Saturday, 15 November 2014

Basic How To: Substitute To Coconut Water..

Coconut water is so trendy these days and no wonder. It hydrates more than water and isn't that something we all need in the winter time? However, I find it's really hard to get a hold on and it tends to be really expensive. I looked everywhere in Denmark to find a decent prized coconut water and what really struck me as a problem, was the fact that no grocery store, no matter how much they've specialized in niche diets, had coconut water. I googled how to make substitutes for coconut water and found out it was so easy. So easy, I had to add it to my "Basic How To"-series. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of water

You just put it in a container, I used a mason jar and shake it. That's pretty easy, right?



It tastes really sweet and can be a bit clumpy, but it's a very cheap alternative to buying coconut water. I could find coconut milk in almost every grocery store and so I thought I would share this recipe with you guys, as you may be in the same position as me, where coconut water hasn't become mainstream enough to be in grocery stores. I use this milk in smoothies and it makes it really creamy.

I hope you guys are having a great day!  

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Another Boring Ikea Haul..

You guys seemed to really like, when I posted my last Ikea haul, so I thought I would do another one. I have to admit Ikea is the easy solution when you have just moved. I can spend hours in Ikea and I feel like there's a lot of hidden gems, that doesn't necessarily scream 'cheap interior'. Even though I bought some boring things I always like to snoop and get ideas from others' boring hauls. 


1. Sävern Towel Bar - I chose this towel bar as it can hold two towels, yet it doesn't take up a lot of space. A key thing in a tiny apartment is to get things, which doesn't take up too much space.

2. Immeln Shelf - I loved the look of these shelves, as I think they look really rustic. However, they have these suction cups, which holds them up on the wall aren't exactly practical. It has taken quite some time to get them to stick to the wall without having them fall down every 10 minutes. But they look great. I have these in my shower.


3. Bekväm Step Ladder - Did anyone say #shortgirlproblems? I have to have a step ladder in my kitchen in order to be able to reach some of my cabinets. I chose this one, as I think natural wood looks really nice, how ever it does get dirty quite easily and when it gets too grubby; I think I'm going to spray paint it in another colour, even though I love the look of natural wood.


4. Pokal Glasses - The infamous 'Ikea glass'. You either love or hate these glasses, but you can't deny they have a great size and they're unbelievable cheap. I personally like the look of them and I think they're extremely practical and I sort of love that chunky almost manly look they have.

So that was my boring Ikea haul. I'm contemplating whether to show my apartment decor to you guys, as I have a 27 m^2 apartment, which isn't a lot of space and I think it can be so tricky to furnish a small space and there isn't a lot of help online. So for all you dorm room/small apartment residents, you can expect to see how I have dealt with furnishing a small space.

I hope you guys are well!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Recipe: Kebab Chili Sauce..

This recipe has been a life changer. You know the chili sauce that's always out in kebab joints? That delicious chili sauce you just never seem to be able to leave alone? I found the recipe for it! It's so delicious and I eat it with everything. I served it at my housewarming party and my male friends, who never cook, wanted the recipe - when that happens, you know it's goooood


Ingredients

  • Four tablespoons of chili flakes 
  • A half of a deciliter of water
  • One can of tomato paste
  • A clove of garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A teaspoon of sugar
  • A teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A deciliter of grape seed oil 


Firstly, you put the chili flakes and water in a pot and cook it at a high temperature. When the water has oxidized, you put the tomato paste in and cook it a medium heat. Chop the garlic finely and put in. Add the cumin, cinnamon, sugar, salt and lemon juice in and let it cook for five minutes. Take the mixture off the heat and put the grape seed oil in it. Put it in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge. It can last for approximately 2-3 months. 


This is so amazing and I have been using it on everything. It's so addictive and I love a bit of spice in my life. I have recently made my fourth jar in one month and an extra jar to gift to my parents, so yeah, I'm a bit obsessed. 

I hope you guys are having a great day!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Recipe: Spinach Smoothie..

I recently got in a bad rut of eating really poorly and it really showed on my body. No matter how much I exercised, the fact that I was eating poorly still took it's toll on my body. So I had to figure out how to stop eating poorly. Most of the eating had to do with my lack of time. I have had a lot of late nights in uni and by the time I got home I was hungry I just had to get something fast and I opted for take-a-way. 

To prevent these visits I have made a schedule of meal plans and my morning meal will now be a healthy smoothie. I used to drink a huge smoothie each morning, but that stopped when I didn't feel like I had time to make it. I finally got fed up with feeling uncomfortable in my body and decided that it was worth the time to make that smoothie. 


If you have followed my blog for a while you will know my original breakfast smoothie was a lot different, but I thought new smoothie equals more excitement to drink it. I have now incorporated spinach in my smoothie as it's rich in calcium and iron, which is great for your bones and great for girls who menstruate (you really didn't need to know that, did you?). I use coconut water instead of milk, but you can use milk; it will be equally as delicious. 


