Vegan Junkfood Bar? Yes you read it right, a vegan junkfood bar! As much as I’m trying to be a healthy vegan, I can’t help but be excited about this junkfood bar. It’s entirely plant based, making it a healthier, junkfood alternative. From dutch classics such as bitterballen (don’t ask me to translate that!) to…
Beyond The Kitchen
First of all I’ll have to thank Jan & Cynthia from Puur Jij for organising this retreat, Yonca from Happy Earth Kitchen for bringing us all together & all of the guest for sharing their love and light. You’ve all be carried in my heart forever.
A few months ago when I was asked to work as a plant-based chef during a summer yoga retreat in France my heart instantly screamed yes. Trusting my intuition I decided to take the job and before I would know, time would pass and here I am, being able to share this experience with you.
Disclaimer: I’m not a guru, nor do I think I know it better. I’m merely sharing my point of view on certain topics I think are important to discuss. Our opinions might differ, and that’s perfectly fine. Nothing but love from me, to you.
My heart it aches seeing the hate and injustice brought forth by my own kind. It aches even more when I see the people around me reacting in fear and hate, which I understand, were only human. The reason why this reaction pains me, is because it’ll only bring forth more anger, fear and hate.
A couple of years back I would find myself reacting to humanity in the exact same way. It wasn’t until I truly discovered that all this destruction is brought forth by our egos and not our “Self”, that my anger and fear transformed into compassion and love. Look don’t get me wrong I still get mad, sometimes even hateful, but I always try to find my way back to my Self, which is pure and whole. I’m still human, perfectly flawed by my ego, but whole by my heart.
Hey you there! Are you also interested in growing your own medicinal and culinary herbs and flowers? Be sure to tag along this adventure and maybe we can grow some things together, make sure to check out part one of this series! This post will serve as a bit of an overview of the plants I’ve planted so far, this way we could plant some similar plants as I’ll be using them in future recipes.
I’ll try to keep these series as short & sweet as possible, going more in-depth on certain plants and flowers in separate posts. The next couple of posts will have a different format, discussing specific topics.
Another hot spot has opened its doors, this time located in Rotterdam (North), which happens to be one of my favourite cities in the Netherlands. Happy Earth is a new and health conscious food spot, where you can get your whole food fix. Not only does Yonca (the owner) serve some of the most delicious plant-based meals but she also offers a variety of vegan foods in her little store. So you get a mini plant-based grocery store and cafe all in one!
Which started out as a blog turned into something really gorgeous! One thing I’ve always noticed when following Yonca’s blog and Instagram account is that she has an eye for detail. Her eye for detail combined with the philosophy of sharing whole, sustainable foods has manifested into a store of exquisite quality.
The first question we got asked during our yoga teacher training was “what does yoga mean to you”? Now don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of reasons to why I practice yoga, but I couldn’t find the words to answer this question. It wasn’t until recently that I found the answer to this question.
Before I would have told you that yoga helps you to find some peace of mind, balance even, and besides being great for the mind, yoga also does wonders to the body. Apart from this I would struggle to explain the deeper meaning of yoga.
Note: Keep in mind that yoga could have a completely different meaning to you, which is ok. Yoga isn’t a fixed thing, neither are we, our perceptions are different, which makes us unique, yet the same.
Since I’m avoiding gluten to see how it will affect my eczema and I still would love some avocado toast I had to give the gluten-free bread mix from Schär a try. I’ll be trying out my own flour blends to create some home-made gluten-free bread from scratch, which of course will be shared with all of you, but for now let’s keep it simple by trying out a ready-made blend.
I bought this gluten-free bread mix at Albert heijn for €3,99 and it will make about 2 breads. You can also buy it at different health food stores in the Netherlands. They also sell their brand in the states and many other countries throughout Europe! But before you buy it, let’s try it!
I’m back with another hot spot, and this time it’s located in my own home town! Honestly, I can’t believe it took me this long to write about this place, especially since I was planning on doing so last year, well better late then never, right!?
The place I’m talking about it By Lima, which is a breakfast and lunch cafe located in Haarlem, the city where I’ve been born and raised….
We’ve started a new journey, the journey of gardening and growing our own food! Let me tell you a little bit about this journey. The moment I decided to go vegan I fell in love with the idea of growing my own food, mostly because I became aware with all the processes the commercially grown food go through before it lands on my plate. Not only that but also because I came to learn that from all the amazing plants we can eat, only about 1% (don’t quote me on this) is being sold in the stores. Well I want it all! And I want it fresh.
Another reason for me wanting to plant certain flowers and herbs is because I believe that some will aid in my recovery from eczema. Although our current garden isn’t huge, I’ll be taking advantage of all the space which has been given to me. If this works out I might even look into renting a little plot of land to expand my adventures, but for now, let’s keep it simple and stick with the basics.
I’ve asked you if you wanted me to share these garden adventures, and most of you liked the idea. It is going to be fun because we are literally starting from scratch, with some seeds and limited (let’s call it zero) knowledge about growing plants.
I’ll be sharing my mistakes and the things I’ve learned about (inside) gardening through these posts and I invite you to plant with me, because we’ll be using many of these plants in our recipes!
Now with all of that covered let’s begin our adventure!
- Organic potting soil
- Seed starter pots
- Tags to write the names and dates of planting
My gardening adventure started the 16th of march when I decided to plant my first seeds, nasturtium & pansies which I got at my local gardening centres.
