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Quick & delicious noodle soup Ⓥ

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Noodle soup

This is an easy and quick recipe for either lunch or dinner.

The tofu is seasoned and crispy, the noodles cooked al dente, the miso gives the soup an umami flavour and the roasted sesame seeds add a crispy & nutty taste.

Main ingredients (4 servings)

  • Noodles of your choice (I used gluten free brown rice/ pumpkin & ginger noodles) for 4 people (about 250g)
  • 1 pack of firm tofu (250g)
  • 2 to 3 carrots, sliced julienne style
  • 1 large leek or 2 small leeks, sliced
  • 1 large chunk of ginger
  • A handful of sesame seeds
  • Optional: some leafy greens such a bok choy or fresh (baby) spinach, washed and shredded.

Seasoning ingredients

  • Vegetable stock powder
  • 3 tbsp black bean & garlic sauce (from a Chinese or oriental store)
  • 5 tbsp of olive or coconut (or other neutral vegetable) oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari or shoyu sauce
  • 4 tbsp miso paste (rice, soy or another type)
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chili flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: salt to taste (it’s already salty due to stock powder, miso & soy sauce)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp no fish sauce (vegan shop or Jumbo in The Netherlands)
  • Optional: 1 tsp sambal (very spicy sauce) or sriracha 

Preparation

  1. Lightly press the tofu with both hands (careful not to break it) to drain the water from the tofu (use your hands or this method) & cut in cubes (of about 1-2 cm each).
  2. Prepare the marinade for the tofu: mix the black bean and garlic sauce, tamari, no fish sauce, sambal/ sriracha & spices together and stir in the tofu cubes. Set aside.
  3. Wash the veggies and cut the carrots in julienne strips; peel the ginger and slice thinly; cut the leek in slices.
  4. In a frying pan, heat some oil, add the tofu cubes and fry for about 5 minutes on all sides until crispy. Turn heat off.
  5. Heat a small frying pan, add the sesame seeds and roast until crispy, not black. Turn heat off.
  6. Bring about 1l water to boil, add the vegetable stock powder (see packaging for directions, put half of suggested quantity), as well as the veggies and the noodles bring to boil and let simmer for about 4 minutes (depending on the instructions on the noodle package)*.
  7. Serve: add a tablespoon of miso paste to 4 bowls; take a few spoons of the hot stock from the soup and add to each bowl to mix with the miso paste. Once the noodles are al dente, add the noodles with vegetables and stock. Top with tofu & toasted sesame seeds. Add soy sauce to your liking.
    1. Optional: add some shredded leafy greens to the bowl and let it wilt for a minute or so (no need to boil).
    2. *Tip: cook the noodles in a separate pot, drain & rinse with cold water to ensure they’re al dente and especially if you won’t eat all the soup in one go.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

Noodle soup

Noodle soup in the making


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Accessible yoga training & certificate

20190707_212439Last week I was lucky to be able to attend a 5 day training with the wonderful teacher Lakshmi Sutter in the Sivananda yoga ashram nearby Orleans, France. We were taught many aspects of less able bodied people, their challenges, but mostly all their possibilities to practice yoga on a physical, mental & spiritual level. There was a fun & interested group of fellow yoga teachers from different backgrounds and places taking the course. We all had our own reasons to follow the course, but the intention in general was to be able to bring to more people the benefits of yoga. At the end of the training I obtained my certificate for further training (63 hours). I’m looking forward to teach the accessible training where needed, so feel free to contact me for inquiries.

More info about Accessible Yoga conferences and trainings

Some photos of the training & the delicious sattvic & vegan food in the ashram:

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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17-21 June 2019 – 5 day early morning yoga

_MG_2151The Sampoorna Yoga Studio team celebrates the start of the Summer with a delightful 5 day early morning yoga challenge.

Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice! Get up early and start your day with yoga followed by a nourishing vegan breakfast of porridge and fruits!

On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of hatha yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!

 Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass). Free vegan breakfast included!

Dates: 17-21 June 2019 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Register online or simply drop by on the day(s) you can make it, even if it’s only 1 day!

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Fruit & vegetable season is here: order your slowjuicer with a special discount

JAZZ MAXAre you looking for a great and useful gift for yourself or your loved ones? Looking to consume more vegetables & fruits in an easier way to stay or become more healthy?

Order the Jazz Max slowjuicer through me and enjoy a special (6%) discount as well as an exclusive manual with recipes and information to get the most out of your juicer.

There are several models available (prices with discount):

  • Uno: 275,00€ (259€) – juicer only
  • JazzMax white: 345,00€ (324€) – multi-fonctions
  • JazzMax chrome: 360,00€ (338€) – multi-fonctions

Read more about the wonderful aspects of the slowjuicer in a previous blogpost.

I can organise a group order as well (as from 2 juicers) with a more interesting price. The juicer comes with a warranty of 3 years.

  • Order your juicer before 13 June via mail.

 

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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UPDATED: Yoga teaching schedule June 2019

_MG_2151Join me this month for some yoga, either 60 or 90 minutes classes, with one 7AM class ! Check out my schedule for June 2019:

All classes are hatha yoga, Sivananda tradition, with variations for intermediate/ advanced students.

See you soon 🙂

FYI: in case you are pregnant, please inform me prior to attending the class, you can participate without a problem, but I’ll need to point out some alternatives for Pranayama, the sun salutations, as well as for some asanas.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Yoga teaching schedule May 2019

_MG_2151Check out my schedule for May 2019:

All classes are hatha yoga, Sivananda tradition, with variations for intermediate/ advanced students.

See you soon 🙂

FYI: in case you are pregnant, please inform me prior to attending the class, you can participate without a problem, but I’ll need to point out some alternatives for Pranayama, the sun salutations, as well as for some asanas.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Vegan tofu paté Ⓥ

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This is a fabulous recipe if you need to make something for a potluck or a brunch. The paté is wonderful on toast with veganaise, but also as a main dish with rice or quinoa and a salad or green vegetables on the side. It’s delicious both warm & cold.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of firm tofu (350g)
  • 2 to 3 carrots
  • 100g pumpkin of sunflower seeds
  • 5 tbsp sunflower (or other neutral vegetable) oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari or shoyu sauce
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 to 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chili flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, grate the tofu & carrots.
  3. Add the seeds, spices, oil, tamari/ shoyu, flour, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, parsley & mix everything well together.
  4. Oil a baking dish & add the mixture.
  5. Place the dish in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes until golden.

This is a tweaked recipe, the original recipe in Dutch.

tofu paté

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति