Meet my fluffs!

On this page I will keep you up to date about the adventures of my dogs!

 

1First a little introduction:

Yuki is a male black & tan Shiba Inu, born 18th September 2011. Breeder is Ghayukie’s Amorae from Belgium. (left)

  • stubborn
  • funny
  • loves doing tricks
  • favorite activity: fetching the ball

Yuna is a female sesame Shikoku Ken, born 16th July 2013. Breeder is Kasatori Sou Shikoku Kennel from The Netherlands. (right)

  • funny
  • cheeky
  • loves to get all the attention
  • favorite activity: teasing Yuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Tips For A Greener Lifestyle

12 tips for a greener lifestyle

 

1. Alternatives for plastic bags & food storage:

  • organic cotton shopping bags
  • stainless steel food containers
  • glass jars
  • wooden food containers
  • paper snack & sandwich bags (instead of tinfoil/plastic foil) from Boobalou
  • reusable plant based food wraps made from cotton (instead of tinfoil/plastic foil and a vegan alternative for beeswax food wraps) from Biome Eco Stores or OpalStorm on Etsy

2. Buying fruit & veggies:

  • local farm shop/wholesale market (no packaging)
  • organic
  • buy in bulk
  • without packaging

3. Beauty products & cleaning products:

  • soaps/shampoo without packaging, buy soap bars instead of plastic bottles from for example Lush, Faith In Nature,…
  • make your own cleaning products with organic white vinegar (=all purpose cleaner) and/or bicarbonate of soda
  • sponge: compostable & reusable dish brush (plastic free), I use a natural scouring pad made from 100% coconut fiber from Boobalou to replace a traditional sponge.
  • make your own toothpaste using organic coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of peppermint oil
  • shaving: use a safety razor, instead of disposable razors, I got mine from Mutiny Shaving and bought their Mutiny Box
  • toothbrushes: bamboo toothbrushes are compostable & sustainable, I bought mine from Boobalou
  • makeup remover: organic coconut oil & reusable cotton pads (from Boobalou) OR organic biodegradable cotton pads
  • Laungry: use soap nuts instead of laundry powder or laundry liquid, it comes in a reusable bag and the soap nuts are compostable, I bought mine in a local health shop, but you can easily order them online too OR use laundry powder that comes in a paper bag

4. Toilet paper, kitchen roll, tissues, menstrual pads, kitchen towels:

  • use 100% recycled, unbleached, biodegradable and/or organic washable materials
  • buy toilet paper, kitchen roll and tissues in paper packaging or compostable packaging
  • mentrual pads: organic washable/reusable cotton pads, biodegradable pads or use a menstrual cup. I use a lunette cup I  bought from amazon and is the most eco friendly option. If you don’t know what brand or size you should buy, go to putacupinit and fill in the quiz, they will give you a few options to choose from, I tried the quiz myself, they recommended me the lunette cup size 1 and it fits perfectly!
  • bamboo kitchen towels OR woven cotton cloths

5. Plastic water bottles:

  • buy water in glass bottles
  • use distilled tap water in reusable bottles: stainless steel or glass

6. Wrapping paper on birthdays and holidays:

  • re-use newspaper
  • biodegradable twine
  • paper packaging tape from Boobalou

7. Individually portioned coffee & tea + disposable coffee filters:

  • french press
  • loose coffee & tea
  • buy in bulk

8. Baking & cooking:

  • alternative for tinfoil or disposable baking mats: reusable non-stick baking mat from Boobalou

9. On the go food & drink:

  • alternative for disposable coffee cups and cutlery you get in coffee shops and take away meals: bring  your own reusable/washable coffee cup and ask the staff in the coffee shops to make your coffee/tea in your own cup, bring your own cutlery ideally made from bamboo
  • alternative for plastic water bottles: when you plan a day out, make sure to bring your own glass water bottles

10. When you have to buy a pre-packaged item: always choose recyclable packaging made of glass, metal, or paper over lower-grade plastic packaging.

11. Put a sticker on your mailbox you don’t want to receive junk mail/free publications.

12. To reduce your waste use a compost bin and recycle as much as you can!

You can find eco friendly products in local health shops and organic shops or you can look for webshops that sell eco friendly/zero waste products, like Etsy and Amazon for example.

Pear Salad With Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients (2-3 servings):

  • 1 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 4 portobello mushrooms (in thin slices)
  • 1 corn cob (remove corn kennels from cob)
  • 1 bag mixed lettuce/spinach (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cucumber (in 1cm cubes)
  • 3 pears (in 1cm cubes)
  • handful crushed walnuts/seed mix
  • 4 tbsp rice bran oil (or another vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pink salt
  • black pepper
  • mixed herbs

Preparation:

  1. Put 2 tbsp rice bran oil in a frying pan (the pan has to be big enough to fit all the mushroom slices) on medium heat, add 3/4 of the onion and add the garlic, stir and cook for 3 minutes. Add the portobello mushrooms, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and mixed herbs and give it a good stir. Cook until the mushrooms have a nice brown color, for about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, get a big bowl ready to make your salad.
  3. Add the mixed lettuce/spinach, the rest of the onion, corn kennels, cucumber, pears, 2 tbsp rice bran oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and mixed herbs. Give it a good mix, add the crushed walnuts/seed mix and it’s ready to serve.
  4. Put the salad on your plate first and put the portobello mushrooms on top, enjoy your meal!

