Trip pics

I know my last post was pretty vague, but I’ve been having such a great time enjoying life that I really didn’t feel like writing till now. So the clear things up a little – I am currently visiting some friends in another country. I know – it’s a weird time – considering I have work and school and all that. But it so happens that I hit a series of national holidays, and school was out for a bit as well as work so I figured – now or never :). Before I would have been way to obsessed about my “perfect schedule” and having everything so “under control” to make a trip like this. But this is then and that is now.

So here’s a photo recap of what I’ve been doing a lot of lately:

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Food (so much good food that I never take pictures of because it always seems inappropriate)

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Gardening – lots of it. Fun in the sun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This has been my redundant breakfast for the past several days – homemade full fat yoghurt (from raw unpasturized milk), homemade granola, tahini and AMAING carmelized squash. I could eat this for the rest of my life and die a happy woman 🙂

 

 

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Love reading through all my friends various cookbooks (what can I say – I’m a foodie at heart)

 

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But we’ve had a few wine filled evenings as well, so it all balances out in the end 😉

 

So that’s all from me for now. I am living, loving and enjoying life. Now I’m off for a glass of fresh milk and maybe going to look at finishing that assigment…. or not 😉

 

Quiestion of the day : what’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?

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Thoughts, pics and other things

Thoughts, pics and other things.

So my 2 weeks of fun in the sun has drawn to a close.  In all honesty I can say that it was a God send – it was EXACTLY what I needed in this point of my life to change my perspective on things. The first week was spent just getting used to the idea of relaxing. I’m a workaholic by nature so I’m constantly looking for something to do. But after the first week I was able to slow down and fully take advantage of the peace, quiet and tranquility of the place. Not to say I sat on my butt and did nothing – I kept myself busy jarring, drying, cooking, cleaning, picking and processing. But I did all these thngs because I WANTED to do them. I also read a lot, talked a lot, watched some silly TV series and ate a lot , so I did my share of sedentary activities. And I don’t remember being so happy in a LONG time.

Potato harvesting time

So just for fun – let’s list some facts and numbers:

–          New foods I tried –  13 (pesto pasta, sun dried tomatoes, coconut squash curry, tandoori chicken, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, dessert creps with homemade plum preserves and sour cream, sesame milk, instant “baked” oatmeal, roasted squash, squash gnocchi, grass fed whole milk, palinka, and kale smoothie, bruschetta)

Pumpkin french toast with honey and sour cream

Instant baked pumpkin oatmeal

–          Number of meals that I included squash in – more than I can count . I’m pretty sure I had pumpkin/squash in some form almost every day, sometimes three times a day. So a conservative minimum would be maybe 20 😛

–          Number of fresh fruit eaten – around 30 (not that I was counting – there was just way too much goodness)

Plum tree’s by the side of the road and my favorite “anytime” snack

–          Number of things I learned/took part in making – 12 (herbal tincture, homemade herbal tooth paste and face wash, pumpkin pie, carrot cake, pesto, sun dried tomatoes in oil, squash gnocchi, oven roasted squash, homemade bullion,  plum preserves, tomato paste)

–          Number of TV series episodes watched – 17

–          Number of ice-cream Sundays eaten – 2

–          Slices of pumpkin pie eaten – 4

–          Number of books read – 2 so far (gonna do a third one on the trip back)

–          Number of amazing coffee’s had – 20 (2 a day – it’s been my guilty pleasure )

–          Number of times I obsessed about food groups/counted calories – almost none

BBQ night – wine, bread, pesto, sundried tomatoes, roasted squash and tandoori chicken . Loved every bite!

–           Number of times I stressed or felt pressured – none

This vacation also a great time to reevaluate my own life and where I was going with it . I read somewhere that a change of place + a change of pace= a change of perspective . And it’s so true. I discovered things I enjoyed doing (such as gardening) that  I never realized I enjoyed before. I tasted and tried new foods and discovered my love of clean eating again. For the longest time I was a “eat on the go” junkie – but I’m slowly re-learning how enjoyable it is to cook, sit down and ENJOY a meal. I don’t want to focus on food groups, calories and all that crap anymore – I just want to eat nutritious foods and ENJOY myself in the process. I want to listen to my body – weather that means a 10 PM night snack or eating 7 times a day.  And constantly thinking and obsessing about food is boring – I have much better things to do with my time.

