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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

My (the) Global Goals

I looked at these goals and it was hard to chose a goal because I literally want to change everything. I couldn't chose one, but I chose the "most important" ones for myself and things I may be able to change.

Sorry if my english isn't perfect. I'm working on it everyday!

1. No poverty
Why is it important to me? Germany and many parts of Europe are blessed with structures, food, electricity, water, education and security and so on. Nevertheless, we exploit other countries economically to increase our own profit. That is why there is poverty for example in Africa. We are destroying the economy in other countries in order to improve the European economy. However, this is not the way. Because there is poverty and comprehensible many Africans flee from Africa that cost far too many lives. We must stop exploiting these people, stop destroying their country and we must understand that we take away the home of many people, they flee and forcing this many people to become refugees, and this leads to hatred. There are so many right populists parties like the Afd, FPÖ, Front National, UKIP and so on. They even produce more hate and racism. The core problem is not the poor people who have to flee from their country. The problem is that we force these people to do this because we take their livelihood.

4. Quality education
Why is it important to me? I always had the opportunity to education. I can now even go to university right now. Knowledge is the best way to combat hatred, prejudice and violence. Because I think that people are less likely to have racist thoughts or produce hatred when having excess to education and the opportunity to go to university and make many international contacts and to grapple with our world. Of course, there are also a lot of idiots even in Ivy League Universities, but knowledge may prevent that the number of idiots don’t rise. Therefore, it is important that we give everyone the chance to a education and give everyone “a home”. At school you find friends, make contacts, get to know many different way of life. This is so important for children and to reduce intolerance and prejudice.

5. Gender equality
Why is it important to me? As a woman I often feel discriminated against. The pay gab, career opportunities or the prejudices that I get as a blonde girl. This pattern must be eliminated. On the one hand by the government with equal salaries and equal carrier perspectives. And on the other hand by parents explaining their children from the beginning, that boys and girls can do anything they want, that they’re worth the same and they must not comply with any stereotype.

12. Responsible consumption
Why is it important to me? It makes me angry when I see in what abundance we live. We can buy meat for less than 1€, the supermarkets are always full and they throw away all the food they don’t think is good enough any more. This food should not be donated. And yes, I think to myself - why is our world like is? Why do we think that we have the right to throw away food? But on the other side there are TV commercials of charity organizations, because children are starving in Africa. This is a huge contradiction. I know that the core problem in Africa is that the Africans only produce a little bit of the food themselves. However, it is important to me that I feel sick when I think that food we throw away could save children. I think that meat, fish and all animal products should be much more expensive. There are living beings. In addition, the food the supermarkets or restaurants throw away should be controlled and then donated. So they can help people. We do not need meat for 1€ or milk for 0.5€. We must not throw away yogurt because it has expired for one day. McDonalds does not have to throw away Burger, if they are not sold after 15 minutes. Maybe you understand my problem and why it makes me so angry.

13. Climate action
Why is it important to me? This should be important for every human being. But only a few people take this issue seriously. And many may only take it seriously when it is too late and only when it affect them. The best way here is probably: 1. Education: to explain people what they can do, what their actions provoke. Some people may simply don’t care, but I think the majority simply do not know exactly what happened and how to behave. 2. Economy: animal production and the economic pollute our world extremely. One way would be to lower the meat & fish consumption (the “meat fans” may now screaming out loud. Seek yourself another hobby ok? Or read something about the meat production. It is not about vegetarians or vegans, but to be conscious, wise and responsible about food produced from animals. The amount will hopefully shock a few people). In addition, our industry and the dwindling consumption of local goods destroy our environment a lot. Unfortunately it is hard to overcome corporations and politics. Because often all they see is money and profit.

14. & 15 Life below water + Life on land
Why is it important to me? I'm vegetarian. I care about animals and the environment a lot. The water pollution and the environmental pollution in general makes me sick. Putting our rubbish into the seas. All the coffee capsules from Nespresso and the small plastic bags for fruit and vegetables. It's all so bizarre and unnecessary that people prefer to have a Nespesso and don’t care about the pollution. How naive can you get? We destroy wonderful forests, oceans, landscapes. We kill animals, fish and rotten species. My heart beats in addition to the protection of human rights and for animals and our environment, which is why a job at Green Peace is also a dream of mine.

