing chorizo we even found one more thing that made York amazing: a book shop sale. Success!

P. S.: My dad took all the photos, I was  busy eating.

Inspirational Meal #4

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This is one of these dishes I eat every other day, because not only is it delicious but it looks fresh and colourful. It is basically spring in a bowl, consisting of rice, with vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, peas), some  fresh parsley and lettuce. For a dressing just drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it and enjoy!

Inspirational Meal #3

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We love fish, and just couldn’t walk by when we saw this beauty. In Greifswald (where I actually live in Germany, and Alice lived for a few months) it’s easy to get a lot of great and fresh fish, as it is by the Baltic Sea. Here in Lincoln, it is something really special for us.

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These are two ways we were enjoying this trout. The first one is my creation (spinach, I love you!), very simple, just a fried fillet, some lemonjuice, and you’re done.

Alice baked the fish with lemon slices inside, arranged it on lettuce and made a kind of ‘mayonnaise-lemon-caper-parsley-sauce’ on the side and ate it with some toasted home made bread.

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Outstanding Onionbread

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150 ml milk, 150 ml water, 400 g strong white flour (I used strong wholemeal very strong breadflour), 7 g dried yeast, 1tsp caster sguar, 1 tsp fine sea salt,15 g butter, 1tbsp sunflower oil (plus extra for greasing), 1 large onion, 1 garlic clove (crushed), black pepper

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I have this childhood memory of me and my dad going to the supermarket and going along the bakery counter, being hit by the awesome smell of onion bread. I loved it so much, I always begged him to bye some (and most of the time got what I wanted). So, I tried to make it myself, and I have to say, it’s fairly easy and  (not that I want to brag about it, but…) very delicious.

Inspired by this recipe.