Monday, 20 March 2017

Urban Concrete Jungle

Currently reading: The Adventures of Tintin

The other day a couple middle school buddies of mine—and a couple of their high school mates—and I went out after around 8 years of not seeing each other. It felt kind of surreal, that it made me absolutely nervous to see them again. And it was almost 10 years ago that we last hung out together too—wow, can't believe middle school was so long ago! But then we met up and, it turns out, they hadn't changed one bit—at least in all the ways that mattered—and I was quickly put at ease. It went amazingly well, until I overthought—as always—and accidentally left early. It's less frustrating and more humiliatingly funny, to be honest. It's just an instant reminder that I've become much more serious and deliberate then when I was 14. And, God, did I do so many more embarrassing deeds back then! But it's like I didn't even bat an eyelash. Ah, youth—a time when you're completely free and innocent, so thoughtless it's charming. In the end, my friends told me to just loosen up next time, it's not like we haven't known each other for over a decade. Well, I'm just happy to know there's a "next time."

Hand-me-down shirt + backpack + pants // thrifted vest // unethical boots // photos by Cafa

So, uhh, yeah, these photos were obviously—or not so obviously—not taken during that hangout I mentioned earlier. They were taken by my brother, who turns out to be a pretty awesome photographer—in case you missed it on my instagram. The crazy thing is he doesn't actually know anything about photography but has a great eye for composition—just like Galuh, to be honest. Now, a little story about the outfit: yes, I made an unethical purchase recently. In fact, it was during the last post. After the photos were taken, the soles of the shoes came off and, well, I didn't have any spare ones, so I bought a pair. It's actually from a brand that I used to like back in high school—but because it's unethical, I won't mention it. Hopefully, this pair will last me a good decade before it deteriorates. Aside from those, the rest of this outfit are, thankfully, ethically acquired. Do you guys even remember this vest? It's been a good 2 years since the last time I wore it. Thought I'd never wear it again, but lo and behold.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Vegan Blueberry & Apple Pancakes

Okay, crazy thing: my apple sauce is still there. I thought I'd use it all up for this recipe as well as come up with something that I can potentially enjoy on Meatless Monday—for me, it's basically Vegan Monday. As I was going through pinterest, looking for some kind of dessert-style food using apple sauce, I stumbled upon this recipe. This was, as usual, a last minute decision, so I had to somehow use whatever I already have at home—substituting some ingredients that I lack. The recipe was simple enough, the taste was marvellous but it was definitely stuffy, so keep that in mind before making this. Lastly, I used the blueberry jam because my Stepmom suggested using the blueberry jam my sister bought months ago but never finished. Now on to the recipe!

Yep, I burnt it all
(original recipe from Feasting on Fruit; makes 3-4)
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce (recipe here)
  • 2 tbsp. blueberry jam
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (the original recipe recommends oat flour)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used multigrain milk)
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until combined. Do not over blend.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet/frying pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Pour about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter into the pan. Since it's quite thick, spread/smooth into a circle.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes on both sides. When you can easily slide a spatula under, it's time to flip.
  6. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
  7. Top with fruit, vegan butter and/or maple syrup, your choice.
  8. Serve while hot, bon appétit!
Tips:  Make sure all the ingredients are in room temperature to ease the mixing process. It turns out, the dough will be incredibly thick, so if you have a mixer, you can use that instead. Oat flour is gluten-free, so if you're avoiding gluten, use it instead. In effect, I believe it won't be as thick and sticky, as is the case with all-purpose flour. The milk I used here was multi-grain milk, which consists of soy bean, purple brown rice, black sesame, malt extract and barley—but a regular soy milk would work just the same. If you can, boil the apple sauce from my previous recipe with a bit of water, to make it less thick. Be careful when frying the pancakes, as the dough is really sticky and may stick to the spoon you use to scoop it. Spread it carefully and evenly. Lass es euch schmecken!

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