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Autumn comes

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Autumn comes
The summer is past
Winter will come too soon

But with fruit bowls this gorgeous I couldn’t care less.

Also, I have this tune in my head for days now. We used to sing it in high school at the end of summer and I’ve always loved it.

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What would you do if you had no fear?

I don’t really like bucket lists. To be honest I find them suffocating. Sometimes I get the idea these lists focus more on the rush to do something than on the actual pleasure of doing it.
Bungee-jump before you’re thirty, travel to Greece before you have kids, get rich before you’re dead.

Obviously, we’ll have to accomplish whatever we’d like to do before we die. But for me, time isn’t the main thing that holds me back. The most important reason why many of my dreams are still dreams, is because I keep myself from them. Because I don’t want, or dare, to make them happen, spend the money, take the risk.

How else could it be, for example, that I have been to the Grand Canyon yet didn’t walk through it?
That I’ve swam marvellous seas, but didn’t go scuba diving?
That I’ve written so many poems, but never read one out loud?

This is not a bucket list. It’s the countries I fear to go alone, the food I hesitate to eat, the challenges I’m scared to accept.
It’s all the things I’d do, if I had no fear.
Yet don’t be mistaken.
When the time comes, I’ll be brave. I’ll make these dreams a priority. I’ll make them real.

In the meantime, I thought I’d write them down here (in no particular order). A friendly reminder.
And who knows, maybe one of you cares to join me, add some ideas or help me reach a goal?

Maybe one of you cares to wonder… What would you do,
if you had no fear?

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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