Happy Wednesday everyone, . . here is another piece of my story: This picture was taken in a cooking class during my sabbatical in Italy back in 2016. At that time, I just turned my back on my engineering career and decided to go to Italy and finish my nutrition study, while studying the Italian language as a side effect. . . Yes, that’s right – before this current sabbatical here in Brazil, where I learn Portuguese, I already went on a sabbatical in Italy. I consider sabbaticals as very enriching for my development. I use these long-term stays not only to study the language of these countries, but also to learn about the food, the people, the culture and the challenges of these places. . . I don’t consider myself as a tourist during these stays, but rather as a traveller, who lives with locals. Because only by living with locals for a long term, you will be able to see not only the up- but also the downsides of every place you’re at. . . While exploring all these things, I discover my true self even more profoundly while being far away from my actual life. By the end of the day, you deal with difficulties in life much more successfully, the more time you take to face your inner issues disconnected from the every day hustle. And this is how you achieve to be more balanced from inside. . . This and many more insights I could get out of these sabbaticals, which will hopefully soon be written down in order to be shared with you. And yes, I love cooking! Cooking is meditation for me same as food is medicine for me 🌱 . . . #cooking #brazil #italy #selfcare #travel #sabbatical #essenceoflife.
Happy Tuesday everyone, . . . it’s been a while I haven’t posted anything for no reason. Now, I’ve arrived in the northeast of Brazil and happy to try new tropical fruits typical for this region. Here, I present you the “cajá” aka Spondias mombin, which I’ve first tried only as ice-cream when I was in the South of Brazil. Now, I’m able to taste the real fruit, which is very juicy and sweet-sour. In Brazil it’s commonly used to prepare fresh juices. Among others, it contains loads of vitamin C as well as vitamin A, calcium, iron and fiber. . . #cajá #brazil #tropicalfruits #nordeste #delicious #fruits
Happy Thursday everyone, . . today I present you a discovery I made here in Brazil, that pleases my taste buds like crazy: the Arracacia xanthorrhiza. While in São Paulo and south of the state of Minas Gerais it is known as mandioquinha, in Rio de Janeiro and in the Mata zone of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Distrito Federal it is called baroa or baroa-potato. In Paraná and Santa Catarina, it is parsley-potato. Still in several cities of Minas Gerais it can be recognized as potato, celery potato, jujube potato and yellow carrot. Health benefits of this root vegetable are as follows: It has more minerals than sweet potato and potato. It has a high content of B vitamins and vitamin C. It regulates bowel function. It decreases the absorption of sugar and cholesterol. It prolongs the feeling of satiety. It is an excellent food for people with diabetes. And on top of it, it is super delicious! I would say it is comparable to parsnip, but better :) . . . #batatasalsa #baroa #mandioquinha #saudável #saude #comidanatural
Happy Wednesday everyone, . . today I present you jabuticaba. The Brazilian grape tree, is native to Minas Gerais, Goiás and São Paulo states in Brazil. The purplish-black, white-pulped fruits grow directly on the trunk. Due to the short shelf-life, fresh jabuticaba fruits are rare in markets outside Brazil and therefore are mostly eaten fresh. The benefits of Jabuticaba for health are numerous: it reduces the effects of asthma, prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, improves digestion, detoxifies and is anti-inflammatory. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effect is based on its high anthocyanin content. . . . #jabuticaba #brazilianfruits #healthbenefits #foodasmedicine #exoticfruits #phytonutrients
Happy Wednesday everyone, . . chayote, also known as chou-chou or mirliton squash, is an interesting exotic vegetable from South America with the shape of a pear. It is mainly grown in tropical and subtropical areas like here in Brazil. But my parents also grow this pumpkin plant in their garden in Berlin. The green peel can be eaten. The taste is similar to kohlrabi, zucchini and cucumbers. You can eat them raw or cooked. Chayote consists mainly of water. But also amino acids, vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron are included. Due to its low calorie content and many vitamins, it is suitable for dieting. It is also said to have a positive effect on high blood pressure. . . . #chayote #chouchou #greenvegetables #exoticvegetables #plantbasedfood #naturalfoods