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.


 

 

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!

London’s Vegan and Gluten Free Scene Series/Nama Foods. Notting Hill

Hello, Everyone!

I never thought I would like to write a review of a restaurant, but I definitely changed my mind after trying Nama’s Italian Wrap and their amazing Cheesecake. The food was good enough that after visiting Nama an idea to start a post series came to my mind. It will be called London’s Vegan and Gluten Free Scene Series. Or something like that. You get the point.

What was so amazing about Nama?

Everything was gluten and wheat free, it was extremely exciting for me because I could order anything! It doesn’t happen a lot when I eat out.
The taste! My Italian wrap: ‘Herbed macadamia ricotta, Pomodoro, green pesto, semi-dehydrated tomatoes, balsamic mushrooms, spinach, carrot’ That day I fancied some veggies for lunch and that wrap was absolutely everything I wanted. Vegetables were fresh and crispy, and the taste of the ricotta was much better than the original, regular ricotta./ and my fiancee’s blueberry cheesecake: Brazil nut and coconut crust, cultured cashew and blueberry filling, candied coconut’.  I’m so sorry mum but I think it was the best cheesecake in the world (:D). It was a blueberry cheesecake but it also had a little bit of chocolatey taste, it wasn’t too sweet, it was just great. And in my opinion, it was different than other raw desserts I tried because I could taste the coconut, not just the coconut oil which is added everywhere when it comes to raw desserts.

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The way our meals were presented. They were served beautifully, it always makes me eat slower!
Really nice staff. But for the next time -leaving one menu on the table would have been useful 😀

I will definitely visit the place again, I really need to try their blueberry pancakes! I highly recommend visiting Nama Foods, you will not regret it.

This is my genuine opinion, the post isn’t sponsored!

What is also cool about them is that they also provide raw food courses (click). I think I will consider it as my skills are horrible when it comes to desserts and their presence.

Londoners ( or not Londoners who visited London and tried some vegan places) do you know any other vegan and gluten free friendly places? I really want to check them out! Please, let me know in the comments, email me or send a pigeon. Will be waiting.

 

Protein and Fibre Cookies Recipe

Hello Guys!

How are you doing?

I stopped liking my lunches lately, even salmon with cranberry sauce is boring for me at the moment. I realised I enjoy small portions of food, like a banana and then in two hours a sandwich or bowl of cereal (yep, for lunch).

All my last week’s meal prep landed in the bin, I just couldn’t force myself to eat that, so I decided to do something different this week and I made these PROTEIN AND FIBRE COOKIES because I saw them in Holland and Barrett and I thought, well, I will try to make them myself.

They came out super tasty and I thought it’s a good recipe to share with you!

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 200.

Ingredients

1 egg (From Farmdrop of course, free chicken, happy chicken)
2,5 tbsp of Peanut Butter (Pip & Nut the best I ever had, also from Farmdrop)
50g of wholemeal spelt flour Doves Farm Organic 
50 g of grounded oats, like oat flour
2 tbsp of fibre. I used apple powdered fibre from Polish company, I really don’t remember where is it from.
2 tsp of honey or any other sweetener, it’s up to you. I just like to add honey to my cooking during the horrible wet weather. And again I used organic Polish honey, no name.
2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp of cocoa. Again Polish brand.

Combine everything together. The dough should have a consistency that enables you to form cookies, if it’s too thick, you can add some coconut oil or even milk, if it’s not thick enough, just add oats or spelt flour and then form your cookies!

Reduce the oven temperature to 175 Celsius and bake your cookies for 20 minutes. After that time check on them, they may require 5 minutes more.

They are really nutritious, have plenty of protein, lots of fibre, contain good fat and they taste very good! Hope you will enjoy them!

 

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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.