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#AskAwayFriday for June 6, 2014

I’m participating in #askawayFriday for the first time this week. #AskawayFriday is a way to get to know other bloggers. You partner up with anotehr blogger and ask each other ten questions. This week, I’m swapping questions with Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy. Check out her blog and get to know her through the questions I asked her. Below are the answers to Echo’s questions to me.

1. You’ve been blogging since 2002. How has the blogging world changed since you started?
Well, in all honesty I’ve been doing actual blogging since 2007. Between 2002 and 2007, I kept a number of online diaries. These are much more personal, and with me being on DiaryLand most of that time, there was no way to comment (a commenting system cost a ton of moeny). That being said, when I started actual blogging in 2007, I wasn’t nearly as aware of the blogosphere as I’m now, and kept mostly to the tiny niche of autistic advocacy bloggers. I don’t know whether the blogosphere has changed, but my blogging certainly has. when I started blogging here at Blogging Astrid, I wanted to make my writing accessible to people not familiar with disability advocacy, so I started blogging for a wider audience.

2. You grew up with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome. Do you think a diagnosis would have helped you in your youth?
Definitely. My parents were unwilling to have me assessed because they thought I’d be seen as intellectually disabled. Then again, Asperger’s Syndrome specifically requires no intellectual disability. It’s not always wise to look back, but I think I could’ve benefited from more tailored supports had I been diagnosed early on.

3. You feel very strongly about advocating for mental health. Is it your own experience that drives that passion?
Yes. Besides autism, I have a diagnosed mental illness (borderline personality disorder). I’ve also lived in a psychiatric institution since 2007. I like to advocate for the rights of mentally ill people, because I’ve myself experienced the authoritarian system that psychiatric care still is. I also want to raise awareness, so that people without mental illness will understand what it’s like being mentally ill.

4. You live in the Netherlands, but have you ever traveled outside of Europe?
No. The farthest I’ve traveled is Russia in 2000.

5. If you could visit anywhere on Earth, where would you go?
The United States, definitely. I’d like to someday take a culinary trip to the southern U.S. When I was a teen, I dreamt of living in the U.S., in fact.

6. What is your favorite way to relax?
Hanging out online and writing.

7. What is your favorite song right now?
Take It Easy Altes Haus by Truck Stop. It’s a German country song. I don’t think it’s on YouTube and besides, I have YouTube blocked for now, so can’t go find it.

8. What is the best thing you have ever eaten?
Kofta.

9. Where do you see yourself in 2 years? Still blogging? Advocating?
Hopefully still blogging, if the blogosphere doesn’t disappear entirely. I think as for advocacy, I’d still do it online mostly, but I’d like to expand my horizon and advocate in the real world too. I also hope I’ll have left the institution in two years and right now I’m thinking that wherever I reside then, it’s got to have Wifi. 😉

10. If you could give us one piece of advice, as an adult on the spectrum, what would it be?
Accept others as they are, which doesn’t necessarily mean accepting all their behaviors.

Greek (or Turkish) Kofta

When I lived in an independence training home, I learned to cook. There were a few dishes I could cook independently at the end. I will attempt to share these on my blog. Some I cooked from fresh ingredients, while with others, I used packaged foods. I have started to make an attempt at (blogging about!) healthy eating. I’m not likely to ever go all the way on an eating lifestyle, but I do try to at least educate myself about what I’m eating.

Kofta is a Greek or Turkish lamb mince recipe, although I’ve always used beef mince. When googling for recipes in English to find the English names of spices and such, I found that kofta can be served on pitas. I usually use a store-bought package of rice and spice and gravy mixtures and add tomatoes, zucchinis and bell peppers, and of course the minced meat. However, when making kofta with my husband, we discovered that there is peanut in one of the mixes, to which my husband is allergic. We decided to mix the spices ourselves. I can’t remember exactly which spices we used, so I looked up the ingredients of the Knorr mix, which I usually use, and removed what seemed to be unnecessary additives (or things that didn’t appeal to me and for which I was too lazy to look up the English words, LOL). This recipe contains the fresh spices, but you can of course buy a store-bought mixture too.

Prep time: 30 minutes.
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3

Ingredients


  • 300 gram minced meat

  • Kofta spice mix:


    • Breadcrumbs

    • 1 shallot, very finely chopped

    • 1 garlic clove, crushed

    • 1 teasppon cumin

    • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Glaze mix:


    • Small can of tomato puree

    • 1 teaspoon cumin

    • 1 teaspoon thime

    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • 300 gram rice

  • 1 zucchini

  • 2 bell peppers

  • 400 gram (canned) tomatoes

Method


  • Slice the zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes. If you bought canned tomatoes, here at least you can buy them diced.

  • Mix the minced meat and the spice mix. Mix until well combined, using your hands.

  • Divide the mince meat mixture into small portions and roll these into ball or sausage shapes.

  • Cook the rice for ten minutes.

  • Fry the meatballs or sausages until they’re ready. This in my experienece takes about 10-15 minutes, but may take longer if your meatballs/sausages are larger.

  • Add the zucchini and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes.

  • Add the tomatoes, glazing and 200 ml water. Cook until thick enough.


The Knorr package says you need to serve the kofta and the rice separately, but I actually love them combined.