Life After Review

Please note: This post was supposed to go online on the 18th of April, but I was having trouble with my laptop and I had to do a complete re-installation of Windows, so it's a little later than I planned. 

Back in January, I received an invitation to be part of the Launch Team for Life After. And now the release day has finally come! I am so excited to share my review with you. 

I really loved Life After. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is full of suspense and touching moments.


Happy Easter!

Good morning! I just got up, hid a few eggs for my boyfriend and decorated the living room a bit :) Then I read the resurrection story, cried a little and was then filled with joy that He is risen. 
  I hope you're having a blessed Easter Sunday! 

It's been a little quiet on the blog lately and I want to apologize for that! I realized that I couldn't keep up with the schedule for blog posts that I had decided on.


Fasting #2 - Preparations

Before starting my vegan fast, I made sure that I prepared myself well. I made a meal plan for the first two weeks and noted down all the ingredients I would need to prepare the recipes. I also bought a few vegan items to try them out and to replace dairy products. In this post, I want to give you a few tips for preparing a vegan time, no matter if you're fasting or if you want to change your diet permanently or if you just want to try being vegan for a short time.  


Vegangelical Review

When I saw Vegangelical, I was pleasantly surprised that there are some books about veganism and Christianity out there. And because I am currently on a vegan fast, I thought that now was the perfect time to read it!

And when I read it, I was even more surprised that this book was balanced, convincing and not racidal at all(because both Christians and vegans can be quite radical sometimes). I really liked it. 

Sarah Withrow King shows that it is possible to interpret Scripture in a way that not only tolerates, but recommends a vegan diet and that we as humans need to treat animals well. And she also proves that there is no scriptural ground whatsoever to justify violence against animals. What I really liked about the book was that she not only focused on factory farms, but she also gave examples of animal abuse in zoos, circuses, the pet industry and in the fur and leather production. And even though these examples were hard to read, she did not expand them more than necessary to achieve a shocking effect. She rather let these examples speak for themselves. I really appreciated that. 

The writing was good and I could easily understand her train of thought. The biblical concepts she explained did not seem far-fetched but made a lot of sense. There are also a few questions at the end of each chapter for personal reflection and these questions were very good and balanced. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in a Christian argumentation for veganism. Because this book is very balanced and the author does not try to force the reader to agree with her, this book can be read and enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just to avoid any misunderstandings: Please keep in mind that this book represents one interpretation among many possible interpretations of Scripture. I recommend it because it was really interesting to read about, but I of course also respect different interpretations. As you might know, I am not vegan except for this year's Lent, so by recommending this book, I don't want to say that all Christians need to be vegan. 


Loaded Potatoes (vegan/non-vegan)

I've always wanted to try loaded potatoes or twice baked potatoes, but most recipes aren't vegan and wouldn't be possible to eat during my vegan fast. But when I found vegan crème fraîche at the store, I decided to give it a try. And right after I decided that we would have this for dinner, I saw that Sister in the Mid-west from Simple Inspirations had also shared a delicious-looking recipe for twice baked potatoes. 
However, I didn't bake the potatoes twice because it was already a little late and I was a little lazy, so these are just loaded potatoes. I think this recipe might also be great when you have some left-over chili. 


Vegan Joghurt Dressing + Salad Tips

Store-bought dressings are often not vegan and they can be expensive. Additionally, they often contain lots of fat, sugar and other ingredients like preservatives, flavor enhancers and aroma. Making a dressing at home is cheaper (even if you use vegan products, which are usually more expensive than non-vegan ones!) and you can also control how much fat and sugar will go into the dressing. 

This recipe is something I came up with last evening and my boyfriend told me that it tasted just like the ones that you can buy at the supermarket. He would have never guessed that it was home-made and vegan!

At the end of this post, I also share two tips on how to prepare salads. 

The Dressing


Chili con carne/sin carne

A spicy chili is one of my favorite dishes. This one is a rather mild one, which makes it family-friendly, but you can of course add a lot more heat, if you like it hot. The basic recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but you can of course add in some meat or a vegan substitute, I just don't like soy meat, so I left it out. When served with rice, it is enough for about 4 people. 

