A Danish Summer Dessert – Vegan “Koldskål”

Recipes

Kolskål (literally meaning “cold bowl”) is a traditional Danish dessert made out of milk, sugar, and lemon and topped with “kammerjunker”, a sweet, crumbly cookie. My grandmother has always served it as a dessert so I have a bit of sentimental attachment to it.

Most “kammerjunker” are actually vegan and fairly easy to find in Danish supermarkets like Netto and Føtex, but if that fails just find some vegan vanilla cookies or granola to crumble on top. You can find my amazing granola recipe here

I would love to hear non-Danish opinions on one of our national desserts. Let me know if you like it or not!

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Vegan Haul from Flensburg

Travelling, Veganism

One of my favorite things about traveling is finding new vegan stuff in local grocery stores. Denmark has a very limited selection, so it’s a real treat going somewhere else and discovering something new. Although I trick to stick to non-processed foods, my appetite for new vegan speciality products is insatiable! 

Germany is great for new finds. I really discovered this living in Berlin and am now aware the entire country has lots of options for vegans. Flensburg, Germany is about an hour away from my house and I often make the pilgrimage there to stock up on my favorites.

I love the cheeses from “SimplyV”. Their sliced cheese has a wonderful consistency and taste. In addition, their Parmesan cheese is indistinguishable from the real thing and tastes great on pasta. 

The “Fantastic Foods” white crisp chocolate is a creamy, fully-flavored treat that I usually end up eating in one sitting. It has that creamy white chocolate taste without that watery aftertaste found in many vegan chocolates.  

The supermarket chain REWE makes their own house brand vegan products and I love their bolognese sauce! When I first tried it I was sure I had picked up the wrong jar by mistake; the chunks of soy where very meat-like. I like having a few of these around as they make for an easy dinner. 

REWE also has a vegan Nutella, which I love. Pretty much a no-brainer if you love chocolate, hazelnut spreads as much as I do. 

Interestingly, I found some great pre-packaged tortellini in the drugstore chain DM. It was a bit weird finding such a gem in a drugstore but hey, I’m not complaining! They also sell lots of vegan beauty products if you’re into that. 

No trip to Germany is complete without schnitzel. “VegaFit” makes very tasty and nicely-textured schnitzel and fish fingers. I don’t really remember what meat and fish taste like but they would probably pale in comparison to these. 

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It Has Been a While

Personal

Over the summer I haven’t been posting much here. I wish it was due to being busy tanning under palm trees and relaxing on the beach but in reality I have been extremely busy working. I’m juggling three jobs at the moment and it’s very hard both physically and mentally. 

Because I have been so busy working all my energy has been focused on keeping up my spirits. July went by without a single day off and as it seems right now, the work flow isn’t going to let up. But it’s something I chose for myself as I’m moving at the end of this year and I want a good start with a bunch of money saved up.

Although it feels very lonely, it helps knowing that this is just temporary. Even though I know I’m a happier person with lots of social interaction with my friends it has been impossible for me to find the energy to make any arrangements.  

My vegan journey has felt challenging and I’ve been faced with a lack of inspiration. My brain has been occupied by work so much that I haven’t given creating new recipes much thought and food has just been fuel to me. My meals have consisted of more or less the same things like fries, ketchup, and Starbucks coffee. Not exactly the food you want to power you through the day! 

Although I’ve taken a short break, it means everything to me that I am still getting clicks and new and old visitors everyday! The fact that people keep coming back inspires me to create more vegan recipes! What I’m trying to say is- I’M BACK!!! I am going to aim to post new recipes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Living more Sustainable #Lifehacks

Sustainability

To avoid a climate catastrophe, we must learn how to live sustainably. It is likely that many of us have grown up without giving it much though as we’ve been conditioned to ignore and dismiss the very real dangers that come with destroying our planet. I’ve come up with some tips on how to get started living more sustainably. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. 

#1 Buy local as often as possible. Farmers Markets are a great way to buy your produce. Fruits and vegetables from a local vendor will most likely not be wrapped in excessive (or any) plastic, nor will they be shipped from hundreds (perhaps thousands) of miles away. Many of the vegetables sold here in Denmark are from Southern Europe or South America. Needless to say, that releases an incredible amount of C02 into the atmosphere. Buy local to avoid senseless waist. 

#2 Choose sustainable products. Once you finish something (ie toothbrush, toothpaste, make-up, lotions, cleaning products, etc), try looking for a more sustainable alternative. Genuinely eco-friendly products are becoming more accessible and can often be found in supermarkets. You no longer have an excuse for not owning a bamboo toothbrush!

#3 Stop being so wasteful. We’ve all gotten use to paper towels and plastic bags, cutlery, bottles, etc. Bring your own tumbler to the coffee shop! Carry your own cutlery for when you know you’re getting take-away and make sure to have an emergency tote-bag for when you unexpectedly have to carry something. 

#4 Re-use what you already have. A stained t-shirt can be cut up into squares and used as a cleaning rag. Cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, and cereal boxes can be used as shipping, gift, or storage containers. Wine bottles can be used to hold candles and glass jars make great looking cups (trying refreshing your Instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean). You get the idea!

#5 Do a little gardening. Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding. You can grow herbs in a small pot in your kitchen. Tomatoes and strawberries only require a balcony and small boxes to grow in. Having plant-life in your home is aesthetically charming and is nice small step towards self-sufficiency. 

