A Solstice Celebration Recipe

I love it when unplanned, coincidentally and wonderfully the universe takes over your decision making and planning for the day.

So today, instead of my usual working day I unexpectedly had a wonderful Solstice celebration day.

Instead racing home after yoga practice, I stayed after Mysore class and hung out with my new practice buddies over a latte and good laughs.

I don’t want to bore you with my whole day, but it involved teaching two dutch classes, discovering a new warm-weather-swim-spot, talking to my best friend in Ecuador, and of course, cooking myself a Solstice celebration dinner… which is the reason for my post. So here we go!


I did in in 3 parts.

  1. Atjar Tjampoer
  2. Peanut Sauce
  3.  Spring Rolls


U can buy this in a jar, but why would you do that if you can make it yourself???

U can use any hard veggie for this. Carrots/cauliflower/cole/radish/green beans work well. I used cole and radish which was what I got in my organic basket last week.


Chop everything and wash.


Blend: fresh ginger, garlic, ginger powder, mustard seeds, turmeric, salt, apple cider vinegar and sesame oil.


Massage: Add the dressing to the chopped veggies and massage. This softens the fibres and makes it more digestable, not to mention that it absorbs the flavour! Put a plate and something heavy on top, and leave the veggies ‘pressed’ for about an hour.



The Atjar Tjampoer already has quite some warming spices in it, so I wanted to make the sauce more cooling. That’s why I chose for coconut and lime.


Blend: peanut butter, coconut cream, lemon juice, tamari sauce, coconut nectar with a small amount of water into a yummy, smooth, creamy, cooling sauce.


Cut any fresh veggies you love. I used a green leaf mix (cooling & green), cellery (crunchy), apple (sweet & cooling) and bell pepper (for colour and taste).


Well, now it’s a matter of dipping the rice paper in hot water, and folding!


Fold: first fold one side over the filling, then bring the sides in, and finish folding the other half over everything. (like a burrito 😉


I’m not mentioning amounts in this recipe, because I have no idea what I used. So I recommend tapping into your intuition, trusting and experimenting with the flavours and ingredients.

Happy Solstice. Happy Summer.




Stamppot Andijvie My Way


Stamppot Andijvie is a typical Dutch meal. Its basically mashed potatoe mixed with chopped endives and bacon, topped with gravy and sausage…uhm…so of course I saw a potentially delicious dish in this!


Here’s what you will need (per person):
2 potatoes
1 sweet potatoe
a few leaves of endive
1tsp ghee
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch of turmeric
1 orange
1/2 tsp dill
2 tbsp coldpressed oil
some salad leaves
apple cider vinegar
hemp seeds
chia seeds
salt & pepper to taste


Now make it!

Steam the potatoes and sweet potatoe untill soft. Then mash.
Make a churna (put in a pan hot with ghee) of cumin, paprika & turmeric then add mash mix and chopped endives. Mix untill endives are soft.
Grate some orange rind and mix this with your preferred oil (I used lineseed). Add dill & mix.
Tear salad leaves into smaller pieces. Smother with vinegar & oil. Sprinkle with seeds and raisins.
Add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve the mash with orange dill dressing and the salad on the side.

Pachaamyanam Chatur Vidam
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Bon apetit!


12 Things a Sensitive Person Needs

I love these articles. They inspire me, sometimes teaches or reminds me something about myself. And mostly they are fun to read. I share this one because I think more people might relate. Enjoy.


If you’re a highly sensitive person like me, you know little things can be too much. Busy environments, violent images in movies, or weekends with little downtime can stress you out. Because you’re so in tune with your environment and other people, life can be pretty exhausting. As a result, you withdraw — but the people around you don’t understand why you do this.

But there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re not alone. High sensitivity is actually fairly common, found in 15 to 20 percent of the population, according to Dr. Elaine N. Aron, author of the book, The Highly Sensitive Person. Both introverts and extroverts can be sensitive, as well as people of all personality types, although high sensitivity is probably more common among INFPs and INFJs.

