Year: 2015

hotdogs & hippies

After a delicious organic breakfast at our hotel we stepped out into the less than perfect Copenhagen summer with an umbrella and a flask of jasmin green tea and set forth in search of hotdogs & hippies. Our walk took us through the high streets, canals and bridges of the old town all the way the free-city of Christiania. After passing through the drug centered promenade we found ourselves surrounded by creative residents fixing their boats, working on their gardens or simply chilling out in the quiet surroundings of this creative community. I laid out my mat by the lake and took a few moments to savour the unique atmosphere provided by the picturesque surroundings and the fresh rain-cleansed air before I began my familiar practice. Christiania has many small cafes and eateries to explore and we found a perfect afternoon pick-me up at Morgenstedet.                                     The whole community is overgrown, with nature allowed to run free much …

Day 1: Copenhagen

Sorry for the silence, I have been technology-free, not by choice, as my computer drew it’s last breath about a month ago. But here we are now, on the road and I’ll keep the travel stories coming while waiting to settle down again in our apartment with a new laptop and an ocean of new memories. So, we packed our bags, left our house-sitter with a list of instructions and set off on a Scandinavian adventure. As we walked from Copenhagen central station, my mind was still buzzing after a day at the office back in Brussels and my body felt tired under the weight of my well-stocked rucksack. The extremely cozy and organic Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel felt like a haven as we stepped into the green courtyard from the busy Vesterbrogade. The only setback was when we heard that breakfast wasn’t included in the room like I had thought, but Oh Well, there seem to be plenty of places to eat around. After a quick freshen-up in our comfy room we popped out for …

Monday

Lately I’ve been running through life like a headless chicken: Planning, working, organizing, traveling, worrying, stressing. It’s been hard to keep track of days and weeks and where I’ve promised to be each hour. Yesterday, as I was pulling my hair writing an assignment I decided to be bold and take a break. So I jumped into my jogging pants, rolled out my mat and I did some yoga, I sang my mantra and breathed. Suddenly, things seemed to fall back into perspective. What was all this running and planning and stressing about? I laughed at myself a bit, you know, the kind type of laughter. Sometimes stopping is the best way forward.

courgette pasta

Pasta is comfort food at it’s best, right? Too bad it often leaves us with an over-full belly and a guilty conscience. Yesterday I finally got myself a vegetable spiralizer (Spirelli from Gefu) and Oh it certainly was 20 EUR well spent! As we were turning this crispy, creamy pasta around our forks, it was hard to believe we were eating mostly raw veggies. So I needed to share this discovery with you immediately. Summer night comfort pasta, here it comes: pasta: 2 courgettes (cleaned and 1 cm from one end cut off) creamy sauce: 1 soft avocado 2 tbsp cashew nut butter a generous squeeze of lemon 2 sprigs of fresh mint 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt & pepper toppings: 4-6 stalks of asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 2-3 cm pieces. 1 small onion, peeled & chopped 3 big cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed butter to cook 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Spiral the courgettes into noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a peeling knife to make thin slices …

sunny side salad

As the weather is warming up, my warm soup lunches are turning into colorful salad picnics outside. This simple salad works on it’s own or as a side dish. It’s crunchy, it’s sweet and it’s summery! Here is what you’ll need: 3 medium sized carrots 2 ribs of celery a handful of radishes 2 tbsp of sesame seeds a generous handful of seeds (sun flower & pumpkin) a handful of raisins juice of half a lemon and juice of half an orange extra virgin olive oil to taste (1-2 tbsp) Wash, peel and grate the carrots into a bowl. Wash and chop the celery into slices, wash & slice the radishes. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and give it a good mix. This recipe is enough for 2 people, or 4 if used as as side salad.

Schaerbeek Apéro

Last Friday the “Apéros du Parc Josaphat” was still inhabiting it’s winter home at the abandoned tram depot in Schaerbeek (Rue Rubens 95) and we got to enjoy a glass of wine & some vegetarian tapas in the beautiful industrial setting. Music was good, the open wood fire was crackling and people were smiling; All in all a nice way to start the weekend. I’m not completely sure when the Apéro will move outdoors for the summer season, but you can check out their Facebook page before heading towards Schaerbeek.

peppermint & lavender foot bath

I love starting the weekend with some relaxation and an aromatic foot bath is a simple way to include a wellness moment into even an otherwise busy weekend. Here is a simple foot bath for the home-spa. It’s energizing, nourishing and relaxing all at once. Himalayan salt is a source of over 80 trace minerals, plus it releases an unique purifying ionic energy when the salt is mixed with water. Essential oil of Peppermint has a pleasant energizing aroma and creates a cooling sensation on the skin while improving circulation. It’s antifungal properties make it the perfect addition to a foot bath. Lavender relaxes and cleanses. 2 dl of Himalayan salt 5 drops of essential oil of Lavender 5-7 drops of essential oil of Peppermint (you can also add some dried lavender) Mix all ingredients in a jar. Fill a large basin with warm water, add 0,5-1 dl of the foot bath mix into the water and soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes while you sit back and relax. There is no need …