Sunday, October 26, 2014

Curried veggies

This was my dinner today =)


Ingredients i used:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
0.5 onion, chopped
0.5 garlic, minced (can use 1 too, i had 0.5 leftover from yesterdays hummus)
1 chilipepper, chopped
1 mushroom, in pieces
1 carrot, in pieces
3 small potatoes, in pieces
Some tablespoons of red curry paste
Soy sauce to taste
2 teaspoons tomato paste
Some dl of water
A little bit of leftover chickpeas
Pepper
Freshly squeezed lemon

I sauteed the veggies, adding water when needed, then i added curry paste, tomato paste and soy sauce and some more water and let it simmer a bit before adding chickpeas. When water was more or less evaporated it was ready to eat so i sprinckled on some pepper and freshly squeezed lemon juice =) It's probably yummy with rice, but i figured that out 2 minutes before it was ready to eat, so maybe i should start with boiling some rice next time xD


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jacques Chocolate with Banana Filling

Next up for my reviews is the Jacques chocolate with banana filling. These chocolates comes with different fillings, such as vanilla, banana, blueberry, pistache, almond, and cranberry-orange.

I bought mine in Colruyt. For 200 g it was 1.68 € for the banana filled chocolate. The prices varies from taste to taste, with the highest for about 2.14 € and the cheapest for about 1.38 €. They also have smaller sizes.


I kinda like these chocolates, but at the same time i feel that they have too much sugar. The main ingredient is sugar. The banana filled chocolate tastes like banana, but the taste is overpowered by the sugar, making it too sugary. It would have tasted much better if they filled it with more banana, and less sugar. The banana content is only 0.9 %, and should have been way higher! The dark chocolate covering tastes good and has minimum 53% cacao. The pairing of dark chocolate and filling is nice, with the downside of the overpowering sugariness.

Oops, i ate half already

Another thing i feel i feel could be improved is to divide the chocolate rows into smaller pieces, so it's easier to divide it and not eat so large pieces at a time. There is 6 rows in a 200 g chocolate, making each row about 33g each. If they would make for instance 4 pieces per row it would be better i think.


I think i have tasted all the different tastes, and i more or less like them all even if they are too sugary for my preferences, but i will probably buy random tastes every now and then whenever i feel like some filled chocolate. I think my favorite is the cranberry-orange taste.

I will give this chocolate 4-/6 cuz its a nice alternative for vegans who wants some filled chocolate, but has too much sugar taste, so it could definitely be better if they replaced some(much) of the sugar with more of the filling that's actually supposed to be in it.

Anyone has tasted these chocolates? Did you like them? =) Feel free to comment! =D

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alpro Soya Lime-Lemon Yoghurt

Here in Belgium/Antwerpen they got many vegan products that they don't have in Bergen/Norway, so it's fun trying out new stuff =D Figured i would tell a bit about what i think about some of the products =D

First up is the alpro soya lime-lemon yoghurt (Alpro soya Mild & Creamy Limoen-Citroen in dutch)

I bought this yoghurt in Colruyt for 2.68 € for 750 g.




This yoghurt was mild and creamy just like the title said, without any chuncks of fruit. It's a sweet yoghurt with a nice fresh taste of lemon and lime without it being overpowering or too sour.

Personally i like lemon/orange yoghurts very well because of their freshness, and this is no exception! I think it may be my new favorite yoghurt too =D I will definitely buy it again, along with some other yoghurts to test out =) I give it 6/6 for score =D

The only bad thing i can say about this yoghurt is that it was a bit hard to get the last spoons of yoghurt out of the packaging. I tried doing the carton upside down for a bit and that helped, but i was impatient, so a little yoghurt ended up in the sink instead of in my stomach when i cleaned out the carton with water. It may help waiting longer, or by opening the carton to get the last bit of yoghurt out =p I don't like draining yummy yoghurt down the sink, even if it's just a little bit xD