(What’s your personality type? We recommend this free personality test.)

Sadly, because many people don’t understand what high sensitivity is, you may have been told to “toughen up” or “just get over it.” You may have always felt different from other people, but you didn’t have a name for what you were.

High sensitivity can make life challenging but not impossible. When I’m in a routine and doing plenty of self-care, I forget about my sensitivity. But a recent trip reminded me of just how frazzled my senses can get. I was rushing from one activity to the next, hanging out in loud, crowded bars and restaurants, and meeting many new people. To top it all off, I wasn’t getting enough sleep or the kind of exercise that makes me feel good, like cardio and yoga. After five days of “vacation,” I was completely fried.

How can highly sensitive people thrive in a noisy, busy world? Here are 12 things we need:

1. Time to decompress

Noisy, busy environments, like a crowded shopping mall, can wreak havoc on a sensitive person’s highly reactive nervous system. Likewise, packed schedules and high-pressure situations, like a job interview or the first day in a new school, are overstimulating. If you know you’ll be in situation that will frazzle you, plan some time to decompress in a quiet space afterward. It’s best if you can be alone.

2. Meaningful relationships

We get bored or restless in relationships that lack meaningful interaction, according to Aron. This doesn’t mean we’re prone to relationship hopping. Rather, we may actually work harder to inspire intimacy and interesting conversation. It also means we’re selective about the people we let into our lives.

Interestingly, many sensitive people are great to be in a relationship with because they not only tune in to what’s good for them but also to what’s good for others. They pay close attention to what their significant other wants. Aron calls this characteristic “mate sensitivity,” which means the ability to rapidly figure out what pleases their partner and act based on that intel. This behavior goes for friends, family members, and co-workers as well. Basically, it makes us happy to make others happy.

3. People who understand our emotional nature

Sensitive people may cry or frequently become emotional. “Sensitive people can’t help but express what they’re feeling,” Aron told the Huffington Post. “They show their anger, they show their happiness. Appreciating that is really important.”

4. A gentle, healthy way of managing conflict

No matter who you are, fighting with a loved one is miserable. But sensitive people tend to feel extra anxious when conflict arises, and an internal battle takes place. We feel torn between speaking up for what we believe is right and sitting back so we don’t provoke an angry reaction from the other person. Often we subjugate our own needs because we’d rather “go along to get along.” On the other hand, sensitive people can make great conflict resolvers, because we tend to see the other person’s perspective. We have high levels of empathy and can easily put ourselves in someone else’s shoes.

5. Time to get things done

Sensitive people like a slower pace of life. We like pondering all our options before making a decision. We’re always reflecting on our experiences. We hate busy schedules and rushing from one event to the next. One of the hardest parts of my day during the work week is getting moving in the morning and leaving my apartment on time. Saturday mornings, when I don’t have to work, are for going at my own pace. It’s calming and restorative to know I don’t have to be dressed and ready to go anywhere anytime soon.

6. Plenty of sleep

Lack of sleep (less than 7 hours a night, for most people) makes the average person irritable and less productive. But lack of sleep for the sensitive person can make life almost unbearable. Getting enough sleep soothes my ramped-up senses and helps me process my thoughts and emotions. How much sleep I get can literally make or break my day. Without proper sleep, every little stressor seems ten times worse.

7. Healthy meals spaced regularly throughout the day

When I don’t eat regularly, I get hangry. This is because, according to Aron, extreme hunger can mess up a sensitive person’s mood or concentration. To fend off feelings of crankiness and discombobulation, maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day by eating regular healthy meals and snacks.

