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Apple-broccoli soup with chestnut

We always take lunch to work in our lunch pails. Sometimes, after a hard working day - you find no time to cook something.

It's important to have some recipies at hand that work fast.

Part1: Prepare the soup

  • 1 can of cooked chestnuts
  • 1 brokolli
  • 1 apple
  • 250ml of coconut milk
  • 500 ml of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee
  • salt
  • pepper

Put the brokolli into a pot.

Cut it into roses.

Cut the apple and add the chestnuts.

Cook 500 ml of water and create a vegetable broth.

Add 250 ml of coconut milk.

Pour it into the pot and turn on the heat.

Wait until all of it is boiling. Wait a little bit longer until all of it is really hot.

Part 2: Waiting

Put your soup into a wonderbag and wait 1 hour. (Or cook it for 20 minutes)

Part 3: The grand finale

Remove the soup from the wonderbag.

Remove some apple and some chestnuts, add ghee.

Use a food processor and purreΓ© the soup. Add the remaining apples and chestnuts you just took out.

Add salt and pepper. No need to cook it at this point - you will do this the next day.

Part 4: Serving it

The next day you just cook the soup again and fill it into the lunch pails.

Add some parsley if you want a great look πŸ˜‰

No time is no good excuse

This takes approx. 15 minutes of your time. You created a delicious gourmet soup, with great fresh ingredients.

That simple.

Banana meat-balls with mango-sauce

Summertime. Time for sweet meat-balls

These meat-balls are gluten-free - but defitely not low-carb. But hey - they are delicious. No need to be perfect! Right?


  • 400 g mixed minced meat
  • 1 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 squashed clove of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • salt
  • pepper

Mix all the ingredients of the meat balls. Form little balls and put them into a hot pan (with coconut oil).


  • 1 squashed clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of rice

Put the garlic into the oil and add the rice.

Wait until the rice looks a little bit translucent.

Then add boiling water. Boil it up and put it into a wonderbag.


  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Sambal Olek
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 small can of cubed tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 1 onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • coconut oil

Dice the onions and glaze them in the coconut oil. Add tomatoes and coconut milk.

Let the sauce reduce a little bit, while you cube the mango and slice the banana.

Add mango and banana into the sauce.

Add the spices, salt, pepper. Take away the heat and add the parsley.


Put all of this together onto the plates. You can use a teacup to form the rice. And some of the parsley to make it nice.

Simply being

You have everything you need - right

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. Babatunde Olatunji

This is a reminder for myself.

Live can be simple and beautiful. If you do not complicate it.

You have the sun, you have something to eat, you have a warm and cozy place to sleep you can walk outside and enjoy the beauty of it all.

If you think that you need more, you pay a price. More becomes less.

You buy ice cream and become fat. You get a car and have to work for the bank. You buy cheap food and ruin the planet. You think other people do wrong stuff and try to change them and become unhappy. You try to fix yourself, when there is nothing broken.

Don't forget that life is simple, if you can accept what is already given to you.

Low Carb Pizza with thuna crust

Delicious low carb pizza with thuna crust.

Here is a pizza recipie without flour. Gluten-free, low in carbs and delicious.


  • 400 g of thuna in own juice
  • 4 eggs

Mix thuna and eggs for the crust
The finished thuna crust

Tomato layer

  • 1 small can of tomatoes in small pieces
  • pepper
  • salt
  • oregano

The classical tomato layer

Middle Layer

  • Your choice πŸ˜‰

The middle layer - be creative here!

Cheese layer

  • 150g of grated cheese

Everyone loves cheese

How you bake the pizza

  1. Drain the thuna, add the 4 eggs and mix it.

  2. Put the crust onto baking parchment and put it into the oven at 180Β°C for 15 minutes.

  3. Take the crust out of the oven

  4. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper & oregano

  5. Add all your own ingredients - you know best what you want on the pizza!

  6. Add all of the cheese πŸ™‚ Mmmm...

  7. Put the pizza back into the oven for around 20 minutes. I guess you know exactly how the cheese layer has to look πŸ™‚

  8. Enjoy!!

Change what you can change

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971)

Life is full of problems. Haven't you notice? You can spent you're whole energy and creativity on fixing them.