Ingredients

  • Two apples
  • Two handfuls of spinach
  • A small organic banana
  • A cup of oats 
  • A cup of frozen strawberries
  • A huge glass of water
  • A tablespoon of oil of life (optional)


It's really easy to make as I just cut the fruit and put it all in a blender and blend it. Sometimes it's a good idea to start with putting the spinach in as it won't clog your blender. This will approximately make two smoothies, which will be two breakfasts for me. 


It looks really scary, but the apples and the strawberries makes it taste really sweet. The Oil of Life is optional. I use it as it's great for the skin and it's great for your joints. It makes me full and you will be hydrated and filled with vitamins from the first thing in the morning. 

So this was a small step towards the right direction of getting better eating habits. The key thing for me is to figure out what I think taste great and what I have time to make. I'm not fanatical with eating healthy and my key goal is to find meals, which I will continue to make even when I'm satisfied with my body. 

This was a bit of a personal post today, but I thought I might as well share my thoughts and let you know where I'm in my journey. I hope you guys are doing well! 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Meal Inspiration: Fajitas..

I love Mexican inspired food and whenever I have to spoil myself I make something Mexican. I recently made a few mexican inspired dishes, which you can look forward to in the near future. I'm also planning on trying to make my own Mexican spice, which I'm really excited about. 

Ingredients
  • Fajita pancakes (mine is with chili)
  • Salsa
  • 3 tablespoons of soy beans
  • A small handful of stick beans
  • 100 g of minced meat
  • Mexican spice 
  • 1/4 a can of corn
  • 1/2 a can of Tomato
  • 1 deciliter of frozen vegetables
  • 1/4 of onion
  • 1/4 of a cucumber 
  • 5 leaves of lettuce


I start of with heating the minced meat in some coconut oil. When the meat is cooked I pour in the canned tomato, onion, the mexican spice and all of the vegetables and let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Whilst the sauce is simmering I heat the fajitas in the oven and prepare the cucumber and lettuce. When the sauce is done I place it in the fajita with the lettuce and cucumber and place the salsa on top of it.

If you like Mexican food just like me, you will love this. I use some untraditional vegetables in my sauce, but that's because I want as many vegetables in my food as possible. Also if you're on a budget or just want to make your own salsa, you can look at my recipe right here.

I hope you're all doing well!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Health Store Haul..

One of my favourite things to do is to shop in a health store. I feel like it's a whole new world whenever I go and I can spend hours of browsing. We have a health shop called Helsam in Denmark and it's my favourite store, despite the fact their webshop isn't that user friendly. However, I love their staff as they seem so educated and they're always happy to share their knowledge with you and so I always end up leaving the store with loads af new products. 


1. Ecover Dish Soap - I tend to get eczema really easy on my hands and so I can't use any harsh products on my hands at all. I have to wear two pairs of gloves when I wash my dishes and my skin doctor want me to use cotton gloves when I read the paper.  Any who, I found this dish soap, which is made of natural things and there isn't any un-natural scents in it. 

2. Ecover Descaler - All of my cleaning products are now 100% natural and they're all easily degradable, which is better for the environment. Cleaning products tend to be quite harsh and my hands just can't deal with it. Furthermore, since you're in contact with floors, tiles, surfaces I thought it would be nice to also make sure it was cleaned with natural products. 

3. Jason Aloe Vera Deoderant - Moving to Copenhagen means I go on my bike to and from school, which means a lot of sweat is produced. My other natural deodorant with no aluminum didn't really cut it and I have used a dove deodorant since, which I'm not happy about, as it's probably filled with bad ingredients. I asked the sales assistant and she told me this was aimed at canceling unwanted odors. There's no aluminum in it either. 

4. Urtekram Camomile Shampoo - This is my favourite shampoo and it lasts for ages. It cleanses my hair really nicely and enhance my blond hair. 14% of it's content is organic, which you guys know I'm a huge supporter of. 

5. Dish Washing Brush With Changeable Head & Extra Head - I thought this dish washing brush was really brilliant, as you just change the head of it when the old one is too used. It is produced from FSC certified tree, which is so amazing. FSC is a non-profit organization, which tries to promote sustainable forest management and try to ensure forest workers' social rights. 

So this was a small haul and I hope I inspired you guys to try some new things out! 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Recipe: Green Chicken Curry..

I love Thai food and I went through a period where I ate Thai food at lunch every single day. One of my favourites is a good ol' green chicken curry. I love any kind of curry, but green curry might be my favourite. It's spicy and really rich in flavour. I recently found green curry paste at my local asian product store and I had to try it out. 


