The Spill

WARNING: This week’s spill is serious.
It is something from a list of things I want to address and an incident happened online and I felt I should be writing something.

This post is against bullying.
Bear with me

I believe bullying is unacceptable.
We should teach those we have an influence on to be kind and not to be bullies. At the same time, we have to teach them to grow thick skin to face the remaining bullies in this world.
The world will not be bullying-free (I don’t think it will happen soon), but at least we can be prepared to face it and keep going. That’s what we get from stories from successful people who faced bullies at some point in their life.
This isn’t addressed at children only. The online community (of adults) can be pretty savage sometimes. We have to learn to let it slide like water off a duck’s back than get the best of us.

I think a lot of us have been bullied while growing up.
I have.

  • I’ve been called names on several occasions.
    I was told by the kids at school I would die of cancer if I drink the same juice box as theirs because I was a heretic/Kafer (because I am from a different religion than theirs)
  • I’ve been laughed at because of my thin mustache I had when i was around 13
  • I was called Father/Priest in a negative approach by the (Christian) kids in the neighborhood because I spent too much time in church and doing church work and activities
  • I was called FAG loudly and in front of everyone (I was already in my already-frustrating late teenage years) by one of the kids at the neighborhood day camps I used to lead
  • I don’t remember being laughed at or bullied because of my weight, but I was a chubby kid. I feel more threatened now when I compare myself to others whether on Instagram or in person. Worst of all is when someone who used to be fat starts preaching me about my weight. (Gonna get into that topic in a later Spill)

Back then, I didn’t get proper support to face such behavior. But I learned it along the way. Made me that much stronger, made my skin a little bit thicker (Thanks Xtina). I now don’t really mind what people would say about me, and I have done and would do some crazy stuff. I know myself well not to be shaken by words. And that’s what we need to equip those who are under our care with, children or siblings or friends.

We might not live in an age where bullying and harassment are nonexistent, but until then, we need to teach and learn that such behavior should not be tolerated and should be confronted.

While we’re at it, let’s talk about cyber bullying.

A couple of weeks ago, a lot of support was given to a guy who posts popular videos with a voiceover narrating, commenting, and making fun of the video content. The guy got massively popular over the past couple of years. Recently, that guy “made fun” of someone and it felt more like bullying (by what I’ve heard).
Having watched few of his previous videos, especially one where he was laughing at and calling names to a guy “feeling his oats” (enjoying his dancing self) in a club, I can say that his so-called-comedy and sense of humor is more on the bullying side. There is a difference between comedy, shade, and bullying/harassment.
After a while this guy released an heartfelt apology video and it received support even from those who don’t enjoy his humor. In the video he states that the video doesn’t represent him and he doesn’t support bullying and the issue has been consuming him so he had to share this public apology.
I applaud his courage for stepping up and admitting his mistake. It takes a great deal of effort to do so.
But it was cringy to watch. It felt (to me at least) as authentic as watching Laura Lee’s apology or the explanation video from Elle Derby and her White Moose Cafe drama!

To start with, I don’t know how these people film themselves and listen to themselves over and over in the editing process. And I don’t meant the regular videos. I mean the apology/crying videos.
Second, I find these videos less genuine and more to appeal to the public conscience in a move to be accepted in the normal behavior division. Example, Logan Paul who filmed and EDITED and prepared his problematic video and had to suffer the backlash and release an apology video later on.

But the damage is done.
The words said/written can’t be unheard/unwritten.
The victims had to suffer with the bullying and the public humiliation, especially if it’s online.

For now there is no prevention for bullying but to ask people to be kind to one another.

Until then, let’s be strong and fight against bullying for a more tolerant world ❤️

Banana Pancakes

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My love for pancakes is UNDENIABLE!!!

