Kiwi…?

Hi everyone, how was your holidays? I hope you’re all having a terrific new year! And if you’re looking for a good anime series to start watching in 2016 I recommend “Erased“, currently being streamed by Crunchyroll (Yeah, I know. Felipe is turning me into an anime person).

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

As for me, right now I’m trying to get rid of the few pounds I gained during Christmas, New Year and birthday (it was last week, January 3) celebrations. You see I have this genetic tendency to obesity so I gotta keep my weight in track all the time. However, it’s harder than usual during holidays because of delicious food (specially cakes).

Lucky me, I can lose weight almost as fast as I gain it. I usually cut my calories intake, avoid certain types of food and keep doing my daily exercises. But since I’m a huge sweet tooth I can’t live happily without sugar. That’s why yesterday I went to the supermarket to buy sweet fruits and guess what? I realized I am totally retarded (lol)! Why, you ask? Well, I simply adore Kiwis, but I never saw it for sale anywhere. I thought maybe it was because some fruits are hard to find around here in Manaus and Kiwi was one of them but last night I found out that I had no clue how a Kiwi looked like inside its shell… -_-

Fortunately, this time I read the small tags under the shelves and discovered I could have always bought so many Kiwis before (if only I had read the tags), it has always been there, in my face! And it’s not even as expensive as many other fruits that aren’t regularly farmed here (like strawberries, strawberries are really expensive in Manaus).

...And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

…And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

So I bought some Kiwis and other fruits and discovered I’m a professional Kiwi peeler! All you have to do is cut it in two halves and, with the help of a spoon, gently separate the pulp from the shell.

Kiwis are wonderful berries. They have a monstrous amount of vitamin C, taste bittersweetly delicious and are really light in calories: Around 50 kcal per 100g. If you’re trying to lose weight like me, you should definitely add kiwis to your diet. There are many recipes around the web, but I personally like to eat it raw or juiced. It goes marvelously with pineapples and bananas.

Pumpkin Soup Recipe (100% dairy/meat free)

Pumpkins are very good for your health –  they are a extremely nutrient dense food, full of vitamins, minerals, really low on calories and delicious. Pumpkin soups are usually in my regular diet and I even created a recipe on my own, it’s completely dairy/meat free. Here it goes:

You’ll need:

  • 800 g Pumpkin (any type, I use a regional one)
  • 500 ml Water
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3-5 Garlic cloves
  • 100 g Kale
  • Shiitake mushrooms (as many as you like)
  • 75-100 ml coconut milk concentrate
  • 1 tbsp Canola oil or Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Shoyu
  • 1-3 Bay leaves
  • 1 Vegetable broth cube
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and black pepper powder (as much as you like)

How to cook:

Cook the pumpkins, bay leaves, broth and the cinnamon together in the water until the pumpkin gets soft, wait for it to cool down and book.

Saute the onion, garlic cloves and the seasoning together and book. Then, saute the kale, shoyu and mushrooms together and book.

Mix everything (except for the kale and mushrooms) in a blender then pour the mixture in a deep pot.

Add the coconut milk, kale and the mushrooms to the mixture and boil on low heat for 10 minutes. Add more salt or other seasonings if you wish. And it’s ready!

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My Pumpkin Soup

 Good for 5 portions, each portion has around 150 kcal only
Have you tried this recipe? Do you have any other meat free recipes to share? Tell us all about it!

Surviving Disturbing Classes

I’m having a class called Criação e Produção Animal (something like Livestock production and management) at college. It’s basically about how to handle cattle, chickens and pigs for the meat industry and maximize profits. Which means: about all the things that bother me and that I really despise. I guess I don’t need to mention I feel very uncomfortable at this class, right?

And although the teacher does seem like a good person, she is (like many) openly in favor of animal slavery testing and consumption. Since I’m studying to be a veterinary physician, there isn’t much I can do about it but sit in there quietly and try to endure it.

You see, I consider my university a good one. Compared to others in Brazil it is far more concerned about animal welfare. We use anatomic models in classes (check the picture below), the university doesn’t keep caged animals for experimentation, things like that. But this class is (unfortunately) mandatory for the course because many vets work in this area.

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My “oh my gosh. I don’t wanna mess this up” face while testing an anatomic model fake “blood” during anatomy class.