The lovely house I was staying in.

So with this new month will come new goals. I want this vacation to mark a new start in the way I think and act and treat myself. Here are my goals:

–          Allow myself to ENJOY my food and let go of counting calories

–          Do something relaxing and “just for me” every day

–          Practice saying “no”. Sometimes pleasing everybody is not as important as taking good care of yourself.

–          With the start of school – not letting myself obsess about it. If I get a bad grade I get a bad grade – it’s really not the end of the world

–          Go for a short walk at least every second day

–          Be more open to trying new things.

 

For the first time in a long time I’m exited about life again. I’m not sure where this ride is going to take me, but I don’t care as long as I decide I’m gonna have a good time.

Detox time

Coffee in the morning watching the sunrise…

Sitting outside under a tree, with a view overlooking the garden…

Eating a slice of homemade pumpkin pie for breakfast…

….and enjoying just being alive

Sounds like a pretty good start to any vacation, no? After two days of travelling (with a sleep over along the way) I’ve arrived at my friends place. They live in a cute little farming village somewhere “behind God’s back” as they would put it. It’s in the middle of nowhere, but I didn’t honestly come out here with the intention of spending “nights on the town”. I came here to see them, but also to get away fro the hustle and bustle of day to day life and take some time to rest.

Here everything is so peaceful and quiet and natural. My friends have a HUGE vegetable garden with almost every vegetable you could wish for. They have fruit growing off their trees that is ripe and ready to be eaten. Everything they eat is 100% local and humanly farmed/raised.  It’s just all so very in touch with the way things should be.

One of the friends suffers from a medical condition that requires her to keep a super strict diet. Because of that she has a health foodies “dream” pantry  and equipment – including a vita-mix, dehydrator, food processor etc. , and all sorts of wonderful ingredients such as molasses, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds galore. And to top it off she’s an amazing cook, so all the meals so far have not only been ultra nutritious (note: not ultra “low calorie”) and so amazingly tasty. It’s so nice to have someone else cook and be “in charge” in that sense and to be able to just enjoy whatever they make.

I helped with dinner prep last night (we hd the most amazing butternut squash curry), but I wasn’t in charge of what went into it, or what it was being served with. Heck, I didn’t even make my own plate – everything was planned, thought out and served for me – and it was so refreshing to just let go.  We sat out on the porch till it got dark – eating, laughing and drinking wine. It was the most enjoyable, relaxing meal I’ve had in a while.

I’ve decided to make this trip a detox of sorts. I’m going to stay away from the computer – aside from an occasional update here and there. I’m not going to focus on food groups, exchanges or getting enough calories. I’m just going to focus on eating and enjoying – both the food and the company. During this time I am going to reevalute my life, my recovery and where exactly I’ m going with all this. In the meantime I’m also going to enjoy the company and friendship of my two closest friends.

So hopefully the next post will have some pictures of the place, and tales of some of my other adventures. But as I said, I won’t be on as much because I’ll be too busy enjoying life. The blog world can get to be a bit too “perfectionist” at times as far exercise, food and all that other stuff and right now I just want to live life and enjoy it – you know?

Alright I’m off to enjoy the day, and eat another slice of pumpkin pie. Have a great day everyone.

 

Doing things for me…

You know what?

I’m so over doing things for other people…

I’m over having the perfect diet so that other people can look to me as the example of health, I’m over trying to take pretty pictures of food when I’m just hungry and want to devour it all already. I’m over working myself half to death just because I’m afraid someone will think I’m lazy if I don’t. I’m over trying to be a perfect blogger and  figure out what catagory of blog “types” (i.e recipie, health food, exercise, recovery) my blog fits into. Heck I’m tired of trying to figure myself out and plan out my life so that when other people ask me, I have everything together and know exactly what I want.

