You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients

– Julia Child

Hi guys! I hope your week’s been great so far! I promised to keep you updated on my vegan challenge and share some of my favorite recipes along the way. The first week went really well and I’m still super motivated. It’s been nice to try out new recipes and also make some of my old favorites. You know when there’s a tendency to often go for the same groceries, but then sometimes when you happen to buy something that differs from the usual, you actually end up wondering why you don’t buy it more often? For me one of these is definitely the sweet potato! I love the taste but for some reason I rarely buy it. When I was shopping groceries for my first vegan week, I remembered the sweet potatoes and I’m really glad I did.

Oven baked sweet potato fries are super easy to prepare and just as delicious! I’ve been making them every now and then (when I remember to buy those sweet potatoes, haha) and you could easily say this recipe is one of my favorites. Just preheat the oven to 200ºC. Peel and cut two large sweet potatoes, put them into a bowl and mix with one tablespoon of olive oil. Add salt, pepper and dried rosemary according to your taste. Spread the potatoes on a baking tray and bake for approx. 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Enjoy with e.g. hummus and fresh salads. The fries taste great even the next day!

One of the new recipes I tested was this sweet potato soup. The creamy soup is perfect for a bit chilly winter days, like the one we had on Sunday. Finally we got to see some sunlight and that even inspired me to go for a little walk in the forest.

Sweet potato soup

1 sweet potato
1 onion
2 ripe tomatoes
2 potatoes
oil
a piece of ginger
half a chili pepper
vegetable stock bouillon + water
2 dl coconut milk
salt and pepper

Wash, peel and slice the sweet potato and potatoes. Peel and chop the onion. Add some oil into a pot and lightly stir-fry the chopped vegetables for a while, then add the tomatoes, chili pepper and the peeled and chopped ginger.

Add water so that the vegetables are covered, pour in one tablespoon of vegetable stock bouillon.

Boil, and cook until the vegetables are ripe. Add the coconut cream, salt and pepper. Mix everything with a mixer until the texture is silky smooth. Serve with some sunflower and pumpkin seeds on top. Enjoy!

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I even got some company of my dear cat Helmi (Finnish for Pearl).

On Sunday afternoon we had our friends coming over and I wanted to treat them with a vegan dessert. I ended up experimenting a little and made a blueberry-cashew pudding topped with cocoa mousse and frozen blueberries. In this case I have to say it was maybe a bit too much and it may happen that it looked better than it tasted, haha. Well, you can’t nail it every time, right?

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I have my birthday coming up in a few days, so I was thinking, I would try to make a vegan cake or some other dessert to celebrate. I’ll be turning 33 already! I can’t believe it…

xx mybohem

 

I call myself a vegetarian with vegan tendencies

– Leona Lewis

My first week as a vegan has been surprisingly easy! I’ve had lots of inspiration to test new recipes and found some really great alternatives how to replace some of the food products I’ve used previously. The hardest part for me was not to give up meat, chicken or fish, but eggs and dairy products. I love cheese, greek natural yogurt, scrambled eggs and my coffee with milk.

Vegetable based diet is not new to me as I’ve used of eating veggies, and as you might know from my earlier posts and Instagram, I simply love green juices and smoothies, but during the last couple of months, mostly because of high workload, I ended up in an evil circle; poor eating habits and sleeping problems. After the Christmas celebrations I felt so blown up with salt and sugar, I just had to do something. I started looking for inspiration from blogs such as Vanelja, browsed through various vegetarian recipes on Internet and in my own recipe books and also watched an interesting document, Food Choices on Netflix, about how our diet habits impact, not only our health, but the whole planet and all living species. Then one day I came across the “vegan challenge” on Facebook and now here I am, trying out new eating habits. A vegan diet is not automatically a healthy diet, but my thought is to eat plant based and cut down on sugar and highly processed foods.

Of course I had to do some more research about veganism (which I encourage everyone to do if you choose to go on any kind of new diet). I knew the basics that as a vegan you basically don’t use any food of animal origin, but true veganism goes much deeper than that. Vegans are conscious about various things such as cosmetics, medication, clothing and entertainment, just to mention a few things that might include animal cruelty. All kind of violence and unnecessary torture towards animals is horrifying and cannot be justified in any way and I think most of us can agree with that. I’m probably never going to classify myself as an all-the-way vegan, but when it comes to food and a plant based diet I think there’s a really good point behind it all. If you’re interested in veganism I recommend you to watch the documentary Earthlings. It’s brutal but will probably make you think about things a bit differently and at least raise your awareness.

