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Monday, February 15, 2016

Movie Monday: Agents and Zombies

spy movie

So far there hasn`t been much movie watching or tv time over here, as I already mentioned in my previous post, life has kind of been busy around here, lot`s of appointments and hang outs with friends, equals not that much time for cinematic arts.

Well, there was one movie night with a friend last week including lot`s of agents, as we decided on watching "Spy" with Melissa McCarthy & Jason Statham. The plot results to be pretty simple Susan (McCarthy) becomes a undercover spy after her partner, a CIA agent, gets killed. Over the course of the movie Susan tries to make the new professional challenge work for her, showing not only the other agents, but the bad guys as well, that she`s an amazing spy. Of course the film comes with a lot of hilarious and awkward scenes, therefore laughter will definitely be included a lot. Over all this is a good movie to watch with your friends on a chilly Friday movie night stay in. Of course don`t expect high niveau conversations and a complex story, this is just a simple, but entertaining comedy movie.

The rest of my free time was mostly spent reading, online shopping and watching season 4 and 5 of "The Walking Dead". It`s an unexplainable thing to me, but here I`ve been hooked on that show again. I use the term unexplainable for the following reason, every time I finish catching up with the show and a new season or new episodes come out, I`m like - naww, let`s watch something else, I`m not that much into it - hence I`m not able to keep pace with the show. After falling behind for one or two seasons, I feel like catching up on the story of Rick and the other survivors. So I start watching it again and the moment I do, the plot really takes me in - a definite yes for season 4 - and I can`t stop watching...Until I`ve seen the most recent episodes, then the unexplainable thing I`ve just been describing to you happens again. Does this sound familiar to you? Did this happen to you as well with a show? If yes, which one?

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Quote of the Week #6 & Blog Schedule Irregularities

It has been quiet here for 7 days, just took a week off from blogging...Hibernation time, you know, just to wake up fully energized. Although I do this hibernation thing way too much, but anyhow,sometimes I just don`t feel like blogging and that`s pretty much why we have a irregular schedule situation over here at velvet & vinegar....

Normally posting once per day is the goal I`m aiming for, or at least I`m trying to publish several posts during one week. But sometimes there`s just life that get`s in your way, work sessions, dinners with friends, night out with the girls, spending time with the family, planning trips and the little time left you just want to spend it being lazy, reading a good book, watching a movie or tv-show. You just need to chill, you know what I mean? And these are the moments, when it get`s silent over here at my blog. I have a full time job and a doctor thesis going on, which demand a great amount of time, for that reason blogging is a pastime thing I do. It`s a ton of fun and gives me the opportunity to share my experiences in the kitchen. As I do this just for fun, it seems explainable that a little bit of not posting anything may be needed from time to time...

That`s how I feel about blogging, respectively blogging schedule irregularities... How is your schedule? Do you even have one?

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quote of the week #5

One Smoothie a Day Challenge Day Six & Seven: Multi Fruit Smoothie Bowl & Hazelnut Apple Sauce Smoothie Bowl

multi fruit smoothie bowl

Absolutely had no time to post yesterday, this is why smoothie number six is going online today with smoothie number seven. Oh and of course, we made it guys! The seven days are over and we managed to make a smoothie every single day, at least I hope so...Tell me how was it for you? Easy or not so much? I felt that this challenge produced a bit of work, planning and buying the fruits and other ingredients, especially because I had to work every single day, but it was definitely manageable. So far about my experiences...

Now let`s do the smoothie talk, because let`s be honest, that`s what you guys want to read. For the last two smoothies I decided to go for a smoothie in a bowl. I`ve been seeing them a lot on instagram lately and really wanted to try this kind of variation. 
Yesterday I made a bowl full of fruity richness with pomegranate, bananas, apples, lemon and coconut, so refreshing and surprising sour in taste. 
Today I went for a more traditional smoothie bowl, combining apple sauce and hazelnut flavoured rice milk. This one turned out pretty sweet, nutty but still refreshing. 
Let`s dive in how you make these healthy, delicious babies...

