Sprouting

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The food of the month February (yes, I am a bit behind. What shall I say, three kids don’t leave much time) are sprouts! Its a great way to get some fresh foods and vitamins and it is really fun to make.
My favourites so far are Alfalfa sprouts which are great in salad and on sandwiches, and lentil sprouts which I love as some kind of spiced warm lentil salad.

It is still not clear to me if it is advisable to eat sprouted legumes raw. Beans, lentils and other legumes contain the toxin phytohemagglutinin which is destroyed through cooking  – but also soaking and sprouting are ways to destroy the toxin. I am just not sure, if sprouting is enough to remove all toxin, or how much of it is still left. For this reason, I decided to at least saute my sprouted lentils for a few minutes before eating.

I do my sprouting in a glass. I close the glass with a mesh (usually used to make window screens). Key is a good hygiene – the seeds have to be washed and watered twice a day and thoroughly drained, and the glasses and covers have to be well cleaned with warm and soapy water before and after use.

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Here is the warm sprouted lentil salad:

You’ll need:

  • sprouted lentils (and if you want some sprouted chickpeas)
  • olive oil or ghee
  • garlic
  • turmeric
  • soy sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • some water (or wine)  if needed

How to prepare:

  1. Saute finely chopped garlic together with some turmeric in some olive oil or ghee on low flame for about a minute.
  2. Ad the sprouted lentils and some soy sauce. Cover and let simmer on low flame for about 10 minutes (if you add chickpeas let them simmer first for 10 minutes before adding the lentils).
  3. If lentils are too dry add some water (or white wine).
  4. Add finely grated ginger. Let simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Sprincle with fresh parsley or cilantro.

Enjoy!

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Quarktaschen

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Especially the best husband loves his Quarktasche (curd filled filo-dough bags) in the morning. After dropping the kids at school he often stops at the local bakery to pick-up his Quarktasche for breakfast. But on Sundays we have Quarktaschen for everyone!

You’ll need:

  • ca. 500 g filo dough
  • 500 g curd
  • 75 g sugar
  • 100 g butter meted and cooled down
  • 1 egg
  • 1 table spoon heaped corn starch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • zest from one lemon
  1. If you have frozen filo dough take it out of the freezer and let it thaw according to package instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  3. Melt the butter and let it cool down.
  4. Combine the butter with all other ingredients.
  5. Roll out the dough and cut from it ca. 10-15 cm large squares.
  6. Place one spoon full of the curd mixture in the middle of the square and fold in all four corners, making little packages.
  7. Bake them for ca. 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Variations: add 100 g of steamed poppy seeds to the curd mixture and one more egg.

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Se7en’s great parenting tips

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Here is a great blog about parenting: Se7en is a family of ten with eight wonderful kids, all home schooled. Their blog describes what gets them going and what they do. What I find especially inspirational, beside all those great crafting, cooking and adventure ideas, is the “look behind the scene”: all those fantastic parenting tips from a mother of eight. In one of my absolute favorite posts The Mother Person (as she calls herself) gives twelve fantastic Parenting Tips by the Dozen for Raising Se7en+1 Kids… Go to the blog for those tips – here are just the headlines:

  1. Everything looks Better in Daylight
  2. Enjoy the Moment
  3. Your Kids Need You, Not Stuff
  4. Set Your Kids up to Succeed
  5. Equal is Never Ever Fair
  6. Not Every Moment Has to be Picture Perfect to be Perfect
  7. Children are Short, Not Stupid
  8. Expect Great Things
  9. You Wish Your Kids Knew How to do Something
  10. What they Don’t Know They Won’t Miss
  11. Your Kids Are a Team, Treat Them Like One
  12. Don’t Fix What Ain’t Broke

Tea shelf

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We needed an additional shelf in the kitchen to store tea and cereals for easy access. The best husband decided to build it himself since the available space was too small to fit a shelf from the shelf, so to speak.

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Why painting the shelf in white or a single color? Why not turning this into a colorful family effort?

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Well, that is what we ended up with: a colorful tea-shelf with a drogon…

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2015.02.08.Winter.035s… butterfly, snail and elephant ….

2015.02.08.Winter.036s… bird…

2015.02.08.Winter.029s… and a sleeping bear.

This is a contribution to Creadienstag.

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