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~

 

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Social Exhaustion…

Been out all day almost to eat dinner and celebrate my belate birthday with Mich’s mother and her husband, and their two doggies. We went away around 15.30 and came home around 20.30, and now we are playing Diablo 3 together with Faye, Ashe and Crool. Sadly you can only be four in a group.

Did make up for Michelle today, it might have been because my hands were sweaty or the room was very warm/humid so the foundation powdered up a bit, but blending it a bit more helped. I naaaaailed that fucking eye liner though, looks good on both eyes. I get better and better at make up, which makes me able to use more techniques on Michelle which makes her in turn happy which makes me happy!

I am so tired after interacting with so many people today, so I am just a bit silent and just listening to people talking, it is quite soothing.

We drank wine, both white and red, very good quality and taste. We ate also a vegetarian dish, with a lot of vegetables!

Mich was very cute today, her jeans were right on point, couldn’t stop touching or sneaking glances at her little behind.

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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!