Sunday, November 11, 2018

organic vegan food inspiration, part 6

årstiderna organic vegan food box ambassador, october 2018 - pasta with butternut pumpkin cream, spinach and hazelnuts

Welcome to another part of plantbased food inspiration. It has been a crazy three months already since the latest.

The above dish, with someone swooning over its deliciousness is a pasta with butternut pumpkin cream, spinach and hazelnuts. Pumpkin cream really is THE most amazing thing to have as a pasta sauce.

årstiderna vegan food box, food ambassador, sweden,august - september 2018 -

Falafel-wrap with salad and hummus. Sometimes there's a pre-made falafel-mix etc in the box. I'm not a great fan, I do prefer to make falafel from scratch now, the texture is so much nicer and crisp.

 årstiderna vegan food box, food ambassador, sweden,august - september 2018 -

Hummus with fried aubergine and tabbouleh. Apart from the pre-made hummus - my own is so much nicer - ths was a lovely dish. An fresh coriander seeds was great in the tabbouleh.

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Not a great fan of bowls, and this was no exception, very average. Quinoa bowl with fried portobello mushroom (too little), corn, avocado almonds.

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Onepot pasta caponata, lovely. I love making onepots. You cook the sauce and pasta together, which makes the flavour and textures so much better. And you save water and energy too obviously. This one was with aubergine, capers (which I've only come to appreciate with this food ambassador gig), squash, garlic, onion, parsley, tomato sauce, chili and that all imoortant nutritional yeast that makes vegan dishes cheesy. - Also great for making pesto.

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Seitan hotdogs in buns served with red cabbage salad, mushy peas and pickled cucumber. I love the simple hotdog dishes with add-ons that make the dish sing.

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Fried tofu with wholegrain noodles and fried vegetables (red onion, garlic, carrot, squash, red cabbage, chili, sesame seeds, lime and tamari sauce). Lovely.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, september 2018 - rainbow bowl

Another dull bowl as far as I'm concerned - rainbow bowl with millet, avocado, tomato, corn and mungbeans.

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Pasta with romescosauce and grilled vegetables. Delicious. The sauce is made with garlic, onion, red paprika, tomatoes and roasted almonds which is mixed in a blender after cooking. Aubergine and squash is grilled and added to the sauce together with the pasta.

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Close up of one of the most amazing and simple dishes so far - tarte flambeé with onions served with a crispy salad. It's basically a miniature pizza with a delicious spread made of soy cream and nutritional yeast. Perfection. The dough was ready made and I'm not keen on making my own, so if I can find a ready made pizza dough without palmoil I want to try this again asap. The simple spread really melts and tastes like cheese and to only mix red and yellow onions on top was perfection.

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årstiderna organic vegan food box ambassador, september 2018 -

Falafel and barley salad with baked vegetables and pumpkin seeds. But for the pre-made falafel mix this was good.

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Another one pot pasta with tomatoes, paprika and chili. Good stuff.

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Creamy polenta with corn, squash and spinach. Lovely comfort food. This was also my last dish before I broke my arm. For the next weeks I had help with the peeling, chipping, dicing, slicing and eating. Now I'm slowly working my way back to doing all that stuff myself again.

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Bimbimbap with tofu, mushroom, carrots, squash and fried garlic. Deliciousness.

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Samosas with spicy potatoes, pak choy and peas. The salad is made of potatoes, finey chopped kale and roasted sunflower seeds.

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And another (dull) bowl with durra, black beans, tomatoes, green beans, salad and sesame seeds.

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Tikka daal with sweetpotato, carrots and green beans. Lovely comfort food again.

As usual the recipes (in Swedish) can be found at Årstiderna website (or in the app). If you're keen on a translation of a specific recipe, or have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

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Previous inspiration posts -

Organic vegan food inspiration 1
Organic vegan food inspiration 2
Organic vegan food inspiration 3

Organic vegan food inspiration 4

Sunday, November 04, 2018

another year older, another year wiser - the 2018 edition

sausage dog cardigan from palava, october 2018 💚

so, what did happen during my last week as a xx year old, followed by my first week as a xx year old, a year wiser?

:: i decided that when the purrfect dress wasn't meant to be, surely a sausage dog cardigan in organic cotton would be the perfect birthday gift to self instead? from palava (same source as the delightful budgie skirt). i spent a lot of time figuring out the best size (ordering online when you don't know a brand well is tricky, no matter careful measuring). talking to the customer service too.

decided to go up an extra 1-2 sizes, wanted it roomy. it arrived gorgeous but also way too big. so had to be returned (add hefty trackable postage) for another one smaller. opted for one size smaller, so i hope it'll be roomy, but not that oversized.

and as the swedish postal "service" is notoriously crappy it was quite the kerfuffle at the post office since it turned out they didn't have the means to print the waybill *insert rolling eyes* so i had to pop over to the library to pay for a print of it.

