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Out of my comfort zone

Really going out of my comfort zone here… Far out!

Recently my Guides started to tell me that I needed to start sharing my channelings in a video (with me visible in it while channeling), which I didn’t want to do. So I didn’t act upon it.

Showing myself while channeling is still something that makes me feel uncomfortable, even when I channel after a Healing or in my weekly meditation circle. So to show it to “the whole world” is something that really scares me!

“What if people think I’m crazy? What if people will make fun of me? What if…?” – I could think of a million reasons why not to do it! But my Guides told me even though there will most certainly be people that don’t understand and that they might make fun of me, there will me much more people who will benefit from it. That this is my gift to the world and that I had to start sharing it NOW, especially now…

So here it goes, me going way out of my comfort zone, sharing a channeled message in a video recording. The first one of many – according to my Guides – so I better get used to it. And if I can be of service in this way, I am happy to do it.

This one is especially to assist you with integrating the New Earth energies. You can find it here (don’t forget to subscribe to my channel when you’re there!).

Enjoy!

Sprouts

It’s so easy to make your own sprouts! You just have to have a few days patience, but you can make as much as you like, whenever you like. In this way you know exactly what happens to your sprouts (no additives of any kind), they’re full of life force and it’s much cheaper than the ones you buy at a shop, as well that it’s fun to watch them grow!

I’ve used a large jar with kitchen paper and an elastic band as a ‘lid’.

Day 1: Soak the beans for 24 hours in water. Don’t use too much beans, as said, they will get MUCH bigger! After you’ve made them a few times, you’ll know what’s the right amount for you. I suggest to start with just a small layer of beans.

Day 2 & 3: Rinse the beans and keep them 2 days in darkness (I rolled a tea towel around the jar) in a warm place. Rinse the beans once or twice a day.

Day 4: Put the beans out into the (sun)light & warmth.

Day 5: They’re ready to eat!

Tip: Place them somewhere visible in your kitchen, so you don’t forget about them…

Lovely on top of salads, on bread or as a little bite in between. Enjoy!!

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Homemade bread

I never knew baking bread could be so easy!! Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s YouTube video I decided to try making this ‘soda bread’ myself and since then I’ve made it more often, in all kinds of variations. It’s super easy and quick, all done within 30 minutes!

What you need:

  • flour
  • plantbased milk (or even water if you don’t have milk!)
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • agave (if you want – can be left out)

Jamie uses an empty tin to measure the amounts (no weighing – I love that!), I just use something from about the same size. Jamie also uses 2 types of flour (plain white and wholegrain), I just use 1 and the same (wholegrain) to make it even easier.

You mix 2 amounts of flour with 1 amount of milk (or water), 2 teaspoons of baking soda, a pinch of salt and if you want 1 teaspoon of agave (or some other sweetner). Mix it well, it needs to be still a bit sticky, but not too much.

You can make it into any shape you like:

  • A big loaf of bread (as in the picture): make a round ball and flatten it, cut it twice in the middle (in a cross), almost untill the bottom. I also added some oatmeal on top.
  • Little buns: just make small balls and flatten them a little when you put them on the baking tray.
  • Little rolls with filling: flatten the dough on your counter, put in any filling you like (nuts, chocolate, vegan cheese…), roll it up and cut it into pieces. Put the pieces flat on the baking tray.

Put some flour on a baking tray, place your bread on top, bake for 20 minutes – done! Enjoy!!

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Vegan oatmeal pancakes

A favourite breakfast on my retreats! And I have to say… they taste amazing!!

What you need:

  • oatmeal
  • banana
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla powder (can be left out)
  • baking powder (can be left out)
  • plantbased milk
  • agave (to make it a little sweeter if you like)
  • frying / pancake pan

For the amount of ingredients, I don’t have exact numbers – trust your intuition to guide you! I use 1 banana for 2 people and about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder.

Just put all ingredients in the blender and mix. Start with a little bit of the milk, you can always add more if needed. You want the batter not to be to thin, so when you put it in the pan, you can put 3 scoops next to each other without them running into each other.

In total my mixture for 2 people comes up to 600ml in the blender.

It’s easiest to make small pancakes (you can fit 3 in a pan each time), as they are easy to turn. Fry on medium/low fire. Wait until the top starts to get dry before you turn (or until you smell they start to burn haha).

Topping ideas:

  • Almost any type of fresh fruit will do!
  • Warm red fruit (as in the picture) – easily made with frozen red fruit and just heat up till it becomes like jelly.
  • Agave or maple syrup.
  • Coconut cream.

You can make them as (un)healthy as you like… Enjoy!

