Food-Roaming in Four Countries

Maybe you were wondering what happened to the tango-dancing boxer cooking delicious meals ? No word to be found from me for weeks. Well, I have been traveling, and since I love food, I have been roaming the countries I was visiting for delicious tastes.

Here is my short report for you. My German food highlight was a “Kalbsschnitzel”, fried veal with potatoes, eaten in a small outside restaurant in Frankfurt. Very delicious. Also I cannot leave out the great amounts of salami and cheeses that were consumed by me during my 10-day stay in good old Germany. And I haven’t even began to speak about the German bread and the cheesecake….

My second food highlight was of Swiss nature – an 8 ounce bar of Lindt milk chocolate with a contents of 45% whole hazelnuts, in the Zurich airport in Switzerland.

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As this chocolate is my favorite I had to buy it and managed to eat the entire 8 ounces all by my self on the flight from Zurich to Toronto. Even the fact that the woman in the seat to my right had sunken onto my tray in front of my chest for a deep and restful sleep did not disrupt my enjoyment. Since a good rest is important I let her sleep and continued with the chocolate bar.

The only memory I have of the Toronto airport where I landed after the transatlantic flight, were the computer screens I was starring at for a long time in order to find my name so I could make it through immigration. Otherwise, absolutely nothing. No memory. Maybe I found myself in a time warp outside of time and space. Or maybe, I had fallen into a chocolate induced food coma and therefore no memory, very possible. So I do not have a single Canadian food experience for you. Sorry.

Further-on I went to Boulder. And here, friends of mine had prepared a simple, wholesome, dinner. The legendary quinoa salad with lots of garlic, cilantro and cherry tomatoes that got talked about a lot afterwards. Also brown rice was served, with gomasio, roasted sunflower seeds, and green salad. Nothing else was needed. How wonderful to eat food that got prepared with care and attention. I felt completely fed by it and was grateful for the simplicity of it, especially after traveling for a long time. Tasting food in different places and restaurants is great, but at some point I usually start to long for clean and simple food, eaten in the sanctuary of good company.

 

Why I love Salads

I wrote the vegetarian cookbook Dharma Feast Cookbook – Recipes For a Fresh Start. The funny thing is that not until recently have I actually started following a pretty clean diet myself. I am German after all and so I naturally love every kind of dough product, breads and pastries in all forms and shapes, as well as dairy in and out and meat…

By “clean” I mean eating no or little white flour, sugar, dairy products, or caffeine. The body needs energy for transformation. I can tell how much more heavy I feel after eating a hamburger or eating a wheat tortilla with cheese. Then the energy I need for transformation is being used for digestion.

Since I started boxing I feel naturally drawn to light and healthy food. And I enjoy specially coming up with new and interesting ways to make salads. Not just the plain old green salad with cucumbers and carrots. So you will read new recipes here as I like to invent new dishes all the time. And I will also post recipes from Dharma Feast Cookbook.

Tika dreams of Pastry

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Just a few weeks ago I travelled to Germany. This coffee shop is usually the first choice of destination after I arrive. Ok, I sleep for a few hours to get over the worst part of the jet leg, but then it is literally the next thing I do.

For many years, and I didn’t make this up, I would dream at night of French pastries behind endless glass counters. Tarts in all shapes…

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This is a most delicious raspberry tart. It has a chocolate shortbread crust, then a layer of grapefruit mousse, then comes the raspberry cream. On top are blueberries and dark chocolate. I say no more.