Life Update: February

Hey all!

I feel like writing something so write I shall. Read this blog if you’d like to know a bit more about me 🙂 Okay I started writing about life at my parents’ place, but I just came back from having dinner at the restaurant I used to work at. I feel like I have to write about it, because I’m bouncing around with so much energy… Everyone was so sweet I could seriously cry right now! I scratched every part I wrote about life at my parents place because it is too distracting haha.

There is so much going on in my head I have no idea how I’m supposed to sleep tonight. I will try to write it down and I’m currently chatting with my friend Mariska, which always helps. I have to post this, I think it’s a good idea to share it but it’s scary. Scary is bad. Scary things are things I would avoid. But I’m in a learning process, and scary is what I need to learn. Yes. No. Scary. I will never fall asleep like this…

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Life update: it’s my birthday!


Good morning, I think it’s time for another life update 😉

First of all: today is not my birthday. It was actually on 12/02, but I didn’t get to write about it until now! Even though I was alone on the day itself I had a really great birthday: we went out for dinner at an awesome wine bar (review will follow soon) and celebrated my birthday for family on Saturday in our apartment. My lovely friends came over on Sunday for some wine and cheese, too! Overall a great birthday weekend if you ask me.

The day started as it usually would: I went to the gym for a short morning work-out, and started planning my day after that. I had to finish one soup, prepare another, and bake two cakes! I prepared roasted tomato soup, a typical Dutch pea soup, a chocolate/vanilla cake and this lovely carrot cake. Took me nearly all day but the results were really nice 🙂

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Four movies every foodie has to watch

Hey you!

Today I’ll write about something a little different, but still a subject I love: movies. In my spare time I not only like to cook, I also watch loads of series and movies. And what’s better than to combine the two: watch a lot of movies about food!

I’ve prepared a list of my personal favourites, if you have any more I should watch feel free to let me know!

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Life Update: January


Good day to you!

I’d like to share some stories of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks. The first month of the year has past: how are we doing in terms of new years resolutions?! Also: my boyfriend moved in with me in my apartment in December and we had the entire month of January to spend together. Last weekend we “upgraded” our house a bit, just before he had to start his placement. I had to get used to being alone from 7 am to 7 pm, which has been weird! But I found some activities to entertain myself 😉

I’ve been to school this week to talk about my options of returning there after being gone for nearly a year. I’ve discussed this in the previous “Life Updates”, so I won’t talk about that too much now. I’ve been blogging a lot, already 18 published posts and I’m not even working on it for a month! I’ll include some pictures to illustrate my life a bit, and we’ll see where it goes.

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Life Update: Anxiety


Hey all!
I started this blog to be able to share my love for food, as well as to clear my mind a bit. I’ve always felt that writing things down helps to give certain feelings a place, as well as help understand situations better. The following Life Updates will contain my life for the past couple of weeks: my first experiences with living together, improving our house even more (pictures!), I’ve been to a Toko for the first time ever (they had wasabi ice cream, really!), I learned a lot about myself and I unfortunately still have to deal with this anxiety. I’m quite busy tackling this fear: I even went to school today after almost a year! Hopefully I’ll soon feel confident enough to start going there daily again.

There’s so much going on in my head right now I don’t even know how I’m going to write this all down! But surely I can’t be the only one who feels overwhelmed sometimes, so maybe someone can identify with this. Okay, where do I start…

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Tame Impala concert and dinner at First in Heineken Music Hall

Good day all!
Today I share with you another experience. I’ll be back to posting recipes soon, I promise! But I really enjoy writing so I’m just going to bother you with these stories first 😉 It was a great day, so hopefully you’ll enjoy reading about it, too. I’ve got my fluffy socks on, a cup of tea close, it’s bad weather outside so I’ve got nowhere to be… Good to go!
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Quick introduction

Hi there!

I see you’ve found my blog 🙂 I can almost hear you stutter: “But… there’s no content yet?” Well [insert your name here], here’s the thing: I usually am a very organised person. I like to make lists and plan ahead, and here I am thinking of a blog name out of the blue. I had to make sure “Alive and Cooking” was not registered yet (it was, so I added ‘stay’ in front of it) and now I’m scared that you’re gonna leave me, thinking I’m just another blog that only picks a name and then sits there for ages thinking of something, anything to write about, if I don’t post a quick hello.

So. Hello.
My name is Vivian, I’m a 20 year old girl from the Netherlands and am currently on a break from studying. (No, not because I’m lazy, will explain more in later post) This leaves me with a lot of time, which I like to spend cooking! Of course, I have a lot of other hobbies and whatnot, but that is all for a later stage to discuss.

My goal is to fill this page up with cooking experiments, the good and the bad (even though I don’t like admitting it didn’t work out as planned!), life changing moments (gosh, don’t I sound original) and maybe even some wisdom along the way. Will you follow me on this journey?

Of course, this takes some getting used to. Having to set goals and write stuff even if you don’t feel up for it might feel a bit like school, which is what I’m trying to avoid (raise your hands if you’re with me on this one) but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually. After all, I’ve written a blog before when I was on an internship in Sydney, Australia for half a year! Really enjoyed the comments, so don’t be shy to let me know what you think.

I promise I will write some more enjoyable stuff next time!

See ya 🙂