Because you know what – there are some goodies in life (healthy or not) that aren’t worth giving up…

Ice -cream – regular, good ol’ fashioned ice-cream.  Not low calorie, banana soft-serve or frozen yogurt ice-cream but the real deal. I love it with a passion and refuse to stop.

Halva – it was a major fear food till just recently. I had the courage to taste it again and I’m SO GLAD I did. Yes it has sugar, loads of fat and lots of calories – and that’s what makes it amazing. (For those who don’t know it’s a dessert made out of sesame seeds and honey – amazing stuff).

Ugly food tastes just as good as prettily plated food. I don’t have the time or equipment to be a food photographer – I’ll leave that to the pro’s. I’m just gonna eat, drink and be merry – weather it looks good to the rest of the world or not.

An awesome banana, peach and soy milk smoothie that was more like a slushy cuz it was so thick. As usuall the picture doesn’t do it justice – but I wanted to eat it before it “melted”.

 

Some days I don’t want a fancy breakfast to “show on the blog” (oat bran with banana’s and frozen cherries)..

 

And some days I feel like extravegant (i.e everything I can find in the fridge) toppings (basic oatbran base with banan’s almonds, quark and black currant jam on top)

Oatmeal pancakes slathered in full fat yogurt topped with carmalized apples (see if you can spot the raw one I left on the cutting board :P)

And the classic combo of oatmeal, banana’s and PB.

And some days I just  eat, enjoy and don’t care if my food looks good or not, because heck – I’m the one eating it 😛

A blog can be as random as you want it to be… I’m not a healthy living blogger, or an exercise blogger, or a recipie blogger, or even a recovery blogger. I ramble, I show random pictures and talk about completely unrealted things sometimes. But that’s ok, because I’m a pretty random person anyhow.

And I don’t mind not knowing EXACTLY what I’m doing right now. Life is an adventure and I’m going to try just to live in the moment and enjoy myself along the way.

You know what else I’m doing for myself – I’m going on vacation! After all summer of working/helping out my parents I’m doing something that I want to do. I’m going to visit some very dear friends of mine that I haven’t seen in almost 2 years. I’m super psyched (inspite of the fact I will have to be up at 4:55 tomorrow morning and will be traveling 16 hours by bus one day and then 3 hours the next).

I’m realizing that if I live my life by other people’s expectation – I’m never going to be happy. I need to find out what I want to do, and then just do it. You can’t please everyone, and I am so over even trying.

(I will try to blog a bit while I’m on vacation – but I’m not making it a prioritie. Real life> blog world any day. So if I dissapear for a bit – no worries cuz I’ll be back to haunt you all).

Alright, I’m off to finish off packing. Have yourselves a great week!

Are you easily swayed by other’s expectaions of you?

Do you always try to please other people, or do you just stick to who you are and own it?

Favorite type of jam? I personally LOVE blackcurrant jam – especially on top of some quark or cottage cheese – delicious!

Trip recap

So here’s the promised trip recap. I will apologize in advance that I’m a bad blogger and even worse photographer, so the pictures are few and slightly bad quality. That coupled with the fact that my friend doesn’t like having her picture taken means this post might be a little picture bare, but bear with me won’t you 😉

I left home around 7:30 because I had to travel an extra hour to get to my uni to pick up some paperwork. Thankfully that went smoothly, and after stopping at my dorm to pick up a few things I was on my next bus off to the “big city”.

I arrived at around 12:00 and my friend was there to pick me up. I don’t know about you, but I love seeing a familiar face after a long trip- it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Anyways, we have this tradition that every time we meet up we go out for coffee, so off we went.

There’s not very many places here that serve good coffee without cows milk, and I have suffered from some nasty stomach issues from having real lattes in the past, so I was very happy to find a café that served soya milk with no extra charge J. I had  the flat white pictured above (double espresso shots topped with steamed soya milk) and my friend had a white chocolate latte. I have to say, when it comes to coffee I like to taste the coffee with minimal additives- Frappuccino’s  and the like should be served cold in my opinion.

