Extra sweet potato curry

Extra sweet potato curry

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When you have to cook for children AND adults it is often hard to find something everybody likes so we often have to prepare different meal for our beloved family members.

Today I thought that something sweet might be suitable as it has been really cold the whole week and the children are having a short end of term break here in Germany.

Most children like potatoes if yours do not then you can take pasta, I guess. I cooked the potato curry in one pan and prepared some extra (hot & spicy) veggies for the grown ups in another pan.

This is my recipe for the extra sweet POTATO CURRY

1 kg potatoes peeled and diced

1 l water

1/2 cube vegetable stock

50 gr red lentils

1 small onion

1 small clove of garlic

400 gr pineapples diced

1/2 bell pepper

1/2 can coconut milk

2 tb sp maple syrup

1 tb sp curcuma

a pinch of salt

Please feel free to replace any vegetables your child doesn´ t like with some they do like e.g. carrots, fennel, etc

First cook the potatoes with the stock, lentils, onion, bell pepper, and garlic for 20 min.

Then add the other ingredients and let it simmer for another 15 min.

Enjoy your healthy meal!

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If your child still doesn’t´t want try it, put it all in a blender and serve as potato mash.

For the hot and spicy veg take a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and cook them with stock, onions, garlic, salt, and add chilli sauce to your gusto.

Bon appetit!

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The Story of Birdy

The Story of Birdy

This week there has been a challenge on the Make Art That Sells blog.

Advertising her new children´s book illustration class Lilla Rogers handed out a five part task in which you had to design the character of Birdy, a little girl, create a setting, play with scale, and finally place the character into the setting. These are my results.

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It was a lot of fun creating these pictures and I would love to do more children´s book illustrations in the future.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Tree Affirmation Cards

Tree Affirmation Cards

img20161230_13573452Between the years I participated for the first time in the “Woman Unleashed Online Retreat” by the wonderful Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici. It is a free retreat where you can watch lots of amazing lessons ranging from Art via cooking classes to beautiful meditations.

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One of these lessons war hosted by the inspiring Alena Hennessey whose art classes are always brillant. The picture which evolved after that lesson is the one you can see above: The oak tree.

After I finished that picture I drew some more trees, the willow, the birch, the maple, and then I thought I should turn them into a series of affirmation cards which represent the chakras.

So here they are:

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These are now available as greeting cards in my redbubble store

Namaste! May the new year 2017 bring you lots of happiness and prosperity!

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Please join my Art challenge

Please join my Art challenge

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Hello, everybody! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas time and find some time to relax, bake some cookies, and kiss underneath the mistletoe.

I am very busy as usual, not only with Christmas preparations and my current exhibition “Love remains” (I told you about it in my last post) but also with making plans for the new year. Which courses and workshops will I teach? Where is the best place? How can I advertise most efficiently? As an entrepreneur you always need to be one step ahead.

And when I was thinking about my plans I came up with the idea of my very own art challenge for 2017 to which you are now officially invited! Yay!

The challenge is called “52 weeks of vegan art 2017” and is going to start on 2 January. Every Monday I will post a certain topic for the week and you can create whatever suits you best. Everything is possible from photography, via sketches, doodles, paintings, to sculptures or elaborate photoshop images. Everybody can take part from mere beginners to famous professionals, from long-time vegans to people who are just interested in becoming vegan.

I set up a Facebook group where you can share your creations, make new friends, post vegan related  things, or just have a look at the work of the other artists.

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You can also post your pictures on instagram using #52weeksofveganart2017

I will post lots of your images on my blog and give shoutouts on IG.

The first topic will be “A lucky pig for 2017”

The whole challenge is of course absolutely free with no hidden agenda except to make 2017 a bright and colourful year for the cause of #animalequality and #veganism so I hope I could convince you to join me. 🙂

 

Enjoy the advent time!

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My new pattern “Mistletoe & Holly” is now available on Spoonflower and Redbubble.

Find me on redbubble

 

 

 

December wishes

December wishes

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Another month has started, it is December! Everybody is getting very busy with the Christmas preparations, and so am I.

But for me the Advent time always starts with a little downside. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of my little brother Jan, he was only 10 years old when he died on  2 December 1986. That was a very tragic event for me  -and of course even more for my parents – which had a great impact on my life. Very often the choices I make are a result of the feeling that nothing lasts forever and you should enjoy life now and not wait until tomorrow.

After the unbearable funeral of my brother my parents moved out of the family home for about six months and left me alone in our house. Being a young girl I felt very afraid and vulnerable suddenly on my own and definitely still in shock about the events. And then came Christmas Eve which has indeed been my darkest night ever. Being alone on Christmas Eve is the worst feeling somebody can experience.