I’m also the only vegetarian in my class and I don’t wanna be that annoying veg who’s always complaining about everything and trying to force people into their convictions because I don’t think that’s the right way to do it. So I try not to argue much during those classes, but sometimes it gets really difficult to remain silent. 😦

I’m accepting tips on how to keep a clear state of mind while I listen to my teacher talking about farms, breeding, slaughter, murderer… What I usually do now is just to take a deep breath, stare at a wall and hope for the time to pass quickly. It kinda works. Well, sometimes at least.

Have any of you ever experienced somethig like that? What did you or do you do in this kind of situation?


Off topic: Since it’s getting really hot lately, this week I had my dog’s hair shaved. I did it myself and I think he looks definitely cute!

Raik seemed to like his new haircut as well

This week in my life: Veggie food, Games and Horses

So yay! This is the first post on the “This week in my life” series and I’m gonna start it with food. More specifically, veggie food. Yummy!
Today i found a new place to eat, It’s located at the second floor of the Manauara Shopping in Manaus and it’s called “Mariposa” (The Moth). It provides a huge variety of vegetables and grains apart from its regular (non-veggie sadly) menu in a all-you-can-eat self-service style. 😀

Mariposa’s veggie buffet table, my launch on that day and Mariposa’s entrance

Also, every single thing on their buffet table have small tags on them with their names written in English and Portuguese. So if you don’t speak Portuguese there’s nothing to worry about.

Still talking about food, Dungeons & Burgers staff is going on a two weeks vacation for reformation. They plan to reopen their doors again on July 8th. Since at that time I’ll be in USA and only return in August it`ll take even longer for me to pay them a new visit. So last friday (their last opened day before reformation) I was there eating my beloved Elven veggie burger and playing Mice and Mystics with Felipe and some friends.

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My Elven veggie burger (soy meat, tofu, beam sprouts, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms) and our Mice and Mystics match at Dungeons & Burgers last opened day before reformation.

Also on friday my sister and I went to donate blood. Unlike other countries, in Brazil you don’t receive any compensation ($) for that, except feeling good about yourself (which is compensating enough in my opinion). And you do feel good knowing that perhaps you are saving a life with such a small and EASY gesture. My sister however didn’t feel so well, it was her first time after all and her pressure dropped a little. But she still plans to donate again some other time (what a girl!).

As I told you here, I’m a veterinary medicine student at Uninorte – Laureate University and yesterday we had our first practical class with horses.
One of the things I like most about Uninorte is that unlike many other colleges, the animals welfare is of a great concern. Uninorte even have some alternative methods to the use of live animals on regular classes, like the anatomic models (I’ll talk more about them another day). On this practical class we learned the basics of horses behavior, how to handle them properly and how to evaluate their overall health. Although I had to wake up 6 AM on a Saturday (I have a problem waking up early in the morning), it was a good class.

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Apache – The Horse and I / My classmates and I having class / My classmates, me and our teacher (the pretty lady on the left corner of the middle picture) / The very friendly pets of the ranch and a beautiful mushroom sprouting i found. PS: I appologize for the crazy outfit I’m wearing. My brain doesn’t work so well early in the morning, specially for clothing 😦

See you later!

Looking for my other posts this week? Here they are:

The Street Store in Manaus

Brazilian Veggie Cheese: Mandiokejo®

Brazilian addictions (I don’t have): “Novelas”

Movie review: Jurassic World

Dungeons & Burgers

Brazilian Veggie Cheese: Mandiokejo®

I recently posted on our Facebook Page about a new brand of veggie cheese. Today I’d like to add another one to the list: The Mandiokejo®.

It is made of Cassava (or more often known in Manaus as “Mandioca”), which is a typical Amazonian tuberous root used in many many regional recipes.

Mandiokejo® is also rich in A, D2 and B12 vitamins and definately delicious!

Mandiokejo® box – It is also rich in A, D2 and B12 vitamins and definately delicious!

Mandiokejo® is sold inside a neat looking box in powdered form but it’s easy to prepare at home, 100% gluten and lactose free and very popular among veggie (and non-veggie) people in Brazil duo to its delicious flavor.
Unfortunately, their original manufacturer (Manioc) had to close their doors, but luckily it was recently announced that another company (Deliveg) is going to continue their production with the same original recipe.
So if you live in or is coming to Brazil, whether you’re a vegetarian or not, that’s another really delicious (and healthy) option you’ll have.

Have you tried Mandiokejo® already? How did you like it? 🙂


Mandiokejo® Official website