Dienstag, 5. Februar 2008

More Love

No food picture, but important. More love!!!

I had a nice day today and an old man played a big role.
For lunch I bought veggie soup(so super yummy, btw) from a Bio Supermarket that's five minutes away from work. The old man with his high and squeaky voice was so incredibly nice, aww. He asked me if I was very hungry and when I answered with a yes, he doubled the serving and gave me three slices of whole wheat spelt bread for free. It may seem like nothing big, but nice gestures like this are very rare. At least where I live.

Aber... wir Berliner sind ja quasi die Erfinder der Freundlichkeit!

And something that excites me probably more than anyone else reading this(probably because you guys all own one): I finally got a food processor!!!


Jennifer hat gesagt…

I love that building! Excellent picture to post! You know, that is one of the things I remember (though not sure if correctly) from German in high school is how to say I love you, "Ich liebe dich!"

I think I still remember how to ask where the bathroom is, but that is the topic for a very different post. :-)

Small random acts of kindness are too far and between in the world today. Things like what the old man did for you help one (at least me) keep faith in humanity, and it is enough to brighten my day.

Maybe you can return the favor. Simply smile at someone, you never know, it could make their day as well.

Congrats on the food processor! I bet you'll love it. My dad got me a really nice one for Christmas a year or so ago, the thing touted that it "fit whole foods", it is a monster. Well anyway, before that I had a small, what I considered to be a pretty sad food processor, and gave it to a friend. Now I wish I had both 'cause the one that fits whole foods is just too big for a lot of things.

I'm excited to see what you whip up with your new gadget.

Jennifer hat gesagt…

Oh, and by the way, I noticed you were reading T.C. Boyle. The Tortilla Curtain and A Friend of the Earth (both by Boyle) are excellent too. Looks like we have similar taste in books.

Ashasarala hat gesagt…

I just found your blog through Ruby Red Vegan. I really like it! I'm definitely gonna come back and read often.

I love those days when a stranger can do some small, nice thing and it really makes my whole day. That's what life is about, I think. :)

Don't worry- I just got a food processor in November. I don't know how I ever lived without one!

Traci Anne hat gesagt…

That's so sweet that he gave you extra soup!!

(I found you through Chocolate-Covered Vegan :) I'm a new vegan too!)

Lizzy hat gesagt…

Jennifer - That was correct! Ich liebe dich auch =p

From what I read I think mine is about the size of your old one. I love it (it's just preparing hummus)
Thanks for the info, I'll definitely keep the titles in mind =)

Yeah, it's definitely the small acts of kindness that can make such a huge difference. Especially when it comes from strangers, because you least expect it from someone who doesn't know you to be nice. When I was grocery shopping a few hours ago I bought a paper bag and the cashier lady started putting my stuff into it(I know people in America are used to getting their bags packed, but this is not usual in Germany) and I was like "Wow, thank you, that's really nice!" "Well, if I already hold it in my hands I might as well fill it up for you." "Yeah, it's just that one is usually not used to kindness like that." "Well yeah, that's why you are in a Bio Supermarket!" Ha ha, I thought to myself "Hey she may be right, the old man was a bio dude aswell." =p

Ashasarala - Thank you so much, I'm always happy when someone enjoys my blog =)

That is so true! I always try to smile at strangers, because I know how surprisingly happy it makes me when that happens.

Ask me tomorrow and I'm sure I'll say the same thing. I love it already =D

Traci Anne - That's what I thought, I was thanking him over and over again.
And hey, nice to meet you =)

Ashasarala hat gesagt…

Here is the recipe for that quinoa salad you asked for. It's from Veganomicon, so sadly I cannot take the credit!

Serves 4-6

1 mango, peeled and cut into small dice
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced as small as you can get it
1 cup chopped scallions
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
A few leaves of lettuce for garnish

Combine the mango, red bell pepper, scallions and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Add the red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil and salt and stir to combine. Add the quinoa and stir until everything is well incorporated. Fold in the black beans. You can serve immediately or let it sit for a bit for the flavors to meld. To serve, place a few leaves of lettuce on a plate and scoop some salad on top. This tastes good chilled and is ever better at room temperature.

Lizzy hat gesagt…

Thank you so much =D