Vegan week challenge ~ / Vegan Tofu Curry recipe step by step / easy, cheap yet healthy dining !

Hey lovelies ~
Some people can’t believe I actually did this to myself haha . . .
a one-week vegan challenge !
After those days of only eating vegan stuff I can say two things :
1. It’s cheaper than I thought it would be !
2. It’s so hard to be creative with vegan food…
 
Yes, I actually tried to cook many different dishes and I have discovered some dishes, that I would prefer rather than having the same dish non-vegan-style haha ~
Since I’m a huge fan of tofu I cooked with it most of the time – if in miso soup, stir fried or in the following curry dish ,  I think it’s a great substitute to meat !

I guess you only know how yummy vegan cooking can taste by trying out – something not far from normal dining maybe :

Let me show you how to prepare
~ Vegan Tofu Curry ~
with red rice
 
The ingredients for 5-6 people are :
2-3 onions ( sliced into stripes )
2 handfull of champignon ( about 150g , cut into quarters )
about 250 g potatoes cut into small cubics
half red + half yellow bell pepper ( cut into cubics )
about 200g carrots ( sliced into 4 mm slices )
princess beans ( I bought frozen ones , you can also choose fresh ones )
Red Curry Paste ( amount depends on how spicy you want it – I use about 2-3 tea spoons )
Tom Ka Paste ( I use about 1 tea spoon , others may prefer half tea spoon )
about 2-3 table spoons soy sauce ( I use light soy sauce )
about 150ml coconut milk ( my favorite brand : AROY-D )
fresh tofu ( I use Korean tofu , cut into cubics )
2-3 spring onions ( chopped )
oil ( I prefer olive oil )
salt & pepper
yellow hot curry powder ( add & taste )
How it is prepared – step by step with photos <3
1 – Put some olive oil into a big pot and set to high heat .

Add the onions .

2 – Once the onions have been fried for about 5 minutes add the potatoes and the carrots .
3 – Cover up the pot with a lid for about 5 minutes then stir and let it cook for another 5 minutes .
4 – Add the princess beans on top of the cooked ingredients and let it cook for another 5 minutes covered with lid .
5 – Make a sauce with the Red Curry Paste , the Tom Ka Paste ( you can skip the Tom Ka Paste ) , soy sauce and about 400ml water .

Add into the pot and gently stir the ingredients .

Cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat .

6 – Add the Coconut Milk , stir and let it cook on medium heat for another 8 minutes .
7 –  It should look like this now ! Stir again and progress to the next step ~
8 – Add the tofu cubes and make sure the curry sauce covers at least half of the cubes ! Cook for yet another 10 minutes on low heat .
9 – Last step : chop up the spring onions for garnish . . .
That’s it ! The curry is done ! I prepared it along with red rice ( 1 1/2 cup white rice + 1/2 cup red rice ) to have a great contrast on the plate which makes the dish look even more interesting :
Next time let me show you how Red Vegan Curry ( cheap + quick ) is done <3
Whaaa – I loooove cooking <3
Good thing I have plenty of time at the moment ~
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen
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My Birthday / Phantasialand + food = Jenny is happy !

 
Hey everyone !
I just got 22 recently and I must admit it was by far my best birthday !
 
Thanks to everyone who gratulated me and everyone who celebrated with me !
Due to my study schedules everything was veeeery spontaneous haha ~

 

 
First I celebrated with some very close friends into my birthday with a traditional Chinese Hotpot dinner and funny drinking games :
 
 
 
 
 
After partying up until 3 or 4 am we went home to have as much sleep as possible for the next day –

 

to visit Phantasialand !
 
This palace can be seen once you arrive at the Brühl train station – isn’t it lovely ?
I guess there is no need to say how happy I was when I went to Phantasialand . . . 
I love theme parks and every day spending in one is like a dream <3 

 

It’s so out of the world and you only need to think of where you want to queue and what to eat . . . I imagine being an employee there can’t be that stressful, can it ?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Haha , only after reviewing my photos I notice the man with his head in a baggage :D
 
 
 
This mascot from Phantasialand is my veeeery favorite one ! 

 

It’s the cutest + the most lovable + the one with the cutest movements ! 
I waited the entire show thinking that it wouldn’t appear and then it appeared right next to me haha <3 
There was even a small child who jumped up and wanted to hug him since this fatty dragon with his arms like in the photo looks like it’s asking for a big hug <3
 
In a following day I went to a luxurious Buffet with my family and guess what was my favorite dish ?
 
 
 Yummy Chocolate Fontaine 
 
 I got awesome birthday presents like a Disneyland Paris entry , a new purse from Coccinelle ( bordeaux red ! ) or a new pair of overly fashionable shoes – but what made my birthday the best so far wasn’t because of the presents but because of the people I got to spent it with !
 
 
 
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
 
~jen

foodography / fav: Hot Choc Lava Cake ! / short blog post

Hi lovelies <3

I’ve been missing posting food posts but recently I have been eating lots n lots of yummy stuff !
I found a great app to take these photo –
PHOTO STRING

I simply take normal photos with the iPhone camera app and if needed edit its colors .
Then I use this app to create these cute Polaroid-photo-like frames with extra texts :)
 
 
 
 
This Bulgogi was made all by myself ! I marinaded the beef half a day prior to eating it ~
 
This spaghetti with meatballs is made with fresh sausages :D Simply squeeze the meat out of the skin and mold it into small balls before throwing it into the pan ~
A new café opened near the university in Aachen and since I’ve been there to study I also stopped by this café and discovered their MATCHA ICED LATTE ! 
 
