Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

June.

Mike and I traveled from Paris to Roscoff on a train the next morning. It was about a 5 hour trip and was actually quite pleasant and simple to do. On that evening, the welcome garden party of Mia & Jacques was held. The event was at Jacques family home in Roscoff, and it was sublimely beautiful.

 

This wedding weekend definitely brought the most Filipinos Roscoff had ever seen, hahaha. It was great to be with friends on that side of the world, and meeting Jacques’s family was a delight. Mia and Jacques had a great crowd; from their childhood pals to their college friends, everyone was wonderful.


Here are some photos of the beautiful view that surrounded Roscoff, taken with my Fujifilm X-T20.

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Sight seeing and walking around town before the wedding. The weather was perfect; sun was out and the winds weren’t too chilly.

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Look at this handsome man! Haha, I had to do a quick shot of him in his Topshop suit and Zara tie ;-] Oh don’t we tidy up nicely?

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The only perk of arriving late to a wedding ceremony!

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Got a little emotional! Mia looked perfect in her very own Mia Arcenas wedding gown.

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The ceremony was held in the Church of Our Lady of Croaz Batz, from the 16th century. It was quaint, charming and very elegant, perfect for Mia and Jacques.

 

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Our beautifully packaged giveaways and table arrangements.

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Our mandatory couple photo before the night got started. Im wearing a pastel pink Mango jumpsuit, (which by the way, I saw someone wearing at the welcome party the night before! Oh, well. Great minds think alike!) and sandals that I fell in love with in a boutique store in Roscoff. No heels, no problems!

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With the stunning bride, Mia.

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My gorgeous childhood friend, Camilla Guidicelli.

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This is what happens when you fall asleep at parties! “We appreciate you” LOL.

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Saving the best till last… KNOCKED OUT on the bus on the way back to our hotel, with mouth wide open…

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My hangover the next day wasn’t so bad, thank goodness! The wedding party met at the pier and off we went to Île de Batz.

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Île de Batz is a small island just a few minutes away from Roscoff known for their scenic views, pristine beaches, affluent flowers, and beautiful gardens. I only saw two cars on the island and a few tractors. The roads were quiet and wherever you looked there were flowers. The smell of lavender filled the air and all you could hear was the sound of the wind brushing through the leaves. I fell in love with this island instantly.

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For those of you who love crepes, make sure you walk to the restaurant, Creperie du Phare. It is about a 20 minute walk from the pier and is a great place to sight-see.

What a wonderful trip and a great experience. Thank you Mia and Jacques, for having us there! It was a truly beautiful wedding and I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world! Next stop —> Plymouth, England via Brittany Ferries. 6 hour travel time…

 

 

 

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Squash ‘n Barley Me

Easy and filling! This meal is low in fat and a good source of protein, vitamin A + C + K + B6, dietary fiber, and magnesium.

Cook barley with 1 cup barley to 3 cup water ratio, chopped garlic and salt

Chop up more garlic for the squash

Cut squash up into medium sized cubes and heat in a pan with dairy-free butter or cooking oil of choice till cubes soften

Add apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, garlic salt and pepper to taste

Place in bowl and top with ground pistachios

Enjoy!

Photos take with my Fuji Film X-T20

Taste the Wonder…

Taste the Wonder…

For those of you living under a rock, Wonderfruit is ready for their next, magical event this coming December 14-17th, 2017!!! Ticket prices go up on the 5th September so make sure you don’t miss out on their pre-selling tickets! I realize that I haven’t been very active but this I need to share…

This February, 2017 was my first experience with Wonderfruit and I can tell you this, it was spectacular… and just so you get the feel of what I experienced, here are videos of our daily diary at Wonderfruit by the amazing, Sebastien Gilbert from Maldavar Films

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As you can see, Wonderfruit is full of color and surprises. There are so many activities available such as, pottery, paper mache, yoga, meditation, dance, talks, and so much more! And even though you will be in the middle of a beautiful nowhere, the atmosphere will always be vibrant and full of life ♡

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The glamping tents were awesome! There were 2 queen sized airbeds, a lamp, a mirror, an aircon/fan (depending on which tent you choose), and a safety box. Only people staying at the glamp site were granted permission to enter and the bathrooms and showers were totally clean. Use the showers before 9am to skip long lines!

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On our way to explore the whole site with Ange Gomez and Chi Filameno 

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Dancing and chilling on everyone’s favorite stage, The Solar Stage. This superb stage was designed and created by Gregg Fleishman, whose creations are regular highlights at the Burning Man festivals. Below is a photos taken by Sebastien Gilbert of the stage lit up at night. Amazing, isn’t it!?

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With the always beautiful Drag Queen, Pangina from one of Bangkok’s best bars, Maggie Choos. She performed at the Forbidden Fruit stage one night.

Photo below by Sebastien Gilbert
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Jammin out with our ears out!

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The awesome Manila team who made Wonderfruit even more memorable ✯

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Henna art by one of the many stalls in Wonderfruit.

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If I didn’t mention this in my last post, dogs and children are welcome!

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With one of our very talented Filipina performers, Jess Connelly.

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Body art and face paint available by NYX, Thailand.

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Art installations errwhere! Be there or be square!

Special thanks to Third Culture Music for making this dream a reality!

♪ Purchase your tickets now! ♪

The New Blog – Solti Soul

The New Blog – Solti Soul

 I hope to touch people and bring out their compassion towards Earth’s creatures and Mother Nature herself.

Welcome to my newly renovated blog!
To my current followers, thank you so much for kindly sticking around. Ive been busy creating my own activewear line, which is still in the process, and will be launching soon on http://www.soltiactivewear.com. I’m so excited and I cannot wait to share my creations with you :]

 For those of you who are new to this blog, my name is Kymberly Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling 2 months ago on Daku Island, a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..

 I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…

 I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the beautiful animals we are supposed to share Earth with, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.

 I haven’t consumed meat in over 8 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci

 In this newly altered blog, I will be fighting for the lives of innocent animals people call food. I will be sharing studies on how the meat industry strongly contributes to global warming, documentaries that will broaden your knowledge about the meat industry and the cruelty that goes behind every meat dish you consume, as well as the effects of meat and animal products on your body. I will also be sharing elicious vegan recipes, some of course my own :-p and showing how you, too can live a harmonious and cruelty-free lifestyle. After all, we are also animals and that is a beautiful thing ❤

So here it is… my new blog, the solti soul.