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Breakfast inspiration

Something different to start your day with… This was my breakfast this morning: baked apple & nuts with some Dutch cookie spices (you can use cinnamon and vanilla instead), combined with a homemade banana-coconut-milk ‘yoghurt’. For the ‘yoghurt’ just mix the 2 ingredients in the blender. Yummmmm!

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Vegan berry “yoghurt”

I just made this “yoghurt” with some left over coconut cream, a banana and some blue berries from the freezer and it tastes GOOD!! It’s perfect as a base for more/other fruits, nuts & seeds. There’s no recipe to it, just put it all in the blender and enjoy!

Tip: don’t blend all the berries, but keep a few to add them in later.

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Vegan garlic sauce

Super simple and super yummy to go with the cauliflower wings (or anything else you like of course!).

What you need:

  • vegan mayonaise (you can make your own, or buy it – I like Hellman’s one)
  • sriracha sauce (or some other spicy sauce to your taste)
  • fresh garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • (fresh) chives

Take a good amount of mayonaise with a bit of sriracha (depending on how hot you can handle and what you like), 1 or 2 cloves of garlic and salt, pepper and chives to taste. Mix them all, done!

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Cauliflower wings

This is currently one of my favourite recipes: vegan cauliflower wings! It’s great as snack or as a meat replacement at lunch or dinner. Great with some salad and potatoes next to it.

What you need:

  • cauliflower
  • chickpea flour
  • water
  • breadcrumbs
  • spices, I mostly use (but you can play and be creative with this!):
    • garlic powder
    • cayenne
    • salt
    • cumin
    • spicy paprika
  • baking tray with baking paper
  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC.
  2. Cut the cauliflower in pieces, from more or less the same size.
  3. Prepare the batter: mix the chickpea flower with the spices you like (I use: garlic powder, cayenne, herbal salt, a bit of cumin and spicy paprika) and then add water little by little. You want it to be thick enough to stay on the cauliflower when you dip them in.
  4. Prepare the crust: mix the breadcrumbs with some spices (I only use a bit of garlic powder and cayenne here).
  5. Now take a piece of cauliflower, dip it in the batter so it’s completely covered, then put it in the crust again so it’s completely covered and then put it on the baking tray.
  6. Repeat till all pieces of cauliflower are done.
  7. Put into the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Turn them around half way. Keep an eye on them so they won’t burn.
  8. They’re ready when the crust is slightly brown and feels crispy. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Make your own vegan garlic sauce to go with them!
  • If you have any cauliflower left over, you can make it into tasty cauliflower rice.
  • If you have any batter left over, you can fry it as a vegan omelette (maybe water it down a little bit), to go with your cauliflower rice.

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“I’ll never be vegan” (yet I am)

If you asked me a few years back what I thought about being or becoming vegan, I probably would have laughed. I couldn’t live without my meat, fish, eggs and mostly: cheese! But by now I’m eating (mostly) vegan for almost 3 years already. Why? Because I became aware…

A few years back I got an invite to a ‘vegan festival’ here on the island. I told the girl who invited me that I was considering eating a bit less meat and fish. She told me it was really important to not eat it at all. To be honest, my first reaction was “Yeah… I know you vegans always trying to convince everyone.”. But then she said something that made me think. She said: “If you’re not vegan, it’s because you’re unaware, or you just don’t care.”. I didn’t want to belong to any of those groups, so I thought it might be a good idea to at least make myself aware.

She suggested that I’d watch ‘Earthlings’. I didn’t feel much for it at first, because I didn’t want anything to spoil my good appetite for yummy spareribs, bacon, shrimps, eggs and again: cheese. But then I realised that if a documentary could ruin my appetite, then maybe there was some truth in it that I was unaware of? Why didn’t I want myself to be aware?

I didn’t immediately watch the documentary, but her comment was still in my thoughts. At that moment I was mostly thinking about how to live without cheese, as my aunt had just came to visit me and she brought me a big piece of some of the best Dutch farmers cheese I had in a long time. And then it happened that while I was driving, I decided to stop at a supermarket where I had never been before. In that particular supermarket there was a whole range of vegan cheeses! I had to laugh… I took it as a sign and bought a variety of vegan cheeses and prepared myself to watch the documentary, from which I sensed it wouldn’t be a pleasant watch.

It turned out that ‘Earthlings’ is an amazing documentary, which is not just showing a lot of horrific images of animals getting slaughtered, but there’s an important theory in it. It states that after racism and sexism – in which it is believed we can do anything we want to another race or sexe because we think we are superior to them – now we’re practising “specicism”. Which means that because we think we are superior to animals, we can use them to our own benefit: for entertainment, for science, for clothing, for breading them as pets and for food. It continues to show how animals do have emotions, family bonds and experience pain. Maybe in a different way than us humans, but it’s undeniable.

