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Summer Rice Salad With Grapes and Toasted Walnuts

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Summer rice salad with grapes and toasted walnuts

Summer rice salad with grapes and toasted walnuts

Hi lovely people!

As promised, I’ve produced another “all English” episode of Casual Kitchen, just for you people who don’t speak German. This time, I somehow seemed to be struggling with the fact that I had to speak and cook at the same time, which resulted in me rambling on and not always making much sense. Hope you enjoy it anyway!

As it is officially summer now, today’s recipe is as timely as it is easy. It’s also a pretty good way to “cook” something with whatever leftovers are in your fridge. Almost every time I’ve cooked rice in the past, I had some left over after the meal. And almost always, I didn’t know what do do with it.
That’s why I like this recipe: It’s easy to prepare and the rice is really one of the heroes instead of a mere “filler”.

Tip:
You can use almost all kinds of lettuce or cabbage. It doesn’t really matter. Use whatever is in season and locally available.

You can also add all kinds of fruits and veggies. Things like strawberries, bell peppers, shredded carrots, …


Easy Egg Burgers (Food Revolution Day 2014)

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Egg Burgers with Guacamole

Egg Burgers with Guacamole

Today is a very special day!
First of all, it’s Food Revolution Day and thus the whole world is celebrating good, healthy food by raising awareness of how easy it is to cook and how important food education is (especially for kids).
It’s also the very first time, that I’m posting a cooking video shot entirely in English. This is by no means a coincidence! As many of you know, this whole show only exists because of Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution. He was the inspiration to create this show, to show people that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and that you can create healthy meals in a very short period of time. Even with a small budget and little to no cooking skills. It really doesn’t take much to create a healthy meal for yourself, your family or even a bigger group of people.

So, without much further ado, I present today’s recipe: Easy Egg Burgers with Guacamole.

They are really my take on Egg McMuffins (but of course you couldn’t call them that because the name is trademarked). Aside from the eggs, literally anything else can be prepared ahead of time. Just fry up the burger patties, whisk up the guacamole and put everything into the fridge. When time comes to prepare the meal, just put a few eggs in a pan and assemble the burgers.

You can serve them with a nice little salad, a few leafy greens or (my favorite) an indian-style rice with loads of spices and veggies.

Pro Tip:
Use coconut oil to fry the eggs for a nice coconut flavor.
If you don’t like pork or you’re not allowed to eat it, just leave it out. It’s not essential for this recipe.


My Sweet Little Window Garden

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Living room

Living room

As every year, I’ve restocked my little window garden with new herbs. In fact, I’ve expanded it a bit and it now covers almost all the windows in my apartment.

Having a window garden (or something similar on your balcony) is the best thing you can do to get fresh herbs/veggies, even if you don’t have a full fledged garden. It enables you to grow your own ingredients and even brings a little joy into your live. Seeing it flourish and grow is absolutely worth it.

And imagine needing a few coriander leaves and just being able to walk to your window and pick them right then and there. It doesn’t get better than that!