On the Topic of Food and Blogging

Hi everyone! Remember when I mentioned that I would be participating in Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge? Well, the time has arrived! The first challenge is to make a post about what defines me as a food blogger, and why I have what it takes to be the next food blog star.

Where to start? I’m a foodie because I find myself frequently mentioning how wonderful food can be throughout the day. Food is truly nourishing for the mind, body, and soul. I am a food blogger because I love sharing that same appreciation with people all around the world. Actually, because of blogging I’ve had the honor of having a friend’s mother’s secret baked ziti recipe passed down to me! As a food blogger I’m constantly being introduced to new ways of trying and preparing what I eat. Sometimes I’ll include a goofy step by step tutorial on how to enjoy some of the delicious things I’ve stumbled upon. Moreover, the artist inside of me flourishes when it comes to making magic in the kitchen. Looking back on my posts I can definitely see that I pay attention to the way things look. I firmly believe that we eat with our eyes first. When you go out to eat, doesn’t the meal just seem that much better when it’s presented well? I figure that I don’t have to go to a restaurant to feast on food that looks nice; I can do that myself! And you bet I’ll be taking a picture of it!

As far as having what it takes to be the next food blog star… I can try to express how my heart and eyes light up at the mention of this coveted title! Part of the reason I blog is because I care. Some readers have expressed to me that my blog has the ability to put them at ease or given them inspiration; these things alone remind me why blogging makes me happy. Each post is a piece of me, and when someone can sense my spirit through my words and pictures, well I’ve done my part. Also, since I am a conscious eater, I like to inform myself and others of observations, philosophies, and other useful information that I’ve found. I enjoy giving my readers “food for thought”, and vice versa. As people we learn something new everyday, right? Which brings me to another reason. I have this… illuminated curiosity that leads my taste buds to uncharted territories. Picture a young lady sitting at the table with countless ingredients out, taste-testing different flavor combinations. My journey with food has sparked some exciting culinary experiments, strange but delicious combinations, and recently using food to heal. No matter what though I never feel alone on my food adventures because I get to share them with you all!

Bagels for breakfast!

One half of the bagel was topped with tahini + honey, and the other had ghee + fig preserves. Both were sprinkled with cinnamon, naturally! May I also mention that these multi-grain bagels from Rudi’s Organic Bakery were so yummy? Okay, good because they were!

I also enjoyed some fresh figs and dates with Greek yogurt and cinnamon
More comfort food!

I made a spiced red lentil dhal, served over a sweet potato with ghee. On the side I stir-fried some red cabbage and yellow onions, then threw in some mango chutney and fresh thyme.

I also recently tried out a new-to-me Coconut Bliss flavor, Pineapple Coconut.

You can tell by my face that me and this pint are up to no good, mwahaha! Well, that is if being bad means not sharing. I still can’t get over how Coconut Bliss gets their dairy-free ice cream to be so creamy!

I made a granola the other day–inspired by two beauties.

After seeing Averie’s granola re-created in Kristie’s post, I felt compelled to finally make some! I haven’t made my own batch in awhile, and I had been craving granola for a couple of weeks. I knew that buying just any old granola wouldn’t satisfy me though. Does anyone else have that problem? It’s not that I’m a picky-eater, I just know what I want. And sometimes what I want cannot be found in stores. Anyway, on Averie’s recipe page I saw Bekah’s recipe for her Coconut Chia Granola. I actually had the pleasure of tasting this before, since this lovely lady sent me a delicious batch she made herself! Looking at the two recipes had my mouth watering, and I knew that I just had to combine them. Especially since I had just won a big of chia seeds from one of Averie’s amazing giveaways!

Best of Both Worlds Granola

3 cups old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup pumpkin seed butter, or nut butter of choice

1/4 cup almond oil

1/2 cup brown sugar, or preferred sweetener

1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon, to taste

2 tbl chia seeds

1. Melt the nut butter and brown sugar on the stove using a heavy-bottom pan. Turn the heat off.

2. Mix in the oil, coconut flakes, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Then add the oats.

3. Bake at 375 F for 25-30 minutes. I periodically tossed the granola around while it was baking to keep it from burning.

Check out the clusters!

I’ve been enjoying this plain, with yogurt, sprinkled over my oatmeal, and even almond milk. And on that delicious note…

Being in the kitchen can be fun!

