last minute deals

 
Ok we are leaving very soon and if I was a neurotic person I would have probably been a complete mess right now. We did make the decision to sail 1500 nautical miles, half of which will be through winter weather, only a week ago. We are moving our life and home to a whole different place, and we must get going asap to not get stuck in worse weather systems that are so prone for this time of the year. So there is a fair amount of things to get done in terms of boat preparation, packing up, provisioning, installing of a water heater, engine servicing, taking farewell of people, ordering of engine parts that must arrive within the next 48 hours etc etc... it does not help that I drank a bottle of prosecco last night (as part of the farewell procedure). It rather makes the organization a tad more... confused... much to my mans chagrin.

The reason why I've allowed precious time for writing this post, is that I wanted to let you know that I have lowered the prices on all recently uploaded things in my shop because I really want to get these things sent out before we leave as it might take a while before I get a new opportunity to do so. 

The only real reason why I'm showing the backside of myself in today's post is because I found one of those beige bags in my friends place, and that one is now on the shop as well.

If you buy two Colombian bags, I will send you a third, smaller one, free of charge. Plus now it's free shipping on all orders above $50.


Montauk

Just a few photos from our stay in Montauk and MYC this past summer. I think that was the only week in which I managed to catch a wee bit of tan this year. This 16 month long stay on the south shore of Boston has been all about indoor workworkwork for me, so it will be aaaaahmazing to soon be able to shift from pale and unfashionable (that's what one of my good friends recently told me New England has done to me "Taru you've changed.." hahah) - to fresh, tanned, très chic and très sexy again. LOL. Alex on the other hand has worked quite a bit outdoors on the boat this year so he has been able to maintain his golden tan all year through the lucky bastard. Besides, he's of Mediterranean descent whereas I am from the cold North.

Preparations

Thank you everyone for all your comments and emails regarding our move. Glad you are as excited as we are (only the thought of soon being able to wear a bikini makes my heart beat faster). Will talk more about it all and share some plans with you very soon. But first we need to get the boat ready. During this preparation process, I've found tons of Colombian bags on board, you remember the ones I sold while in Cartagena? I have a few more of them for sale now in my store.

I've also added some great vintage pieces from my wardrobe, for the ones that are interested (my beloved Mahina bag from Louis Vuitton that I too rarely use these days, for example). There's also a very good Canon lens, and the awesome fleet-broadband for serious cruisers (for a splendid price if I may add!). And of course, the ever so beautiful golden pieces from We Dream In Colour - always with 10% off for blog readers.  

Shop away and email if you have any questions at all!

what's worth most

These photos are from a couple months ago. In Boston Harbor Islands. Not this warm here any longer..

So came the winter season in New England, the first snow has fallen though melted for now, and it's been interesting to observe ourselves in this unpleasant second transition from summer to fall to now early winter. A very uncomfortable feeling has again begun tinting our minds. You know the sense of quiet desperation, or frustration if you will. The knowledge of something very uneasy that is about to go down, and the involuntary, almost enforced agreement that we will just have to go through it. Yet again. 

We notice life slowly slipping out of people around us here in the marina. Their faces, expressions and body language have shifted from summery optimistic with strong straight backs and loud laughter, to a bitter hunched discontent and a vocabulary and sound level dramatically scaled down. Nobody likes the cold, yet they all live through it. Put life on pause for half a year. They say it's just the way it is and begrudgingly accept the pain. We know how it is, we were just about to do the same, for the second year in a row. But seriously. Is this what we call life? What are we doing here? Are the work opportunities and the money made here really that much worth? Do we really want to miss out on six months of a year? Ridiculous is only one way to put it.

One day, out of the blue, not so long ago, an email dropped into my account. An email from an old friend that reminded us that we do in fact have similar, if not better opportunities in places where the sun is a norm and not a rarity. Have we just been so busy learning to accept the fact that we will have to go through this again, that we have totally forgotten to look further? We have not yet stabilized our savings accounts so work is still an important part of our lives. As for most people. But are we really okay with checking out from the pleasure of life, just in order to save a few bucks? Because let's face it, it's really not that cheap living in the US so how much do we really get to save? And how many years would we have to do this shit, to feel we have enough money?

Nah, this is not for us. I don't know how we could have mislead ourselves to believe it could be worth it. We love life, and we don't need to suffer more than necessary, right?