Remember; living more sustainably does not mean being perfect. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot. Every small step is a step in the right direction!

BIG HUGS

How to Travel and be Vegan

Travelling, Veganism

Summer is here and many of us find ourselves traveling. Slipping up is really easy on the road as it is so much easier to just go with what is being served locally without asking too many questions. The key is preparation- make sure you’ve done your research before you arrive. 

The first thing I do in a new city is hit up the local supermarket and stock up on essentials like fruit, vegetables, bread, nut butter, and plant milk. These standbys can be found almost everywhere and while not exactly pictured in travel blogs, a peanut butter sandwich on the beach can be very satisfying. 

I eat ice cream almost everyday when I’m on vacation. I’ve found that if a city doesn’t have a readily available vegan option, most sorbets are a decent option. Most restaurants have a few vegetarian options which can easily become vegan with a few simple requests. Order a vegetarian pizza without cheese or a falafel wrap with hummus instead of yoghurt. Most restaurants will be happy to oblige and make an extra effort for you! 

Do you have any vegan travel tips? Let me know in the comments! 

BIG HUGS

Vegan Sweet Chili Hummus

Recipes

Hummus is something I eat everyday. Whether as a spread, dip, or on its own, hummus is my favorite way of getting protein. My sweet chili hummus is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. It is really simple and easy to make as you can use fresh or canned chickpeas. 

This hummus is ideal for sandwiches, pita bread, vegetables sticks, and as a salad dressing. 

I’m excited to hear what you guys think of this recipe! Share your favorite hummus recipe in the comments!

BIG HUGS

Vegan Summer Oats

Recipes

I like eating oats for breakfast as they’re filling and filled with fiber. Throughout the winter nothing beats a hot bowl of oatmeal. But as it’s now summer, I crave something cooler. It takes the same amount of time to prepare as regular oatmeal and is just as filling, rich in fiber, and delicious! I tend to add whatever nuts and seeds I already have in my pantry, so feel free to improvise. My recipe is a little different each time but pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut are my go-to’s!

This is one of my favorite recipes and I have for breakfasts multiple times a week. What is your favorite way of preparing oats in the summer?

BIG HUGS

The Best Vegan (IKEA) Tip of All Time

Veganism

I’m a minimalist so I don’t have much to do in IKEA. My overall opinion is that IKEA sell overpriced rubbish. (You can find furniture way cheaper and more unique second hand). But in a vegan perspective IKEA has some good options.

In the bistro you’ll find the best plant based hotdogs! The sausage is made out of vegetables and has a perfect flavour and “meat like” consistency. On top they add pickled red kale, fried onions, and mustard. It may sound weird, but it isn’t!

The second best thing about these hotdogs (of course the best thing is the flavour, duuuh) is the price. You’ll get one hot dog for 10 danish kroner (or 1.5 dollars)! I have no shame in admitting that I have visited IKEA several time just to buy hotdogs and it has been worth it every time. Have you guys tried these plant based hotdogs yet?

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Motivational Words to Start Your Vegan Journey

Veganism

The most common response I get when telling people about veganism is “I have no idea where to start”. It’s a pretty common sentiment to have seeing as many of us are led to believe growing up that beef builds muscles, potatoes put on the pounds, and salads are for skinny European women starving themselves. The truth is that there is a great awakening to be had once we dive into veganism head-first and embrace all of what a cruelty-free lifestyle has to offer. If you find yourself thinking “I love the idea of being a vegan but it’s just too darn difficult for me” then let me let you in on an insider secret- we all had to overcome that mental wall at one point. Don’t be trapped by a limiting mindset or fear of starting! 

Once you do have the chutzpah to get started you should aim to take it slowly. If you want to make a complete switch to only eating whole foods right away, great! But I really recommend taking it at a measured pace and indulging yourself in some processed vegan comfort foods like Oreos or dairy-free pizza. Try to make vegan versions of your favorite dishes. A spaghetti bolognese can easily be made with fake vegan meat found at the store. Additionally, there are a vast array of vegan cheeses out there for almost any recipe. Although these plant-based substitutes will not taste the exact same as their non-vegan counterparts they will still be tasty, albeit in a different way. Try to think of it as enjoying and experiencing something new, not recreating an exact taste or sensation. 

Don’t be afraid of slipping-up and making mistakes. Remember that every time you choose a vegan meal over one that contains meat or dairy you are making a huge difference! Don’t let a momentary lapse of will-power derail your progress and motivation! It helps to get a friend or family member to go vegan with you. It will be a lot easier if you have someone to hold you accountable. Plus it makes grocery shopping and cooking much easier!

Obviously an education component is crucial to sustaining a vegan lifestyle. Documentaries on veganism, cruelty-free literature, and vegan bloggers and YouTubers have had a profound impact on my personal journey. If you have any questions or seek more tips on getting started don’t hesitate to contact me! I find great joy in helping others finding enlightenment in cruelty-free living.

BIG HUGS

 

Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Pancakes

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Some mornings I wake up instantly craving sweet and fluffy pancakes.  As you may have noticed, I like to put a healthy touch to  “unhealthy” meals so I can enjoy them whenever I want, without feeling guilty. 

The pancakes are perfectly fluffy, creamy, and tasty. I topped them with some coconut chia pudding (imitating whip cream, not the real deal but still good) and some fresh strawberries. It was a filling breakfast that completely satisfied my morning cravings. 

I hope you’ll try this delicious and healthy breakfast soon, make sure to tag me if you do! 

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