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Growing our veggies

It has being a while since I wrote here. In one way or another, I always find reasons not to do it, shame on me. However, I want to share what I have been doing since the spring started, around March. We acquired a communal plot from the city hall (this is quite a standard concept in The Netherlands). Basically, we went to the city hall and asked for a small piece of land from public land. Usually these pieces are along the train tracks, on the side of roads,…, spare land that people can use in an amazing way, growing your own veggies. So basically, since then we have being working on the plot to grow our own veggies. Things are no so easy as just go there and put the seeds, the climate here changes a lot during the summer (rain, hail, storms, … luckily some sun) making our tasks difficult. But despite the weather, we managed to successfully grow some veggies. I have to say that some better than others but we cannot change the climate. And another small difficulty we also had is the presence of certain animals around the plot, like ducks, ravens, rabbits and others. You know, some of the plants were left intact and others were completely eaten, animals as well have taste for greens! To solve this problem, we put a net trying to cover almost everything and it worked.

In our experience, green stuff are the best to grow in this climate but we are also trying some other things that need heat, for instance, tomatoes, paprikas, aubergines, lima beans.  So far not so successful but looking at the forecast, we hope to get at least something out.

Now I list all the different things that we try to grow and if possible to eat! Rocket salad, Boston lettuce, curly red lettuce, carrots, onions, garlic, fava beans, swiss chard, flat beans, lima beans, green Italian pepper, spinach, chives, peas, kohlrabi, kale, mint, coriander, strawberries,… I think this is a quite complete list of what we try to grow in about 30 square meters. Awesome!

Below some of the things that we are currently growing. By order: onion, French bean, flat bean, Swiss chard, green Italian pepper and Valencian tomatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a long vacation and a long break

After a long break not writing in the blog, I am back. The reason for the long break was that I spent a month travelling around Vietnam. Definitively it was a great experience and a non-stop trip. I will post some amazing photos from the trip and as well a huge collection of food. I made a lot of photos of our meals so I can introduce here a little bit of the Vietnamese culture. To give you an idea, being vegan there was not difficult, I managed mostly in all the places despite the language problem.

Arros al forn

This weekend I am visting family in València. The weather is great and the food as well. Today I cooked one of my favourite rice dishes that the València cuisine offers. It is known as arros al forn which translates as rice in the oven. Basically the ingredients are the ones that you can see in the photo: tomato, potato, chickpeas, garlic, spring onion, rice, paprika powder and a pinch of saffron. It has simple ingredients, however the combination makes it delicious.  Always when I visit my family this is one of the meals that I ask for. I tried to make it several times abroad however it is never as the one cooked here. I don’t know why because I follow the same steps however here always taste much better. For sure it is the mix of all the gorgeous mediterranean ingredients that I use in València what makes the difference.

 

 

 

Oreo cake & spicy ginger bread

I made these two cakes to share with my colleagues at work. The reason is that I had to announce some great news and there is a tradition in our group to bring some sweets for the coffee break. We also bring sweets for birthdays or when someone comes back from a trip. The two cakes were a tremendous success, actually if I would have brought more, they would have eaten it all. Those physicists have a really sweet tooth. The Oreo cake was made with carob layers and a coconut jelly in between (but has no oreos!). For the spicy ginger bread, I used sweet-dry ginger cubes with speculaas spices, ouhh a great combination.

Recipes coming soon!

Vegan life doc

Interesting documentary about vegan life. Please have a look, it actually discusses about most of the important aspects of being vegan and vegan life style.

 

 

Vegan documentary from The Vegan Society

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog about vegan life. It is meant to share information about being vegan, interesting things and for sure lots of recipes

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Who we are

This blog is to share my ideas and my passion about food and cooking. Another purpose is to show that being vegan is not hard at all and that we eat a lot of different dishes. I am in love with travelling as well as with the food of the thousands of civilization in the world.

In my experience, being vegan is a way of life where you have to be imaginative and creative. A “common” meal always has diary products, meat, fish … in order to avoid that you have to create your own dishes.

Becoming vegan was a way of being ethical with my ideologies and having more compassion with the living beings.

I have been vegetarian for long time because I never enjoyed to eat meat. I am vegan for a while and it is already part of my life.

If you want to contact me for any suggestion, question or other issues, email m at: veganbehappy AT gmail.com