Homemade Pizza Dough

Ingredients for 2 pizzas:

  • 250g flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1,5 tsp pink salt
  • 120ml water
  • 2 tbsp rice bran oil (or another vegetable oil)

Preparation:

  1. preheat the oven at 180°c
  2. take a big mixing bowl and mix the flour, baking powder and salt together
  3. add the water and oil and knead to a solid ball, split the dough in 2
  4. roll the dough with a dough roller into 2 round or square pizzas
  5. if you don’t have a dough roller you can also use a bottle of wine
  6. put the 2 pizza bases on baking paper or a rubber baking mat and bake for 5 minutes
  7. remove the bases from the oven and preheat the oven to 250°c
  8. cover the pizza bases with tomato sauce/passata and with your favorite veggies (you can find the recipe for the sauce and veggies here)
  9. bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes at 250°c
  10. when the pizzas are ready you can add some olives if desired

Easy & Deliscious Lentil Dahl

Ingredients (4-5 servings):

  • 1 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 100g uncooked red lentils
  • 1 big sweet potato (chopped in 1-2cm pieces)
  • 1 courgette (chopped in 1cm pieces)
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 vegetable stock
  • pink salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or another vegetable oil)
  • 1l boiled water

Preparation:

  1. Put olive oil in a medium cooking pan and on medium heat. Add onion, garlic and give it a good stir, cook for 4 minutes.
  2. Add ginger, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper. Give it another good stir and cook for another minute.
  3. Add lentils and 1l water, give it a good stir and bring to the boil. Once it’s boiling add the vegetable stock.
  4. Add sweet potato, courgette, chickpeas and boil for 20-25 minutes or until the sweet potato and courgette is ready.
  5. Add spinach, coriander and stir for another 1-2 minutes until the spinach is soft. Now it’s ready to serve, enjoy your meal!

Creamy Leek-Potato Soup & Cheesy Garlic Bread

Ingredients soup (5 servings):

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 big white potatoes (peeled and in 2cm pieces)
  • 3 leeks (chopped)
  • 700ml water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • pink himalayan salt
  • black pepper

Ingredients garlic bread (6 pieces):

  • 10-12 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • oregano
  • 6 bread slices (optional gluten-free)
  • 6 slices vegan cheese

Preparation soup:

  1. Put some olive oil in a medium cooking pot, add onion, garlic and cook until soft +/-3 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes and leek, give it a good stir and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Now add the water, once boiling add the vegetable stock and cook until the veggies are soft. +/- 10-15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.
  4. In the meantime start making the garlic bread (recipe below).
  5. When the veggies are soft, blend until you have a smooth and creamy soup. Add more spices if desired.
  6. If the soup is too thick, add more water.

Preparation garlic bread:

  1. Take a small bowl and mix the olive oil together with the garlic and mixed herbs.
  2. Spread the olive oil mixture on the bread slices. Put a slice of cheese in between 2 slices of bread and make 3 sandwiches
  3. Then slice the 3 sandwiches in half diagonally to form triangles and put more olive oil mixture on top of the bread. Do this for all the bread slices, so you will have 6 garlic breads at the end.
  4. Sprinkle some oregano on top of the garlic bread and put in the oven for +/- 5-10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

 

Smakelijk! Bon appétit! Enjoy  your meal!

Quick & Easy Garlic-Mushroom Pasta

Ingredients (3-4 servings):

  • 1 pack spaghetti (optional gluten-free)
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 250g chestnut/white mushrooms (quartered)
  • A bunch fresh parsley (chopped)
  • black pepper
  • pink himalayan salt

Preparation:

  1. Get a medium cooking pot and bring water to the boil, add some salt. When the water is boiling cook the pasta and follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Put some olive oil in a frying pan and put on medium heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper, give it a good stir and cook until mushrooms are golden brown (+/- 5-10 min). Add some more olive oil when necessary.
  3. When the spaghetti is ready rinse, drain and put them in the frying pan and mix together with the mushrooms. Add the parsley and give it a good last mix.

Smakelijk! Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal!

Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

Fact about bananas: the more dark spots a fully ripened banana has, the more it protects your immune system.

Ingredients (1500ml):

  • 3 bananas
  • 10-15 strawberries
  • a handful spinach
  • 3tbsp peanut butter
  • 2tbsp agave syrup
  • +/- 750ml plant based milk (almond, coconut, rice, soya,…)
  • 2tbsp spirulina powder

Preparation:

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender, make sure you don’t cross the maximum and blend until smooth.
  2. Add some more milk at the end if it’s too thick.
  3. Add some ice cubes when you like your smoothie cold.

Pizza Vegetariana

Ingredients (1 pizza):

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ courgette (chopped in 1cm pieces)
  • ½ aubergine (chopped in 1cm pieces)
  • a handful leek (halved and chopped)
  • a few leaves of spinach
  • stoned black and/or green olives (to taste)
  • passata or tomato pizza topping (to cover pizza base)
  • prepared pizza dough (dairy & egg-free/optional: gluten-free)
  • pink himalayan salt
  • black pepper
  • mixed herbs
  • optional topping: vegan cheese

Preparation:

  1. Remove the pizza dough from the refrigerator (10 min.) before use.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°c, get a baking tray with a baking sheet ready.
  3. Take a small bowl and mix the olive oil together with the garlic, set aside.
  4. You can choose to put the veggies on your pizza raw, but I prefer to fry it in a frying pan first so they will be more soft and tasty.
  5. Take a frying pan, add some olive oil and turn on medium heat. Add the onion, courgette, aubergine, leek, give it a good stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the spinach and cook for another 2 minutes, then turn off the heating and add some salt and pepper.
  7. Unroll the pizza dough, cover the base with passata/pizza topping, but make sure you leave 2 cm on the sides.
  8. Put the veggie mix on your pizza, add the olives to taste, add the garlic-olive oil mixture, mixed herbs and put vegan cheese on top if desired. Put some more mixed herbs on top of the cheese.
  9. Put the pizza on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the pizza crust is golden brown.

Smakelijk! Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal!