Food & Withdrawals

Having withdrawals almost all the time. I guess my habit was to smoke a lot and often, so my body craves it way too often. If I could go back and decide again to start or not, I wouldn’t. Still question the reasoning behind why it i legal and why it shouldn’t be. It is affordable/legal “heroin”, not the same drug or withdrawals obviously, but the way it manifests as an addiction is the same as any other heavy drug. You get the same chemical changes in your body, mind and hormones – and when you quit it, you notice how bad it is for you. I have a tendency to crack on the second day, I really will try to not tomorrow.

I have also been halfsleeping all day to escape the craving. But now when I do not, it hits hard…


On a better note! We made our own baguettes today, Michelle’s with walnutchicken-paste, cucumber and paprika and mine with hummus, cucumber, paprika and tomato. It was tasty and shall be eaten another time!

Oh, I almost forgot to show off my pocket girlfriends. They have new outfits again, got to show them off~! Michelle (huhu, yes, they are all small pocketMichelles, only with different names) to the left is sporting a fancy new pink hairstyle, her magic wind outfit with a lovely new background. Michie to the right is getting cozy and ready for bed!

Skyforge Classes! (costumes)

I enjoy the game Skyforge and more or less my blog is about me, what I like, how I live and my opinions. So why not also write down about the games I enjoy? Yay, nice going Nela, you are on fire!

Anyway, the class- and progression system is really in-depth in Skyforge, you do not get the classes instantly, you have three beginning classes:

From left to right: Lightbinder, Paladin and Cryomancer with respective costume. Support, tank and Damage Dealer. These are given in the beginning, you can even play the whole game as either one of them but you can also grind yourself into new classes! A small sneakpeak of the Ascension Atlas (progression) system – it is so much bigger than this image can tell, but couldn’t get all of it and this is JUST the upper level (there is one class specific atlas ascension page too…):

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The darker blue line is just showing me the path to Slayer. Which is another class – you are able to try out all classes in the training room and see where you want to go if you now want to change into a class you enjoy more. And while trying them out and finishing the training program for one or all classes you get the costume the class wear! Gear is not a matter in this game, weapon and rings seem to be the bigger deal to hunt gear for. You have costumes instead. And here are the costumes for all the different classes besides the three already shown (in total it is 13 classes with the beginner ones, these are costumes by the way – not classes, so my character is a lightbinder you might see that by the scepter):

  • Archer
    • Bows, bows, bows and moooore bows! Very quick and agile combatstyle, loved it when I tested it out. Second class I will be going for after Slayer.
  • Monk
    • This one just made me rethink the whole concept of monk playstyles, it is so fast and so rewarding.
  • Berserker
    • If you ever want to be a class that holds this massive weapon while doing it in a pretty semifastslow fashion and doing heavy damage… this is for you!
  • Knight
    • Tank, pretty cool playstyle, felt like I was a DPS when I tried it out but all those defensive abilities should have made a tankalarm go off – I was probably a bit too slow to understand it, wink~.
  • Gunner
    • If archer is about bows, gunner is all about heavy machinery. You literally carry this huge ass minigun/rocket launcher/plasma canon. Pretty quick combat but requires you to be stationairy quite often.
  • Kinetic
    • Energy manipulation, straight out of fantasy sci-fi, was pretty darn fun.
  • Alchemist
    • Support, you are a half-mad scientist with access to an arsenal of corrosive chemical compounds and invigorating elixirs. Pretty darn cool, plus you got tentacles coming out of your portable aclhemy laboratory that spits acid!
  • Necromancer
    • This felt really slow to me, but it might not be for others. You use really flashy spells, cool summons and you sacrifice life to deal damage.
  • Slayer
    • My favourite, so quick combat and you feel more than a rogue, you feel like an assassin!
  • Witch/warlock
    • Dark sorcery, felt like a DOT (damage over time) class, you have sustained DPS and consumable burst, you run debuffs on your targets all day!