Remember, voting opens at  6 AM Pacific Time, September 20th through 6 PM Pacific Time September 23rd. My profile can be found here! And don’t worry, I’ll definitely be reminding you all to vote hehe. It’ll be like leaving milk and cookies out for Santa to make sure I get some presents!

29 thoughts on “On the Topic of Food and Blogging

  1. you are gorgeous and i love your outfit miss katharina. thanks for the mention! seeing this in my e-mail mailbox today definitely brought a smile to my face. and the granola looks out of this world. (naturally).

  2. Thank you for sharing all of this with us :) you are very inspirational indeed. Reading your blog has definitely helped me a lot on my path of finally properly nourishing my body, mind & soul! Love the vibe of your blog, it’s amazing how an internet site is able to transport so much spirit- creepy, non? *lol* very abstract thought.

    Anyways, the granola sounds perfect – almond & coconut anything will buy me ;)

    <3 Mel

  3. :) Katharina, I don’t know what to comment now, since you already wrote all the reasons why I love your blog so much!
    Above all, I really envy the relationship you have with food…smth more than just ‘fuel’ or ‘indulgement’…I feel like it’s about pleasure, savor, appreciation, and as you mentioned, true nourishment to body, mind, and soul…(am I right?)
    Through your blog, I try to learn such attitude, and the amazing positivity you have on life overall.
    Therefore, I’d like to thank you for everything :)

    P.S. do you prefer ghee or coconut oil?
    (I’d love to try them but I’m honestly afraid of the calories)

  4. You’re a total star already, you don’t need anyone or anything else to tell you that, but I think it’s totally rad that you’re participating in this challenge!

    The granola, sooo glad you saw mine and Bekah’s and made ‘em both, in the best of both worlds, such a cute title :)

    And the chia seeds, sooo glad they went to such a loving home like yours b/c i know how you love your chias.

    Just like I love you!! you’re the best, K!!!!

    :)

  5. I love your entry post! I just finished mine and have to remember to post it! :) You totally deserve this one babe and I am definitely voting for you all the way! LOve you girl!

  6. Um, HELLO?!??! Of course I will vote.

    By the way, I just showed my dad that photo of you with the Coconut Bliss – he has that flavor ice cream in my freezer (you know how are ice cream supply system works over here, haha) and he keeps “forgetting” to try it. :-D

  7. You are the absolute perfect candidate for being a food blog star and you can bet i’ll be voting for you as soon as it opens up!

    LOVE your granola combo, getting those lovely chunks in there is the best. I’ll have to do some more experimenting since my last batch ran out! I’m thinking nut butter definitely needs to be in the mix :)

  8. the recipe alone will put you through the next round. what a great submission- actually the granola is fantastic for autumn with the cinnamon and spices! id love to make some granola.. i tried making some a long time ago that was a protein granola from a sketchy cookbook .. it didnt taste too fantastic. this would be amazing!! i have to add it to favorites. waking up to your granola with tea would put me in a good mood <3

    ps. i just realized i need to make sur ei get my PFB post out before the deadline.. im known to procrastinate till the last min :P

    xoxo

  9. Hello,
    I’ve been reading for quite a while, but don’t think I’ve ever commented, so hello :)
    I really do think your blog has this spark of uniqueness – it’s like an art blog, in a way. All these processes of inspiration and philosophies and tastes combined into stunning photography, and your love to share it. Not to mention your personality. There is such a positivity around this blog of yours. For some reason I always associate your blog with an array of vibrant colours.
    I really loved what you said about being a ‘conscious eater’. I don’t know, that just made me happy for some reason :)
    Anyway, good luck on the Project Food Blog challenge. :D

  10. I definitely think you are a food blogging star!!

    I love reading about your food adventures because
    1. They are inspriring
    2. Your photographs always captures such interesting moments, whether they be a beautiful dish or an adventures with friends
    3. They always make me smile!

    Good luck- I shall definitely be voting for you :)

  11. Your photos are always so gorgeous! And you make me want to run out and buy figs right now. Loove the last photo too! I like how you describe yourself as a “conscious eater.” We should all be more like that!

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  13. i can think of a handful of bloggers that would be perfect as the next foodbuzz blog star…and you are MOST CERTAINLY at the top of that list. will definitely put in a vote for you my dear!!!

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