My second batch of plants I planted the 25th of march and include even more nasturtiums, lemon balm, true lavender, cinnamon basil & cornflower.
These beautiful flowers aren’t only going to bring some colour and live to our little garden, but they are also edible, and are supposed to have a peppery taste! They will make a great addition to salad and could add some colour to otherwise plain meals. You can eat the leaves, flowers and seeds and are also supposed to be great for treating eczema and are a natural antibiotic.
Of course I can’t confirm if they are actually great for treating eczema, but we’re about to find out!
I planted my first batch of these the 16 and decided to put some in seed starter pots which I placed on my kitchens windowsill, and another batch in a bigger pot which I’d leave outside in the shadow, just to see what would happen. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to find that the seeds cozying up in the kitchen were the ones who decided to sprout first, which happened on the 24th of march. These seeds are thriving compared to the ones I planted outside, these are yet to sprout, if they will at all.
This delay in sprouting might be due to a combination of factors being, water, sunlight and temperature. Since were in march the temperature is slowly rising but might have been a bit too cold for the poor seeds. It also rained quite a lot for about 3 days of them being out, so the seeds might have rotted? I don’t even know, but to set this experiment forth I planted some extra seeds outside in the same type of container on the 25th of march. The temperature has risen a couple of degrees and it’s going to be less wet. I still left them in the shadow the first day before discovering all seedlings need sunlight, so from now on I’ll make sure my seedlings will get enough sunlight!
I give them a little bit of water every day in the beginning stage, but I read that these plants don’t mind a little negligence.
These flowers just look way too cute and my mom loves them, she really wanted to add these to the garden, so I decided to pick up some seeds. They also turned out to be edible so that’s another win! These flowers come in a range of different colour and species and are all equally gorgeous. I planted a mix of Swiss giant pansies and am looking forward to see the colours they’ll produce.
These flowers I planted in a medium pot which I placed in another windowsill which is a bit less warm, to see what would happen of course.
The first sprouts started to surface the 27th of march, I don’t know if this is normal or if they were a bit late because I didn’t water them regularly the first few days. I honestly didn’t know you had to water seeds & seedlings often in the beginning stage, this just goes to show how much of a gardening noob I really am.
So what did we learn so far?
- To sprout our seedlings in a sunny place
- To water the seedlings regularly
- That during early spring it might be a better idea to start sprouting seeds indoors, or at least for faster sprouting rates.
The rest of the seeds were planted two days ago so I’ll report back next week with the next gardening update to let you know how thing are going. Let’s see if this gardening noob can become a pro! During this journey we’ll be covering a couple of points.
- Basics on how to plant and take care of herbs, flowers and other plants.
- Budget friendly D.I.Y. projects for home gardeners.
- How to garden indoors for those without a garden.
- Creating delicious recipes and meals using our home-grown flowers and plants.
- Medicinal properties of certain plants
- And more!
I really hoped you liked this post, it will be the first of many and I really hope you’ll tune in for our next gardening adventure. How awesome would it be to grow food together and use our home-grown plants to create gorgeous and medicinal dishes!? I’ll be making many mistakes along the road and feel free to help me out by sharing your tips and tricks so we can all become pro gardeners.
So this is part recipe and part inspiration, since you can use it as a base to make your own recipe, hence the title “food inspo”. This is the second addition of food inspo, if you want to find out how I turned soup into gluten free flatbread/pancakes you can press this link.
Now this might seem like it’s going to take a whole day to create, but don’t worry whenever I’m feeling extra I make myself some of these rolls in under and hour. And when you prep the rice in advance you’ll be left with a 15 minutes meal.
How to make the rolls.
- For this recipe I’m using two cups of uncooked rice, so I’m immediately prepping some rice for days ahead. While you’re preparing the cooking water you can start washing the rice. Wash and rinse until the water becomes clear.
- Start by adding about 4 cups of water to a pan and adding a chunk of purple cabbage and turning on the heat to medium/low until the cabbage has turned the water a deep blue colour.
- Remove about 1 1/4 cup of water from the pot and add another little chunk of purple cabbage to the water to create an even deeper and more concentrated colour. Let it simmer until it looks deep purple.
- Now you’ll be left with two different shades of water. Separate the rice over two pots and add the light shade to one pot and the darker to the other pot of rice.
- Turn the heat to the lowest heat possible and let it simmer for about 25 minutes. Using this low heat will ensure the colour doesn’t go from lilac/blue to brown.
- When the rice is done remove it from the pots to let it cool before placing on the nori sheets. Once you’ve placed it on the nori you can squeeze some lime or lemon on the spots you’d like to transform the colour of. Roll the maki, cut it and voila, you’ve become a magician. Note that the rice that got the acid keeps getting brighter so when you cut it you might be surprised to find it became a bit brighter!
Now you can fill these rolls with whatever you like, throughout this post you can find some different variations. You can try adding some sweet potato, or maybe you’re into some savoury strips of tempeh! Regardless of what ingredients I add, I always add avocado!
You could also add colourful veggies inside to create a rainbow roll, there are honestly so many different way’s to have these roll that you’ll never get tired of them. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even add some fruits like mango
Let me know if you like posts like these in the comments below and if you decide to make some magical unicorn rolls don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram cause I’d love to see what you made, or find me on Facebook!