We will be leaving South. Boat is being prepared. And we are simultaneously studying routes and weighting opportunities in our next new home base. It's not an uncomplicated task to sail South from these high latitudes this late in the year, and rough storms happen more often than they do not.

We're thinking to set sail sometimes right after thanksgiving, out into Buzzards Bay to start, through the Long Island Sound, and hit ICW before Cape Hatteras. Anyone of you done this trip late November, early December? Don't say it is not a good time of the year to do it, because we know and we will, no matter what.

six months till spring?

Here we go again! Second nor'easter storm approaching in such a short period of time. What does this say about the following six months of winter coming up? We do not look forward to it at all to be honest. Have contemplated whether to put the boat on the hard and live in our friends house on the South Shore for the winter. Or stay on the boat like last year, but with the difference that we'd stay on the boat almost all nights rather than only 75% of the nights that was the case during the previous winter when we had a great little apartment in Cambridge to escape to every now and then.

Neither of our current options are perfect. Because you know, living on a boat in the winter is a very chilly and quite draining business. And staying in our friends house on the South Shore of Boston might've been good for me who have the kitchen nearby, but for Alex whose work is in Cambridge, it would mean four hours of commuting each day (traffic is HORRIBLE around here) and that is naturally not very practical. Plus it would mean we'd have to buy a car since the bike can't be used more than until the first snow falls.

An additional option would be to rent a more accessible apartment over the winter that would be somewhere in the middle of our two work places (25 miles/40 km from the kitchen where I work to Alex's studio). That would be a place that was located near a metro station that we both could make use of. But a minimum of $1000 in rent per month will end up at $6000 USD before the winter is over, and really, those are the sort of bills we're trying to escape by the choice we have made to live on a boat. Hauling the boat or keeping it in a marina are costs enough. Not to mention boat maintenance, winterizing of engine, shrink wrapping, additional heater etc. It just seems silly living with one foot in each world, paying double just for the fun of it.

Winter is pretty much here already but we have still not decided what and where, and we're planning on procrastinating a little while longer just for the sake of.... indecisiveness. The only "good" thing with this procrastination is that the longer we keep the boat in the water just the way it is, the longer can we keep holding onto the slight (tiny) hope of us being able to leave this cold climate behind and sail South. One shall never let go of dreams! haha... oh my god. not sure how we would/could deal with another winter here. Se.ri.ous.ly.

Anyways. There's an expected 50+ knots coming our way in the next 12 hours so we decided to move the boat to a more secure spot in the inner harbor. We're now protected by a larger houseboat. Let's just hope the docks stay where they're at so that said houseboat does not come rumbling into us in the middle of the night. Life on a boat, always exciting!
 
X is more or less where we're at.

October 31, 2009

Throwback to Halloween night 2009. Exactly five years since I met my beautiful, strong, sensitive, intelligent, temperamental, goodhearted, intense, hard working, brave, dramatic, sexy, solid man. How would life have looked without you? Love him like a brother, son, best friend, lover. ~ Peace, love and love forever.

Listening to one of my playlists from that year, which you can find here and another one here.

What's for lunch

My alarm has went off at 6.27 am every weekday for two months now (Alex leaves for work around 7.10 and since he is an extremely morning tired person, I get up first to make his coffee and prepare breakfast to help get his day started smoothly). Such an early wake up (I would otherwise sleep one hour more), means I get hungry for lunch already by 11. It's 7.23 now and I am already excited for what I will begin preparing as soon as I arrive to the kitchen in approx 45 min. 

This is what I made yesterday. A slow cooking process in which I've first browned onion and garlic, added a tonne of fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and mint. Let it simmer with a few cups of homemade vegetable stock for a good hour. Drained chickpeas added, cook on low heat for an hour, then let it simmer for another. Toss in some chopped kale and orange pepper (or carrots in small cubes goes well too, for some reason I think orange colored vegetables suits this stew the best). More water or vegetable stock. Salt, pepper, freshly grated ginger, a bit of cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, clove, nutmeg and whatever else you might find suitable. Simmer again till all flavors are well incorporated, an hour or more (the longer the better). I like to mash the chickpeas randomly with the wooden spoon, so that more or less half are mushy, half are whole. Gives a nicer texture. Serve with fluffy white long grain basmati rice. I poured some saffron water on top of mine for extra flavor.

I have never really measured spices or anything else for that matter in my cooking, but have realized as of late that I have to start doing that now since I will be cooking larger quantities, and most people might not appreciate as much salt (and spice) that I do. And consistency is key when it comes to commercial food making.

