Photography. Autumn Vibe.

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6 Days in Gothenburg, Sweden. Early April. What to expect?

So, I’ve visited Gothenburg this easter, and I liked it enough that think I could live there – a quiet city surrounded by beautiful nature.

I’m going to list a few things I liked and maybe make you want to visit Gothenburg one day, too?

– Having visited Delsjöområdet, a local (huge) park on a quiet Sunday morning, almost everyone was running. As a runner myself I was excited to see so many people of all ages so active!

-Breakfast at the lovely hotel. Cosy atmosphere, quiet people who put the chairs back when finished. 

-No one was shouting on the streets. It may come off as a weird statement, but coming from London, it’s a change. For people who visited London – have you ever noticed it?

-Not a heavy drinking culture. It is absolutely amazing.

-Fresh Air. Once again, Londoner in me can’t help but point out. Was close to taking a jar of air with me.

-Food, I had smoked salmon at the Cafe on Vrango – a southmost island on the Gothenburg archipelago and it was great. Overall healthy choices almost everywhere, loads of gluten free stuff too. Yay!

-People. Reserved but really friendly, no awkwardness, no small talk.

-Scandinavian skincare… I bought too much. My mum said that Lumene hydrating serum is better than the one she had from Clinique. Another good reason to ditch big companies who test on animals.

As for the pictures – I’ve taken them with my iPhone 6s, I wanted to do a small experiment and didn’t bring my camera with me. Tell me what you think about them!

Vrångö

 

 

Asperö

 

 

Delsjöområdet

 

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That’s me!

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Are you wondering how to prepare for the weather in the early April? I regretted not taking my timberlands… Unless you won’t be hiking 🙂

Things to take with you, if you plan to visit nature parks:

  • A good pair of gloves. We took cycling gloves as we were planning to cycle.
  • Seriously, take timberlands. But I recommend a lighter version, I have them and they are great!
  • Comfortable and warm outwear. Thankfully I took my parka with me, but I really want to buy this one Fjällräven Keb Padded Insulated Jacket
  • Backpack! I adore the Kanken, and it’s waterproof! They’re on sale now, I might get another one.

Disclaimer: I put affiliate links on this blog, but I recommend things that I feel are great and worth buying.

How do you like the photos? Have you ever been to Sweden?

 

Is Matcha Good for You?

Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.

Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!

Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!

Hold on – what is a Catechin?

We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!

It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.

Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying. 

I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!

P.S Peach flavour is heaven!

Hope the post was informative 🙂

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Matcha Accessories:

 

 

Sources:

Journal of Chromatography. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography

Environmental Nutrition, Matcha Tea Brews Benefits. January 2017. 

Why seasonal produce is best for you.

Nowadays we can buy fruit that is mostly seasonal (well, just like the majority of fruits) like blueberries all year round. But, is there any sense or doing that? Do these indoor grown fruits have any nutritional value at all? Or should we prefer eating seasonal produce? Let’s find out!

First of all, scientific research says that eating seasonal produce is SUSTAINABLE

It could reduce the environmental impact of the diet. Eat your local seasonal produce, you will contribute to the small businesses and farmers, you won’t support those big companies which happen to provide us with falsely ripe bananas.

Produce is full of nutrients.

Harvesting pumpkin in the middle of the summer wouldn’t do any good. Your seasonal stuff is being harvested at the peak of freshness and it doesn’t lose its important minerals and vitamins.

It’s cheaper!

Seasonal veggies and fruit are easier to produce, and often they are cheaper if they re in season. Autumn is here, apples are super cheap, so go, get some and make a pie.

Pest/Wax Free

Seasonal produce doesn’t have to be waxed because it is SEASONAL. Its fresh appearance doesn’t have to be maintained artificially. Of course, it’s not that easy to find even seasonal produce pest free. I recommend buying from well-known sources with a good reputation. Then, you really focus on supporting sustainable businesses and nourishing your body with the best food possible.

If you are London, Bath, or Bristol (UK) based I can wholeheartedly recommend Farmdrop. This isn’t a sponsored post, but being extremely happy with them I want to spread the message that supporting sustainable businesses is crucial to our environment and our health!

In other news, I made a smoothie bowl today, I used only seasonal things (well, not only, I used bananas as well, but nobody’s perfect :D). This is what I’ve put there:

  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Anaise
  • Almond Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turmeric

The preparation was easy. Peel (or not), throw it into a blender and shake up a bit.  Coconut Bowls are just so perfect for it. Such a tiny bowl, I was surprised how much of a smoothie it fits. Here are some photos of my morning smoothie bowl:

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Thanks for reading!

Sources for the sustainability bit:

Nature’s Garden Express

Seasonality and dietary requirements: will eating seasonal food contribute to health and environmental sustainability?

Wild Mushrooms.

I think the forest is the best place on Earth.

My findings and styling.

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Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event

I think my blog is becoming too focused on food. Don’t blame me please, I love food. But… we all do? My lovely friend Meyrovich surely agrees with me on this, right?

