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It was a year full of ups and downs, maybe more downs than ups, but it ended a way lot better than it started. This year I had to learn for the first time how to really be alone, and this isn’t always easy (understatement), but I really treasure all the lessons that I’m learning from it and all the new opportunities that it gives me. Having the complete responsibility over my own life is sometimes a bit scary, but when it turns out well and/or I’m learning a lot from it, it gives me such confidence. Next semester I’ll graduate in here Beijing and even though I still don’t know where life will take me afterwards, I’m pretty sure it will turn out fine. But before that happens I’m planning to travel a lot within China and Southeast Asia, stay fit and healthy and work on new Martetatin projects, I can’t wait!

These 10 recipes are my favorite posts from 2013. It’s not a very objective list, as I’ve been missing cooking, Western food and the access to certain ingredients. It was a hard list to make, unfortunately I had to leave out the incredibly moist and flavorful coconut and lemon cake, my new love for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, the super simple but oh so fragrant scallion noodles,  but I think I ended up with a pretty neat list.

As I’m writing this post I’m already dressed up to party into the new year, including a pretty dress, high heels and new earrings. I wish everybody a Happy New Year, a wonderful 2014 with lots of fun, success and love!

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Even though I’m not really cooking here, I still love strolling over the Beijing markets and discovering new products. In this part of the photo series you can see the colorful summer fruits (pics were taking in October 2012 when it was still pretty warm), vegetables, pickled foods and nuts. Not only the products available are different from back home, also the way they stall them is radically different from what I was used to. That will be even be more clear in next post, in which I will show pictures of the meat department..

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Even though it’s good to be back in Beijing, I’m never really feeling at ease. This semester is the first time I’m sharing my room with someone, and so far it hasn’t been a very pleasant experience. I don’t want to complain too much cause I know there are way bigger problems than having a horrible roommate, but when my roommate is doing everything to prevent me from sleeping at night (like putting on her heels in the middle of the night while already wearing her PJs, just so the noise of the heels will keep me awake) and studying during the day (like refusing to put on her headphones when she’s watching Pakistan Got Talent on full volume), I find it hard to stay zen.

Chocolate mousse

Luckily I have the best friends and parents who help me to stay positive, see everything in perspective and think of creative ways how I can get back at her (it stays with fantasizing though). And sometimes a little bit of chocolate will help as well.

This is the easiest chocolate mousse there is. You only need to make sure that you’re using fresh eggs (not sure if I would use raw eggs in China though) and good chocolate, and you’re good to go. With only two ingredients (+ a little bit of salt) you will end up with the most light and delicate mousse that will make you forget all your worries, or at least for as long you’re eating it.

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