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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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
- 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…
I went to a bar yesterday with some friends and I had a reall good time. A good friend brought his new girlfriend with him, she was really nice. I find it hard not to be prejudiced about people; I had made a judgement about her, and I was completely wrong. I based my thoughts about his past girlfriends, who didn’t look good or where nice. (Not to him, nor us) She was understanding, sweet, and truly interrested in us. I had a great time. I also bought a book about understanding and loving yourself. It is mainly teaching you to love from your heart. I’m looking forward reading it. But now about my RT4 day.
RT4 day 21
- Breakfast: 4 banana’s
- Snack: rice crackers with cottage cheese
- Lunch: leftover veggies and a salad
- Snack: dried apples and banana’s
- DInner: Pumpkin soup (Got it from the supermarket, mine was 100000 times better) with crackers
- Snack: another bowl of soup and crackers
ALthough the soup wasn’t homemade, it wasn’t grose. It was more salty and less sweet, but ok to eat ones in a while. I found dried apples in the bio-store, they were sooo good! I’m planning on bringing them as a snack to work or school. It’s easy and quick to eat. How are you doing?
Yesterday was really nice! I went out for dinner with my best friend, we ate sushi. I LOVE SUSHI. More then every other food in the world. I love the texture, the taste, the looks. Haha, I’m going crazy on sushi, but it just seems to give me energy. Today was a active day for me, but it feels really good. I went for a bikeride from 1.5 hour, and I ran for about an hour. Today I worked, and at work I drank a blackbery-cucumber smoothie. Everybody at work are talking about me, behind my back. Because of my RT4 lifestyle. I thought I didn’t care, I feel good about it. But it does hurt. Don’t they see I’m doing the good thing? Living a healthy life? Don’t they want to feel the same good way I’m feeling?! I’m happy that my boyfriend is supportive. He isn’t eating the same way, but he helps me and he never complains whenever we eat vegan or vegetarian. AND he loves sushi too ^^.
RT4 day 14
Breakfast: dates and 2 banana’s
Snack: 3 ricecrackers with hummus
Lunch; big ass salad
RT4 day 15
Breakfast: 4 banana’s
Lunch: veggie soup and 3 banana’s
Snack: blackberry cucumber smoothie
Snack: salad with chicken peas
Hee wonderfull people,
how are you guys doing today? I’m fine, I’ve worked from 7.00-18.00 so I had a long day. I should feel tired, but I don’t. Maybe a bit, but if you think about the long day I made… I’m happy that I feel so well. I had an amazing dinner, thanks to a recipe from purplehouseblog. The soup was perfect, I even made extra for tomorrow.
RT4 day 11
Breakfast: 4 banana’s
Lunch: salad with tofu chicken (did taste good, though)
Dinner: home-made soup from and it was delicious!
Snack: mushrooms and 4 ricecrackers
today was again a wonderfull day. I got the chance to talk to a friend from school and I worked a few hours. Normally work is just work, nothing special, but this time.. I was very lucky! The fruit department decided to throw away some fruits, I saw it and just couldn’t take it. So I asked them if they were okay with me taking them. THey were! So I ‘saved’ 10 banana’s and a watermelon! Jeej, happy me. I also made a green smoothie with spinach, mint, banana and cucumber. It tastes really good, and looks so healthy.
RT4 day 9
- Breakfast: 3 mango’s
- Snack: none
- Lunch: smoothie and 2 banana’s
- Snack: none
- Dinner: MORE banana’s (I’ve had watermelon before that)
- Snack: 1 advocado and 2 banana’s
I had this amazing breakfast: 3 fresh, ripe and sweet mango’s ! I forgot how much I like mango’s. I took banana’s to my work, so I didn’t had the problem I had yesterday. It all went well, and I’m feeling good. This was my first ‘all raw’ day, and I liked it!