Vegan almond milk cocoa drink with date syrup

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About happiness & sadness and what

almond milk cocoa has to do with it

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We all know that the sun isn´t shining 365 days of the year. Some days, in Germany really too many days, it just doesn´t want to stop raining. As much as we want it to be sunny every day, it is just not possible. The weather as in real life isn´t perfect all the time. If the word “perfect” even exists. 

When I recognize myself getting in bad mood – yes this happens – though I am a mainly positive person, I now am able to let these feelings just be present for a moment or two, maybe three. Because ignoring or hiding them don´t make these “bad” feelings go away. It is just suppressing your emotions and not allowing them to exist. This is not solving the problem, just making it worse. Being sad doesn´t mean that you are not strong or unstable. For me strong people are those, who allow themselves to be sad or confused sometimes. Or whatever not positive emotion they are going through. I think that it is super important to recognize your emotions without judging them immediately. Let them be and then try to focus on something good. Something that makes you happy. 

Life is about learning and discovering. It is about change. I think that this process never stops, even if we are old and gray. And that is what gives meaning to eat, isn´t it? Accepting the good and the bad. I am 30 now. I really have no clue how that could happen, but I am. I used to think that I need special things or circumstances in my life to be happy. But I now realized that I just want to be able being happy in any kind of situation, may they be good or bad. And I start to be able to not let any event take that happiness from me.

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Many years in my life earlier I didn´t really have any worthy goals in my life. I was without any perspective. Just doing jobs to earn a living. Since I discovered my passion I am more calm and content. Just finding out what I want to do in life, having goals gives me deep chills and I am so thankful for that. Of course, I am not nearly where I want to be, but that is OK. That is the journey of life and we should embrace this!

“The journey is the destination.”

I learned for myself that, every time I start being sad or I am feeling unhappy, what really helps me, is to immediately begin finding a solution. A way out of a bad feeling. Don´t allow that emotion to destroy my inner peace. Because I know that it is not really helping the situation. Negative thoughts don´t help solving the problem. Sometimes a problem or hard times that you are going through can´t be fix in just a short moment. It is a longer process that you cannot change itself. The only thing you can do is to change the way you think about it. Not starting to panic and just try to comfort your soul.

What really helps me is to remember what used to make me happy when I was a little girl. I had many things that brought me into a moment of happiness. Just remembering that I exist. When we grow old we forget to live in the moment. We always think of the past or are scared of what the future may bring to us. We are not able to inhale the current moment. I often have problems with that. And when I catch myself in a negative feeling or if I am worrying too much about something, I try to just breathe in deeply a few times and then think of what used to make me happy when I was little. A hot chocolate always pleased myself. It just warmed my body and soul. Uuh, that cozy feeling a hot cacao can give to you. I adore those childhood memories. Covered in a blanket, sipping your hot drink and watching your favorite Disney movie. Not worrying about a damn thing. How easy and uncomplicated everything seemed to be. But guess what, it still is possible to bring that child chills back to you even as a grown up. 

I am even discovering my old passion for drawing again. As a child I painted a lot. Especially pencil sketches from still life were my favorite. Silk painting and drawing Mandalas also gave me the opportunity to deeply relax and just live in the moment. Over the years I somehow lost that passion. When I started creating my logo for Pumpkinupyourlife I slowly realized how I used to love doing this. And that´s wonderful. I am sure you too still have these childhood hobbies you used to like so much. Why not bring them back again to find happiness in that so rough seeming life? 

Sure there is a reason why this blog post is about happiness and sadness and comforting your soul when you are feeling sad. A few weeks ago my little dog started to have problems with walking. He obviously felt pain and wasn´t able to jump and run around like he used to. He always was a very active dog and we were out in the woods almost every day. At the moment it is just not possible. After several visits at the doctor, I have to take care of him now not moving too much. It may be a disc prolapse (I am really hoping not) or kind of arthrosis. No matter what it is, it´s painful for him. So no running in the forest. When I started seeing my dog suffering from pain in his back, I felt so deeply sorry for him. I was always looking at him and got so sad. That feeling was so hard and I was really scared and imagined the worst things in my mind. He was never really sick until now. I was crying all the time and he was looking back at me like he was thinking: What is wrong with her? That being sad about him being not so well doesn´t make him any better. I think it is the opposite. It only gets worse. So instead of torturing him with my endless tears I try to support him with my positivity and try to be his personal trainer. And every day I recognize an improvement what is making me super hopeful. I know a hundred percent that he will be same again and I will go this way with him. 