i can see it landed in england yesterday, so hopefully i'll get my new cardi later this week. fingers crossed it'll be a purrfect fit.

even if some think it's pure treason to dress in dog prints obviously.

sausage dog cardigan from palava, october 2018 💚

stainless steel frying pan (teflon is evil), october 2018

:: watched the powerful documentary "the devil we know" the other week (still available on svt play in sweden) about teflon and C8. and how it has been poisoning the world since the 1940ies, and continue doing so because of greed alone. the company DuPont and its spin-off company Chemours certainly are the epitome of dirty, evil, greedy and powerful big business. i knew teflon was unhealthy, but had no idea about the extent of it, how basically noone can escape its consequenses.

just another proof that humans don't deserve this earth.

first thing i did next day was to buy a stainless steel frying pan (pots i already have). trying to figure out where i can get rid of the teflon pans in a sustainable way.

didn't feel very sensual (despite its name) buying the pan at ikea. but it has been great (and comes with a 25 year guarantee). noticed that at least 95% of the pots and pans at ikea are teflon coated though. and much cheaper that the few stainless steel ones.

so much cheap stuff that have been poisiing and littering our planet for decades. heartbreaking and infuriating.

stainless steel frying pan (teflon is evil), october 2018

:: "så mycket bättre" (so much better) is a swedish reality show with that has been aired for 9 years now. the premise is that 7 swedish artists meet up on gotland where they each have one day where the other artists interpret one song each from the hosting artist's repertoire.

admittedly i've never watched the series until now, not very interested in watching "the club of mutual admiration society"ish reality shows. plus none of the previous artists have been favourites of mine. but this year eric gadd participates. and i used to love his music, especially in the 80ies and 90ies.



and i adore linnea henriksson's version of his song, "the right way".

here's gadd's original version.



and albin lee meldau's version. his vibrato voice is so cool. a touch of antony and the johnsons.

william morris exhibition, millesgården, october 25, 2018

:: on the bday, which was a wonderful, sunny and crisp october day, we visited millesgården, art museum and sculpture park (one of the true gems of stockholm you shouldn't miss), for the william morris exhibition. i didn't know that he besides being an amazingly talented artist, architect and designer also was a radical political activist. an overall very impressive, inspiring human being.

william morris exhibition, millesgården, october 25, 2018

william morris exhibition, millesgården, october 25, 2018

vegan food stockholm, october 2018 -

:: the museum visit was followed with a lovely vegan lunch at the new place VeganHouse. tasty butter bean and black rice burgers with fries and delicious chipotle mayo.

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i did of course have the obligatory piece of plantbased cream cake later that week. (from bagar'n hornstull, my old childhoods.)

office dog maya 😍, norrtälje, oct 2018

:: in my first week as a xx year old i visited my accountant for the second annual meeting. after a worrisome year - mainly thanks to the dodgy client and unreliable team mates, and myself for being to trusting of people that clearly had other motifs - i knew i'd already manage to save my business, with a last minute solution which i'm ever so very grateful for, but it was still a rather uncomfortable visit. but being greeted with a long bark of excitement, followed by a good lick and cuddle by the cuteheart office dog maya was the best kind of start.

office dog maya 😍, norrtälje, oct 2018

norrtälje, sweden, october 29, 2018

turned out to be a lovely day. minus the 3 x 2 hours of public transportation to norrtälje. plus me forgetting to bring bread for the ducks and getting a good disgruntled quack by the city ducks of norrtälje.

last day of plaster, last day of october 2018 💙

:: then on world vegan day the arm was finally relieved of the plaster. rejoice!

off with the plaster! nov 1, 2018

i had expected the left arm to be thin and weak. instead it turned out to be thicker and the hand swollen, and weak. an ugly sight. and there'll be a lot of work with physiotherapy at home. the muscles are shorter, the broken, cured bones rigid and un-cooperative. i'm basically still the one-armed cat vomit slip woman. but i'm working on it. and it's such a relief to take a decent shower and not having to worry about getting the plaster wet.

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:: world vegan day, a reminder that as long as we continue to eat the flesh of innocent beings the world will continue to be a violent place. meat eating is of course not only violent and unhealthy, but also one of the largest contributors to climate change. and yet it continues to be the elephant in the room that politicians and individuals alike refuse to seriously address.

make the connection, please.

lush treats for hands and body, nov 2018

:: the arm in freedom needs a lot of TLC, apart from physio, so i got it some handscrub and handcream at lush. and look, the amazing snow fairy scent is now available in body spray too. swoon.

maria nila vegan haircare awesomeness, november 2018

:: and for world vegan day there was also a special price on fabulous, swedish, vegan haircare brand maria nila and as i've almost worked my way through all my old haircare products it was a perfect time to get some.

