Recepie for one of the greatest moments: listen to The Greatest by Sia while eating the greatest candy ever on the way to the greatest person on earth.
Berries is without any doubt the best candy one can ever find. Perfect. And the greatest.
On monday I visited my mom and she had just got a bunch of tiny mint plants from her friend who apparently had way to many. Mint is a bit holy for me and my mother – we love it. She gave me three of them and they are now happily living on my balcony. I love to have fresh spices and such on the balcony so I don´t have to buy a whole new plant when I need leaves for something special , plus I can pop them in anywhere I want (come to me virgin mojito). Yhey for awesome suprise gifts!
I also have my rosemary, which I must say I´m not as good at using. I need to learn when I can put it in so I have a use for it. Now it sits there being decorative most of the time.
Today we visited the amazing Carrières de lumières. If you are ever in southern France, visit it. And if you’re not, youtube it. It was truly amazing and almost overwhelming.
Afterwards we strolled through Le Village which is located right next to it. There we found this beauty. Fresh fruit is generally in abundance here, unlike home, but look at those cups! It’s cardboard and not plastic! I was overjoyed!
The sign said rawfood and stuff to but I didn’t try any of that as we walked on with our fresh lemonades. Thought the village they also had other wonderful sustainable products, sush as unpacked and locally produced soap, fresh and local olive oil, ketchup and jam in glas jars. It was adorable and really nice. And it gave me renewed energy to search for fresh and local products at home – from veggies to bread, oil and candy.
It was an awesome day and I really wanted to share this small sustainable joy 🙂
I am what I would call a natural abstainer. I don’t refrain from drinking from moral grounds or bad experiences, but because I don’t like the taste. For me it doesn’t make sense how you have to “get used” to it to enjoy it, so I’ve simply not tried to. And happy that way – non-alcoholic wine is faaaar better tasting!
You’re assumed to like alcohol (especially as a young adult) and to have ample experience. Sometimes that actually makes me feel left out or embarrassed that I don’t drink. And I hate that. How can drinking be an expectation?
When I went to gymnasium (our collage) my two best friends were an absolutist and a religious non-drinker. Drinking was never even on the agenda. So when people share stories of the time they got drunk and puked or that crazy thing they did intoxicated – I have no story.
More than awkwardness on my part, it leads to some people viewing me as taking the high ground and thinking I’m better. Now they become protective of their drinking – claiming it to be the height of youth- or they clam up and become embarrassed.
It’s rarely a smooth thing. It is however just a choice. I don’t judge people for it, just I don’t want to be judged for my choices. I would advocate a white drinking style for anyone who cares to listen (because I do believe it to be healthier and safe for those around me), but I would not force it upon someone.
Advocate or not, I do sometimes which I had a crazy-drunk story just to be part of the group. Which is quite sad. So for that reason, I wish drinking weren’t a norm – but a simple choice. We’re getting closer to that though, and a lot more people are choosing a to go white. So at least I’m in good company.
Today went good actually. I started work a bit later so I had a loong breakfast and enjoyed some tv-series. I made a smoothie bowl consisting of frozen pineapple and banana plus some lime juice and zest. The taste was very refreshing and nice, so it’s a recommend recommend on this one (; I also made it a bit nicer by carving out half of a pineapple and using it as my bowl. Zero waste, you know.
Todays lunchbox, which I did not take a picture of, was a sloppy mess of everything thrown into a glass container. Some rice, lentils, beans, tomato sauce, grated carrot and zucchini. It was ok, but could have been nicer. I’m just a bit too lazy/ have a lack of time to make something proper.
Right now I am enjoying a bowl of (also sloppy and not so picture friendly) whole grain pasta with kidney beans, tomato and a vegan red pesto. Nice and filling, but not that beautiful.
I also made a kind of banana bread this morning. It turned out good, but not perfect. I didn’t use any recipe and it was kind of hard to bake without bakbig powder or such. The ingredients I used were bananas, oats, mixed nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds and aquafaba.
Sweet potato soup recipe
1 large sweet potato
1 teaspoon sambal oelek
2 tablespoon coconut cream
Water- until you get the consistency you like (I like mine thick)
Peel and cut the potato in to cubes and put it in the oven for approx. 35 min in 200 C, or until the potato is soft. Mix the potatoes together with all the other ingredients until smooth and creamy.