That is why I would like to ask you this year to have a look through your contacts and if you think somebody might be alone on Christmas Eve please move forward and invite them into your home or spend some time with them. Please be kind and give somebody a lovely Christmas time.

And – VERY IMPORTANT – if you love somebody just tell them today – because tomorrow they might not be here anymore.

This year I am very lucky to be able to hold an exhibition of my watercolour works in the palliative ward of a local hospital and so I would like to use the opportunity to dedicate this exhibition to my brother. The exhibition is called “Love remains” and can be visited from 7 December 2016 until 7 February 2017. The Vernissage will take place on 13 December at 3 pm.

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Find my latest works on Behance

 

I hope you will have the best Christmas time ever this year!

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November dreams

November dreams

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Today we were greeted with the first snow of the upcoming winter season. Although the arrival of snowy weather  almost always gives me migraines I tend to find snow very calming and  soothing. The blanket over the earth enables us to look inside rather than outside and search for our deepest wishes and hopes for the next year to come.

At the moment I am taking the e-course “Do what you love” by the amazing Beth Kempton and she teaches us to dream big and visualise your future as detailed as possible in order to bring your dreams into reality. If you want to change your life for the better I can honestly recommend taking this course as it offers you tools to detect your desires and shows you ways to implement them. Also the online community is incredibly supportive and I found a couple of lovely new friends there.

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What are your goals for 2017? Do you want to be more loved and respected, do you want to get better paid for your work, or do you want to quit your job and start your own business? Now is the time to do some serious planning ahead. Write everything down, make lists of what you want to change, what to want to keep. Map out your future and send your wishes to the universe. Making positive wishes for everybody in your life will transform the reality and soon you will be living the dream.

I started this year by making lists of want I want to achieve, where I would like to go to, negative things I would like to get rid of, etc. And I must say, most of it has already come true because I had visualised it very clearly before.

Now I am planning to put all my knowledge of visualisation into a brand new workshop that I am going to offer in early 2017. The workshop will contain elements of yoga and chakra meditation as well as encouragement training and mindfulness tools.

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Artistically I am working on more recipe illustrations for They draw and cook. I love to come up with new vegan or veganized recipes and am grateful for having to possibility to show them to the world via this fantastic website.

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There will also be another exhibition of my yoga / meditation paintings in my hometown Oldenburg in early 2017. More details coming soon.

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Last but now least I would like to inform you about my new yoga courses which will start in January. There will be a course for beginners on Tuesday nights and an open class on Sunday afternoons. You can find more details on

My website

I hope all your November dreams will come true, don´t forget to make a wish on 14 November when there is a potent full moon in Taurus.

Namaste!

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October Goals

October Goals

Another year of life has ended, a new one just begun .. For me that is a good time to think about what you achieved in the past year and – much more important – what your goals for the next year are.

Of course it is my aim to become a full time artist and make a living just by doing what I love but that takes a lot of focus and hard work. I have now been working as a freelancer for exactly 20 years with my translation/ tuition business so I know what I am talking about. But I am definitely willing to commit to some hard work and that is why I am taking lots of online courses in order to become the best me I can be.

At the moment I am taking the very enjoyable “Ever After 2016” course by Willowing. In this course you learn a lot of different mixed media techniques by a couple of high class artists. The topic is fairy tales and you get twelve different lessons so in the end you could fill a whole calendar with your paintings. I have already shown you some of my creations in my last blog post, today I can show you my version of the “Frog Prince” 🙂

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Next Monday the “Do what you love” course by Beth Kempton will start and I am very much looking forward to that because the course focuses on lots of different areas of your life and you can learn a lot about yourself and your hidden possibilities. Maybe you need to clear out your closets at home and get rid of all the unwanted clutter before you are able become a successful business woman. These kind of courses always inspire me a lot and I tend to find solutions for minor problems. I will let you know about my progress.

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What else am I working on at the moment? I am still working on my vegan recipe illustrations for “They draw and cook” and am always happy when they add my works to their website. This was the last one that was added.

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So my creative goals are to make the most of my courses, to learn a lot, and to improve my style.

Of course I also want to become the best version of myself possible so I decided to do a three week detox challenge with my good friend Marion. I will tell you about the outcome in November. My plan is to improve my acid-base balance and to exercise a lot. So in addition to the four yoga classes I already teach per week I will invest some time in extra lessons for myself. Hopefully my cunning plan will work out fine. The detox of the body is supposed to clear the mind as well and thus give me the chance to see where I can up my game.