It is thanksgiving here very soon and it's always interesting with the different foods of each new cultural tradition that one come across. I will start experimenting with a vegan thanksgiving menu this week and will share the fruition of this project with you in the next couple weeks. I think homemade cranberry sauce will be on the list of doings for today to start...

about work and education

I got a comment from a Swedish reader called Karin a while ago:  

Taru! Jag tänker ofta på det här med utbildning. Vet att du inte har någon eftergymnasial utbildning. Hur har det definierat dig? Har det satt käppar i hjulet för dig? Är det något du vill göra? Vad säger du om dagens samhälle och system där det mer eller mindre bygger på att alla ska ha en universitetsutbildning? Vart tror du samhället är påväg? Måste man ha en universitetsutbildning för att klara sig? Hade gärna velat höra dina tankegångar då du själv nämnt detta tidigare men inte djupare än så.

Translation: Taru! I often think about education. I know that you do not have a post-secondary education. How has it defined you? Does it put a spoke in the wheel for you? Is that anything you'd want to do? What about today's society and the system in which it is more or less based on that everyone should have a university degree? Where do you think the society is heading? Do you need to have a university degree to get by? Would like to hear your thoughts, you've only briefly touched this subject earlier.

Disclaimer. Do not use me as an example if:

- You look for safety and stability at all times.
- It is important to you what people think about your life and career path.
- You prefer comfort before challenge.
- You can't imagine yourself being broke.
- You know exactly what your life calling is as far as work goes and you wish to learn all in relation to it.

You may take my advice if one or all of these apply to you:

- You value life experience and adventure before comfort.
- You do not mind taking a random extra job in between profitable self employment.
- You don't mind being broke every now and then because you know you'll always survive (somehow).
- You appreciate challenge
- You trust yourself and that things will solve themselves as time goes by and while you do your best.
- Uncertainty and the unknown is exciting.
- You want to develop and refine your personality before you decide which exact path to take.
- You realize that life is about the journey and thus you want to experience as much as possible.
- Freedom is of utmost importance to you.

To start with, I can tell you that I have never really thought of getting a degree of any sort. In fact, I couldn't wait to get the hell out of school with its non-practical teachings and get to try my own wings instead. Due to a high degree of absenteeism in high school, I didn't even finish with appropriate documentation. I would say that learning has always come easy to me, my teachers were always pleased with the level of my knowledge and my knack for remembering and learning things very easily. It just wasn't what I felt my life needed at the time. I wanted to know real things. About real life. And I have always wanted to love what I do. I did not love school.

I studied three years of Business and Administration in high school (for non Swedes: Swedish high school normally happens between the age of 17-19 and you study your orientation of choice). But even though I attended classes very seldom (too busy partying and hanging out with friends), I think I am the only one in my class that have actually founded and ran my own businesses later on in life. It seems to come naturally for me.

The fact that I was distracted by more fun things in those early years hasn't really hurt me that much, it rather helped me gather a lot of important social knowledge. I worked in a variety of different places to support myself: food stores, cleaning hotel rooms, booked conferences, served at restaurants. And whenever later on that I stumbled upon a business idea (first one came at 21), I made everything I could to make them happen. My motivation was fueled by the strong will of being free and becoming independent. I did not want to give away my valuable time, energy and manpower to people who profited of it more than myself. I wanted to be on top of all things. I guess I was born with an innate sense of "I can do this" and "if they can do it, so can I".

I think a higher education might be really good for certain professions and careers, but for an aspiring entrepreneur with a lot of will and ambition, it is not necessary. A course or degree in business administration/economy/management might be helpful. But even without it, I know of people who've learned everything they know by themselves. Because they're curious and want to learn. I have since I was very young relied on my own abilities. And I've always been very good at absorbing information, at making use of ideas that come my way as well as picking people's brains on important knowledge.

I had always wanted to become a business owner. So I made sure to surround myself with people who were business owners and learned all I could from them. I wanted to work in fashion. And without any prior experience but rather a keen interest in it, I called up fashion brands in NYC, booked meetings with them, flew there alone to bring their brands over to Sweden and that was the start of opening my own fashion store. 

When eating out and partying was the most important thing in my life, I started a web portal for tourists visiting Barcelona, recommending the best of nightlife, dining and shopping that the city had to offer. When I wanted to take my passion for travel to another level, I founded a blog around that interest and made money out of it. I have always loved photographing, so I made sure to find clients to build my portfolio.