Anyhow, after a good 2 hours of catching up we decided to look around the mall. I still had all my luggage with me, and believe you me, clothes shopping with a huge backpack, handbag, coat and winter hat is NOT all that fun. But I was able to buy something I’ve been needing for a long time – a warm winter sweater. It might not be the most fashionable thing, but in -25 C warmth> fashion.

Then we went back to her place and I had a meal with her family (she still lives with her parents, but that doesn’t bother me since we’re old family friends and pretty much grew up together). I was a little apprehensive about telling them about my lactose intolerance and how I don’t eat meat, but they were super cool about it. Actually I was taken aback by how kind and accommodating they were. Usually when I tell people they either treat me funny, ask aqward questions (So, what happens when you drink milk?) or think I’m making it up. But her parents were totally different. In fact they gave me a bunch of soy powder and soy meat to take back with me – such sweethearts!

We stayed up late watching a kid movie with her little brother and talking. It was so nice just to sit back and do nothing.

After a good sleep in and a hearty oatmeal breakfast for me (which they had the BEST pots for – did you know that oats cook differently depending on the pot they’re in?)

…we decided to go to one of the biggest “museums” in the city  – the Copernicus Science institute. I didn’t believe my friend when she said we’d be gone for 3+ hours, but we ended up staying over 4 hours. Since it’s impossible for me to describe the place and all the exhibits in it, I’ll post a describtion taken from their website:

“Visitors can race against the human heart, discover the limits of their own sense of hearing, and become a lightning-tamer – boredom is virtually impossible at the Copernicus Science Centre.”

Lightzone

Paradoxically this is an area of darkness and shade. The absence of natural light sources provides ideal conditions for exploring the properties and essential nature of light.

Roots of civilization

What can be considered the sources of civilisation? What are the milestones in its development? What might the world look like in a few hundred years? The “Roots of Civilisation” gallery will both pose questions and inspire to seek answers.

Here we are discovering how mankind affects the environment, as well as how it affects us.

Our planet, water in the ocean, blood in our veins, particles in the air we breathe – all the surrounding world is on the move. The exhibition will show you sound waves and light spread, and what makes our finger move.

Me, my brain and emotions. My surroundings and my relations with the environment. Societies and communities and rules within them. Earth as a global village. All this constitutes the RE: generation gallery.

On the banks of the Vistula River and around the Copernicus Science Centre building and on its roof, there is an extraordinary garden called the Discovery Park. This is an open, green space, a place of relaxation geared for educational entertainment, dedicated to whole families.

I have to say – the generation exhibit was my favorite. It was fascinating to see how the human mind works, and all the interactive exhibits were beyond cool. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the place (and that my friend was a better photographer :P) but here are a few so you get a general idea.

Me with a voice imitation robot

On a bed of nails

Me with a face imitation robot, which was actually able to mimic your facial expressions

Interactive learning exhibit

Music composition board

Unfortunatly I was feeling sick during this time, so as much as I would have loved to stay longer, we decided to head back home and rest. Plus we were both pretty hungry at this point, and being poor collage students we didn’t feel too inspired about eating in the overpriced restaurants in the center of town.

After eating and resting up a bit (I got to finish a novel I’ve been reading for over 6 months – just didn’t have the time since I started studying) we had a game night. We played Clue most of the evening and I even won  a round , which was cause to celebrate since I never win board games. Then we watched another movie and headed off the sleep.

The next morning we went for a walk in the city. We ended up stopping at an organic food store (as per my request) and I became the proud owner of a jar of organic, crunchy PB J. I couldn’t afford both the sunflower seed butter and nut butter, and so I opted for something that was the “safer bet”. Then we hit up a few more outlet stores and I bought a few majorly marked down items before heading back.

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Aren't organic stores always laid out so cute ?

