Earl Grey Oats Variation

Oatmeal.

IMG_1088Definitely a favourite food. It’s fast and easy to prepare, requires only one pot and is more or less fool-proof (just always keep an eye on the boiling milk!)

IMG_1091Nut Butter. Also a favourite. No wonder I always pair the two.

IMG_1090Cashew nut butter. The absolute favourite of them all. I’ve written about adding it into my oatmeal more than enough times to prove that it is a delicious combination.

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To keep things interesting, I subbed millet flakes for the rolled oats. If I dare say so myself, I believe the Earl Grey Tea + Cashew Nut Butter combo is even more scrumptious this way. 🙂

You can find the recipe here, just swap millet flakes for the oats.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Brown Rice Miso Vinaigrette

IMG_0946You know how you follow amazing chefs on Bloglovin who seem to have time to balance work, family and healthy, scrumptious food all the time? And then you want to make yourself something amazing too, but find no motivation to make anything elaborate – or anything that requires more than just boiling a carrot. I constantly have this problem. I am generally a very impatient person and find spending time to perfect recipes irksome! I notice this also with applying nail polish or makeup – it has to be super fast and super efficient, never too crazy or outlandish, which also means that the things I create are never visually pleasant or presentable…

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But tonight I decided I had to treat myself to a “gourmet” dressing on my otherwise “normal” lettuce. No more taking the fast route. I will from now on take time to give myself food to look forward to! 🙂

And so, with this resolution, I bring to you

Brown Rice Miso Vinaigrette 

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon brown rice miso
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  1. mix all the ingredients
  2. add salt and pepper to taste

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After using half of it, I decided to add a bit of water to thin the rest of the vinaigrette down, so that I could coat a mountain of lettuce after already eating one serving. You could also just make more…

Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Fudge Oatmeal

Steel-cut oats, oh why don’t you soften overnight?! Probably because it’s winter and they are telling me to eat them in a massive, hot, steaming bowl before dance instead!

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This is exactly what happened with this bowl when my plans went rogue. I wanted to eat my oats during my Dance History class after Contemporary and before the gym, but my tummy was expecting a proper breakfast that morning instead.

So, I cast my conference book on the Cockney school aside and ran to the kitchen to heat up the oats I had prepared a few nights earlier. I also decided to go a little crazy and add some banana, which reminded me of the Oatmeal Artist and how she uses banana in chocolate flavoured oatmeal to add fudge-like flavour; and voilà, an oatmeal star is born!

IMG_0430I was extremely pleased with the flavour and dreamy creaminess. Steel-cut oats are definitely more fun to use than regular rolled oats!

Pre-dance Fudge Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • up to 1 cup of chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of Decadent Blend: Chia and Flaxseed with cocoa and coconut
  • 1/3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 banana

Directions:

  1. Place milk in a pot and bring to a simmer
  2. add in oats
  3. add in the rest of the ingredients
  4. stir and cook until banana has melted into the oats
  5. serve and enjoy!

 

 

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Overnight Oats

Guess who is back on a clean eating spree..

IMG_0360Yup. I have officially eaten one too many sweet potato fries, just enough chocolate chip cookies, and a bit too much Greek yoghurt. I have officially decided to go back to basics.

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The idea came to me while reading the Oatmeal Artist’s blog as part of my morning blog-reading routine and I came across her Pomegranate Müesli. The first thing I thought of was, my Iranian side would love the pomegranate part of that! My second thought was, my crazy health food obsessed self would actually eat that. And my third thought was: I should make this before a hectic day at college!

That was a few weeks ago…

IMG_0357I ended up finally pursuing my creativity in oatmeal making when I decided to cut all the crap out of my life; no more processed anything, no negativity, and no more sweet potato fries! So when I took a trip to the store and found pomegranate arils, ready to eat, I knew the time had come…

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IMG_0362Pomegranate + Dark chocolate chips… heaven!

IMG_0357I enjoyed my Müsli at the place we call the “pub” before contemporary on Wednesday. It was a good day…

Pomegranate and Chocolate Overnight Oats

(Inspired by the Oatmeal Artist and my bad food habits..)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed and flax-seed, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I used cookie dough flavour!!! will tell you more later ;))
  • pomegranate arils
  • bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Mix the oats, ground flax seeds, cocoa, milk and peanut butter
  2. shake until blended well
  3. store overnight
  4. before eating add pomegranate and chocolate
  5. Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Coconut Butter!

IMG_0097Remember yesterday when I said I was busy? Well, it wasn’t just the nut butter keeping me on my toes.