Now that (vegan) food and nutrition is my most recent passion, I have founded a company in which I cook and bake healthy, organic, vegan food (that is after I've spent almost a year of working for other restaurants, catering companies and cafés here to gain experience). I'd always strive for turning my interests and passions into money makers just so that I didn't have to waste time on someone else's dreams and ideas. Sometimes my attempts had good results, but they have all turned into valuable lessons regardless of outcome.

The fear of failure has never held me back. The potential worry of not knowing enough has not stopped me either. I have always made sure to learn what I needed to know. I've taken help from people more knowledgeable than myself. Practiced all what I could. I've never received financial help from family, instead I invented ways that would help me bring my ideas to life. I think also that since I grew up with not having much, I was never afraid of being broke in search of entrepreneurial success. Being penniless every once in a while is a risk you must take living the way I have done, with the background I had. 

But I must say that without my best friends, there have been moments when I would have struggled more. I don't know how many times I have had to call my friends from the other side of the world, asking for a quick loan. And obviously since always paying back to the people that have helped you is a fundamental core value of mine, they still would never hesitate helping me out would there need be. And they know I would always do the same for them. Extremely thankful for the people I have in my life and whom have saved my ass many a time.

Back to your question: I don't experience that I have suffered from not having a post secondary education, because I have never wanted or felt that I needed one. But if I would've been a person that wanted to become something that needed a higher education, I would have made sure to get my degrees. It all depends on whatever you want to do and where you see yourself in the future. If it's a lawyer you dream of becoming, I would recommend you studying hard, but combine it with practical knowledge. If you'd want to become a psychiatrist, I would not recommend you jumping onto a five year long education without some proper life experience in your baggage first. If you dream of one day opening your own art gallery, I'd probably recommend you date a gallery owner and or different painters/artists, and then taking help from books and dear Google to get your feet wet before you send in your application to an art institute. Because how can you know what you want to do for the next four, five years if you barely know yourself and the world you live in?

A university degree is good, but not everything. There are many other ways to learn. There are many potential mentors out there that sits on all the information you're looking for. I promise you it's a hell of a lot more interesting spending good times with someone who's gone through it all, rather than wasting five days a week in class.

My years of jumping in between business ventures has been a good learning curve for me. An elongate time that has allowed me to experiment with life, with my own ideas. Imagine if I would have signed up for a design school and studied to fashion designer at the age of 21, and only a few years later discover what I discovered while running my fashion store. That the fashion world is a schizophrenic industry in which you are supposed to change your opinion four times a year. An industry that is filled with vanity, corruption and constant marketing of unethical products and ideals. I feel that I have avoided disappointments and confusions by always following my instincts and gut feelings rather than the "normal" way that might've been expected of a young woman.

I don't necessarily recommend my way of dealing with education and work, it's not for everyone as you hear. But for myself who strive for living life to the fullest and learning by living - my personal non-strategy has worked the best. I have never had a dream of becoming a university educated person. My dream was rather, if anything, to become an intellectual, wise, objective person rich with life experience. My dream was never to get a fat paycheck from a big company. My dream was rather to afford paying myself a decent salary made from my own passions and my own hard work. If I wanted a degree, I would have gotten one. If I would have been absolutely sure of what I wanted to work with for the rest of my life, it would have probably been reasonable to get a university degree. But I've always felt that what I am and want today, might not be the same as next year. Therefore has school not appealed to me much. I am always changing, refining and I never want to stop learning.

Sure, the times in life when I've been a little lost (that always happens in between functioning business ventures), I might have toyed with the idea of taking a class in writing or philosophy, just to add to my personal knowledge bank. But I simply do not think I am the sort of person that need a university degree. I think I will always be able to sort myself out and do the things I love doing. Because I have both the drive, and the knowledge in how to achieve goals. I do not let things such as other people's opinions or the lack of education come in my way. I make sure to surround myself with people who have faith in me, and I read and study all what I am interested in, by myself. I would say that I currently spend approx. 20 hours a week studying about food and nutrition for example. Because I think that will help my current business. And all the physical practicing and experimenting that I occupy myself with on the daily, adds to my expertise as well.