Ingredients (serves 3-4):
6 spring onions
1 onion
500g red bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic
5 slices pickled jalapenos
2 bird's eye chilis
500 ml tomato puree
2 teaspoons of vegetable broth (powder)
2 cans of red kidney beans
cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, lemon juice, sugar

500g ground meat or any vegan substitute

Cut the spring onions into  rings and the onion and the red bell peppers into small pieces. Cut the garlic and the chilies and jalapenos into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pot and sweat the onions, spring onions and bell pepper until they are softened. Then add in the garlic, stir well and let it sweat for another minute or two. Add in the tomato puree, the chilies and jalapenos, a pinch of dried rosemary and basil, the powdered vegetable broth and some cayenne pepper and paprika. Rinse the beans and add them in as well. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon juice, sugar and cayenne pepper. 

If you're using meat, heat some oil in a pan and cook it until it is browned. Season it with salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. You can then mix it into the chili or serve it on the side (which would be a great idea when you have both vegan and omnivore guests). If you're using soy meat, the preparation may be a little bit different, so you should follow the instructions on the packaging. 

What is your favorite recipe for chili?

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Fasting #1 - Why Vegan?

I already told you in my New Year's Resolutions that I decided to fast during Lent. Back then, I wasn't sure if I wanted to fast on sweets or if I wanted to try out being vegan. But I made up my mind and I think that a vegan fast is the better choice. And I am going to document my fast here on the blog with recipes, pictures and what-I-eat-in-a-day posts.I will fast from the 23.2. until the 16.04. 2017 (so it's a little more than 40 days). I hope you're as excited as I am to debark on this journey!

In this first post, I want to explain to you why I chose to do a fast and why I decided on veganism. 


Onion Soup

A little late, but here's the second post for this week. This onion soup is a very simple dish and doesn't look very spectacular, but it's quick and easy and it goes very well with the bread. You can leave out the white wine if you don't like it, it's totally optional. 

Ingredients (serves 3): 
4 medium-sized onions
500ml of vegetable broth
about 40g of butter
50ml of white wine
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 table spoon of all-purpose flour
salt, pepper, nutmeg
fresh parsley

Cut the onions into rings or half rings. Melt the butter in a cooking pot and sautée the onions until they are soft and slightly browned. When the onions are done, add in the sugar and dust them with the flour. Add in the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil (don't forget to stir!). Make sure that the flour is completely dissolved and as soon as it starts to boil, add in the wine and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and add in the parsley. 

I like to serve the soup with baked bread with cheese on top.

You just need 3 slices of any bread you like. Place them in a buttered oven tray and add any cheese you like on top of the bread (I used goat's camenbert). Bake until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted or slightly golden, depending on how you like it. I added a little bit of parsley and pepper for serving. 


It's Worth It Review

Today I've got another book review for you. I received It's Worth It by Masey McLain via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So here we go!

I really enjoyed the book. It contains 21 short chapters, one for each day with an idea for a prayer or something to ask for in prayer at the end of each chapter. 
Masey's style is clear and accessible. It seems to me that she's a very authentic and amiable young woman. Sometimes she really spoke to my heart. Although the devotions are very basic, they are never boring or trite. For example, she explains how she sometimes struggles with perfectionism, fear or not finding time for God - simple things that everybody can relate to, and how her faith helps her to overcome them. 
I especially liked that she tells some of her experience as the lead actress in the Pure Flix movie I'm Not Ashamed as well as her thoughts about Rachel Joy Scott (whom she portrayed). So far, I haven't seen the movie, so I can't say, if the book has the same spirit as the movie, but I hope so. It definitely made me want to watch the movie even more. Another thing that I liked was that she mentioned the song "No Longer Slaves" by Bethel Music on Day 4. To me it seems like the whole chapter was written in the spirit of that song and it was very encouraging to read. 

I think this book is perfect for everyone that liked the movie or that wants to start reading devotionals. It it also great for "baby Christians" like me because it helps to find a starting point and gives great ideas on how to seek the Lord and what to pray for. I would recomment it for teens ages thirteen and up. 
So if you wonder whether you should read it, it's definitely - worth it!

You can buy it on Amazon or everywhere where you can buy books. 

Have you seen the movie? If you did, did you like it? 

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