hazelnut apple sauce smoothie

What you need (one bowl each):

multi fruit smoothie bowl:
  • 1 lemon, organic
  • 2 bananas, organic
  • 1 apple, organic
  • 100ml coconut water, organic
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, juice of the pomegranate 
  • coconut flakes
hazelnut apple sauce smoothie:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 apples, organic
  • 200ml hazelnut rice milk, organic
  • 2 tablespoons oat meal, organic
  • 1 teaspoon grated cinnamon
smoothie bowl with different fruits


multi fruit smoothie:
  • juice the lemon
  • peel and slice bananas
  • peel, core and slice two apple into pieces
  • add lemon juice, banana, apples and coconut milk in a blender and mix until smooth, serve in a bowl
  • halve and spoon out the seeds, add pomegranate juice to the smoothie
  • sprinkle over pomegranate seeds and coconut flakes
hazelnut apple sauce smoothie:
  • peel, core and cut apples into pieces
  • heat apple pieces and lemon juice in a pan, add 3 tablespoons water
  • cook apples until tender
  • add apples and hazelnut milk in a blender and mix until smooth
  • serve in bowl and mix in the oat meal
  • sprinkle over grated cinnamon
  • peel, core and cut into slices, decorate your smoothie bowl with the slices
smoothie bowl with apple sauce and hazelnut rice milk

Well I hope you enjoyed the one smoothie a day challenge and feel free to try or re-do it every time you want to. I on my behalf am definitely going to make this again.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

One Smoothie a Day Challenge Day Five: Greek Mango Smoothie

greek mango smoothie

This is the first smoothie during this challenge made out of yogurt, more specific Greek yogurt. Using milk or yogurt in a smoothie always sounded weird to me, drinking yogurt especially. I remember being in Istanbul and not liking ayran - Turkish yogurt drink - at all, just sounds weird. But hey, it`s never too late to change your mind about things, because this smoothie made out of fresh mango and Greek yogurt just was incredibly sweet and good. No interfering of the yogurt with the fruity taste. I kind of wish I would have made this discovery at the beginning of this challenge. What`s your opinion on using yogurt for smoothies or drinks? Do you even like it? Would you rather go for milk or yogurt?

smoothie with mango and greek yogurt

What you need (for one smoothie):
  • 1 mango, organic 
  • 150g Greek yogurt, organic
  • 100ml water
  • halve the mango, scoop out the flesh
  • add all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth
  • serve immediately or refrigerate for 30 minutes before drinking
Whilst typing this post, I`m already thinking about new smoothie combinations that would work with plain yogurt. Maybe cucumbers, bananas, spinach, oranges or pineapples... What do you think? Any suggestions?

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Smoothie a Day Challenge Day Four: Piña Colada Smoothie

piña colada smoothie

So sorry guys for the delay! I actually wanted to publish already this afternoon but I didn`t manage to. But, better late than never, right? 
So today`s smoothie is all about the wishing for hot weather on a cold snowy winter day. Yes temperatures dropped again here, although I was almost convinced spring had arrived, but nope...What better thing to do, than sipping a tropical piña colada smoothie and dreaming about laying on a beautiful beach feeling the sun beams caressing your skin. 

All you need for this smoothie are coconut water and a pineapple, enough to take you into the land of endless summer. Try mixing a banana in if you like, makes this smoothie even sweeter and provides your body with enough carbs to start your day fully energized. 

ingredients piña colada smoothie

What you need:
  • 250 g pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 1 banana, organic and cut into pieces
  • 150ml coconut water, organic
  • peel and cut the pineapple into pieces
  • peel and cut the banana into pieces
  • add all the ingredients together and mix until smooth using a blender
  • serve immediately or cool for about 30 minutes, which I would recommend
This smoothie is so rich in exotic flavours you`ll love it, just give it a try!
Talking about smoothies making you feel like being in an exotic country, what combination of fruits would you go for? If I had found some pitaya I would definitely have chosen them.

Read you tomorrow with a new smoothie recipe,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

One Smoothie a Day Challenge: Day Three - Seabuckthorn Smoothie

seabuckthorn smoothie

Guys it`s almost half time, which means we`re nearly half way through with our challenge and still holding up. Aren`t we all amazing? How is the challenge working for you so far? Anyway enough self-praise for now let`s talk about smoothies. 