8. Caffeine-free options

Sensitive people are sensitive to caffeine (no surprise here). I drink one cup of coffee in the morning to get me going, but I don’t have any caffeine past noon. Even a mug of green tea later in the day would leave me tossing and turning at night. Plus, having too much caffeine leaves me feeling jittery and wound up in an uncomfortable way. If you’re sensitive, consider limiting your coffee, soda, and tea intake. Watch out for sneaky sources of caffeine, like chocolate. Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more caffeine. For example, Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar has a walloping 31 milligrams of caffeine, almost as much as a can of Coke!

9. A space of our own

If you live with others, make sure you have a quiet place you can retreat to when you need to get away from noise and people. Turn on your favorite music to drown out any unpleasant external noise.

10. Low lighting

If possible, turn off the overhead lights in your home or office and substitute a lamp.

11. Time to adjust to change

Transitions aren’t easy for anybody. (Hey! Who moved my cheese?) But for sensitive people, transitions can be really rough. Even positive changes, like starting a new relationship or moving into a dream home, can be overstimulating and require an extra long period of adjustment. For example, I recently moved into a wonderful new apartment in a city I enjoy, but I literally felt off-kilter for months until I got used to my new situation.

12. Beauty and nature

Like most sensitive people, I’m deeply affected by my surroundings, especially the way they look. Cluttered, chaotic, or just plain ugly environments bother me. I feel calm spending time in nature, my city’s favorite neighborhoods, or my simply decorated apartment (especially when it’s actually clean and tidy!).

When it comes down to it, the key is to embrace your sensitivity rather than work against it. Sensitive people make incredible leaders, partners, and friends. We have high levels of empathy and we tend to be creative and perceptive. Maybe the world could use a little more of what we have.


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Carrot & Apple Breakfast Porridge

The spring here in the Netherlands just does not want to show itsself yet….so on this cloudy cold ‘spring’ day, I felt like a warm, soothing but light breakfast.
Inspired by a recipe I learned from my Ayurveda teacher, I would like to share this one with you. Try it and let me know what you think.


Ingredients (per person):
3 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1tsp turmeric
1tsp ghee
2 tbsp oats
5 dates
3 cardamom pods, peeled & grinded
handfull of raisins
some hemp & chia seeds for decoration.

Put the ghee and turmeric in a pot and after a few seconds add the carrot & apple.
In the mean time, blend the oats and dates in 2/3 cup of warm water. It should have a smoothie/milky consistancy.
Add this to the apple/carrots and add the cardamom and a pinch of salt.
You can throw in the raisins, or add them at the end as decoration on top. They will be more juicy if you add them in before.

Serve warm and decorate with some seeds.

Enjoy your soothing, light, nutritious meal made with love and good intentions (and organic ingredients 😉 


Wise words from María Quiñelén

I found these words on the internet, said by a well known Mapuche Medicine Woman. I think it is beautiful and would like to translate it to English.


“Las mujeres son las que educan a los hombres, a sus hijos, a sus nietos. La mujer es la primera escuela, ya que la primera educación que se recibe es la maternal. La mujer es la conocedora de los misterios de la creación; ella conoce el misterio del origen de la vida porque ella misma es dadora de vida mediante la concepción. Si la Mujer está sana puede formar una familia y una comunidad sana. Por lo cual la mujer es la que debe reconstruirse para poder tener una sociedad más justa, equilibrada, sabia y armónica.” María Quiñelén, Lawentuchefe (Mujer de Medicina Mapuche)

” Women are the ones who educate men, their children, their grandchildren. The woman is the first school, since the first education that one receives is the maternal one. The woman knows the mysteries of the creation; she knows the mistery of the origin of life because she herself is giver of life through conception. When the woman is healthy she can form a healthy family and community. Therefore women are the ones that should rebuild and heal themselves for there to be a more fair, balanced, wise and harmonious society. “

I would like to add to this:

Men and women should take care of each other, and understand their importance to one another. No man or woman is more or less important than the other. They are created to complement, help and take care of each other. So men, also rebuild and heal yourselves for we need both healthy masculine and feminine energies for there to be balance and harmony in the society.  The seed and the earth need each other equally for nature to flourish.


