Oat Pizza with Spinach & Goat’s Cheese

Hey friends,

lately it has been a bit more quiet here than usual. It was time for a small creative break, time to gather ideas and strength. I think especially as a creative person you sometimes just need these moments of ‘doing nothing’ (or rather just doing things that have nothing to do with everyday life).

So we went on a trip to Italy, I paid a little more attention to my eating habits and overall health, worked a lot in our new vegetable patch and gathered a lot of inspiration ♥. Now I’m ready to start into my third season as selfemployed photographer and am very excited for what’s to come.

So a few months ago I was in Berlin and attended a wonderful event themed around oats. And just a few days later I went to Verona with Mr. Zebra even attended an Italian cooking class there. Both of those days left me very impressed and full of ideas so I decided to combine the two and create something completely new, exciting and – above all – super delicious!

After some trial and error and a bit tweaking here and there I’m now super happy with the result! The pizza dough is fluffy and crunchy and the perfect base for a delicious topping ♥ In this case I have opted for spinach and goat’s cheese – topped with sweet and spicy oat crunch! It doesn’t get much better than that…

Oat Pizza with Spinach & Goat's Cheese

Oat Pizza with Spinach & Goat's Cheese

Yield: 2 pizzas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Pizza with a healthy twist: crispy base, hearty topping and some sweet crunch - the perfect combination!

Ingredients

  • 3 g fresh yeast
  • 150 ml water
  • 100 g oat flour
  • 100 g pizza flour (tipo 00)
  • 20 g oat bran
  • 3 g salt
  • 50 g oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 100 ml pizza sauce
  • 100 g grated Emmental cheese
  • 75 g baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 125 g goat's cheese
  • Salt, pepper, chili powder

Instructions

  1. For the pizza dough add water to a bowl and crumble the yeast into it. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then add the flours, bran and salt and knead with your hands for 10 minutes until a smooth dough forms. Cover and let it rest for 2 hours.
  2. In the meantime, heat oatmeal, honey and water together with some salt and chili powder in a small pan and bring it to a boil until it thickens slightly. Remove the mixture from the pan, let cool on a piece of baking paper and set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the baby spinach. Roughly chop and mix it with the olive oil. Finely dice or press the garlic clove and add it to the spinach together with some salt and pepper and stir well. Also set aside.
  4. Half the dough and roll out both balls on a floured work surface into a thin pizza crust. Cover once again and let the pizza bases rest for 30 minutes - while preheating the oven to 250° C.
  5. Now evenly spread the pizza sauce on the dough and sprinkle with a layer of Emmental cheese. Then add the prepared spinach on top of it. Cut the goat's cheese into cubes and add it to the pizzas. Finally sprinkle everything with the oat honey crunch.
  6. Bake the pizzas in the hot oven one after another (that's important to get the pizza base really crispy!) on the middle rail for 6-10 minutes and serve immediately!

The oat elements are what makes this pizza really special: They add more flavour, nutrients and fiber to the pizza and this way will probably fill you up for longer – compared to one solely made from white flour.

But enough of the talk now, enjoy the recipe and HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

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Swiss Roll with Poppyseed & Jam

Hi friends,

After more than two years it is time to say goodbye. Over a 100 recipes, snack ideas and simple dishes later, today the last episode of ‘my’ food revolution will air on the radio. It’s best to stop when you’re having the most fun.

And it was definitely two amazing years! So many new experiences, challenges and also people that I got to know. I’m going to miss that for a sure, but now I’ll also be able to focus on new projects on here.

Do you have any specific wishes or ideas? What would you like to see or read more about? I look forward to your feedback ♥ But now it’s time for a recipe: easy to make swiss roll with poppy seed and a jam & cream filling! Simple but soooo delicious!

Swiss Roll with Poppyseed and Jam

Swiss Roll with Poppyseed and Jam

Yield: makes about 15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Bake, fill & roll - you have to try this super easy to make cake!