After lunch and fond farewells I was off on my way. Because of traffic I was home really late, but my siblings had planned a special movie night (complete with snacks and dark chocolate which they bought JUST for me) so I stayed up. All in all it was a great ending to a great trip and made me happy to be home again.

And guess what was featured in the next mornings oatmeal –

A very cautious first taste – and guess what – I liked it! J

And now I think it’s time for me to get out of bed and get dressed (it’s 10:00 AM). Hope you have an awesome weekend.

By the way, has anyone heard of soya powder and what to do with it. I first thought it was soya milk powder, but it’s definitely NOT (tried it in my coffee this morning – baaaad idea). Any ideas what I can use it for 🙂

Any peanut butter recipies I HAVE to try :)?

First day at uni.

First day at uni.

Wow guys, it’s been a crazy day. I’m filled with so many conflicting emotions I have no idea how to wrap my head around it all. All I know is there is a lot of new and different experiences on the horizon, and I just hope I’m ready for them.

Basically today was just “orientation” day. We had a few organizational meetings, filled out paper work and had some kind of basic safety class. Sounds pretty easy going, right? Well it was, but not quite as much as it sounds.

I arrived at the dorm the night before, because there were no buses from where I currently live to the university early enough to ensure I’d make it to class on time. In any case will still be staying at home for the next few days, but I wanted to get a general idea of what the dorm will look like, what I needed to bring etc.

Amazingly I found the dorm pretty easily – which I was grateful for because walking around in a unknown city for TOO long after dark was not my idea of fun. There was a bit of paperwork and business stuff to take care of before I could get settled, but finally the time came for me to head up to my room.

Thankfully my roommates hadn’t arrived yet, so I was able to snap a few pictures of the place to give you a better idea.

The kitchen

The room

The bathroom

Basically it’s like a small apartment with 2 rooms and two people in each. Then we have a kitchen, a bathroom and a tiny entrance room. It’s really not much, but I’m sure it’ll be ok.  I just hope my roommates are nice people, because otherwise this whole dorm experience could prove to be less then pleasant.

I woke up the next morning way too early for comfort (5:30 AM), but I was able to get ready for my first day at a relaxed and calm pace- and enjoy my first breakfast at the dorm. I was so nervous I had a hard time eating it, but I’m glad I did.

Strawberry bran flakes, one medium banana sliced in and a handfull of roasted almond with a side of water 🙂 A totally on-the-go breakfast.

All ready for my first day as a student

The rest of the day was spent waiting on tardy professors, filling out paper work, running from faculty to faculty, meeting people and trying to make sense of an insanely disorganized lesson plan. Then I almost missed the last bus home and had to run to catch it – but thankfully I was able to make it back fine.

I’m not sure if this is normal for people starting uni, but I feel so completely, totally unprepared. I still have so much to take care of before moving in – shopping and furnishing my dorm, paper work, last minute cramming and moving out. Plus I’m a bit worried about how I’ll manage the stress, how I’ll get along with my roommates. And as I don’t intent to live off ramen noodles for the rest of the academic year I’m going to try to balance healthy living with all of that – I think I’ve got my work cut out for me.

One things for sure, I will miss the tasty, relaxed meals I’ve been enjoying lately.

I’m so scared, worried and exited all at once – I’m not sure how I feel. I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time and see where that takes me.

Any students out there with advice or thoughts on the topic? It would be very much appreciated at this point.

Have an amazing week everyone!

Safely home

Sorry I don’t really have time for a proper post tonight. Just wanted to let you know that I made it safely home. Although I’m happy to be back – there are a few things I’ll miss.

The trampoline in the backyard – the best warm up, cool down exercise ever! Totally brought out my inner child.

The times spent with this darling little thing

Seeing this face at every meal

Meals enjoyed in the sunshine on the front porch

And good times with good friends

However I am happy to be home, however short term. There’s just something special about sitting in a warm kitchen with what seems like a million people talking at once and knowing that the reason for all their exitment is you. And enjoying the first proper meal in nearly 12 hours (travel time).

