How is your life?
I am frankly just about to celebrate breathing. That is how much I am not handling my finals. I feel the pain of anyone going through the same torturous weeks and I try to be the most positive myself about surviving it all.
But I think I will fail at it.
after being absent for a week and “only” managing to write this awesome new Benton product review I have a new video for you.
It is also my first recipe since I came to Korea.
I call it Cooking With No Kitchen Series.
No Cooking Allowed
I was very excited moving to Korea, I really was. New school, new life, new room. New room… that was the most horrifying part of it. What will I do without kitchen?! In the recent years I have not only begun to cook so much just for the love of it but also I need to deliver enough healthy nutrients to my body. And all on vegan diet. But the biggest part is that I started putting really a lot of passion into my photography and delivering new recipes every week. I had to just absorb that I will have to put all of that on hold until I move out of the dorms (hopefully in just a year).
The sad reality is that although there is a community kitchen in my dorms, I have used it about twice? It’s really bad. Utensils that you don’t want to use, constant smell of ramen and basically no cleaning morale. The worst is that I have to march through half of the building with all of my ingredients and utensils if I want to cook anything. And it’s both tiring and really time consuming. So I gave up early in the semester.
The only food place we have is a community microwave/fridge room. The rules for the fridges are pretty tight, people still take your food and I take up half of one of the fridges. The microwaves are ok but constantly filthy and smelly. But it is all I work with no. And when I met some of my friends they wondered: “What do you cook? How?”. And from that i got the idea to start making easy, mundane recipes for dorm cooking.
How Cooking Without Kitchen Series was born.
Oats, Oats, And More Oats
Let’s start off with oatmeal. It is simple, filling and delicious. Not to mention it is a great superfood. I was honestly waiting for the temperatures to drop so I could dive into my oatmeal season. Every single day it is what powers me and makes me get up. I switch the toppings and with that even the seasoning but the base remains. I thought it would be hard making it without a stove top, but no, microwave does it all. It won’t be as perfect but it is all I could wish for.
During the weekdays I usually soak the oatmeal base overnight to make it a bit faster in the morning but this recipe was made on the weekend hence no pre-soaking. It works both ways, I just cook it a bit less if I soaked it beforehand. As for the amount of mylk I just adjust it based on how I want my oatmeal to be, if I have a lot of dense toppings I make sure to make it creamier. Why did I suggest microwaving your apple as well? Sometimes I want the feel of soft, applesauce like fruit and microwaving it helps a lot. (tip – works best when you need to use up older apples) Want it all fresh and crispy? Just add it afterwards.
As you may have noticed I also added a persimmon. There are three simple reasons for it – it’s persimmon season meaning they are cheaply everywhere in Korea, I need to eat a bigger breakfast to feel even half full, and I just like them. Feel free to add any other topping that can work well with the cinnamon & apple combo.
Now, let’s get cooking. No more excuses that you can’t have delicious and healthy breakfast in the dorms. You don’t have to live of ramen forever.
Hope you like it.
TIP: for all my oat and health food lovers in Korea, I order most of my ingredients from this site.
They offer free shipping to Korea when you spend over 40$ (buy in bulk) and you can find anything from the “foreign” and health category, even household and beauty, for very good prices.
I know I have said that things will be a bit different now since I am in Korea na dit is true.
Sadly I will not be able to do as much cooking and food blogging as I wanted to and tried to do. It makes me very sad as I am struggling to even cook the meals I want to eat and on top of that to even make them pretty. I am constantly pushed around by expenses, Korean cuisine and lack of proper cooking facilities.
Do not worry though it sounds worse then it is. I still consider myself vegan, on a plant based, healthy diet. It just got a bit boring, unpredictable and basic. I am currently unable to create a lot of new recipes but I do not plan on giving up food.
Korea has so much to offer.
Vegan in Korea
Well, this is a big and exhausting topic to cover and I will do it one day. Just not now as I would need about 10000 words to cover half of it. I simply wanted to state that no, I am not giving up veganism because it’s too hard. The circumstances force me to be a bit more limited, budget a lot more and stop being squeamish about some minor vegan pet peeves but I am still trying my best. I love doing it and my body loves it and that’s all I can do.
On a more brighter note I will be sharing with you a lot more other interesting things from my new life in Korea. Later I want to talk about Korean food for vegans, maybe when I have more options try to come up with handy vegan tricks and tips. I wish to also make my favorite food into vegan version. Mainly I will be focusing on my adventures from eating at different places , introducing a lot of traditional and not-so-traditional Korean foods, talk about the culture. Let’s not forget about the life here itself.
Black Magic Rice
Wow, I got too off topic. Back to the recipe.
One of the ast dishes I tried and created before i moved to Korea was inspired by my beloved Vietnamese influenced cafe in Prague. That place is magical, magically hipster and a go-to spot for all food and social bloggers. I mean it’s so cool. The one food I fell in love with was their Mango Coconut Chao a.k.a. Mango Coconut Rice Porridge. Who doesn’t love porridge?
