Year: 2015

Birthday Blueberries and Spiraling Veggies

Hooray! This year I celebrated my birthday with a Maple-Kissed Blueberry Pie from a recipe in the lovely Vegan Pie In The Sky cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Yes, the same authors who created Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar – the first is happily sitting on my shelve and the latter is highly prioritized on my wish lists. Oh, priorities! Let’s review this pie: it was f***ing glorious. The filling was SO good, with blueberries and maple syrup and all. The crust was a BIT less good, which wasn’t the crust’s fault: it was more due to the combination of our new electric oven and my housemates and me. Apparently, as was found around 20:30 in the evening after having been baking and cooking all night and day, the thing has a very special roast option, which was on. So then all my bakings and cookings were good on the top and a lot more raw on the bottom. Too bad. Nevertheless, the …

Coco Cacoa Cubes

These are the best chocolates I have ever made. Now that doesn’t have to mean much, but there’s more: I brought them to a pot-luck dinner and about everybody asked for the recipe. Ha! Even the other vegan present was amazed. However, he’s a special case: he hardly eats any processed foods (go him!) and he didn’t realize such a thing as vegan chocolate existed. I find it hard to believe the last part is true, but yes I remember him saying that! At least now you know, my friend. I hope it makes you happier. So what are these delicious Coco Cacoa Cubes?! I hope you like the name I came up with; it’s as simple as the recipe. Here follows their book. Materials 500 g dark chocolate 75 g coconut oil 400 g condensed coconut milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/aroma shredded coconut Method Prepare a baking tin by oiling up the sides (of 20 by 20 cm). Put the chocolate in pieces in a pan together with the coconut oil and condensed milk. …

The Greens of Budapest + Veganniversary

Baah. There are lots of things worth sharing and I am surely sharing them to some extent, just not via writing this blog. I haven’t been writing much, not even my diary! However, I have been writing reports on urban green spaces in Budapest, does that count? Everything is a trade-off. There’s limitations, like brain capacity, available energy, the amount of stimuli one can handle (is that equal to brain capacity?), time and stuff. My intention was not to write a shitty post, but I’d like to say hi to you and to keep in touch a bit, even though I don’t have a specific nice and polished message. I have not forgotten about this place here. Today is my 1 year vegan anniversary or veganniversary! You would think that a happy vegan would totally celebrate, but my cookies burnt so there’s no celebration today. I was planning to start planning a celebration with a nice dinner party and such, but then I figured I have been stressing my brain with too many stimuli and …

Vegan pizzas and pies from Germany

Dear you, I am happy to inform you that I have safely returned from my travels and that I am pretty happy. This summer has been really good to me and I am grateful for that. I hope you’ve been having a good time as well! So, since this blog is meant to be some sort of food blog, let’s confess: I have been away and eating for the whole summer and the yield of food pictures counts four. In my defence: I accidentally only packed half of my camera charger, so it’s not only the food pictures that are non-existent. I have been telling myself that it was actually nice to not really be able to make pictures, for then you can better enjoy things as they are instead of focussing on the photography. That worked quite well. Now I will just proceed posting the pictures with some additional chattering. Vegan currywurst in mango garlic sauce It’s vegan currywurst in mango garlic sauce! I forgot the name of the store, but it seemed to …

What to do with all this love?

This is a drawing created by the artist Chiara Bautista. I love her art so much. She has a lot of images featuring these two figures, but there’s also others. I especially love this one, because when I found it, it felt so true. Sometimes when I’m really living in the now, I feel so much love. I have asked myself: So what do I do now? Where to go with all this love? Which is pretty awesome. Check out Chiara’s Facebook page for more of her work.

Mango summer dinner party

We had quite the festive dinner after I found we had too many mangos. Did I say too many? They were perfect! It looked like this: The fruit salad or guacamole was based on Glowing strawberry-mango guacamole recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook of Angela Liddon, starring: avocado, red onion, mango, strawberries, lime juice, sea salt and ‘corn chips for serving’. It was pretty nice to have a guacamole with the sweet fruits mango and strawberry. I’d happily make it again! I left out the cilantro leaves of the recipe. The spring rolls were inspired on the recipe for Fresh Mango Summer Rolls from Vegan With a Vengeance of Isa Chandra Moskowitz and were made out of rice paper, with as topping/filling mango, green lentil sprouts, cucumber, peanut, carrot and tempeh. And with a dot of chilli sauce from a bottle. Nice! I especially liked the peanut in there, in combination with the rest of course, with the more fresh and sweet things. We also had filled bell peppers as a dish, from the …

Having a good time

Dear you, We’ll be out of touch for a bit! I’ll be spending the summer elsewhere and I am planning on using the internet very little. Two small posts are scheduled to be posted in the upcoming weeks, but after that it will still take a while until I get back to you here. But I’ll be full of new findings and ideas! 🙂 (And food. For sure!) Have a good time! Regards, Nina

The advantages of wearing soft bras

Earlier I already wrote a bit about body image and self-love and how clothing can play a role in connecting to yourself and others. I believe that if we could value our appearances as less important, we would be able to connect more deeply with ourselves and one another. In my earlier posts I said something about simple clothing, being somehow neutral-looking and comfortable. On this topic, there is one specific thing I’d like to share further. Last fall I attended a Vipassana meditation course. I was just wearing comfortable clothes, all was fine. Until one day during meditation I got enormously aware of how uncomfortably tight my bra was. And really, it wasn’t enormously tight. It had been one of my favourite, best-fitting bras for years. Bras are supposed to be tight, that’s how they behave best. Say what? I got very confused and frustrated. Is this normal? Is this how it feels? I had heard of women disliking wearing bras and being really relieved when being able to take them off after a …

No Egg Cakes

Egg cakes or ‘eierkoeken’ are typical Dutch treats. They look and taste more or less like these pretty babies here. But these ones don’t contain egg! How does that work? Well, they contain black salt or kala namak, which gives it the egg-like taste! How cool? It appears to have a high sulphur content, which causes the smell and taste. It smells quite horrible, more like rotten eggs, but if you use just a tiny bit, it can be pretty nice! This was the first time I used the stuff and I think it worked well. Black salt looks nice too: it has a pink colour. It can be used in other ‘fake egg’ dishes as well, like in ‘scrambled eggs’. The recipe for the vegan egg cakes I found here on Vegetus. I have translated the Dutch into English for you. I’m sure she doesn’t mind! Here goes: No Egg Cakes Preparation time: 10 min Baking time: 20 min Makes: 4-5 cakes The secret of the vegan egg cakes is in the two spoons …

Post Secret community art project

This post is about a really cool community art project: Post Secret, for which people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.
This results in enormously impressive honesty on insecurities and vulnerability. It gives insight in so many different forms of conflict and trouble in human nature, in relationships, in society, etc. I find it really interesting to get to read the secrets different people harbour. It is so real, so recognizable. We all have secrets, be it small or bigger ones. We have troubles coping with our feelings. We are so similar.