i know you haven’t heard from me in a while, it’s been tremendously busy around here.. but without further complaining, here’s to a new blog post and a new chapter of regular blogging! although i’ve obviously still been preparing and cooking my own meals, i haven’t really had the time to come up with new recipes and take pictures of them both at the same time. i do have some new recipes in my notes which i haven’t shared with you yet – only gonna say as much as banana poppy seed chocolate chip cookies! :O
when i’m not in the kitchen, i’m either running up some mountain, working on my bachelor thesis or simply wandering around town and discovering such cool events like these – a foodtruck tour stop from Miele Österreich. from what i’ve heard, this tour has been taking place all over austria, with innsbruck being the final stop of the tour, so i guess i was pretty lucky to have spotted it today!
miele is a long-established company which is widely known for its competence of producing high-quality household appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, or ovens and steam cookers. now you probably know what got me really excited about this food truck tour stop 😉 steam cookers are such an amazing addition to a healthy and balanced diet as they let you enjoy even more nutrients from your food.
the steam cooker they presented is a portable device and is fairly small and compact which means you can even move it within your kitchen (very valuable fact when your kitchen is tiny!) while it doesn’t take up too much space. although i’m certainly gonna be moving to other places a couple of times during the next few years lying ahead of me, i am totally considering getting one of these. not only can you double or triple the nutrient count when you steam vegetables compared to when you boil or even fry them, but you can do so much more with a steamer.
currently thinking about steaming grains and legumes, such as rice, lentils, chickpeas or beans. you can certainly also make quiche, curries, and dumplings. besides all the greens i would steam on a daily basis (steamed broccoli and asparagus – oh my!), i would definitely also steam my potatoes and would never ever need to boil them again. and on top of all that, i’m sure you can do many unusual recipes with a steamer too, such as cake, baked goods, mousse, or pudding.
but steaming or not, i just loved that i happened to see the event and that i was able to learn more about the health benefits of steaming in general – one of the most important benefits being the fact that you don’t need any oil at all. what’s more, you can’t really over-cook or burn your food anymore which usually happens frequently when boiling, frying, grilling or baking veggies. you just set a timer or pre-set program in your steamer and it will be perfectly done in no time!
at the event i even got to try risotto with green asparagus and i can tell you, it tasted like heaven! the flavors were so intense and everything was perfectly in texture and color. the asparagus was soft and the rice was tender as well.
before i end this post i’d like to tell you one more thing. with regards to their food truck tour, miele also runs a competition where you can actually win a cooking class and many other goodies. if you wanna take the chance in winning this (and i feel like you definitely should if you live around the area), you can sign up here or check their instagram for more information.
if you already happen to have a steamer, please let me know for what kind of things you use it for on a daily basis – i’d be really interested in all the possibilities you have when owning one! until i get a steamer, i will use my good old oven and keep developing some more new recipes for you guys. so stay tuned for what’s gonna come! have a good one 🙂