So that is the main reason why I came up with this blog post about emotions and my recipe for almond milk cocoa with date syrup. It is helping me to relax when times are hard. Maybe it helps you too. Finding peace and love for the little things in life. Especially when times are so tough right now with all that bad things going on in the world. We should be thankful that we are alive and see the beauty that still exists all around us. Just be more awake and look around you. Try to remember what made you happy as a child. I am sure that it was something so little, but in that time all you needed. Let´s be a kid again. 

Oh and btw: Ever heard of Palo Santo (used in my photography below)? Well, if not, it is a so called healing wood from trees that grow mainly in Peru and Ecuador. For thousands of years Indians from South America use it to banish negative energies.  It is said to have healing powers. I am currently discovering my spiritual side a little bit and highly love Palo Santo. It just smells heavenly. It is a sweet scent with a hint of coconut. I never smelled something comparable before. Every day I burn a peace of it until it starts to glow and smoke the apartment with it. I will never ever stop using it. The Palo Santo tree is under nature protection, so make sure to buy it from a good source where they just sell the fallen wood. If interested in buying it I can recommend this shop: Palo Santo – Sensatonics

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Vegan almond milk cacao with date syrup


Serves: 3 (cups)

Ingredients

  • 600 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. natural cacao powder (organic)
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. date syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan heat up almond milk on medium heat until a little smoke comes up.
  2. Stir in cacao powder and cinnamon. Mix until combined completely.
  3. Take off from heat and set sauce pan aside.
  4. Add date syrup and mix well.
  5. Fill almond milk cacao into cups and enjoy. Be happy.

Yours, Zoe

RAW DARK CHOCOLATE BITES WITH ROASTED, SALTED & CARAMELIZED HAZELNUTS


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These raw (vegan) dark chocolate bites are a dream come true for every chocolate fan out there, including me. For a long time now I wanted to make my own chocolate, but I always thought that it would be too complicated. So I tended to reserve it for an uncertain moment in the future. Once I found out how ridiculously simple it is, I got kind of addicted to it. Continue reading “RAW DARK CHOCOLATE BITES WITH ROASTED, SALTED & CARAMELIZED HAZELNUTS”

Pumpkin pancakes with orange blossom honey and hazelnuts – pumcakes

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This recipe post was supposed to be published much earlier, but somehow I havn´t been able to get it finished. I wasn´t happy with the photos so I made it three times. Each time another set. I just wanted to look these pumpkin pancakes as good as possible. The third time was the best one. I had a lot of fun and in the end I had all these pumcakes (like I call them) to eat. Lucky me.

Continue reading “Pumpkin pancakes with orange blossom honey and hazelnuts – pumcakes”

Original Bloody Mary with homemade tomato juice

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The recipe I am going to share with you today is the original Bloody Mary Cocktail. I am sure that everyone knows this famous and classic cocktail made out of tomato juice with Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.

There is a history behind this famous drink. That for me – when I first heard about – was pretty interesting. I think I would never had heard about if I didn´t work in one of the 5 Stars Hotels St.Regis in Mallorca. It´s a luxury hotel brand located in the most beautiful places in the world. You may know them. It is not exactly my category of housing while I´m travelling (just too expensive) but they are really beautiful.

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One day I want to stay in the St.Regis Hotel New York. That´s a dream of mine. You should have goals right? Well, and in this St.Regis in Hotel New York is where the story of the Bloody Mary began. There is a beautiful bar called “King Cole Bar” and the bartender who was working there in 1934 refined this spicy cocktail recipe with Vodka and tomato juice. When it was first called the Bloody Mary the rich people didn´t like the name so they changed it into the Red Snapper.  This name couldn´t resist and so this drink is still known as the Bloody Mary.

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So I think this is enough of history for now. I was feeling to make this Cocktail at home. But in a non-alcoholic version. Sorry. I just wanted to have a healthy and spicy drink for lunch instead of a meal. Just to make my body happy. Tomato juice actually is very healthy. Adding some good spices just makes it more delicious and drinkable. I didn´t just  want to buy tomato juice packed up. So I went to the farmers market and got me 2 kilos of heavenly good smelling tomatoes. Actually, tomato juice is really easy to make at home. But you can also just buy a good tomato juice in the health food store or your supermarket of trust.

