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October 15, 2015
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Creamy roasted vegetable soup with beans and thyme. Vegan.

Cremet knoldselleri og blomkålssuppe med bønner og timian. Vegansk. 

Creamy roasted vegetable soup with beans and thyme. Vegan.

I am writing this post from a lovely summerhouse at Mallorca overlooking the sea. I have a wonderful grand mother who has invited my entire lovely family to this beautiful island. Unlike our other family trips (which had Jordan, Turkey and Morocco as destinations) we are just staying the same place and then go for day trips. It’s great. The big house has become our little family fort for a week and it’s so cosy running around between the rooms (I share a room with my sweet 8-year-old cousin – so wonderful), sit and talk on the patio, play board games in the big common room and cook in shifts in the small kitchen. Rather like being on a summer camp.

Jeg sidder i skrivende stund I et skønt sommerhus på Mallorca med udsigt over havet. Min dejlige mormor har igenigen inviteret hele familien på tur. Modsat vores andre fælles ferier (der gik til Tyrkiet, Jordan og Marokko) bor vi denne gang et fast sted og tager på dagsture. Det er så hyggeligt. Det store sommerhus er blevet vores fælles hjem, og der er intet skønnere end at rende rundt fra værelse til værelse (jeg ar fået æren af at dele værelse med min søde kusine på 8), snakke lange snakke på terrassen mens man kigger ud over havet, spille brætspil i den store fælles stue og lave mad på hold i det lille køkken. Her er lejrtursstemning og det er dejligt.

Creamy roasted vegetable soup with beans and thyme. Vegan.

It’s wonderful to be able to stretch the summer a little longer by going here – it’s as warm as Danish summer. Today, however it’s rather gray, so we are relaxing at home, and will go to the town Inca later. The gray weather reminded me of this lovely soup I made just before I went to Mallorca. So comforting and very filling due to the white beans – a perfect autumn meal.

Det er dejligt sådan at kunne trække sommeren lidt længere ved at tage til Mallorca – her er som god dansk sommer. Lige akkurat i dag er det dog lidt gråt, så vi hygger hjemme, tager ind til Inca senere, og jeg tænker på denne dejlige suppe jeg lavede, inden vi tog af sted. Så skøn og dejligt mættende pga. bønnerne – et skønt efterårsmåltid.

Creamy roasted vegetable soup with beans and thyme. Vegan.

Originally I wanted to roast the vegetables in the oven, but I was lazy and decided just to roast them in the pot. The result was amazing – and there’ll be much less dishes to do and no oven to preheat and all that stuff. Hehe, I’m impatient I know.

I served it with Green Kitchen Stories’ gluten free vegetable buns – they are amazing.

Grøntsagerne er ristet på panden i stedet for i ovnen, hvilket betyder mindre opvask og mindre tid – hehe, jeg er så utålmodig, jeg ved det…

Jeg serverede suppen med Green Kitchen Stories’ glutenfrie grøntsagsboller – så godt!

Roasted Celeriac and Cauliflower Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Creamy roasted vegetable soup with beans and thyme. Vegan.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium celeriac
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 can of white beans or chickpeas (I used butter beans)
  • 1 handful thyme
  • ½ cup plant milk (or more water)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat up the oil in a large saucepan. Chop the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the celeriac and cauliflower into small chunks (the smaller they are the shorter the cook time will be). Roast/fry for 10 minutes. Pour over the boiling water and bring it to the boil. Cover and let simmer for approx. 20 minutes. (depending on the size of the veggie chunks).
  3. Once the vegetables are tender transfer everything to a blender (or use an immersion blender). Add in the beans and thyme and blend until completely smooth (approx. 3 minutes).
  4. Pour back into the pan and add in the plant milk until you reach the desired consistency and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The soup freezes well.
http://sproutedfig.com/roasted-celeriac-and-cauliflower-soup/

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October 5, 2015

Denne post vil kun blive skrevet på engelsk, da den er en del af et engelsk link up. Jeg er tilbage på dansk straks igen. 

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Happy October! Oh how I’ve been looking forward to this month for such a long time – I can’t wait to cook all kinds of fall-ish stuff. But in the meantime it’s time for another round of Secret Recipe Club (I am having quite a great time with this, yes I have).

This month I was assigned My Hobbie Lobbie as my blog from which to make a dish. The blog is run by sweet Trisha who’s a full time baker (how cool is that?) who also runs the site Claire’s Baking Supplies where she outlives her love for being crafty.

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I’ve been quite busy lately (yes, even in my gap year), so I wanted to make something a little simple. I fell in love with bith these fruit n’ nut balls (love the idea of adding almond meal to bliss balls) and this chickpea salad which sounds amazing and remind me of my trip to Israel. Oh and savory pancakes – sounds sooooooo good.

Eventually I settled for this amazing chunky guacamole. The funny thing about guacamole is that every person has it’s own way of making it. I usually make mine rather smooth and keep it simple by just adding spring onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper – but I loved the idea of making it chunky and adding tomatoes and cilantro. Seriously, cilantro can make anything better. Love that stuff.