IMG_0089At some point in this whole vegan appreciation thing I’ve got going on, I decided I wanted to make homemade everything. Not just the easy stuff like bread and nut butter, but I also desperately wanted to make my own almond milk too (I haven’t made any of things yet, except for the nut butter). To say I’m obsessed is only half of it: Most of the blogs I follow are cooking, fitness and health blogs, and while I am interested in all that, well… life generally just get’s in the way. While I may feel inspired by homemade anything, I just never manage to fit it in to my lifestyle. And don’t even get me started on all the gym workouts I’ve bookmarked over the past few weeks.. I despise the gym and prefer dance, yoga and kickboxing over weights and heavy-duty equipment any day. But why can’t I stop? Why don’t I ever tire of reading things I know I’ll never do? And why don’t I feel attracted to beauty blogs, since I’m obviously a nut in that department too?

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Well my friends, if I knew the answer I wouldn’t be asking. Somehow I think I’m just impressed and intrigued by what people achieve in the health/fitness department.. or maybe it’s because I know one day I might find the info I read all those years ago to be useful. Whatever the reasoning, I continue bookmarking and recently, I felt most amazed by coconut butter.

I follow Katie on Chocolate Covered Katie and promise myself daily that I will try to make some of those healthy desserts she writes about one day. Whether it is a time-crunch issue or lack of proper ingredients, that day has yet to come.. Until yesterday; by trying the simplest of her recipes: homemade coconut butter.

I doubted the simplicity of the butter-making process (oh the shame) and researched it on blog after blog after blog until I realised that Katie wasn’t lying.. it really is easy. Nevertheless, I didn’t make it just yet. So what got me to make it yesterday?

IMG_0088Honestly? Well.. the reason I finally made my own was finding coconut butter here in Zurich. And buying it. And cringing at the price. Yet still setting forth in the purchase. And immediately eating half of it.. yup, money is the root of all evil AND the reason to recreate expensive goodies in your own kitchen 😉

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Ingredients: 

  • Dried, unsweetened coconut flakes/shavings

Directions:

  1. Place shavings into food processor and blend until it has reached the right consistency.

Mine didn’t get extremely runny, so it didn’t pour into the bowl like many pictures had portrayed on other blogs. It was still creamy though and as delicious as the store bought kind. What’s more it was only 1/6 of the price!

Stock up on those coconut flakes and get processing! I just added a scoop in my morning smoothie and it was delicious and not to mention healthy 😀

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

The Hungry Ballerina Review – Nagasui

There are two places in Zürich where people know me by my food order. I walk in, sit down, scan the menu for anything new until the waitress comes to take my order. Barely making a sound, she orders for me, knowing my favourites like the back of her hand..Panaeng Tofu, Papaya salad, Mango Ice Tea and a Sweet and Sour Sesame Tofu..or do you want something different for a change?

Oh it feels good to be famous..oh wait..I’m not. I’m just a sad little girl who likes to eat. The same food. Every week. Sometimes twice. For Lunch and/or Dinner. How about both? It’s just too good NOT to eat like a boring person…!

FOOD, EVERYWHERE!

FOOD, EVERYWHERE!

I feel sorry for myself just by reading the facts..but I justify my frequent visits by alternating between the two sister restaurants, Nagasui and Tiffins. I definitely don’t feel any better about my sad self, when at Tiffins I almost never change my order. It has to be a Panaeng Tofu with vegetables, hold the rice cause I’ll share that, with extra sauce, so I can eat it like a soup (and use up the leftover rice my fellow meal-sharer doesn’t manage ;)). Nagasui is similarly unadventurous, with my usual being what you can read in the opening paragraph.

Unadventurous is actually the wrong word: We’ve actually been going to these two particular places for as long as I can remember and have already tested EVERYTHING on the menu. 15.49 times. I’ve done the sweet and sour fried thing as a kid. I had my Pad Thai and Fried Rice carbo overload times as a young teen. I rotated through the 5 curries on the menu when I was in love with all things coconut. And when I thought coconut milk was fattening (I know, I know..I was very delusional…very sad) I nibbled on “lighter” vergetable stir fries..
The fact that I’ve been going there for, like, ever, gives me the courage to let them know when their standards have dropped and are suddenly no longer up to par (in comparison to previous years..), so if their curry is suddenly watery, I’m the first to tell them. The rice seems old? I tell them.. Too spicy, too hot, too …weird? I want it just right! (Goldilocks-syndrome..) (They are like family to me and never take it the wrong way :). I hope!)

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Being a regular, I don’t want to give you a biased review. Because honestly, I will. The food is great, the places are great, the waiters are fabulouuuus!
So yeah..no, I’m not even going to try. Just go there. Order the papaya salad if you want something fresh. Try the Panaeng if you want to ruin all future Panaengs (it really is that amaaaaazing). And wave if you see me. I’ll wave back.

..Or no, on second thought I would probably forget I told you to wave, and look at you thinking, who is that smiling freak waving and giving me a thumbs up while pointing at their food…?!

Weirdness aside, if you should remember anything from this post, then it’s this: GO THERE.

That is all..

