Marble and candle light

Marble and candle light

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Zonsondergang

“Het enige wat ik bezit
Is de zonsondergang
Die wordt elke dag opnieuw
Geboren
Terwijl wij als tijd verglijden
Hopeloos verloren

Onze harten te koud
Om te dromen
Te leven
Maar nog net warm genoeg
Om te herinneren
Wat we noodgedwongen
Hebben opgegeven

De dagen in het park
Met een baby op mijn schoot
En kruimels in mijn handen
Van het oude brood

En nu
Als eenden in de vijver
Rond een korstje heen
Te veel om stand te houden
Maar
Helemaal alleen

Onwetend
Terwijl een zon de lucht
Warm kleurt
Om dan met een zucht
Je tranen te verbijten
De pijn te laten slijten

Tot je je amper nog herinnert
Wie je kind’ren waren
Hoe mooi je lange haren
Hoe warm de open haard

En zonder hoop doch
Vol verlangen
Je naam te kerven,
In het hout,

Om dan
Naamloos te sterven.”

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Ik schreef dit gedicht na een bezoek aan het concentratiekamp van Sachsenhausen nabij Berlijn. De foto’s zijn van mijn bezoek aan Auschwitch in Polen.

I wrote this poem after visiting the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen, near Berlin. The pictures are from Birkenau/Auschwitz in Poland.

The frothy deliciousness that is Iced Matcha Banana Latte

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Belgium spring has finally arrived and the weather is beautiful. This is the proper time to introduce you to Matcha Latte, as it’s gorgeous pale green colour perfectly matches early spring, and it’s cooling, delicious taste will refresh you all summer long.

Matcha latteI first tasted matcha while travelling Japan and I have been madly in love since. Although this luxurious, pure kind of powdered green tea is pretty expensive, it’s worth every cent you spend on it.

Not only is it super tasty, it’s also said to be extremely healthy. Full of catechin, matcha is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can find; not a single tea on the market contains more cancer fighting elements. Matcha also has calming properties that increase concentration and lifts energy levels without the drawbacks of high caffeine intake. Like all other green teas, it boosts the metabolism and detoxifies the body, however one glass of Matcha equals ten cups of regular, distilled tea when it comes to it’s nutritional value and health benefits. It doesn’t raise insulin levels, is anti-bacterial and lowers cholesterol. Do you need any more reasons to try this miraculous tea?

When first tasting matcha, it can be a bit confusing, especially when drinking it pure and hot. The bitter, strong flavour isn’t to be compared to “regular” green teas and neither is the structure. My first encounter with it, however, was at a coffee bar in Hakata, Fukuoka, and it came iced, heavily sweetened and topped with an ice cream swirl.

Indeed, matcha can be found in many forms, plenty of them being desserts: matcha mocchi, matcha ice cream, matcha cake, matcha coated cookies… all of them are heavenly. My recipe for this refreshing summer smoothie, however, is both healthy and a real treat. Here we go! Continue reading The frothy deliciousness that is Iced Matcha Banana Latte

De nacht

Ik weet niet wat ik wil vertellen.
Het is daarom dat ik zwijg.
Ik geef niet jou,
Maar slechts mezelf gelijk.

De nacht, die mij kan horen,
Mijn gedachten leest als een gedicht,
De nacht weet wat ik wil vertellen.

Maar ook hij bedekt zijn oren
En houdt strak zijn ogen dicht.

Moist banana cake

It was cold and dark yesterday night. A violent and disturbing wind bashed the windowpanes of my tiny flat and rattled the doors. Unsettled, I was sitting in my sofa like a little pile of misery. Crunched up in a ball, face all wet from crying my heart out after watching The Imitation Game. I’ve mentioned Graham Moore’s Oscar speech on this blog before, yet after actually seeing the movie, his words touch me even more.

There I was. Contemplating life and fighting off a small internal crisis on whether it’s still okay to #StayWeird without being a gifted mathematician or extraordinary writer.
That’s when I decided to bake a banana cake. If you don’t see the correlation, it’s pretty straight forward. Nothing matches stormy nights like the smell of warm dessert floating through your house. And nothing suits the mind like stirring batter mindfully, while singing out loud in the kitchen.

Can you believe that I never even tasted banana cake before? What a shame!

Banana Cake


But enough about me and my questionable mental health. Let’s get down to business. Continue reading Moist banana cake

My take on the world and the things I love. Prominently among them: travel, art and the ordinary. I share my discovery of our beautiful world, my self and the arts I'm trying to develop (photography, sketching and writing) in a way that is both honest and poetic. Please join my journey.

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