If We Were Having Coffee… On May 9

Hello my lovelies!

I’m glad to see to see you for our Weekend Coffee Share! How has your week been?

Mine’s been busy and it’s far from over.

If we were having coffee today we’d meet at my place to avoid temptation. You see, I just started a new meal plan with a lot of restrictions. Luckily I’m still allowed to drink coffee (otherwise I’d have a major problem now), but I have to drink it either black or just with skimmed milk and I don’t trust the café in town to be sophisticated enough to offer their cappuccino with anything other than whole milk.

I’d tell you that from now on I’ll have to drink a chocolatey shake every morning. I just had my first one and it’s actually not that bad. It tastes like actual chocolate powder. My main problem with shakes is the texture, especially when mixed from powder, because grainy textures make me gag. So my gran gifted me her old blender from the 70s and I just had the shake with milk and it worked. It was actually creamy.

I went fruit and veg shopping yesterday and came home with two full baskets, although they included a bag of normal potatoes, a bag of sweet potatoes, a bag of onions and things like parsnip (which was quite hard to find here), zucchini, carrots, leek, celery, tomatoes, snow peas, bell peppers, and various other things. On Tuesday, I’ll have to eat loads of Sauerkraut – and luckily my gran has offered to prepare some for me with roast potatoes (can I get anymore German?)

If we were having coffee today I might ask you for your favourite vegetarian recipe (only potatoes allowed, no tofu, rice pasta etc.).

But the diet isn’t everything. It also includes ear acupuncture to help lose weight and cleanse internal organs. It’s a tiny needle that stays in your ear for a week and you don’t even feel it. In fact, you feel the plaster above it more as it tickles when you talk, drink or chew.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my maternal grandmother is once again home from hospital, but we had to clean out the bedroom to make room for two hospital-style beds. It was our busiest week of the month at work, I had to make up three hours that night, and I had to shift the English lesson I teach and get paid for to Thursday. Because that created a shift, everything else fell behind as well, and now I once again only have today and Sunday to complete my uni assignments, and I’m helping a friend tomorrow. So yeah. This is really draining me. I barely sleep more than 4 hours per night because I have so much to catch up on and I’m under constant stress. I like to be very organised and make lists of goals I need to achieve, mentally already allotting time for everything. So no, when it comes to my study schedule, I’m not flexible. I don’t have classes, I have to keep to the time I set aside for it on purpose. So if I block out an afternoon to write my assignment I do so for a reason, and having to change it really stresses me.

Anyway, I could rant and rant but I’d rather stop here and talk about other things. Tell me about your week I hope it was more relaxing.

I really have to get going now, but if you fancy another cuppa, check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers via the lovely Part Time Monster or the #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter!

Thank you for stopping by. Same time, next week?

Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann



11 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On May 9”

  1. Wow it does sound like you had a busy week. I do hope that your grandmother is getting better.
    I was vegetarian for many years (at the moment I eat meat occasionally, mostly when my breastfeeding body tells me to do so) and almost never touched tofu. So I’ll check if I have a great recipe that I can propose to you. No dairy products either? Cause I would give you my tweaked version of Gratin Dauphinois (tweaked as it is with carrots as well) but it is soooooooooo rich in cream, I guess you could go for milk instead, but the cream does a lot for the taste.
    Or maybe a revisited “Kartoffelpuffer/Reibekuchen” could be a great idea, you actually don’t all the tons of fat to make them good (only found this one out recently).
    I think that you just gave me a few ideas of what to post in the weeks and days to come, some simple vegetarian recipes.
    Have a great weekend, and make sure you get a bit more sleep!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Well, it’s no dairy this week except for the shake in the morning and a dash of milk in black coffee, but we get updated lists of what is and isn’t allowed every week. The first week is supposed to be a sort of cleanse, only fruit and veg, 2 bananas max. and no avocados. Everything else is fair game, but we’re not supposed to mix fruits in fruit salads. Reibekuchen would indeed be a good idea, totally forgot. and I might even still have a new jar of apple compote somewhere. For now, as it’s the first day, I’ve stuck to boiled potatoes and steamed zucchini, parsnip and carrot with sweet potato chips on the side and some pepper and herbs of Provence. I’d still love that recipe, I’m always looking for new things to try!! 🙂

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  2. Good morning 🙂 It was nice to sit down with you for a moment and drink some black coffee. I really liked the song you posted earlier today, it really got me up and moving! Take care and we will visit again soon.

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  3. I can’t really say mine was more relaxing, but maybe less stressful? You mentioned sauerkraut and now my mouth is watering for sauerkraut and wieners! I craved it like crazy during both pregnancies. I’ve got German on my father’s side.
    Hope your grandmother does well!
    Posted my first #WeekendCoffeeShare at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

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  4. A diet that includes sauerkraut?! It must be German! 😉 Sorry I don’t have any vegetarian recipes for you. My background is Irish so I know mainly meat & potatoes dishes. More to the point, I haven’t cooked in five years because boyfriend is a much better cook and we both happily accept my role as dish washer so I never have to operate the stove again! It’s safer that way for both of us.

    I hope things settle down for you next week and you get more sleep. I know how frustrating it is to get bumped off one’s usual schedule.

    Thanks for the coffee!

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  5. Sometimes I find myself worrying about you because you over extend yourself then your family puts stress on you and takes more time. Funny, I guess it’s the mom in me that worries. I hope you get caught up and do so with as little stress as possible.

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    1. Thank you dear xoxo. I know what I can manage workload wise per week, with studies and part-time work. It’s just getting through it without distractions that’s the problem. I guess this would be easier if I lived somewhere else, where I couldn’t be summoned at a moment’s notice.

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  6. I hope you’re able to take a bit of a break this week–sounds like you could use one! Good luck with the new diet—we’re slowly changing ours, mostly because I have issues with a lot of food textures and can’t just make a big switch.

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