Conscious Fashion: Kleiderei

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Today i want to share with you something that i have tried out and i must say i am loving it, so far. It is not about food but it is about fashion.

I few weeks ago i signed myself up for Kleiderei. This is a magical idea that was brought to life by two super women Thekla Wilkening und Pola Fendel from Hamburg. Kleiderei is a platform where you can borrow 4 pieces of clothing and even accessories, at a flat rate price of 34 Euros a month. Its like a never ending wardrobe! Monthly you receive a new packet, once you have returned the previous items that you borrowed. The rate includes the shipping costs, and i must say that it is quiet a fair price. I mean if you think about it how much money do we waste on clothes and items that we may only wear once and then toss in some container around the corner.

The clothes from Kleiderei are made up of clothes from young local designers, vintage items and items that you yourself have sent to kleiderei that may not be for you but could be something for someone else. “Another girls trash is another girls treasure”.

I joined Kleiderei even before i had watched the documentary the true cost. Which i can only recommend everybody to watch. I mean i was never someone that went to Primark and didn’t question the price, however i learnt so much from this documentary about the fashion industry and how fast fashion is having a drastic impact on our environment.

Anyway the first box that i received from Kleiderei was a curated surprise package. This means that i answered a questionaire and gave my measurements and then Poala selected some pieces that she thought would suit me according to my answers and requests. I have always been someone that loves surprises (in boxes and envelopes) and since i am still searching for my style this was a great option for me. Below are images of the 4 items that i got ūüôā

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All in all i loved all the pieces that i got.

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I received a lovely postcard and also got a magazine and a brochure with more information about what happens to the clothes that i send to them. 

I can say that i loved all the pieces that i got except of one skirt that was very loose and wasn’t really something that i would wear. However all in all i can only recommend it. If you are looking for an alternative and are tired of being overwhelmed by your wardrobe, i can only urge you to try Kleiderei. It is a real wonderful concept and the website and processing also was easy and fun.

Please note that i am not getting paid for this, i am just sharing something that has helped me find a solution to my problem. I was at conflict with trying to dress fashionably and  not owning too much, and not supporting a big cooperation that sucks the living life out of people and nature.  So yes,  Kleiderei is that solution for me.

Links:

Kleiderei: https://kleiderei.com/ -sadly the website is only available in german.

The true cost documentary: http://truecostmovie.com/

 

 

Adidas Run the Night Berlin

 

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So today is the day, i am taking part in the Run the Night Adidas event here in Berlin. I signed up for this event a while ago, as i thought it would be a good idea. When i signed up i was really stressed out as it was the high point of my revision mode phase, and i thought ah a run through the city at night surrounded by people running as well would be a fun thing to do. I guess when you are in study mode anything but studying sounds like a good time.

Now the day has come and i am not prepared at all i mean zero nothing.

However i have run a 10k before and i was also unprepared then. However that time it panned out fine so i think that this time it will be ok as well, i just ate some pasta and i think that will pull me through.

The Next day:

Okay guys so i ran the 10k and it almost killed me i somehow got a stomach cramp and felt so awful halfway. However, i also think that i got the cramp because i was running quiet fast in the beginning i didn’t time myself well enough and i think i underestimated the route.

However i did not give up! i pulled through and finished the race in 66:07 minutes i am so happy. Yes, my time could be better but without training i am glad that i finished and that my body pulled through.I am now experiencing the after effects as my muscles are super tense and i feel super tired, therefore i took it easy today.( and treated myself to the best veggie burger in town from schiller burger and sipped on some hibiscus lemonade)

This race motivated me to train a little more and really motivated me to keep on going. I also learnt to trust myself more and to be grateful for my body because it has so much strength and it pulls me through so much. I can only encourage everyone to take part in events like this, it teaches you a lot about the wonderful strength that is within us all.

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we got the Glocke vegan and the beetroot burger and some sweet potato fries so so good ūüôā

Fizzy Lemonade

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This is not about Queen B, but trust me it is as good. Summer is finally upon us in Berlin, skirts and shorts are out skin and ice cream licking shaded faces are all over the place….