2 dl oats
1 dl mixed seeds and nuts such as sunflower, pumpkin etc
0,5 dl chia seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
2 dl water
With a blender: grind the oats and walnuts into a meal.
Mix the meal with the rest of the ingredients without a blender to get a nice and chunky texture.
Let the dough set for 10 minutes, so that it can soak up the water properly.
Press it out flat and even (I reused an old baking sheet but you can also just put some oil on the bakestone), put it in the oven for about 40 minutes on 160 C.
Cut out the size of your crackers right after you have taken it out of the oven, before it has gone too stale.
The first day of zero wasting is almost over, and I must say that it went pretty well! I made a sweet potato soup and seed crisp bread yesterday evening, so I brought that to work for lunch today. I was going to take a picture of my meal, but the day was so hectic that I actually forgot it when I was throwing the food in to my mouth. It was delicious though! I will post both recipes tomorrow (:
My mom went food shopping today so I joined her. The good thing was that I was so motigared for this “challenge” so it wasn’t even hard to buy non-plastic/ cardboard stuff! Came home with tomatoes, nectarines and onion. I also found both cantaloupe and honeydew melon on sale, WIN! Plus we found pineapples for only 5 sek, which is INCREDIBLY cheap here in Sweden! So I dragged home 9 of them in my tote bags :’D Super MegA Vegan Win!!!! The downside, which I recognised when we got home, was that every pineapple had a little plastic note on them tied with plastic string )): Well well, I’ll just have to be more alert next time. And I did not at least buy any plastic by meaning.
Another “challenge” of today was the toothpaste. I did not quite like the taste, because the baking soda made it veeery salty. But hey, I’ll probably get used to it.
We spent almost 4 hours at Vegomässan, which is Sweden’s biggest vegan expo. The organizer of the event is Djurrättsalliansen (Animal Rights Alliance).
The concept of Vegomässan is: “to collect the most companies and organizations selling veg products or working with veg- related issues under one roof for one day. This way, you can take part of a unique and unbeatable range of veg everything at the same time. The fair holds something for everyone whether you are already vego or curious about a greener lifestyle and in search for inspiration.”
There were lots and LOTS of things to see and taste. I think we tasted about 4 different brands of vegan ice cream and all of them had a variety of different flavours.
Here is a picture of the new Swedish brand named Tre Vänners Glass. From left to right we have, Roasted nuts and Caramel sauce + a pinch of salt, Peppermint and Chocolate and last but not least Pineapple and Coconut.
All three of the flavors were out of this world! The swirl of caramel sauce and the cunkyness of the nuts, drooool… I have been longing for a vegan mint ice cream and this one tasted just like a Finnish candy called Pätkis. The coconut and pineapple flavor was not as heavy as the two other ones, it was more fruity but still delicious.
There were numbers of different vegan cheeses out on taste, but Erika not being a fan of cheese, and me not liking the consistency and taste of many vegan cheeses, it was just not something for us. All sorts of tofu was also on display and for sale, some were good but cold tofu has its way of tasting like wet rubber in my opinion. I am sure that the tofu products would have tasted better if they were cooked and hot.
There was also this Estonian chocolate factory/bakery which had the most fantastic baked goods and gigantic chocolate balls I’ve ever seen. They were literally almost as big as Erikas face😂 We shared this vanilla one and it was amazing.
Truffles, snickers, cakes, you name it. After tasting us through monters from companies like Oumph!, Frill, Anamma and more plus looking at cruelty-free cosmetics and Corkei leather we headed out to the Food truck court.
Erika had a Veggie burger, which looked really yummy. I love how the pickled red onion matches her outfit.
And I had a pie/salad with beet hummus.
The day was really nice, I wish there were vegan expos more often (:
Here is what I came home with:
Go Green Quinoa and Coconut drink- free
Red lentil pasta- free
Blue Spirulina powder- 70 sek
MyVegies 100% Soy protein 900g – 150 sek
In Kale We Trust T-shirt- 300 sek
Plus a tummy stuffed with lovely foods, and a really happy feeling- free