16. Peace and justice
Why is it important to me? War in Ukraine. Terroristic attacks in Turkey, Belgium, Paris. War in Syria and Africa. Gun violence and racism against black people in the United States. General gun problem & violence in the USA. These are just a few examples. Our world is currently overshadowed by hatred, violence and war. Hate is such a big problem. Hatred because of religion, gender, sexuality, origin. Many people forget or are too stupid: we are all people. We have no influence on whether we are born homosexual or heterosexual. We have no influence on our sex - and whether we agree with it or want to change it. We have no influence on our origins (I would also much rather be a Londoner). But we have a choice whether we choose the path of hatred, of violence, prejudice, envy, racism, ignorance and intolerance. Or if we choose the path of peace and love. Without violence, but with tolerance, knowledge, understanding, empathy and willingness to help each other. It makes me sad that people are hated just because they were born gay, or as Jews or with a different skin color than white. Everyone is equally valuable. My attitude is that I’m open to every human being I meet and then after I get to know them, I decide if he is a good human or a bad. Because hatred, war and injustice can only lead to destruction, dead and sadness.

17. Partnerships for the goals
Why is it important to me? There are so many borders in the world. England has unfortunately just created the next one with the referendum to Leave or Remain in the EU. I cuddle every single “Remain”-Voter in my in thoughts. I am so sorry that you now have to live with the choice from older people about your future. Now the United Kingdom maybe end because Scotland and Ireland do not want to leave the EU. The whole Brexit campaign was permeated by hatred and racism. Hatred towards refugees and Muslims (for the UKIP people they are all the same. Little reminder to the UKIP iditos: These are individuals and all unique and therefore must also be assessed as individuals with different opinions, life’s and so an). The EU is not perfect and I’m also the opinion that something has to change. Also regarding to the refugee policy. We have to help the refugees structured and we need to give local citizens a feeling of security. Then, the right-wing populist parties lose their arguments. However, In my opinion it so important that we work together. The EU's founding was a way for peace and partnership. And even if it’s not perfect. We can change parts, but together we are stronger. If we work together we eliminate hatred. We just need to do better and give people security. I think the closer we move together, the less hate can be spread by right-wing populists and racists. Together we are stronger than these idiots.

I want to work for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, WWF or another NGO after University. I really hope that I can do my part on the road to reach this goals. It's important. It's important to not only think about ourselves, but think about others.

Oreo Chocolate Layer Cake

I wanted to bake an amazing cake for my boyfriends birthday and I kinda found an amazing cake and created my own reciped because I don't found a perfect one. Here are the ingriedients you will need to make this cake.

For the chocolate cake:
  • 260g flour
  • 415g sugar
  • 85g Dark Cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 240ml buttermilk
  • 240ml vegetable oil (not Olive Oil!)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 240ml boiling water

For the frosting (inside and outside the cake):
  • 40-60g Dark Cocoa powder (just taste it and decided if it's chocolaty enough)
  • 1 sachet of stabilizer for whipping cream / whipping cream stiffener
  • 1 -2 tsp Zucker
  • 550g whipped cream

For the decoration:
  • 100g whipped cream
  • 10-15 Schoko Bons (depends on how many you want on your cake)
  • 1 package of Oreos (around 20 oreos)

First mix all the dry ingredients together. So the flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking soda and vanilla sugar. Also take 2-3 packages of oreos (10-15 oreos) and make them really small (putting them in a bag, take a spoon and just hit them basically xD) and put them to the dry ingridients. Than take another bowl and mix the eggs, the buttermilk, the vegetable oil together. When putting in the boiling water - immadiately mix the wet ingredients together so the eggs don't begin to boil. This is really important. After you mixed all of the wet ingriedents toghether you can add the dry ingridients, but just 2 tablespoon at a time. After you mixed that, add the next 2 tablespoons. Mixed until it's a smoothis mixtures.

After that take three 9 inch cakes pans for the layers or - as I done it - bake one cake and just cut the cake into layers afterwards. It's a little but harder and you have to be really careful, but I didn't had that many cake pans. I really need to buy some.
Bake this at 300 degrees for about 25-28 minutes. A little tip: use a toothpick after 20-25 minutes and check of any dough is sticking to it. If this is the case just bake the cake for 5 minutes longer and check again.