Anyone else has tasted this lime-lemon yoghurt? Did you like it? Whats your favorite yoghurt taste? =D Feel free to comment =D

Monday, September 15, 2014

In Belgium

I asked again to get free from work, and this time i got it =) So now i'm in Belgium =D

I arrived yesterday, after taking the 6:30 flight from Bergen to Amsterdam with KLM, followed by bus from Amsterdam to Antwerp =p

In the plane i sat in the seat next to a nice woman who also was travelling to meet her boyfriend. We chatted the whole trip! It's kinda cool that i'm not the only one who finds a foreign boyfriend =D And it was also nice having someone to chat with who i have stuff in common with =D

In the bus we were only like 3 passengers xD I think most people use the train instead if they go from Amsterdam to Antwerp since it's about 1 hour quicker, (it takes 1 hour instead of 2-2.5 hours), but I wanted to try out bus this time since then i got to see more of Netherlands + it was cheaper :x
I slept the first 30 minutes of the bus trip before i woke up and felt too curious of where i was and to look out the window xD Seems the part of Netherlands i got to see was the highway, and i had no idea where i was most of the time xD The bus had wifi, so that was a bonus =D My phone was low on battery though so i tried to preserve the battery a bit. Also the wifi stopped working bit before the belgian border i think (its hard to know where i was since everywhere it looked the same xD)

Below are some photos from my trip.

Outside Amsterdam Airport
I amsterdam
Me in the bus

Somewhere in Netherlands i think
I found windmills =D
In Antwerp
Also in Antwerp

When i arrived in Antwerp they had some car-free event or so, including a Ferris wheel xD We didn't try it out though, instead we went to house with luggage.

I didn't have much sleep during the night, so I ended up sleeping when i got to the house xD After sleeping we went for a walk before sleeping again =p

Now i'm in school mainly just hanging on the pc doing more or less useless stuff while my bf has class =p

It's nice weather here, a bit cloudy every now and then though, but it's more than 20°C during day. In the morning, evening and night it's colder, but it is fall after all =p

Here is a photo i took while walking to the school.

Somewhere in Antwerp

Hope it will be a nice vacation =) I'll continue searching for a job, and hopefully improve my dutch too while i'm here =p Anyone have any suggestions for things to see and do while in Antwerp btw? =D

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mountain trip

One of the days this week i was on a little mountain trip close to my home.

Currently my status is that I'm waiting for free from my work so i can travel to Belgium to see my boyfriend. Nowadays I'm working only 6 hours each Saturday, plus i work whenever people are sick. Actually a guy was sick so i sometimes get random hours during the week also, but I miss my boyfriend so i hope that i can travel soon. I didn't get any reply on when i can go even though i asked more than 2 weeks ago though. It would be a bit too costy to go forth and back for just 6 hours of work each week, and I'd rather want a longer stay than just 5 days. So I'm hoping for better news soon.

I'm also searching for jobs in Antwerp in Belgium. This is a bit tricky since my dutch isn't that good and my self esteem is low, so i don't feel qualified for anything. I also think that my master in renewable energy is not that desired for, it would be better if i did something in IT or something more practical. If anyone got any suggestions for jobs then please shout out.

For time to pass with something more useful than me hanging in my room and watching tv shows and playing games, i went on a mountain trip this Tuesday. Here are some images from the trip taken with my phone. From the top of the mountain you can see the airport of Bergen =)












Now just to hope for better times.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pink coconut curry with rice =p

Hihi i love when my food is colored, i should do it more often =D
I made pink coconut curry with rice for breakfast (i sometimes make dinner for breakfast), and i thought it was cute that it was pink, so i decided to post it =p The pinkness comes from the red beet that i added =D

I'm not gonna specify how much of each ingredient i used, and also if anyone wants to make this you can use other ingredients of course =p

Ingredients:
Onion
Garlic
Chili
Red bell pepper
Carrot
Zucchini
Red beet
Cabbage
Celeriac
Coconut milk
Water (i wanted it more liquidish)
Green curry paste (other colors are nice too =p)
Lime juice (i had a little remaining that i wanted to use xD)

Directions:
Chop veggies, stir fry them a bit, add coconut milk, water, curry paste and optionally lime juice and let it simmer for a while. Served with rice or anything else that sounds yummy =p


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New icecream maker =D

Seems I'm not the pro, much updating blogger xD

I'm now done with my master thesis, finally =D but i don't really know what kinda job i want. Seems there's not so many jobs where you need a master in renewable energy...