Lightly steamed califlower and green beans with peanuts and brown rice. Simple yet totally satisfying.

The trip recap

I had full intention of taking lots and lots of pictures on this trip to Germany – but somehow in all the business of it all I missed a lot of photo-taking opportunities (bad blogger). I did however manage to capture the most memorable things.

All in all we spent 3 days at a campground and one day traveling.  The occasion – a sports summer camp.  I wasn’t actually originally planning to go, but one of my acquaintances was the organizer , and all my other friends were going and offered to take me along.

So first off – what I did. I spent a lot of time talking to people and making new friends. Thankfully sports weren’t the only thing on the agenda, and there was a lot of time just to hang out and talk. But that wasn’t the only thing there was to do. The campground – although it wasn’t fancy included a swimming pool, a big soccer field, a beach volleyball court, Ping-Pong tables, a pool table and a bowling alley. Basically there was no shortage of things to do in ones free time. The surrounding area was gorgeous as well – a densely forested area that seemed somewhat reminiscent of a fairy tale.

There was also a very picturesque little town located only 5 minutes away, with quaint little houses and shops.

  

I didn’t actually do any “workout” while I was there – I was too busy meeting new people and exploring the surrounding area.

There was something unusual I did get to see however, and that was a forest located about 10 minutes away from the camp site. Initially there’s nothing unusual about it, until you run across one or more of these guys.

   

 

 

Or these…..

 

As a matter of face we actually got to watch them being fed, and I realized I had something in common with these creatures – they love salad too 🙂

So during the day there was hiking and sports and at night we had parties and dances (even a costume party on the last night).

Then of course there’s the question of food. We were served 3 meals a day at the canteen on the campground. 2 of them (breakfast and supper) were buffet style, but lunch – the main meal in Germany- was served as a complete meal.  I packed a lot of fruit and crackers, and oatmeal bars which were a staple for me – although I really wish I had acess to a fridge, because that would have definitely helped with the variety. But the buffets served fresh veggies and fruit, along with whole wheat bread and rolls – and there was usually a non-meat source of protein as well (mainly eggs and cheese).  The main meals I ate seperatly, as there was no meat-free options and they were usually a mixture of whatever I had on hand.

   

 

A random lunch I ate : chickpeas, tomatoes, cracker breads, an apple and some granola bites

The most challenging was the grill night, because all I had to eat that evening were pickles and bread – but overall I managed fine.

 

All in all it was a great trip, I got to meet a lot of new people and see some old friends again. But there are several reasons I was happy to be home.

My first breakfast at home – oats with wheat bran, apples, chopped almonds cinnamon.

And this little darling.

 

Catch you all later – I have a bunch of unpacking to do 🙂

 

What’s the oddest meal you’ve had recently?

Do you enjoy camping?

What’s new :)

Hi guys!

Sorry I’ve been kind of tardy on the posting front, but things have been so crazy here I’ve been hardly able to catch my breath. Not that I’m complaining though, because a lot of great things are happening.

I’ve started working since Monday and to be honest it totally threw my perfectly planned schedule for a loop. Meal times, work outs, free time – all these things have been sort of “go with the flow” for me.  Add a few nights out with friends into the equasion and you’ve got yourself a busy little bee.

I also want to thank you all who commented on my last post and offered your words of encouragment. I am so lucky to have people like you behind me. Things have gotten much easier on the eating front and those urges have almost totally faded. Actually I’d dare say that working and being in this new enviroment is freeing me from the last bits of ED hang ups I had, because now everything is up in the air and I need to learn to just go with the flow and really listen to my body and what it wants. After all I need all the energy I can get for my job, and I’d really enjoy any to spare for my social life 😉

But with all this craziness there is on thing that has still remained the same – and that is my morning breakfast ritual (which I have actually come to treasure all the more).

I’m maintaining a very easy going approach to exercise at the moment – especially while I’m trying to get in the groove of things and work with my new schedule. My job is pretty active, and aside from that I do yoga in the mornings or evenings and go for walks. 

