Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

How I outwit myself in Lockdown-times (my resolution no.3)

Dear You, 

you wrote that you fear to become a couch potato in these lockdown times, and I can understand that very well. But...

photo by Britta Hügel 

To stay fit you have to eat well. 
I eat each day what Gaylord Hauser called so appropriately "Sunshine Salad". 

I am a big fan of late Mr. Hauser (though "big" might not be the right word 😀) - but also a bit lazy: To cut all these carrots, peppers, courgettes, cucumbers, radishes and "all you can eat"! is Zen, meditative - but also a bit of a nuisance, sometimes. 

"Sometimes" begins around lunchtime. 
So here my lockdown rule number 3

I do that in the morning, right after breakfast - because I know myself pretty well:  around lunchtime a mysterious lethargy sets in - I just don't do it! 
So I have to outwit myself. 

I take the marvellous glas bowl (you see: it has a lid!), cut all the vegetables into pieces, put the lid on, back to the fridge (I know that I will lose some vitamins on that short run - but honestly: who wants to be perfect? And better 2/3 of all those vitamins than none at all!) 
So at lunchtime I only have to pick the salad to pieces, add pumpkin seed and feta cheese, and my homemade salad dressing 

(If you want to try it: 1 Tbsp Balsamico vinegar, 1 Tbsp Maple sirup, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, a little dollop of Dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground black pepper, and, if you have, some herbs - lovely - it is the maple sirup that does it...)  And always remember: 
"Vinegar like a scrooge, oil like a squanderer"

Add it 
"et voilà!

Stay healthy, dear friend - and look after yourself! 

Yours Truly, 
Britta   XXX 


  1. Replies
    1. It is, dear Emma, especially the vinaigrette (and of course I add something substantial for lunch :-)

  2. It is beautiful, dear Britta. Most important of all, to fool ourselves into going on, until this terrible time is over.

    1. Yes, Joanne - sometimes it is not easy to motivate oneself to carry on. But then there are the many beautiful little things and moments which convince us to do so.

  3. That looks so healthy Britta and such a good discipline to prepare straight after breakfast. I must try to do the same.

  4. Thank you - it is not only healthy, Rachel, but also delicious :-) (I am not a great salad-fan in winter - prefer soups - but when I am disciplined (and that I am only in the morning before ten o'clock -- I tested it!!! often!!! )
    I feel better after eating such a lot of vitamins at lunch. I learned from the Flying Dutchman to cook in the evening (in Germany we eat the warm meal - dinner - around 13:00 o'clock, so that was a change in habits for me). XXX