Making a lot of money is not super important to me. But making enough to live a comfortable, happy life in which I can afford to travel and see my family and friends more often, is what I strive for. It will have to take the time it takes, because it will only be achieved by me working with the things I love. And for a period in my past when I thought a tonne of money was super important, I made sure to try that world out by dating very wealthy men. I realized after a few years though, that it wasn't what made me happy. Money doesn't buy you happiness. It only gives you opportunities. But if you aren't happy and content from within, no material or money in the world can help you. I am glad I have gained that knowledge by my own personal life experiments.

Doing the things you love, surrounded by people you love and respect, are the two most fundamental core values in my life and even though my 32 year short life so far has proven to be ever changing, ever evolving, I think that simple philosophy is here to stay.

Although I'm very content with the experiences through good and bad that I've earned in the past. And also very pleased with what I'm currently occupied with. There are still many things I would have wanted to try out. I see life like an inviting playground, so many intriguing things to choose from. These are some of the interesting, challenging things I may or may not try my hands on in the future:

Author - Music Producer - Restaurant Owner - Documentary Video Host - Hotel Proprietor

But most of all, the things that has always been the same and probably will remain until I die: Freedom is everything. And I really want to enjoy my life and keep improving and refining myself and the little world directly around me.

Here you can read about some of what I have been up to in the past.
 

Food news

There are so many of these movies out now, which is only a good thing. The more people that get aware of the American governments unwillingness to help its citizens become/remain healthy, strong and thriving, the better. Everyone has to start taking care of themselves now, and stop relying on governmental institutions and corrupt media. You can download the full length of this movie on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or get it on DVD.

What else is new on the food front? 

The most Michelin starred chef in the world, Alain Ducasse, who heads thirty restaurants in three continents and whom has received 21 Michelin stars with his name - is ditching red meat and cream from his newly renovated and world renowned restaurant in the historic luxury hotel Plaza Athénée on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. If that doesn't say something about the future of food, then what does.

Although the French could be considered extremely traditional and adamant in their ways of eating and cooking meats such as duck, veal, frog and rabbit, this initiative isn't something entirely new for the French haute cuisine. Already 13 years ago, another world famed Michelin starred chef, Alain Passard, introduced a mainly vegetarian menu to his clients at the elaborate dining room of L'Arpège in Paris.

This is what I would recommend for your lunch today, rather than a greasy bacon burger, for example:
My creamy roasted carrot soup with vegetable stock and ginger, garnished with non-gmo alfalfa and a side of toasted homemade ryebread, all ingredients organic. Wash it down with a large glass of filtered water with freshly squeezed lemon for a good cleanse. Yes, I will post some recipes up here soon..

And last but not least: With over 35 bills introduced in 20 states that would require the labeling of Monsanto's products, its CEO and a handful of other execs dump shares worth millions. Are we close to the final chapter of GMO's in the society? At least we're getting closer every day. US corn farmers have also recently launched a $1 billion lawsuit against Syngenta (competitor of Monsanto), claiming that the biotech giant has caused massive damage to the demand for US corn on the international market. If other countries don't want these genetically engineered products, have U.S. farmers been misled in growing them? Three class action lawsuits have been filed by U.S. farmers and I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a very important snowball effect.

#boatlife

Felt like we were out at sea last night. Wind howling, halyards banging on the mast, boat heeling over, waves washing over the cockpit. A low pressure system brought massive rain and thunder and we had a consistent 35-40 knots throughout the night, gusting to 55. At the end of the night the finger docks started to give in on some parts so we made sure to secure it with all sorts of lines we could find around the marina. Some boats closer to the sea lost their awnings/dodgers, and one unattended boat's foresail broke free and got all tangled in the shrouds, causing the boat to heal over and heave into the dock in a very damaging way so Alex cut the sheets, furled the sail and secured it to lessen damage on the poor boat. Wearing his motorcycle helmet to not get hit by the extreme forces of the fiercely raging sail and sheets. Not much sleep here in other words!

How was your night?

What if..

I've been feeling more in love with Alex in the past few months than in a long time. Maybe more than ever. Almost five years together now. They say a year of relationship on a small boat equals to approx. three years on land. The space where you live is so tiny, the challenges you go through at sea are demanding, and if there is something about your partner you dislike or feel frustrated about, it is literally impossible escaping it on a boat. You are constantly in each others face. You better make it work.

We've had our downs definitely. But some times these days, a very uncomfortable feeling hits me in my stomach. What if we wouldn't have made it through the challenges? What if we would have given up? Knowing what we know now: that our love is strong enough to work through emotional recessions, empty bank accounts and exhausting trials, it seems so utterly obvious that we are together. We are a team. Will work through anything. But imagine if the doubts we might have had in the past led us go apart? It's a disturbing thought.

