Super Easy Recipe for Dinner: Rice with Pomegranate

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This is a super easy recipe for dinner, especially during hectic weeks: rice with pomegranate. I know it sounds odd but it is such a flavourful dish, you will want to eat it every day! Boil 2 cups of rice that you like (I like Jasmine rice, wild rice or pilaf) according to instructions on the box and let it cool slightly. In the meantime, de-seed the pomegranate. It's nice to use them fresh and you find them everywhere right now (at least here in New York). There's a tutorial on the Huffington Post on how to de-seed a pomegranate like a pervert. Or you can buy the seeds :)

I like to use the whole pomegranate and mix the seeds into the rice. Season with 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, juice of 1/2 lemon and if you enjoy dairy, 2 tablespoons of Lebanese Labneh (strained yogurt). It's my new obsession, my friends call it the Lebanese ketchup and it's very healthy. I have used it previously in my Quark Dessert. Season the rice with salt and pepper.

This dish can be enjoyed by itself or as a salad by adding greens like kale. You can also use it as a side dish for roast chicken.

PS: I took this beautiful photo from Pinterest because my result didn't look quite so pretty...

I hope you enjoy it!

xxR

Tasty Tuesday: Plum Tart Recipe - Zwetschgendatschi

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This is an all time favourite recipe and my biggest challenge. A plum tart made from a yeast dough. Also know as "Zwetschgendatschi". It turned out ok, I used half whole wheat flour and half regular, added very little sugar. Too little for my husband's taste but the plums were delectable. Ingredients:

- 2 cups of all purpose flour or whole wheat and white flour 50/50

- 4 Tbs sugar - I used brown sugar but caster sugar is fine

- 1 package dry yeast

- 0.5 cups whole milk

- 1 egg

- 3 Tbs butter (soft)

- lemon rind from one lemon

- cinnamon and sugar

- 2- 2.5 lbs plums

Combine the flour and yeast in a bowl, add the butter, milk, egg, sugar and lemon rind. Combine by hand or with a dough attachment to your kitchen machine until you get a dough that doesn't stick to your hands anymore. Let it sit and rise to about double its size for approximately 30 minutes.

Knead the dough through again and then roll it out thin on a cookie sheet. I pressed it into a cake pan. Layer with the plums cut in halves or quarters with the flesh up. Spread some sugar and cinnamon on top and bake in the pre-heated oven at 350 F for about 35-45 minutes. YUMM!

Dieses Zwetschgendatschi Rezept ist der Knaller! Wir hatten so schoene Pflaumen hier am Wochenende dass ich nicht wiederstehen konnte. Ich habe halb Weissmehl und halb Vollkernmehl verwendet  und braunen Zucker. Ich habe ausserdem 4 Essloeffel Zucker verwendet statt 40 gramm. Hier koennt ihr das genaue Rezept nachsehen! LECKER!!

Tasty Tuesday: Turmeric Honey Iced Tea/ Kurkuma Honig Tee

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I love tea! But let's be honest in the summer we usually tend to drink fresher things. So I came up with this iced tea recipe to bid summer farewell and welcome fall. The honey is soothing and local honey will help you keep seasonal allergies in check and turmeric is 2013's wonder spice. It boosts your immune system, reduces your cholesterol, improves digestion, it can help control diabetes, prevent cancer and heals wounds. Boom! For the recipe I like to use loose tea (2 tsp), either Darjeeling as I did or if you don't like caffeinated teas, use Rooibos tea, a pinch of turmeric, 1-2 tsp of honey. Brew it, steep it and then cool it down with ice cubes. Enjoy!

Ich liebe Tee. Aber im Sommer war es hier in New York so heiss dass mir meist nach etwas frischeren Getränken war. Aber nun habe ich dieses Rezept ausprobiert um den Sommer artgerecht zu verabschieden und den Herbst standesgemäss zu begrüssen. Der Honig vor allem wenn er aus der eigenen Region ist, kann mit Allergien helfen und Kurkuma scheint das Wundermittel des jahres 2013 zu sein. Es hilft das Immunsystem zu stärken, senkt den Cholesterinspiegel, hilft mit der Verdauung, kann mit Diabetes helfen, Krebs verhindern und heilt Wunden. Ich habs euch doch gesagt!

Um den Tee zu zu bereiten, verwende ich gerne losen Tee (2 Teelöffel) entweder Darjeeling oder Teein frei Roibusch Tee, eine Prise Kurkuma, 1-2 Teelöffel Honig. Lass den Tee eine Weile ziehen, und kühle ihn mit Eiswürfeln ab. Lecker!

Monday Moves: Work it on Labor Day/ Arbeite am Tag der Arbeit

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Work it on labor day and increase your core fitness. Do three sets of 20 repetitions. You can do this exercise with a partner, where you reach up and hand them the ball or you can just reach up and then roll back down. Keep your shoulders off the ground. For extra credit do the third set across and past the knee, 10 on each side Mache drei Sets mit jeweils 20 Wiederholungen. Du kannst diese Übung mit einem Partner durchführen und ihm den Ball reichen oder ohne Partner soweit nach oben reichen wie möglich. Und um es noch etwas interessanter zu gestalten kannst du die letzten 20 Wiederholungen zur Seite machen, weit am Knie vorbei, 10 nach rechts und 10 nach links.