And last but not least, a brief explaination about the classes you can choose from at the start:

  • Lightbinder
    • Support, increases ally damage and shielding them from incoming. They do great damage though, you do not feel like “just a support”.
  • Paladin
    • Tank, they can spamshield themselves, they do a great amount of damage and they have very cool looking abilities.
  • Cryomancer
    • This is literally a frostmage, they can move while doing a ton of damage and can crowd control well!

I also enjoy food; today we ate tacos, and… instead of any other meat replacer I put mushrooms (champignons to be specific) on it. It had the flare that it was missing, don’t take me wrong they taste REALLY good with just the vegetables in them but they did gain another good taste with the mushies. We did forget the red onion though, bah. Well, we know that until the next time, woopwoop!

The chopping board misses the red onion, it looks so empty.

My engagement ring is laying next to it, I am always careful to not grease it down~.

Hello from the other side!

Been away for a small period of time, been binge-watching The 100, we stopped when season 2 came out and started it again, soon season 3 will end. Going to bingewatch that too, well probably tomorrow already and then wait until next weeks final episode. Will do a later “Nela Reviews~” for each of the seasons and then the last season next week.

Still really disappointed Lexarke did not happen as I wanted it to, they did kiss yes, hottest scene in the show must say (mostly because both characters spoke to me on different levels), down with Finnarke!

So want them together, do not know if it will happen though. It gotta happen! Not that I think Clarke will forgive her that quick for what she did – which will be told in a later post, aww yiss, we like waiting!

Either Lexa or Bellamy, Bellamy is the mature to Clarke’s growth and Lexa is the ruthlessness she needs to be able to survive. It is a hard choice! Both are valid candidates in my opinion, Bellarke or Lexarke, it is a hard choice. EITHER MUST HAPPEN!


We have been eating very fresh and cold dinners lately, besides today – cold day for once. Been having over 25 degrees during a week or so. Mostly been tacos – only the vegetables and the vegan bread (sliced tomatoes, cucumber, green/yellow bell pepper, red onion, mild salsa sauce and corn (for me, it would probably send Michelle into a really unstable state where I would have to call the ambulance again), and today we ate spaghetti, pasta sauce (with basilicum) with red onion, scallions, mushrooms (for me, yet again) and parsley – on the side it was a bowl with leaf salad and cucumbers topped with garlic sauce.

Date!

Me and Mich went on a date today, felt like it was the right thing to do when it is so warm outside. We went to De Zwaan, a hotel/restaurant here in Makkum, and it was really cozy. The atmosphere is amazing there and it was not at all a lot of people, most of them were probably down at the beach, so good for us! It was really warm, yesterday it was insane – apparently Netherlands was the hottest country in the whole Europe – and today it was pretty much the same weather, just a tad bit more wind. It was both warm outside and inside… anyway, we were there for like three hours or so, enjoying ourselves, chatting about everything and nothing.

We started with a couple of drinks, a malibu cola for Michi and a wickse rose for me (fruit beer with no actual beertaste, yay, best summer drink ever) and then we got hungry seeing other people eating food, so we asked for the menu card. We settled with salads, which we had to ask for as a main dish, because usually you get that as an appetizer. So we took a salad with mozarella balls on it – Mich got to eat them and the egg on the side – and a plate with fries on, it was a really nice and filling dinner, thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is so easy to be vegan with dairy products here in the Netherlands, the butter is not made by dairy anyway, even if it is still called butter (when you think about butter you think about dairy butter obviously). It is based on plantbased oil, tastes the same in my opinion and I would not have to stop buying it. But we usually do not buy butter anyway, but we got butter with the dinner today, checked ingredients, plantbased! Win for Nela~

We decided to continue having date evenings/nights from now on, not often though. But at least once or twice per month, we do not spend a lot of money (well lately it has been a lot of good games coming out so a lot of money has sunk into that, but we both know we usually do not spend a lot of money on anything) so it is perfect to go out and eat somewhere. Next date might be a picnic, if we have gotten to fixing my bike, then we might haul up a blanket in a basket, some drinks, fresh food and just head out somewhere. We will see! It will be well documented anyway~

 

Vegans should be as guilty as meat eaters?

