sunday thoughts and banana bread

Hello everyone!

 

How has your week been? Last week I was sick with the flu unfortunately and didn’t have the energy to post anything here. But this week I’ve been able to leave it all behind and find time for other things than just laying in bed and recharging to be able to go to work.

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taking time for yourself + podcast recommendations

Hi,

I have a question for you; how do you take time for yourself? Or do you even get a feeling of needing it? I’ve made a change in my own life in regards to this subject and I wanted to talk a little bit about it with you all. And share some podcast recommendations I’ve been loving recently.

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summer bucket list

 

Hello everyone. What’s good about your day?

I woke up to a sunny day this morning feeling all energized and motivated. I’ve been doing yoga quite regularly for the last couple of weeks and I can’t even explain how good it leaves my body feeling. Concentrating on breathing has always been a bit “out there” for me, I haven’t really gotten the grasp of it, but I feel like I’m finally getting to a point in my yoga practices that I’m noticing a change. It’s something so powerful and leaves me feeling light and almost like I’m floating in the air. Like I’m part of the air I’m breathing. It’s exhilarating. That is what’s good about my day. I get to make my body move in a way that strengthens me and gives me joy.

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wardrobe clear out

Hello everyone!

How is the spring treating you at the moment? I love the feeling you often get at spring time where you start wanting to clear out everything, to make things feel more simple and fresh. I think it has the most to do with the growing amount of day light. Representing some sort of awakening. At least for me, when the weather starts to become warmer and the sun is out more and more, being inside begins to feel kind of suffocating. What I find really helpful at this time of the year in particular, is to make sure I don’t have too much stuff lying around unused.

 

I finally got around to clearing out my wardrobe this weekend. It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you. I have a really bad habit of not even using my closet but instead putting clothes on straight from the drying rack. And the same clothes keep cycling from there to being used to laundry and back. What it really shows is that the amount of clothes I use compared to the number that I own, is really small.

My life has come to a point where I’ve started to get frustrated and having some sort of anxiety from only the thought of opening my wardrobe. I think it holds such strange energy to it with all the mixed clothing pieces that it makes me unbalanced. It’s something I just want to get away from. So I’m finally taking charge of the situation and clearing it out. With the intention of making it a space that looks and feels like me.

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February inspired baking

February is a month when days really start to become noticeably longer in Finland. Instead of four hours of daylight, we now have eight and counting. This is a month that makes me want to go outside and have a little picnic/trip in the snow-covered and freezing cold nature, with hot chocolate and sandwiches to keep me warm.

Since this is still a full on winter month, it’s nice to keep things warm and cosy inside. I’ve loved baking quite much lately and since Valentine’s Day is coming this week, I thought I’d share some vegan baking ideas for this time of the year. I think all of these can be used in the theme of Valentine’s Day or just to lighten up the winter-y days of February. Or really just to have an excuse to bake and eat delicious sweet treats.

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Vegan Shortbread

200 g dairy-free butter

1 tbsp vanilla extract

100 g sugar

300 g flour

  1. Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together. Stir in the flour and mix into a dough. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  2. Roll out the dough to 1/2 cm thickness and cut into shapes.
  3. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes in 175°c, until golden brown at the edges.
  4. Leave to cool before filling/decorating.

(original recipe)

I decided to cut them into heart shapes to make them look cuter and more fitting to the season. And since it was the World Nutella Day at the beginning of this month, I made a vegan nutella filling that I used in the cookies as well as in the filling of the Shrove buns coming later on in this post.

Vegan Nutella

1,5 cups (225g) raw hazelnuts

1/3 cup (80ml) unsweetened plant milk (soy, almond, oat..)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp maple/agave syrup

6 soft pitted dates

1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

  1. Bake the hazelnuts for 10-12 minutes in 180°c
  2. Peel the skin of the nuts after they’re cooled down by rubbing them between your palms and letting the skin fall off from between your fingers. Place the clean nuts in a high-speed blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until a thin nut butter consistency is formed, scrapping down the sides occasionally.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and well incorporated.
  5. Check the taste and consistency to your liking. (Add more milk to make it thinner or add more dates or syrup for a sweeter taste.)
  6. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to one week.

(original recipe)

I also made a chiaseed and berry jam that I used as a filling with the nutella. This is honestly the easiest, healthiest and the tastiest jam! No added sugar, just the impeccable taste of some amazing berries.

Chiaseed Berry Jam

2 cups  frozen berries of your choice (I used blueberries and raspberries)

3 tbsp chiaseeds

1 tbsp water or juice (if the berries don’t give enough liquid when defrosted)

  1. Defrost the berries.
  2. Crush them with a fork to release more juice.
  3. Add the chiaseed and the additional water or juice if needed. Stir to combine.
  4. Let sit in room temperature for 30 minutes for the chiaseeds to gel, stirring once halfway.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

In Finland, Sweden and Estonia there’s a delicacy called Shrove bun, also known as Samla, which is a bun with whipped cream and jam or almond paste as a filling. I can’t remember baking vegan buns before, but definitely will be making them again after this try out. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything as cloud like soft as these. Yum!

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Vegan Sweet Buns

5 dl plant milk (soy, almond, oat..)

11g dried yeast

1 1/2 dl sugar

2 tsp cardamom

1 tsp salt

14 dl flour

150 g dairy-free butter

  1. Mix the yeast, sugar, cardamom, salt and a little bit of flour with the warmed up milk.
  2. Continue adding flour until a dough is formed. Add in the room temp. butter and the rest of the flour and keep kneading until the dough is firm, elastic and starts coming off your fingers and the sides of the bowl.
  3. Let rise in the bowl in a warm place, covered with a cloth, until double the size.
  4. Divide the dough into 16 pieces and shape into firm balls.
  5. Let rise for about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Make a mixture of 1/2 dl water and 1 tbsp fair syrup and brush the dough balls with it and put a little bit of nib sugar on the top.
  7. Bake for about 12-15 minutes in 225°c, until lightly golden brown.
  8. Let cool down before cutting open and filling with cream, jam and nutella. Or a combination of your liking.

 

Bake with love and enjoy!

Nora