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 60 g flour
  • 75 g poppy seeds
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 100 g red jam
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff, then whip up the yolks with 130 g powdered sugar until pale & creamy. Stir flour and poppy seeds into the yolk mixture, then slowly fold in the egg whites. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet, smooth it out and bake for about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle a clean dishcloth with sugar and turn the finished poppy sponge onto it (straight from the oven) and gently peel off the baking paper. Now carefully roll up with the cloth from the long side and allow to cool completely.
  4. In the meantime whip up the cream with the remaining powdered sugar. Carefully unroll the sponge again and spread first with jam and then with cream. Roll it up again with the help of the kitchen towel. Put in the fridge to firm up, then slice and serve.

Notes

Tip: If the baking paper can't be easily removed from the spong, just put a damp cloth over the baking paper, let it sit for a bit and then it should be much easier to peel off.

Do you like poppy seed, too? I totally do but actually bake or cook with it pretty rarely … I’ll definitely have to change that!

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Hey friends,

we are back from our vacation and that also means back to business for me! The last few days were lovely though: First, a wee stop in Innsbruck, then Verona and even a few hours in Peschiera del Garda 💙 – definitely worth those few extra pounds we gained there. For some impressions of the trip head over to my Instagram.

In Italy, the weather was already super mild, sunny and basically felt like spring. Back home it’s still a bit colder so while I wait for spring to arrive here as well, I’ll pass my time with this delicious (and pretty green) tabbouleh with asparagus, spinach and avocado. Easy and quick to make so it’s perfect for a light yet delicious dinner – give it a try!


Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Yield: makes 4 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Light, fresh and green - this dish brings spring onto a plate!

Ingredients

  • 75 g (instant) bulgur
  • 150 ml hot water
  • 250 g green asparagus
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 avocado
  • 75 g baby spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the bulgur into a large bowl, add the hot water and some salt, then mix well and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then stir to fluff up and set aside.
  2. Clean the asparagus, cut it into bite-sized pieces and fry in a pan for 4-5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and dry the spring onions, spinach and parsley and finely chop everything. Cut the avocado into small cubes and combine everything with the bulgur. Finally, stir in the fried asparagus as well as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Then season to taste and serve.

Green, tasty & a bit unusual! Have you made something like this before?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Hi friends,

I should be packing my suitcase right now. Instead, I’m sitting in front of my computer: Writing invoices & quotes, plan my must-see list for the holiday and type up this recipe for you – kinda like a ‘farewell’ gift to you. I also invite you to come follow me on Instagram (@frlzebra) and you can (sort of) take take part in our vacation. ♥

But I’m still here and have a delicious cheesecake for you topped with a generous amount of blood oranges! Super creamy, juicy & fruity – I love it! I might just try to take a slice with me in my suitcase but that would be very unwise… just think of all the crumbs on my clothes.

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Yield: makes 1 cake (∅26cm)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Fruity, sweet & creamy - just what a perfect cake needs!

Ingredients

  • 65 g butter
  • 65 g sugar
  • 150 g flour
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 500 ml milk
  • 80 g custard powder (or swap for cornstarch and vanilla extract)
  • 200 g sugar
  • 800 g sour cream
  • 4 blood oranges (+ more for the topping)

Instructions

  1. Make a custard from the milk, custard powder and sugar, then set it aside to cool.
  2. In the meantime, peel and fillet the blood oranges, then cut them into small pieces and set aside as well.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, butter, egg and baking powder in a small bowl and knead until a smooth dough forms and press evenly into a greased springform pan (∅26cm) to create a thin base and sides.
  4. Now combine the cold custard with the sour cream and orange chunks and pour teh mixture into the mold. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° C (top/bottom heat) for about 60 minutes. Then let it cool completely and - preferably topped with fresh blood oranges - serve.