What? I just… what? No. Apparently this person thinks so:

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The thing is the most of the land is cleared for crops yes, but not for vegan diets or vegetarian diets, it is for growing enough food for the animals people eat. So while animals are harmed in the production of all food, feeding that food to animals first, then eating them causes more harm than just not doing it. The amount of water and food needed to keep these animals alive long enough to slaughter, a huge amount, is a waste of resources overall and not to count in the countless of animals lives suffering because people force their way of living upon them. All problems associated with cropfarming gets incredibly huge when you have to feed 50 billion more individuals than what you have to.

Animal agriculture is quite simple and you can get easily educated in it, if you took the time but spouting nonsense will get you nowhere. Veganism is a good approach to taking the far less harmful way of living, than grinding animals to eat.

Comparing Animal Deaths in Production of Plant and Animal Foods

There is so much facts out about it, that has steamed from decades back when veganism and vegetarianism were controversial and looked down upon (it is looked down upon in today’s society too, but far worse back in the day sadly). Why would you want to continue justifying murdering innocent victims just so you can enjoy the taste of them?


On another note, I tried out porto bello mushroom today! It tasted really good. We made a dish with lemon risotto rice, green beans with tandoori sauce and porto bello, sliced, marinated in soy sauce, sesam olive oil, four gloves of garlic, chopped, and herb bouillon (and I added some teriyaki sauce too). The sweetness of the porto bello really complemented the spiciness of the tandoori, which was very spicy, so for me it was a relief to be able to save my taste buds from the spices with this lovely marinated mushroom. Mich tasted it too, but did not enjoy it as much, the taste was completely fine but the consistency was not to her liking, I think five minutes or more would have done it!

It was very easy to make and can be done in the oven too, which porto bello is made for, but we did it in a pan.

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How to make the Porto Bello for any kind of dish!

  • Set the oven to 200°C. If not doing oven version, ignore this.
  • Use a small bake dish for the marinade: Use two tablespoons of soy sauce, one tablespoon of teriyaki sauce (if wanted), one tablespoon of olive oil (we used sesam), chop four gloves of garlic and add it to the sauce mixture. Get some herb bouillon/vegetable stock (either one works) and take 1-2 table spoons of it, depending on how much you want, you can also replace the bouillon with white wine/red wine/cooking wine and use half a coffee cup (big size).
  • Add it all to the baking dish (if it wasn’t clear) and place the porto bello in it. You can slice it up before hand or just cook them whole (I recommend whole if you are doing the oven porto bello). If you are just frying/grilling them in a pan, slice them up for faster cooking time. 
  • For the oven version: do the same steps, keep the mushrooms whole, place them into a dish designed for the oven and place it into the oven for 25minutes. Take it out and turn the caps upside down, let them stay in the oven for 8 more minutes. Voila~

Vegan Food!

Even though I am in quite a ditch mentally and emotionally I can still make proper posts and why not about food?! Food is yummy in general and when I went vegan I broadened the food intake for myself, I have enjoyed so many new dishes! I learned new things about myself such as I love steamed vegetables, I also know I do not like avocado (bought one because we were gonna bake avocado milkfree chocolate balls, turned out somewhat soggy and not great) etc. I will post three vegan/vegetarian recipes below of what food Michie and I have been eating for a couple of days (they are very tasty too):

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Wok with noodles, vegetables, mushrooms and ketjap sesame sauce.

Veggies used: leek, champignons, chestnut mushrooms, red onion and an apple to add a bit of chew. I got all the mushrooms because Michie does not like mushies.

Ingredients
wok noodles, champignons (normal and mushroom), leek, red onion, apple, ketjap sesam sauce (if non vegan, do not bother checking labels).

  • Boil noodles on the side of your wokpan.
  • Throw the vegetables into the wokpan and stir around so they do not burn, no need for olive oil.
  • When the vegetables have reached the level of mushie/crunchiness you desire add the sauce and noodles (if done) and mix in the pan.

Teriyaki sauce go really well with this too, slightly better even, any kind of woksauce would do the trick really.

*oyster anything can kill Michelle which helps with staying vegan for me and vegetarian for her.