Some weeks ago i bought myself an ice cream maker in a Norwegian shop called Europris =D It was on sale so i got it for 100 Kr instead of 300 Kr =D



With this ice cream maker you must freeze the bowl for minimum 12 hours, then you pour your cooled ice cream mix into the bowl while the rotating blade is spinning and wait for it to become ice cream =) It should take about 30 minutes before it's slushy consistency. If you want the ice cream more frozen you can put the bowl back into the freezer for an hour or so.

Of course i had to test it out by making various ice creams =D







I'm very satisfied with this ice cream maker, I'm happy i bought it =D Now i can make any ice cream that i want =D

For more inspiration and recipes check out veganeren and vegetarbloggen, or google =p

Anyone got suggestions for more ice creams to test out? =p Or any favorites? From these three i prefered the pistachio and chocolate one =p

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Foccacia

This is the recipe for foccacia that my mom use, and i enjoy it quite a lot, so i will share the recipe here. It's a very simple and quick recipe, and it yields quite a lot. We have to use the biggest bowl in the house so it wont run over when rising, and in oven its baked in a 30x40 cm cake shape.We freeze the leftovers though =D

You can add the stuff you like in it, personally i like to have olives and sun dried tomatoes inside the foccacia, and salt on top xD

Ingredients:
1 kg flour, it taste best with white, but i normally add some whole grain flour for extra nutrition
20 g salt
1 50g package fresh yeast (or 1 package dry)
1 liter body temperature water

Suggested fillings; olives, sun dried tomatoes etc
Suggested topping; olive oil, coarse salt, rosemary etc

Mix the ingredients together in a big bowl along with the filling (it's simpler adding it here than later).
Cover the bowl with plastic and let the dough raise for about 30 minutes, then put the dough in the cake shape, add the topping and put in oven on 250°C for about 25 minutes.
After it's done, remove the foccacia from the cake shape, and transfer it to a cooling rack.

Enjoy =p


Monday, March 10, 2014

Almond cake with banana and chocolate

I had some remaining almond pulp after trying to make almond milk inspired by oneingredientchef *english*. I also had a brown banana (actually i had 2 xD), and i wanted to make a cake.


I kinda wanted to use the almond pulp as flour, and not as filling, although i drooled a bit at fyrstekake/macaroon cake *norwegian*.

Inspired by veganeren her almond cake with raspberries *norwegian*, and her chocolate chip cookie bars *norwegian*, i decided to make an almond banana chocolate cake xD

Ingredients:
2 dl almond pulp
3 dl flour
2 - 2.5 dl sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
0.25 teaspoon salt
0.75 dl vegetable oil
3 dl vegetable milk
1+ teaspoon almond essence
1 banana, chopped in pieces (not mashed, i divided mine in 3 lengthwise along the natural division and then chopped in cubes)
100 g chocolate, chopped in pieces

First stir together the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients and mix. Then add the banana pieces and chocolate and mix them carefully into the dough. Put in cake shape sized about 20x30 cm and put in preheated oven on 175°C for about 35 minutes. Check if ready.

Probably best when cooled, but we didn't wait that long, too impatient xD


Sorry for the horrible picture xD It was nice taste though =p

Everyone should also try the almond cake with raspberries on veganeren, it's also really delicious =D <3

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My dinner today - Moussaka

Today was really busy at work, there kept coming costumers xD Unlike yesterday when we went hours without any customers xD It's nice though that so many wanted to visit our store today =D

I didnt really have time to eat or drink at work after 11 or so, but i drank a bit orange juice (more like orange pulp xD) after we were closed before i left.

