Wednesday, 26 February 2014

[Meet Berlin] Toilet time!

Two weeks ago I took some time off and visited one of the hippest cities in Europe at the moment: B E R - L I - I I I N (imagine a dramatic voice singingly introducing the name). Although I was there for just 4 short days that went by way too quickly, I'd seen and visited quite a lot of places and - very importantly - was greeted by streams of sunlight that we lack so much in Ljubljana during the winter time.

I am planning to dedicate a couple of blogposts (well, at least two - for that I am sure) to this youthful, energetic city and I wanted to start it off with a thing that I'm certain we all regard as high priority when deciding whether or not we like a certain cafe/bar/restaurant. You know what I'm talking about: it's the TOILETS!

All sarcasm aside, I was quite impressed with the fact that many cafes and/or restaurants in Berlin didn't forget about the always too small and unattractive part of most bars that I've ever been to (and I've been to many). On the contrary, they actually managed to make the toilets hip and nice to look at and kind of burst a desire in me to hang out in them. Which I didn't do... but I honestly considered it.

So let's have a look shall we?

Firstly, I'm giving you the Toilet/Chill-Out Place/Work Area of Cafe San Remo:

Toilet Area #1
I love the colors they put together, the contrast of red and orange to green and blue. And the writings on the wall are just a nice finishing touch to it all, like a statement necklace is to an outfit.

The second one that I liked is a much more simple and neutral one, but it still caught my eye because of all the flowers. I absolutely love seeing flowers in a bathroom, I think they can really bring a dull white place to another level. In this case they also decided to spice it up with the 50(3 to be exact)-shades-of-green-tiled walls. You can find this toilet in Berlin's Dada Falafel.

Toilet Area #2

Last, and probably my favourite, is this vintage looking simple, but spacious toilet with an old-school television in it in the Kauf dich Glücklich Cafe. Could it get any better than that? Yes it could. I love that they put the black and white checkered tiles on the floor and a little bit of greens in a vase on top of the telly.

Toilet Area #3.1

And these lights...

Toilet Area #3.2
Here's to toilets!

Do tell me, which of these is your favourite?


Saturday, 8 February 2014

[Recipe] Spelt Flour Bread with Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds

So I love pumpkin seeds. I eat them every morning with my cereals, I love them in salads and I especially love them in bread. I'm not much of a bread baker, so if you're not an expert either, this recipe is for you.

Les ingrédients:

250 grams spelt flour
100 grams different seeds (I used a 50:50 ratio of pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
3 tbs honey
3 tbs unrefined sugar
150 mL warm water
17 grams fresh yeast
1 tsp salt

It was a lot bigger to begin with, but I already ate the middle part before the photo shoot. Sorry.
First you need  to mix the water with yeast and feed it some sugar (yeasts just love it). I added the honey, then salt, then flour and lastly the seeds. 

Let it rise for 2 hours in a warm place. Then deflate the dough and put in in your chosen loaf pan. Let rise a little bit more, then put in the preheated (220°C) oven for half an hour.

Why spelt?
  • It contains a lot of dietary fibre (10.7g / 100g - in comparison, whole wheat white flour contains 2.7g/100g).
  • Rich source of iron.
  • Rich source of magnesium and phosphorus.
  • Rich source of vitamin B1, B3 and others.

To sum it up: it's good for you.

This bread can be eaten as normal bread, but you can also totally eat it just as it is, because the seeds and a bit of honey just give it this amazing flavour.

The only thing I regret is that I didn't double the amount of ingredients, cause it went all to quickly.
I dare you to try it!

Bon appetit.