 

Tasty Tuesday: Kale & Coconut/ Grünkohl & Kokosnuss

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A simple yet yummy recipe as a side dish or a main course. I like to buy the kale pre-washed and bagged and make a big batch of this. Spread the kale out on an oven tray after massaging it in some sesame oil. Set the oven to 300-350 F and bake for about 15 minutes. Make sure to check on it and maybe toss some more in between. Towards the end add some coconut flakes. I use Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Flakes. Take the mixture out of the oven and toss in about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce or more if you like it. Enjoy!For an extra kick and some grains you can add some cooked barley and have a delicious vegetarian dish. Ein sehr einfaches und extrem leckeres Rezept das man als Vorspeise oder Hauptspeise geniessen kann. Ich kaufe den Grünkohl gerne vorgewaschen in der Tüte und verarbeite die ganze Tüte auf einmal. Verwende Sesamöl und massiere es in den Grünkohl. Richte die Blätter auf einem Ofenblech an und backe sie bei ca. 180 Grad für etwa 15 Minuten. Achte darauf dass die Blätter nicht anbrennen. Gegen Ende kannst du die Kokosnussraspeln hinzufügen. Ich verwende hier in den USA Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Flakes. Nimm die Mischung aus dem Ofen und mische sie in einer Schüssel mit ca. 3 Esslöffeln Soja Sauce oder ein wenig mehr falls du das magst. Lecker! Für einen extra Kick und ein ganzheitliches vegetarisches Mahl, kannst du noch gekochte Gerste hinzufügen.

Monday Moves: Get back in the saddle/ Sich wieder aufschwingen

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I went riding yesterday. Unfortunately since moving to NYC, it has been sporadic and this time I was aching to finally do a little bit of obstacle jumping again. And I did. A small jump trotting and two in a row cantering. It's like riding a bicycle, you don't forget. There's the hand-eye coordination, giving the horse impulses, verbal and physical, looking at the obstacles, not turning the corner too narrow to stay in a easy canter, looking ahead, lifting out of the saddle (just a bit) and then take off :) I am the happiest person in the world today. I'm also super sore. And if this experience has reminded me of one thing it is that all it takes often to overcome set backs or difficult situations is to giddy up or to be less literal, to get back in the saddle. To try again and to ultimately stick with things until they become a routine. Then, when the routine is there... tackle something new.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.”

― Mary Anne Radmacher

Gestern bin ich reiten gegangen. Leider kann ich das nicht mehr so oft, seit ich nach NYC gezogen bin und diesmal war ich sehr aufgeregt, weil ich endlich wieder Springreiten wollte. Und ich hab es getan. Ein kleiner Sprung aus dem Trab und zwei hinter einander weg aus dem Gallopp. Und was kann ich sagen, es ist wie Radfahren, man vergisst es nicht. Da ist einmal die Hand-Augen Koordination, dem Pferd Impulse zu geben, sowohl mit Worten als auch nur mit dem Körper, sich das Hindernis anzusehen, die Kurve nicht zu eng zu nehmen um in einem leichten Gallopp zu bleiben, vorausschauen, sich aus dem Sattel erheben (nur ein wenig) und dann der Absprung :) Ich bin heute die glücklichste Person auf der Welt. Und ich habe mega Muskelkater. Und gestern hat mich besonders an eines erinnert, nämlich dass es oft nur die eine Möglichkeit gibt, des sich wieder Aufschwingens um sich von einer schwierigen Situation zu befreien oder schwierige Umstände zu überwinden. Man muss sich wieder aufschwingen. Es wieder versuchen und im Ende dabei bleiben bis es zur Routine wird. Dann, wenn die Routine wieder da ist.... tu etwas Neues.

"Mut ist nicht immer ein lautes Gebrüll. Mut ist manchmal die leise Stimme, die am Ende des Tages spricht: “Morgen versuche ich es wieder”

― Mary Anne Radmacher

Words on Wednesday: Less is More

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I just stumbled across an old friend from Uni online, who commented on a Facebook post saying that "we have lost the awareness to be excited by the little things"... Ever since I left my office job, I realized that while I'm doing what I really love, time slows down. I have an awesome session with a client and the hour seems much longer (I think for them too, depending on what we're doing). No but in a positive sense I cherish moments much more.  Before, I obviously also had really great days at the office, but the simple setting which was an office that forced me to be at my desk at certain times of the day and dictated that I was to have lunch around 12-2pm made me really look forward to 6pm and the freedom that came with it.

I tried to bring food to the office to not have to rely on food chains because ultimately in a 5 day week I would have at least one, twice. I'm not good at leaving things on my plate, so the places dictated how much I was eating... Now I take my time to prepare breakfast and some of the results you see on here. I enjoy eating it, I go workout, by the time I come back I really look forward to preparing a nice lunch. And I cook most evenings. There was never really time for that before.

