Food, Tips

An Ode to Minimalism

Jewels:One day I discovered a girl on my instagram that at first I thought was a bit odd, but she did trigger something in me. I wanted to find out who she is. Her photos are always very minimalistic and white. Her look very special and somewhat intriguing. At first I didn’t think I was having much in common with her, but then I started reading her blog. She likes a lot of the things I like: eating healthy, simplicity, wearing black and white, a clean living space. She reminded me of a younger version of myself. Not that I’m very old yet, but having a child changes priorities.
Some of you might already know who I’m talking about: Jenny Mustard.
Most of her photos and videos are about making life beautiful in a simple way, besides the more goofy ones like „My Boyfriend Does My Make Up“ – which I thought was hilarious and Jenny comes across so cutely and less serious than she usually does.
I find myself especially drawn to Jenny’s „What I Eat in a Day“ videos. For a while now I’ve had on my to do list that I want to eat just like her for a day. Such a seemingly simple task – but more tricky in reality with balancing my career, my daughter, and other priorities which I never seem to have enough time for. Days just end so quickly currently.

So instead of stressing myself out and risking the chance of time anxiety (I might have made that word up but it is what I feel almost every day) I am taking this task step by step and will start with one dish: Creamy Avocado Pasta. My family loves this dish, so I have made it several times already. It’s basically pasta (sometimes we use regular pasta, sometimes we make it with fresh zucchini pasta) with avocado spinach pesto. My daughter doesn’t even realize how much of the green veggies, that I usually receive a big NO NO for from her, are in there. And to make this a true ode to Jenny Mustard, I photographed this recipe as minimalistic as I thought was doable and still pretty.


Here is the recipe for 2 people:

  • 250 gr pasta (or two large zucchini curled into pasta)
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • some cherry tomatoes

Cook the pasta according to what the box says. The zucchini can be eaten raw, but I like it cooked for 1-2mins in boiling salt water.

Put all other ingredients except for the tomatoes into a blender for a minute. Mix the sauce with the pasta and put some cherry tomatoes on top. Done. How easy was that??