Last Thursday was a pretty great day. It started off with teaching an inspiring group of early rising yoginis, followed by moving through my own powerful practice. I acknowledged a couple promising emails, caught up with a dear friend and also received a Liebster Blog Award nomination from @
tashastravel over at Tasha’s Travel Troves.
Was ist nicht daran zu lieben?
The Liebster Blog Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than a certain number of followers. “Liebster” is German for “dearest” or “favorite” and the award is a way of giving a shout out to some of the bloggers you enjoy following, forging new relationships, enhancing social networks, and also spreading the travel/fashion/fitness/food/humanitarian/photographic/insert other subject matter here love. The rules for the Liebster are:
- When you receive the award, post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
- Pass the award onto 11 other bloggers (make sure to tell them you nominated them) and ask them 11 questions.
- You are not allowed to nominate the blogger who nominated you!
- But you need to mention me in your post when/if you respond to this award.
- Try to aim for bloggers with 200 followers or less.
Let me start with 11 random Intolerant facts:
1. I’ve been a nomad for 10 years and 6 months now. Expat life seems to suit me.
2. I have an MSc in international relations.
3. Summer berries (blue, straw, rasp, goose, black) are some of my favourite fruits.
4. I play the flute. Yes, yes I do.
5. One of my favourite words is bildschön, German for “ravishingly beautiful.” I love how some languages have words that do what the English version just can’t.
6. I’ve been sporty since my youth and used to play varsity volleyball in university, which is why I get extremely cranky when I go without physical activity for more than a couple days in a row.
7. I will dance to anything, with the exception of country music. I just…can’t.
8. I adore dogs. Cats freak me out.
9. I’m an avid reader. Some of my favourite authors include Milan Kundera, Douglas Coupland, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen.
10. The first stamp in my passport was thanks to a visit to Trinidad & Tobago when I was two. I believe it was the start of my wanderlust.
11. Yoga – and moving through my practice over the last four years – has changed my life.
Now I’ll move onto the 11 questions posed by @
1. What is your most embarrassing moment experienced during travel?
Losing a pair of chic eyeglasses – that I saved months and months to buy – down a latrine in northern Myanmar and my immediate reaction to that loss. *groans* It was almost nine years ago and the memory still stings. Just a bit.
2. If you could have any travel related job in the world, what would it be?
Writer for a publication like National Geographic, Geo or Vogue (someone has to accompany all those beautiful clothes on location). Archaeologist (Indiana Jones style – with a female twist). Managing a holistic center/studio/B&B in India or Brussels or the Caribbean.
3. What does sexiness mean to you?
Sexiness = confidence, assertiveness, realization of self-worth and being yourself regardless of what anyone else says, or wants you to be.
4. What is your favourite recipe of a dish that you have personally cooked (write out the recipe for your readers to enjoy.
Pelau – a Trinidadian dish my Canadian mother has perfected. It is still – to this day – one of my number one comfort foods (right after some sinfully good chocolate). It’s dairy and gluten free and can be made with or without meat depending on your preference. I’ve made a decent version a few times, though Mamma Intolerant’s cooking always wins. Hands down.
- 2-3 lbs. of chicken drumsticks, cut up into large pieces (optional, leave out if you want to make it vegetarian)
- 2 tsp grated garlic
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce (optional, leave out if you want to avoid the gluten or find gluten-free soy sauce)
- 1/2 cup of peeled/boiled tomatoes (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp sesame or vegetable oil (olive oil can work, but it needs to get quite hot so sesame is much better)
- 3 Tbsp cane sugar (can also substitute with brown sugar)
- 2 cups parboiled or brown rice, washed and drained (brown rice will make the dish more dense)
- 3/4 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet peppers and carrots (optional)
- 2 cups cooked pigeon peas
- 2 cups coconut milk (I leave this out due to a severe intolerance to coconut and use an extra cup of stock instead)
- 2 cups of liquid (stock, water or reserved cooking liquid from peas)
- 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- Add chicken, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and ketchup to a bowl along with salt and pepper to taste. Toss and coat the chicken with the seasonings. Set aside and let marinate for at least an hour.
- Pour oil into a large pot and place on medium high heat. Let oil heat until hot but not smoking.