 
The last time I had such a great tasting Matcha Iced Latte was at Starbucks Café in Hong Kong two years ago . . . that’s why I bought some matcha powder the last time I was in Düsseldorf at a Japanese grocery store ! It was quite expensive for a small amount :x 30g for 12€ . . . I still have to test it !
 
 
It was my very first time eating a Chocolate Lava Cake but it was soooo yummy ! I know of Dominos having Hot Chocolate Lava Cakes so I guess I’ll be ordering from them next time <3
 
 
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
 
~jen

Japantag aka J-Day in Düsseldorf ! / Lucky Chocolate Maidcafé dancing : Happy Morning ! / sailor uniform OOTD

Hey lovelies <3
J-Day ( Japantag ) in Düsseldorf 
is over now and it was a great day !
The weather was lovely ( not too hot and not too windy ) , the people I spent my day made it an even better day and the aftershow party at the Nachtresidenz in Düsseldorf was awesome !
Once every year there is an event in Düsseldorf to celebrate the good connection the city has with Japan as it is the city with the most japanese people . Düsseldorf also has a street which is known as Little Japan – the Immermannstraße .
It’s already my 6th year visiting the J-Day 
Because I know that the stuff there is ALWAYS too expensive , I thought it would be nice to make something for the day : Teriyaki chicken Onigiri !
It’s easy as hell to make them , all I need is chicken , teriyaki sauce , rice and nori sheets or these handy onigiri sheets I got from a korean grocery store !
They look just like from the Onigiri stores in Düsseldorf . . . hehe <3
Sadly I wasn’t able to take any HQ photos as I didn’t bring my camera with me . . . I only took some selfies with friends . . . good thing there were lots n lots of people who took photos for me haha <3
I also got to meet Jürgen from
again !
As always with a camera in his hand and taking photos
Here are some of the photos he took of me <3
I got this sailor school uniform from amazon.com and it arrived via amazon prime in just one day ! Love their prime delivery <3 So handy !
Here are some of my selfies with some of my friends I met there :3
With Junmei – we know each other for 4 years now don’t we ??? Whaaa <3
With cutie Uyen <3
With Eileen <3 Her eyes always look so cute and gorgeous <3
Newbie Host Anthony . . . he is actually a Shadowhunter :O ? ? Rune of Angelic Power ! ! !
Newbie Maid Jinli – I gotta search for a fullbody photo of her ! Her outfit was extremely cute and sophisticated <3
With beauty queen Cinja – her eyes are sooooo lovely >_____< !
Somehow I never have photos with Sasa . . . who accompanied me the entire day . . . and if we take photos , it’s with his Iphone . . . tssss – gotta catch him at last !
The Lucky Chocolate Maidcafé also had a performance on the mainstage of the event ! I was in the first row right in the middle and took this video to share with you all <3
Sorry for the bad camera . . .

For lunch/dinner we visited the new japanese restaurant on the Immermannstr.
All the other restaurant were veeeery crowded and had long queues . . .
This was their trademark ramen yet I think it was nothing special . The noodles were good , the soup basic , anything else was also very basic . Nothing extraordinary like at Naniwa :D
We waited for the firework to start and about fifteen minutes later we walked to the next highlight of that day . . . ASIANPARTY AT THE NACHTRESIDENZ in Düsseldorf !
 

Gotta tell you more in the next blog post with full of photos from a friend , who also accompanied us during that day :D
Till then <3
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

food post April / in love with Naniwa and Seoul !

Hey lovelies <3
How about a little bit of foodporn ?
Here you are – taken last month , eaten last month – hehehehe <3
Some of the dishes are selfmade ! Can you guess which ones ?
This is Teriyaki Chicken Onigiri with Miso soup and Wakame salad .
Yummy Teriyaki Chicken . . . made by myself ! It is sooooo easy ! Simply cook the rice , mold a triangular onigiri filled with any filling ( here : chicken with  teriyaki sauce ) and wrap with seaweed ! Healthy and yummy and satisfying !
Oven baked vegetables with rosemary and olive oil . Healthy , simple and cheap !
Obviously I couldn’t have made this yummy Kimbab – eaten at the korean restaurant Seoul in Düsseldorf .
Sidedishes always comes along with any order <3 My favourite one is the sweet potato dish here !
I ordered my alltime favourite Dolsot Bibimbap !I still remember when I had my very first Dolsot Bibimbap at another korean restaurant in Düsseldorf, which has switched its owner . . . it was so much cheaper !
What I had as dessert ? Fried / baked bananas with vanilla icecream <3
A bowl of . . . yummy and freshly made . . .
CAKEPOPS ! First time trying to make these and I guess it was a success <3
Somehow I’ve been eating out alot this month . . . and the last . . . it’s all your fault Sascha haha <3
I don’t usually go to NANIWA to eat ramen but he took me there and I was overly happy with the ramen there ! We actually went there twice already haha XD
This was his order :) Tokusei Torimiso – ramen with chicken <3
This was mine – Curry Ramen with veggies and meat and egg and so much loveeee <3
 I was able to meet up with my best friend Judiiith again ! We met in a small yet charming café in Essen-Werden called “Sorelli’s” and discovered their newest creation : Raspberry Crumble !
Along with one scope of an icecream of choice it was really worth trying !
This is a bento I made in a hurry – rice with teriyaki fish and wakame salad .
Greek food – next time I’ll order more meat buahhaha
Now guess what this dish is ?
I made some jjajangmyeon ( korean style – it is originally a chinese dish ) and it is suuuuuuper easy to make !
Hope you got hungry from my foodographies !
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen