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IKEA goes vegan

Hello!

Recently I went to the ikea to look for a new closet. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did had a great dinner together with mum.

Did you know IKEA offers more and more vegan options? I read about it, and was curious to know if the IKEA here had this too.

What did I want to try?
Vegan meatballs!
I like the fact that IKEA spotted the need for Vegan food,  and made an effort into putting a vegan option on their menu. Of course I tried the “meatballs”. You could see all the veggies in it, it has multiple colours. The waitress in the restaurant asked me if I wanted fries or couscous, and I chose couscous.

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This was what it looked like. A plate full of fresh vegan food.

But, did it taste good?!
Yes, it did! They weren’t soaky like the ones I made. They were a bit crispy and a little bit fat. They bake them in oil. The couscous was also good;  filled up with beans. I definitely be back for this.

IKEA  well done! You’re making a step in the right direction by adding this to your menu. I liked it and will be back for this.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Vegan dinner club

Hey!

I discovered something new. And I’m so happy I found it. Or better said, them. Do you all know the concept of a dinner club? You go to a location, people cook for you and you pay/or give something in return? (I also made a vlog about my day worth of food)

Well, today I discovered a vegan dinner club, in the middle of Amsterdam. I didn’t knew what to expect, and I hoped I’ll get some tasty food.

I got a really really nice, nutritional and healthy meals!  It cost 6 euro, but this was what I got:

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In the cup is lemonade, freshly made. The yellow substance in the little bowl was Dahl soup. The orange sauce on the left was a mango chutney. Then there was rice with cashews, and a salad made of papaya, kale and other veggies. And finally the green stuff on the right was spinach with chickpeas and lentils. Later I got a dessert, a small piece of a cranberry cake, with maple syrup on top.

It was so great to eat with like minded people. They understood me as a vegan, I didn’t have to ask if the cake was made with butter. They all talked about how they knew we could change the world, person by person, by becoming vegan.

I loved it, and I will definitely be back.
Have you got dinner clubs where you live? Vegan ones?

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Juice fast day 1

Hey!

I wanted to be more prepared and healthier this year. I’ve been sick for a few weeks. I had trouble with my digestion, headaches, and pain in my belly. Last week I also got a sore throat and I decided I really had to do something about it. I thought I had two options;
1. Go to banana island.
2. Do a juice fast.
I decided to go with option 2. So I’m juice fasting now!
I have my own juices but I also ordered some from a Dutch company, called “Brandstof Amsterdam”. On their site they said this;

We make organic juices, made with seasonal fruits and vegetables. We freeze the juices in, so the vitamins are kept inside.

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I thought I should give it a go. The (new) job I have, works with them. That way I could get some for a special prize. I ordered some beetroot/fennel and some mango/orange.

I will also be filming about my juice fast. Be sure to check my channel, would love to hear from you.
This is the link. In this video I tell all about the juices I’ll be drinking and more. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m also a bit curious  (when am I not curious?) are there people here who did a juice fast? For how long? How did you feel afterwards? Thanks.

Love,

xx Jazzie

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Vegan cooking; tapas night

Hey!

Tonight I had dinner at a friends house. He knows I’m a vegan, and he wanted to make dinner together. We decided to make tapas! Why tapas? Well because I like eating and this way you can eat a lot of different things. It’s also easy for him, because I’m the only vegan tonight. Not everyone wants to eat the way I do. I respect that, so eating tapas is a great idea. This is what we made;

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(From left to the right)
– peppers filled with mushrooms, spring onions and spinach
– corn/kidney bean salad with cherry tomatoes
– salad with cucumber, green pepper and spinach
– filled eggs (not vegan)
– dates with pieces of  banana’s inside
– bruschetta
– no-tuna-tuna salad

And today I’ll give you the recipe for the bruschetta.
Ingredients
– bread (I like Turkish bread)
– tomatoes
– garlic
– basil
-seasoning
-olive oil

How to make
Preheat the oven at 200° . Then cut the tomatoes, you’ll only need the outside, the ‘hard’ part.
Cut your bread and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Then cut the ‘hard’ part of the tomato in small dices. Throw away the wet inside.
Cut garlic into very,very tiny pieces, and do the same with the garlic. Put the garlic,basil and tomatoes in a bowl together with the olive oil. Mix it well.
Take your bread out and put some tomato salsa on top. Voila!

It’s an easy yet delicious recipe. I like to make it as an appetizer, or eat it as my lunch. You’ll always score with this one.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Christmas day; be grateful

Hello!

Merry Christmas everyone! Do you celebrate it with your loved ones? Do you enjoy a (vegan) dinner? 

I do celebrate Christmas with my family. We eat out, we enjoy each others company and we laugh. We do this every year.
Having my whole family around made me realise something; I am so grateful for all that I have.
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I think about all the refugees, that are celebrating Christmas without family. Without a Christmas dinner and without a home. How will they feel?

I realise now that I,  and probably all of the readers of my blog, should be grateful for all of the happiness we have. Of course; we all have problems. Of course we all have troubles; maybe fitting in, maybe finding a new job. But our problems are so small compared to the ones of all the refugees, of all the orphan children in Africa, of all the woman in India, desperate to stand up for themselves.

Think about all the refugees, without a home,family or a nice dinner. We should be more grateful.

We owe them, we owe them in feeling grateful this Christmas.  In feeling proud and happy of what we got. Although we may  have lost someone close, we still have each other.  We have a place to call “home”, family or friends that watch our backs and give us love.

So maybe there is something we can give to the world. Something easy, something we all should be.
So surround yourself with loved ones, show them your love and remember : be grateful of all the joy you a experience in your life. Be grateful for all the love you got.

Love and a merry Christmas,

xxxx Jazzie

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Dinner with friends

Hey!

I love to eat with my friends. But like I said in my last post, it can be hard to eat out. Another way to avoid that could be eating at home. That’s what I did yesterday, I invited a friend and together we cooked a delicious dinner!

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We made a few dishes; at first we made zuchinni soup. After that we had a zuchinni pasta and a salad.
I made the pasta for the second time, it’s still a succes!

The recipe for the soup;
– 4 zuchinni’s
– vegetable stock
– 2 onions
– some garlic
– around 600 ml water

Cut the onion and the garlic and put them in a big pot. Let them cook, and cut the zuchinni in little dices.
Put them in the pot, and cook for 10 minutes. Then put the water and the stock in. Cook for 20 minutes, then blend the zuchinni until you get a creamy texture. And your soup is done!

It was nice to make a meal together;  and it was fun that my friend liked my vegan food! That’s a good goal right? Eating at home can be the solution if you’re scared to dine out, or just want to save money.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Eating out as a vegan

Hey!

For some vegans umon us, it might be hard to eat out. I completely understand you.  I still struggle with it. Sometimes everyone wants to eat in a place where there are just no vegan options. What do you do in that kind of situation?

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These are the things I always do:
1. I always check the menu online. If that’s not an option, I Google the place and look for reviews.
2. Sometimes I give my friends options for places where I know I can eat. And together we decide where we like to go. Like Chinese, Italian or Thai restaurants. It’s also handy for them; and most of the times no one is complaining about it.
3. If I’m not sure about the menu, I’ll call the restaurant and ask if they can make something for me. A lot of the times the chefs see this as a challenge, and you can always give it a try.
4. If there are no great dishes that I can eat, I’ll order 2 smaller plates. Two first courses are also really filling. And if you still want a bigger main, then you can ask if they can turn the first course into a main. That way you can always eat your salad or veggies.
5. Try to always be positive. If your friends really want to go to a place where you have less options, try to accept it. Next time it’s your choice, try to have fun anyways.

I went to the restaurant where I work (for the vegans near Amsterdam; it’s in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and it’s called Napa Italia. They serve vegan pizza!) and I asked the chefs if they could make me something nice.  And they did.

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I had this vegan pizza, with a tomato salsa and a salad on top. Delicious. I learned that you can always ask if they want to make something special for you.

Love,

xxx Jazzie

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Cooking class in Marrakech

Hello!