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In addition, if you want to serve a nice Cocktail for guests or you need a hangover treat you are free to add Vodka. Because, that is how it is originally made. Don´t get me wrong, I appreciate a good drink too. But for my occasion it was just something refreshing I wanted for lunch. So I just skipped the drugs. In each St.Regis hotel you´ll find another interpretation of this Bloody Mary. I am going to give you the original New York recipe and the mallorquin one. According to the St.Regis Hotel in Mallorca that is made with Gin! So so good.

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Bloody Mary in Spanish with homemade tomato juice

Tomato juice (for 1 l juice)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 kilo tomatoes

What you will also need:

A big pot, about 2-3 liters of water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash your tomatoes and cut them into half. Cut out the green stalk. Go on with cutting tomatoes into quarters.
  2. In a big pot bring about 2 or 3 liters to a boil. Add your tomatoes into the water.
  3. Reduce the heat from high to medium and keep on boiling for 15 minutes.
  4. After this cooking time pour tomatoes into a sieve to remove the water.
  5. Now mash the tomatoes in the sieve over a pot or bowl. In this way the tomato juice will come out.
  6. Let cool before serving.

Note: If you want to avoid the seeds in your juice, use a fine sieve. I used a sieve with bigger holes, because I didn´t mind the seeds.


Bloody Mary – Mallorca

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 120 ml tomato juice
  • 1 pinch of salt / fleur de sal (rough salt)
  • 1 pinch black pepper (I used Orange pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 45 ml Gin
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cucumber stalk
  • tomato

I added a pinch of smoked pepper powder from Spain – It tastes really smoky, so I used just a little bit of it.


Bloody Mary (Red Snapper) – St. Regis New York

(for 2,5 l Bloody Mary Mix – below)

INGREDIENTS

  • 30 ml Vodka (good one, like Belvedere)
  • 325 ml Bloody Mary Mix (will follow below)
  • 1 quarter of a lemon (decoration)

Bloody Mary Mix (New York)

INGREDIENTS

    • juice of 3 lemons
    • 2,5 l tomato juice
    • 150 ml Worcestershire Sauce
    • 3 ml Tabasco sauce
    • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
    • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp celery salt

2 tbsp pepper corns

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a big can.
  2. Store until is asked to be served.

To mix the Cocktail

  1. Fill glass with to 2/3 with ice cubes.
  2. Add Vodka.
  3. Fill up the glass with the Bloody Mary Mix.
  4. Garnish with a lemon slice and moisten the edges of the glass with the juices of a lemon slice.
  5. Use celery to garnish.
  6. Add a stirrer.
  7. Serve.

 

The day I made this recipe & and had this shooting I went for a long walk with Capper (my dog) when I was done.  I always pass this Maria statue when I take this path. Ironically I thought that this picture would fit into this recipe blog feed..

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Coconut oil fudge with dates & Moroccan mint tea

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Somewhere far away. A place where I have never been before. 1001 nights. Morocco. In my thoughts I am there right now and it is wonderful. Some kind of magical. In the mean time I will eat coconut oil cocoa fudge with dates and have a cup of fresh Moroccan mint tea. Isn´t this a perfect thing to spend the afternoon!? Getting caught away. For me, it definitely is. Continue reading “Coconut oil fudge with dates & Moroccan mint tea”

Pumpkin curry ragout with turnib cabbage & coriander

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Pumpkin curry ragout with turnip cabbage, chili & fresh coriander cooked in coconut milk.

Hello, my name is Zoe and I am addicted to pumpkin. It´s true, I can not live without it anymore. Well, at least I don´t want to. I like summer, I really do. But to be honest I can´t wait for autumn to arrive. It is just my favorite season of the year. I am in pumpkin heaven then. Continue reading “Pumpkin curry ragout with turnib cabbage & coriander”

Vegan pumpkin coconut milk Ice cream with lime & nutmeg

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Summertime is ice cream time. I am sure everyone will agree. And fall time is pumpkin time. But these days I felt like that I didn`t want to wait for my pumpkin anymore. I wanted to make my own coconut milk pumpkin ice cream. It was time for the first pumpkin recipe on my blog! Continue reading “Vegan pumpkin coconut milk Ice cream with lime & nutmeg”