Notes

Tip: For the topping I have filleted some more blood oranges while catching all the juice. Then I briefly simmered the juice with some starch until it thickens - sweeten it to taste (or, as I did, leave it unsweetened) - and mixed it with the orange fillets. Top the cake with it and enjoy!


Do you have a holiday coming up soon? For me, this is the first real vacation since last autumn and I’m so looking forward to a bit of relaxation and a change of scenery. Sometimes you have to treat yourself, and as a self-employed I tend to do that way too rarely.

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

Lovely Churro Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Hey friends,

and a warm welcome to this year’s Valentine’s Special! No, just kidding – even though the “day of love” is indeed a good occasion in this case, but the recipe that I want to share with you today, is by no means limited to a single day. Just like (extraordinary) expressions of love they are amazing all year round, because let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love churros?

For me, those crispy fried strands of dough are inseparably linked to hot summer days in Spain, full of laughter, loud music and tons of delicious food. But not while only on holiday, churros make a sweet treat! I’ll show you how can easily recreate them at home and how to shape them into sweet little hearts.

Churro Hearts

Churro Hearts

Yield: makes about 15
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Whether you make them for Valentine's Day or not: Everyone will love these sweet Churro Hearts!

Ingredients

  • 50 g butter
  • 170 ml water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 70 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • about 1 liter of oil for frying
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat butter, water and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil, then add the flour (all at once) and stir with a wooden spoon until a lump forms on the base of the pot.
  2. Remove from the heat, then stir in the eggs one by one and mix until a smooth, sticky batter forms.
  3. Now transfer the batter into a piping bag with a small star tip and pipe your churro hearts onto a piece of parchment paper. Tip: It's the easiest if you start with the bow of the heart and then work your way back to the start and join the strands there.
  4. Then put the hearts in the freezer for 1-2 hours. In the meantime, combine sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  5. Heat the oil in a small, high pot at medium temperature. Now add the frozen churro hearts to the hot fat and bake from both sides until golden brown for 3-4 minutes. Drain the excess oil on a kitchen towel, then dip the hearts into in the sugar mixture and serve them still slightly warm with chocolate sauce.

Have you planned a little something for your partner this Valentine’s Day? Fun Fact: we celebrate our Valentine’s Day due to quite complicated schedules a few days late on Saturday. But our gifts will be the most beautiful ‘thing’, you can give each other: quality time spent together! Our plan is to cook a delicious, genuine Indian curry together – I’m really looking forward to it! ♥

Stay sweet & HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

xx Kristin

[24] Calendar Freebie + Giveaway | #ad

Merry Christmas, friends!

Finally, it’s Christmas and we can celebrate together, spend time with our loved ones and just enjoy the peace and quiet for a while.

That’s why I want to keep things relatively short today and immediately hand out my gifts to you: First, I have designed a simple calendar for you. You can download it, print it and attach it to a clipboard – that’s it and your calendar for 2019 is ready to go.

There is also room for your appointments – otherwise the calendar is kept very simple and minimalistic.

DOWNLOAD it here: CLICK ME!

AND TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THERE’S SOMETHING FOR YOU TO WIN:

Together with Komplizinnen, I may give away a beautiful brass bracelet (with personal engraving) to you!

Heidi and Grete are from my hometown of Bamberg and were searching for the perfect bracelet to capture moods, wishes and words. They started working together, filing and hammering & the result is this unique jewelry – made with love ♥

Of course, the winner may choose the message on the bracelet themselves and then the two girls make it according to your wishes – amazing, isn’t it?

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: What’s your wish(es) for next year?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 24.12.2018 at 10:00 and ends on 28.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

xx Kristin

[23] Gift Tags ‘North Pole Express Delivery Service’

Hey friends,

I’m already in such a christmassy mood and eventhough I still want to prepare some gifts from the kitchen today, I feel fairly relaxed and am really looking forward to the holidays.

