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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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Marrakech; camel riding and visiting the souks

Hello!

Vincent and I arrived in Marrakech! Our first day is more like a first night, but still. The temperature was really great; it’s 34° while in Holland it’s 16°. I brought some skirts and dresses. Our hotel is nice, it’s in the new city. We would like to have stayed in the old city, but it was so expensive.. We arrived pretty late so on the first night we ate at the first restaurant we saw. It turned out to be really good! It was an Italian restaurant  (Little Italy) and they served amazing home made pasta’s. With the cheese on the side, so I was really happy.

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The second day we went to the souks and got overwhelmed by all the people who wanted to sell us stuff. The taxi driver who brought us, showed us a spices store where I bought saffron lipbalm. After that he brought us to the souks. The souks were beautiful; all the colours, spices and shoes..

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We ate our first Maroccan meal in Medina, I had a tagine with vegetables. It was so delicious! I think I’ll be eating this more then once.. In the evening we did a camel ride, but I’ll write a seperate post about that. It was amazing.
Looking forward to tomorrow!

Love,

xx 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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Breakfast idea’s

Hey!

What do you eat for breakfast?
Do you always eat the same thing?
Do you lack ideas, and want to try something different?
Here are my favorite, delicious and healthy breakfast ideas!

1. Soy yogurt with home made cruesli. This is one od my favourite quick breakfast ideas, I make the cruesli the day before and I only have to put it in a bowl with some yogurt. But still, a delicious idea.
2. Overnight oats. You have to make this one the night before, the oats have to sulk in all the almond milk (or soy milk) you put in. It’s really good with some extra maple syrup.
3. Baked oats with chopped apple cinnamon. I live to eat this in the winter. Somehow it reminds me of eating apple pie. It takes a bit more time; you need to peel and chop the apples and then cook it with (soy) milk,cinnamon and oats.

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4. Pancakes. I make my pancakes with almond milk and bananas instead of milk and eggs. (One large banana for 2 eggs) It takes some time,but it’s great for the weekend. It really feels like a Sunday brunch.
5. Rice crackers with hummus, tomatoes and cucumber. I eat this whenever we run out of oats or almond milk. It good, easy but it’s a bit like comfort food.

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I hope you find my tips helpfull and tasty and of course, good luck with all the cooking, and don’t forget to enjoy your meal!

Love,

xx jazzie

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Brain training

Hello everyone!

The subject of today is; your brain!
Why? Because it’s one of the most important parts of our body, but one we always seem to forget..

Your brain is a funny thing. It’s always developing itself, and some days it’s easier to remember things then other days. Why is that?

This can have various reasons. One is food (or better; energy!) just like your body, your brain needs food in order to work properly. The food gives enough energy to remember things.
Sleep is also so important. If you regularly sleep to little; your brain is always dealing with a lack of energy. It’s harder to concentrate.

What can you do to improve your brain function? Well,  make a lot of sudoku’s. By making sudoku’s you stimulate your brain to keep thinking. Remembering faces with their name is also a good one. Try this one at a party. Try to collect as many names as possible, and try to remember them at the end of the night. Did you knew them all?

I like to train my brain remembering everything that’s on my grocery list, without peaking. The first time it was difficult, but now I’m getting good at it!
Good luck with brain training today!

Love,

xxx Jazzie

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Calorie counting and losing weight

Hey!

A lot of people who are trying to lose weight, see calories as their enemy. If you count them, and stay under a certain amount, you’re sure to lose weight. But are you?

As a vegan I eat a lot of fruit and less fat. I don’t eat a lot of bread and more vegetables then other people. So for me it’s important to eat a bit more calories out of fruit then you normally would. Fruit has a different nutrition value then a sandwich. 

Does it mean I need to count my calories in order to lose weight, but in a healthy way? Nope.
I think that whenever you focus on the calories instead of how hungry and satisfied you are, you’re not doing it right.

Of course it’s important to eat enough. You need to eat in order to get energy, so don’t deprive yourself from food!
As a beginning vegan it might be handy to track down your calories, in order to make sure you’re eating enough. But as the time pass, you’ll learn to feed yourself well, and more important enough but not to much!

My tip is: track your calories in the beginning, but stop whenever you made your new lifestyle your own.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Rawjazzie on youtube

Good morning!

For those who don’t know; I have a YouTube channel! I don’t upload every day, but I upload  about the things that I find important. So if you want to see some fun vacation/city trips tips, or see some cool vegan stuff, check me out!

I make videos about travelling, but also vlogs and opinion video’s. (Like the elephant riding post; I go deeper into the subject in my video)

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I would really want to see your channels too! So post the link in the comment box, and check me out.
I hope you do. 🙂

Love,

xx Jazzie
Ps, I also have Instagram!  @rawjazzie