Friday, January 3, 2014

Statistics: 365 Days of a Consultant's Food

One might ask me one day: What was the silliest thing you ever did in your life? From now on I have an appropriate answer to this question: I took a picture of the food I ate for one year and wrote about it every Tuesday (beside minor issues with my broken Laptop, holiday in Africa or the winter holiday in New York/California). People might wonder what a consultant eats every day and if it is really desirable to get paid for eating out and living in hotels and "on the road"? Well, from now on you have statistics of all the food an (un)usual consultant in Advisory eats while being on a project during the week.

With my project I covered 56% of the food I ate this past year, not including breakfast during the week which would then add up to a coverage of 77% (Hotel breakfasts are usually always the same).
This Year I traveled to 10 different countries including: Germany, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Switzerland, Kenya and the United States of America which all lead to the results of my daily food and experiences.
Enclosed the statistics:

Horse 1
Waffles 4
Bread with dip 5
Croissants 6
Aglio Olio 7
Currywursts 7
Fajitas 8
Frikandelles 8
Crepés 9
Fruits 10
Nachos 10
Seafood Pastas 10
Tomato Mozzarella 10
Breakfast food 11
Sushi 12
Fries 14
Potato related dishes 14
Sausages 14
Lox Bagels or Rolls 15
Chicken related 16
Hamburgers 16
Cake 17
Spaghetti Bolognese 19
Deserts 20
Beef related dishes 21
Seafood related 22
Pizzas 23
Pastas 38
Salads 40
Soups 41
Asian Food 42
Pork related dishes 42
Sandwiches 82


Thank you for reading! I will now enjoy my meals without taking a picture... (feels kind of weird) and have an answer for the silliest thing I have ever done - at least until the next crazy adventure :D

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tuesday Tales: Daily Food of a Consultant

Welcome to the last official entry of Tuesday Tales: Daily Food of a Consultant!
Week 52 started of with delicious chicken just before going to the Musical "The book of Mormon" which is hilarious and one of the best musicals I have ever experienced. Typical for America, we had Turkey, mushed potatoes, carrots and stuffing on the 24th of December followed by roast beef on "Christmas" Wednesday.

While playing Nancy Drew the Silent Spy on Thursday I drank tasty blue moon which is only available in America. After visiting the bay, Pier 39 and the sea lions, I ate this frozen chocolate banana. On Saturday we went to Livermore valley to go wine tasting. After trying wines in three different wineries, we had to get food in form of a Sandwich from Mister Pickles. On Sunday was Casino day. We drove to the Graton Casino and ate this Chinese food (beside me loosing $50). On Monday we made Sushi followed by my final and last meal which was this pork bun!

Tuesday Tales: Daily Food of a Consultant

Welcome to the second to last Daily Food of a Consultant - a double feature due to the holidays :) - see next entry! We were in Boston, Maine and drove through New Hampshire. eating dumplings and beans from Cracker Barrel... not to be recommended due to the sliminess. On Tuesday we went to the Faneuil Hall in Boston to eat this clam chowder which we sadly did not try this time in San Francisco. Nevertheless, it was very good and nearly as good as the original in the bay area. After our arrival in Maine we had Lobster with sweet french fries. My first Lobster I ever had - and it was delicious.

After visiting the M.I.T. and Harvard on Thursday, we visited the brewery tour of Samuel Adams. The tour was very short but interesting and the best of all: we got three free beer samples. The best beer was the one which had a flavour of pineapple. That would be great to sponsor the show Psych - or what do you think? Thursday night was leaving night (just like normal workdays :) and we went to California. In Fremont (where she comes from) we bought cake which came from Nothing Bundt Cakes. A very delicious carrot cake! While running around on Saturday for wedding locations, fast food was our next choice. We had, beside other tastiness, this wanton soup followed by a meatballs and Spaghetti on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday Tales: Daily Food of a Consultant

This week I am writing to you from Boston in the U.S.! Because of this, I am quite late but it still counts as Tuesday - here it is 9 p.m. at night and snowing like crazy... The week started out with potatoes, meat and vegetables from the post canteen. Next was the try of a Bretzel from Cologne (the only "real" Bretzels which taste good are actually from south Germany... we never found delicious ones like this anywhere else) with lox creme cheese and olives. On Wednesday I got polenta (which is kind of scary stuff but tastes kind of good) with pork. Wednesday was our last day at work and I took off back to Frankfurt to pack for our holiday in America. Following this, on Thursday we went to the airport and had a typical German lunch for the last time in three weeks. What else could you eat beside a Schnitzel ;)?