Today is day 5 in Marrakech, and Vincent and I decided to follow a Maroccan cooking class!

I found it online and after checking their site we decided it was a fun thing to do!
The class started at ten in the morning.
We first went to the market, to buy all our ingredients. I pointed out that I was a vegan, it was no problem.
We bought a lot of vegetables, meat for Vincent, fruit for the juice and spices for in our dishes.

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After that, we went to the hostel where we were going to cook. The lady who was giving the class, made us Maroccan tea. (You can see it on my YouTube channel; rawjazzie) And then it was time to make the preparations
Prepare (or making your mise en place) is always the most work to do. The cutting, mixing and chopping takes a lot of time.

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We were going to make a tagine with vegetables and lamb with a sort of gravin. We also made a mango/orange juice. I’ll be posting the recipe, so you can make it too! We made the lamb in a pressure cooker; if you use a stone tagine, it’ll take over 6 hours to cook. We didn’t have that time, so a pressure cooker is also fine.

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It took time to cook; in between we were drinking our juice and relaxing at the rooftop terrace. It was sunny, but not too hot. After 40 minutes it was cooked and we enjoyed our meal. I liked my tagine, there were so any vegetables in it!
The woman who gave the class was very friendly and her English was good.

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I recommend  the class because it gives you a new view into the Maroccan culture.  You’ll find out how they make all of your favorite dishes, and you learn to make them yourself. The atmosphere in the class was great; very relaxed and there was no rush. It was a very nice thing to do.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Beans& Love.

Goodmorning!
I wanted to write something about one of my favorite things in the world: BEANS! And peas too, haha. I Just LOVE beans. I doens’t matter which one. You can make endless variations with beans. And they are healthy. I made this bean salad (see top image) to bring with me to school, and eveyone got jealous. They were all like: “Woaah you’re eating so healthy, it looks so good! I wish I could do that!”
People often say things like that. I find it hard to understand, if you want to be healthy and fit, it’s up to you to actually do that. No-one can do that for you, you need to make the decision to stop eating crap and start eating healthy. So when people say that, I often start laughing, and tell them that this is a normal snack for me. That I like to take good care of myself, and that it isn’t hard.
But for some people it is. They make excuses not to eat good.
But please, stop the excuses and start the realization.
Start to take of yourself. Start to eat fruit. Stop the fat.
YOU can do this, if you love yourself, I wouldn’t be a problem.
Just give your body love, and it will love you back.

Love,

xx Jazzie

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RT4 day 22&23

Hey everyone,

I got terrible news a couple days ago. I lost my job in the bookshop. It’s hard because I really liked it there and the fired me because of my illness (a disease in my colon, colitus ulcerosa) . They thought that I wasn’t able to work “flexible” bacause of m hospital appointments. It hurts. But I’ll find something else, I’m sure! My RT4 days are a bit harder, I wasn’t really strict RT4 when I was on holiday, but now I’m trying to be strict again. On day 22 I went out fr dinner, my boyfriend and I went to an Indian place, and GOOOSSH IT WAS SO GOOD. I’d never been there before, never even eaten Indian before, but it was soo damn good. I had the vegetarian option, and my boyfriend, of course, not. I was in a lot of pain afterwarts (all these herbs and spices are a bit too much for my colon)

Day 22

  • Breakfast: soja milk with nuts and fruit and 1 banana
  • Snack: none
  • Lunch: 2 pieces of toast with honey and 3 peaches
  • Snack: soup
  • Dinner: Indian 

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Day 23

  • Breakfast: 3 banana’s 
  • Snack: 1 glutenfree  piece of bread with jam and strawberries ( a lot of strawberries)
  • Lunch: a huuuge salad with peas
  • Snack: peaches and carrot with hummus
  • Dinner: salad with tomato,later another salad with cucumber
  • Snack: candy.. (lollipops)

So the candy wasn’t good, but I was on the birthday of my babysit child, she turned eight and she all gave us 2 lollipops. So instead of refusing them, I ate them both. Sometimes it’s hard t say no…

 

Love,

xxx Jazzie