Ik pas / I’ll pass – my March no alcohol challenge


my stack of dinner drink replacements

The first month of autumn seems like the perfect month to do the challenge I’ve been wanting to do for a while. No glass of wine at dinner, no drink at work to celebrate Friday’s.. Nope, I’m passing in March and want to see if it makes a difference.

March is wedged nicely in between the beautiful summer days where beers and bbq are almost unavoidable and the colder winter evenings where woodfires and red wine beckon. I dont drink a lot but I dont think I’ve had 1 full month without alcohol since, well since I started drinking it probably. So it’s about time to give my body time to remember what it feels like!

I’ve joined the popular Dutch campaign ‘ikpas.nl’ as sharing the experience with others always makes it easier. And I’ll be blogging here to have an outlet for my cravings and surprises, for getting through another challenge.

If you’re doing this or another health challenge in March I’d love to hear from you!


yummy, come on say it!



Yummy, or “lekker” in my native tongue is the word that pops into my mind mostly when I think of food. So many people I know almost feel too guilty to admit that. Isn’t that sad! They’re dieting, always thinking about fats, and sugars, salt and whatever else has been deemed as something that might taste good, but should really be avoided. I feel so sorry for them.

The Dutch even have a hand sign to go with ‘Lekker’ and I call it ‘wavy hands’. You put one hand or when it’s really REALLY yummy, you use two, and sort of wave them next to your ears. It means something tastes really good. And there is absolutely no shame admitting this. Food is there to enjoy. Cook healthily, use nice good ingredients, enjoy it. YUMMY!

Vegetarian weeks


Vegetarian weeks started when my step daughter, who lives with us week-on week-off, decided she didn’t want to eat meat anymore out of respect for the animals. We had no problem with that. I was quite proud of her that she stood up for something she believed so strongly in. So for the last 2 and a bit years, we’ve been eating vegetarian week-on week -off. And we like it so much that even on the week-off we quite regularly ‘forget’ meat or fish and end up eating vegetarian. It’s just another way of looking at cooking really. It’s not harder or easier then cooking with meat or fish, just different. And there is so much choice. In the beginning we sometimes bought packets of vegetarian sausages or burgers, as that is how we thought about food, but these days, we make everything, just without any meat or fish. I have learned to use tofu, soft and firm, in lots of different ways. Rubbed with cumin, coriander and paprika and then grilled, so it;s crisp on the outside and soft in the middle is one of the best things I discovered so far. It really is just so good you would not want to swap it for a steak,

When we took her on overseas holiday for the first time, we were a bit worried. We shouldn’t have. Having to look for vegetarian options actually expanded our options, and we ended up in some fantastic restaurants, cafe’s, suburbs and markets we otherwise would never have gone to.

If our daughter would decide she was going to eat meat again, I’m pretty certain we would continue our vegetarian weeks. What do you think? Can you be part-time vegetarian?