1st of March : arrival in Slovenia.
2d of March : start of our ESC mission in organic farming 16th of March : start of the quarantine in Slovenia
Luckely, life on the farm permits to work and live well in the fresh air, even during the quarantine ! So two months : hoeing, planting, sowing, building, weading, sorting, picking – and cooking, resting, smiling, speaking, learning, playing music...
And then, at last, 8>10th of May : TRAVELLING ! Best discovery of Slovenia through a short but intense roadtrip : from Jarenina to Jarenina, through Goričko, Ljubljana, the Triglav National Park, Soča and Sea side (Koper best ice creams, Piran best swim and beautiful city). Forests, mountains, sun, rivers, bridges, streets, food : Slovenija, rada te imam
And above all, Mateja and Žiga – hvala lepa you are the best ♥
With Arnaud, Mateja and Žiga - Jeremy we miss you
Jeremy, the reed beat lover and the organic warrior from Belgium had to go back home last week, because of his health issues. It was a heart break for us all.
So as always when we get sad, we made food. We made the best rhubarb-apple vegan cake ever and we named it BYEBYE JEREMY CAKE.
In case you have rhubarb, apples ( or strawberries instead of apples) at home you can try it out. Just promise us, that when you will eat the cake you will send positive thoughts to Jeremy in Belgium <3.
*** the recipe we found on www.minamade.com
What you need:
300 g flour (I used spelt)
125 g raw cane sugar
10 g baking powder
1 tsp baking soda (alternatively: vinegar) 1 tsp vanilla powder
1 pinch of salt
150 ml cup plant milk
100 ml sparkling water
100 ml vegetable oil, neutral in taste
150 g strawberries or apples
2 stalks rhubarb
How to do:
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line cake springform pan with parchment paper or grease.
Your ø 25.4 cm springform pan should only be half full as the cake is going to rise while baking (thanks to baking powder and soda).
Written by Mateja, organic warrior from Slovenia
Once upon a time in far, far village a mighty king ruled the orchard. He was named Martin, just Martin. No last name was ever given to him, because his power was so mighty, that there was no need to difference him from the others Martin’s who lived.
Humans was his servants, they brought grains and had been taking great care of his royal family and of the orchard. His servants were living in a house near the orchard, it was five of them. They were named Maja, Matjaž, Luka, Ema and Samo. Martin was used to them and they were used to Martin. Then one cold day 4 new servants came. As the legend goes, they came in winter, but who knows. Luisa, Mateja, Jeremy and Arnaud were their names. They came from far France, Belgium and from not so far Ljubljana (Slovenia). Maybe the last servant was the less exotic one. But she was nice.
At the beginning they didn’t have much contact with the king and his royal family. They needed to earn the privilege to be with them. But then came a sunny week and Mateja and Luisa earned the privilege to go and renovate a part of the orchard. Martin and the royal family (aka all his women) stayed a little distant at the beginning, but Martin was bothered by the smell and looks of the two new servants.
At the beginning he was just observing them from the distance and in one point he decided to go and check the situation. He decided for a rather strange approached, instead of slowly approaching he run straight towards Mateja. She was so scared that she also started running away from him and screaming for help. Matjaž, Matjaž, she screamed. The run ended with a jump over the fence. After the run and the jump Martin was a little confused about what happened. Like as he didn’t done nothing wrong. Strange.
After the fiasco, Matjaž came as a mediator and as one of the servant leaders, and properly introduced Martin to Mateja. Part of the introduction was also cuddling and bonding. It kind of worked but maybe too much.
After the bonding Martin became obsessed with Luisa and Mateja, he didn’t want to leave them. He became a little annoying. He was watching them, walking around them, approaching them from one side and another. So, their work was disturbed and they were more and more annoyed. Not just by the presence, but also by the strong scent of Martin.
Because of the continuing of the fiasco, Matjaž came again. A true warrior and leader of the servants he was. He took Martin and carried him away and the women followed to the other part of the orchard. Luisa and Mateja were relieved for a short period of time, just a short. Because they all heard a strange noise. It was Martin running, running like crazy and coming back to check the new servants. He came alone and didn’t care much about were his women were. Because he was so used, that they always follow him.
But they didn’t, we still don’t know why. Maybe there was same anger in the air, or they were jealous. Maybe. Martin noticed that he was alone and got completely crazy. He was running in circles, his breathing was crazy, his heart almost exploded, and he couldn’t find them. He made three circles in the orchard. Up, down, left, right and he could find them. He was getting more and more frustrated and it was more and more funny. He was the first king in the history of Jarenina, who didn’t need a last name. And the first king who lost his women. Embarrassing it was.
The agony continued for a little bit and then he found them. What happened will be a mystery for us all. Maybe they were hiding, maybe Martin forgot of a hidden part of the orchard, maybe there were aliens in the story, maybe it was just the age of Martin and his short vision.....
But the most important thing is, that the royal family was reunited and Mateja and Luisa were saved that day, aka not bothered by the appearance and the scent of Martin.
We cannot say that they all lived happily ever after, but they tried.
Written by an organic warrior Mateja aka ROZABICIKL