 

This guac was amazing – and I’ll definitely be making chunky quacamole again. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

Original recipe.

 

SRC – Chunky Gaucamole

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ onion (I used red)
  • 1 big tomato (or three small)
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sour lime juice, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pit, skin and chop the avocado (I always do it like in this gif – by far the easiest), chop the onion, tomato, chili and coriander.
  2. Mix everything together and season with salt and lemon juice. Serve right away.
http://sproutedfig.com/src-chunky-gaucamole/

September 27, 2015

The healthiest salty snack in the world. Protein packed, low fat, low carb chickpea chips.

Verdens sundeste salte snack. Fulde af protein, fedtfattige og low carb kikærtechips

The healthiest salty snack in the world. Protein packed, low fat, low carb chickpea chips.

The blog has had a little face lift. Yay! I know… “Again?” you are probably thinking. But the thing is I am currently in a mood where I want to change a lot of things. Clean up. Declutter. Do you know that feeling? Sometimes I just feel like I’ve gotten too many things around me. Too much to look at. So this week I’ve decluttered my bathroom and my closet and parts of my room. So obviously the blog had to get a make over too. I had to make it simpler – just like my room.

But the makeover is nothing compared to what plans I have for the blog. Because finally, finally, FINALLY I think I’ve found a new name. I seriously want to throw up every time I hear “The Smoothie Lover”. I don’t know what the h*ll I was thinking of when I chose it. Anyway, I might or might not have spend the last two hours trying to figure out how to change the domain but still have the old one, which then redirects over to the new domain. I still haven’t figured it out and I am so tired from reading and reading, so I’ll just keep this post nice and short.

HELP! Does anyone know how to change the domain name without losing all of your links to your blog? Like how to redirect from your old domain to your new. Thank you so much!

Jubiii, bloggen har fået en makeover igen. Jeg ved det… “Nu igen”, tænker du nok. Sagen er at jeg for tiden har brug for at rydde op i alt. Rydde ud. Smide væk. Simplificere. I den her uge har både mit skab (som stadig har for mange ting), mit badeværelse og dele af mit værelse været udsat for den helt store forårsrengøring. Og stadig synes jeg, der er for meget. Så bloggen skulle også have en tur. Mere simpel tak!

Men det her lillle ansigtsløft er kun starten. For endelig, endelig, ENDELIG har jeg fundet et nyt navn til bloggen. Jeg er seriæst ved at brække mig hver gang jeg hører ordene “The Smoothie Lover”. Hvad sytten tænkte jeg lige på, da jeg valgte det? Anyway, jeg er nu ved at finde ud af hvordan man lige skifter domænenavn. Vel og mærke på en sådan måde, at man ikke mister det gamle. Altså sådan at man automatisk bliver dirigeret over på det nye domæne, hvis man indtaster det gamle. Så jeg ikke mister alle mine gamle links. Det er noget så svært. Jeg har nu brugt de sidste to timer på at søge rundt, men helt uden nytte desærre. Så…

HJÆLP! Hvis nogen ved, hvordan man skifter domænenavn uden at miste trafik (altså så man bare bliver dirigeret over på den nye, hvis man klikker på et link, der fører til det gamle domæne), så tager jeg imod enhver form for hjælp med kyshånd. Tak!

The healthiest salty snack in the world. Protein packed, low fat, low carb chickpea chips. The healthiest salty snack in the world. Protein packed, low fat, low carb chickpea chips.

These snacks are actually not my invention, but they are so good they deserve to be shared with the world. At home we call them “Mette-snacks” after my lovely aunt Mette. Because it is she who have told me how to make these ingenious healthy, protein packed, low fat, low carb “chips”. (Actually she didn’t invent them either – one of her colleagues did, so shout out to my aunt’s colleague who has made the best savory snack ever). I’ve been wanting to share the recipe (which btw is super simple) for a while (actually a year, but shhh…) and I am so happy to finally introduce you to

The Healthiest Salty Snack in The World

Enjoy!

De her skønne kikærtesnacks er faktisk ikke min opfindelse, men de er så skønne og fortjener virkelig at blive delt med verden. Herhjemme hedder de “Mette-snacks” efter min søde moster, for det er nemlig hende, der har lært mig at lave disse geniale, sunde, protein-pakkede, fedt fattige og kulhydrat fattige “chips”. (Faktisk er det heller ikke hendes opfindelse – en af hendes kollegaer fandt på dem, så shout out til min mosters kollega for at have lavet de mest fantastiske snacks i verden). Jeg har villet dele den her opskrift (som er super simpel) rigtig længe (faktisk et år, men shh…), så jeg er glad for endelig at kunne introducere jer til 

Den sundeste salte snack i verden

Velbekomme!

Chickpea Snacks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

The healthiest salty snack in the world. Protein packed, low fat, low carb chickpea chips.