Food should never be something we take for granted, yet we never seem to really stop and think about the process behind our daily groceries. It’s food we just buy and consume but for what price? Our consumption habits are destroying the planet, either we like it or not. Climate change is real and one of the main causes along with burning fossil fuels and cutting down rainforests, is farming livestock. It’s not a big secret as we all can read about it everywhere. Instead of just closing our eyes and ignoring these horrible facts, we all should think of what could I do? We like to talk about how individuals should try to make a difference, influence, and I think there’s no better way of doing that than by making a choice.

Of those three large phenomenons, I truly think the easiest way to influence is to not support farming of livestock. Even if it would just mean being on a plant based diet for one day, week or month, it would still make a difference. It’s better to start somewhere and take actions instead of not doing anything. If I can make a difference by not eating animal products, even for just one month, I’ll go for it. Somehow I have a feeling my diet will be ongoing longer than that, but we’ll see. Even if these scary facts are right in front of our eyes, the truth is, change doesn’t happen overnight and we need to be gentle with ourselves and each others, and most importantly, try to respect each others choices no matter what our own opinion might be. Because there will always be different opinions. I think it’s better for everyone to overweight these things by themselves, without feeling pushed. Encouraging is always better than blaming. You can only choose for yourself, live by example and let everyone make their own choice.

So for me the choice to “turn vegan”, even if it’s just going to be for a month, was based on me wanting to eat healthier and to save our planet, in a small way. I can tell you it’s not that hard! I’ve already replaced cheese with hummus, greek yogurt with soy yogurt and coffee milk with oat milk. I still need to find a replacement for those scrambled eggs, though… just kidding! There’s lots of interesting vegan products to pick from and I actually found grocery shopping a lot easier, not having to wander through the meat and dairy sections.

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Here’s a few simple meals from my first week. Up in the left photo: Soy yogurt, one banana, blueberries, chia seeds and cashew nuts. On the right: Rye bread with hummus and baby spinach leafs along with lingonberry porridge. Down in the left photo: Mixed beans with wild rice and sweet chili sauce along with baby spinach leafs and cherry tomatoes. On the right: Falafels with hummus and plant based tomato-basil cream cheese, mixed green salads, red cabbage, red pepper and lemon olive oil. All four meals are super easy to prepare and taste great!

Now when you know the reason for my choice to go through with this vegan challenge, I’ll keep you guys posted along the way and will also share some of my favorite vegan recipes. I would  also love to hear about your thoughts and/or experience on veganism or plant based diet, so please feel free to leave a comment! I hope you’ll find this inspirational and maybe you’ll even like to try it yourself! I promise you, it’s totally worth it.

xx mybohem

 

To make an end is to make a beginning

– T.S. Eliot

It’s been a while since I wrote here and it’s been harder to start writing again as time goes by. When I look back on the couple of months and what they hold, it’s very clear for me why this blog’s been the last thing on my mind. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s been on my mind often and now I finally got a moment to really sit back and reflect on the past.

I started to write a very personal blog post on 7th of October, which I never finished…

Life is unpredictable. We all know it, but it really hits you when something terrible happens to someone you love. One of my dearest and oldest friends is now struggling for her life after a heart failure. She’s hospitalized and it’s too early to say how well she’s going to get through this.

Thank god my friend survived and is nearly back to her old self, but clearly this episode was something that affected on my routines. I felt it was impossible for me to write about something happy and superficial or anything unimportant for that matter. Of course I can now see that writing about things that matter to me had maybe even helped but the mind is strange and you can’t force things that don’t feel natural.

At the same time I started to go through a lot of changes at work. I got involved in some new projects, got new responsibilities and this of course led to the fact that I had to work longer days. At some point I really started to feel quite lot of pressure and had to give up, not only this blog, but many other things I enjoy such as yoga, healthy eating etc. My days were filled with work, fast food and TV-series. That’s it! When this kind of lifestyle goes on for a long time you lose your energy, inspiration and interest towards things. At least that’s what happened to me.

I finally had the chance to have a break during Christmas Holidays and oh boy it really did the trick! I got to spend lots of time with friends and family, get my mind of work, calm down and just chill.

I also found new inspiration to boost my well being and decided to start January with a vegan challenge! So far it’s been really refreshing and this is one topic I’m going to share with you guys. I also look forward to start moving my ass again. Yoga, walks in the forest and home workouts are on my to do list. And what comes to this blog… I will definitely keep writing here (just be patient with me) and hope to find my own style doing it. You’re warmly welcome to follow me. Got to love new beginnings!

Happy New Year 2018!

Peace & Love,

mybohem