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Dark lunch

February 7, 2019

Our kitchen is dark as a cave until around 2pm, so when having lunch, we light candles and it makes Winter much more bearable. Moved the little sofa into the kitchen the other week, looks good right at the window. I look forward to reading there with the window open in the Summer.

Let’s talk about this. Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe to share, since Johan cooked this. It’s a lot of tomatoes, chick peas, broccoli, fresh herbs, chili and smetana (Russian sour cream). Super delicious and beautiful to look at.

When I moved to Berlin, I slowly started to gain weight. The portions at restaurants are usually huge and to be honest, alcohol is pretty much what brings people together – people meet in bars (at least most of my friends (and of course nothing wrong with that), I shall not speak for everyone) and a lot of beer is being consumed (I love beer!). Last year I started to feel tired of this way of hanging out – usually very late in the evenings, smokey bars, drinking one or two too many beers, it didn’t give me anything anymore except more weight and feeling more tiredness than creativity. So, before I went away for the holidays in December, I said to myself I’m going to come back home and live my life differently and so I did. Decided to cut out alcohol almost completely for a while (exception made if there’s good wine with good food, but not much), eat much more vegetables and even less meat than before, sleep regularly, not go to bars at all for a while because I get very stressed (always prefered meeting friends for a coffee in the morning, but they are hard to find in Berlin, so I usually do it with Johan). Result: I am calmer, my creativity is coming back, I feel lighter – both mentally and physically – already lost 6 kilos this year. And I discovered how delicious alcoholfree beer can be (especially the one with the horrible name Jever Fun).

I’m writing a lot more here these days, I hope you don’t mind.

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  • Reply Jenny February 8, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I LOVE your dark kitchen and your frequent blogging!

    • Reply Sandra February 8, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Jenny, that’s very nice of you to say <3

  • Reply ELENA February 10, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Of course we don’t mind. Keep doing… well, If you feel that you need to tell us.
    I have to say that I really hate smoky bars too.

    • Reply Sandra February 10, 2019 at 8:18 am

      I think I feel more “safe” top open up here now that my blog isn’t as big anymore. Some years ago it came to a point where my blog was much bigger than I understood and I stopped sharing things because I got so many pretty horrible comments from strangers. Thank you for commenting, Elena, it means a lot to me.

  • Reply Mimi February 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us, Sandra!

    Your homemade food, whether Standard Sandra or Johan-made, always looks so good. And I agree, meeting friends during the day for coffee is nicer than meeting at night in bars. I’ve been struggling with getting into a better schedule, and your recent changes are inspiring.

    • Reply Sandra February 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Glad to hear, Mimi! Hope you find your way of structuring your time. I must find my way back to that schedule again, kind of lost the structure this week already. 🙂

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