Инстаграм @callme_juli Juli
Pasteis de Nata ❤ Do you consider yourself more of a cook or a baker? I see myself mainly as a cook. In fact I do not enjoy baking that much. As I hardly ever follow a recipe cooking is more my thing. Trial and error is my forte and fixing things in the process is all the fun to me. I cook with my taste buds and my gut feeling. On the other hand baking is just chemistry to me (and I almost didn't pass chemistry in high school). You have one shot and if it doesn't work there is no way to fix it. It's following a formula. For me it's more brain and less gut - I can't rely on my intuition at all. Yet I find myself baking a lot lately. Maybe it's the season. Anyway what do you think? Cooking vs. Baking? Gut vs. Brain? Is it the same for you? Is it the other way around? Maybe even completely different?
Hey guys 😁 Do you have any fun weekend plans? Ever since I started my new job I feel like I don't have time anymore for anything. So I am packing my weekend full of fun plans. I have a ton of things I want to cook/bake (waffles, granola, baked feta cheese, I am thinking of trying my hand on pasteis de nata but maybe I see something good on IG I want to make instead).So is there anything you could recommend for me to cook/bake/ make? Besides that I have books and hopefully pretty food to shot and friends to meet. The wonderful thing is that (right now) I actually enjoy my job and do not live for the weekend anymore. But that doesn't mean I cannot enjoy it to the max, right?
I read an article this week about how our brains tend to be sponges to negativity but teflon to positivity. The good news is that when we practice to see the positive things we can actually rewire our brains and hence the perception of our lives! I'm willing to give it a shot. So let's practice: 1) our car broke down yesterday BUT the automobile club sorted it out in no time! 2) cooking just didn't happen this week BUT we had pizza 4 times instead and that was awesome! 3) I had a mini-meltdown at work BUT the day ended with a lovely spontaneous dinner and drinks date with my husband! 4) I miss commuting by car BUT I read almost two books this week on the train and that made me happy! Have you tried this before? I am going to report how this experiment is going for me BUT for the time being I am in a really good mood!
Sometimes sugar-coating something you don't particularly like is a brilliant strategy. Like when your apple roses burn a little and a dash of suger helps cover up eveything nicely. But have you ever had a situation in your life where you realized that you are seriously fucked? And no degree of sugar-coating can help you out? Well that happened to me today! I guess I have to figure something out that doesn't involve me fleeing the country. Or can someone provide a rock I can hide under? 6 months should do!
Is there something you add to (almost) everything you cook? For me it's definitely garlic. I like strong and sharp flavors. I like when my food tastes hot and spicy and intense. Another thing I like about garlic is that it has a lot of layers you have to peel off before you get to the good stuff. I think a lot of things in life that are worth it work that way.
I have a question for all you creatives out there: What do you struggle with when it comes to styling/ taking pictures? For me it's definitely the patience to deal with the details! Today I thought I'd make Apple Blossom Pastries and it was just too detail oriented for me to be enjoyable to all. I couldn't make them turn out as pretty as I wanted. Icing sugar became my saving grace and even though the pictures turned out to be okay I wasn't happy at all. I think I will rather stick to less delicate projects! Though I have to say that they tasted pretty darn delicious!
What's your go-to food when you have to celebrate something? Lately I am absolutely obsessed/ head over heels in love/ downright addicted to Vietnamese food! Like seriously!!! My absolute favorite is summer rolls with prawns or a deconstructed summer roll salad. I love the combination of fresh and spicy and crunchy and juicy and just delicious. And today, as I had to celebrate something good that happened to me of course the only way to go was to get Vietnamese with my favourite people!
If you watch my IG stories you might have seen that I have been helping some family members picking all the apples in their orchard last weekend. As a result: a) I had one of the funniest weekends in months b) apples are on my mind all the time (closing my eyes is a bit monotonous right now) c) extensive apple recipe googling lead to every single sponsored post that's popping up on my feed to be apple related d) I am tired of hearing or thinking (or typing for that matter) the word apple e) I made my first ever Apple Strudel 🔝 (and it was a success) Now please give me your apple recipe recommendations because we picked about 1.5 tons and I am desperate to quickly get rid of my share!
