Wild Mushrooms.

I think the forest is the best place on Earth.

My findings and styling.

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Coconut Bowls & 100% rye pastries. 

When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!

Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!

I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!

Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.

I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic  😊

People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!

I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️

Recipe for pastries:

– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour

-200ml milk (I used almond milk)

-14g instant yeast

-2 eggs

-120g melted butter

-vanilla extract

-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.

– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.


 

 

5 Simple Tips. Clutter free and Sustainable Life.

Good Morning!

Story Time!

I used to be a shopaholic. Since early childhood, I’ve been collecting everything you could possibly imagine: glass tiny figures, porcelain dolls, stamps, postcards, and funny pictures on my computers. (Anyone else saving memes?)

I was always against minimalism, my point was, hey how can a home be cosy without all the pretty things, decorative clocks, wooden cat figures and all that… Back in 2014 when I came to London and was sharing a house, I had just a room for myself and that’s when reality kicked in: all of my stuff started to devour my space. Trust me, it was so horrible, I couldn’t even take out a book from the shelve without something falling on my head… a wooden cat figure perhaps?

One thing I really had a soft spot for: were the charity shops. I used to go there at least twice a week buying whatever clothing I thought was nice. Of course, I wasn’t even wearing half of those things, because they were lost in the wardrobe with other pieces of clothing that I loved how they looked but never felt comfortable wearing them.

A year later, I moved to a bigger house, still sharing but wow – this time I had two rooms for myself! So much more space! Let’s go and buy those amazing homey shitty things from Primark to decor the place! And oh so perfect, I have bookshelves! Let’s go and buy a million books, they are so beautiful and I love reading. The cheap shopping binge had no end. Before long, the clutter strikes again.

Luckily for me, I discovered the power of minimalism thanks to YouTube and nonfiction books. Thank you, James Wallman and your Stuffocation for everything you did, and thank you to my stubborn fiancee for telling me we don’t need to go to Ikea for another set of things-that-vaguely-seem-useful.

Fast forward to now, and after a couple of books, ten thousand articles, million YouTube videos, one Minimalism documentary here I am, in a studio flat with a one wardrobe which I share with my fiancee, I have 5 pairs of shoes, and an empty shelving unit because there is quite a lot of space left. And it feels good. Oh, no wooden cats figures, either, no. Just one real cat which sits on the roof next to our window.

This is why I want to share with you those 5 simple tips, which helped me to be happier, and taught me how not to spend so much money, and how to be focused on important things instead of mindless consumption, and a constant depression because of lack of funds to afford things that are valuable – outings with the ones you care about, saving more money to feel more secure and what do you know – I feel amazing. The money I used to spend on designers clothes I can now allocate to buying things from sustainable brands, therefore supporting them and being more conscious.

I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I do not intend to preach – take what you like from this post and feel the difference. It took me two years to declutter my life and be more aware of the environment. Don’t rush. Breathe in, and out.

Minimalism and Sustainability

 

 

 

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NO!

 

 

 

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YES!

Nobody’s perfect. I still need to declutter my skincare. If I come up with a plan I will definitely share it with you! Let me know about your minimalist story, or maybe you are a maximalist?

XX

M

 

9 Proven Black Cumin Health Benefits

Hello!

Previously I published a recipe for the Vegan Tomato Soup with Black Cumin, and I thought it would be useful for you guys if I also share the health benefits of black cumin overall!

Let’s introduce these little guys to you.

Black Cumin (Latin: Nigella sativa L.) has its roots in North-Eastern Europe and Western Asia where it was widely used as medicine. In Middle Ages, it was believed that black cumin can cure everything excepting death.

The scientific research has proven that Black Cumin has phenomenal health benefits.

Internal

  1. Antibacterial Properties and Antifungal Properties. It has been proven that Nigella sativa is effective in fighting Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans.
  2. A cure for Depression. The research has shown that Black Cumin has positive impact on central nervous system, adding it to your meals every day can help with improving your overall well-being
  3. Antihistamine Properties. The research has demonstrated that black seeds have a miraculous effect on hay fever, and it is free from common antihistamine meds side effects, like drowsiness and fatigue.
  4. Antihypertensive. It has been proved that black seeds have stronger activity than many antihypertensive drugs.
  5. A cure for Asthma. 29 people took part in 3-months research. 14 were given a placebo, and 15 were given Black Cumin extract. Asthma symptoms started decreasing in the second group after 2 months.

