So, last month we went back to Terschelling for a two week holiday. Just can’t get enough of this island….
If you ever have the chance to visit, go to the Wrakkenmuseum ( shipwreckmuseum) in Formerum, a small village in the centre of the island. It’s a magical place where you can spend hours and hours, looking at all those treasures big ans small, new and old, that have been found in the sea, or that have washed up on the shore.
In the backyard there’s a great playground for the kids that really triggers their imagination, all made of found and recycled materials.
Indoors you can have your coffee or hot chocolate surrounded by treasures from the sea; bones, shells, ancient diving costumes, pictures and funny stories. Just keep an eye on your kids ……..no, honestly, it’s a very, very relaxed place to visit with kids. So much to explore, see and do
We spent halve a day here and still haven’t seen and experienced everything. A good reason to go back….again…..
I’ve always loved to read, and remember reading several books at a time as a teenager. Secretly reading novels during boring economics classes, and being totally lost in a book, wherever I was.
Now, with three kids and a busy job, I don’t always find time to read. However, there’s always a point when I start missing books too much, and pick up reading a again. And well, currently I.am.reading. On the train, in bed way beyond bedtime, a book in my bag wherever I go, reading more to the kids before they go to bed, even listening to novels on Storytel while working out or washing the dishes.
But how green is reading. All that paper, all those trees? What’s better? An e-book or a paper book? I use both actually. I feel infinitely rich having a dozen unread books on my Ipad, but I do prefer the look and feel of actual paper books.
I did some research online to figure out what was better: paper books or e-books, and well, the answer isn’t always clear.
In general, it seems, reading e-books is better for the environment if you read a lot of books, if you use a device you already own and also use for other purposes ( like an Ipad), and if you use your device for a long period of time.
Paper books are increasingly printed on recycled paper or on paper with the FSC quality mark, and the wood of which paper is made is after all a renewable resource. But still.
Anyway, here’s what I do to keep my reading as green as possible:
When reading e-books or listening to books, I use my Ipad, and I’ve had it for several years and many more to follow I hope.
I look for books, for myself and the kids at thriftstores. You’d be surprised how many beautiful and new-looking books you can find.
I share my books with family, friends, colleagues at work. Some books go round and round from one person to the other for months.
There are books I’ll always keep, but those I’ve read once and don’t wish to keep, I give away or sell online. Off they go, to a second life.
And then of course there is the library, where one single book can be enjoyed by many.
We also have two ‘Little Free Libraries’ in our neighborhood, where we occasionally bring some books, and find some ‘new’ ones to take home.
And well, not all my kids love reading as much as I do……….perhaps their lack of enthousiasm compensates a bit for my ‘book hunger’, and we’re all quite balanced after all 🙂
Nice? Yes. Tasty? Yes, definitily. Pretty? Well…..if you like pale…..
I’ve been experimenting a bit with recipes, but somehow the looks never match the taste. Plain cauliflower makes a pale, white soup, adding curry makes it, well, OK, yellowish…..but still.
And then, yesterday somewhat by accident I came up with a recipe that’s both tasty, and pretty (if you like orange). It was one of those, let’s see what we have lying around in the kitchen kind of days. and well – surprise- I had a cauliflower lying around, and a sweet potato ( another thing I’ve started experimenting with lately). Et voila!
If you’d like to give it a try, here’s what I used:
one medium sized cauliflower
one rather small sweet potato
a cube of vegetable stock
120 ml coconut milk
half a spoon of red pepper paste
a teaspoon of curry
a teaspoon of ground coriander
a teaspoon of ground cumin
a teaspoon of kurkuma
And here’s what I did:
heated the oven to 230 degrees Celsius and roasted the sweet potato in its skin for about 30 minutes
cleaned, cut and boiled the cauliflower
chopped and fried the onion, added all spices and pepper paste
allowed sweet potato to cool down, then peeled it
drained the cauliflower
added all ingredients to the cauliflower in the pan
blended it smooth
and let it boil for a little while
filled my bowl and sprinkled on some more pepper – black and red
let the rest cool down and stored it in my fridge
reheated what was left the next day ( today) and had a warm and tasty lunch
This recipe was enough for a dinner & lunch for one (no my kids don’t do cauliflower soup), and it was really thick. You can add more coconutmilk or even a bit of water to make it thinner.
And, the larger the cauliflower and the potato/potatoes, the more soup you will have. Ofcourse. Enjoy.
Oh oh oh 2016, what happened blogwise? After several months of happy cooking, baking, reading, crocheting and – don’t forget – blogging about it , all went silent in the summer.
Health and everyday live took all my time and attention, and blogging became just about the last thing on my mind.
I did a little crochet, made two lovely baby blankets but took no pictures. I cooked a meal everyday, but stopped experimenting. I hardly baked a thing, but fortunately, I did read another book or two.
Some of the loveliest ones where books I read with my eldest daughter: the Dutch ‘Gips’, by Anna Woltz, and ‘The thing about Jelly Fish’ by Ali Benjamin.
For 2017, I did not make many resolutions, other than ‘going with the flow’ and trying to be gentle, with myself, the people and the world around me.
Oh and yes, to keep reading ofcourse, to be a bit more creative, and to try and blog again every once in a while . Let’s see how that goes.