Year: 2015

Clothing reconsidered

In my post Love your Body I introduced the topic of body positivity. I wrote something about how I think getting used to being naked or else in simple clothing will be good for your body image and self-love. I then did not specify simple clothing which makes it a very vague statement, but I did mean something with it. Clothing often seems to be really important. I recall that when I had the age of five a group of girls didn’t let me play with them because I was not wearing a dress. Later, I felt regularly as if I wasn’t really wearing the right and nice clothes and as if that made me worth less. I feel as if it took me ages to somewhat find out what I want and don’t want to wear and I just still don’t know really. However, I did find some things. With the ‘simple clothing’ I meant two things. First is that the clothing that you wear as a person is often linked to your ego …

Cauliflower craze

[summary] Today I’m sharing two amazing foods starring cauliflower, namely: cauliflower wings and cauliflower pizza crust. Cauliflower wings are cauliflower heads covered in a mixture of chickpea flower, water/plant milk and additions like herbs, nutritional yeast, dipped in breadcrumbs and left in the oven for 20 minutes. Optionally, they can be dipped in hot sauce and put back into the oven again, but they taste great either way. The pizza crust is made out of grated cauliflower, soaked flax seeds and flour – and additions like herbs and nutritional yeast. Mine turned out moist a couple of times and not so crispy as you would expect from a pizza, but it tastes great! If you find how to get to the optimal cauliflower pizza, let me know! If not, I’ll just try again next time.

Take You Time to get balanced

[summary] Participating now in the 30 Days Of You Challenge of Collective Evolution may be the perfect thing get you more balanced and efficient! Are you joining? You only have to dedicate one hour daily on being with yourself. You can maybe combine it with 30 Days Of Yoga or with start living your wild feminine lifestyle, if it feels right! (And for the latter: if you’re a woman. Well, I’m not judging.) Also, the Dutch VeggieChallenge starts tomorrow! Would you like to eat more plant-based? Join in! I’d like to hear your thoughts on the challenges! Are you balanced already?

Food Diary ~ number three

Hi there! Here’s some food pictures again, in which you can see how nicely the sun is shining. 🙂 I had a slice of housemate-made bread with avocado, as you can see. It was the first time I was able to slice an avocado like this, hehe. I love this picture for its colours, the weather!, and of course the bunny and the cat. The cat’s name is Minoes. If you’re not convinced of Minoes’ cuteness, here’s a close-up. And then I made soup from the garden: nettle soup! My very first attempt. I also just used an altered version of the very first recipe I found here (in Dutch). It’s basically onion, nettles, broth and roasted oats. I liked it! Especially as a midnight snack after a full day of festivals and parties on Ascension. Followed by a coconut cupcake after a recipe out of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from Terry Hope Romero & Isa Moskowitz. It was a lovely day. On the festival I volunteered for Greenpeace, walking around in a tree costume, …

Love your Body

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about both physical and mental health and taking good care of yourself. One thing that bothers me tremendously is the beauty industry, for they want you to believe you’re ugly, so you’ll buy their products. This quote I heard in a video summing up advices on how to live a happy life: ‘Don’t read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.’ That one really struck me. It’s so simple, yet it can be hard to see, for avoiding beauty magazines alone is not enough. The beauty industry’s messages are everywhere, they’ve become part of our cultures. Plus, this industry does its utter best to trick you into thinking they’re doing you a favour. Recently, in the UK there has been commotion because of Protein World’s advertisement for it’s weight loss collection. The advertisement shows a female model in bathing clothing with the text ‘Are you beach body ready?’. A petition on Change.org has been set up aiming to get Protein World to remove the posters. The founder …

March’s food diary

Respect for everyone who manages to write regularly – or do anything regularly, for that matter. My head tends to be pretty chaotic, so I don’t manage. Moreover, I do have more important things to share than ‘this is what I ate!’, but these’re also harder to put into words, etcetera. So here is some more food! I will try again to remember to make more (exciting) pictures. Here goes. What an awesome find! Vegan8 is a food website on which Brandi posts recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and made out of 8 ingredients or less. It’s all perfectly possible! You get to eat dishes like this: cacao black bean chili. I won’t say no to that! I have been looking forward to making and having chili so it was great to have this one popping up. This recipe is so cool, for it is really simple and healthy and the secret ingredient cacao really deepens the taste. I was also really happy when the day after I could eat the leftovers with my …

Favourites: Made in Heights & Before Sunrise

Here are two favourites I’d love to share with you today! Music: Made In Heights Made In Heights is a Los Angeles based music duo, adding hash tags as ‘mythical filth’, ‘pop fiction’ and ‘beauty slap’ to their songs on Soundcloud. Those terms didn’t mean anything to me, however, I can see how it fits to their music, with all the perfectly aligned samples and sounds creating something totally dreamy and mesmerizing, alternated with more upbeat and industrial parts. I love their songs so much. They have released the self-titled album Made In Heights in 2012 and already gave away five or six songs of their upcoming second album which ought to be released ‘in the beginning of 2015’. That shouldn’t take long, but until then I will happily continue playing the material that’s already there. It’s so good. I used to mainly listen to artists with male singers, but I actually really love Kelsey’s voice. I love singing myself and it’s amazing to sing their songs, because of the variations and the challenge. The …

The Spiral Vegetable Pie

Look at this magnificent creature. You may refer to it as Spiral Vegetable Tart and Veggie Roulade. I prefer Super Awesome Psychedelic Spiral Rose Vegetable Pie. That is a perfectly accurate description. I created it and since then I’ve spent my time openly bragging about it. It got me 50+ likes – which only encourages this behaviour. It’s really easy to make and I would like to see everybody doing so and posting pictures of the result on their social media. As long as you’re making my version and not the original one of Food Republic, for I have used pumpkin hummus as a base for the veggies in stead of some dairy shizzle. However, you should definitely go to that Food Republic web page and check out the video to see how you do the spiral thing. Or, if you can’t wait, here’s a short cut: they start in the middle. Other than that: the vegetables are just carrots, zucchini and eggplant, sliced really thinly. As you can see I didn’t put too much …

February’s food diary

Have I already come to the point where I am not writing and my blog is just sitting here, holding its breath? I have started my studies and I haven’t managed yet to do the time management thing very well. Plus, my hands feel sensitive already from writing all the other highly important things. Luckily there’s still food! I’ll just make this blog into a food diary then. There’s a huge demand for those. So, I don’t take pictures of my food very often, for multiple reasons. This is the humble collection I built over the past few weeks. Enjoy! Kale and tempeh make such an awesome combination. I just fried it both, with some soy sauce and sesame seeds. This wasn’t the whole meal by the way, but the best looking part. There was also carrot salad with roasted sunflower seeds, raisins and a dressing made out of tahini, spelt syrup and lemon juice. I tried, but it doesn’t work in my pictures. So you’ll have to visualize. Use your taste buds! Pumpkin hummus …