Lazy picnic ideas: An illustrated guide

It’s summer, the season of hot bedrooms and outdoor entertainment! The duck and I are lazy and prefer to spend most of our time inside, but we have been invited to a few outside exploration or catching-up sessions in the past that we thankfully accepted if we had the time. Whenever an outside activity includes a picnic or a general sharing of snacks, the duck and I usually try to come up with something simple and foolproof to bring along. We are decent bakers if we get to follow a recipe and only a minimal amount of decorating is involved. When it comes to cooking or improvising, however, the results are usually hit-or-miss. Picnic idea duckIn order to reduce our thinking-hard-about-what-to-bring-that’s-not-only-edible-but-actually-somewhat-enjoyable time, the duck and I decided to make a list of ideas to come back to if we want to contribute to the food situation at a picnic without betraying our laziness too much. And, because we’re generous, we decided to share it with you: Continue reading

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Munich

Last year, when we were sad that we couldn’t travel as much as we used to (which wasn’t a lot, but still more than now), the duck and I shared a few photos we took in Ravensburg, the town of puzzles and board games. After saying goodbye to our friend Jl we walked around the town, snapped a few photos and then made our way to the bus stop where we waited for a bus that never came. Instead, about an hour later, a replacement bus showed up because the one the duck and I were meant to get on had broken down on the way. Finally we were on our way to Munich, the city of the Oktoberfest, where we would meet our magical friend B who also happens to be the duck’s first friend beside me. B gave us a little tour around the city, indicated photo ops (we’d done quite a few joint photo/video collection sessions in the past, back when the duck was a new member of our now-trio) and showed me a campus of the university she was studying at. Of course both the duck and I have forgotten most of what she told us about the places we saw because, as always, food was on our mind and we had a lot of catching up to do. But we still have the photos we took:

It’s always nice to have visual memory triggers, don’t you think? Oh, how we miss hanging out and eating more snacks than we ever thought would fit in our tummies! We can’t wait to catch up with B and lots of snacks again, hopefully in the not too distant future.
Do you also like to use photographs as memory cues? What’s the biggest amount of snacks you ever ate in one sitting?

Snacks: Rosemary chips

When the duck and I saw that Naturals chips were on sale at the local grocery store the other day, we decided that that was the perfect opportunity to finally compose a non-chocolate subjective snack review! Lorenz advertises the use of natural ingredients in their Naturals chips, as well as the peel that is left on the potatoes as they are sliced and roasted in sunflower oil. The duck and I had seen them around before, but I don’t remember ever trying any of the varieties. When we spotted the one called ‘Rosemary’, however, we couldn’t resist.
The duck and I fell in love with rosemary a few years ago when we worked at a pretend Italian cafe that offered a kind of pizza made with a pizza dough base topped with olive oil and fresh rosemary. Whenever we smelled this rosemary bread as it was baking in the oven, the duck and I felt major food envy (that, fortunately, we were strong enough to never act upon). This is why we didn’t look twice when we grabbed a bag of these nicely priced natural chips and carefully placed it in our shopping basket, super excited for a beautiful rosemary-scented and -flavored snack. Here’s how that turned out: Continue reading

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Goodbye spring

Spring is officially over and the duck and I miss it already. It’s true that we don’t have to fight the evil pollen anymore and that we are a lot more awake as a result of that (well, strictly speaking that would be the result of no longer having to rely on allergy tablets). But it’s also true that we’ll miss seeing nature wake up and going on weird photo walks during the golden hour. Now it’s time to graduate from sakura flavored drinks to something a bit more summery and to go over to focusing on fighting spiders full-time. But first, a proper farewell is in order: Goodbye springYes, the duck and I did indeed spend hours on creating this cheesy goodbye-to-spring image to show our appreciation for the season (that we always remember more fondly when we don’t have to drop allergy pills anymore and have slightly less trouble getting up in the morning). We did so by using one of the photos we didn’t include in our spring walk post and some inspiration we got from watching the opening of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries one too many times.
I’m still not sure on which side of the line between ‘corny but funny’ and ‘corny and an insult to my eyes’ this lands; I waver every time I look at it. The duck, as one of the subjects of this digital collage(?) is too biased to give me a reliable assessment. Oh well…

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♥ Matcha melon pan #cutepatisserie #obsessedwithmatcha #theloveisreal #konbinimemories #yum #TBT

A rather long while back, when pandemics were still nothing but a nightmare scenario in movies and history books that health professionals occasionally warned about, the duck and I met up with our cool Frankfurt friend JD to go to Iimori Pâtisserie for a little Japanese pastry break! Even though I had tried melon pan, or melon bread, before and was disappointed by the lack of melon flavor (I didn’t know back then that the name describes the look rather than the taste), when I saw a matcha melon pan in the display case I knew that the duck and I had to get it. So we did! And I wasn’t disappointed. Sure, this was still a bit too sweet for the duck and my weird tastes, like all melon pan, but just the memory of our beloved Konbini was enough to make us fully enjoy this wonderful pastry, as well as catching up with our friend! 5/5 matcha ducks! ♥

Now that I think about it, it’s been way too long since the duck and I have had any kind of Japanese pastry… we should change that!

