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Summer Recipe: Green Asparagus with Almond Butter
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It feels like Summer has already started - 25 degrees and the first Summer thunderstorms arrived. Are you looking for a quick and easy recipe for such warm Summer days when we wanna spend as much time outside as possible and don't really have the energy to stand in the kitchen for too long? Then this Green Asparagus with Almond Butter might be just the right thing for you!

I tried it the first time when I lived in Finland. My friend Tiina showed me the recipe and since then we got around "real" cooking way too often because this is way too easy and delicious not to give in! But hej, asparagus contains lots of nutrition and vitamins - so you can't go wrong! 

summer recipe green asparagus with almond butter

summer recipe green asparagus with almond butter

This recipe is so easy, you will probably laugh at me but since I underestimated green asparagus for such a long time, I think it is worth sharing! All you need is an amount of green and fresh asparagus of your choice and an oven - and that's it! You don't even need to peel the asparagus but just have to cut off the dead and dried out ends and put it on the iron sheet, sprinkle it with some salt and pepper, and some oil if you like, and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 200 degrees. When it's done, take it out of the oven and on a pretty plate, decorate it with some more herbs and spices, and drop a bit of almond butter on it. I love the salty taste in combination with the creamy butter. 

And then it is ready to enjoy! It is such a great recipe because it contains lots of good nutrition for your body and soul, it is super easy and quick and you can make as much as you like (depending on the size of your oven) - perfect for slow Summer nights or even Summer parties in the garden!

Recipe SummaryGREEN ASPARAGUS WITH ALMOND BUTTER

You need:

- A bundle of Asparagus
- salt, pepper, oil
- Almond Butter
- an oven

How to:
- wash the Asparagus and spread it on the sheet
- sprinkle some salt and pepper and oil if you like
- put in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 min
- covered it with some almond butter when ready
...and enjoy!

I hope you liked this little recipe sharing! Let me know if you try it and if you like Asparagus as much as I do or any favorite Summer recipes of yours!

Lots of love, Michelle

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A sniffy Hello

A sniffy Hello from my bed! My lemon tea and the soup send greetings as well. I have been sick the entire weekend, probably caught a cold. I am constantly coughing and every part of my body is aching. I already spent the past couple of days in bed, sleeping or reading, drank tea and water and tried to let my body take care of itself. But today morning I had to get up very early to take care of the horses and stables for the first time. I felt energetic and excited, the morning air made me feel ready for a new week. The work at the stables has been fun and I already felt like a real farmer. But although I expected it to be physically stressful, my body hasn't really been recovered well enough yet, at least I felt really tired and weak after two hours of stable cleaning. But when I came home, I went to bed again for a short nap and felt much better already. I am sitting under a blanket now, eating a soup and will study some Swedish later. 

My favourite thing when I have a cold is fresh lemon and ginger tea and some flowers from the garden. They revive my mood and bring some colour and life into my room. Recently, I also fell in love with elderflower syrup which I add to the tea as a little extra flavour. It tastes like summer and makes me feel less sick immediately. What's your secret tip against the flu? 

Those days in bed are best for reading and studying. And sleeeeeping a lot! I hope I feel better tomorrow so I can work properly at the stables. Tomorrow is also the first day at the organic store and I am really excited! I hope you all had a wonderful and slow start to the week! *sneeze* Happy Monday!

Sunday at the shore - And what is Ketunleipä?

Happy Sunday, folks! Did you enjoy the sun today? For Tiina and me it has been a quite calm Sunday. I went with two of my friends for a brunch in a really popular and nice vegetarian restaurant and enjoyed the time with these two. Afterwards, I went home and felt like sleeping but instead Tiina and I had a little walk to the shore sitting in the sun at the water listening to the waves. We were singing funny songs and drinking cacao. Now we came back home and napped for an hour, making tomato soup and watching Brave on television. A really relaxed Sunday afternoon. I think I will go to sleep soon since I am still lacking energy.

On my first walk in the forest with Tiina nine months ago, she presented this plant called Ketunleipä/Käenkaali to me. In German, it is called Waldsauerklee, in English Sorrel, the scientific name is 

Oxalis acetosella

. We were wandering through the woods, the ground covered in the green three pedalled like clover looking plant. It tastes like lemon and is such a perfect refreshing snack on a hike. Since then I have always snacked on it on my way among the trees. Ketunleipä can be translated as fox bread which sounds so very cute as I imagine foxes snacking it with their little mouths. 

In case someone did not know Ketunleipä yet, you should definitely give it a try next time to see it in the forest. Of course, as always, take care that you pick the right plant! But these are pretty obvious once you recognized them. I will rehear one of my songs with Tiina now because we upcycled One Time Dream and want to record it tomorrow at a friend's home studio! I am really excited because I am really bored of my version from a year ago and looking forward to our new version! So enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good start to the week! Lots of love to you!

Snow is back

Good morning! The snow is back! After a quite good night sleep, I opened the curtains to see little snowflakes falling from the white sky and the streets and trees covered in a white blanket. I was wishing for some last snow before spring arrives and here it is. It is pretty cold today again so I will wrap myself in a warm jacket later when I'll make my way to university and enjoy the white winter wonderland. Before I will have some breakfast and think about my plans for this week. February is almost over and there are a few things which I really have to work on. 

I have to write an essay until the end of the month about the soundtrack of a movie of my choice. It is not that easy because there are a lot of movies with great film music. But I am looking for something extraordinary so I have something to analyze. Moreover, I should study for an exam which I postponed for so long now. It is about theatre studies, but I have so many others things on my mind, that I haven't had the time to study yet. 

Since it started snowing this night, I am thinking about going to Nuuksio on Friday to walk through the snowy woods and explore the Nationalpark in the white. I wanted to do so for months now, and I am afraid that this is the last snow of this season before spring starts. So I should better go now before I miss it. Have a wonderful start to the week! Has spring arrived at your place yet?

Slow mornings

Good morning! How are you doing? - I am sitting in bed with my bowl of porridge and enjoying the morning view out of the window. Pirre is sitting next to me and wants to be cuddled. This weekend I take care of Tiina's cats again and it feels like a vacation for me. I enjoy having the little fur balls around and to be out of my own four walls for a few days. 

I don't know about you, but for me, breakfast is the best meal of the day! Slow mornings are my favourite - enjoying a warm tea and porridge, thinking about the plans for the day, watching the world awakening. I guess I will go for a walk in the woods later and take some photos, and maybe later do a little bit of music and take a bath (Tiina has a bathtub, yay!) I hope you have a wonderful morning and a good day!