I have our years of traveling to thank for many things. But primarily it has softened and toned down my hard edges. It has opened my heart in a way that I sometimes feel it is over producing, over flowing with love and at times I feel I don't know where to release the immense pounding of hot blood that is streaming within my veins. It's a tangible feeling which makes me smile a lot. Hug and kiss my man more than usual. Makes me more helpful. It makes me effective at work. And it makes me dedicated towards the causes I believe in. Nothing is ever without its obstacles, but when the foundation feels steady, everything else runs smoother as a result.

My purpose on this earth and my ideas and visions of life have become more clear and defined. And I think out of the love, and the thorny fence around my heart that I've begun cutting down, that is where truth comes from. That is where you can create truly marvelous things. Be a better partner. A better person. Do good things. Live healthier. Be fair. Be honest. Help others.

I think all the right decisions, the ways in which Alex and I communicate better these days, the mutual work and sacrifices we put ourselves through, the plans and dreams we both have individually and as a couple, the energy we put into each of our projects, the balance we feel, the progressive path we're on, the support we give one another, the defined idea of something great for the future. They are all a result of love. A result of less shields and barriers between us. The result of opening up and being real.

I feel that is the key to all good in this world. To open your heart, don't let past and grudges hold back the power you have within. Be real and truthful to your beliefs. Make life easy on yourself and people around you. Pour love into all what you do. And know that a change comes only if you really want it to. 

But I still sometimes wonder with an uneasy feel in my body, what if we wouldn't have found the strength to work things out.. a big part of the meaning of our lives seem to still be to be together.

tips from the boat

Stormy Sundays are for cleaning up the mess you caused in the week. 

If you're looking for a good dish soap that washes thoroughly and which removes grease also in cold water (some of you boat people will know this is crucial), we've concluded that Whole Food's own brand 365 has a real good one. The one with citrus scent. It's good value and does not contain phosphates, phthalates, chlorine and no artificial fragrances. The scents of citrus, lavender and pine come from 100% natural essential oils and there are some unscented options too if you'd prefer that. They have also not tested their 365 products on animals. Packaging is recyclable and made with post-consumer recycled materials.

Pretty much the perfect dish soap imo.

Historias de España

Raül Fernández Miró and Sílvia Pérez Cruz, two of Alex's long time clients from Spain released a great new album a little while ago, called Granada. Raül is undoubtedly one of Spain's most interesting and most sought after producers right now. He's constantly coming out with one mind blowing release after another.

Sílvia is on the other hand one of the stronger female voices of the country. She started off her musical career as the co-founder and lead singer of flamenco pop band Las Migas but is now going solo and often seen collaborating with Raül. It seems nothing can go wrong when these two multi-talented Catalan artists work together. The song in the video above has a very special effect, I think not only on myself. But there's no way I can listen to it without crying. It's like an internal button that hits each time it's played. In particular in the studio Alex works where sound is impeccable and it feels like Sílvia is whispering delicate words right into your ear.

Here's another fantastic piece of art, (Sílvia sings in six different languages on that particular album):
Check out Raül's Facebook here and Sílvias here. Their latest album Granada can be found on many places online but only on iTunes is also the first song I showed you, included.

Here you can find some info about Alex's music mastering affairs if you missed it last time.


daily progress

THIS is how happy one become when opening the oven to find such a perfectly cooked - golden, fluffy, sweet scenting, crispy apple cake made with fresh apples from the local farm. Cooking, and more so, baking, vegan foods is a whole different league altogether and it makes me extremely happy and proud each time my experiments lead me to a recipe that is so good that even non-vegan people love what they taste and come back for more. I honestly thought it was going to be hard working against all the stuff most people are used to - butter, eggs and milk - but really, it's just the first threshold that you've got to get past. Now that I know how to substitute each one of them so well, that is when things start to get interesting for real.
And when the bread you let rise for 14 hours comes out of the oven like this... worth all the wait in the world.
Oven roasted mushrooms with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Perfectly fine to eat as snacks as they are (I always end up eating half off the tray as they come out), or chop them up into stews or soups. J'adore.

You people are so quiet here in the blog these days (more active on Facebook it seems), hence slower updates from over here. Hope you all have had a great summer and that you too are working on some fulfilling things this fall and winter!