Friday, 19 December 2014

Casual Friday

For all of my adolescent years, I despised jeans. Seeing as I was overweight and jeans had always had the impression of being rather figure hugging, I strayed away from them and picked up cargo pants instead. For years and years, I don't own a pair of good ol' jeans. Even after losing my weight a little bit, I didn't purchase a pair of jeans straight away because I thought they could be quite restrictive as well as hard to breathe in - and yes, my leg hair needs to breathe. It wasn't until I found these pants two years ago - I've washed them several times since then - that I started donning jeans all over again. If you noticed them around the blog before, you'd know that they used to be quite baggy around the calves and ankles so, even after finding them, I wasn't all that thrilled to be wearing them. But, after taking them to the tailor a couple weeks ago, they now fit perfectly. And I haven't been willing to take them off since. I really love the embroidery on the back pockets! They really accentuate my curves, in a good way.

Cotton On shirt (Sis's) // Bare Denim jeans // Koola Stuffa tote bag // MKS ankle boots

If you subscribe to my Youtube channel, you might already know of my most recent video, in which I talked about my tote bag collection. This one from Koola Stuffa just happens to be my absolute favourite! I'd always bought tote bags out of necessity's sake from supermarkets and other stores, which means they are usually not of the best quality. But this one is absolutely perfect and legit enough to pass as a shoulder bag. If I was going to college, I think I'd like to carry my books and stationery around in this bag. Also, the design looks aesthetically immaculate! I love how original the design is and how the colours play well with one another. By the way, can you tell that I'm still smitten with these ankle boots? They are the best! Incredibly comfortable and visually pleasing. My Dad seems to think they don't go well with these jeans. Let me know what you guys think ;)

P.S: Do you notice how brown my hair's turned? I promise you, it's all natural.



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tapioca Sticks Porridge

Hi, guys! This month there will be a theme going around on the blog. December is cooking month! So from now on, every week, I'm going to introduce a recipe to all of you. As you know, I'm not much of a cook so this is something totally new to me. Some of the recipes might be quite traditional and some of them are just cooking-hacks as opposed to recipes. Either way, I hope you enjoy them!

Although I don't celebrate Christmas, today's recipe reminds me so much of it. It has the classic Christmas colours: red and green. Though I'm not sure if it would be a go-to dish for Christians in the country on said holiday, the colours and the fact that it's warm alone are rather befitting for this time of the year. Some of the main ingredients are very South-East Asia central but I'm sure it could be found in Asian markets all over the world. So let's get started!

Ingredients 
  • 200 gr tapioca sticks
  • coconut milk from 1/2 coconut
  • 1,25 L water
  • 2 strands of pandan leaves
  • 2 tbsp. tapioca flour (diluted in water)
  • 7 tbsp. sugar
  • a pinch of salt

For the porridge:
  1. Boil 1 litre water in a pot until it bubbles up
  2. Tie one pandan leaf into a knot and throw it into the pot
  3. Once the water boils, pour the tapioca sticks in and let it sit on the stove until the sticks are all soft and turn translucent. Stir occasionally to prevent the sticks from sticking to the pot.
  4. Add the sugar into the concoction then stir some more
  5. Dilute the tapioca flour in water and pour it little by little into the concoction. Make sure you watch the consistency and only add the flour when it's not thick enough.
  6. Spread a pinch of salt to balance the taste
  7. Serve the porridge
For the sauce:
  1. Mix the coconut milk with the 250 ml water in a pot and let it boil
  2. Tie the other pandan leaf into a knot and throw it in
  3. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from cracking unevenly
  4. Once the milk boils, remove from the stove
  5. When you want to eat the porridge, pour the sauce on top of it and dig in!

Tips: Do not mix the sauce and the porridge, except for eating. The coconut milk will only last for 3 days in the fridge so if you mix them together, the porridge cannot be kept for too long. Do not add all the tapioca flour at once, the concoction will thicken in clumps. The pandan leaves are tied in knot so they won't fray and the tapioca sticks won't stick to them. You can add mung beans, red beans or bananas, if you want to shake it up a bit. I ate mine with red beans and it was perfection! Lass euch schmecken!

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