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Today, before I introduce a new recipe, I would like to talk a little bit about the importance of being well informed in life. And also how to do it, without without getting scare and stressed out … Just before I start, I want to assure you that at the end of this article, the cheesecake that I offer you will help you to relax. Personally I think, there is nothing better in the world than a good cheesecake to feel calm and serene. And we can make a delicious one even in a vegan version. Normally I use only cashew nuts to make my cheescake – but this time I used silky tofu. In fact strange thing happenned – juste before lockdown my brain went through a “vegan blockout” and all I could thing is to buy tofu and cheakpeas… I don’t know why, I don’t even really eat to musch of tofu – and now I have plenty of it. So I have to use it in my recpies. But it was surprise to discover how nice a cheescake woth tofu can be.
We have a bad idea of ”happiness”
So let’s talk about the world we live in, especially during this coronavirus epidemic. How to find calm and happiness with all those stressful information? At first I yhink we will have to understand that the problem is our comprehension of concept of “happiness”. In a “normal” time, many people tend to believe that to be happy, we must concentrate only on what we feel – and reject from our world (especially the outside one) everything that can trigger our stress … And so people try to cut themselves off from everything that is not “important” in their eyes. And especially of what they find disturbing to tehir state of “inner well-being” … which unfortunately creates a rather selfish approach. And that cut us off from the reality of life and from the others.
We don’t get happy by cutting information
Many people in the quest for happiness act like a 3 year old kid playing hide and seek. They sit right in the middle of the playground, cover their eyes and say “How can you see me if I don’t see you?” ” And this is not a realistic approach to the pursuit of happiness – it is a denial. And once reality hits us with all its force, we will not know how to analyze it, how to adapt – because we have never learned to do it. We never wanted to do that. And now we feel lost and lonely.
Let’s live happy – let’s live well informed
To be truly happy, we must learn to stay well informed. If you know what is going on in the “outside” world, you will be able to adjust some of your coping mechanisms – to find peace for yourself and your loved ones. Yes, it’s a scary world we live in – but denial will not make it any less scary. And being well informed can help us prepare for many difficult situations. We must be aware of the dangers – without being alarmist. And this is important not only for the coronavirus crisis – but for everything – ecology, veganism, the pollution.
How to chose a reliable source of information
I was a journalist and researcher in sociology – I spent half of my life doing a researche and analizing informations. And you don’t need this kind of practice to be well informed. However, you need to find a reliable source of information. Once you starting to get practice – you can easily find out what information is true and which is there only to scare you. As a former reporter, I would strongly advise (and even gently ask for it) to purchase serious media access … It’s only $ 1-6 per month (it depends on the newspaper) – but at least you know that you pay serious journalists to do a research work for you … And they need your money so they won’t just be depending on advertising. And believe me – they do their job really well – gathering the information is their mission. We cannot lose them. As you can guess – if you are willing to read only “free” news – it will be the advertisers who will pay for it. And one does not have to be a Sherlock to understand that the advertiser will prefer “shocking” news – even if it it’s « fake » – as long as their advertisement is better visible on this page.
The happiest people in the world
I know we would rather be like this 3 year old kid playing hide and seek – but the reality will hit us sooner or later. And I assure you that once you understand that the world is not perfect that it is a stressful place, we will not only be able to find a way to create real moments of happiness (which are not a simple denial).
In Denmark, there is a ministry of happiness and each year, a study explains why the people of Denmark are the happiest people in the world. And the answer is not “inner” happiness (this search for “wow” moments, “sunshine in our brains” moments) … Happiness is more social – doing something good for others. Be part of a social life. To make others happy (your family, your neighbors, the people of your city). True happiness is that which is the altruist.
Let’s make good choices for others
So to put it a little differently – you can be sad that the world is a terrifying place, but you can create happiness at the same time. Because we wil know that we are doing our best to make this world the best it can be for everyone we meet. When we are really well informed we can make better decisions. Choose a better government. Choose as representatives people who share the same values as we do. Who have the same priorities. So yes, it’s a stressful time – but please read serious newspapers, learn who is a real authority in one area – and listen to that person.
So from now on, let’s stay well informed … And let’s do this not only about coronavirus – but about everything that matters in our life – fresh air, peace, pollution, a cruelty-free world.
Vanilla cheesecake with silky tofu, raisins and dates
For the dough
- 5 tbsp of oat bran
- 5 tbsp of rolled oats
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable margarine
- 6 madjool dates (soaked in water for 1 hour)
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon 1/2
- 1/2 cup of cashews (optionnal)
- 2 cups of silky tofu
- 10 madjool dates (soaked in water)
- 1 tsp of vanilla flavor
- 1 tsp of xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup of raisins (soaked in alcohol - or water)
- 1/2 cup of cashews (optional - and soaked in water)
- 1 oz of dark chocolat
- 2 tbsp of plantbased milk
- To prepare the dough we mix all the ingredients in a food processor and place in a cake form - covering also the edges of the form.
- For the cheesecake we mix all the ingredients in a food processor, except the grapes. We add them at the end to an already well-mixed mass. The mass is deposited on the dough layer.
- The cake is placed in the oven at 390 ° F for 40 minutes.
- Once the cake is warm, we melt chocolate in the bain-marie, adding gently the vegetable milk to make the mass very silky. We cover the cake with chocolate.
- It's ready to serve. We can keep it in the fridge for several days.
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