Today’s recipe is all about aubergines! The Mediterranean diet is well known for being very varied, rich and delicious. The range of vegetables and fruits that you can find is wide and often easy to find something on the season. Some of them you can actually find locally in the United Kingdom. Others are normally imported as they don’t grow efficiently enough to respond to the demand.
Today I bring you a delicious wholefood, plant-based recipe that has as a protagonist tasty spring cabbage. It is super tasty, easy to do, and it looks stunning when you serve it. It becomes even better when you add the ‘cheesy’ cashew sour sauce: best combo! I would like, though, to start today’s article introducing myself and welcoming you to the new phase of the To Real Life.
It is a strange time. And it is a time of change – at least here at to Real Life. In the midst of all this chaos, we have great news! After a long period of silence on this blog, because we are busy with other projects (more on this below), we are finally sharing some news with you. There is a wonderful new face behind to Real Life: Rita Pedro.
Every now and then I fancy eating a patty. They tend to be fulfilling and tasty but most of the ones I find around (restaurants, shops, etc.) they are either too processed, too spicy, too greasy or with far too many ingredients of which I can only taste one (normally a spice, onion or garlic).
The good news is that they can be easy to do and with a very flexible recipe: you can choose the amount or type of spices you prefer, you can opt to add more garlic, more onion or more parsley. You can even choose to cook them in the oven or fry them instead.
When we moved to a new apartment this spring, we asked ourselves, how we can set up our home as sustainable as possible, as well as simple and cozy. Among other things, we thought about introducing worm composting. So, we researched what products could help us do that. We were especially excited, about the Swiss project WormUp. So we immediately contacted the young enthusiastic worm WormUp team with the suggestion that we could report about their product and receive a discount in return. After getting their agreement they organized a WormUp training in a package free shop called, Atout Vrac right around the corner of our Restaurant Bliss in Fribourg. Prospi took part in the training and got lots of insights about dealing with the WormUp worm compost. He came back home with the aesthetic new WormUp compost, which now replaces our former bright green plastic compost bins and fits perfectly with our big and beautiful kitchen.
How would the world look like, if we would trust each other more? What if we were working more together instead of fighting against each other? What if we were not afraid to get in touch with other people, support them, and ask for help? What if we would never feel alone again? What would a world look like in which we all see ourselves as allies, despite our different qualities and values? What would life be like, if we loved ourselves and others wholeheartedly? How would it be if we could face all the challenges of life with confidence?
I’ve thought a lot about these questions, and it is an important part of the Journey to Real Life philosophy to go in that direction. We are convinced that a more peaceful world with happier people is the answer to all these questions. For us, «Real Life» is a life in harmony with 1. nature, but also with 2. our fellow human beings and 3. ourselves. Today I will discuss living in harmony with our fellow human beings. We want to pursue a path that improves relationships between people and contributes to the fortune of everybody.
In this article I will show you how you can take a simple step in this direction and what massages have to do with it.
A lot has happened since New Year’s Eve. We had a very successful to Real Life Gourmet Dinner in Bern. Thanks again to all who came! In addition, I have just finished a training as a baby massage instructor, we are about to move to a new city, and preparations for the big brunch next Sunday are also happening right now. But somehow we are still at the beginning of the year. There is so much more to come. Isn’t this awesome? I have a very good feeling for this year. I believe that several wonderful things will happen..
My biggest learning of the last year, however, is that everything is going to be fine anyway, if I have a positive attitude and take things calmly. Prospi has already told you about my final thesis for the university, which I wrote following the 80/20 principle. Our wedding in September was another great example of this learning. I deliberately put myself in a positive vibe and decided to enjoy the special day without sticking to the idea that everything will be perfect. Even if the marquee would collapse and heavy rain would start at the same time, I could accept this situation and continue to celebrate. In the end, nothing collapsed, and the weather was fantastic. But this attitude has allowed me to take everything as it came, and to enjoy an absolutely magical and unforgettable wedding day full of love and positive energy. Of course, not everything came as planned. It was imperfectly perfect. And that’s how life is.
Are you also looking forward to finding out what 2018 is going to offer?
You can create a very joyful moment for yourself if you take 5 minutes to make the vegan, wholesome and extremely delicious hot chocolate I’m showing you today. I usually make this kind of hot beverages with our blender. But as I know that not all of you have a powerful blender at home, I’ve created a version that can be made with a normal hand blender.
Lisa often says that her Grandma Idy Bischofberger-Benz is one of her biggest role models. The today 83-year-old Idy is one of the last generations’ activists and has invested her life for global humanity. She has witnessed the rise of affluent societies and the increasing impact of the West on the rest of the world and greatly influenced today’s sustainability awareness with her personal investment.
Every 8 seconds a child dies because of contaminated water. Water is our most important nutrient. Every seventh person has no access to clean drinking water, every third lives without toilets or latrines.
Reasons for this are the spread of industrial agriculture, rising meat consumption, climate change and our own daily decisions as individuals.
So far, I thought that we don’t need to worry about water supply in the water castle called Switzerland. The best thing we can do is it to support organizations that help people who do not have safe access to clean water. But is that all? And is our water as clean as we think?
The «initiative for clean drinking water» in Switzerland caught my attention as it points out, that clean drinking water is a structural challenge. What I found out as a result shocked me, surprised me, made me thoughtful and further encouraged me on my journey. I would like to pass my newly gained awareness to you in this article.
Here the challenges to clean drinking water and what we can do in our own lives locally for a global impact for clean drinking water.