What are your October goals? Please tell me in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and could find something for you in it! See you soon!

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Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

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So it is finally Autumn – my favourite season! Not only because I am born in October but also because I love foggy cold morning walks, warm sunny afternoons, and cosy evenings by candlelight.

I also love pumpkins, so today I want to share with you my very easy pumpkin soup recipe.

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Today I used a little organic Hokkaido. You just have to chop it into little dices about 3 cm wide. Put them on a baking tray and season them generously with your favourite spices. I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, and some chilli powder. Now sprinkle the dices with olive oil. Roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 ° C.

Bring 2 l of water to the boil, add one or two vegetable stock cubes. Stir well until they are fully dissolved. Add the roasted pumpkin and blend in the pot. Alternatively you can blend the pumpkin first and add to the soup. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Now add the coconut milk or alpro soya cuisine or any other cream alternative of your choice. Stir well and enjoy!  img_3966

That was quick! Roasting the pumpkin in the oven until it is tender makes all the difference! Bon appetit!

By the way Turmeric is truly a superfood and you should use it more often. It decreases your risk for cancer, is anti-inflammatory, supports detoxification, balances your blood sugar, and even helps improving your cognitive functions

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The changing colours in nature are always a huge inspiration for my patterns and illustrations. You can find my new patterns in my shops

Spoon flower fabrics & Redbubble

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H A V E  A  L O V E L Y  A U T U M N  W E E K E N D !

Vegan in Oldenburg

Vegan in Oldenburg

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Now I have been a vegan for 5 years, time really flies .. I vividly remember writing

Now I have been a vegan for 4 years, yay!

Well, what has happened since then? What has changed within the last 5 years?

For one thing it is more common now to eat vegan food. Lots of restaurants here in the beautiful city of Oldenburg offer vegan options now while 5 years ago they would just look at you and ask: But you eat fish, right?

And friends don´t panic when you are coming to dinner – by now they know that you can eat “only” vegetables.

So where do I go when I would like to eat out?

Well, I really like Peter Pane – formerly known as “Hans im Glück. They offer 4 kinds of vegan burgers even one without bread which is great at night when you don´t want to many carbs.

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Then we have got the Veggiemaid Snackbar which offers a great brunch at the weekends.

When I am on a shopping tour in the city I like to stop at Woyton for a matcha soy latte and / or a vegan bagel.

Of course, there are lots of other great locations in the city but in Summer it is nicer to take a short drive to  the lovely Beachclub Nether where you can sit and watch the wakeboarders do their tricks until sunset while enjoying a Beck´s blue and a blindside burger.

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A little bit further North on the North Sea coast you can find Sonnendeck Dangast but I have told you about it before. 🙂

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Shopping food gets easier, too. Not only Denn´s Biomarkt but also Edeka, Rewe, Netto, Aldi, even Real offer a wide choice of vegan / organic options.

Although I still like to order some things (like heavy 10 kilo bags of dogfood) at Alles vegetarisch a great online store with an enormous range of articles.

Yes, you heard right, the dog has become a vegan, too. Good old Romeo has been living vegan for three years now and is feeling great like me!

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For me becoming vegan was the best decision of my life and I hope that I will live to see it becoming “normal”. So if you haven´t tried it #govegan  – at least give it a try for a month and you see how good it makes you feel!

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I hope some of these links are useful to you, in case you have other great suggestions about restaurants which offer tasty vegan food, feel free to leave a comment!

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Find some of my illustrations here

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Illustrating recipes

Illustrating recipes

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As you might know by now I love food. I love cooking, baking, eating, and drawing food. When I entered the #100dayproject challenge this year I didn´t have to think very long about what I want to do as a project – of course I wanted to draw food! Now I am almost done with my 100 sketches and I must say I feel that I have improved my skills. So if you want to become better or an expert in a certain field, practice it for 100 days and you will feel an impact.

You can find my food sketches on Instagram searching for #susisveganfoodillustrations

Now that I have sketched so many foods, the next obvious step for me is to illustrate recipes. So I was very happy when the very talented Ohn Mar Win introduced her skillshare course: Food Illustration-

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Once you know how to do the recipe cards there is no stopping. I have already created a handful of them and even submitted some to the inspiring

They draw and cook Website

 

If you like drawing food or illustrating recipes why not start a project today.

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Happy creating! Remember: Everything starts with a simple sketch. And with PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE you will get better!

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Update: Now you can find my recipes on the They draw and cook website, too! Yay!

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Bon Appetit!