- Sprinkle sugar into heated oil in an even layer. Let the sugar melt until it starts to froth and bubble. As soon as the edges of the froth/bubbles starts to get a slight shade darker, immediately add the seasoned chicken and stir to mix and coat with the burnt sugar. Let cook for 7 – 10 minutes.
- Add the rice to the pot, stir to mix and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add peas, pepper and carrots (if using) and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour in coconut milk and/or other cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss in whole scotch bonnet pepper. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- When the pot comes to a boil, remove lid partially and let boil until you can see the surface of the dish – the rice, peas and chicken (about 7 – 8 minutes). Cover pot fully, reduce heat to low or simmer and let cook for 25 – 30 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Sprinkle the green onion on top and fold into mixture.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
5. Are you a tea or coffee drinker ? why?
Tea. Herbal. Coffee makes me edgy and a shot of espresso (even early in the day) can cause me to lose precious hours of beauty sleep later on, which sometimes isn’t worth pleasure of a rich Guatemalan roast.
I mean, no one wants to be around a cranky Intolerant.
6. Which generation do you belong to and what are some of your distinct characteristics noted?
I’m a Generation X-er and I believe the words flexible, individualistic and technologically adept apply to my intolerant persona.
7. Have you ever been to a Halloween party or cosplay event ? If so care to share your photo?
Yes, but I haven’t been to a proper Halloween party/cosplay in AGES. Putting on frightening masks or revealing costumes doesn’t really fly in Egypt. Go figure.
8. What do you do when you need to recharge?
Yoga, reading, running and indulging in
one stupidly good piece several stupidly good pieces of chocolate.
9. Can you describe the interior design of your bedroom?
Minimalistic. Eggshell walls, large antique Egyptian lamp overhead, parquet floor, french doors leading out to the terrace, generous closet space.
10. Do you have a pet? If yes what are its unique personality traits? If no, why not?
It’s hard to have a pet when you’re on the move every 2-4 years. I’d love to adopt a puppy this year or the next.
11. Why do you blog?
Because it’s a great exercise in writing and I love to write. Because it’s inspiring. Because I find discipline in it. Because it’s fun. Because I want to.
Because I can.
My 11 nominees are a handful of bloggers that cover a range of topics including travel, food, style, culture, photography, spirituality, international politics, literature and – of course – yoga:
I think Jess might enjoy Belgium as much as I do, which is why I dig her blog: Jess in Belgium.
Katie on day-to-day living, yoga and the like at Confessions of an Imperfect Life.
A plethora of style, photography, travel and design by Caterina at Not Just a Pretty Dress.
Sandy (a fellow Canadian) works alone and loves it. She can be found at She Works Alone.
There’s only food, glorious food to be found on Happy Healthy and Whole.
Lauren’s thoughtful musings at Western Mind Eastern Thinking.
Rita finds her breath (and a rather fabulous Hawaiian life) over at The Yoga Soul.
Jay’s a Canadian and a wanderer. She’s curious about the world. She’s so fabulous it hurts: From There to Here.
Joy’s thoughts on aging gracefully, travelling and finding solace in each day over at Journeying with Joy.
Donnae’s travel-related rants (love her written voice) at Travelling Crone.
A very English male on his yogic/personal journey in the UK via A Very English Yogi.
While there are plenty of questions to ask such interesting bloggers, I don’t want to encroach on people’s time I’ve broken the rules and whittled the questions down to nine. Not really cheating since in a couple I’m asking multiple questions anyhow:
1. Why did you start blogging and what have you enjoyed most about your blogging experience?
2. If blogging isn’t your sole source of income, what is your line of work/career? Do you enjoy what you do?
3. My favourite travel destination (to date) is ___________ because _______________________.
4. I need a good book to read, kindly recommend two of your favourites.
5. Sweet, savory, salty, astringent or pungent?
6. What is your response to aging: do you accept it? Fear it? Embrace it? Don’t worry about it?
7. Name one material thing you own that you’d hate to part with.
8. What three characteristics do you strive to incorporate into your life?
9. What is one of your favourite words?
Thanks again Natasha for this nomination, what a pleasure! As for the bloggers I nominated – and those I religiously read, but didn’t refer to (including a host of male bloggers…shame on me for the inequality) – thanks for your musings in the blogger-verse!
Continue to write. Write hard. Write well.
Your friendly neighbourhood Intolerant.