25 May 2015

Birthdays, travel and teeth.

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It was my 29th birthday two weeks ago. I think this was the first time in my life that I wasn't really excited about having a birthday and it had nothing to do with my age. Well, not directly anyway. Most years I plan a party and what type of cake I want for weeks in advance, but this year I just wanted to finish my work and relax afterwards. My priorities have changed as I've gotten older and this year getting on with my normal life seemed more appealing than a day of baking and eating cake. In the end I had a joined birthday party with one of my friends.

My trip to Belgium is slowly getting closer. I received my Schengen visa on my birthday and it was a great surprise. Going overseas alone is exciting, but I'm starting to get really nervous too. I'm trying to plan ahead as much as possible so that there's less to worry about. I won't have a detailed itinerary, but I want to have the lightest backpack I can manage. Each time I've had a sore muscle or carried a heavy bag during the past few weeks I reminded myself not to take along more than I have to.

I had a tooth pulled last week and I forgot how long it takes to recover from that. It's not nearly as painful as when I had my wisdom teeth removed surgically last year, but it hasn't been fun. It reminded me that I never shared my post about vegan foods to eat after a tooth extraction. Now that I'm experiencing it again I will finish the post soon.

This post has been all over the place, so let's just blame it on the painkillers ;)

07 May 2015

Travel plans

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I'm going to Belgium! Alone!

Now that the big news is out of the way I can tell how it happened. With three elderly dogs we weren't planning on doing much travelling soon. They're very attached to us and two of them have health problems so we wouldn't be able to enjoy a long vacation away from them. A few weeks ago we joked about going on separate vacations. Shortly after that we considered actually doing it and now all our plans are finalized.

Martinus is going to Germany to watch Bob Dylan and a few weeks later I'm going to Belgium. I'll save the specific details until I'm back and have photos to share, but I might do a post about packing. I've learnt so much since we went to Thailand and I'm hoping to take along a very light bag.

28 April 2015

ELL at Spookfontein

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We've been wanting to try ELL Restaurant at Spookfontein wines for a long time. This weekend we finally went there for lunch with family. It's in the Hemel and Aarde Valley in Hermanus and the view is incredible. They also had lots of vegan options for us to choose from.


For starters we had the vegetable spring rolls. They were some of the best I've ever had. Most vegetable spring rolls I've eaten were bland with only salt and no other seasoning, but these were perfect. I ordered the vegan chilli which was one of the specials and Martinus tried the vegetable curry from the menu. Both were delicious and flavourful. For dessert we had the vegan chocolate mousse (made with avocados) and soy cappuccinos. It's so nice not having to take along soy milk to a restaurant. Next time I want to try a pizza. They have Violife cheese and I've only ever had vegan cheese on homemade pizzas.

ELL is a beautiful restaurant in a gorgeous setting with delicious food and friendly service. I would eat there again any time.

20 April 2015


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Due to a mix up with a relative's booking we had the opportunity to go to Paternoster last week. It's a beautiful little town. We had an amazing vegan dinner there earlier in the year when Martinus worked at a wedding in the area and have been wanting to go back.

Our dogs are very old so we don't want to go away for vacation, but these short breaks are wonderful. We walked around, ate dinner outside, watched the stars on the beach with a flask of coffee and just relaxed. Since we rarely have proper weekends, it's very nice to occasionally have no responsibilities.

06 April 2015

Vegan marbled cupcakes

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I made these marbled cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World back in October. I didn't do a great job with the marbling, but they were still delicious and I ate more than my fair share. The icing was a unique concoction made by adding ingredients to some leftover icing I had in the fridge. I love how the piping turned out. I'd never tried this technique before and it was very easy but looked so good.

30 March 2015

Loving lately #5

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1. Taking the dogs to the beach.
We've been taking our dogs to the beach more often lately and they love all the new scents. I always see the ocean as the destination for our walk, but they don't care and are happy to walk around anywhere. We don't have time to do it as often as we'd like, but it's a much nicer experience than the same old route we always take.

I love this show. I really like that the characters mostly aren't likeable and say stupid things and make bad decisions. I don't think I would want to be friends with any of them, but that's what makes it entertaining.

3. Blackout curtains
We've talked about getting blackout curtains for years and we finally invested in some last month. It was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We often stay up late working and being able to sleep late the next day is wonderful. Apart from keeping our room dark, the curtains are also better quality than our previous ones and look much better.

4. Mangoes
Mangoes are my absolute favourite fruit and they've been in season the last few months. They're starting to get more scarce and expensive again so we're savouring the last few weeks of mangoes.

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