Porridge and Nostalgia

If you grew up the same way I did, you have a thing for porridges and cereals. When I was a child I could not be happier sitting at the breakfast table with my collection of cereal boxes to choose from.

It was always an extra special morning when my mum would make a warm porridge. The winner was mieliepap, with a bit of butter, milk and brown sugar. O my god! A warm oatmeal porridge took the silver medal and the easier and faster ProNutro was never denied either.

Later when we moved to the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the ProNutro look alike, Brinta.

Really, just give me a bowl to eat from, and a spoon to eat with and I’m happy.

Wel…kind of….Nowadays of course I am more consciouss of my food. I avoid processed and pre-packed foods as they tend to be full of (too much) sugars and preservatives and they cause Vata vitiation. Not to mention, many many packaged foods are just so unnecessary if you know how to make healthy (fast and easy) breakfasts yourself!

I still love a good bowl of mieliepap or oatmeal. They are the classics and they are very healthy! 

But today I will share an easy recipe that I made this week, and it reminded me of the ProNutro porridge I used to eat as a kid. Sweet, warm, smooth, nutritious and delicious.


For this recipe you will need a blender/nutribullet or similar.

Throw into you blender/bullet jar:

  • 5 medjool dates
  • 4tbsp oats
  • 1tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2tbsp maca powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of cinamon
  • pinch of kurkuma

Cover the ingredients with boiling water, stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add a little bit water and blend all the ingredients untill you get a ‘porridgy’ consistency.



Transfer into your favourite bowl. Throw some banana and cashew nuts on top!



Not so South African Melktert


I’m about to start my half yearly cleanse in March. I went to the organic supermarket to stock up on some things I need, and I caught a glimplse of a full cream organic cow’s milk for half price. I usually don’t bake with dairy, but I got this vision of one of my childhood favourite pies and I couldn’t stop. On top of that, I dindn’t want them to throw away the milk either!

I figured since I’m going to do my cleanse soon, I might as well also treat myself to something special beforehand. And yes, this is special in many ways 🙂 It’s homemade, nostalgic, healthy, extremely delicous and nutritous. What more can you ask for?

As you know, I’m not much of a recipe follower so I started baking and it turned into a slightly different version of the one my mum used to make. I made the base chocolate flavoured, and I used raisins instead of sugar. And of course, all the ingredients are wholesome and healthy instead of the ‘normal’ white/processed versions. 🙂

So here we go! I’m happy to share this with you and hope you try it at home!

FIY: I have made a vegan version of this many times, it works perfectly with coconut oil and vegan milk (I prefer coconut). fullsizerender

1 1/2cup oats
3/4 cup wallnuts
1tbsp maca
1 1/2tbsp arrowroot
1tsp bakingpowder
2 tbspcacao
1/2tsp cinamon
pinch ginger

3 tbsp ghee
3 hands full raisins
2 tbsp line seeds
3/4 cup warm water

3 cups milk
2tbsp ghee
1tsp vanilla powder/1 pod
3 tbsp arrowroot powder
4 tbsp flour
1/2c coconut sugar

Make oatflour by putting the oats and 1tbsp of arrowroot powder in the blender.
Grind the wallnuts (not too fine) with 1/2tbsp (then it wont stick) in the blender/foodprocessor.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix all the wet ingredients in the blender into a smooth paste.

Mix wet into dry. It should be like a cookie dough. Not too sticky, but not too dry either.

Grease your pie mold and spread dough evenly. Bake 15 minutes @ 180 degrees celcius.

Wait for it to cool.

Bring ghee & 2 1/2 cups of milk to a boil. In the mean time, blend the other ingredients into a smooth liquid. Once the milk boils, add the other ingredients and keep stirring untill the mixture thickens.

Pour filling into the mold, leave it on the counter to cool for a while, then put it in the fridge.



I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! If you are South African (and you don’t mind healthy versions of….) you will love this!!