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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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