But I can’t be eating pancakes EVERYDAY. As mentioned before (hello long-time followers of the blog who know of this) pancakes make me feel secure and comfortable. It is a comfort I created for myself after bad times. Not like the pancake plot in the series YOU where it was a comforting reminder of Beck’s father who made them for her as a kid. The best pancakes I’ve had are my own and let that be clear! (no cockiness here)

As I said, it’s not a good idea to have pancakes every day. It’s like dipping bread and sugar munching on it. It’s made worse when paired with high fat high sugar toppings. HELLO NUTELLA (I’m so glad I am not a fan of Nutella, bu t I would scoop Biscoff cookie butter by the spoonful into my mouth). So I had to come up with a trick!

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I’m sure you’ve seen those 2-ingredient pancakes with just a banana and and egg. If you’ve tried it, good for you. In my mind that would taste like a banana-flavored scrambled eggs.
I had to make my adjustments on this recipe and find a mid-point between regular pancakes and scrambled eggs. Also, I needed to use up the old spotted bananas we had (I had already made two loaves of banana bread)

This recipe was tested three to four times before I was confident enough to shoot and publish. I’ll break down why I settled on those ingredients.
I decided to add a little bit of oil in the recipe because it gave it a better color and texture.
The sugar or sweetener can be omitted completely and compensated for by the chocolate pieces or good syrup on top (don’t go using that “pancake syrup, with real butter flavor” that’s nothing but nasty corn syrup).
Instead of vanilla I like to use a shot of Bourbon. I like the flavor.
And I like cinnamon and spices with my pancakes. It tastes like banana bread. But use less or none if you’re not a big fan.

So there you go.
A healthy-ish recipe for my favorite breakfast comfort food.
Feel free to add the spices you like, the flavorings you prefer, and go nasty or healthy with the toppings. I personally would be happy with a square of butter and honey or maple syrup and maybe a couple of strawberries and a cup of good black coffee on the side

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Banana Pancakes

Makes 4-6 pancakes
Dairy-free

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe small/medium bananas (our local bananas are as long as relaxed fist) or 1 big banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I use whiskey sometimes)
  • 1 tbsp oil, vegetable or coconut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Sprinkle of salt

Flavorings

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (adjust to liking)
  • Few grating of nutmeg
  • A touch of allspice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • Or 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Or 50g semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Maple Syrup for topping

Procedure

  • Mash the bananas until it looks like a paste
  • Add the egg, vanilla, oil (if using), and sugar and mix well. I use the fork to mash and mix everything
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and any flavorings you’re using and mix until everything is incorporated
  • Heat a wide pan on medium heat, wipe it with a paper towel with some oil and ladle a couple of tablespoons of the batter and cook until small bubbles start showing on the sides of the pancake
  • Carefully flip and cook until it rises and turns golden brown
  • Continue with the rest of the batter. Keep the ready pancakes in a warm oven to stay warm
  • Serve with maple syrup, banana, strawberries or your favorite pancake topping 

Try my other pancake recipes

Caramel Biscuit Pancakes

Apple Butter and Bourbon Pancakes

Easy Vegan Pancakes

Sautéed Wild Greens

 

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This week is the first week of Lent for Christians following the Western church.

Although we are not fasting this year at home, we still made some Lent recipes.
For more inspiration recipes from the blog, I have posted an old collection of vegan and vegetarian recipes from my blog to try. Continue reading

The Spill

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  • The habit was to share a photo of me licking something I spilled. But this week I spill some gorgeousness with this hot haircut. What do you think? Delusional? 😂
  • Recently read an article about a Tinder nightmare. That guy who fooled a girl into believing he’s filthy rich only to start asking her for money on the promise that he’d return but he never did. This is some scary shit. No, not the money thing. But being fooled that someone is deeply in love with you only to turn out to be all fake.
    Oh wait… that happens even without a scammer. Damn
  • I am not on tinder…anymore. Or any other app. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have my share of DRAAMMMAAAAA.
    I AM THE DRAMA, mamma!

