Monday, 27 June 2016

Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Bread (+ Simple Avocado Spread with Thyme)

This recipe might be a bit more elaborate than my usual ones, but sometimes you just need a loaf of freshly baked bread, you know? This bread contains brazil nuts and dried apricots which makes it so so delicious. I like this bread toasted and with a spread of avocado, hemp seeds, lemon and thyme. It also tastes great with almond or peanut butter.

I used buckwheat and oat flour in this bread, which makes it naturally gluten free (if you have celiac disease, make sure to use a certified gluten free oat flour though!). Now, gluten free baking is a bit different than regular bread baking. For starters, there's no kneading involved since there's no gluten proteins to make elastic. Second, since there's no gluten to hold the bread together you'll need to add other binding agents to make the bread stick together. In this recipe I used psyllium husk powder and chia seeds. Lastly, gluten free bread will always have a slightly different mouth feel than regular breads since they miss that elasticity of the gluten proteins. BUT they can be totally delicious anyway!

I'm actually home from work today with a massive cold, so it's mainly lots of tea, rest and books for me right now. And also lots of catching up with Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black. Anyone else watching?

Last week was SO filled to the brim that I really enjoyed a calm day at home yesterday. Last week I was at a big conference in Gothenburg Monday to Wednesday. Then on Wednesday I met my newborn nephew when he was only 2 hours old. Pure love! Then I said goodbye (via phone) to my boyfriend before he went to Indonesia for a three week trip (sob) before I went home. Then work on Thursday, and then I went to Stockholm to celebrate Midsummer's Eve on Friday. Phew! Anyway, I'm not completely sure where I'm going with this, other than to say that it's so nice to have a big loaf of home-made bread at hand when you're too ill or tired to cook.

Have a great week!

Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Bread

1 big loaf

500 g oat milk (or other plant milk)
25 g fresh yeast
250 g buckwheat flour
150 g oat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 small apple, grated
100 g dried apricots, roughly chopped
75 g brazil nuts, roughly chopped

1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until lukewarm/finger warm.
2. Crumble the yeast in a big bowl and add the milk. Stir until the yeast is completely dissolved.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the flours with the salt, phyllium husk powder and chia seeds. Then add this mixture into the milk/yeast bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or fork.
4. Add the apple, apricots and brazil nuts. Stir very thoroughly until everything is well combined. The dough will be quite loose/runny.
5. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it prove for about one hour, ideally in a warm place like next to the oven/stove or on a sunlit kitchen counter.
6. Take a bread tin, preferably in silicon, and dust a little buckwheat flour in the bottom. Put the dough in the bread tin and smooth out the surface with a spatula. Cover with the tea towel and let it prove for another 30 minutes. Warm the oven to 225 degrees Celsius/430 degrees Fahrenheit.
7. If the dough has risen beautifully and feels a bit elastic to the touch, it's ready to be baked. Put it in the middle of the oven and let it bake for about one hour. Take it out of the tin, and if it feels hard and sounds hollow when knocking on the base it's ready.
8. Let the bread cool on an oven rack covered with a tea towel before slicing.
9. This bread tastes best toasted, maybe with a thick layer of avocado spread (see recipe below).

Simple Avocado Spread with Thyme

1 small avocado
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
1 fistful fresh thyme
Herbal salt and black pepper, to taste

Blend together all the ingredients with a hand held blender. Serve from a small bowl with some extra thyme on the top.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Spirulina & Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

This almost black smoothie makes a very good start to any day. Thanks to spirulina powder and blueberries it's full of antioxidants which protect our cells from so called oxidative damage. And, maybe most importantly, the bananas, cinnamon and ginger makes it taste really great. Because no-one has time for a dull breakfast, right?

I poured my smoothie into a bowl and topped it with granola and goji berries to make a delicios smoothie bowl. I LOVE smoothie bowls and could eat them for every meal, every day. Whoever came up with the idea of serving smoothies in bowls instead of glasses is no less than a genius. I hope you'll like this one!

Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie

Serves 1

1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 bananas
Large handful of frozen blueberries
Oat milk or other non-dairy milk, to taste

Blend all the ingredients. Add the milk until desired consistency. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with some crunchy granola, dried fruit, nuts or seeds. Enjoy!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Spirulina & Green Clay Face Mask

"Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit."