 

I am going to get right into the recipe, this is possibly the easiest  cooling and soothing lemonade recipe, that will really fulfill that fizzy crave that we all get when the temperatures are up.

Ingredients:

1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (in Berlin currently there are no available lemons from Europe so i used lemon concentrate from Alnatura which is also good as it is 100/ lemon juice)

1 liter of Sparkling Water (if you cant stomach the fizz than just use still water)

2 Tbsp of Maple syrup (or any syrup you prefer)

1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (whichever berries  you prefer, i used blueberries and strawberries)

A handful of fresh basil leaves or Mint or both

 

Method:

1.place all the ingredients in a jug stir together and enjoy!

p.s If your water is not cold you can use frozen berries which can act as ice cubes.

p.s.s You can also store it in the fridge to cool and enjoy it later. Drink the lemonade within 24 hours so that everything still tastes fresh!

Enjoy!

 

Kimchi on everything

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Hello

Have i told you how much i love kimchi. Kimchi and i go way way back. I must admit though that i was very scared of making my own kimchi, as i was scared of contamination and explosions- I know i am a little dramatic.

All things aside my kimchi turned out great and it was delicious. So here is the recipe that i used that i got off the kitchn.

However i did twerk up the recipe and added 1 tablespoon of Sea Salt and 1 cup of water, before letting the kimchi rest for 1 week. After 1 week i placed the kimchi in the fridge and waited 5 days after that i burst that jar open with a POP and then nomnonom.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt
  • Water to soak the Napa Cabbage in

For the Paste

  • 1 Tablespoon of grated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of ginger
  • 1 ¬†teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of korean chilli powder ( In Berlin you can get it at Vihn Loi)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Small Daikon radish peeled and cut into match sticks
  • half a leek cut into circles ( you can also use spring onions)

Finishing Touch

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of water

 

Special Equipment:

Airtight seal able jar -I used this  one

Method:

  1. Cut the Cabbage in half l remove the cores and then chop medium sized strips.
  2. Salt the Cabbage, place the cabbage in a big bowl and pour in the salt massage it in well, you can use gloves here but that is purely optional just make sure your hands and nails are clean. The cabbage should start to soften once it has slightly softened add water the water should be enough to cover all of the cabbage. Cover the bowl with a chopping board and place a heavy book or canned goods on top. Let it stand for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile make the spicy Paste. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, ginger, sugar, chilli powder and water. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the Cabbage and wash and drain with cold water 3 times. Give the cabbage a good squeeze and drain out all the water. Towel dry the bowl and place the bowl and place the cabbage back in the bowl.
  5. Add in the paste, leek and daikon raddish. Mix everything well together, again use your hands however this time it is more advisable to wear gloves as the chilli could irritate your skin and the garlic smell may take longer to get rid of off your hands. However this is entirely up to you!  Make sure its all mixed together well.
  6. Place the mix in the jar add in 1 tbsp of salt and one cup of water, shut the jar and let the magic happen. Let it ferment at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. I let it ferment for 1 week and then placed it in the fridge and let it stand for another 5 days after that i popped it open.
  7. Check on your kimchi daily- Avoid opening the lid too often though. If anything looks off just write me or if you think something has gone wrong don’t risk ¬†getting sick, dispose of it! Always trust your gut feeling. Taste the kimchi if it is to your liking you can eat it at an earlier stage as well, however please use a clean fork and do not use the same fork once it has been in your mouth to avoid contamination.

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once my kimchi was done i ate it with everything ( as pictured above on top of my lentil pommegranate salad) . Kimchi also tastes great with a simple bowl of rice, quinoa or what have you. Kimchi Good!

 

Here are a few links to a blogpost that i read about the benefits of fermented foods. Sauerkraut i am coming for you next!