But then how can you blame me when you have something like this to go to.

Added perks and all

I am totally enjoying the ubundance of fresh blueberries that I have growing almost litterally outside my door. Right now I’m eating them fresh, with soya milk and cereal or adding them to my oats – but I’m totally looking forward to baking on the weekends.

I really appreciate the people I am staying with at the moment for being so accomadating of the fact that I don’t eat meat. The first few days I was in a bit of a shell shock as the only things in the house were bread, meat and cheese – not a veggie in sight. As I’m used to a very “fresh” diet naturally I felt somewhat uncomfortable with this new development. But I decided to stop worriying about something so petty and go with the flow – a few days without vegetables won’t kill me, and it’s good for me to break out of my comfort zones and old habits. And thankfully, today we went out grocery shopping and I got my vegetable fix.

And boy they never tasted quite as good before 😉

Alright that’s enough rambling from me. Hopefully I’ll be on here more often then not, but no promises :P. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

News, recipies and a whole lotta nothin’ :P

So I got accepted into my dream university! I am so jazzed about this that I don’t even know how to react. The last few days have been filled with running around filling out paper work (I’m applying for that scholarship) and looking at housing possibilities. Not only that but I was also travelling (one of my favorite activities) which involved all sorts of packing and preparations.

The trip – just like any- was very exciting. It started off with me losing my bus money; a pretty significant amount mind you; moments before it was scheduled to arrive. Cue a frantic searching, not a little bit of panic and a few tears. The money unfortunately wasn’t found (I found out later I dropped it in a shop while buying stuff for my trip – and someone picked it up and claimed it as theirs) but I was able to borrow some from my family, but it was a close call. This experience was followed by a 2 hour bus trip in blistering heat without air con to another city, a meet up with a close friend (I fully intended to get photo evidence of this even, but I forgot at the last minute) and another 10 hour bus ride to my final destination. The meet up was great, and the last bus ride was almost too good to be true – air con, an almost empty bus, pleasant drivers and a speedy trip. I guess to appreciate the good you have to go through the bad.

Now on a completely different topic I wanted to share two recipes that have become favorites of mine, and since for once I actually bothered with measurements you can try them too.

My summer bean dip from last WIAW

3/4 cup peas

1/2 cup white beans

salt to taste

1 tsp of dried basil (or any other summery, light herb or spice of your preference)

a squeeze of lemon juice

Blend the peas and the beans (adding reserved bean liquid if needed). Add herbs, salt and lemon juice, and continue seasoning to taste

 

And a…

Kid-friendly lentil dish

(The special thing about this dish is that my younger brothers and sisters, who are not too keen on lentils normally, LOVED this dish. My sister was very vocal about the fact she was disappointed by the lack of leftovers because she wanted to eat it tomorrow. And truth be told – so did I :P)

2 cups dry red lentil

800 grams chopped tinned tomatoes (about 2 cans)

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 small onion

1 whole garlic clove

2 tsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Saute onions in a non-stick pan for about 2-4 minutes on low heat (till they turn translucent). Add garlic and keep cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add spices, mix well and add lentils. Keep cooking for another 5 minutes or so

Meanwhile bring 4.5 cups of water to a boil. Add about 2 tsp of salt (you can add more later on depending on your taste buds) and add lentils to the water. Cook on low heat for 40 minutes or till lentils are soft. Add in the chopped tinned tomatoes (with liquid) and cook till heated through. Add salt, pepper or other spices if desired.

Now switching topics again.

As much as I love being here and away from home I do find this environment slightly triggering. This is the place my ED began, and there are a lot of behaviors and habits associated with this place. And for some reason I’m tempted to go back to my old habits. It’s not even conscious most of the time, it’s just because I can. I can eat next to nothing and get away with it, I can work out for hours and no one will really care; the scale sitting in the bathroom is calling my name every time I pass it. So far I am staying strong and not giving into these urges – but any words of encouragement or support would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you all are looking forward to the weekend. I’m personally hoping for a sunny, hot one.

Take care all!