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!

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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. 

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.


 

 

Gluten Free Low Carb Dessert

Today I decided to share with you a recipe which my mum created by a mistake 🙂

This is a great snack for everyone, it’s sugar-free, gluten free, and can be vegan if you swap honey with agave.

Let’s get into it:

Ingredients:

-Beans. I used black beans, 500g. You can use any beans you want, they can be canned or not. If you choose the dry version, remember to soak them in water overnight and then boil for 40 minutes.

-Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup .3 tbsp

-Raisins. Half a cup.

-Orange skin. 1 Tbsp.

-Almond Milk. 4tbsp.

-Cooking chocolate. I used dark chocolate which is vegan. 60g.

-Shredded coconut or almond flour. Up to you!

-Cinnamon. 1/2 Tsp.

-Nutmeg

-Vanilla extract 1tbsp.

 

When the beans finished boiling, pour the water out and add 60g of cooking chocolate, it will melt. If you are using canned beans you have to grind the chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add a little bit of almond milk, 4tbsp should be enough, and blend the beans until you have a smooth paste. Then add all other ingredients except shredded coconut.

When everything is nicely smooth, form little balls and then toss them in shredded coconut. Voila, you have your low carb, high in protein snack!

 

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If you wish to see a tutorial for that kind of photography, let me know! I know I am not a professional photographer but I think these pics are not that bad for my canon 1200d 🙂 I thought I need a full frame or a very expensive lens. Fortunately, completely opposite!

 

Aromatherapy

City life can be stressful, especially when you don’t really like that city life but you don’t have a choice at the moment. But there is always something that can help you to relax and completely forget about the overcrowded tube and lack of nature around yourself. And that’s…

AROMATHERAPY

 

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It helps me a lot. Because of fresh lavender smell, I can manage to forget that I am not in the forest near Camelot but in my own bedroom, or bathroom. I normally use my secret heavy weapon: lavender essential oil in my lovely diffuser, a lavender scented 100% vegan candle, dry lavender hanging from the curtain rods, and lavender Fresh Skin essential oil on my duvet. Yes, a lot of lavender. And this is not the end.. I have a lavender bubble bath and a lavender bath oil from NYR (ok, this one ‘just’ contains lavender). Wait, I also have a lavender tea (Pukka Night). Ok, I’m turning purple already.

 

Of course, you don’t need to use lavender only, and the fact I’m obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Another great soothing oil is eucalyptus oil, that helps to purify your interior and helps you with early spring nasal infections.

But what aromatherapy actually is?

To save you googling, I found some facts about it for you to read:

‘Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.’

Source

Why lavender is good for? As everyone probably knows, lavender helps with sleeping, but healing insomnia is not its only benefit. Lavender bath can relax your muscles after a hard cardio or heavy gym session, it can also be a relief after a stressful day at work or school. What else? Caught a cold? Feeling tired? Try lavender essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser, I’m telling you, you’ll feel better!

If you’re interested in some more info click here. 

Time for eucalyptus. It is known for centuries for its wound healing qualities. It is highly antiseptic oil and helps wounds to heal quicker and prevent microbial infections to develop. As I mentioned before is also excellent in respiratory system problems like asthma, blocked nose, etc.

Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial, but also very calming. I think it’s great to blend lavender (lol) with the peppermint, such a great smell!

I gave you examples of these three because I use them, but there are so many essential oils and all of them have unique benefits and smells. Click here to explore.

I recommend: 

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NYR

Natural Remedies

Relax Time!

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I would like to share this post again, because WINTER IS COMING. 

Plus I would like to share this great info with you, all in a nutshell!

Please include attribution to Positive Health Wellness with this graphic.

Aromatherapy Facts, Benefits and Uses

 Source of the graphic: PositiveHealthWellness 

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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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.

 

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Source: Designers Guild Ltd.

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Some Nature in London

I know, I know. I haven’t been here for ages but I didn’t have the internet! So, please forgive me.

 

Hope, you’ll like some pictures of flowers and flowers and…flowers 🙂

 

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