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5711/Why-Im-Krazy-for-Kimchee.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14758/why-fermented-foods-are-good-for-weight-loss-mood-glowing-skin.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24066/the-best-foods-supplements-for-a-healthy-gut-a-doctor-explains.html

 

 

 

 

Cini Mini 1993

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Ingredients for 3 trays

  • 250g Flour
  • 1 Sachet of Yeast
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 163ml lukewarm water
  • 15g of plant based margarine
  • Cinnamon as much as you prefer
  • Agave as much as you prefer

Method:

Place yeast in a bowl pour in the lukewarm water and add 2 squirts of agave and salt. Set aside for 10 minutes, or till visible bubbles form.

Add in the flour and mix it all well together. Knead with your hands for around 6 minutes. The dough should not be too wet and sticky, it should be very elastic and soft but not sticky. Adjust with Flour and water till you get the right consistency, but first mix everything well together and knead it for around 3 minutes before adjusting anything!

Cover the dough with a kitchen cloth and place in a warm place and let it sit for 1 hour.

After an hour has passed preheat oven to 150 degrees. The dough should visibly have risen. cut the dough into three equal parts. Take one part and roll it out on a parchment paper roll it out very very thinly now spread some margarine on the rolled out dough and then add some agave ( however much you prefer) and spread this equally all over the rolled out dough. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and spread equally as well. Then take a sharp wet knife and cut a plaid pattern all over the rolled out dough. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Place the parchment paper with the dough on a baking tray respectively, and bake for 12 minutes or till they are its golden brown.

Take out of the oven and let it cool then separate the cut plaid pattern  into small tiny squares.

Enjoy!

Recipe Inspired by http://www.mycookingloveaffair.de/rezepte/kinder/zimt-und-der-feind-in-meiner-milch/

 

Carrot Apple Ginger Smoothie

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This  is something that i have been loving especially in the colder months as it really gives me a kick in the morning. I am slightly allergic to raw carrots and some types of apple skin -apart from Elstar apples- due to cross pollination, as i suffer terribly from hay fever as well.

However i do try to consume small amounts of raw carrots and apples in my diet to reap their nutrient benefits as well. This smoothie is a great way for me to that.

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Method

Put all the ingredients in a mixer and blend till everything is smoothie. Place in a glass or jar sprinkle some chia and hemp shells on top. Enjoy!

Chapatti + Potato Curry or Potato Curry in a Chapatti or Chapadilla

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So this is a delicious recipe that was inspired by my boyfriend.

I love chapatti’s, my mother taught me at a very young age how to make them, while my friends where eating toast with jam ¬†i was enjoying my chapatti with jam during school break. My sister and i used to make them together, since i was too young to handle the stove, i loved those nights and enjoyed kneading the dough and rolling it out and how the whole house smelled of utter deliciousness.

When i moved to Mombasa, Chapattis where easily available ( My best friends are of Indian decent so yeah lunches where always crazy good chapattis or parathas mmmhh dont get me started)  so i stopped making my own chapattis, instead i missed the German sourdough bread. I tell you its always the thing that you cant have!

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Simple vanilla Chia Pud

 

IMG_20151209_230912.jpgSo i am¬†one of those people that get very very very happy when i have prepped all my food a night before for the next ¬†day. As this means that i can sleep longer in the mornings and that i do not have to make so called “convenient” not so nutritious food choices at university or on the go.

This recipe is super easy and so delicious and can be made a up-to 3 nights ahead. It is delicious and tastes so good and can easily be transported in a small glass jar. For this chia pudding i usually use tomato paste jar that is empty and clean, i find that reusing jars is such a nice way to store your spices and make your pantry look nice. At the same time you can use your jars to store your food like a lunch box or in my case like a “break jar” or “lunch jar”.

Ingredients:

6 Tbsp of Chia seeds

1 Tbsp of Oats

1/2 Vanilla bean

10 Tbsp almond milk

half a frozen banana cut up in chunks ( if you do not have frozen bananas in the fridge on standby at all times for nicecream emergencies, just use a regular banana)

handful of cacao nibs

pinch of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)

handful of hemp seeds (Optional)

Method:

Mix all the ingredien
ts together thoroughly. Really stir it all together or else the pudding won’t be pudding like but instead will be dry and not so great. Once you have mixed everything well together seal well and store in the fridge overnight.

