BEAUTYCALYPSE

Bye, February! – Hi there, March!

Evaluating the best and worst finds + the Quest’s twists and turns in February: health, happiness, ethical excellence.

But before we start, have a look. This grisaille (with a few sunny exceptions) has been February in Berlin. And around. These somewhat artsy images are from my journey home – back from Zurich.beautycalypse-green-travel-berlin-artsy

Quest Report February

The month has been so damn short, I hardly even noticed! How about you? Still, there’s no denying it, it’s time for the February Quest Report.beautycalypse-february-2015-quest-reportBusiness trips – yes, those I try to avoid in favour of Skype calls 😉 – have inspired me to add a new section to the Quest: Eco Travel Business & City. Check out the brand new section if you’ve missed the tagged posts, and please, please, let me hear in the comments what your green travel concerns are.beautycalypse-on-the-road-feb-2015Well, at least travelling meant wintery landscapes painted with snow – and really lots of snow all the way down to Nurembergbeautycalypse-green-travel-nuremberg…and to Zurich and to Bregenz:beautycalypse-green-travel-bregenzAfter seeing beautiful matcha-related novelties at the Biofach fair, I have rediscovered this fine powdered tea specialty as the most delicious addition to my recipes (and to more than just to wasabi-spiced chocolate). Infusing green smoothies with matcha, blending it with frosting sugar from raw cane sugar to cover gluten-free viennoiseries with a fancy green topping. To my utter delight, there’s even an organic BioZisch lemonade based on fine matcha tea. Yay, summer parties!cooking-with-matcha-feb-15In terms of healthy and efficient cooking, I can proudly announce to have perfected: a spicy, fruity, uber healthy and quick lunchtime salad; a gluten-free, vegan, extra spicy Thai curry; and a silky-smooth, delicious, sugar-free, vegan rice pudding infused with Chai spices:cooking-vegan-flutenfree-sugarfreeWhich recipe do you wanna read first? 
Of course, there’s been a LOT more to the Quest, but as you know, discovering new brands means researching, testing and asking palm oil questions, and I’m not yet ready to reveal them here 🙂

On a personal note, I have spent a lot of time with my loved ones and close friends (BTW one of the latter is hiding behind the black cat in a photo above); have ordered funny striped, mulicoloured socks and a summer dress from a UK-based eco fair fashion brand; I’m testing lingerie-level synthetic bras versus eco fair cotton bras; suffering through growing out my hair… Lots of fun! 😉 Having finished the Benifuuku allergy cure, I’m testing a new, alternative allergy treatment starting tomorrow. Report due end of March!

So, how was February for You, Adventurer? 

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    • Oh well, now I’m curious 🙂 Spill it! It can’t be chillies, so it’s either cauliflower or the green beans…

        • Oh I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it’s next on my powerfood list! 😦 Together with her friends cale, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprout…

          • Haha I know brassica are amazing for health but brussel sprout closely follows cauliflower as the only veg i really can’t stand! I’ve learnt to love cabbage (must be raw or quickly stir fried only) and kale

            • Is it the taste or the lack of such? 🙂 I’m just curious. As a kid I’ve hated cabbage from the bottom of my heart, but only because I would often get a headache from eating it raw, in cole slaw for example.
              My bf loves brussel sprout but hates cauiflower if it’s not spicy (so he would hate it pure, but eat it in a curry).

              • I particularly hate the smell when cooked/boiled and general ‘sulphuriness. Also I think because I never encounted them as a child (grew up in various West African countries) and my first experience was horrendously over boiled really put me off.

                • Get it, the smell is something! I don’t exactly love it either 😀
                  I grew up in Russia, and brassica were always overcooked 🙂

  1. Everything looks so delicious!

    I am in the middle of the Benifuuki cure, but at the moment the changing weather, sun, mild temperatures are hitting me hard. So already looking forward to the next allergy treatment post.