Whispers in the air tonight

Ever since I was a little girl, music has been a huge part of my life. I’ve been dancing since I was three or four years old, I’ve played several instruments and I just really enjoy listening to music. It contributes to my mood. Music itself is such a powerful instrument. I even find it healing. If I’m having a rocky day, music can lift me up again. If I’m watching a movie, it’s not really the images that make me feel a certain way but mostly the kind of music that is playing in the background. And sometimes, music can explain the way I feel. I think we can all identify ourselves with music, it’s an universal language. Heck, dances are created to music which people across the world are dancing to in the same language!

With that being said, remember the song ‘In the air tonight’ by Phil Collins? To me it feels like there is actually something coming your way, but you don’t know what. You can’t pinpoint it. It’s just like when you step outside while the birds are whistling to their favorite song, it’s springtime, the sun is shining and the air is a little humid. Then suddenly the wind comes in and the sky turns dark-greenish. You know something will go down, but not exactly what nor when. You just know you have to get out of there, before hell breaks loose. That’s when the drum starts in the song, or if you have seen the movie ‘Twister’ where the cello comes in. *It’s strange how you can make these weird little links. I can imagine they vary per person. This is how my brain sometimes has it’s own way of thinking, hopefully you still understand my point ‘though!*

Well, in the past few days I could feel it coming in the air. My heart was and is still trying to tell me something. It’s whispering. And these whispers turn into shoutings, but I can’t seem to figure out the words. It can even be deafening sometimes, just like the silence afterwards. Then I’m wondering about what it was that had passed me by, or if it was just the calm before the storm. In the speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University – which is one of the most inspirational speeches I have ever read -, he said ‘have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow truly know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary’.

I strongly believe these shoutings are telling me what I want to become and that they will grow louder and louder if I’d neglect them, and by doing so I wouldn’t only be neglecting myself but also withholding myself from anything that could bring me a step closer to more freedom and happiness. For these two, freedom and happiness, are primary united in the heart. It’s clear something’s knocking on my door, asking me to follow my guts and I can hear it coming in the air tonight. So heart, not only am I all yours, I’m all ears.

What are you doing to follow your guts?

Love,

Jessica

P.S. Through my friend M I came across this interesting article on Steve Jobs. It shows that you don’t need to have a diploma in order to be talented. You just have to trust your intuition.

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

I’ve always appreciated the Thai cuisine. It often has quick, easy and healthy meals. And I like to spice things up! Although I’ve noticed that ‘spicy’ is a relative term. I figured that out in Thailand. This soup is my own interpretation of the Tom Kha Gai soup, or as I like to call it ‘My Soul in a Bowl’. For a healthy evening meal or as a tasty lunch!

You’ll need the following ingredients for 3-4 persons:

  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil;
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove;
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts;
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika powder;
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg;
  • 1 l of chicken broth;
  • 1 (or 2) tbsp Thai green curry paste;
  • 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass (sereh);
  • 200 ml coconut milk (and a bit more);
  • A mix of fresh vegetables incl. cabbage, bean sprouts, leek & sugar snaps;
  • 1 sliced red chili pepper;
  • 150 gr. ramen noodles;
  • salt;
  • freshly ground black pepper;
  • fresh coriander leaves;
  • big sauce pan.

Start with slicing the chicken breasts and season it with the hot paprika powder and nutmeg. Heat up the sesame oil in the pan. Chop and sauté the onion. Add the minced garlic, and, when it’s nicely fried, the chicken slices. I like the taste of baked chicken with a golden crust, therefore I prefer to bake the chicken instead of cooking it in the soup. It adds a whole another dimension to the taste! Keep stirring until the chicken slices are golden brown. Then add the chicken broth and the green curry paste (start with 1 tbsp, you can always add some more after you’ve tasted it). Stir it well until the paste has dissolved. Add the crushed lemongrass stalk and coconut milk, and let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add the vegetables at the last moment, this way it keeps a crunchy bite. If the soup’s already hot enough, just add the sliced chili pepper and leave out the seeds. Those little suckers put the ‘Y’ in SPICY and will make you sweat! Add some salt and pepper according to your own taste. Don’t forget to take the lemongrass out right before serving. If possible, place the uncooked noodles in the bowl and pour in the soup. The noodles will be done within 2 minutes. However, you can always add them to the soup in the pan. And last but not least, serve the soup with a bit of chopped fresh coriander for the finishing touch.

TIP: If it’s turned out too hot, add a tad more coconut milk since that softens the spicy edge.

Try to experiment and add spices like ground turmeric, cumin, curry powder, basil leaves, fresh lime juice, fish sauce, palm sugar, galangal or ginger, just as you like and create your own Thai ‘soul in a bowl’!

Enjoy!

T.G.I.F!

Hallelujah! TGIF! Although I’m thankful for any given day of course.

Whatever it is that you’re going to fill your weekend with, make sure you:

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With some of those ‘DO’s’ I didn’t wait until the weekend, because some things just shouldn’t be put off.

Go ahead, have fun, go a little crazy and live a little!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Love,

Jessica

Disclaimer: No refunds. It says ‘regret nothing’. I rest my case ; )

Summery Melon Salad

I have a passion for food. I’m a real Foodie Lover. I love to talk about food, to cook & bake and to eat it too! I not only eat to live, but I live to eat. And since I love talking and spreading ideas about this passion, I will publish some of my favorite recipes here.
A few weeks ago I was meeting up with  a friend. We were supposed to have lunch at her place, but the supermarket was closed and she didn’t have a lot of variety of food choices to offer. Since I was in the mood to experiment a bit I took a look at my fridge and had put together a salad made out of these ingredients I just happened to have! It was delicious, and I’d love to share it with you:
  • 1/2 galia melon
  • 75 gr mache
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 8 sun dried tomatoes
  • 50 gr creamy goat cheese
  • 25 gr pecan nuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25 gr sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lime
Start with the dressing: mix the honey, mustard and the juice of fresh lime together. Throw away the seeds and scoop out the melon. Then, put the mache in a bowl. Add the melon, the chopped up pepper, the sliced up sun dried tomatoes and the crumbled goat cheese. Meanwhile, roast the pecan nuts. When they’re nicely brown and roasted, add the sugar, a pinch of salt and when they’re caramelised toss them over the salad. Complete the salad with the dressing. Here’s to getting in touch with the summer vibes!

Welcome

‘Follow your guts’ just says it all. It’s about following your intuition, your heart, your inner voice as you will. It’s about daring, dreaming and imagining. It’s about pursuing your passion, while standing in the midst of your life. Seeing possibilities and creating opportunities. Appreciating others and accepting differences. It’s about inspiring people, thinking extraordinary and shining bright by being you.

‘Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense’ – The Alchemist.

Throughout this blog I’m taking on the challenge of following my gut and envisioning my life, while sharing different aspects of it.