Then i testdrove with my dad around. This time we went to an island i havent been before called Bjorôyna or something. It was pretty nice there =D I wanna drive back there another time =p

When i got home after some chilling i made moussaka =D It was in some recipe collection i found in my local shop (rema 1000, they have like monthly recipe collections in their shops).
This was so yummy i wanted to have the recipe on my blog =p

For about 2 persons:
Red sauce
0.5 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
TVP, i think i did like 1.5-2 dl or something, soaked in warm water along with a veggie bullion, and i also added some taco mix and a little bit of nutritional yeast, but thats not neccesary. Other vegan minced meat style can work also =p then no need to soak unless its dry like TVP
1 tablespoon tomato puree
0.5 can chopped tomatoes (1 can = 400 g)
Salt and pepper to taste

White sauce
25 g vegan margarine (i used alpro <3)
25 g flour
4.5 dl plant based milk (i used oat milk)
1 garlic clove, chopped
Nutritional yeast, to taste. I think i used maybe 3 tablespoons or so
Salt and pepper to taste

1 eggplant
Vegetable oil

For the red sauce: saute onion and garlic, then add TVP, tomato puree, and chopped tomatoes and simmer for a bit. Taste with salt and pepper.

For the white sauce: melt the margarine, stir in the flour, then add bit and bit milk while stirring. Simmer for a while and add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the eggplant in 0.5 cm thick slices. You can also salt the eggplants if wanted to get out the bitterness. I was too lazy to do this xD

Grease an ovenproof dish and add a layer of eggplant, then a layer of white sauce, then layer of red sauce, then eggplants and sauces again until out of all. Finish with a layer of white sauce. Put in oven on 200°C for about 40 minutes. After removing from oven let it cool for about 10 minutes before eating. Yummy with a salad as side =D



And it was really yummy even if the pics arent the best xD

Monday, March 3, 2014

My lunch today - potato and carrot burgers

Hows it going with everyone?

Here i'm sitting at home trying to get some studying done xD

Just had my lunch, which today was some potato and carrot burgers that i found in a cookbook that i got while i was in school. The book is called "Fra boller til burritos" (from buns to burritos).

I had the burgers along with some lettuce, bell pepper and pastasauce. The pastasauce was from a jar, but mixed with juicing leftovers and some extra spicing xD

Ingredients for the burgers:
1 boiled potato, mashed (mine i guess was medium large)
1 carrot, grated (mine was medium large again =p)
0.25 onion, finely chopped
0.5 tablespoon flour
0.25 dl plant based milk
Salt
Pepper

Mix together the ingredients, form burgers and fry in pan until slightly brown on both sides =)

Enjoy ;p


Thursday, February 27, 2014

My dinner today - veggieballs

Today for dinner: veggieballs (from veg-veg.no *norwegian*) with salad, tzatziki and oven roasted cherry tomatos (on 200°C for i dunno how long xD). 

Quite yummy =)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mothersday

Yesterday (9th February) was mothers day in Norway, so i decided to do something nice for my mother =p

When me and my sis and bro were kids we used to give breakfast on bed for this occasion (if i remember correctly xD). Last years though she normally wakes up before us so then it's a bit harder xD

This year i wanted to surprise her with breakfast though so i putted my alarm at 7:30 (but i woke up before 7 xD) and made pancakes (with this recipe from vegetarbloggen *norwegian*). That's my favorite pancake recipe. I replaced half of the flour with whole wheat flour, and i used only half of the sugar, so it would be a bit healthier =p

I figured it would be a bit awkward though if i went into her room with food while she was sleeping, so i cleaned the kitchen a bit instead and made it a bit cozy. Then when she and my dad came, we enjoyed pancakes for breakfast ^.^ (my sister and brother were sleeping so i didn't make for them xD). I forgot to take pictures of the pancakes, but they looked more or less like pancakes xD

Then later i made pineapple upside down cake (recipe from veganeren *norwegian*) and peanut butter cookies with chocolate pieces (recipe also from veganeren *norwegian* who got her recipe from theveganzombie here *english*).

