Finally Something New

It’s not that I didn’t have any inspiration lately to make things. I blame Stephen King for writing amazing books! LOL! All I want to do is read! And to be honest, I’m thinking more about the holiday (still three weeks away) than anything else. Books and holiday. They are perfect when combined, but I’ll have to wait a bit more. 🙂

When I finally manage to put the book away (it’s “Under the dome” right now), I do ‘do’ something. I make healthy food, sprouting beans for a soup,

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sprouting wheat for bread and cookies,

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making “all kinds of vegetables in the same pot” meals with steamed rice,

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I made my self a pair of earrings (sorry for the bad photo) with paper beads, fabric and paint,

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some fabric and paper tags,

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and I finally finished this fabric journal, with my handmade paper inside and watercolor paper.

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Also, two souvenir type of journals for the shop here in Belgrade. They are titled Belgrade of course. 🙂

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They sell very well, so the shop owner asked me if I could make two this time, one masculine and one girly. 🙂

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I am quite pleased with both of them.

Now, if only I could weave more and read less. The yarn is calling me, but the book…it’s sooo good! 🙂

Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast

It’s hard for me to believe that I haven’t had any sweets or cakes for, how long now, three weeks at least? And the biggest surprise is that I don’t miss them! I only had a small amount of dark chocolate twice, but I think that’s ok because chocolate is healthy in small amounts. But for someone who had to eat sweets every single day, this is amazing! 🙂

And not only that, but I also eat way less bread than I used to. If any, I eat it for breakfast and that’s all, which is another miracle.

Here are some ideas for a healthy breakfast.

Whole wheat bread, mustard, eggplant paste (or pate), sprouts and olives.

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To make the eggplant paste (as I like to call it), just cut eggplant in half or in larger chunks, bake it at moderate to high heat until it’s not watery (about half an hour or a bit more), then peal it and put it in a food processor and add what ever you like to it – salt, pepper, garlic, maybe a tsp of mustard, parsley, oregano, olives…You can add peppers or cheese to the mix too. Go wild! 🙂 It can sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and still taste great, and it can be used as a dip or as a side dish. Great stuff!

Another combination is to put some peanut butter on your bread, then (again) mustard, (I love mustard!), then alfalfa and sunflower seed sprouts, C 038

with lots of cucumber slices on top.

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Or tomato.

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And you have a tasty and healthy meal that contains lots of vitamins and fiber.

Sprouts are a vitamin bomb and they are so easy to grow in your home. There are some differences depending on what seeds you want to sprout, but in general, all you need is the seeds (alfalfa, sunflower, quinoa, beans…), a glass jar, a piece of gauze or bandage, and a rubber band. From this

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to this

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and this

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in just a few days! You can find many tips about sprouting online, but if you have any questions, please ask.  And of course, there are many ways to use sprouts in your food, not only in sandwiches. 🙂

Eating Healthy

It was about time to make some changes in my diet.Lately I’ve been eating lots of bread and pastry, cakes and chocolate, and fruit. Ok, fruit IS healthy, but bread and sweets, not that much. So, I had to do something about that.

My husband and I don’t eat too much meat, and except the fact that he would eat pasta every day (if I’d let him,LOL), we do eat vegetables quite a lot. But I tend to eat a lot of bread with every meal, and something sweet after lunch, and again maybe in the evening…But I love to cook, I love to bake, I love to try out new recipes, so it turns out we always have something “belly unfriendly” in our home. So I decided to stop making cakes for a while. And of course, I won’t be buying any. Instead, I’ll eat even more fruit, especially dried fruit when I feel the need for sweets.As for the bread, I’ll make healthy whole grain bread. Without butter. (That will be tough.) It’s not that I need any major weight loss (in my opinion), but it would be nice to loose a kilo or two, just as a precaution.

So, what we had for lunch today was a healthy, delicious meal, a salad actually, but a kind of salad that will make you feel full. Here is how I made it:

Slice courgettes and bake or grill them.

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While you’re doing that, take a bowl and start adding sliced onion,

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cucumber,

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radishes,

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and the courgettes cut into small chunks.

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For the dressing:

one tsp Dijon mustard, one tsp mayonnaise, about a tsp of dried oregano, and a little bit of ground pepper.

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And of course some olive oil and vinegar.

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Pour that over your salad, mix, put it on your plate and add some crumbled cheese on top. Yummy!

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I used to be more careful about what I eat, and if you’ve heard about a book written by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, called “Fit for life”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’ve never liked dieting, starving, or not eating some types of food, so that book was (many years ago) a kind of a revelation for me. I felt good, and lost weight, all that while eating everything. Well, they don’t recommend eating cakes, but in small quantities that didn’t hurt me. 🙂 Now, I am not a medical doctor, and I’m not saying you should try that diet program, but for me it was great. And as the years passed, I slowly started to eat more and more “badly”, which also started to show in my clothes size. But more importantly, now I don’t feel I have the energy as I used to. That’s why I need to make some changes. Yes I will have a cinnamon roll now and then, or an ice cream, but no more lasagna followed by chocolate every two days. 🙂 Will I get back on track, I don’t know. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Vegetarian lunch

I don’t know how to call these, because they are something like veggie burgers, but not quite the same, and if I call them dumplings maybe that’s not the right word…Oh, that’s the problem when you write in foreign language 🙂 Anyway, here is the recipe for this yummy meal:

Take 1kg of courgettes, and shred them – like this:

Then add a table spoon of salt and leave for about an hour. You will have a lot of liquid in your bowl after that time, so take one handful at a time and squeeze as much liquid as you can. Throw that liquid away, and add to the courgettes 2 eggs, pepper, some salt, herbs ( I like oregano, but you can add parsley or any other herb), chopped garlic (I use a lot of garlic), 1 tsp of paprika, and about 1/2 cup (maybe a bit more) of bread crumbs. Mix well, and you will get something like a burger mix, but much more soft.

Then take a spoon and start frying!

Can you smell this? 🙂

Drain the excess oil onto the paper towel, and serve. Now, this isn’t fat free, belly friendly and stuff like that meal, but if you don’t season your salad, I think it’s ok 🙂 They didn’t soak up too much oil, honestly!

I served them with unseasoned veggies, with just a bit of cheese on top, and it was yummy!

Bon appetit!