In Holland it’s now Christmas eve. And I wish you all a wonderful night. I spent the night at my boyfriend’s, we ate and gave each other presents.
I was really happy and grateful : his dad made a special vegan Christmas dinner for me. He made a lot of veggies,cooked in different ways. And as a starter he bought me vegan sushi. On top of that; they gave me a lot of presents. Things like a spiralizer, but also a book and a dairy.
Getting all of these things made me realise something. Christmas is about the giving. Not material stuff, but things you feel from your heart. Things you make, things you give, from the bottom of your heart.
Tonight learned me to be kind. Kind to the bus driver, kind to the woman at the store. Always listen and open up your heart. If you do so, or if you try, you’ll notice the love you get back. This love has no expectations. It’s made out of kindness.
Christmas is about the giving: the giving of kindness
I learned to listen, and to love the people around you. Not only your inner circle, but also the mail man, or your hairdresser. Try to open up your heart, and to let the love in. If you feel the love then do the must logical thing you can do. Spread the love. Send your kind words to the rest of the world.
Merry Christmas eve.
As a vegan I really want that all animals are treated with love and care. So if I decide to do something that involves animals, I want to be really sure that they’re treated the right way.
Last summer I went to Thailand. T1he trip was amazing. I did a jungle tour, and informed about the elephant riding (which was included in the tour). I spoke several different people, and they all told me that the elephants were in no pain, and living a happy life. I believed them. Until I got there. Until I saw the elephants with my own eyes.
It was awful. It wasn’t a sanctuary like the people told me, not at all.
The elephants had burn marks, and they were beaten up with metal sticks.
So although I already paid for it, I made the decision not to do it.
It felt so wrong to support something like that.
I’m now in Marocco, and Vincent and I really wanted to ride camels.
But I was so afraid; where they treated right? Or harmed and broussed like the elephants in Thailand? I asked the people from our hotel, and they said that wasn’t the case.
We decided to trust them.
It was a good decision.
It was amazing, and the camels were treated the right way!!
They weren’t slapping them, they were walking along a rope, and if they didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push the camels. It was like they treated dogs; they were on a rope, and they gave commando’s to let the camels sit or stand. Sometimes they stroke them.
It was truly an amazing experience. I’m not saying that it’s this way everywhere in Maroc, but here it was. Always inform yourself.
I think every vegan will recognise this; Imagine you’re at a festival, you’re with friends, and wanna have a good time. You came to dance and to laugh, and that’s what you did for the last 3 hours. But now you’re hungry. You look for anything vegan, and what do you find? Chips and plain bread. A real vegan fest. Not.
I hate these kind of situations. You’re having a great time but then you have to eat something. Eating is mostly a social thing; and you can’t bring your own food. So you’re obligated to buy something there, but there’s hardly anything. Instead of something fun, eating becomes a annoying thing to do. My friends are all sweethearts, and they help me find a solution. But it’s still something I rather avoid. I know that’s not always possible, but luckily it was at the last 2 festivals I visited!
I went to a movie festival with my boyfriend, and believe it or not, there was a vegetarian/vegan food truck! They served couscous with pumpkin and falafel wraps. Hell yeah.
It was so cool, we even went back the other day to see another movie.
The second festival I visited was Kwaku. It’s a famous Dutch foodfestival located in one of the most multi cultural areas of Amsterdam. And that was shown in the food. Unfortunately there were like 30 BBQ food stands. But, there were also roasted corn and sweet patato stands. I had one massive roasted corn and it completely filled me up. I wish I made a picture but I was way to hungry.
It’s nice to see that there’s also a lot of interest in the healthy, vegan or vegetarian food. If there wasnt, there wouldn’t be veggie food trucks. It’s progress and I’m really happy about it. A lot of people slowly seem to get aware of healthy food and what it does to your body.
If you’re in Holland next year, and you get the chance to come to one of these festivals; please do! It’s a lot of fun for vegans!
As you may have read in my last post, change, I visited Rome for the first time!
Was it a succes? Yes.
Did I eat rt4? Mostly not. (Rt3)
Have I seen some of the most amazing architecture? All the time.
Do I want to go again? Yes!
Unfortunately Rome is quite expensive, so I won’t have the money to go any day soon.. But that doesn’t matter.
I fed my mind with enough beautiful art to endure for a while.
This is a picture of the beautiful St. Pieters, it was really special because we got to go on a service. In the most famous cathedral of the world.. Still can’t believe it.
This was in the middle of the city; could you imagine; waiting on the bus,looking to an old ancient Roman building. These pilars where everywhere.
And that’s me with my handsome friends. Dream on Jaz. I never had the time to talk to them. A shame, they all smiled really cute.
Now a very important part; the food.
Let me tell you one thing; I knew pasta could be good, but I never knew it was that good until I had it in Rome. I ate pasta all the time. It was vegan, filled me up, but most importantly; delicious! !
I also ate a lot of bruschetta, high in oil but a really nice lunch. (And something else then pasta all te time)
Rome was really cool. I liked the people, the heat,the food. Only the public transport was a bit of a mess.. Thank God I found an app for that.
Oh lord, where would we be without the Internet?
I still recommend Rome to everyone; it’s a nice,clean and wonderful city to visit!
I know it’s not weekend yet, but I’m already dreaming about it. The favorite day of the week? Friday! I don’t have to work, have college till 3, and there is always time to do soemthing fun. (or to attend a party).
Wanna know what my friday favorites are?
1) I love to start my day relaxed, and on friday I have time to do that. I start my day with yoga (extended sunsolution) and normally I don’t have time for that. It’s a great way to begin your day.
2) I love to drink my “Dille&Kamille” morning tea. It’s a tea made with all kinds of herbs, like camille,mint,nettle and more. It warms up my body, and keeps me in the calm and relaxing state that I am after my yoga session.
3) On fridays I normally have time to bake. And I love to bake! I usually make banana oat cookies. They are easy, and really good. I use them as breakfast cookies, or just as a snack. It feels like a treat to make and eat them. 🙂
4)Friday drinks with the family. On fridays the whole family comes togehter. We drink some wine (or soda) and eat some tapas. We catch up, we laugh, we love. I love fridays.
5) I love to read. I work on saturdays, so I rarely go out till late. That gives me time to read my newest books.
What are your friday favorites?!
I know, my title is really weird. Well, so was my meeting with this little grasshopper yesterday. But it is a cute story.
Yesterday was a school day, so I went to school on my bike. While I was cycling, I found this little green friend. He was sitting on my bike. I thought I could protect him from falling off, till I was at school. Then I could bring him to some bushes. But, while I was cycling, he decided to go sit on my coat.
I arrived at school and couldn’t find my little friend, I thought he flew away. But when I arrived at my locker, I found him hanging in my hair! My classes already started so I gave him a spot in my locker..
And when I got back from classes, he was still there. I carried him home and set him free i the garden.
Everyone around me (I told some people about my grasshopper) thought it was weird, thought that I had to kill it. But why? It’s just another small, living creature. Why should I kill it for no reason?
It made me realize we’re not all the same.
I’ve made this soup a couple times, and it’s a success every tume I serve it. It is easy to make, and, most important, very good! It’s vegan proof!
- 1 large pumpkin (I don’t know the good translation, in Dutch we call them ‘flespompoen”a rough translation is ‘bottlepumpkin’ maybe someone ones what I mean?)
- 2 carrots
- 2 small onions
- herbs (like thyme,basil,persley)
- veggie stock
- 800 ml water
- salt and pepper
- vegan cheese (non-vegan: parmezan cheese)
You start with the cutting. Cut your pumpkin into half, and remove all the seeds on the inside. Then cut it into smaller pieces. Also cut the onions, the carrots and the herbs.
Boil (in a large pan) the water, and put the vegetable stock in when it starts boiling. Stir a bit and keep it on the stove for about five minutes. Then add all the veggies, and season it with salt and pepper,
Let it cook on the stove for about 30 minutes. You do need to stir sometimes, And don’t forget to taste!
When it already tastes delicious, start mxing it up. We have a special kind of mixer for it. You need to make sure that all of your veggies are completely ‘gone’ and part of the soup. When you start mixing, you will see the soup get thicker and thicker. Cook it for another ten minutes after the mixing.
Take it off the stove and put the vegan chese in. I like to stir it, so the cheese isn’t only on top, but althrough the soup. If you did it the same way I did, this will be your result! Enjoy!
I know they are important. And I know that you know that. How much do our friends really mean to us? What are they? And why do we have these people in our lives?
I think friends are a reflection of what we admire. They are what we need, they are the wise people who make us laugh, or give us support. I like to think that we choose or friends for what they are, and what we are. I believe that they are a reflection of what we like in oursleves, and maybe better. Of course, they have bad qualities, and of course they do things we don’t. But in the end, it are these people that will stand beside us. Listen to us. Give us power, when we’re about to lose.
Whenever you’re lost, remember the people who are willing to be lost with you.