I also had a blueberry banana ice cake in the freezer (basically frozen bananas blended to cream, then frozen blueberries added, followed by some soaked almonds and dates and a bit of vanilla sugar, blended good, put in cake shape and stored in freezer).

Everyones favorite was the pineapple upside down cake. It was really fresh and tasty and so easy to make! I will definitely make it again! :D


The peanut butter cookies with chocolate pieces were also pretty good :p they kinda tasted just like they sound like xD So if you like peanut butter and cookies you will like these cookies :D


The blueberry banana ice cake was nice as well xD This one is more healthy and could probably have a bit better taste xD Actually it is so healthy that you can eat it for breakfast every day without feeling guilty xD It is practically a frozen smoothie, and it can be made with infinite varieties and can be made raw xD


We kids also gave my mom an orchid flower since she likes them :D

So i hope it was a nice day for her =)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lentil pie with red bell pepper and corn

One of the days i made lentil pie with red bell pepper and corn that i found in one of the cookbooks i have (Fingermat/Greatest ever party food, page 84). It was quite yummy and simple, i should make it again =D
Here's what i did.

Ingredients
55g whole wheat flour
25g vegan butter
1 tablespoon water

45g red lentils
0.75 dl vegetable bullion (i used water+cube)
0.25 - 0.5 onion, chopped
0.5 red bell pepper, chopped
0.5 dl corn
1 teaspoon tomato puree
salt
pepper

Start with mixing ingredients for the pie crust. I had to add bit more water to mine. Put it in fridge while making the filling.
For the filling simmer lentils with the veggie bullion, onion, and bell pepper until lentils are ready. Add more water if needed. Add corn, tomato puree, salt and pepper to taste.
Do the pie crust into a mini-pie shape (about 12 cm diameter) and add the filling.
Place in pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes at 200°C. Enjoy ^.^


Broccoli puree with carrots in pasta sauce

This is bit old post, but finally imported picture to pc so now i'll post =p

I wanted to make broccoli puree for some days =p Before i've made broccoli pesto with pasta a couple of times, but now i wanted to use carrots instead of pasta =p So i went into my closets and found some stuff i wanted to use xD Tasted pretty good too so here's the blog about it =p

The measures are +- what i used (i didnt measure), and i ate everything myself xD

Ingredients:
0.5 broccoli, simmered
1 dl green peas, i used frozen so let them thaw with the broccoli
0.5 onion, in slices then in half moons
1 carrot, peeled in strips
Little bit of red bell pepper in pieces
Pasta sauce (i have no idea how much xD)
Mustard to taste =p
1 tomato, in boats
Chickpeas, maybe 1 dl, i used frozen ones, but canned works too
Yoghurt, i used alpro =p maybe some tablespoons
Soy sauce, to taste
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Simmer broccoli with some of the onion (if you want) until tender (i used like half a slice of the onion), then add peas at the end if they are frozen.
Meanwhile i simmered the remaining onion in some water, then added pasta sauce, peeled carrots, red bell pepper and the tomato. Then i added mustard to taste, and when it was almost done i added chickpeas.
Now the broccoli should be done so i pureed it in my food processor along with some yoghurt. I also added some of the water it boiled with to get a lighter consistency. Then i added soy sauce, salt and pepper and enjoyed =D


Very yummy =D

Veggie lasagne with fennel sauce

Found a lasagne recipe in one of my cook books (donderdag veggiedag, its in dutch though but i guess nice to have if you know dutch xD). It turned out better than expected (sometimes when i cook from recipes, food comes out bit tasteless, but this one was yummy =p)