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.S I’ve had this post typed up and waiting until I had the pictures. I’m not even going to mention to you how many times I visited the restaurant since writing the first draft, and not once did I manage to take pictures! Tonight, my mom remembered after we devoured the divine feast, and my father managed to snap some quick pictures of what was left…so I hope to update the pictures..eventually 😉

The Hungry Ballerina Review: Restaurant Ah-Hua

Greetings fellow food-friends! Welcome to my very first review of the well-known Thai restaurant, Ah-Hua.

Ah-Hua, near Helvetiaplatz

Ah-Hua, near Helvetiaplatz source: google

This authentic (so they say) food joint is located near Helvetiaplatz , a square near to the famous, constantly busy and party-prone Langstrasse – literally translated to the long street.

From outside..

From outside..source: google

I haven’t been to Ah-Hua for about three years, so I was looking forward to see if it had improved in food quality. Judging by the crowded restaurant the last time I entered through the entrance, I had expected it to be amazing, but was gravely disappointed. Back then I pushed my disappointment on the fact that I have been spoiled with too much perfectly delicious food from my absolute favorite restaurant Nagasui, and told myself it’s just me..I mean why else would this tiny place be non-stop, jam-packed full?! So, when I entered the restaurant yesterday, I had a mission – I had to find out why this place was so popular!

Inside

Inside, source: google

Similar to my last visit, every table was already taken before we arrived (we did however reserve a table, so didn’t have to wait in line..). On our way there, members of the group were describing how scrumptious everything was, how they frequent the place at least once a week, and how it is so amazing, no other restaurant could ever compare. Their recommended dish? The panaeng…which, funny enough, is my absolute favorite peanut and red curry based dish (yummiest with tofu!).

Intrigued, I take my seat. In front of me was the long menu, each page containing pictures of each individual dish, with a short description. With a galore of meat based dishes, the weak selection of only two tofu main courses (both stir fries) was just plain sad. I did however ask, whether is were possible to replace tofu with the meat in the curries, which the waitress said they can do, but only for 1 Fr. more. At an average of 19 Fr. per dish,the price wasn’t too shabby, but since I wasn’t familiar with the dishes, I didn’t know if it were worth the extra Franc. What’s more, if you want rice, it’s another 3 Fr. increase…

Due to my hopeless love for Nagasui’s Panaeng, I decided against unnecessary disappointment (I have so far only found one restaurant that makes better Panaeng than my usual place!) and went for a tofu, vegetable and cashew nut stir fry and a Som Tam (papaya salad.)

When it comes to papaya salad, I am also very stuck-up and spoiled. Nagasui (and their sister restaurant Tiffins) honestly have gotten the recipe down to a ‘t’. Even my father says that no other restaurant prepares this refreshing salad, as deliciously as Nagasui. Knowing this, I still wanted something green with my meal, and after checking if the sauce contained fish sauce (which it doesn’t), I dug in.

Som Tam

Som Tam, source: google

It was good, but not great..The peanuts they used were sweet (weird?!) and the tomatoes really soggy. Also, for the 18 Fr. I paid, I would have expected a generous portion. Instead, I received barely enough…

After a long wait, my second course came:

Tofu

Tofu, source: google

Also not the biggest portion in the world, but combined with my starter, I left the restaurant just satisfied. The stir fry sauce was o.k – a Sweet Chili Sauce watered down with the addition of mirin and soy sauce – and the vegetables were cooked just right. Being a tofu lover, I enjoy a huge portion of tofu, which this, sadly, was not. My favorite part was probably the roasted cashew nuts…

After seeing the Panaeng that the others ordered, I stopped complaining (to myself!) about my dish, because the curry looked sooooooo oily that I knew I had made the right choice to stick with my instincts after all..I love a dense and creamy Panaeng, not a watery, weird-looking one, where the coconut milk in is has separated..

All in all it was o.k. I went home still not understanding why it is so popular. While I was there, I looked around and noticed a plethora of Swiss clientele, with the majority of them ordering a red coconut curry soupy thing with rice. Either it’s that dish that I was missing out on, or the Swiss have a limited list of restaurants to compare this place to and therefore think it’s the best..Who knows?! All I know is that I will definitely be remaining a regular at Nagasui and have yet to find a similar, or better, place to eat!

Mission completed!

And with that, I wish you a bon appétit (it’s lunch time here!).

Anoushé xoxo

Question of the day:

Do you have an absolute favorite dish that you can only eat a certain restaurant? Do you try this dish at various restaurants, or stick to your one favorite place?

Growing up, we would regularly eat Indian food. My favorite at the time was Saag paneer or Paneer Makhani. We frequently varied the restaurants we visited and I would only order those 2 dishes in hopes of finding the best. My relationship to Panaeng and Som Tam are completely different though. I’m not as adventurous anymore because I’ve been disappointed by the dish numerous times, so I try to avoid ordering them, unless I’m convinced it will be equally tasty..