Ingredients

  • 500 g. (approx 2 cups) dried chickpeas*
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt

Instructions

  1. The day before, cover the chickpeas with water and let them soak over night.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and cook them by boiling them in plenty of water according to the package. Let cool down slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F. Place the chicpeas in a plastic bag. Add the oil and salt to the back, make a knot and mix very well to make sure the oil is evenly contributed.
  4. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hour stirring from time to time. Check the chickpeas after one hour. Take one chickpea out and place it on the counter to cool down. Then taste for "crispy-ness". They should be completely crispy, but not burned.

Notes

* I haven't tried using canned yet, but I think canned chickpeas work fine too. ** I am going to try using sprouted chickpeas too soon.

http://sproutedfig.com/chickpea-snacks/

September 20, 2015

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free blender fudge brownies sweetened with dates. What more could you ask for?

Sunde brownies! Super lækre, veganske, korn frie, gluten frie brownies lavet i en blender og sødet med dadler. Hvad mere kan man ønske sig?

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

I know I’ve posted quite a lot of vegan stuff lately. Just as a disclaimer: I am not vegan (; I just feel so good when making something vegan. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about animal welfare and I really like the idea of veganism. Because gosh, most of the animals out there have horrible, horrible lives. I do however not plan on going completely vegan. But I definitely like to cut down on animal products – especially if the outcome is just as delicious and healthy as these lovely brownies.

Jeg har vikrlieg fået lavet en masse veganske retter på det sidste – bare lige for at få det på den sikre side: jeg er ikke veganer. Men jeg får det enormt godt med mig selv, når jeg laver noget vegansk. Det sidste stykke tid har jeg læst en masse om dyrevelfærd, og jeg snakkede med nogen veganere på Israel turen, og ej, hvor har dyrene bare ikke sjovt liv. Jeg bliver nok ikke veganer lige foreløbig, men skærer ned på animalske produkter – og det er så skønt, når det så endda smager godt og er super sundt, som disse brownies.

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

There isn’t much to say about the brownies other than they are aaaaaaamazing. So instead I thought I’d finally write a little about what I am doing now. You know having graduated high school, but not going to uni right away…

So if you just came for the brownies, please feel free to scroll to the bottom (;

I’ll try and do this short

 

The weird Danes

So no, I am not being unambitious and lazy taking a gap year. It is a very common thing to do in Denmark. I think maybe one in ten people go right to university – the rest take a year or two (or three) off. But what do we young Danes do for an entire year? Don’t worry – we don’t just sleep and watch Netflix (lol, I never watch Netflix, but whatever) (okay, maybe some do – but that’s like a veeeery small part).

Most people start out by getting their first “proper” full time job and experience the labour market. And there are so many different weird things to do – salesman, piccolo, archivist, sports coach, retail manager, runners, flower delivery boy etc. etc. And you learn so much from your first job – I speak from experience already.

And then comes the “real” fun – and there are so many things to chose from

Taking a language course in another country, moving to another country for a short amount of time, going packpacking the most amazing places, doing charity work in third world countries… And mine: going to a folk high school

 

What about me?

Right now I work as a substitute teacher at my own elementary- and middle school – and I love it! I love teaching and I love working with children. The other substitute teachers and teachers are amazing and so are the children. I’ve only been working for one month and a half and I already feel like I’ve learned so much. Admittedly, I am insanely tired when I get home – but it’s the good kind of tired (:

Not having any homework means I’ve got some more spare time – so I’ve started playing the piano again. And I plan on starting doing pilates. Oh, and I help two girls with math – yay!

 

The near future and folk high schools

Originally I planned on going to what we call a folk high school from January to June next year. But I love my job so much I’ve started to think of doing it later on.

But I am definitely going to a folk high school at some point. So what is this weird thing? Well, at folk high school is a very Danish thing. You don’t have it anywhere else and they are very hard to explain, because they are such a deep part of our culture, but I’ll try :)

– It is basically a kind of boarding school where you go for half a year.

– They are all situated in the countryside, because the purpose of the schools is to be there and not anywhere else.

– You take sports- and/or creative subjects (daaaaaaancing for half a year – woohoo!) and also some general subjects where you learn about the world (mandatory).

– You get to live together with around 60 other people your age, which 1) teaches you to live together with a lot of other people, and 2) hopefully give you some new friends

Anyway, the time a folk high school is said to be the time of your life (if you like to live together with other people, that is) and I can’t wait. I’ve been dreaming of going for the past 4 years.

Maybe I’ll take some time travelling too… We’ll see.

 

The future

Well, I’ve got no idea. Or actually I’ve got too many ideas. But I will definitely go to uni – most likely University of Copenhagen. But if I’ll study landscape architecture, biology, neuroscience or something completely different I still don’t know. But it’s another thing I will have to figure out during my gap yeat.

Der er ikke så meget at sige om de her brownies, andet end de er fantastiske. Så i stedet vil jeg lige give en kort update på hvad jeg går og laver – i mit sabbatår. 