Even though I work physically and mentally harder getting Chitta off the ground, I run around, I work out with my clients and I try to keep up with my own exercise routine, I feel less tired than I often felt after a whole day at the desk. My anxiety levels are lower even though every new client feels like going on a first date, my hair and skin are healthier and my digestion... well, you know :)

My friend's comment was on an article about how we consume a lot these days and I must admit as a budding entrepreneur I consume much less these days. And interestingly I'm happier.

This NY Times article also weighs in on how we have become a society of consumers and how the author scaled back which - you guessed it - made him happy.

How does all this relate to what I'm doing?

I once met a client who told me she was working out six times a week, she had changed trainers a few times, she did her own cardio but still she said "I don't run faster than some New Yorkers walk".

In my trainings, I try to bring as much versatility to each session as I can. Often I switch up exercises after only a few sets or combine them and I try to squeeze the maximum result out of each proposed exercise. And I am seeing peoples' results. My pregnant ladies felt energized after sessions albeit challenged, other people have lost weight and others were able to increase their strength, flexibility, coordination, etc. All of them - if I had them do their very first session again today - would do it without breaking a sweat and hardly being out of breath.

These results make me incredibly happy! And they show that by tickling my clients with these 1-3 hours per week, which is easily incorporated into their busy schedules, we are making amazing progress in a relatively short time. Think of their muscles being excited too by the diverse, rapidly changing movement and because they are happy, they interact better, within (intramuscular coordination) and between each other (intermuscular coordination). It all creates a well oiled machine. Moreover, because the results stick, this new regimen becomes sustainable: it's fun to see yourself transform.

I strongly believe in breaking the loop of living to work, rewarding ourselves by consuming more, buying more, eating more and ultimately feeling obliged to exercise more.

I dare you to work to LIVE, then the work itself becomes rewarding, consuming becomes a luxury and eating is a part of a delicious routine that creates balance in our body... a strong body that loves to be tickled regularly.

xxR

PS: Every now and then, stop and smell the flowers...

Tasty Tuesday: Fried Green Tomatoes & Summer Salad/ Grüne Tomaten & Sommer Salat

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I love tomatoes! And right now in NY, there is an abundance of fantastic heirloom tomatoes in different colours ranging from pink to green to yellow and orange. They are big ripe and they just ask to be used for all kinds of dishes. So I decided to make an appetizer of 'fried green tomatoes' and follow it up with a very fresh summery salad. Very simple and super refreshing: Cut 3 large green tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and salt them. Let them stand for a few minutes while you lightly beat one egg with a tbsp of water. Soak the tomato slices in the egg before tossing them in breadcrumbs. Fry in olive oil, add a dollop of garlic aioli. ENJOY!

While you fry the tomatoes, chop cucumber into small cubes and the same with the other tomatoes (mine were yellow!), open a can of chickpeas and drain them. I like to rinse the chickpeas to get rid of that slimy film that coats them. Toss in a salad bowl with LOTS of coriander (from the spice rack - NOT cilantro). And for extra fun take two large ripe peaches, peel them, slice them and roast them in the oven for approximately 15 min at 350 degrees. Throw them into the mix. Squeeze out a whole lemon over the salad and ENJOY!

Ich liebe Tomaten! Und moment gibt es sie in NY in wahnsinnig vielen verschiedenen Farben, von pink über grün und gelb und orange. Sie sind riesengross, reif, saftig und koennen für eine menge toller Rezepte verwendet werden. Also habe ich mich für eine Vorspeise von frittierten grünen Tomaten entschieden gefolgt von einem bunten Sommer Salat. Sehr einfach und wahnsinnig erfrischend:

Schneide 3 grosse grüne Tomaten in 1cm dicke Scheiben und salze sie leicht. Lass sie für ein paar Minuten stehen während du ein Ei mit etwas Wasser leicht aufschlägst. Lege die Tomatenscheiben in die Eimischung und wende sie danach in Paniermehl. Frittiere sie in Olivenöl, ein Klecks Knoblauch Aioli. Und: LECKER!

Während du die Tomaten frittierst, schneide die Gurke und die Tomaten (ich habe gelbe verwendet) in Würfel, öffne eine Dose Kichererbsen und lass sie abtropfen. Ich wasche sie zusätzlich ab, weil ich den schleimigen Film an den Kicherbsen nicht mag. Vermische alles in einer Salatschüssel und füge eine MENGE Koriander hinzu. Und um dem ganzen noch einen extra Kick zu geben, wasche, schäle und schneide zwei grosse reife Pfirsiche und röste sie im Ofen bei ca. 150 Grad. Gib sie hinzu. Presse eine ganze Zitrone aus und: LECKER!

Tasty Tuesday: Donut Peaches/ Donut Pfirsiche

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Donut peaches are a beautiful summer fruit for breakfast. They are high in fiber, vitamin A and C and antioxidants. Think: healthy digestion, skin and heart. Donut Pfirsiche sind im Sommer eine wundervolle Ergänzung zu einem gesunden Frühstück. Sie enthalten viele Ballaststoffe, Vitamine A und C und Antioxidantien. Folglich verbesseren sie unsere Verdauung, das Hautbild und den Herzkreislauf.