So i wanted to share recipe =D This one is bit different from the meaty lasagne that i have on the blog from before, since it doesnt have tomato sauce, and it doesnt have milk sauce =o It also doesnt have "meat" xD This one is just veggies =p I made half a lasagne (so i tell what i used, if you want larger then just double it or quadruple). It lasted for 2 meals (or 2 persons if you are so lucky you have someone to share it with)

Ingredients:
Margarine/oil/both/none xD i used both oil and margarine
0.5 fennel, chopped in small pieces
1 yellow or red bell pepper (recipe said yellow since its supposed to be yellow sauce, but i used red since thats what i had), chopped in small pieces
Water to desired consistency (i also added half a veggie stock cube)
Turmeric (i just added until satisfied xD in recipe its safran though but didnt have that)
Salt and pepper until yammie
1 full tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)

Lasagne plates (i used 3), boiled so they are soft

Oil/margarine/water
0.5-1 onion (depending on size), chopped
0.5-1 clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
0.5-1 eggplant (depending on size), in cubes
About 150 g fresh spinach, chopped
Spices (i used basil, oregano, chili, paprika, salt, pepper, onion)

Pine nuts (or in my case sunflower seeds) as decoration

For the sauce:
Saute the fennel and bell pepper, then add water (and stock cube) to cover the veggies and add turmeric and simmer until veggies are tender. Then puree them with a hand mixer or blender or food processor and add more water if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste and nutritional yeast.

For the veggies:
Saute the onion, then add garlic. Add eggplant and bell pepper and saute more until soft. Then add spices to taste, then add spinach and saute until its ready. I also added some water so i didnt have to use shitloads of oil xD

Assembling:
First do a layer of sauce, then veggies, then lasagne plates, then sauce then veggies then lasagne plates etc, and finish it with a layer of sauce, then spread some pine nuts or sunflower seeds on top, and do in oven for about 15 minutes on 180°C.

Enjoy =D I had a salad with mine for extra green, fresh and crispiness

Sorry for bad photos, took them with phone and they looked nicer on that small screen xD But it's the taste that matters for me, not the looks =p


Provencal bean stew

Made this recipe from one of my cook books, and it was really delicious, so i wanted to share =D

I edited the recipe a little bit (not so much xD), heres what i did. I think it should be for about 2 persons (but i ate everything myself @_@)

Ingredients:
1 onion, i sliced mine in two, then in slices
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper, in slices, here i also cut in two then in slices
0.5 chili, chopped
200 g canned tomatoes (half a can)
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 400 g can white beans (i used tomato beans, but other beans probably works also), here i also added the liquid that was in the can =p
Water to desired consistency (mine got maybe bit too much soupy, but i like it like that xD)
1 veggie bullion
1 tablespoon basil spice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
About 0.5 dl black olives, pitted and chopped in half (i didnt measure what i used, probably it was more, and i also added the olive liquid into the stew for extra taste)

Directions:
Saute onion until soft, then add paprika, garlic and chili and saute for about 10 minutes more while stirring every now and then. I sauted in water, so if low on water add more =p Then add canned tomatoes, tomato puree, beans with their liquid, water, bullion and spices to taste. Put the lid on the pan and simmer for about 30 minutes. Then add olives (and olive liquid if you like that) and simmer for 15 minutes more. Then enjoy ^.^

Sorry for the bad photo btw :x


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Roasted pumpkin seeds

While eating my pumpkin, i also saved all the seeds (putted them in a box with water in the fridge xD) until i had all the seeds, then i looked up on internet for what to do with them and decided to test out this recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

They turned out way better than last time i tried making roasted pumpkin seeds xD

So first you boil the pumpkin seeds in salty water for about 10 minutes, then you dry them a bit and mix them with oil and salt and spread them on a baking sheet, then you place them high in the oven and roast them on 200°C until they are ready (aka golden brown and crispy). I think mine took about 15-20 minutes.

Was really delicious =D Wanted to buy another pumpkin just for the seeds xD