Life…

Every time I start writing, my biggest hidden feelings jump in (without being called) and my fingers start typing by themselves, and sometimes I can’t find good things to talk about. Unfortunately today is one of those days, but I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t type or write bad feelings or what is going wrong with my life. Instead I will only record good moments and happy days. This is what I’ll try to do today.

The best part of being in Brazil is meeting my friends. On Friday, me and 3 other girl friends went to a japanese restaurant (they had vegetarian menu) and it was the best meal I had since I got back, not because of the food (the place was VERY full and the service wasn’t great at all) but the company was worth it. Spending time with people you know since 5th grade is so relaxing, especially because you know that almost no one knows you that good, and nothing you say will be taken in the wrong way; sometimes you don’t even have to say anything. I can’t wait for next weekend!

Also, as always, I have been cooking a lot, and these past days I had the opportunity to try some whole-wheat baked eggplant and zucchini pastry, homemade soy strawberry/banana/orange juice ice-cream and stuffed sweet potato (eggplant&zucchini filling). Everything was very very VERY good! Being vegan is so great πŸ˜€ BTW today has been two months since I’ve became a veg. So nice! Especially because on Saturday I went with my dad to a brazilian “farmer’s market” and indulge myself with a lot of veggies and fruits. I’m packed for the week. My list included: Eggplants, zucchinis, carrots, sweet potatoes, 3 kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, regular potatoes, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and maracujΓ‘. It was very fun, and we spend less than $15 (R$26)!!! Soooo cheap!

Well, I think what I’m trying to say is no matter how bad things are, you can always find the good side of life and have fun. Coming back to Brazil is being hard and I wanna go back to California as soon as possible but we can’t have everything at once and life is about suffering, so lets just try to make our best of it and forget about the bad moments. “Everything is gonna be alright”. I will accomplish my dreams, my parents will stop judging me and I will find a guy that I love and loves me back. Someday…

Best Wishes,

Agatha.

Cooking…

Today has been a week since I left Santa Barbara, and I miss it so much that it seems WAAAY more. However I’m enjoying my home city and all the components of it. The weather feels nice, my parent’s new apartment is glorious and friends still know how to make me laugh. Things are very good, thank you very much! The best part of all is my cooking… I’m officially part of the women who bring food to the gatherings. Is it great?! πŸ˜€ Everybody knows how much I love to cook, and having my family enjoying my food and asking for the recipe is the greatest gift I could ask for.

My parent got me in the airport on Tuesday, and on Wednesday practically my whole family got together to celebrate my return, and we had a barbecue. YES, a meat barbecue. It sucks, I know, but they ate their meat (ew!) and I made some vegan sides. Everybody loved it! Everything was gone by the end of the night, my food was a success. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of it, but FYI I cooked whole grain rice, potato salad with vegan mayo and veggie farofa (it’s a brazilian dish, click to learn more). But since the farofa was SO good, I made again and I have picture of that πŸ˜‰

I know it doesn’t look great, but it was sooo tasty! Want the recipe? (for those ones that know portuguese, I got this recipe from here.)

1 carrot
Green pepper
1/2 can of corn
10 chopped green olives
1/2 onion
Garlic, salt and black pepper (your taste)
250g of manic flour

4 tbspoons of olive oil

how to:
Cut, and peel the carrots. Cook them until soft (poke with fork to test it)
Chop the onions, green peppers, the garlic. Put in a pan along with the olive oil and fry it.

Add the corn, the flour and the olives and mix well.

Done! So easy, right? But the thing I love doing it is SMOTHIES! Brazil’s doesn’t have Blenders so I have to blend my own drinks. This one I made today and it was GREAT!

So good, right? Recipe? πŸ™‚

1 mango
1 papaya
2 oranges
1 banana
ice

1 cup of water

how to:

Put everything inside the blender, and blend πŸ˜‰

That’s it! I think this was a very long post, I’m off now! πŸ˜€ Hopefully next time I will have more pictures!

Best Wishes.