As I’m sitting by the fireplace on this gloomy late Tuesday morning only one important topic comes to mind to write about... COVID-19 outbreak that has affected millions of people around the world. Some of us are panicking without a rational or common-sense mentality, and some are being completely oblivious to this serious crisis in hopes that this shall pass too!
I pray and hope it will but, in the meantime, please let’s stop and think about what it is that we can do to make a difference. How can we actually help? In my opinion, now shared with many others; STAY HOME! (Happy medium.) Don’t leave your house unless you really have to. Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth if you cough. Stay away from the elderly as they are the ones affected most. Check-in on your family to make sure they are ok. Iran is the 3rd most affected country in the world and my heart breaks reading about the death toll rising every day and how hospitals are in desperate need of supplies and help.
Sadly, my father is there now, and he has quarantined himself for weeks now. His immune system is weak, he has diabetes and other health issues, so you can imagine how fearful my family and I are for his well-being and praying every day he stays safe. This goes out to millions of other people worried for their family members and friends as well.
For me, this has been a time to take a step back to reflect on how fragile our world can be. How we need to think less about ourselves and be mindful of others and their well-being. How we can take steps to improve our world. How together we can make a difference. (Just by taking small precautionary steps.) Some of us are fortunate enough to take weeks off from work, how about the ones that aren’t as fortunate... Those who can’t work from home. They need to show up and work every day otherwise they can’t afford to feed their families nor themselves. So please as I can’t stress it enough let’s come together to solve this horrible pandemic before it gets worse. Staying home will create more breathing room to find a solution for all of the results this virus creates. Together standing united we can erase this horrible outbreak one country at a time.
Currently, I am on day 5 of self-quarantine. The last two weeks have been quite eventful, to say the least. On top of this terrible situation, I’ve been in the middle of a move, launching my new business and dealing with many jobs getting canceled because of COVID-19. Instead of losing my mind, I’m taking this time to settle in into my new place. Deep cleaning of the kitchen, re-organizing and sorting out my closet and preparing myself and the business for the next few months. (Obviously also taking my time to catch up on my shows and binge-watching our favorite: FRIENDS!!) Towards the end of the day of really trying to stay in my routine, I very much look forward to the end of the day. Opening a nice bottle of wine together with Niels and starting a nice conversation about whatever. He loves to cook and can get really creative with it. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe showing off our latest creation. Broccoli soup from a carton with a twist!
- 1 Organic “Imagine” Broccoli creamy soup
- 5 cloves of garlic
- Chili flakes
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Cucumber
- Spices to your liking
Bring a pan to a light boil with the broccoli soup. In a separate pan, gently roast your chopped garlic cloves with some olive oil until they are a light golden color. If you like spicy, you can now add chili flakes to your liking to release its flavor with the heat. Stir gently for a minute or two and add to the soup. Now is the time to add your spices. We put some truffle salt, pepper, onion powder, and some extra garlic powder since we both looveee garlic!
As we let the soup simmer on low fire, we diced up the tomato and cucumber as a garnish. Serve the soup in a bowl or deep plate, gently add the cucumber and tomatoes to the soup, drizzle with some olive oil and voila! A fancy broccoli soup from a carton and honestly, it was delicious!
We enjoyed the soup sitting in the living room on the floor by the coffee table as we took various virtual tours of some of the most pristine museums around the world. Click the link below to enjoy for yourself and let me know which one you enjoyed the most. My personal favorite was the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. ;)
Lastly, I wanted to address the following. Many of you have been asking to share more of what’s going on in my personal life and as much as I can’t wait to start doing just that, sometimes you just have to go with the flow of life. Soon, once we’ve all settled and back to normal, plenty of that will follow. Stay tuned & stay safe!