Yum in the Tum!

P.s if you like it on the sweet side feel free to add in some agave or maple. Use berries instead of banana or use both. As always this should serve as an idea take it and make it to your liking.

I enjoyed the pictured chia pudding on a beautiful  wooden bench enjoying the last rays of light for that day.

Miso Veggie Soup for the whimsical soul

IMG_20151204_233745So here is another super easy and delicious soup recipe, my boyfriend and i have been really into the warm fuzzy feeling that a warm soothing soup leaves you with. We even eat soup for breakfast which is an alternative to a veggie juice in the cold dark winter mornings, when you need that extra punch of  warmth to keep you going through all those lectures that are to come or that huge wonderful day that is ahead that needs you all energized up, this soup will truly does the trick.

So here it goes.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of red paste miso

1 medium sized chopped parsley root (Parsnip)

5 Carrots cut onto chunks

150g of firm tofu cubed

1 crushed small garlic piece

1/2 chopped leek

1 tsp coconut oil

1 medium sized ginger knob crushed

1 tsp of yoko’s tofu Gew√ľrz¬†***

700 ml water

1/2 vegetable stock cube

Fresh Flat Parsley leaves  to sprinkle on top

a handful of chopped up kale add as much as you like

some squeezes of lemon

 

*** if you do not have this spice mix then use some lemon grass (freshly cut up),  dash of Curcuma, dash of ground coriander, pinch of sweet paprika powder,  a dash of ground fennel seeds and some rubbed dried thyme and rosemary

 

Method:

Heat a stove top to medium heat and place the coconut oil in a approx one liter sized soup pot.

Once the oil is hot place the tofu and and leek, ginger and garlic and spice mix and stir constantly do not let the tofu stick and burn! when the tofu becomes a bit crisp add in the spice mix and all the other veggies mix everything together and then stir in the miso.

Stir everything well together and then add the water and vegetable stock cube and turn the heat to low.

Simmer for 15 minutes add in the kale now and Voila its done.

Place in to your favorite bowl, sprinkle some flat leafed parsley and squeeze in a generous amount of lemon. Now sluuurp slurrp!

P.S simmer longer if you want your veggies to be cooked more, this choice is entirely up-to you and your liking. Remember its you who eats it in the end so make it to your liking add in other veggies maybe some broccoli or cabbage this is really up-to you get creative and make this as yummy as you like it. This is again just something i did it tasted great and i thought hey let me share this so that others can make their soup creations and feel warm and fuzzy too.

 

 

Make things and give them away: Body Scrubs

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So seeing that it is the season of giving, i thought that it would be the perfect time to share with all of you, two body scrub recipes that i have personally used and i find are a great gifts to yourself, your skin and all your friends. I love giving people gifts and making them smile i don’t know there is just something about making something with your own two hands and then giving that to someone. ¬†Last year i gifted all my friends coffee scrubs and they all loved it. I think that the perfect gift does not have to be the most expensive it should just be something that lets the other person know that you are thinking of them and that you cherish them.

So lets dive right into it.

Smooth ‘as a babies bottom’ Coffee Scrub

This is especially for those of us who have very dry skin, especially great in the winter months. This scrub leaves your skin silky smooth and smells so good. This is my favorite scrub!

Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut oil in solid form ( should NOT be melted)

1 cup of roughly ground coffee ( the rougher = the more exfoliating)

1 tsp cocoa powder

5 drops of organic orange oil

2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil

a dash of salt ( the more salt the rougher the scrub will be)

dash of cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla ( not extract or aroma but actual ground up vanilla if its too expensive than omit vanilla)

Method: 

Mix all the ingredients together transfer to a very clean glass jar seal well and store in a cool dry place. Keeps up-to 3 months just make sure to keep water out of the jar and store in a cool place. If it is very hot where you live then the fridge is a good place.

 

Lavender lemon Sugar or Salt Scrub/Balm

This is a great lip scrub if you make it with sugar. However if you make it with salt i would recommend you to use it on your skin only.  It smells delicious and leaves your skin soft and fresh.

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