My presents aren’t all wrapped yet – and if that’s the case for you, too, then I might have a cute little freebie for you! I created some simple but (in my opinion) very cute gift tags for you. They come in the form of a delivery slip from the North Pole Express Delivery Service: you can tick whether the person to receive the gift has been well behaved, how the gift should be delivered and even the ID of the Christmas elf who has packed the parcel can be found on the tags ♥

All you need to do is wrap the gifts and then print out the tags either on white or kraft paper. Cut them out, fill them in (who was more naughty than nice?!) and tie them to the gifts – then you’re all done!

Here is the print template: North Pole Express Delivery Service (CLICK ME!)

I hope you’ll enjoy making them and even more fun when you give them away!

Stay sweet & HAPPY GIFT WRAPPING!

xx Kristin

[22] Garlic Herb Salt

Hey friends,

not long now and then it will be Christmas – so slowly but surely it’s time to calm down a bit. Enough with all the stress and the hustle and bustle. How great would it be if you could just gift some quiet and peace?

Unfortunately I haven’t found a way yet to preserve that in jars, but with delicious spice blends like this Galic Herb Salt, you can make sure your loved ones have a bit of an easier time while cooking.

Garlic Herb Salt

Garlic Herb Salt

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

This salt adds pep to the kitchen and is super easy to make - you got to try it!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 bunches of fresh herbs (such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, ...)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 250 g table salt

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry and finely chop the herbs. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  2. Peel the garlic and slice it very thinly. Add to the herbs and put the tray into the oven at 50° C to dry for about 2-3 hours. It is best to put a wooden spoon in the oven door so that the moisture can escape.
  3. After that time, turn off the oven and let the herbs cool down.
  4. Grind to a fine powder with a food processor, then combine with the salt and fill it into jars.

This salt has become indispensable in my own kitchen and is my all-purpose weapon from the spice rack – you really must try it!

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

[21] Iced Chocolates

Hey friends,

Still looking for a small gift idea? Then these Iced Chocolates might be just right: Fast & easy to make and therefore the perfect last minute present ❤ And they’re super delicious, too!

Iced Chocolates

Iced Chocolates

Yield: makes about 20
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Super fast to make & melt-in-your-mouth delicious - the perfect last minute gift!

Ingredients

  • 50 g coconut fat
  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • a little vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut fat in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate in small chunks and let it melt while stirring.
  2. Then add the powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla and stir until it's creamy and smooth.
  3. Pour into a praline mould and let it solidify in the freezer for one hour. Remove from the moulds and then store in a cool place.

I can’t get enough of them! Prepare to make more than one batch of them because they will disappear in no time!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CHOCOLATE MAKING!

xx Kristin

[20] SCRABBLE INSPIRED GIFT TAGS

Hi friends,

Christmas is nearly there and that means now it’s the time to wrap the presents and put them under the tree. And for this reason I’d like to share some inspiration with you.

Surely you all know the game Scrabble, which is about trying to score with words you come up with. I thought about how fun it would be to use these letters to label my gifts and maybe even start a little game under the tree: ‘Let’s see, whose name scores the highest?’

But for this DIY we’re not using the real pieces of wood but simply make some of foam rubber – I’ll show you how it’s done:

Letter Gift Wrap

Letter Gift Wrap

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Play some Scrabble under the Christmas tree? No problem with this simple DIY!

Materials

  • white foam rubber
  • one thin and one thick black marker
  • Pencil, scissors, ruler, glue

Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to draw small squares à 2 x 2 cm onto the foam rubber and then cut them out.
  2. Take the thick marker to draw the capital letters on the squares, then use the fine pen to add the numbers on the right side below the letter indicating the value. You can find lists on the internet for your respective language.
  3. Allow the marker to dry for a bit and then stick the squares onto your presents, ideally wrapped in simple paper and enjoy the look on people's face when they get the presents!

Simple and effective – I’m really looking forward to giving away those presents!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin