“Why 30 is not the new 20”

22 May

Worth Watching!

“Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.”


Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad

21 May


Thai Chicken Salad

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Serves 6



  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (check out Mel’s method)
  • green & purple cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 green papaya, peeled and seeds removed and sliced into thin strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2-1 cup peanuts, salted


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bird’s eye chile peppers, finely diced (or use 1/2 tsp. of any hot pepper, diced)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey (original recipe calls for sugar)
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Salad: In a large bowl, mix together all salad ingredients except peanuts. Chill until ready to eat.
  2. Dressing: Whisk together garlic, peppers, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, lime juice, oil, and fish sauce. Add peanut butter and water; whisk until smooth and creamy. Or, you can just place ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times until it is all combined.
  3. Toss dressing with salad, add peanuts, and serve. (If you don’t plan to eat all the salad in one sitting, keep salad and dressing separate and chill both. It will last a few days in the refrigerator.)


Recipe: German Style Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Recipe:

21 May

;German Style Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Recipe:

Food In Motion: Bread Recipe today on decor8

2/3 cups of almonds (or any other kind of nut)
1/2 cup of flax seeds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons of psyllium seed husks (this bread can’t do without, so you can’t substitute it with anything else!)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1,5 cups of rolled oats
1,5 teaspoons of salt
3 tablespoons of maple sirup (or honey)
3 tablespoons of ghee (or coconut oil)
1,5 cups of water

In a baking pan combine all dry ingredients and stir well. Mix the sirup with the ghee and add it to the pan. Lastly, add the water and mix everything with your hands until all dry ingredients are soaked. Smooth out the top and let it sit until it becomes very hard (two hours, a day or overnight). Bake the bread for 20mins at 350° F (175° C). Remove the loaf from the pan, turn it upside down and bake it for another 30mins. Let it cool down completely before slicing it! I added butter and jam – yum!


Recipe: Filled savory pancakes

21 May

I am constantly looking for good, healthy, vegan / vegetarian recipe’s. I tried this one and loved it! Easy, healthy, quick and tasty! I even made mini ones as appetizers for guests. None of them even knew it was tofu. Try it and let me know!

Filled savory pancakes

Credit to:

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about 10 filled pancakes

Pancake batter:

  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 600 ml water

Mix flour with soda and salt, add water and mix well (I whisked). Leave the batter to rest until you prepare the filling.

Soy mince filling:

  • 1 big onion
  • 150 g dried soy mince
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 8 tbsp your favorite vegan smokey BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp vegan “chicken” seasoning or vegetable stock powder
  • 0,5 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Put the dried soy mince into the pot, add cold water (so the mince will be completely covered) and bring it to boil. Boil until the soy mince granules are soft (about 5-7 minutes). Drain the granules well and set aside.

Peel and chop the onion and fry the onion chunks in hot oil for about a minute. Add salt and pepper and fry for another minute. Now add the boiled and drained soy granules to the frying onions, mix well and fry for a minute. Now add the BBQ sauce, “chicken” seasoning or stock powder, ground cumin and soy sauce. Mix well and fry for another minute. Now the filling is ready.

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Time to start frying the pancakes. First of all take two big plates, grease them and set aside. Now heat up the pan and add some oil to it (not too much) and pour the batter onto the pan and fry on ONE SIDE until golden brown. Now take the half-baked pancake and put it carefully on a greased plate with UNCOOKED SIDE ON BOTTOM. Add about 2 tbsp of filling and fold the pancake as shown on the pictures. Put all the filled and folded pancakes onto the other greased plate. When all the pancakes are prepared this way (half-baked, filled and folded) fry them again in hot oil until the uncooked sides are cooked. I served the pancakes with a sauce made of soy mayo mixed with “chicken” seasoning.

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Recipe: Wasabi-Roasted Tofu Stir-Fry

21 May

Wasabi-Roasted Tofu Stir-Fry

Wasabi-Roasted Tofu Stir-Fry

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

VT reduced the roasting time for the tofu in this recipe to keep it under 30 minutes, with no change in taste or texture. Serve with steamed rice.
  • 6 Tbs. sesame oil, divided
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. gluten-free tamari sauce
  • 1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • ½–1 tsp. wasabi powder
  • 1 lb. firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped bok choy, stems and leaves chopped separately
  • 1 cup chopped maitake (hen-of-the-woods) or shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped napa cabbage

1. Preheat oven to 450°F, and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together 4 Tbs. sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, tamari, ginger, and wasabi powder in large bowl. Add tofu, and toss to coat cubes in marinade.

2. Spread tofu in single layer on prepared baking sheet, and reserve marinade. Whisk cornstarch into reserved marinade, and set aside. Roast tofu cubes 10 minutes, or until bottoms are dark golden brown. Flip, and roast 5 minutes more, or until second sides are dark golden brown and cubes have puffed up.

3. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. sesame oil in wok over high heat. Add garlic, and cook 15 seconds, or until beginning to brown. Transfer garlic to plate.

4. Add bok choy stems and mushrooms, and stir-fry 3 minutes, or until wilted. Add bok choy leaves and cabbage, and stir-fry 3 minutes more. Add roasted tofu and reserved marinade; stir-fry 1 minute, or until sauce has thickened.


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2 Jan

I saw this on and couldn’t help but share. Happy 2013


Just last week, 10-year-old Sophia Bailey-Klugh wrote and illustrated an endearing letter to U. S. President Barack Obama and, as the daughter of a gay couple, thanked him for supporting same-sex marriage. She then asked for advice on how to respond to those who saw such a thing as “gross and weird.” Her letter, and the reply she soon received, can be seen below.

Note: Obama’s response has since been verified as genuine by an official spokesperson.

Transcripts follow each letter.

(Source: Huffington Post; Image of Obama via)


Dear Barack Obama,

It’s Sophia Bailey Klugh. Your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember okay that’s fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other. But at school kids think that it’s gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings. So I come to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other, and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?

Please respond!

I just wanted to say you really inspire me, and I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place.

Your friend Sophia

P.S. Please tell your daughters Hi for me!


President Barack Obama

November 1, 2012

Miss Sophia Bailey-Klugh

Dear Sophia, 

Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.

In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.

Our differences unite us. You and I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, or who our parents are. A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings.

Thanks again for taking the time to write to me. I’m honored to have your support and inspired by your compassion. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello. 


(Signed, ‘Barack Obama’)


Note to self

2 Jan