The next picture is typically New York (where we first went to)! - A bagel with creme cheese and a lot of lox for breakfast with coffee in a typical New York Deli behind steaming tasty food.
Being in New York we also had to eat $1 Pizza with spicy sauce and Parmesan cheese. Finally, passing a 7eleven, we tasted the yumminess of a Slurpee after a long 2 year waiting period!! The next morning started with a breakfast in out hotel bed: We got egg, cheese and sausage breakfast sandwich on a bagel to start our drive to Philadelphia and Boston. Let the holidays begin!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

American Cheesecake

Unable to find pecans for pecan pie or pumpkin for pumpkin pie, she decided to make an American cheesecake for Thanksgiving. American cheesecake is quite different from German cheesecake. It is much creamier and more sweet than savory.

She couldn't remember any of the recipes she has used in the past, so she tried this one. The cheesecake part came out great but she was not so impressed with the crust. This could have been because she had to use German crackers instead of Graham crackers or maybe it just was not a great recipe (not sweet enough for her!). However, with some experimenting, we believe this recipe can definitely be first class in the future!

One large cheesecake (large!!!)

~ 15 Graham crackers (she used Vollkorn crackers here in Germany)
2 Tbs butter

4 (8oz) packages of cream cheese (important to use Philadelphia in Germany)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbs vanilla
1/4 cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C) and get out a 9 inch springform pan

In a bowl, crumble the Graham crackers(quite fine) and add the 2 Tbs melted butter.

Once combined, push the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan.

Set aside and use a new bowl and mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. This was the first recipe that she used the new hand mixer and it made it so much easier than doing everything by hand!

Add the milk and eggs, mixing between each addition. Finally, mix in the sour cream, vanilla and flour.

Pour the filling (making sure it is smooth) onto the spread out cracker mixture.

Bake for one hour. After one hour, turn off the oven but DON'T OPEN THE DOOR! Let the cheesecake sit in the turned off oven for a few hours to keep it from cracking (or so the experts say, she let hers sit for more than 3 hours and it still had a huge crack).

Remove from oven after cooled and refrigerate until serving. This is when it is beneficial to live somewhere cold because we can use our balcony as an extra refrigerator :)

She served the cheesecake plain, but you can add a fruit topping or something else that makes it look fancy (and covers up any cracks).


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday Tales: Daily Food of a Consultant

Only 2 weeks until the Christmas break starts :). This week started with a different hotel which had a special restaurant close to it which only sold potato themed things. Best was that I was able to try horse the first time of my life. It was very worth it... if you have the chance - try it! I got it with red cabbage and dumplings. On Tuesday was BIY food day which means: Buy It Yourself :) - a special day during the week when I am not going into a restaurant but instead saving my money and buy for cheap in the supermarket. What you see here are the tomatoes followed by the Wednesday food with lox, creme cheese and bread.
Thursday was - the so called and right now named: crap food Thursday: Currywurst with pommes - unhealthy but sooo tasty!

On the same day I went to her Christmas party were we got a pumpkin soup and won a trip to Bangkok! This Christmas party rocked! :)
We went to a leaving party of our Australian friend on Friday accompanied with tasty and hot Mexican food and dark wheat beer. Saturday was lazy and planning day for our trip to the USA over Christmas. I cooked Aglio Olio and ate tasty bread. On Sunday we visited my parents by train and got these turkey steaks in cream sauce (super delicious!!!). Just enough to prepare us for the great Christmas and holiday time!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pickled Eggplant and Zucchini

When we translate the name of these recipes from German into English they say pickled, however, picked brings up the wrong images for us. Really these are thin slices of eggplant and zucchini, cooked in olive oil with garlic. We made these in about ten minutes, instead of the suggest hours and hours of cooking and marinating, so the least we can do is keep the recipe's name.

We made this for his birthday and could have made a lot more because it was gone quite quickly.

What you need:
1 zucchini
1 eggplant
3-4 cloves garlic
fresh parsley
a good amount of olive oil
balsamic vinegar (we used about 2 Tbs)

Wash the zucchini and eggplant and cut off both ends. Cut in thin slices. We thought they looked nicer being cut longways, but there is no reason you can't make small round pieces.

Dice the garlic and heat in a pan with a healthy amount of olive oil (a little more than just a thin covering). Heat this over medium-high.

Add each slice and cook on each side until cooked through and nice and oily. Remove from the heat, drizzle balsamic on top, and sprinkle with salt and some parsley.

Play around with what tastes good to you. With that much oil you can't really go wrong!