I’ve been crying during almost the whole documentary. Of course I knew that for the meat/fish I ate animals were killed, but I never gave it any thought. It was completely normal to me, as to most people, as this is how we’re being raised. But now I fully realised, fully became aware of it, I lost all appetite to eat any meat/fish or even cheese again! Who was I to decide an animal should have a shitty life, being taken away from their family and being killed, just for my pleasure of eating it?

Regarding cheese: did you know that for a cow to give milk, it needs to be pregnant first? I didn’t, or never really thought about it. As a kid we learn “a cow gives milk”, but it only does after being pregnant! Just like any other mammal. And the milk is meant for her baby. But as the milk industry wants to get as much milk as possible to sell or to make it into cheese, they take away her baby as soon as possible. Also they milk the cow over and over and over again, to keep the milk going. Where a cow would give 2500 liter of milk per year in 1910, now a milkcow gives up to 12.000 liter per year! (source: Wikipedia) Cows are being used as a milk factory, to the point they can’t even stand on their legs anymore. Goodbye appetite for cheese! I couldn’t even finish the Dutch farmers cheese I still had… I decided to give it away to someone who’d happily eat it, as throwing it in the trash felt even worse.

So after watching ‘Earthlings’ I gave up eating all animal products! And I never even missed it…

Almost 3 years later, I’ve only ate meat once again: my first time flying long distance and having forgotten to specify my dietary wishes. So there was only a choice between chicken or fish. I choose the chicken meal, but it didn’t taste good. Sometimes, when eating out or eating with friends, I still eat something that contains milk, butter, eggs or cheese, mostly out of convenience, or simply not having another option. But when I can, I choose a good vegan alternative.

It turns out that there’s a lot to explore in the vegan cuisine! Food doesn’t need to become boring, tasteless or difficult. It just needs a little adjustment and some creativity. There’s a lot of amazing vegan recipes out there on the internet and I haven’t lost my joy for cooking nor eating! As both cooking and eating good food are still part of my passions, I love to start sharing some of my favourite recipes with you here on my website.

PS: I’m not trying to convince anyone into becoming vegan, as I know for most people (just like for me until a few years back) it will only have the opposite effect. But if you’re ready to become aware: watch ‘Earthlings’ (you can find it on YouTube with subtitles in any language of your choice) and be prepared to change your opinion on eating anything that comes from an animal. And even if you don’t, make sure to try the recipes I share, as they’re just too good not to!

This is me

This is me, in the kitchen of my best friend on the day of her wedding. Helping with serving coffee, tea and ‘Brabantse worstenbroodjes’ (a Dutch savory treat). It really pictures me the way I am, in my role of being of service.

All of the jobs I had, I’ve always been of service to other people. I’ve worked as a waitress for over 17 years and I just loved taking care of people, making sure they had a good time out. I’ve worked in childcare, where the role of service was more nurturing and playful, but I loved it just as much. I’ve done voluntary work in Ghana, also truly wonderful to do. I’ve had my own backoffice business, where I supported others in their jobs. Again something that came from my heart, although working in an office is not really my thing. I’ve worked as a hostess on many events, have worked as a receptionist, as a facility manager and I’ve assisted at retreats. And everything felt really good, as I could help others, as I could be of service.

I’ve got my Bachelor of Social Work, from my study Creative Therapy. A beautiful profession to help people who have a hard time talking about their problems, to express it in a different way: through art, music or drama. I loved the 4 years of studying, all internships I did and learned so much! But I knew I wouldn’t work as a Creative Therapist, the focus was too much on ‘problems’ for me (even though my teachers told me that they needed more people like me to focus on the possibilities in the work field).

When I received my first Reiki session, I immediately knew that this was something that I wanted to give to others as well. This feeling of coming ‘home’, of deep love, of being fully connected to my heart was so special! This is something that everyone should experience. And so I learned to give Reiki and started my own practice, next to my other job.

Now, quite a few years later, everything seems to come together again. Only now I work for myself in my own practice, which gives me the freedom I enjoy so much and where I can be completely in service to others, in the ways I love most! I still give Healings, but they are quite different than the Reiki I started with. And now I also offer coaching, help people through online meditations and videos (including a free 21 days of mindfulness program) and the best of all: I offer personalised, private retreats. These retreats are special to me, as I can take care of people in so many ways during these days! I cook for them, they stay with me at my place, I coach them, give Healings and offer guidance. Together we explore the island and I get to share my love for Ibiza. It really makes my heart sing to be of service in this way!

Want to find out more? Check out my Reconnect & Recharge retreats!

Photo by Joyce Boutkan Fotografie