Sunday, June 28, 2015

Travel Diary | Prague

reading time: ca. 2 min

Prague, Prague, beautiful Prague.

Please do excuse the amount of pictures, but Prague is just such a gorgeous city - the architecture is stunning! It actually reminded me a bit of the German city Dresden, and also a tiny bit of London, probably due to the majestic buildings.

Prague or Praha is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is famous for its pristine architecture, from Romanesque, to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern. Being proper tourists, we visited its most sights such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Gothic Powder Gate tower, Wenceslas Square, Malá Strana, the Old New Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Franz Kafka monument and of course the Astronomical Clock on Old Town City Hall.

Of course, our travel companions (wolf in sheep's clothing and kangaroo "Hopsie") who you know from my Travel Doary: Rügen Island as well as my Day Zero Project: update 15 (Nr. 65) and my Travel Diary: London, were in on it too :)

Enjoy the view!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

July 4th Tricolor Ice Cream (coconut + blueberry + raspberry)

reading time: ca. 1 min

Quick tricolor ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 15 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, coconut, blueberry, raspberry
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

I'm not patriotic (nor am i a citizen of the United States), but i do love a good reason to make some ice cream :) So this time my ice cream is tricolor themed.

On July 4th it will be hot, and what's more perfect to enjoy watching trash explode in the sky than a cooling bowl of tricolor ice cream in your hands? ;) Another cool idea would be to make tricolor popsicles using the same fruit as in this recipe, but just blending them up unfrozen into a smoothie-like consistency and layering them up in popsicle molds! But that's a whole nother story. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Raspberry + Matcha Mint Ice Cream a.k.a. UNICORN ICE CREAM (raw, vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min

Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, raspberries, matcha
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Okay, i think NOW i tried pretty much every possible variation of combining Raspberry ice cream, Chocolate ice cream and Matcha ice cream, haha! May i present to you this amazing bowl of Raspberry + Matcha Mint Ice Cream, also known as UNICORN ICE CREAM!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Coconut Date Rolls (raw vegan & gluten-free)

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These babies are the bomb. Not only are they super quick and easy to make (a couple of minutes tops), they're also one of the simplest, yummiest raw treats that i know. Only two ingredients: dates & coconut.

This recipe was inspired by the wonderful Steph (one of THE most amazing, inspiring young vegan humans on instagram!). Since she didn't provide any instructions nor exact ingredients for her recipe (other than the two i listed above), i had to come up with my own ratio of the two. 

And it's a marriage. A beautiful, made-for-one-another marriage.

Or to put it in Steph's words: it's the perfect snack "when I'm in a hurry, when I'm bored and want to snack, when I'm cramming for exams and need a midnight snack, when I need a pre workout snack, and when I need something to brighten my day and make me happy".

source: instagram

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Essentials /15

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Flower Power 

[Random rambling - feel free to skip] I've recently thought about whether i'd be considered a hippie or a hipster - because i'm vegan, gluten-free, blogging, writing, crafting, loving animals, loving nature, being a little nerd sometimes... and i've come to the conclusion that i will just call myself a "creative spirit" instead. For me, hippies tend to have a slightly naive vibe around them (i know that flowers, free love and all that is not all that hippies are, but their careless attitude is a little too... ignorant? for me), and hipsters are too mainstream/trendy right now and also a little too conceited because "being a hipster" is sooo cool at the moment. So, no, i'm neither of those two i think. I'm just a creative, creating person. Anyway -

source: instagram

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Raw Vegan Tacos + DIY Curry Hummus

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 10 mins
Main ingredients: lettuce, corn, cucumber, tomato
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, raw, paleo, and delicious "even so"

Even though i ate raw vegan for a year or so, i had never tried to make or eat raw vegan tacos! But that has changed. They have become my most recent obsession, i think... oh well.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"CHOCOMOLE" a.k.a the easiest raw vegan Chocolate pudding!

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"Now what the heck is Chocomole?", you might be wondering. "Is it really guacamole but with chocolate?!"

Basically, yes.

This, my friends, is chocolate pudding (raw vegan, dairy-free, 100% plant-based) and it is made of only 3 things: avocado, banana, cacao powder all mashed together. Well, and 1 tsp of sweetener and a pinch of spices, but that's completely optional. I just had a super ripe avocado lying around in the kitchen, and a super ripe banana. Now i got a nice bowl of CHOCOLATE PUDDING waiting to be devoured, how awesome is that?!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

No Bake Walnut Brownies (vegan & gluten-free)

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Okay, don't laugh at me but i think i found my new favourite - best! - brownie recipe so far (yes, another one)...

Normal brownie ingredients? White flour, white sugar, butter, and cocoa or chocolate. What're those gonna do for you?! Make you sleepy and gain weight. These brownies: completely free of butter, milk, eggs, grains and baking heat. 

This recipe is completely unprocessed - at least not in the sense of being commercially prepared for ease of consumption (while it is processed in the sense of being chopped by a food processor, and it is extremely easy and convenient to consume, haha!). Anyway, these Walnut Brownies are raw, vegan, gluten-free and incredibly moist due to the nuts, super chocolatey and rich. Yummy in my tummy, good for my body (and yours too). Nom nom nom!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Maisy ❤ April + May 2015

reading time: ca. 4 min

I somehow forgot to make a "book/movie/music favourites" post last month, so here's a compilation of what impressed me most in April and May. Better late than never. I did think about omitting this section of my blog altogether though... should i write about what i read and watched and listened to every month? or should i just do it whenever i feel like it...? because it almost feels like a job, writing short reviews on movies and books. But then again, it's a nice challenge to sit down and reflect on what i consumed...

After the huge hiatus ever since October due to the enormous workload of my masters program at university, i've finally come around to catch up on reading, and i read quite a few books over the past few weeks, such as A Clash of Kings, The Old Man and the Sea, and 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea. However, the book i want to talk about is the wonderful Ghana must go by Taiye Selasi.

Read: Ghana Must Go (Taiye Selasi, 2013)

source: goodreads
Ghana Must Go (the German title translates to "These things don't happen just like that") is the debut novel by Taiye Selasi, a writer of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin.

The Plot:
Kweku Sai, a highly respected Ghanaian surgeon, is 58 when he dies. He has four children, an ex wife and a new wife. Through his eyes we watch a family as it is being built, through struggles, hardships and fleeting triumph only to be torn apart and seemingly destroyed beyond repair. Each of the family members (his Nigerian wife Fola, his eldest son Olu, the twins Taiwo and Kehinde, and the youngest daughter Sadie) comes to terms with his death in ways that are unexpected to them. 

The Writing:
First off, if I hadn't read this book from the perspective of my masters program (all about transnational relations, boarders, migration, translations and (colonial) power structures - don't ask, it's complicated), i might have considered Ghana Must Go a challenging read because the first 50 or so pages are grossly overwritten, if you read this only for personal pleasure. Kweku's death is relived by the reader at least four times in the first half of the book, and each time the death is revisited, it is perceived from a slightly different vantage point. This retelling of the same incident would probably have irritated me - however, with the focus of my studies, this repetition contributes to the assumption that there is always a second, mostly oppressed, opposed perspective that has not been paid attention to yet (Edward Said calls this "contrapuntal reading"), for example when we look at colonial or post-colonial literature. Whose perspective is the narration? Probably the one of the white, dominant coloniser. Who is not able to speak? Probably the colonised, indigenous people, a suppressed ethnic group or nation, women or other "subalterns". So retelling one event in various ways points out the fact that an event can be perceived differently and also be communicated differently.