Ingredients
  • 70 grams of chicken
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato 
  • 1/2 a deciliter of soy beans 
  • 1 small onion
  • Rice
  • 1 1/2 a teaspoon of green curry paste


I start with cooking the chicken in some coconut oil. While the chicken is cooking I prepare the vegetables. I cut the potatoes in very thin pieces, as they take quite a lot of cooking before they become soft. I sliced the onion roughly and sliced the carrot. When the chicken is cooked I just throw the vegetables in the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes at a high temperature. Be careful it doesn't burn. Then I put the coconut milk in and the green curry paste in and let it simmer for 20 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, you can cook the rice. 


And there you have it. It can take quite some time to make this meal, but it is so worth it. You can also make a big portion of it and freeze it. It's really spicy and so you have to be careful with the green curry paste, because a little goes a long way.

I hope you liked this recipe and please comment if you decide to make it! 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

New In: Wooden Platter..

I have declared my love for wooden things many times on the blog and wooden kitchen ware is a trend I love. I recently found this lovely platter in my local grocery store and it only costed 24 DKK. This is made from acacia tree and I think that it's such a gorgeous type of tree. 

I firstly saw wooden kitchen interior at my aunt's house. Her husband is an architect and he found some wooden plates on the internet and even though she thought it was a silly thing to buy, he insisted on it. It turns out he was spot-on trend with the wooden plates and ever since I saw them at their house, I haven't been able to stop thinking about wooden decor. 


I'm going to use this platter for salt and for garlic, which are two ingredients I reach for quite often (pictured below). I think it looks really nice and rustic. My parents actually gave me a set of plates to match this platter and they're also made out of acacia tree.


I love small details in interior and so I can get extremely excited about a small thing like a platter. This may seem odd to some, but if you're like me, you know how happy you feel when you find something that's just right!

I hope you're all are having a wonderful day!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Recipe: Low-fat & Low-salt Popcorn..

I am such a snacky person and the problem with that is you're going to eat too much everyday. So I have tried to incorporate some healthy and healthier options in my repertoire. This one is in the healthier section. Who doesn't love popcorn? I think it's probably one of my favourite things to eat whilst watching a good movie. Sadly, the microwave popcorns are filled with an excessive amount of fat and salt and so I have made a recipe where you control how much you want to intake.



Ingredients
  • Organic popcorn 
  • A generous amount of Coconut oil
  • salt


Firstly heat a pot and put the coconut oil in. The reason why I use coconut oil is that is has a high smoke point, which basically means the heat doesn't destroy its beneficial values the way it destroys oils with a low smoke point. Put the popcorn in the pot, when the coconut oil has melted and put a lid on it. When you can hear the popcorn are starting to pop, you have to shake the pot regularly until there's approximately 5 seconds between the pops. If you keep it on longer at that point, the popcorn will start to burn. Put them in a bowl and put as much or as little salt on them as you please and desire.


And there you have it; a much healthier version of popcorn. I try to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes it's okay to spoil yourself with treats. I really like the fact that the popcorn are a lot less salty and fatty, but if you're a huge fan of the traditional popcorn, it will take some time to get used to these.

I hope you guys are having a lovely day!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Basic How To: Dried Fruits & Nut Mixture (Healthy Snack)..

I've mentioned before that I'm the world's biggest snacker and one of my favourite things to snack on is dried fruit and nuts. I always carry a small pot of my favourite mixture and I eat them in-between breakfast and lunch. I'm not the only one who loves his nut mixture, as some of my uni friends purposely sit next to me to eat from my nut mixture. 

I snack on nuts because even though they're quite fatty, they're filled with the good kinds of fat. I have extremely dry skin and I used to have eczema, when I was a child, so the oil combination in my skin is  different from most people. A thing which really can help skin issues; is what you eat. I have to eat foods with essential fatty oils such as nuts and fish. 


Ingredients

  • 200 grams of hazelnuts
  • 200 grams of organic raisins
  • 300 grams of bananachips 
  • 250 grams of almonds


The instructions are pretty simple, all you have to do is empty the bags of nuts and dried fruits into a bowl and mix it. You can store it however you want; I use my Mason Jars (surprise!). The trick is to just buy a selection of dried fruits and nuts that you really like and you really want to eat. 

My little pot of dried nuts also prevents me from spending my money in the cantina at my uni and prevents me from buying sugary things. If I'm hungry I will crave surgery food, which I'm trying to cut down on, as it obviously isn't healthy and often sugary foods will make feel really tired and grumpy. So for everyone's sake I eat nuts instead of. 


And there you have it. This is such an easy and healthy snack you can keep in your bag wherever you go. It's much cheaper to make the mixture yourself than to buy the ones from the supermarket. So it's healthy, it's simple, it's economical and it's delicious - there really isn't any excuse not to make this mixture. 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!