with the buying came the option of getting it delivered, included in price, instead of having to pick it up at the post office. and with the one hand issue i thought that would be good. turned out to be not merely a good, but a great solution. the company budbee home delivers between 5pm and 10pm, with an estimaated delivery time. after 5pm you get updates in real time and you can follow the driver's progress on a map on the phone. with moments of "oh no, you should have turned left there!".

how many of us haven't wasted days waiting for deliveries from the old, giant delivery companies that obviously don't really care about customer service "we'll be there sometime between 8 am and 5 pm"?

maria nila vegan haircare awesomeness, november 2018

if budbee follows labour laws and has decent salaries - of which don't know, but start-ups can be notorious for not heeding to that... - i think they have a great and highly service-minded idea.

and as sharing is caring someone loved the box the products came in too.

maria nila vegan haircare awesomeness, november 2018

dear november, if you could please continue to be just as great as you've started, i would be ever so grateful and happy.

william morris exhibition, millesgården, october 25, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

the purrfect dress that wasn't meant to be and other weekly snippets

stockholm suburb october 2018

counting down to plaster comes off day - 10 now.

and before that there's a day to "celebrate" i've become yet another year older. and a year wiser, that's more celebratory in my world. 3 days to that.

for years i used to get myself a pair of shoes for my birthday. but since i do shy away from buying leather for some years now that's not an option.

- not counting the fact that i don't really need more shoes. other than a pair of icebugs for what i dread will be another winter of crazy icy streets in stockholm. but that's of course an investment in my safety and health, not a fashion/consumerism thing. -

the purrfect 🐱dress that wasn’t meant to be, october 2018

i didn't get myself anything last year, if a leaky roof and the costs and worry that held counts. but this year i wanted to gift myself a special dress. and as you can see this one meowed my name loud and clear. pink. cats. om my gosh.

the purrfect 🐱dress that wasn’t meant to be, october 2018

as it was impossible to try it on properly in the changing room due to plaster inconvenience, but it looked like it would fit, i got it to be returned if it didn't.

it didn't. if it wasn't such a disappointment for a not so crazy cat lady with a penchant for pink, it would be laughable. clearly the dress was made for flatchested cat women. myself i showed the infamous, unflattering loaf bosom instead. so back it went. got myself a little scarf in the same fabric. i'm hoping i'll be able to use it for some fine, literally pussy bows with it on other dresses and blouses.

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i also got myself some lovely rooibos tea in a moomin tin. one odd and annoying little thing with a broken arm is that it's impossible to fill loose tea in bags and strainers. the angle is just too painful. so when not someone is around to help i've had to have tea bags only. it's a rare treat when i get to fill a bag of my own with help. and when the plaster comes off it will be a standard again, hooray!

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this week's special coffee was a cococcino at johan & nyström, coconut oil and oat milk, new on their autumn menu. it was nice, but i do prefer their excellent oat latte. best thing was meeting this chocolate coloured sweetheart named laika. i even got a friendly little cuddle. cafes that allow dog guests are just so much better than any other cafes.

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ben & jerry’s vegan nicecream, october 2018

as ben & jerry's wonderful, palmoil free, vegan nicecream costs the equivalent of gold in sweden, it was excitement when i realised coop stores sold it at 50% discount this week. i may have stocked up. a bit. my absolute favourite is peanutbutter & cookies, unfortunately everyone else seem to think so too. i don't like chunky monkey much. but chocolate fudge brownie ain't half bad either.

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stockholm has been pretty in october.

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i've also re-discovered the joys of the library. i still do prefer to own books from my favourite authors and such. just because i love to write in them, take notes, re-read passages and so forth. but with books and writers i'm uncertain of it's perfect to take them for a test read i e borrow them at the library.

right now i need a lot of feel-good books, to stop brooding and rest the brain. not a genre i like to buy, if not from charity shops. so that's where library books come handy too. currently devouring the 'mad about the boy' in the bridget jones-series. as she's now meant to be around my age it's interesting to see how it's partly easy to relate to parts of her life after mark darcy passed away (sob) partly i'm feeling like a very proper grown-up (even with my fondness for bobbaloos and sonny angels). she's still such a crazy immature character. which i suppose is part of the entertainment of the book, of course.

luddkolt’s british shorthair, october 2018 -

my hand has been pretty sore regularly this week. like in growing pains or muscle soreness. not unbearable, touch wood. but i get a bit panicky because i just want to rip the plaster off and flex, exercise it in a much less restricted way. counting the days indeed.

i'm glad i have the muppets - even if one of them obviously also is the cause of all this... - that try their very best to keep me occupied. or use me to their advantage, that cast is the perfect rest for a cat head...

but mostly they're just cute overload. and much much much better than any cat dress.

luddkolt’s british shorthair, october 2018 -

vegan food at home, october 2018 -

cheers (in a ginger shot) to another october week, 
may it be special, colourful and joyous ~
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