For us February was all about the (and our) first vegan fair in the northern part of The Netherlands. In Groningen vegan food and a vegan lifestyle is not so rare anymore. But a 100 % vegan event definately is rare in our country and even more in Groningen. 45 minutes before opening people were already waiting to visit the fair. It was supposed to be a small event but wow, it turned out to be a big hit: over 500 visitors! So much more than expected… The organisation of the fair kind of took over both our lives and consumed all of our time and energy. A lot of inspiration and ideas popped up in our heads the past months and since the vegan fair is in the past it’s time to spend time on Wander Women Blogazine again. In this article we share a few Netflix tips, a book tip and a recipe. Which Netflix tip, book tip or other tip would you like to share? Let us know!
- Have you ever heard of Queer Eye (available on Netflix in The Netherlands)? A few weeks ago a new season became available on Netflix and we both binge watched it. It has a completely new cast of 5 gay guys who help hopeless straight guys (and one gay) to reorganize their lives and personal presentation. The guys give advice about social skills, cooking, interior design, self care and fashion. This show is surprisingly entertaining and it also discusses subjects such as discrimination and coming out as a gay man and more. Janet watched this show 15 years ago too and didn’t expect it to be just as much fun. Back in the days you had Carson Kressley for example. And Kyan Douglas, such a pretty guy! But now you can watch Karamo, a real pretty boy. Or Jonathan who goes by the name Beyoncé as well ;-): he makes me laugh every episode. It’s a perfect show to watch during a cold and rainy weekend. On Twitter a 2nd season has been announced, lucky us!
- In the mood for some Spanish soap? Tiempos de Guerra was recently added on Netflix. It’s a series which takes place during the Spanish Rif war in the north of Morocco in the 1920’s. About war? Not really what we’d normally watch. But hey, it’s Spanish, so Janet was tempted to check it out anyway. She didn’t leave it at 1 episode, because it turned out to be some kind of soap series with injured war heroes running around like crazy screaming zombies, a lot of blood, brave nurses without education, murder and lots of romance and affairs. Strangely enough it’s really entertaining and sometimes kind of weird. I mean; bloody hand prints leaving stains on one wall and not on another surface? You have 13 episodes waiting for you, each about 70 minutes long.
- Enough about Netflix. Not everybody has a Netflix subscription so we also share this tip: Tegenlicht (a Dutch TV show on VPRO) recently broadcasted the episode “Worsteling van de Groenmens” (“The struggle of the green human”). Educational and entertaining to watch if you tend towards a greener lifestyle. And everybody knows, when living a greener life, lots of choices will cross your path. Do I buy prepackaged goods? Can I have an avocado, eventhough it’s not grown local and the large amount of avocados eaten mess with our eco system? What to do with holidays: to fly or not to fly? Click the link to watch the full episode of Tegenlicht about living a greener life (only in Dutch).
- Have you ever visited Bremen, a city in the north of Germany? From Groningen it’s only a 1 and a half hour drive and this city just has so much to offer. Not just for us veggie foodies! There’s also beautiful street art like the colourful bird in the picture in this article. And a beautiful old quarter called Schnoor. Viertel is the more colourful and international quarter of Bremen: alternative, fair fashion, street art, veggie food, great bars. We think Bremen is definately a nice destination for a short city trip.
- Recently I read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman. This is a novel you should read unprejudiced, so I will not share what it’s about. Just read it and let me know your thoughts.
- Do you love Parmesan cheese? I definatly do… It’s one of the ingredients I used often when preparing Italian dishes. But, nowadays I prefer eating vegan most of the time. (Fresh) pasta for example, with a rich tomato sauce and lots of (roasted) veggies. Janet suggested this Minimalist Baker recipe for a Parmesan cheese replacement. At first I was a bit sceptical, but after tweeking the recipe a bit, it turned out to be a great addition to Italian dishes. Don’t get me wrong, it definately doesn’t replace or taste just like Parmesan cheese, but it adds a nice flavour. You only need 5 ingredients and just a few minutes time to whip it up. I also add some pine nuts. What do you like to add to Italian dishes, as a replacement for cheese?