Yaay, I handed in my last paper! I finished my bachelor thesis a couple of weeks ago, but I still had to write one more paper for my Swedish literature class (luckily, this one was a lot shorter, but it still took more time than I expected). So now I have vacation until the 20th of September! I hadn’t told this before, but I decided that I’m going to do the Master in Scandinavian studies as well, because this year only made me feel like more, and I wasn’t able to say goodbye to Ghent just yet.
I didn’t just spent these last couple of weeks reading and writing, though. Last week, Tysje, who is studying photography at the KASK in Ghent, asked me if I wanted to be a model in a photo shoot for her master’s project. So I took the train to a tiny little village in East Flanders and we spent the whole day shooting in this beautiful, beautiful house where her aunt lives (I wouldn’t mind living in a house like that either!). It was really fun to hop about in the house barefoot and try all these different clothes and poses. So what do you think of the results?
Guess what I did last week? I handed in my bachelor thesis! Now I don’t usually write about my school work on my blog, but since I’ve been talking about it before and I’m actually quite proud of it, I thought I’d share this. It’s written in Swedish, but in English, the title would be something like: “I wish somebody would write a story about the people who warm up the heroes afterwards.” An analysis of gender stereotypes in Tove Jansson’s Moomin books. Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish children’s book author, illustrator and painter, and she’s mostly famous for her books about the Moomins, which she wrote and illustrated herself. There’s also a tv series that’s based on the books, which you might have seen if you grew up in the 90s like me.
In my thesis, I compared the gender stereotypes in two of the Moomin books: Trollkarlens hatt (Finn Family Moomintroll) and Trollvinter (Moominland Midwinter). What I found out was that in Finn Family Moomintroll, the characters were portrayed pretty stereotypically, although this may also be interpreted as irony at some points, whereas in Moominland Midwinter, the characters were breaking the gender stereotypes. Moomin is probably the most complex character: he is very sensitive but also smart, and he loves adventure, but sometimes he just wants to be safe at home. This probably explains why he, along with Little My, who doesn’t care one bit about what other people think of her, and Too-ticky, who’s very dreamy and philosophical and questions basically everything, is one of my favourite characters.
So, that’s how things ended with my thesis. I thought it was interesting to write about a literary subject for a change. Even though I’ve written two of these papers before, I feel like I have learned a lot during the process of writing this one, and it was the first time I actually enjoyed it. So tell me, have you ever read the Moomin books or watched the series?
When I was living in Ghent the past couple of months, I didn’t just study, I also spent quite some time exploring the wonderful world of cooking your own dinner. It’s not always easy to come up with new healthy and tasty dishes, but luckily there’s always the internet for inspiration. Two of my favourites are this Moroccan lentil stew (I always made it with couscous) and these brown bean sauce and avocado wraps that Loepsie shared on her blog. However, on one of my last days at my dorm, I came up with this random dish with all the things I had left in my fridge (among which some of that bean sauce) and I loved it! It’s very easy to make and all the nice fresh vegetables make it perfect for summer. Enjoy!
(for three people)
For the sauce:
some pieces of garlic
250 grams of passata
300 grams of canned red beans
some olive oil
some chili powder
a pinch of salt
some garden cress
and three pita breads per person.
Cut the onion and the garlic into small pieces and put it in a pan and add some olive oil. Put the stove on medium heath and stir every now and then until it’s cooked.
Cut the carrots into thin slices (otherwise it’ll take them forever to cook) and dice the tomato. Add them to the pan.
While the vegetables are cooking, you can prepare the toppings. Dice the feta and put some olive oil and some pepper on there (no salt, because feta tastes pretty salty already). Wash the radishes and cut them into slices. Cut the avocado and add som salt and pepper. Wash the lettuce and cut it into shreds. Cut off some garden cress.
When de vegetables are done, add the passata. Put the beans in a strainer, rinse them off and then add them ass well. Let the sauce simmer a little longer, and then it’s done!
Heat up the pita breads in a toaster (or in a frying pan: on medium heath, otherwise they’ll get burned). When they’re done, cut them open, spread some cream cheese in there, take some sauce and top it off with some lettuce, radishes, avocado, garden cress and feta. Done!