Peace & Silence//A Winter Memory

 

 

„Ein Lebensgefühl einzufangen ist eine Kunst. Nichts vermag dies mehr zu tun als die Kunst selbst…und Essen. Nichts ist erinnerungsträchtiger als Essen.“

 

Und dann wachte ich auf und war im Wunderland. Es fühlte sich an, als hätte sich die Welt dazu entschlossen ruhiger zu werden. Eine Pause zu machen von all dem Lärm und der Geschäftigkeit.

Große, weiche Schneeflocken fallen auf die Bäume. Die Häuser. Die Welt. Für einen winzigen Moment konnte ich erahnen wie sich bedingungsloser Frieden anfühlen muss. Niemals hätte ich gedacht, dass ich mich so sehr nach tiefster Stille in mir sehnen würde. „Was, wenn du in diesem Moment die Zeit anhalten könntest? Was, wenn dieses Gefühl niemals enden würde?“ fragte mich die weiße Welt da draußen.

Die Kälte küsst meine Haut als ich das Fenster öffnete. Selbst der Lärm, verursacht durch einen Schneeschieber, klingt wie ein Flüstern in der Kälte des Morgens. Ich hielt meine Hand gen Himmel. Fange die tanzenden Schneeflocken ein. „Wie magisch diese kalte Welt doch sein kann.“ wispern meine Augen den Fußstapfen im Schnee zu.

Meine eisigen Finger umschlossen die Seiten einer Kamera. Niemals hat sich irgendetwas so real und zugleich doch unerreichbar angefühlt. „Soll ich?“ fragte mein Finger, auf dem Auslöser platziert und gewillt abzudrücken.

Und da war es. Eine winzige Fotografie. Einen so wertvollen Moment für eine Ewigkeit festhaltend. Frieden und Stille. Gedruckt auf Papier.

 

Vegane Kokosnuss-Pralinen:

  • 100g vegane Sahne (zB Rice Cuisine)
  • 200g weiße vegane Schokolade
  • 150g Koksraspeln
  • 50g Kokosraspeln zum Wälzen
  1. Die Sahne in einem Topf erhitzen. Darin die Schokolade unter Rühren schmelzen.
  2. Das Ganze kürz abkühlen lassen, dann die Koksraspeln unterrühren. Anschließend die Masse für zwei Stunden kühl stellen.
  3. Nun kleine Kugeln formen und diese dann abschließend in Koksraspeln wälzen. Die Pralinen halten sich eine gute Woche im Kühlschrank.

 

 

„To preserve the memories we made in life is an art itself. But nothing is more capable of doing so than art…and food. Nothing carries more memories than food.”

 

And then I woke up and was in wonderland. It felt as if the world had decided to slow down. To take a break from all the noise and busyness.

Big, fluffy snow flakes fell upon the trees. The houses. The world. For a tiny moment I had a clue of how unconditional peace must feel. Never have I ever imagined that I could long for such deep silence inside me. “What if I could stop time right now? What if this feeling would never end?” I asked the white world outside.

The cold kissed my skin as I opened the window. Even the noise of someone shovelling snow sounded like a whisper through the freezing winter morning. I held my palm up to the sky. Catching the dancing snow flakes. “How magical this cold world can be.” stated my eyes, following the people’s footprints in the snow.

My icy fingers clasped the edges of a camera. Nothing has ever felt so real and at the same time unobtainable. “Shall I?” asked my finger, placed on the release button and willing to press down.

And there it was. A tiny photograph preserving such a precious morning for a long time. Peace and silence. Printed on paper.

Vegan Coconut Pralines: 

  • 100g vegan cream 
  • 200g vegan White chocolate
  • 150g desiccated coconut
  • 50g desiccated coconut (decoration)
  1. Begin by heating the cream. Add the chocolate and melt everything together.
  2. Cool the chocolate/cream mixture for some minutes and add desiccated coconut. Put the batter for at least two hours in the fridge.
  3. Afterwards form little balls out of the batter and roll them in the rest of desiccated coconut.

 

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Food Minimalism

Here I am. Brooding over the sense of food and if there is a “real” food minimalism. I mean have you ever thought about the actual meaning of food? It’s not just something we are ought to enjoy. It’s essential.

There are minimalists who say that food has just one sense. And that’s giving our body energy. These people schedule their diet as precise as possible and the only aspect they have in mind when eating a bowl full of green and healthy ingredients is if their body will benefit from eating them. Don’t get me wrong…when they feel great by eating this way I’ve got nothing against such diet. But for me that wouldn’t work.

In the course of dealing with a minimalist diet I came across lots of people who sort out what to eat and what not. At that point many go too far. Because of kicking-off some very essential parts of their diet there is a lack of important nutrients. The sad thing is, one half of these people does not know about the fact that their body lacks nutrients and the other half knows but tries to overcome this lack with dietary supplements. And in my eyes that’s not the way we are supposed to eat.

I would say that “minimalizing” your food means being aware of what your body does not need, realizing what is too much. That does not mean that you have to cut back nearly your whole diet and just eat two leafs of salad. I think that food minimalism isn’t only about physical aspects. It’s also about mental health issues. As far as I’m concerned that means enjoying food, eating with relish but knowing where the limit is set and being aware of what I eat. I’ve made the experience that cooking and baking with fresh and seasonal ingredients helps a lot to appreciate the value of food.

Undoubtedly food is “fuel” but besides that it’s so much more. It is the connection between people, the carrier of our memories and the storyteller that reminds us that we’re alive.