Self-care is so so important, yet we so often prioritise other things. So what is self-care? For me, self-care may be anything that makes you feel really good. That might be taking a long bath, going for a run, getting lost in a good book, doing yoga, meditate, pampering your skin... Whatever makes you happy. I LOVE to apply a face mask and then step into a hot bath with lots of calming essential oils. It may sound vain to feel good about a face mask, but for me it's more about showing myself (and my skin) some love than vanity. And as my face is quite acne-prone it feels very nice to deeply cleanse my skin about once a week. I most often use this super simple home-made face mask with green clay and spirulina which feels amazingly cleansing. Here's what to do to get the glow back:

Cleanse face with your favourite cleanser. Then exfoliate, either with a konjac sponge (my fave) or a gentle face scrub. Pat face dry. Apply the mask and relax for 10-15 minutes. Put on some nice music, drink tea, breathe... Remove the mask with a face cloth soaked in warm water and pat face dry. Apply toner if using. Then spritz face with lavender or rose water and apply a face oil or face cream. Done!

Green clay is very cleansing as it draws toxins out of the skin. Also calming and anti-inflammatory.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Helps the skin detoxify.
Cinnamon is antibacterial and may help clear acne.

See recipe below.

Spirulina & Green Clay Face Mask

1 mask

2 tsp green clay powder
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
2 tsp lavender or rose water
Optional: Generous dash of cinnamon

Mix together in a small bowl and apply to freshly cleansed and dried face. Remove with warm water or a damp face cloth after 10-15 minutes.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Simple Coconut Date Balls

Happy weekend!

After quite a few days of summer heat here in Sweden we're now back to grey and cold weather. Which for me means back to lots and lots of warm tea, lit candles and cozy sweaters. Rest mode is definitely on.

I have been quite ill lately, and I actually made these balls yesterday just to get some extra calories into my body. But I was so pleasantly surprised just have incredibly good they taste. Like a healthier alternative to sweets or cookies. Yes! And they are also super simple to make and only require three ingredients: dates, coconut and vanilla. Enjoy!

Simple Coconut Date Balls

Makes 10-12

15 fresh/soft dates (use less if using big dates like medjools)
1/2 cup (1 dl) raw coconut chips or shredded coconut
1/5 tsp (1 krm) real vanilla powder

Blend the ingredients together in a food processor and form into balls. Store in the freezer.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Spring Favourites

Happy new fresh week!

I realised that it's been a while since I shared some favourites here on the blog. These things make my heart sing right now...

Spring Favourites

  • Pukka Supreme Matcha Green - This is a blend of some different green tea leaves and matcha green tea powder. Full of antioxidants and the taste is incredible.
  • Clipper Organic Detox Infusion - This tastes great and has a lovely pink colour. I like it even better cold.
  • Faith in Nature Watermelon Shower Gel & Foam Bath - Need I say more? All my fellow watermelon lovers will ADORE this. All natural of course.
  • Moonsun Organic of Sweden Face Oil -This works like magic on my face. It contains neroli and linden and is very balancing for my acne-prone/sensitive skin . Lovely smell, too.
  • Plants! I planted some seeds earlier this spring and my little tomato and kale plants are growing like crazy right now. Love it!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Strawberry Bowl


STRAWBERRIES! These delicious sweet berries make me think of sunshine and warm summer nights. Sadly this weekend is anything but summery (cold and rainy) but you can always pretend, right? I made this strawberry bowl as a snack, but you might as well have it for dessert or even breakfast. It's like a smoothie bowl but even thicker and richer than those I normally do and it tastes so amazing.

When typing this it's Sunday morning, chocolate coffee in hand and some old Leonard Cohen songs in the background (can't get enough of either right now). There are few things more precious in life than calm Sunday mornings I think. Have a beautiful day!


Strawberry Bowl

Serves 1

1 ripe banana
1/2 lime, juiced
Pinch of real vanilla powder
1 tbsp almond butter or other nut butter
6-8 frozen strawberries
Splash of non-dairy milk

1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Add a little milk at a time, but only enough to make the blending possible (less liquid = thicker smoothie).
2. Pour into a bowl and top with cacao nibs, coconut chips or granola.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Simple Lentil Veggie Soup

Lentil soup is such a staple for me. Warming, delicious, nutritious and incredibly cheap, it's the perfect meal for lunch or dinner. I like to make big pots of soup and save the leftovers for lunches at work.

In this recipe I add lots of veggies and potatoes and flavour the soup with tomatoes and basil. I also always add ground turmeric to all my soups for an added antioxidant boost and pop of colour. I served my soup with freshly baked bread with mashed avocado and a kale salad with tahini curry dressing. The happiness!

I wish you all a great weekend!

Simple Lentil Veggie Soup

Serves 4-6

1 1/4 cups (3 dl) dried red lentils
6 1/3 cups (1 1/2 liter) water
2 tsp herbal salt
1 sweet potato
4 carrots
4 potatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 zucchini
3 tbsp finely chopped basil
1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tin crushed tomatoes

1. Put the lentils, water, salt, sweet potato, carrots and potatoes in a big saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for an extra 15 minutes. Taste the soup and add more spices if necessary. Enjoy!