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What I’m Excited For In Amsterdam & What I’ll Miss In Utrecht

It’s almost time! Only two weeks from now I’m going to pack up my stuff, disassemble my furniture and move to Amsterdam, where I’m going to rent a small apartment with Robbert. For the past four years I’ve been living in an even smaller, but very charming studio in Utrecht. I moved here when I was studying at Utrecht University, and it’s been absolutely wonderful. Before I moved here I only knew a bit of the city center, so I was really lucky to accidentally end up in one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Utrecht. I can’t even recall how many times I’ve walked around in these streets, grinning from ear to ear because I felt so lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. Needless to say, the prospect of leaving here makes me a bit sad. Robbert and I were considering moving to Utrecht at first, but we realised pretty soon that it made no sense moving to Utrecht when everything in our lives happens in my hometown near Amsterdam. We found ourselves a nice little place in the neighbourhood that was our first choice, and now the time has come to leave. Even though I already went through the big, initial mourning stage when we decided not to settle down in Utrecht almost a year ago, the move is still a bit bittersweet. I decided to write down a list of all the things I’m going to miss here in Utrecht, and another one of everything I’m looking forward to in Amsterdam. Consider it a bit of personal therapy, haha!

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One Month Off Hormones | Update

It’s been a month now since I stopped using my NuvaRing and went off hormonal contraception. I promised I’d keep you posted on how it’s going, so I think it’s time for an update! In case you missed my first post about going off hormones, you may want to read that first. I explain all my reasons for why I decided to stop, my expectations for the transition period and after, and what I’m planning to use for contraception now.

I’m going to be honest with you straight away: this has been the most underwhelming change since I went vegan. It seems like whenever I make a big change like this, I go in expecting all these fabulous results that people on the internet get from it, and then… nothing happens. As of yet I don’t feel any different than I did on hormones. I do feel good, but no different than I did before. None of that it feels like a veil has been lifted feeling, no more intense emotions or “emotional flatness”. This may still change as it’s only been a short while since I stopped, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see about that. So far I feel the same mood-wise.  Now as with going vegan, I’m not actually doing it for amazing differences in how I feel. The lack of change in this department so far isn’t any reason for me to go back on hormones, and in fact I’m glad I didn’t end up feeling worse (which was a possible outcome as well).

As the month progressed, I wrote down any symptoms I experienced that might possibly be connected to going off hormones. I have no way of knowing whether they actually are connected, some of them may have had other causes, but I thought I’d jot everything down anyway as my main goal here is to share my personal experience. So let’s go!

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Spiced Pumpkin Stew | Vegan Recipe

Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, am I right? For that reason I’m bringing you another pumpkin recipe to day. You can never have enough pumpkin recipes! Today’s dish is a lovely hot stew featuring the warm, slightly sweet flavours of Northern African cuisine. I pulled out my ras el hanout spice mix again after a long time and I have to say, it works wonderfully with the creamy pumpkin. This recipe is a slightly modified version of a recipe clipping I found in my binder, originally from Allerhande. It’s super simple, just the way I like it, healthy, and delicious!

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Pumpkin Sage Pie | Vegan Recipe

When I was in Edinburgh this summer, we sat down in a little restaurant called Mums Great Comfort Food to have dinner one night. The place was packed, usually a good sign, and I ended up ordering a pumpkin sage pie off the menu. My oh my, was it good! Deliciously soft pumpkin covered in a creamy tomato sauce, with a subtle hint of sage, and crispy puff pastry on top… After I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to cook my own. Of course I have no idea how they make the pumpkin sage pie at Mums, and I don’t remember exactly how it tasted either, but what I do know is my own version is pretty amazing, if I dare say so myself. It’s fragrant, it’s full-bodied, it’s healthy, vegan, and just plain delicious. Try it yourself!

Oh, of course it wouldn’t be a Loepsie dish if it wasn’t also impossible to photograph 🙂

Vegan Pumpkin Sage Pie

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