Until now it was Prospi who wrote the more personal articles on this blog. I mainly did the recipes and reviews. Actually, I planned to write a review about one of two awesome new cookbooks in our bookshelf. But there’s another topic that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time and that suits the start into the New Year. This is why I want to open my heart a little and share my thoughts with you. The cookbook review will follow in the coming weeks, don’t worry. 😉 Today’s article is about how I deal with my shadows of perfectionism and self-doubt. The 5 tips also apply to other personal characteristics.
Sustainable Swiss gourmet chocolate, impressive aloe vera leaves, vegan wines and fresh do-it-yourself sprouts. There were many interesting products to discover and a supporting program that focused on the background of the products at the first The Vegan Market in Zurich.
I was particularly fascinated by the diversity of the young and established companies who aim to support the change of the existing product landscape with their plant-based products, while enriching our society.
It was a friend that lives in Luzern who told me about Blend Teehaus for the first time. I immediately knew I wanted to try this organic oriental brunch. A few weeks later I went there with Prospi and my friend so to discover this cosy little place.
What if I told you that the average hero such as Superman is highly underutilising his gifts in fighting crime one case at a time? What if you working, volunteering and donating to an already overcrowded cause distracts from other more accessible social problems?
Lately, I stumbled across 80,000 Hours, an organisation that helps people find a meaningful career in a 9-step career guide. There I came across a compilated list of the world’s top 10 most pressing problems based on scientific research (Open Philanthropy Project, Global Priorities Project, Copenhagen Consensus Centre). There I found the superman parable and the discussion about more effective ways to make a greater impact in the world.
I hope you’re all well and enjoy – in accord with our last article – the time of your life. We still have a lot of ideas for Journey to Real Life and make a big effort not to do everything at the same time, because it is just impossible. 😉 All the workshops we did this year with you have been a lot of fun. This is why we decided to make two more workshops in December. We are going to cook together a three-course holiday dinner. Register now, if you want to take part. We are already looking forward to it.
And now I’ll switch to the homemade chocolate bars because you really should try them! We have become big fans of them. Whenever I make them, they are eaten within a few days. For the three tastes, we use the raw bars of the brand Veganz. When I developed this recipe, I thought I’d choose one of the three flavours. But they all turned out so delicious in such different ways, that I decided to share them all with you. However, my favourite one is the chocolate bar with the refreshing flavours of coconut and lemon. But also the combination of berries and chocolate is fantastic. And the true chocolate lovers are going to adore the intense maca/cocoa chocolate bars. Of course, you can also use any other kinds of raw bars for this recipe. The biscuit and the chocolate coating are homemade. In this article, I’m going to show you how easy this can be made.
You are at the end of your day, but still, there are quite a few things left on your to-do list, which you wanted to do. You’ve worked all day, but it feels like you have not achieved what you wanted. The goals and dreams that you have in your life, seem to slip away. There just isn’t enough time in your life, to realise everything you want. Does this sound familiar to you?
What if time would just flow and everyday life would be full of magical moments? In the past, I was often faced with this question and I did in-depth research on a wide range of books about time. In my research, I came across a 10-day audio program in audiobook format called “The Time of Your Life” by Tony Robbins. This audio book has influenced my life in various areas. I’ve since shared the principles presented inside this program with many of my loved ones. Today, I want to share these life-changing principles with you.
“The Time of Your Life” showed me how I can have the time of my life in everyday life, what it means to be result-oriented and to fill life with magical moments.
As some of you may know, we go to Portugal on holidays every year. Two years ago, we have discovered the restaurant Cultura dos Sabores in Porto and since that moment we’ve been big fans. In the article «Plant-based (vegan) travelling» , I’ve already recommended you to go there. In the meantime, we ate there again several times and it was each time a pleasure. Therefore, we finally wrote a review of this great restaurant.
Big decisions about our relationship, career, residence and more are highly influenced by what we think will make us happy. This is mostly influenced by advertising, the media, upbringing and the educational path. On these paths the pursuit of happiness is often times equated with the pursuit of titles, money, comfort and possessions. This is a never ending process. As soon as the goal is reached it’s not enough anymore and something new is needed. This process is also called the rat race and in the rat race the pursuit of happiness is an economic driver.
We intuitively know that there must be other ways to happiness. Ways that do not include that we need to consume, we must have accumulated a certain amount of money or acquired certain titles to be happy. A more direct way.
In my last article I have told you how I follow a plant-based diet while travelling. The idea for this article came spontaneously during my three-week trip in Japan. There, it was in fact not always easy to get plant-based dishes. However, I discovered and tried a lot – which was absolutely worth it. I really like the Japanese cuisine. Often, the foods such as rice, noodles, vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, etc. were not very flavorful. Crucial for the taste was the sauce. And whenever I found sesame sauce on my dish, I was very happy because it was generally really really delicious. At the same time sweet, slightly acidic, with intense sesame flavor and the Japanese touch due to the soy sauce. Once I was back in Switzerland, I tried to make it myself. My first attempt contained about 10 ingredients. Only at the second attempt, I realized that it actually requires only 5 ingredients. Like this, I absolutely loved my homemade sesame sauce. And it’s also like this that I want to share it with you now!
As you might have noticed if you follow us on Instagram, I’ve been travelling in Japan for three weeks. As many people asked me before I left how I was going to eat there and this is a question we have generally been asked several times, I spontaneously had the idea to write a blog post on the topic of plant-based travelling. Japanese cuisine is not typically plant-based. Nevertheless, I had a wonderful time in Japan and didn’t worry a lot about food, even though almost everything I ate was Japanese. It turned out pretty much as I had expected.
In this article I’ll also share with you our experiences with eating in Portugal. Prospi and I go to Portugal every summer. The typical Portuguese cuisine is clearly characterized by meat and fish. Meanwhile, it’s no longer an obstacle for us to live according to our personal ideals and at the same time enjoy our holidays and the time with family and friends to the fullest.
So here are 7 key points that help me when travelling as a plant-based eater: