Year: 2016

Mung Bean Soup with Roasted Kale

I was inspired to make a mung bean soup by this recipe for Healing Mung Bean Soup of Plants and Balance. How could I not? The recipe title really makes you feel as if you’re doing something right. The mung beans had been present for some time; earlier I had only used part of the pack for sprouting. But now I learnt you can soup them too! So I didn’t follow Trish’ recipe out of fear of not meeting my housemates’ strict vegetable intake preferences. I’m partly joking, but I’m mostly serious here. However, in the end the mung beans grew so much that the balance might have been a bit off after all! Difficult things. Dried mung beans don’t need to be soaked before usage. I used the onion, garlic, courgette as suggested and added carrot as well as an awesome topping of kale crisps! Have you tried roasting kale? Kale gets such a funny crispy structure, you have to try! The procedure is to dry the kale if you find a way to …

The Sad Ghost Club

‘If you’ve ever been sad, then you’re already a member. The Sad Ghost Club is a club for anyone who’s ever felt sad or lost. It’s the club for those who don’t feel like they’re part of any other club.’ Founders Laura and Lize started their small creative project of making comic books, zines, apparel and merchandise to spread awareness of mental health. They also work together with mental health charities and they organise workshops and talks which help young people to understand and learn about their mental health. Some years ago I noticed The Sad Ghost Club on Tumblr, where their comics get reposted all the time for their cuteness, accuracy and empathy. Most of us feel sad in their lives every now and then. It helps to feel understood and supported. – Click for larger and more readable image.* – There are comics about feelings, situation and ideas people or ghosts go through, but there are also more positive, happy images, and special comic pages offering good advice for who is feeling sad. …

Happy Cinnamon Roll!

So I will not wish you a happy Easter, but a happy cinnamon roll! For today, with the Easter brunch tradition in mind, I made these smiley bunch. I didn’t even do it on purpose, they just really wanted to smile. Maybe because I was struggling so hard with the time-management thing again. You need to let them sit for two times an hour, and then you also need to do other things… – You can see the happy faces, right? 🙂 If for the Easter occasion you prefer baking something egg-ish but not really, you can go for these no-egg cakes! They’re pretty cool too. I used the cinnamon roll recipe from Vegan Challenge, in Dutch.

Walking the Talk of Vulnerability: exposing the personal blog

From the start of my already long-stretched blogging career I’ve been facing the same dilemma: to tell or not to tell my family and friends about it. You’d think writers want to be read, but there is a case for anonymity and sharing only with those close friends you know to appreciate your style, your online friends and those few other bloggers from across the ocean and wherever. With my current blog I have come to the point where I want to cover important topics, for others to read it and get involved. This is now my primary reason to write. Following from this, you’d expect me to widely promote my blog. I don’t. I am afraid of rejection. Being open about our insecurities and fears will bring us closer together One of my favourite themes is Vulnerability and how we can use it to change the world for the better. It goes like this: We are incredibly similar in that we all have insecurities and fears and this is what can bring us closer together. …

The many ways of Love – and how to do it

My most-recommended book of 2015: The Ethical Slut, a book about shaping and sizing relationships according to your wishes in an ethical and sustainable way. You may not expect it from the title, but The Ethical Slut (TES)  is a really smart book! I learned a lot from it and I’m going to tell you all about it. TES is written by authors Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy and, as can be expected from the title, in this book they proudly reclaim the word slut as a term of approval: ‘To us, a slut is a person of any gender who celebrates sexuality according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.’ That is quite a nice way to put it. This is a book about relationships. The subtitle of the 2nd edition reads: ‘A practical guide to polyamory, open relationships & other adventures’. I will tell you now that if you’re not interested in having multiple intimate relationships at the same time, this book can still be …

More than basic Vegan Quiche

Last Christmas I made my very first vegan quiche! Well, if you define quiche as a baked tart with savoury filling and ‘something’ to bind it all together. That special ‘something’ is often a mixture of eggs and cream, but in this case, it is everyone’s favourite: tofu! My sister found a recipe of such a quiche here on the Dutch blog IKBENIRISNIET. So we tried and it turned out pretty nicely! I made it again at home to impress my housemates and you. That looks nice, right?! Especially the cute smaller one in the top picture. The larger one looks a bit weird. I forgot to buy pastry and ended up mosaicking with the three different types I found in the freezer. The toothpicks indicate where the spelt and the veganism begin/start. So, how to use the tofu in a quiche? Puree the tofu, before or after adding things like nice herbs and spices, and perhaps vinegar or some other liquid. Mix with nice vegetables etc. and put into an oven dish with a …

The Animals

This was supposed to be one of my first posts because of its utter importance; the draft has been in existence for over a year. And now it’s here! This is the story of the animals and the people who made me go vegan. In autumn 2014 I travelled for two months through Finland. I had made quite an unusual choice there, governed by the fact that I had to decide quickly where to go and that I happened to have two friends there, which made it the easy option. My stay has had a huge impact on how I am as a person. I learned that as a person you do have an impact. I met a lot of people doing amazing things, trying to improve the world in their own way. Among others, I met people building communities, people focussing on working on themselves, I met vegans and animal rights activists. The Animal Sanctuary I came in contact with the animal sanctuary Tuulispää, which is a retirement home and rescue shelter for farm …

Having a Break in Belgium

Hello! Right before and on Christmas my boyfriend and me made a little trip to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Ghent. The cities were decorated very romantically with Christmas lights and there was a Christmas fair in both places. You can imagine. If you cannot: here is a glimpse of Bruges in the evening: Before we took off, we browsed through Happy Cow to see which restaurants would serve vegan dishes. Unfortunately, because of the Christmas holidays, many restaurants were closed. However, we didn’t have to be hungry! In Bruges we went to Passion For Food. The owner and cook was super friendly. We took a soup as a starter. If I remember correctly, it was a carrot soup, spiced up really nicely. We had the vegetable tajine, which was the only or one of the few vegan main dishes: We were surprised to see how many different vegetables he had put in! Again, if I remember correctly: aubergine, potato, parsnip, stewed pear, potato, carrots, tomato, with wheat and lentils on the bottom. …