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I am very greatful. I am greatful to have so many beautiful people in my life. Not only to have them actually, but to learn from them. To be surrounded by individuals who have well understood that encouragement is one of the keys to personal growth.

I have finally understood that personal growth is a matter of choice and very often means going out of your comfort zone. It means pain and not-so-pleasant moments. And the thing is: it’s easy to escape. But when you decide not to escape, you feel the change. And you like it. And want to repeat it. Because you understand that very often, in order to contribute to the betterment of something – be it your character, the way you act in certain situations or interact with people, the advancement of some aspect of society – you will have to do something you don’t feel comfortable doing, or you will be given some tests on the way there. Because well, that’s the way you change, I guess. Imagine life would be the same every day. You would always be happy, everything would be great, no injustices to worry about, nothing to worry about, really. Is that cool? It does sound quite cool, I admit. But would it do anything to you? To society? Would anything change or improve? I leave the answer to you.

In order to contribute to something big, we sometimes need to give up something small.

In other words: In order to contribute to the advanement of society, we need to give up our egos.

(I would love to hear your thoughts on that, by the way – so feel free to comment!)

 Vegetarian Polenta with Vegetables

Serves 2

  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cauliflower
  • 1 orange or yellow pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp yellow currypaste
  • 100 g polenta (⅔ cup)
  • 550 – 600ml water (2½ – 3 cups) – the amount of water depends of the polenta you are using and on how creamy you like it
  • sesame, about ½ cup
  • salt

Slice or eight (I know this is not a verb, but you know what i mean) the onions. Slice the garlic. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and the pepper into strips.

Cauliflower, Pepper, Onions and Garlic

Heat the water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add some salt and polenta. Reduce heat to middle-low. Stir continuously for about two minutes, add the sesame and remove from heat. Let it stand there until the polenta thickens, stirring occasionally and adding more water if needed.

Preparing Vegan Polenta

In another pot, heat some olive oil. Add the curry paste, onions and garlic and fry for about 5 minutes on middle-high heat. Add cauliflower and pepper and about 2 tablespoons water. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes, giving it a stir every now and then, until the vegetables are cooked.

Onions - Indian

Serve the polenta with the vegetables on top of it, sprinkling some olive oil and sesame seeds to add to the yumminess.


Creamy Vegan Polenta