After you're cake is ready, take the cake outside the oven and let it cool down for about 1-2 hours. It's really important! After 1-2 hours you can prepare the frosting. Put the whipped cream, the sugar, the cacao powder and sachet of stabilizer for whipping cream / whipping cream stiffener togehter and whip it until it's a really creamy. It has to be thicker than normales whipped cream. So you may need to add some more stabilizer for whipping cream / whipping cream stiffener. You can also add some more cacao powder if you want it to be more chocolate or some more sugar if you think it's to bitter.

Now you can take the cake out of the pans and put them side by side. Or if you made one big cake - take a long knife and cut the cake into 2-3 layers. But be REALLY careful. Now you can put some icing on the first layer of the cake. I like to add a lot icing, but you have to be careful. You need the icing for outside the cake and maybe another layer. So put the next layer of cake on the icing and put the next layer of icing on the cake. Now you can put the icing around the cake. Take time to do this :)

Now you can decorate the cake. You need to whip some more cream, but without adding sugar or cacao powder. You need another 10-15 oreos, 10-15 Kinder Schoko Bons (or similar candy) and some crumbled oreos. I made little "mounds" of cream and put one Schoko Bon on every "cream mound". I also cut the oreos into two pieces and put each half beside a "cream mound". Now you can put your oreo crumbles in the middle of the cake! Put the cake into your fridge and you're done :) You can modify these recipes and make as many layers as you want. Send me photos if you made this cake :)

After a really careful car drive from my house to his flat we made it. He was so happy about the cake and he loved it! As you can see on the last picture the cake has a really big layer of icing inside. So we were really full after having a really huge piece of cake. Although next time I'm going to do a 3-layer cake with 2 layers of icing and 3 layers of cake. The pieces will be a little smaller of course ;)

He loved all of his presents and it was a really nice birthday. Send me pictures if you're going to make this cake :)

Summer shopping at ZARA + ASOS

I really needed some clothes for summer because the weather in germany decided to be hot for some days and I wanted to be prepared for the next hot days.

BasicallyI bought a little black jacket from Boohoo for the evening when it's still hot but a little bit more chill. I also bought a parka from ZARA. I really wanted a lighter jacket and I found an amazing one from ZARA. It's two jackets in one. You can leave in the quilted gilet inside the jacket and the fake-fur on the hood on for autmn or spring. Or you can remove it and literally have a summer jacket!

I fell in love with floral prints apparently. I really loved the dress. It's so cute and really floaty. The top is also amazing for really hot days, good quality - I just loved it.

If you want to take a look on these, here are the links:
ZARA Parka (sold out)


What's Beef Burgers

Me and my boyfriend wanted to treat ourselves and went to a really nice burger place in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was kinda like Five Guys were I was in London last December, but the differents were - they had vegetarian options and they didn't fried their fries in peanut oil. But they way you order your burger is literally the same and you actually see that the fries are potatoes because they still had their skin.

So we went in and the menu was amazing! Unfortunately we had to leave immidiatly to go to a bank because you can only pay with cash at "What's Beef Burgers". This was kinda annoying but well, now we know. You can order a normal burger, a cheese burger, a veggie burger and so on and then choose you topings. I gone for goat cheese and avocado on my veggie burger and also had some fries. My boyfriend had a regular cheese burger with onion rings and also fries.

After you ordered you have to wait for your number to be shown on the display. Then you order is ready, you get it and then you can eat! It was really delicious and a really good portion and quality for the price, because it was a little bit more pricey than other burger places around.

I also had a Nutella Donut Milkshake and oh my gosh, I wasn't disappointed. It was an actuall donut on top of my milk shake, with nutella outside and inside the donut. To be honst - it may was a little too much Nutella for my taste, so had to put some Nutella on the side. The milkshake was really tasty, but again - a lot of Nutella. So the next time I may order another one. I am a chocoholic but this way yeah... a lot to cope with.

We paid 15 euros each for a menu including a burger, fries and a drink. And I think the milkshakes was around 6 euros. So all and all really good pricez. If you ever find yourself in Dusseldorf (Germany) with a big hunger, visit this amazing burger restaurant :)
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