Pregnancy Preparation

Hello πŸ™‚

As you might have read before, I started with a strict diet in order to plan a pregnancy soon. My last blood level was 9,4mg / dl – that was two weeks ago and I have been dieting since 15th August. So I think it’s a good progress and I guess the blood levels which I took last Saturday will be even better – at least I really hope so.

My current daily intake is 350 Phe / day and I am using the App of the company Mevalia. It’s a great app and very handy, plus I can note everything, I rarely forget my mobile – it was more difficult when using a paper notebook for the daily journal. I’m not yet counting calories, the app cannot count them (I wrote to Mevalia and suggest to add this function..) but I guess I have to start counting real soon.

Is someone of you also preparing pregnancy or is already pregnant?

Love,
Katie

My little herb garden

Hey πŸ™‚

it all started when I got this little herb jar as birthday present. Lots of different herbs.

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I decided to have some more on our little balcony. Haven’t tried much with those herbs, but I am really eager to have some nice drinks once the peppermint has grown a little bigger πŸ™‚ I will also have my coriander soups with this fresh grown coriander. I want to make some rosmarin-potatoes too. I wanted to make some punch recipes with this woodruff but unfortunately it already bloomed when I got it so I couldn’t use it anymore… 😦 Maybe next year then! But I will pamper you with some good punch recipes anyway.

The hot nights can come πŸ™‚

Do you have your own herb garden?

Love,

Katie xxx

Spanish Gazpacho

Hello Everyone,

since I blogged this recipe end of last summer, most of you might not have tried this so far. So I decided to give it another try, I hope you enjoy it!

It’s a Spanish cold soup, called Gazpacho. This is how it’s prepared:

500g Tomatoes, 1 cucumber (rather big one or you take 2-3 small ones), 1 bell pepper (a green one), 1 garlic clove, 3 slices of low protein bread, 2 spoons of olive oil and 2 spoons of red wine vinegar (I’m not sure, whether this is the common word for it, I hope you know what I mean :-P)

Douse the tomatoes with boiling water and remove the peel. then cut them as small as possible. Also peel the cucumber and slice it. Bell pepper also needs to be cut into small pieces, as well as the bread. Add salt, garlic, oil, red wine vinegar and blend everything until there are no pieces left.

Store it in the refridgerator for a few minutes and enjoy the cold, refreshing soup, it’s DELICIOUS!

Love,
Katie xxx

It’s all about – DRINKING

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Hey πŸ™‚

Especially in summer, it is so important to drink enough, which means around 2 litres a day (at least). Is this difficult for you? What do you prefer? Water with gas, tea, coffee (any coffee addicts here???? πŸ™‚ ), smoothies? Of course, alcohol does not count in, but, coffee actually does, if you drink it regularly (means, if your body is used to it, you can count it in your daily drinking amount).

I love drinking still water, tea (I force myself to drink some green tea from time to time cause it’s said to be soooo healthy, but mostly I am into herb teas or fruit teas, if I want it sweet, I take stevia). Also, at work, I am a coffee drinker… But at work I need to force myself to drink enough.

If you have hard times drinking enough, why don’t you try to pimp your water with some natural additions like lime or lemon juice, ginger, little orange juice or even cucumber? It’s really refreshing and can help to have more pleasure filling up your water balance.

It’s also important to know what is hunger and what is thirst. Ok. This might sound stupid. But I do catch myself sometimes eating, when I’m not really hungry but thirsty.

I will pamper you with a lemonade recipe within the next few days, it’s sooooo delicious!

Love,
Katie xxx

Tomatoe-Cress bread… YUMMY

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Hey,

do you know this? You’re always looking for new recipes, trying out new things and everything, but sometimes it’s the simple things which satisfy the most?

I re-discovered tomatoe-cress bread with (homemade) butter. WOW. So delicious. A little salt on top. I wouldn’t swap this for a pasta meal πŸ˜€

What is your favourite thing on bread?

Love,

Katie xxx

Making butter :)

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Hey,

my mother bought a wonderful book about country kitchen, making bread and milk products… So I learned about butter, it’s not difficult to make it yourself. So I decided to make a herb butter. And: It worked!!!! Totally delicious and I was so proud (I made butter!!!!!). And you can put in everything you want, your own spice mixture or as I did with herbs.

You simply take whipping cream and mix it. First it will get the consistence we know all – yummy whipped cream I love it with cake or strawberries. But you have to keep on mixing and at some point the fat (which by then is butter πŸ™‚ of the whipping cream will separate from the fluid (which is buttermilk and can be drunk as well, at least by your family… high in phe). Then you take the butter with a kitchen towel and rinse and knet it toroughly under water, (the buttermilk needs to be “washed out” completely, otherwise the butter will turn rancid). After this you can add salt, herbs or whatever you want – or even leave it just as it is.

The butter can be kept in refrigerator up to 4 days, or, if you want to freeze it, up to 4 weeks. Enjoy!

Love,
Katie xxx

PS: over here, the margarine has a very healthy image – most people think, it’s better to eat margarine than butter, especially for the calories. But that is not true. Foods which are in origin condition or as close as possible are best for us, and margarine actually is produced in different steps and with different ingredients and is also said to be cancer-causing, but there are still studies which ought prove this (for which of course the industry has no interest in).