So, we had an amazing opportunity to attend Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event. Thank you Farmdrop for inviting us, we had such a great time.

We were given an opportunity to prepare some Christmas stuffing by ourselves, but under Masterchef finalist instructions – Beth’ Thomas and it was a brilliant experience as I have never made any stuffing in my life.  Meyrovich and I were given a veggie option with bread crumbs and then we could add whatever we wanted: I went for cranberries, sauerkraut, walnuts, mushrooms, fresh parsley, and some spices. As you know I don’t eat meat so, I didn’t really have anything to stuff haha, but I just fried it a little bit in a dry pan and my significant other at home said it was delicious, so … thanks, Beth! (I surely recommend to check Beth’s blog, and try making that mulled wine cheesecake!)

We also had a chance to try some new products, and if you are not vegan but vegetarian I recommend their cheese, Cornish Yarg, absolutely amazing and grass-fed, so no suffering here on the moo side of things! I am not vegan but I do care where are my products from, I wouldn’t buy eggs which are not really free-range and I know that Farmdrop eggs are free from suffering!

And good news guys! You can try delicious products by yourself, shop at Farmdrop and use a special discount code ‘ANNMARIQ’ to get £20 discount on your first order! (Minimum spend £50). Isn’t it amazing?

Wrapping it up, take a look at some of the pics from the event. Looks cosy, right? So hyggeligt! (The Little Book of Hygge, I strongly recommend)

 

 

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So cosy and homey
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Decorations
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Meyrovich’s stuffing
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A glass of organic red wine. Someone is addicted to lip balms…

 

Catch you next time, guys.

BBC Good Food Show Winners + Foggy London.

Hello!

First things first. Time to announce the Winners of The BBC Good Food Show Giveaway!

The Winners are:

  • JACK
  • RONALD BRUIN
  • K. SHAH
  • MAXIME
  • NICK

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, you might be lucky in the next round 🙂

Winners, please email me on marianna@annmariq.com with your address details, so I can send the tickets.

Thank you for taking part in my first giveaway!

Foggy London? Have a look what I captured last Sunday!

 

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My favourite tree in Gladstone Park.
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Autumn is just so magical ❤
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Colours.
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Leafy Season.
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Pigeons.
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Favourite Tree number 2.
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Golden Tree.

 

Vegan Chocolates

‘Fighting’ late night cravings with Peanut Butter Vegan Pralines!

Sweet cravings… we all have them sometimes! What should we do when we want something sweet but don’t want to ruin our healthy diet? We make Vegan Pralines with peanut butter! Grab this quick and easy recipe and treat yourself with healthy pralines.

What do you need:

  • Creamed Coconut or Coconut oil mixed with creamed coconut.
  • Cocoa
  • Peanut Butter. I used Meridian Smooth Peanut Butter
  • Agave Syrup / Xylitol / Date Syrup or whatever you want for sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract or any other flavour you want. I used vanilla sticks for extra fresh taste.

Process:

Melt creamed coconut, be careful not to get water in it because it might get lumpy. Add some sweetener, I added 3 tsp of Biona Agave Syrup . Mix it together and then add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, I used this Organic Cocoa Powder

When you have your chocolate part ready, put a layer of it in forms, to make the bottom of a praline. When it’s done, put the form in the fridge. Keep it there for at least one hour, or put it in the freezer and wait 15 minutes (just as I do, I’m not patient when it comes to food) .

Peanut butter filling:

It’s the simplest part of the recipe. Mix peanut butter with a little bit of salt and some sweetener and put the filling into your form. Next, pour the rest of your chocolate coconut (melt it again if needed) and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. No cutting corners here with freezing it – give the pralines some time to settle.

Last step… enjoy your pralines!

 

 

 

If you have some questions, drop me a comment or an email. And if you made them, feel free to post them on Instagram and tag me, I’m always happy to see it!

Check also my Vegan Spelt Waffles Recipe

 

 

 

 

Foreo International

How to Increase Your Blog Traffic

I start blogging in September 2012 and my traffic for 2013 and 2014 was not good at all, as you can see in the image. I had a few followers and few people saw my posts.  After reading about traffic…

Source: How to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Simple things you need to know before going to Crete.

Hello!

 

If you have been following my Instagram, it might have told you a little bit about my trip to Crete. Of course, nothing of it wouldn’t be complete without a whole post and me sharing, even more, photos! I must admit, the trip was absolutely amazing. We spent six days there and certainly that was not static. Drove about 350 miles and walked around 50 miles. Car rentals are extremely cheap, we got a deal for four days and paid only 120 euros! Dealing with locals was also very easy and pleasant – Crete seems to be a place without any red tape, so paperwork was cut down to the minimum. Loved it.

If you want to book it I can recommend OnTheBeach . Everything went smooth and without hidden costs or other surprises.
Oh, and one more thing. Be prepared for Cicadas! Lots of them. Everywhere.

 

I found some time to read and I really recommend this book! -> A Little History of the World.

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