Potatoes, steamed vegetables and gardenspice-sauce.

Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots make great steamed vegetables, it tastes amazing. The sauce is vegan, most sauce companies go that direction, like Knorr. No milkpowder, milkeggwhites etc. You can do the sauce by hand, but we are pretty lazy people. Potatoes were boiled perfectly, not too long and not too short. This is a dish I never get tired of. Mmmmmm, cauliflower is love. Two images because Michelle usually present her food better than I do, at least when it comes to potatoes (I mash mine instantly).

Ingredients
Potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, gardenherbs sauce (again, no need to check label if not vegan).

  • Boil poatoes.
  • Add vegetables to a pan, fill half with water and let it boil so steam starts building up (10min boiltime), if water dissipates, add more in case it isn’t time yet.
  • When the vegetables are done, start with the sauce, don’t follow the instructions 100% – sauce always fail if you follow their package instruction, instead tweak the instructions into your liking, and add more water if you find the sauce too thick and if too thin: let it stand for a bit longer.
  • At this point, potatoes should be done! Enjoy your dinner.

Easy to make and wonderful for your tastebuds.

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Risotto with sundried tomatoes, olives, green beans, scallions, garlic, apple, carrots and sajoer boontjes sauce.

I loved this dish, it was really tasty. The apple neutralized some of the spices from the sauce, so it was very easy on my stomach (I have a really bad case of not being able to eat spicy food because of my stomach not handling it well). We had a ton of garlic in it, because we both like garlic a lot. I just recently started eating grean beans, never liked them as a child but they are really good now. Plate got a bit dirty and isn’t as presentable as the rest, but eh, it is all washed off afterwards anyway!

Ingredients
Risotto rice, olives, sundried tomatoes, carrots, grean beans, sajoer boontjes sauce, apple, garlic, scallion.

  • Start cooking the risotto rice, we had a package and just followed the instructions, but added stuff we liked, such as drinkbouillon (garden herbs) instead of chicken broth and instead of a glass of wine (completely forgot to take it up from the fridge downstairs) we used water. You gotta add the bouillon step by step, you notice it dissipate, you add more, it dissipates, you add more etc until you do not have any bouillon left, then it is just let the water sipper away and the risotto rice is done.
  • The carrots were already in the package, just like the olives and the sundried tomato taste, you can add these on your own if you only buy risotto rice but chop them well so they are not interfering with the texture of the risotto.
  • Boil the grean beans before putting it into a wokpan. When they are boiled to your satisfaction (we like them a bit chewy still) you put it into a wokpan, add garlic (we used three cloves and just chopped it into pieces), apple, scallions and sauce. Heat it up and let it simmer a bit before you take it off the stove.

Very nicely done by Michelle, we also tried adding dumplings but we failed at frying and boiling them so we just skipped them all together.

If you want to see more of these I would gladly oblige! They are really fun to make… and eat. I can even do some recipe posts about food we have eaten before!

Thank you all for reading and enjoying my blog, it really motivates me to keep it active. Changing to wordpress was the best choice for me!

Oh my lovely manga!

I got my early birthday gift today, yay! Well, I ordered it, but it is a gift from both me and Michelle… to me. It is this lovely shoujo-ai manga called “Girl Friends” and as soon as I have read both of the collections (two books with like four volumes each?) I will do a reviewer Nela~ about it. I really did not expect them to be thick, my latest manga wasn’t. But apparently I did not read the small part “COMPLETE COLLECTION 1/2”. There are more than just one volume. More to read for Nela and Michie~.

Ate a lovely “chicken” schnitzel burger with a lot of vegetables, tomatoes with salt, so good. God, I love food, since Michelle and I went vegetarian – and I went vegan after a while – she has shown me so much different and wonderful food. I would never have eaten steamed vegetables before, I never imagined that I would eat cauliflower almost everyday (IT IS SO GOOD) and she has opened a lot of doors for me. Also veganism has helped me in defeating my “food” fears and I want to try out everything! I even tried making avocado milkfree chocolate balls, but turns out that I do not like avocado as much as I want to enjoy it.