Out and About|Suvlaki

Greek food has always been one of my favourite. When we used to live in Germany, our parents used to always treat us to a Gyros meal at the little Greek restaurant in Heinsberg. In fact, when we do go back to Germany now and then, we still go there! It has sort of become our little tradition.

Hence, my sister and I decided to give Suvlaki a go! Continue reading “Out and About|Suvlaki”

Out and About|Palm Vaults

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On my birthday, my sister and I had brunch at Palm Vaults. The café is decorated in a very urban way. You can tell even before entering the café, that you aren’t entering your normal cafés like Costa or Starbucks. You will be surrounded with pastel decor and plants hanging beautifully from the ceiling. Oh and if you are a vegan, you will be spoiled for choice!

To begin, I had a Lavender Latte and toast with tomato, basil and pesto. My sister had a mushroom toastie.

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*24*

If you have been following me on instagram recently, you might know that I celebrated my 24th birthday a few days back.


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The day before my birthday, I took the train to London from Leicester and met up with my sister there. I booked a place through Airbnb few weeks back, so that’s where we stayed.

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Made of Flaws


Before I start, I would like to make this clear. I am fully aware that this post might receive mixed responses, but I am prepared for it and this is purely just based on my experiences…

N.B. Most of this was written two years ago.


As long as I’ve known, I’ve always been bigger than the average person around my age. Between the ages of 8-18, I was a bit chubby, but health wise,  I became overweight as soon as I hit 19. I don’t know about other people’s experiences, but being the size I was and am, didn’t and isn’t exactly something that makes me happy. And just to make it clear… it’s not because I thought I was fat or I am self conscious because I hate the way I look. People never really gave me the chance to even make my own opinion about the way I looked and still look. I get people pointing it out to me straight away and all the time. When I mean all the time. Literally, whenever I go somewhere with my family.
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Food Diary


This year so far, I have not been going regularly to the gym. I have been ill and only trained whenever I felt fit enough for it. But it is now time to get back to training properly again.

Even if you are not able to train straight away, the best way to start being healthy is by eating the right food. I try to plan ahead, which makes shopping easier and cheaper.

So to make things easier for you, I have made a Food Diary printable for you!

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New Year’s Resolutions 2017


It’s that time of the year again! Like most people, I once again am going to come up with a few resolutions that I will stick to at least until the end of 2017.

This time last year, I did not actually come up with any resolutions. I was not in a state to. I came up with my resolutions for the year of 2016 a bit later on. Next to it you can see how I’m carrying on with the same ones. Except this time, the resolutions are a bit more achievable. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions 2017”

Progress photo #1

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I took the picture on the left after I lost about 5kg. Believe it or not, I was even bigger before I even lost the 5kg and it was noticeable.

I do apologise about the picture quality and the dirty mirror :P

22 Random Facts About Me



I’m definitely not going to party like Taylor Swift in that video. Had an exam yesterday and preparing for another one tomorrow. Sucks to be me. Anyway… I decided to share 22 random facts about me. Hope you enjoy it you creepy people out there! :P

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Erwartungen (Expectations)

This post is by Neerosa. The actual post is in german and I’ve also written a translation for the non-german speaking readers amongst you!


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Make sure you check out Neerosa’s blog as well for more fun posts!

https://neerosa.wordpress.com

Aja x

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Guest Post|Garnier Micellar Water: 1 Product, 3 Reviews

Garnier Micellar Water Review I helped out Jess to review the Garnier Micellar Water. There are three reviews on the product. Do check out Jess’ other posts on both Rock Paper Whisk and her own blog.

To read the post click the link below :) x

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I know a lot of people have been raving about the Garnier Micellar water so I wanted to put together a special review from 3 different bloggers right here on one page for you.  The first review comes to you from Aja, founder of rockpaperwhisk.com – a lifestyle blog to bring out the creative side […]

https://jessaras.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/garnier-micellar-water-1-product-3-reviews/

Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars)

This was my first attempt at making Zimtsterne and I have to admit, they do taste great! Unfortunately, this will be my last Christmas Cookie Recipe for this year! :(

To make your own Cinnamon Star Cookies (about 40), you’ll need:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 225g sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 300g ground almonds
  • 100g icing sugar

Other stuff you will need:

  • rolling pin
  • flour
  • IMG_1409[1]cookie cutters (star shaped)
  1. Beat the egg whites
  2. Add sugar, vanilla sugar, and icing sugar to the mixture and beat for 10 minutes. This hurts like hell!
  3. Add lemon juice to the mixture
  4. Leave 6 tbsp of the mixture aside
  5. Add cinnamon and almonds
  6. Fold the ingredients carefully. Folding is basically combining delicate mixture into a heavier textured mixture. This will make sure that both the mixtures are mixed properly.
  7. IMG_1422[1]Sprinkle the worktop with a bit of flour and roll out the dough
  8. Cut out star shapes using your cookie cutter
  9. Place them on a baking tray with baking paper
  10. Preheat the oven to 150°C
  11. Brush on the mixture you left aside earlier on the cookies (4.)
  12. Put the cookies in the oven for 25 minutes
  13. Leave to cool for a few minutes

And that’s it!

Haselnussmakronen (Hazelnut Macaroons)

It’s another German Christmas Cookie Recipe time!!!

To make about 40 Haselnussmakronen, you’ll need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 250g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 300g ground hazelnut
  • 100g flour
  • about 40 whole hazelnuts

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  1. Mix the eggs, sugar, salt, ground hazelnut and flour together
  2. Put baking paper on a baking tray
  3. Use a teaspoon to form a walnut sized ball and place it on the baking tray
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C
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  6. Put the cookies in the oven for 10-15 minutes
  7. Make sure the cookies don’t get burned!
  8. Once done, let it cool for a few minutes

 

And that’s it!

If your cookies get stuck to the baking paper like a few of mine did, pick up the baking paper and place it on a hot,damp, clean towel. Leave it on the towel for a few minutes and gently remove the cookies of the baking paper.

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies)

I used to love Christmas when I was a kid. Especially when I went to Kindergarten back in Germany.

We used to do a lot of fun activities during December and baking Christmas cookies was one of them.

Through out this month, I am going to make a few of my favourite German Christmas cookies and first up is Vanillekipferl.

To make about 40 Vanillekipferl, you will need the following:

  • 250g flour 
  • 210g butter
  • 100g ground almonds 
  • 80g sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar*
  • 1/2 tbsp icing sugar 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  1. IMG_5514Put all the ingredients in a bowl and knead them together with your hands. (Make sure you knead the dough thoroughly)
  2. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes
  3. Once the 30 minutes are over, roll out the dough and make tiny dough balls
  4. Preheat the oven to 175°C
  5. Make moon crescent shapes out of the dough ballsIMG_5527
  6. Arrange the Vanillekipferl on a baking tray with baking paper
  7. Bake for 20 minutes
  8. While the cookies are baking in the oven, sieve the icing sugar and vanilla sugar together
  9. Once the cookies are baked, cool the cookies for 3 minutes
  10. Once cooled properly, coat the cookies with the sugar mix

Try this recipe out yourself, and let me know what you think!

*I couldn’t find any vanilla sugar in any of my local stores, so had to make my own. Click here to make your own Vanilla Sugar!