Donkeys & Caesar salad…

I am sitting at my cute, white, little ‘blogging-desk’ and am pouring myself a generous

glass of ice cold rose. The sun will go down in a few minutes, and I am looking forward to a cozy evening at home. I feel like I deserve a little treat, since I started exercising again today. And no, I don’t look like a goddess running the streets of Germany. I look more like pooh bear’s tired, little donkey friend ‘Eeyore’ when I run.  I am already huffing, and puffing after a few blocks…

Man, I am really out of shape. I used to be so athletic back in California. I felt such an urge to exercise back then. Nature was just so beautiful, and the weather was picture perfect, so who wouldn’t love to hike the trails of Runyon Canyon or run the streets of Santa Monica. But Stuttgart’s nasty April weather doesn’t really send off outdoorsy vibes at all.

So to recover from this sad, embarrassing 30 minute exercising attempt, I needed a glass of wine to be the highlight of my evening. Speaking of highlights, what you see in the photo was last week’s food-highlight. For the first time since I moved back to Germany I made myself a traditional American caesar salad. It was so good, and made me feel a little closer to the other side of the pond.

Do you know how a certain perfume or song can take you back in time? Food does that to me as well. This salad took me straight back to the Cheesecake Factory in Santa Barbara, where I had lunch with my friend Sabrina on a sunny day in February. I love little deja vus like this... Here's the recipe for the dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup parmesan, grated

1,8 oz (50 g) canned sardines or anchovies

2 Tbsp sunflower oil

1 medium clove garlic

3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Cayenne pepper, to taste

1/4 tsp salt

Add all ingredients to a small, cylinder-shaped plastic container, and mix well, using an immersion blender. Stop once a smooth mixture has developed. That's it! Simply drizzle the dressing over romaine lettuce. Then add croutons, as well as an extra portion of shredded parmesan on top.

Love, Peppa.