Year: 2016

Reflection time

Moving is exciting and exhausting. I try hard to stay graceful and equanimous, though I get discouraged by the fact that we have to do without internet and physical mail. I want to get my shit organised but the circumstances make it really difficult. On the other hand, being disconnected from the outside world sure has it’s pros and cons. This years’ Christmas family reunions were nice and crowded, so now we can happily redraw and rest again. We can take time to reflect. It is good to revisit your core motivations to find if you let them lead you. Here comes one cliché December topic: resolutions. Do you have ’em? I do see benefits of reviewing the course of your life and whether you’re really doing what you want to be doing. And of revisiting your core motivations to find if you let them lead you. For me this is a good exercise and now is really the right time for it. It also helps to think in time periods or phases and cycles. …

Moving up and down

Dear you, I would like to share with you how I feel. I feel stressed, tired and vulnerable. I’m in a transition period, and hopefully for the better. I try to get more organised and take better care of myself, but at the moment I don’t really succeed. I’ve been living in student houses for six years now and I am happy to be moving on soon. Everything feels so intense now that it surprises me that I’ve managed to cope with so much chaos around me for so many years. There’s always ups and downs, though. But I hope to find more peace and quiet when living together with my boyfriend, just the two of us in our space, with only our energies. I’m looking forward to feeling more at home in my home. There is no special reason for me sharing this, except that it brings me some peace already and I see the benefits of sharing. I hope you do not dislike -overly dramatic- posts like this. There are so many important …

The key lime pie to all your parties

My birthday is usually the only constant yearly pie-baking occasion (or pi factor). Other, more rare occasions are Christmas, New Year and Pi Day if I remember in time. I do like pies and baking, but it doesn’t really have priority over other things. Also, when I start searching for a recipe, I find myself easily discouraged by the need for unordinary or seemingly expensive ingredients and nuts (which I cannot eat). So I sob and hide. But as with most things: you just have to do it! Or if that seems too hard: start doing it, with the first step! So take an easy recipe and get those ingredients. After the hard step of finding and buying you can use them forever, or as long as they last. But getting them next time will be easier, ’cause you’ll know and appreciate them. And then just follow the steps of the recipe! Did you need encouragement for pie-baking? I could use it. My main motivation is impressing non-vegans and showing how easy it is to …

Veggies from the oven, you just gotta love ’em

Through this post I want to express my love for fall/winter veggies from the oven. Preparing veggies in the oven is such a nice way to cook: it is super easy to do and the food gets really really tasty. I find it fun, comforting and satisfying. You just cut veggies of your choosing, cover them in oil with herbs and spices, put in a warm oven, wait about half an hour, then take it from the oven, and tadaaa: you have a delicious meal! Plus, it is super easy to make in large quantities (in so far the size of your oven permits). And it’s FUN! You can mix and match about anything you want; it’s amazing. It’s perfect in the fall and winter days in which they’re so many root vegetables around, and in which we can get about desperate to absorb more heat. (Though, maybe put no leafy vegetables in there, they will shrink… Except for not-too-leafy kale which you have to put there once every kale season.) And I don’t know …

Introversion in social movements

A week ago I left early from a trainings weekend of the Dutch Climate Movement, in which up to 80 involved people came together to do workshops, have discussions, make plans and have fun. After one day I felt like I had had enough stimuli and it was okay for me to leave. However, later at home I felt a little sad and disconnected. Had I made the wrong decision? That day we had discussed how the climate movement welcomes everyone, including minorities. Now I would like to write about the minority of introverts. The fact that I am introverted plays a big role in how I experience events like this is. Most often introversion is explained as ‘social interactions cost energy’, whereas for extroverts ‘social interactions give energy’. I personally don’t like this explanation too much, because for me the kind of social interaction makes all the difference. I, as do most introverts, highly value intimate conversations and indeed these give me energy. Meeting new people can give me energy too, but it depends …

Shea butter for the skin

It’s a giant jar of shea butter! For size reference purpose I added the tiniest Minneapolis apple. Shea butter is my favourite skin care product. This means a lot, since I am a regular sufferer of eczema, dry skin, allergies, itches and the like. I like how shea butter is just a natural product without perfumes or other things added. It’s super creamy and fatty and it really relieves my skin. Other fatty products like oils are supposed to have the same effect, but for me they often makes it worse, making my skin feel more itchy and greasy, brr. But shea butter is better! It immediately soothes and hydrates more. (For me it does not instantly help for huge eczema/allergy outbreaks, but that would also be too much to expect.) Shea butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree, the Butyrospermum Parkii, which grows in West Africa, so the raw version is a fully natural product. It has all these great qualities of inducing cell renewal (?)  and containing vitamin A, E and …

Wood-fired Vegan Pizza Party

Two weeks ago was the Re-Greening Weekend, co-organised by me, in which we showed  green-minded students a great deal of the sustainable initiatives and organisations located in Wageningen, to stimulate discussions and other activity and to help interested people to connect and become part of the green movement. The program was pretty awesome, the people were nice and interested and over all we think it was a great success! The Creative Community Garden was so kind to host our group for a pizza lunch! The Creative Garden is more or less what you would expect from the name: a place to experiment with gardening: ‘(…) we’re busy making a shared experimental garden to explore different practical ideas, grow stuff and learn from each other.’ You can find more info is on the website. The place is beautiful and the people are really nice as well, so definitely be sure to check it out if you live here. Onto the pizzas! We brought many different toppings so there was enough to choose from. The dough was …

Clothing swaps and other ways of sharing

Over the years I have collected a lot of stuff: clothes, books, albums, decoration stuff, key chains, cosmetics, … – many of the things I’m not using! I’ve been hoping to somehow use them sometimes, but that didn’t happen. So I’m just sitting here in my pile of potential. Because the stuff has potential! Just not here with me. Many of us know this situation and want to do better. The first thing in mind is to bring everything you’re not using to a second-hand store, so others can find it and use it again! However, there are reasons why we haven’t done this yet. Luckily, there are some approaches or platforms that may work better for certain stuffs! I’d like to show you some you may not know. Clothing swaps Clothes are tricky. We wear clothes every day, so it’s easy to think that you may want to use it later. Also, there are already so many second-hand clothes, so will my nice ones find another wearer? Will she love it as much as …

Heaps of Hummus

Spread the hummus! Many of my friends and me use it a lot. We bring it to pot luck meals and picknicks; use it as toppings or dips for about anything and as ingredient for warm meals like quiches and wraps. Chickpeas, the main ingredient of hummus, are such good peas. The next best ingredient of hummus is tahin or sesame paste, which is in itself pretty awesome as well. And then there’s garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, olive oil and possibly more… If you particularly care about proteins: they’re in there as well, loads of them. These pictures show how hummus is supposed to look. You see the drips of olive oil near the edge of the spread out hummus, the bulbs of tahin closer to the centre, topped with what’s probably paprika powder and some parsley flakes or so. My boyfriend and me had lunch at De Hummus House in Amsterdam, where it has two locations. This one is at Korte Leidsedwaarsstraat 62 close to Museumplein (museum square). They serve hummus plates like this …