  • In my previous post, I babbled about self love and all that. But one night, an idea came to my mind and it hit deep. Real deep. Here it goes:
    We are never the same with each morning that comes. Yet we are asked to understand and love ourselves nevertheless. But that “self” is ever changing, so we need to wake up, every.single.day and remind ourselves of all the things we love about ourselves.
    But we if we stop changing for some time, fully know and love this version of us, AND ONLY THEN we are allowed to level up.
    Give it a thought. I am submitting that idea to God for consideration. Does He still use a fax machine?

Ok back to reality now.

  • Am I the only one not excited about The Lion King live-action remake? Well, to put things into perspective, I haven’t been watching films lately.
  • But what I would have is a warm cup of hot chocolate! You’ll take yours straight, with red wine, or some bourbon?

  • Speaking of drinks… it is a treat to me to go to my favorite bar, especially when that bartender (my instagram friends know who I’m talking about) knows how to fix me my favorite Gin Dirty Martini. Three olives please!

Speaking of Instagram, no I’m not gonna ask you AGAIN to follow me there. But here is THE SPILL.

  • If you know people who are active on that platform and they’re labeled as influencers, you might have also heard of the term Instagram Pods or support groups. These are groups created to fight the terrible instagram algorithm that wouldn’t show your post to your followers for several conditions.
    The real spill is that on these groups, some people post content that is neither aesthetically pleasing nor adds anything to anyone. But pod members are forced to like and comment on each and every new post published. That’s when you notice the same comments from the same people, mostly an emoji, or “wow”, “nice pic”, or any of these meaningless comments.
    I am not in one. I cannot bring myself to comment nicely on those pics. I have actually commented with remarks questioning how genuine these photos are. Like asking someone who has a huge spread of food in front of them if they would eat that, or asking the same to someone promoting junk food knowing that they’re on a detox, day in day out, or if the post is sponsored when there’s a CLEAR product placement (it is worse when it’s a cooking product being promoted by someone who never cooks), and so on.
    BITCH I will say it to your face!
    Stop fooling people.
    I will not share a product that I don’t use or like.
    If I’m paid to promote something (or getting something in return) I WILL FUCKING SAY IT!
    Learn some transparency and maintain.your.credibility

Rant over!

Now, another instagram thing.

  • First, something heartwarming. I am still not used to going to places or events and talking to people only to tell me they know me from instagram. I feel like I’m missing out  because I have to know them back. But I got 3 or 4 persons yesterday at a small event telling me they know and follow me on instagram or that I’m an inspiration to them in food photography. I seriously got the nervous smile on and I was all red blushing. But it is so cool to see how my work is translated in the real world.
  • Now, let’s get bitchy again!
    I’ve been getting across some weird close-ups of photos on my feed. Really meaningless. It is only when I go to their profile do I understand what that is. The profile is going after spreading an image over 6 instagram squares meant to be viewed from the profile feed.
    But what they end up doing is spamming our feed with meaningless close-up crops of what could be a good image. And no, I’m not speaking of the. penis-shaped burger tower covered in cheese sauce from top to bottom 🤢
    To share a positive thing about this, here is my favorite grid-based account. The account is best viewed from mobile. The grid looks amazing, plus each individual image is a stand-alone photo

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  • Let’s stop this madness for a moment. I have a brilliant discovery to share with you! I have found my favorite thing on the internet, and NO, it’s not porn you perv. But close enough.
    It is “Mrs Crocombe” in her Victorian kitchen, sharing what a kitchen boss in that era would prepare. It is a series of videos from the historical interpretations of that castle. I AM HOOKED!

Tagliatelle al Limone with Jumbo Shrimps

Here we are again. Meeting over a recipe. I’m behind a screen drooling over a dish I prepared some time ago between the past two weeks and five years.

Kidding!

I will be using, though, some recipes I shot in the past few year, and in love with, yet I never shared. But I will try to get this “blogger” thing going by shooting, editing, writing, AND publishing as soon as possible.

I don’t know how they do it.

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