Here are a few examples that you might encounter as a programmer:

  • Your team does not test code
  • You want to use Git but everyone else just feels fine with SVN
  • No department speaks to another one
  • Scrum sucks

I had quite a hard time trying to fix all these things only a few years ago. It was quite impossible for me to "fix" these things in my team.

Do not try to change people

This is my advice: Do not try to change people.

It sounds simple. But it isn't easy to do it.

Start with yourself

Here are a few examples:

Example 1: Everyone else uses SVN and you want to use GIT

What you can change today is use git-svn. It is not perfect, but you can commit as often as you like, squash commits and only push quality code into SVN.

You don't have to ask anyone. Just do it. Be patient and wait. Someday some other colleagues might use GIT. Tell them about git-svn. Before long you all might use GIT.

Example 2: Your team does not test code

And what about you? Do you really test-drive or test code? No? Then why not start now. You don't have to ask for permission. If you believe it's what professionals do then do it. Today.

If there is a point to testing, then someone might notice. If there is no point to testing you might notice.

Example 3: The deparments do not speak to each other

Speak to another department. Invite a colleague that you don't know to lunch. Are you willing to do this? Are you willing to do this weekly?

Are there colleagues that might be willing to do it? Can they join you? Ask them πŸ™‚

Is there a question in your daily work, that only another department can answer? So why dont you not ask them?

This is something that you can do. Today.

Why is this more effective?

You can act now on these problems now.

You do not have to ask for permission to change yourself.

Why waste any energy on stuff that you can not do? It is absurd to change, if you think about it. It shows a lack of trust into your fellow programmers and why should they follow you? You are not doing it yourself?

Change yourself

The things that you can not accept in others, are a mere reflection of you. You can not accept them, because you haven't come to terms with yourself.

Try to change yourself.

You might not change the "situation" at all β€” but you will stop to be the victim. You will feel much better and in the end you might be surprised, that the problem just disolves over time.

After a few of these experiences you might even notice, that the biggest problem might have been you're perception of the "situation".

This is for the brave

Do not forget that changing oneself is only for the brave. It hurt's to see that all the bad things that we think "others" do, we do on our own.

Forgive yourself and through forgiving yourself, come to terms with others.

Beautiful isn't it?

A good day

"A Good Day" With Brother David Steindl-Rast from Phap Than on Vimeo.

The most important lesson

Looking for future happiness does not work so well.

Even if you reach it β€” it will most certainly not last.

You will get ill. People will not like you. You will have stress. There will be bad weather.

No matter how much you struggle, no matter how rich you get: You will not be able to hold on to your health or wealth.

Happiness now?

Why are young childs so happy? Why is the world such a marvelous place for them?

They like the packaging of your birthday present more than the present itself. You give them a leave and they are delighted. You show them a dog and the love it. You smile at them and they are happy.

Of course: Live for a young child is not only happy. But I think they can teach us an important lesson about happiness.

Children do not try to be happy. They just are happy.

They do not need anything for it. No money. No special moment. Nothing.

All our concepts about happiness are just a hindrance to achieve it.

If you embrace the current moment, you notice that it isn't only bad or good. It's both.

When I started to look I noticed something great:

Even if I have a "bad" morning β€” a moment later I see the sun through the office window and I am happy.

I am stuck in a train that does not move for 10 minutes, then I notice a loving mother and a happy child playing. And I am happy together with them.

When I walk through storm and rain to work I listen. It sounds marvelous. It smells marvelous. Yes it's cold and wet β€” but what a great show. It makes me happy.

This is the same happiness that you have when you climb on a mountain and look down and you have this "wow" feeling. You stoped thinking. You started looking. You are happy.

You can be happy

The lesson is this:

Every time you think a moment is bad: Embrace it.

The resistance to it often hurts much more then the just being with it.

Stop thinking. Have a good look around you. Try to feel you're body and take a few deep breaths.

Be here. Now. Not in the past, not in the future. Because otherwise you will just miss what makes you happy.

You have everything you need for happiness. Right here. Now. Stop looking for it somewhere else.

Do you know the difference between a good working place and a great one?


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Everyone brings in his or her unique talents.

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