Today we went on a little road trip to meet the family. In fact it's a work visit as we team up to do the remainder of this year's apple picking! I was looking forward to this for weeks now. Not only because I had grand plans to take beautiful pictures in the orchard (I even forced Stefan to come a day earlier to do that in peace) but also because we have this family apple picking what's app group and the members of the elderly generation are killing it at the group chat with the funniest random messages ever! This has been the unchallenged highlight of my what's app conversations for weeks 😂 I will be sad when it's over now! The messages not the apple picking obviously 🤗
This is unrelated to this picture of this lovely Lychee Cocktail I had the other day but there is a question I am dying to get an answer to: Do you always stick to the rules without questioning them or are you someone who asks for special treatment? I am 1000000% the former but the older I get the more I observe that this is in fact a dumb strategy! I rarely see someone who - within reason - doesn't get what they want when they ask for it. Still I stress out to meet all expectations just to realise in the end those who just asked had it way easier! Is this observation something you can agree on? And how do you do that even? Asking feels so awkward to me!
Today we ate the first pumpkin of the season for dinner. It was delicious. But to be honest the main reason it was delicious was the feta cheese we topped it with. I mean I like pumpkin and I have a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte here and there when autumn comes around but I really don't get the hype. I prefer apples, or pears, or figs. I want strudel and jam and cider. How about you? Are you team pumpkin or team apple? Btw I still thing they photograph marvellously 🤗
Summer is slowly fading away and on more days than not we now have these gorgeous crisp autumn mornings. I am going to out myself here now: I am not a summer person! Pretty much everyone around me is complaining about the dropping temperatures and overcast days but in my mind I am already pairing my scarfs with my knitted jumpers and cook warm apple cider or pear jam with cinnamon. Truth be told, I cannot wait for autumn to really arrive! How about you? Are you team complaining about the cooler temperatures or team cannot wait for the autumn leaves?
Do you have any food/ eating routines? I am a lost cause when it comes to planning meals and meal prepping is a nightmare for me. But Friday is curry night and Sunday is our meat day. And today we had these gorgeous short ribs my father-in-law so kindly got us from the farmer's market. Another routine I love is that my husband cooks for me at the weekends! Hooray for significant others who cook! You rock, guys and gals!!!
I am calling this picture 'Mummy, I shrunk my sister!' 🤗 It was my mum's birthday last month and she asked me to give her a picture of @sina.jasmin that matches the one of me bathing in coffee. She also wanted me to print and frame both of them. Though I feel kinda awkward about this birthday present I find it quite funny that mum still wants self-made pictures from her grown-up daughter!
Guys, look at these awesome cocktails glasses I brought back from our weekend trip to Salzburg! Shopping for food props is one of my favorite things to do when I travel. Because whenever I shoot something with these items or even consider them for a picture I am reminded of the place where I got them and all the lovely things I did there! Do you love shopping when you travel? What's your memorabilia of choice?
What do you do to release stess, unwind and recharge your batteries? Usually I'd say working out, a walk in the woods or a glass of wine should do the trick. But things have been stressful and difficult lately and the usual wasn't enough. So my husband and I decided it was time to go on a little road trip. Yesterday we kicked off the weekend early with a sauna spa day and then in the evening we arrived in the land of Schnitzel! Off to new adventures 🤗
Okay so this is in no way related to the picture of my Vietnamese summer roll inspired salad bowl I had for dinner today (which was awesome btw) but I have a serious question: What makes a caption good in your eyes? Every time I post here on IG I sit on my couch and wreck my brain until I come up with a somehow mediocre few sentences to go with my picture. I ask my husband for advice but compared to him I am the Harry Potter of caption writing. So what draws you in? Something funny? Something thought provoking? Maybe something completely random? Do you mind sarcasm? Please let me hear your thoughts!
Are you a procrastinator? Do you usually mind it or are you cool with it? I am really bad! But sometimes when something awesome comes from my endless procrastination I am kinda glad that I am one! Like today when I scrolled through Pinterest to avoid a few phone calls and found a recipe for Bánh mì. Hello dinner 🙌🙌🙌