Lige nu er jeg lærevikar på min gamle hovedskole, og det er jeg ubeskriveligt glad for. Det er virkelig sjovt og lærerrigt og alle – både lærere, vikarer og elever – er så søde. Planen er at jeg skal på højskole på et tidspunkt – men hvornår ved jeg ikke helt endnu, for jeg er blevet lidt forelsket i mit skønne job. Men på højskole, det skal jeg! Jeg har villet på højskole lige siden 9. (hvor jeg ikke fik lov at tage på efterskole), så NU er tiden. Og jep, der skal danses!

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

Aaaand, back to the brownies – enjoy!

Oh, and I topped them off with my raw vegan hot fudge sauce (which I am addicted to, no shame)

Vegan date sweetened fudge brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soft dates (eventually soaked 1 hour)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or other taste neutral oil)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 360°F
  2. Place chia seeds and water in a small bowl or glass and let sit for 10-15 minutes to turn into a gel.
  3. Now place dates, chia-water-mixture, melted coconut oil and apple sauce in a blender and been until completely smooth. Add in the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder and blend to combine.
  4. Pour into a baking safe dish and bake for approx. 20 minutes - the cake should be fudge but not under-baked.
  5. Let cool before serving. TIP! The cake is even better left over night in the fridge. Yumm...
http://sproutedfig.com/vegan-date-sweetened-fudge-brownies-the-future/

September 15, 2015

Sunde romkugler. Veganske og fedt fattige. 

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.

VEGAN HEALTHY RUM BALLS, DATE SWEETENED

I used to love rum balls. Like a lot. It’d be my first choice at the bakery (well, maybe second after scones, but whatever). They just have such an amazing flavour and texture and argh… So good. So when one of my friends, Anna, wrote me last week telling me she had made healthy rum balls and demanding me making them, I didn’t hesitate long. Less than 12 hours after I had a big box full of delicious super healthy rum balls that tastes just like the real thing! Seriously.

Romkugler har altid været mit number one choice hos bageren (okay, måske kun lige overgået af scones, for de er godt nok for gode). Jeg er bare helt vild med den cremede konsistens, deres tung-hed (kan man overhovedet sige det?) og smagt og argh… De er bare så gode! Så da en af mine veninder, Anna, skrev til mig, at hun havde lavet sunde romkugler og forlangte at jeg lavede dem, tøvede jeg ikke længe. Mindre end 12 timer efter havde jeg en dejlig stor boks med de skønneste, sunde romkugler.

I do not claim to have any rights over this music. The rights to this music belongs to the band Beirut. Please  go to their webpage or find them on iTunes or something like it to listen to their awesome music!

My friend just wrote to me what she’d added to the rum balls – and then I‘ve figured out the ratios. Anna, you’re a genius!

The rum balls are sweetened with dates nd have grounded oats as a base, which makes them not only healthy and filling, but also low in fats and low calorie compared the real thing. Epic win!

You can get almond and rum extract in ordinary super markets – they should be situated next to the baking stuff. Otherwise just use real rum – the amount of alcohol will be so small the balls can still be considered healthy.

Anna skrev bare, hvad hun havde puttet i romkuglerne og så lavede jeg ellers selv opskriften – Anna, du er et geni. De er sødes med dadler, der også agerer som det middel, der får dem til at hænge sammen. Og så er de lavet med havregryn, der ikke blot gør, der er lidt fedt i, men også gør, de er mere energifattige end almindelige romkugler. Øj, jatak!

Rom- og mandel ekstrakt kan købes i de fleste supermarkeder. Det står sammen med bageartiklerne, og er ikke spor dyre. Ellers kan du putte rigtig rom i. Bare rolig, de vil stadig være sunde, da der er meget lidt alkohol i den enkelte romkugle.

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On a completely other note: Musical started yesterday and I am devastated because I can’t join this year, since I am going to what we call a Folk High School (more about that and the future soon…) in the spring, which means I won’t be home for the show. *Sigh…* It’s been my life the past two years. It cured me from my ballet-heart-break. So knowing most of the old team met yesterday for practice without me just makes me so, so sad. Jesus, how I wish I could join.

Anyway, sorry for mourning… Good thing I’ve got rum balls to cheer me up…

Read about my musicals here and here.

Bare for lige at skifte totalt emne, så er jeg virkelig lidt ked af det… Musical startede igen i går, og jeg skal ikke med i år, da jeg tager på højskole til foråret, og derfor ikke er hjemme til forestillingerne. Så ja, at vide næsten hele det gamle hold mødtes i går og lavede sjov og dansede gør mig ret så knust. Åh, hvor ville jeg ønske, jeg skulle være med.

Undskyld for beklagelsen – godt jeg har romkugler til trøst…

Musical her og her.

