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May Weekend Loves #1

Happy Saturday! It’s been a while since I updated you with my weekend loves, huh? I’ve been so busy the past few weeks I haven’t had much time to purposelessly browse the internet so there weren’t many new discoveries to share, really. You know, in the spirit of not forcing it and everything… But today I’m back with some new interesting links and favourites for you! Let’s take a look.

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Ohhh yes, linguistics at its best! As you may know I studied Celtic Languages and Culture, but I was always more into the “culture” part of that and will honestly say I developed a kind of aversion against linguistics over the years, and avoided linguistical courses at all costs. Now this however, this brings me a lot of joy. The guy, who is a linguist and dialect coach, talks about a few well-known constructed languages from popular works of fiction. He talks about their characteristics, some unique sounds they contain, what natural languages they’re similar to… And it’s all presented in a very fun and interesting way. He discusses Sindarin, Klingon, Parseltongue, Dothraki and High Valyrian, amongst others. Really worth a watch if you’ve got a few minutes to spare!

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Mexican Bowl with Green Rice, Sweet Potato & Smoked Beans

Mexican bowl with green rice, spicy sweet potato cubes & smoked black beans

I’ve started following a few Dutch vegan food blogs lately. I don’t know why I haven’t ventured into this world earlier because reading a food blog that actually uses ingredients you can buy is a heaven-sent. There are so many vegan products in the USA that are really hard or downright impossible to buy over here, and it’s so frustrating to run into them in a recipe you were really excited to recreate. So, local food blogs it is. Needless to say I’ve stumbled upon a wealth of amazing recipes and I’ve started slowly going through the ones I like. There’s one blogger in particular who has a very similar taste and cooking style to mine: livingthegreenlife.nl. When I had to cook for a couple of friends a few days back, that’s where I headed to look for a recipe. I found this one and decided to recreate her “delicious spicy sweet potato salad”. And oh, was it delicious. I modified the recipe just ever so slightly and would like to share it with you today as my Mexican bowl with green rice, sweet potato & smoked beans.

Mexican bowl with green rice, spicy sweet potato cubes & smoked black beans

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Katie’s Carrot Cake | Recipe

Believe it or not, I’ve been on a successful baking streak. As comfortable as I feel with pots and pans and vegetables, unfortunately I’m a terrible baker. I’m a very “pinch of this, bit of that” type of cook, and that just doesn’t work in baking. Pair that with a less-than-optimal oven, and you’ve got yourself heaps of black cakes with raw centres. Every now and then however, I run into a baking recipe that for some reason just works. There is one blog in particular where I nearly always succeed when I try one of the recipes: Chocolate Covered Katie. I’ve been following her blog for a few years now as her recipes are all vegan, healthy (compared to traditional recipes) and easy.

When my birthday came around and I wanted to treat my guests to some homemade cake, Chocolate Covered Katie is who I turned to. I decided to give her Healthy Carrot Cake a go, and it was a huge success. It’s moist, sweet, delicious… Just perfect. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a healthy-ish vegan homemade treat!

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Dutch Tea Festival

There’s a really exciting event coming up in the Netherlands that I’d like to tell you about, just in case any of you are able to make it there, as I’m sure you’ll absolutely love it: it’s the Dutch Tea Festival!

The event is held in a hall in Utrecht, and will be divided into three sections: the market hall, the tea garden, and the workshop spaces.

At the market hall there’ll be over 40 stands selling tea and tea-related items, including… LOEPSIE TEA GARDEN! I’ll be at the festival selling my perfume in a stand at the market 🙂 I’m so excited! You’ll be able to meet me there for a chat too, of course.
When you enter the festival, you get a goodie bag which includes a tasting cup that you can take with you to all the stalls to try their teas. Infinite tasting opportunities.

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