Phryne Fisher’s Cherry-flavored Mystery

This is what the duck and I call the cold latte recipe that we came up with to accompany today’s friend recommendation: the glorious Australian TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. We had not heard about the series before the lovely R had recommended it to us; a few minutes into the first episode, the duck and I were in love! When we realized recently that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has disappeared from Netflix we were devastated. Finding out that some dubbed episodes can be streamed through the media center of a German TV channel consoled us only a little bit. We find most dubbing alienating which is why we can’t fully enjoy this alternative, but knowing that we can watch episodes of one of our favorite feel-good series if we really want to, even if it’s in German, is better than having no access at all (other than buying or renting episodes). This is also the reason why I was able to capture the duck watching Phryne Fisher preparing to be a badass next to ‘Phryne Fisher’s Cherry-flavored Mystery’!‘Why cherry?,’ you may ask. Well, we wanted to go with something that matches the series’s color scheme and we also thought that you can’t go wrong with a hint of sakura in spring. Now the duck and I present to you a recipe for our take on one of our favorite beverages – coffee – that is almost worthy of going alongside this wonderful series that so beautifully combines three of our favorite things: period dramas, strong female characters and a mystery uncovering detective: Continue reading

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Adulting

Several people who have met me in a more professional setting will tell you that I am a mature and reasonable person. While I might somewhat agree with the ‘reasonable’ part, the ‘mature’ is very much a result of my being relatively sensible and wanting to appear professional whenever necessary. I have tricked quite a few people into seeing me as a proper adult and a serious conversation partner whereas in reality I think that being addressed by my last name is weird and watching children’s movies and TV shows, endlessly browsing the internet, drawing pictures of dancing cookies and having animated discussions with the duck about whether there is such a thing as a business sneaker that you can wear to formal functions, or if we need to invent and popularize it ourselves, are the way to go. Granted, all those are things that a lot of real adults do, too; I’m sure that I’m not the only one who wants to know who wronged the person who then invented business attire as a payback. However, I find that I still cannot relate to those who prefer to talk about their latest investments, favorite fancy restaurants or a mutual acquaintance’s  relationship status rather than funny videos, roller coasters and cake for breakfast. I’m not that kind of adult. Whenever I stay up too late, it’s because I spent too much time on Netflix-
until some nights ago everything changed: I was trying to figure out a formula on Excel (well, OpenOffice Calc, because I’m cheap like that) – more or less for fun! – and couldn’t stop until I had found a way to get to the desired result. Yes, I was wearing my sweatpants in the process, but I was also enjoying working on a spreadsheet more than I was the video game that I was playing at that time. Maybe that was my first step from having limited success at grownup-pretending into proper adulthood (not only on paper).
When children finally start taking me seriously, I know I will have succeeded (I think the duck just choked on three cookies from laughing hysterically). That’s when I’ll buy a fancy suit, invest in a few stocks and sign up for a wine tasting!

The reason why our bedroom sometimes smells like toothpaste

It’s spring! The temperatures are getting warmer and nature’s color scheme is shifting from browns to greens. While the birds are building nests and the flowers are starting to wake up, the spiders are busy plotting how to intrude into your bedroom so that they can crawl into your mouth when you’re asleep (I doubt that that actually happens, but just the idea is enough to send shivers down my spine). The duck and I have a tumultuous relationship with spiders. Even though there was a time when I had told myself that they won’t harm me, enough to actually not mind them, somehow the irrational fear of spiders inside my bedroom returned – possibly that one time my bedroom had floorboards with gigantic gaps in between them and I could observe a rather big specimen of a spider casually crawl out of the floor and back in again. Yikes! That was the first time my bedroom began to smell like toothpaste.Throughout the years the duck and I tried several methods to keep spiders out. Here’s a photo of the duck posing with a few items from our current bye-bye-spider-kit – so that I shall never again awake in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat, because I dreamed about a massive spider on the side of the wardrobe (which, I am ashamed to admit, might have been the only nightmare that ever had that effect on me). Anyway, here’s how we attempt to keep our bedroom an insect-free zone: Continue reading

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Obligatory annual spring photo post

It seems that it has become a tradition for the duck and me to celebrate the beginning of spring by taking a few photos of nature waking up from hibernation and then sharing them on here- weeks later. Why break such a fun tradition? This is why we present to you today: Beginning of spring – 2021 edition!

Same as last year, we tried to keep our distance from other people. This time we did it by looking extra weird as we were attempting to position our camera at the right distance and angle for a decent shot and got into the funniest shapes as a result. Photography yoga might be our new favorite kind of yoga!
What about you? Do you like to do accidental outside yoga? Were you as excited as we were about the beginning of spring (maybe so excited that you forgot that spring also means allergy season)?
I wonder what this year’s summer will be like.

Snacks: Pistachio Schogetten

Maybe it’s time to start calling the duck and my super subjective snack reviews ‘chocolate reviews’ instead because we yet again present you with a chocolaty treat that we discovered. After falling in love with Peanut butter Schogetten last year, we were excited when we spotted some new interesting-looking varieties that are part of a line called Schogetten Selection Gold that hit the grocery store shelves fairly recently. Out of the five varieties adorned with fancy golden lettering: hazelnut and cacao waffle in milk chocolate, hazelnut and cacao in semisweet chocolate, salt caramel crisp in milk chocolate, coconut almond in white chocolate and pistachio in white chocolate, the duck and I knew right away that we wanted to try the pistachio one. Here’s what we thought of it:

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