Healthy Rum Balls

Yield: 10 small rum balls

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240mL) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cashews or almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) dates, about 5 medium dates
  • 1/4 cup (60mL / 4 tbsp) coffee (you can use decaf)
  • 1-2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. rum extract (or 1 tbsp. rum)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or 1 more date.
  • Optional: melted dark chocolate for dipping, desiccated coconut for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place oats and cashews in a blender and blend until it turns into flour. Add in salt and cocoa powder and pulse to combine.
  2. Now add in the dates and blend until there are no lumps left. Pour in coffee and extracts and pulse until it resembles dough. Add in maple syrup or more dates if needed.
  3. Roll into balls. Eventually dip the balls in melted dark chocolate or roll them in desiccated coconut.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
http://sproutedfig.com/healthy-rum-balls/

 

September 11, 2015

Vegan autumn stew with chickpeas, buckwheat, hokkaido, tomato, kale and warm spices.

Vegansk/ vegetraisk gryderet med kikærter, boghvede, hokkaido, tomat, grønkål og varme krydderier.

Vegan / Vegetarian Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric

I love the first day of autumn. Not the first rainy cold day. Just the first day where you can feel, the air has changed. It happens over night. One day you just step out of the door and the air has gone colder. Not cool. Just colder. More crisp. More clean.

I love it. That day of the year always arrive unexpectedly. You have to chance of predicting it. It’s just suddenly there.

That day was yesterday.

Jeg elsker, elsker, elsker den første efterårsdag. Ikke den der kedelige grå mørke regnfyldte møgdag, man kan vide sig sikker på, der kommer mange af hvert år. Nej, jeg elsker den virkelig første efterårsdag. Den dag, hvor du træder ud af døren, og hele luften virker forandret. Køligere, men ikke kold. Mere knasende. Mere ren.

Jeg elsker det. Denne skønne ene-dag-om-året kommer altid uanmeldt. Man har ingen chance for at forudsige den. Den er der bare lige pludselig.

Den dag var i går.

Vegan / Vegetarian Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric Vegan / Vegetarian Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric

I know I say it every. single. year, but I love autumn. So yesterday was a wonderful day. I love summer and summer food – but oh, how I’ve missed autumn and it’s warm and spicy foods. Soups, stews, oatmeal (okay, I eat that all year round, but whatever)…

So to welcome fall I whipped this delicious vegan stew up. It’s so delicious and comforting and filling and warm and packed full of warm spices. Hi autumn!

Jeg ved jeg siger det hvert eneste år, men jeg elsker efterår. Så i går var en god dag, kan I nok regne ud. Jeg elsker sommer, bevares, og al sommermaden, men ih hvor har jeg savnet varm krydret mad. Supper, gryderetter, grød (okay, okay, jeg spiser grød 24/7/52, men I forstår hvad jeg mener)…

Så for at sige velkommen til efteråret, måtte jeg bare lave en gryderet igen. Det blev denne lækre, hyggelige, varme, mættende, sunde gryderet med et ton af varme krydderier. Hej efterår!

Vegan / Vegetarian Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric Vegan / Vegetarian Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric

This stew is packed full of superfoods, take for instance…

…turmeric! Turmeric is an amazing natural remedy towards colds and the flu. It has similar affects as anti-inflammatory medicine and is a very strong antioxidant. Perfect for battling the flu this autumn! Source

… kale! Loads of kale to insure you get a lot of calcium and vitamin A (both important things to think about when eating a vegetarian diet)

… buckwheat! Buckwheat is excellent for your cardiovascular system, since it has been proved to lower the risk of high cholesterol levels. And it contains even more fibre than oatmeal per gram. Source

Denne gryderet er smadder pakket med alt muligt godt til efteråret, fx …

…gurkemeje! Naturens eget remedium mod forkølelse og influenza. Det smukke krydderi har nogen af de samme effekter som anti-inflammatorisk medicin og er en utrolig stærkt antioxidant. Kilde

… grønkål! Massere af grønkål for en masse kalcium og vitamin A – to ting, der er specielt vigtige at tænke på i en vegetarisk kost.

… boghvede! Boghvede er smadder godt for det kardiovaskulære system (blog og hjerte), da det kan sænke kolesterolniveauet. Og så indeholder det mere fiber end havregryn pr. gram. Kilde

Pumpkin Buckwheat Stew with Kale and Turmeric

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 hokkaido pumpkin
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-½ chilli (depending on how spicy you want the stew)
  • 250 g. tomatoes (approx. 2 big tomatoes or 2 cups cherry tomatoes)
  • 3 tbsp. olive/ coconut oil (or ghee for non-vegan)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (or a dash of cinnamon)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup (750 mL) cooked chickpeas (equals 1 can)
  • 1 handful kale

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables: Peel the pumpkin and cut it into smaller squares (approx. 2x2cm/ ½ -1 inch). Chop the onion and chilli and press the garlic cloves. Dice the tomatoes.
  2. In a large iron pan (or just big sauce pan) heat up the oil. Fry the onion, garlic and chilli for 5 minutes. Then add in the cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. Stir around, then add in the tomato puree and fry for another 5 minutes. Lastly add the diced tomatoes and Hokkaido and fry for 5 more minutes.
  3. Pour in the water (start with 3 cups and add more as needed), cinnamon sticks and buckwheat groats, cover and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes (or until the Hokkaido is tender).
  4. Season with apple cider vinegar and add in the cooked chickpeas and chopped kale just before serving.
  5. Serve with cilantro and eventually flat bread.
http://sproutedfig.com/pumpkin-buckwheat-stew-with-kale-and-turmeric/

September 7, 2015

Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies

Denne post vil kun blive skrevet på engelsk, da den er en del af et engelsk link up. Jeg er tilbage på dansk straks igen. 

Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies

This is so exiting! For a long time I’ve been wanting to join a food blogger group/ society and now I finally have. Let me introduce you to The Secret Recipe Club (SRC). I came across this lovely group through 84th and 3rd , and I was in love instantly. The idea is that you each month get assigned another blog which you should make a recipe from – without telling the blogger. Such a wonderful idea!

Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies

This month I got the amazing blog Chit Chat Chomp, and I am so happy I did. Leigh, the wonderful blogger behind, creates the most amazing recipes and takes incredibly cute photos. AND she is a lover of French food (yes please!) and tea. There are so many things I love about Leigh’s lovely blog. Here are just three of them:

– She used to have all these great abbreviations in her recipe index (she just changed it and the new system is even more brilliant, but still…). I thought the idea was so brilliant I have added them to my recipe index too (:

– Her “My pantry staples” page is just brilliant!

– She makes everything refined sugar free and has an entire refined sugar free- and fructose free section in her recipe index. Great!

Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies Vegan, sugar free, grain free chocolate chip cookies

I’ve had such a great time looking around on Chit Chat Chomp and it was so hard to choose a recipe. Eventually I settled for these amazing vegan, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free almond chocolate chip cookies. Because one can never have too many cookie recipes right?

They are so delicious! Brilliant recipe Leigh!

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super delicious healthy, grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan chocolate chip cookies - that don't taste healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (225 g.) almond meal (or finely ground almonds)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (I used sugar free chocolate chips instead)
  • 2 tbsp. rice malt syrup (or raw honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or beans from 1/2 pod of vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C / 340°F
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Place tbsp. sized dollops of dough on a baking sheet with baking paper. Press them down a little and bake for 10-13 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Let cool completely - they are too fragile to pick up while warm.
http://sproutedfig.com/src-almond-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

September 6, 2015

Healthy, dark chocolate tahini sauce. Perfect for topping off oatmeal, nana-ice cream or desserts.

Sund, rå, mørk og lækker chokolade tahin sauce. Perfekt itl grød, banan-is og desserter. 

Healthy, raw, vegan hot fudge sauce. So dark, delicious and luscious.  The healthiest chocolate sauce you'll ever make.

Sorry for the tahini spamming. Both here on the blog and on Instagram.

The thing is that I’ve been obsessed with tahini ever since I came home from Israel. That stuff is just so insanely delicious, healthy and not least versatile. Caramels, dressings, desserts, cookies, on toast, as topping… The possibilities are endless. Seriously. You wait. In a couple of weeks I will probably be making tahini soup or ice cream (hey, the latter doesn’t sound really bad come to think of it…) Okay, I promise to stop before I get any more good insane ideas.

Jeg beklager overfloden af tahin billeder for tiden. Både her på bloggen og på Instagram

Men jeg kan bare ikke gøre for det. Lige siden jeg kom hjem fra Israel har jeg været besat af tahin. Den lækre sesamsmør er bare så skøn og kan bruges til alt. Virkelig. Tænk karameller, dressinger, desserter, cookies, på toast, ren som topping. Anything. Bare vent, om lidt danser jeg sikkert rundt i køkkenet i fuld sving med at lave tahin suppe eller tahin is (hey, den sidste er faktisk ikke så dum igen…). Okay, jeg stopper, før jeg får flere gode skøre ideer.

Healthy, raw, vegan hot fudge sauce. So dark, delicious and luscious.  The healthiest chocolate sauce you'll ever make.

Well, this sauce… Oh my! I am not joking when I say it is one of the best chocolate sauces I’ve ever had. Dark, dark, creamy, flavorful, luscious, not-too-sweet chocolate sauce. Which actually tastes like chocolate – not that sugar-y stuff you used to get as a child for ice cream desserts, that didn’t even taste like chocolate, but more like cocoa flavoured sugar sauce. No, this is the real deal. With less sweetener, which leaves plenty of space for the cocoa to shine through.

Okay, så den her sauce er så noget af det bedste, jeg nogensinde har smagt. No joke. Mørk, mørk, mørk, cremet, fuld af smag, lækker, ikke-for-sød chokolade sauce. Som endda smager af chokolade – ikke som den sukker sirup med et snært af kakao, jeg fik som barn, der ikke engang smagte af chokolade. Nej det her er the real deal med mindre sukker, så chokoladen får lov at dominere i en fantastisk saucedrøm. Jatak!

