Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Turning Animal

The other day as we were all walking back to school from the park, a child ahead of me turned around with a giant grin on her face and told me, "I will become a dog". She was more than excited about this fact.

In response, the child who was walking with me told me "I also will become a dog!"

Clearly the kids were not bragging about growing a tail and fur, but rather, they were excited to tell me that they were getting a dog, not becoming one.

Correct German: "Ich bekomme einen Hund" (I am getting a dog)
bekommen (verb) - to get

Bekommen sounds a lot like "become" to anyone learning English for the first time. 

I always have to chuckle whenever "become" is used incorrectly. At the same time, I'm very impressed that the kids have the capacity this early on to work out those things into English so soon, even if it is slightly incorrect.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Strike a Pose

Close encounters with the seals at the Schönbrunn Zoo during a school field trip with the kiddies

Museumsquartier Fashion Week

A few weeks ago, I was invited to Museumsquariter Fashion Week in Vienna by a friend who had free tickets from her work. I'd say it was one of the more interesting things that I have seen in Vienna.

Food Shopping Like it's 1940

Today is a perfect fall day in Vienna. The sun is shining, the leaves are changing and have started to fall off the trees, and it's a comfortable 50 degrees. I figured it would be a perfect day to make a hearty fall pumpkin soup and headed to Yppenmarkt to get the ingredients.

I love the Yppenmarkt. It's an extension of the daily Brunnenmarkt that takes place Saturday mornings. Austrian farmers drive in to Vienna to sell their produce and regional specialties like Styrian Kernöl (pumpkin seed oil), wine and Sturm (an un-fermented wine sold in the fall), flower assortments, cheeses, and baked goods.

Not only is the food fresh and local, but it's cheap. I couldn't believe how much stuff I came back with for only 13.50 euros:

Here's what I came back with:

  • 1 kg/2 lbs of sliced pumpkin
  • 1.5 kg/3 lbs of apples and pears
  • a giant bag of spinach
  • 3 big red beets
  • 4 big onions
  • 5 colorful bell peppers
  • a small bag of potatoes
  • a giant can of chickpeas
  • a bunch of Petersilie (parsley)
  • 1 liter of Sturm (un-fermented wine)
  • a flower colorful bouquet of flowers

Austria: 1, America: 0.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Vegan MoFo!

Apparently the web is blowing up this month in the vegan blog scene, because it's Vegan Month of Food (mofo). I don't often blog about recipes and food, but in lieu of it being Vegan Mofo, I thought I'd share this awesome black bean burger recipe that I just threw together.

Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers:

1 cup of black beans
100 grams of mushrooms, diced
100 grams of red onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground corriander
pinch of salt
flour for binding
avocado slices for topping

Mash beans in a big bowl. In a pan, sautee the mushrooms and onions for about five minutes. Add the cumin, corriander and garlic until it becomes fragrant. Add the mushrooms and onions to the beans and mix. Add flour gradually until it takes on a thicker consistency. Divide into patties and cook in a pan, about 5-10 minutes on each side. Add whatever toppings you'd like; I put avocado on mine!

I paired this with a side of french fries and a carrot and apple salad (see below).

Carrot and Apple Salad

8 large carrots
1-2 apples
1/3 cup of raisins
2 tablespoons of apple cider
2 lemons
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar

Shred apples and carrots in a big bowl. Combine rest of ingredients. Fresh and tangy!

On a side note, it's a good thing that I stumbled across vegan mofo. Because I was running around so much and had absolutely no time to cook, I ate a lot more dairy than I normally allow myself (I try to really limit it to just outside of the home, if necessary). This is the motivation I need to get back on track and feel good again :)