External

  1. A cure for Atopic Dermatitis. It has been proven that oil from black seeds has an enormous impact on this disease. I can relate to that, as my fiancee has that problem and black cumin oil really helped! We spent a lot of money on pharmaceuticals, but black cumin oil was the only thing that really helped.
  2. Anti Acne. As I mentioned before, it has antibacterial properties, and it is an excellent acne cure. It fights the bacteria but it doesn’t dry the skin.
  3. Help in Psoriasis. The research has shown that black cumin oil and black cumin seeds extract has a beneficial impact on psoriasis, however, following the research and my own observation it looks like it is impossible to cure psoriasis completely.
  4. Anti Dandruff. I really don’t need a research paper to completely agree with that. I had a horrible greasy dandruff, I tried everything, nothing helped. My mum suggested black cumin oil, it was gone after two weeks. I was using it every third day.

I could go on and on about all the benefits, and I think that it goes without saying that black cumin oil and seeds have a never ending list of them. I have chosen ones I feel are the most sought when it comes to ‘superfoods’. Oh, forgot to add weight loss…

I have listed my resources down below, and I encourage you to have a look at them, as you can find more details about that miraculous plant.

Resources: 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352241015000286

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3642442/

http://www.poradnikzdrowie.pl/zywienie/co-jesz/czarnuszka-zastosowanie-w-kuchni-i-kosmetyce-wlasciwosci-czarnuszki_39757.html (if you speak Polish :))

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387228/ 

How to ‘smuggle’ black seeds and make them your every day must eat.

-Add them to cream soups, like here Vegan Tomato Soup with Black Cumin Seeds.

-Sprinkle on your sandwiches

-Use Black Cumin Oil in salads, tastes so great!

-Like to bake bread? Add some of it!  Buy Black Cumin Here

That’s what I do. Do you have any other ideas how to use Black Cumin seeds or oil? Please comment below!

British Heart Foundation Dechox

Hello Everyone!

This post is about me being on #dechox!

I recently joined British Heart Foundation and their DECHOX action to support research.

Here is my personal Just Giving <– Click here to donate and be one of the supporters!

I really encourage you to do it! It’s a great commitment and you can help to fight heart diseases by helping to fund research!

Let’s start dechoxing together!

 

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If you think dechoxing might be daunting, have a look on my Vegan Waffles Recipe! Sweet, but chocolatess and sugarless.

Comment down below if you are interested in chocolatefree recipes to help you survive #dechox.

 

 

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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Vegan Spelt Waffles

 

I decided to make vegan waffles!. At first, I thought I will fail in making them, but surprisingly, not only that did not happen, but they came out better than non-vegan waffles! I swear they are super crispy and really tasty!

If you feel like making some,  I present you a recipe that I came up with. I found many vegan waffles recipes but I wasn’t entirely sure about them. You can experiment with it as much as you want. That’s what I did. I was just following my intuition. 🙂

The recipe:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour. I used white spelt.
  • 4 tbsp of oil. I used rapeseed.
  • 3 tbsp of vegan cream. I used Oatly and I recommend it!
  • 1 tsp soda or baking powder. I used gluten free corn baking powder.
  • Vanilla
  • Sweet stuff (mix and match): Xylitol, Stevia, Agave Syrup, Maple Syrup or Dates, it is entirely up to you. I used Stevia and Agave Syrup.
  • Water. You need to be careful with it. Add as much water as you need, the dough should be thicker than a pancake dough, but not too thick.
  • Add some seeds, if you want. I added chia.

Tip. You can also add a mashed banana. If I had one, I would do that 🙂

Mix it all together. As I mentioned earlier, the dough should be thicker than a pancake one but not too much.

Fry this in a waffle maker for about 5 minutes. Take a peek now and then to make them just the way you like them.

And you’re done!

They are extremely easy and tasty. We had them with sugar-free apricot jam and Choc-Shot by Sweet Freedom.

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Let me know about your experience 😉

Cheers!

Marianne

 

 

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