Healthy, raw, vegan hot fudge sauce. So dark, delicious and luscious.  The healthiest chocolate sauce you'll ever make.

This recipe is a result of the combination of two of my biggest obsessions: tahini and getting creative in the breakfast kitchen with all kinds of different nana-ice creams and oatmeal combinations with 700 different kinds of toppings. So use it to top off oatmeal, yoghurt of choice, nice cream, smoothies and desserts.

Or eat it by the spoon like I do. 

Denne opskrift er resultatet af en kombination af to af mine største besættelser: tahin og så det at gå helt krea-amok i morgenmadskøkkenet med oceaner af banan-is og grødkreationer og 700 forskellige slags toppings. Muuuuums. Så brug saucen som topping til grød, yoghurt, banan-is, smoothies eller desserter. 

Eller spis det med ske, som jeg gør. 

Raw Hot Fudge Sauce

Healthy, dark chocolate tahini sauce. Perfect for topping off oatmeal, nana-ice cream or desserts.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp. raw cocoa powder (you can use non-raw)
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey*
  • 1/2 cup water, approximately

Instructions

  1. In a jar, mix togehter tahin, cocoa powder and honey. Add in water as needed.
  2. Store in a jar in the fridge for a week (but it won't last that long - I promise)

Notes

* Sub agave for vegan version

http://sproutedfig.com/raw-vegan-hot-fudge-sauce/

August 30, 2015

Halva recipe – tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Halva opskrift – tahin karameller der smager ligesom flødekarameller. Sunde og uden raffineret sukker.  

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

I am the kind of person who brings back food as souvenirs from vacations (as all of you who follow me on Instagram knows). There is just something special about buying authentic, local foods right from the manufacturer in some small shop or booth and bringing it home in your own suitcase all by yourself. No big containers and mass import. It makes me oddly happy.

In Israel I was lucky enough to get to visit a small, family-owned, 200-year-old halva and tahini factory. It was so nice to see such an old factory with all the old machines and hear about the old methods for roasting sesame seeds.

Aaaaand I had to buy a big jar of tahini and a huge chunk of halva.

Jeg er en af de der skøre mennesker, der tager mad hjem som souvenirs fra ferier. Der er bare et eller andet over at købe noget lækkert, lokalt mad direkte fra producenten og selv tage det med hjem i kufferten – helt uden om masseproduktion og store containerskibe.

I Israel var jeg så heldig at få lov at besøge en 200 år gammel tahin og halva fabrik, hvor de producerede tahin, som de gjorde for 200 år siden – på det helt samme maskiner!

Og ja, selvfølgelig skulle der en båtte tahin og et stort stykke halva med hjem, det skulle der da.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

So, what is halva? The quick answer is “my new favourite sweet”.

Halva is a kind of tahini fudge which they serve everywhere in Israel. I fell in love at the first bite. It tastes like tahini and have the loveliest consistency on earth. And it’s not even that bad for you. Can you imagine?

Halva is made from nothing but tahini and honey. That’s it. Full of healthy fats from the sesame butter and made completely without refined sugar. Uhm, yes please!! Okay so halva might not exactly be good for you considered the big amount of honey. But then again – you only need a bite or two. And it is certainly better than usual fudge and caramels.

Så, hvad er halva? Mit nye yndlingsslik.

Halva er en form for tahin karameller, som de serverer alle steder i Israel. Det smager som tahin og honning og har den lækreste konsistens. Og så er det endda ikke så usundt, som man skulle tro. Halva er nemlig lavet af tahin og honning. That’s it. Stopfyldt med sundt fedt fra sesam smøret og helt uden rafineret sukker. Jatak! Okay, der er indrømmet ret meget sukker i pga. honinnegn, men så igen – det er bedre end så meget andet.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Coming home I had to make my own halva. (Un)fortunately it didn’t turn out exactly like the one I had in Israel. But I decided to share the recipe anyway, because guess what? It tastes exactly like good old cream caramels (with a hint of sesame, but who’s complaining here?) – you know, those made with butter, heavy cream and sugar. It must be magic! Really.

So here it is. Enjoy a piece of sticky, sweet caramel – all natural!

Da jeg kom hjem blev jeg simpelthen nødt til at prøve at lave halva selv. (U)heldigvis blev det ikke præcis som det, jeg fik i Israel. Men opskriften skulle alligevel på bloggen, for der skete noget magisk… Resultatet smager nemlig fuldstændig som gode gammeldags flødekarameller (med et hint af tahin, men jeg klager ikke) – du ved, de gode gamle klistrede lysebrune (lækre) karameller lavet med smør, fløde og sukker. Hvis det ikke er magi, ved jeg ikke hvad det er.

Så værsgo’ og nyd et lækkert stykke klistret karamel – helt naturligt!