After the disastrous green smoothie yesterday, I started preparing today`s smoothie with ambivalent feelings. On one hand I really wanted to know how seabuckthorn tastes like in a smoothie, second I was freaking scared this would go wrong again. Now I feel so relieved that I still went through with it and didn`t stop my obsession to try new things. Seabuckthorn turned out to taste deliciously sweet. Although I admit buying the one sweetened with honey. Anyway besides the fact that seabuckthorn inspires with it`s sour-sweet flavor and works pretty well for smoothies, these little fruits are an outstanding source for vitamin C. You see I`m totally trying to get you guys to try them, despite their inconspicuousness.

ingredients seabuckthorn smoothie

What you need (for one smoothie):
  • 1 banana, organic 
  • 1 orange, organic
  • 100ml seabucklethorn roborant, sweetened (honey) and organic
  • 100ml water
  • peel and slice the banana
  • juice the orange
  • add all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth
  • serve immediately or refrigerate for 30 minutes before consuming
smoothie with seabuckthorn

So simple, so healthy and unbelievably tasty. Even kids will like this!
What do you think? Are you going to try this or isn`t seabuckthorn your cup of tea? Also what smoothies are you planning on making the upcoming days?

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One Smoothie a Day Challenge: Day Two - Green Smoothie

simple green smoothie with spinach

It`s day two of our one smoothie a day challenge and today I have a green smoothie in store for you. Lot`s of fitness gurus and nutritionists actually recommend to drink one green smoothie every day, due to their richness in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Well, I believe in these words, but honestly once again I have the proof that this type of smoothie isn`t my cup of tea. Or maybe I`m just not preparing them right. Any suggestions how I could make these more tastier without adding sugar or any other sweeteners? Maybe by adding coconut water or orange juice? I really don`t know, but I´m on a mission now. A mission to find the perfect green smoothie recipe, one that I actually like....

Although I didn`t like that one as much as I expected, still going to share it with you guys. I kept it pretty simple on different flavors this time, probably another reason why it didn`t taste that spectacular. The next time I would definitely go for a fancier combination to give it a stronger fruity taste. Maybe adding bananas, pineapple or mango would cheer things up quite a bit, what do you think?

ingredients green smoothie with spinach

What you need (for one smoothie):
  • 50g fresh baby spinach, organic
  • 1 avocado, organic
  • 1 lime, organic
  • 200ml water
  • rinse off the spinach
  • halve avocado, scoop out the flesh
  • juice the lime
  • add all the ingredients into a blender, mix until smooth
  • serve immediately or cool for about 30 minutes in the fridge before drinking
green smoothie with spinach

Yeah, I kept it simple, too simple on my opinion. So here are a few suggestions how to change this smoothie to probably give it a richer taste. I would substitute the water by coconut water, almond milk, orange juice or any other fruit juice. Then I advise adding one more fruit with a strong and sweet taste, like banana, mango, guava or pineapple. Please try the suggestions and send me some feedback, because I really want to like green smoothies!

Read you tomorrow, day three of our smoothie challenge,


Monday, February 1, 2016

One Smoothie a Day Challenge: Day One - Mango Papaya Ginger Smoothie

One Smoothie a Day: Day One - Mango Papaya Ginger Smoothie

Yey, it`s day one of our one smoothie a day challenge and I hope you`re all busy buying and preparing your fresh fruits. What ingredients did you use for your first smoothie? Tell me all about it!
I decided to gor for a little bit of color, just a pop of orange on a grey winter day to cheer things up. Originally I planned going for mango, ginger and pineapple, as the photo below proofs. But sadly the pineapple turned out to be already brown inside, although I only had bought it the day before.... :(
Forced to change things up, I used papaya instead, which I forgot to take a picture of. In the end papaya and mango resulted to be one hell of a sweet and exotic combination, ergo no regrets at all. This smoothie is such an explosion of different flavours, it`s sweet, spicy, juicy and hot at the same time, due to the ginger. And papaya might have just become one of my favorite fruits, so heavenly.

fruits for smoothies

What you need (for two servings):
  • 1 mango
  • 1 papaya
  • 10g ginger, freshly grated
  • 200ml water
  • peel mango, remove flesh from core
  • halve papaya, remove seeds, scoop out the flesh
  • peel and grate ginger
  • mix all the ingredients and blend until smooth
  • serve immediately or put in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes
One Smoothie a Day Challenge: Day One - Mango Papaya Ginger Smoothie

Mango Papaya Ginger Smoothie

That`s about it in terms of my first smoothie for this challenge. Do you like it? Tell me your opinions and feel free to hop on the challenge whenever you like.

Read you soon,