Month: January 2015

multi-seed crackers

These easy-to-make, vegan seed crackers are perfect as a snack, as breakfast bread or even as a cocktail bite when garnished with a veggie spread and fresh herbs. 1,5 dl sunflower seeds 1 dl pumpkin seeds 1 dl crushed lin seeds 1-2 table spoons chia seeds 0,5 dl sesame seeds 2 table spoons poppy seeds 1 dl rolled oats 0,5 dl oat flakes 1 big table spoon of tahini (sesame paste) 2 dl corn flour 2 table spoons potato flour 2,5-3 dl boiling water salt & pepper Heat the oven to 180ºc and mix all ingredients except for the water in a bowl. Add the boiling hot water and mix well, cover the bowl and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Add water if needed, the mixture should be quite solid. Spread the mix onto a large baking tray covered with grease-proof paper.You can use a spatula to help you tap the paste evenly on the tray, making a thin, solid 3-5 mm layer. You can already cut the layer into squares as this might be …

bath & beauty favorites

I’ve been going through some bad hair days, weeks and even months lately: Dryness, dullness, tangles – you name it… A couple of weeks ago I decided to cut off about 20 cm and give my hair a break, which for sure was Step One in the right direction. Thinking that a change in shampoo & conditioner could be a good second step, I remembered that on my recent trip to Helsinki they had some pretty awesome bath products at Hotel Klaus K. And when my order from Malin & Goetz arrived just one day after with a personalized handwritten Thank You note and some free samples I was sold. Luckily the goodness didn’t stop at their top class marketing, but these are the softest, most beautifully scented hair products I’ve tried, possibly ever. The apothecary brand uses mostly natural ingredients free from parabens and irritants often found in cosmetics. The company doesn’t test on animals and most of their packaging materials are biodegradable. So, my hair was becoming easier to manage already, but when I came …

crimson winter juice

4 beetroots – washed, peeled & cut into cubes 5 medium sized carrots, washed, peeled & also cut into cubes juice of 1/2 lemon 1-2 cm piece of ginger, peeled & cut into smaller pieces Mix all ingredients except for the lemon juice and use a juicer to make the juice, adding some lemon juice in between the vegetable cubes. This recipe makes about 0,5 liter of juice. Store in the fridge and drink within two days.

1/12 vegan

When joining the Vegan Challenge (website is in Finnish) two weeks ago and committing to a vegan diet for January, I was equally looking forward to experiment as I was nervous about cutting off cheese and eggs from my diet. I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for over 20 years, with a handful of meals with game or organic beef in the past five years, but I never tried to completely eliminate all animal-based foodstuffs before. My main worries were the protein and calcium intake and my impression of many meat and milk substitutes as being highly processed. During the first couple of days I found it a bit challenging to adapt to the new style of cooking. I’ve used ghee or butter for cooking and avoided vegetable margarine like the plague. But I had a big jar of coconut oil at home, so I started using that for cooking and continued to sprinkle olive oil over the cold dishes. I stocked up on organic tofu, chickpeas, lentils and beans for protein and filled the fridge with vegetables …