Tahini Fudge aka. Faux Halva

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup tahini
  • Eventually ad-ins: pistachios, almonds, cranberries…

Instructions

  1. In a small pot heat up the honey ‘till it reach the “soft-ball” state (118°C / 235°F). Meanwhile heat the tahini slightly in another bowl. Once the honey is hot, add in the warmed tahini and stir very well.
  2. Eventually add in nuts or dried fruits.
  3. Pour into a small dish covered with baking paper and refrigerate for 1 at least 1 hour before cutting into smaller squares.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
http://sproutedfig.com/tahini-fudge-aka-faux-halva/

August 22, 2015

Easy cauliflower rice bowls with marinated tofu, cilantro and avocado.

Let brokkolirisret med marineret tofu, koriander og avokado. 

Easy Tofu Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf #glutenfree #grainfree

It feels oddly unreal to be back behind my computer in my little room in little Denmark after one of the most amazing weeks in my life at the World Science Conference Israel (WSCI) in Jerusalem. The past 7 days have been utterly amazing with incredibly interesting lectures from 15 Nobel laureates (I especially enjoyed the micro biology ones), exiting tours around Jerusalem and last but lot least new wonderful friends from all over the world – all insanely smart and incredibly sweet and open young science students.

The fact that so many students with so many different backgrounds and cultures and get along so well just makes me think that we really aren’t that different from each other. And I hope one day everyone will realize that.

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Det er en meget mærkelig følelse igen at sidde hjemme bag min computer på mit lille værelse i lille Danmark efter en af de mest fantastiske uger til World Science Conference Israel (WSCI) i Jerusalem. De sidste syv dage har været spækket med spændende foredrag fra bl.a. 15 nobelprismodtagere (specielt mikrobiologiforelæsningerne var spændende), utrolige ture rundt i Jerusalem og sidst men ikke mindst nye venner fra hele verden – alle urealistisk kloge og helt fantastisk søde og imødekommende unge science studerende.

At så mange forskellige mennesker med forskellige baggrunde og forskellige kulturer kan bliver venner på så kort tid får mig virkelig til at tænke på, at vi slet ikke er så forskellige. Og det håber jeg alle en dag vil indse.

Photo by Zoog Productions

Photo by Zoog Productions

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Israel is amazing! It was a very special feeling to be looking at the Western Wall with the Dome of the Rock in background knowing the big Christian cathedral and the Holy Sepulcher was just around the corner. So much religion gathered in one place.

Also when it comes to food, Israel is amazing – and a paradise for vegetarians. I’ve been eating so many super delicious salads, loads of falafels, tons of fresh fruit and my own weight in hummus. The Israeli population is a composition of people from all over the world – which means the cuisine includes the best of all cuisines.

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Israel er fantastisk. Det var en meget underlig følelse at stå og kigge på Grædemuren med kuplen fra Klippemoskeen i baggrunden og vide, at den kristne kirke og dermed det hellige gravkammer lå lige rundt om hjørnet. Så meget religion samlet på et sted.

Også når det kommer til mad er Israel et skønt land – og et Mekka for vegetarer. Jeg har spist så mange lækre salater, massere af falafler, bjerge af frisk frugt og noget nær min egen vægt i hummus. Den Israelske befolkning består af mennesker fra hele verden – og derfor er det Israelske køkken en god blanding af den bedste mad fra hele kloden.

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Photo by Zoog Productions

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I have a recipe or two I’d love to share with you all, but first I wanted to share this super delicious dish I made just before going to Israel. It is a lovely and tasty easy dinner. And most importantly: it’s fork food – yes!

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Jeg har en opskrift eller to at dele med jer, men først får I lige den her super lækre ret, jeg lavede lige inden, jeg tog af sted. Den er så skøn og let at lave. Og så er det mad, man kan spise i en skål med kun en gaffel – min yndlings.

Easy Tofu Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • TOFU
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 200 g. firm tofu (1 package)
  • CAULIFLOWER
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 big handful of cilantro
  • Pepper and salt to taste (I used a smoked kind – very delicious)
  • 1 big avocado
  • Sesame seeds for topping (eventually toasted)

Instructions

  1. TOFU: Place tofu between two pieces of kitchen towels and place something heavy on top to drain the tofu. Let drain for min. 10 minutes. Meanwhile make the marinate my grating the ginger and mixing everything together. Cut the tofu into ½ inch pieces and let marinate for min. 10 minutes.
  2. CAULIFLOWER: While the tofu marinates make the cauliflower pilaf. Cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces and place them in a food processor. Blend until it resembles rice. Heat up sesame oil on a big pan. Mince the garlic and fry it in the oil for 5 minutes. Add on the cauliflower rice and fry for 5-10 minutes – until al dente.
  3. While the cauliflower cooks, fry the tofu pieces in coconut oil or ghee until all the marinate had been soaked up.
  4. When the cauliflower rice is al dente add in chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve by adding cauliflower pilaf to 4 bowls, then tofu and top with more cilantro, avocado pieces and sesame seeds.
http://sproutedfig.com/easy-tofu-stir-fry-with-cauliflower-rice-pilaf/

Easy Tofu Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf #glutenfree #grainfree