I certainly do and I also love rice. Combined sweetness and creaminess of mango and coconut soaked rice makes your mouth water and your stomach happy. There are many ways in which you can prepare your rice porridge but I decided to spice things up a bit and make it even more special.
Using black rice gives it even more nutritional value although it makes it a bit more unique in taste. For those unfamiliar with it, black rice (or also know as “forbidden rice”) is a great source of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants (more than in blueberries). It is commonly used in East Asian countries, desserts with it are my favorite. And that is how I created this recipe.
Making it a bit more healthier and fairly simple I fell in love with it immediately. You can buy black rice at most health food stores or order it online. Just make it.
It is well worth it.
Will you give it a shot?
I am going to make it as soon as I get my kitchen back.
How was yours this time?
I had pretty busy days at work and today is actually my last they there!
Switching places again am I?
It is a huge change but you may still have no clue what the hell am I talking about so I will just stop for now.
Instead let’s talk about nicecream.
This is not my first nicecream recipe so I won’t talk about it too much. Just simply for those who still have no idea how this weird name found it’s way into our lives, nicecream is ice cream for vegans, made out of primarily bananas. That is when the rules end though.
I always get into the hab
bit of a certain meal routine. Falling in love with certain dish means that I will be eating it every single day for at least few months. I have had this with yoghurt bowls (I still do), with oatmeal and for longest with nicecream. Which was quite uncomfortable in winter at times.
One of the amazing traits of this breakfast was just how versatile it is. I rarely followed any recipe, nor created one I would stick to perfectly all the time. I just take bananas, some liquid and whatever I can find in my fridge/freezer. And so can you.
Treat this recipe as a guide on how to have perfect balance of berry and black, but if you are not really keen on the pure aesthetics of your finished product, just add whatever you like. Also the same goes for the toppings.
Goth – The New Rainbow
Food trends. Instagram pictures. Buzzfeed articles. Rainbow used to sweep over all of these places but lately it has been the “goth” food. I also talked about this haven’t I?
I for sure complained how I have been adding charcoal to my smoothies fo ros long, purely for the benefits and not so much for the look. I even hesitated to share the photos as I thought it might be a bit too much for some people. Guess i was wrong.
The reason I decided to post charcoal based bowl again is because I often struggled to find something to go well with the black and whitish base, and blueberries are my final and best pick. If you use less charcoal (like I actually did in the tutorial video – just use the recommended amount for true black). it will give a deep purple color but it still looks so pretty! The taste is bomb no matter what.
With the toppings, go wild. I was not feeling like decorating it too much like I always do but you can seriously throw whatever you like. I always enjoy toasted coconut, some more fresh berries and even dark chocolate chunks compliment it so well. Let’s not forget about some nut butter (almond is my fave).
Okay so did I convince you to try hopping on the “goth food” trend?
I hope I did.
It is so worth the taste alone.
P.S.: be careful with charcoal, that bastard has the power to color everything around.
Sunday is here!
Are you sad the weekend is over?
I for sure am but I am also excited for more summer classes. Yes, I am such a nerd.
What are you up to?
This week I have a bit different video and post for you.
What the hell I eat?
I could never count how many times someone asked me this question. I also think I had enough rants and gave explanations in regard to my diet. Some people are borderline ignorant, some just curious. And i do enjoy showing people some delicious things I eat happily on a daily basis. That is kinda why I am doing all of this.
Anyway, I do enjoy watching these sort of daily meal videos and I do enjoy making them. So here is yet another one.
Summer No Cooking Time
I called this one summer home cooking although I didn’t really even cook. I explained that I go mostly raw in summer so even in this video, most of these dishes are just throwing un cooked things together. It doesn’t make them less delicious though, don’t worry.
As I go to school and work, I also had to stop by and eat out on the go but I made sure to show you how I prepared my breakfast, with full super delicious and filling recipe and also my big dinner bowl. I do prepare my meals a lot even for work and school but with this heat, I have nowhere to store it and it would go really bad after just one lesson. So that is my excuse.
The recipes I showed you are not extremely special, they are tasty but efficient. Just like any other fairly busy person I can’t style up and play with my food 24/7. I just make sure it is all nutritious and makes me feel great. Even when I eat out.
What are your daily habits when it comes to food?
I obviously did not include all my little snacks and nibbles, such as bags of dates and cooling water melon, which are my two latest obsessions. I hope you could have seen some inspirational meal prep and that you can enjoy the recipe as well.
Fyi, the tahini dressing can be found on my blog, section recipes as well.
Hope you enjoyed it and that you are having a great weekend.
See you next time.
It’s been two weeks since I posted my last recipe so I guessed it was about time to make my Wednesday comeback right?
I was unable to prepare anything for you at the time as I was super busy dealing with traveling and life in general.
To compensate for my absence I did prepare something amazing this week.
Shall we take a look?
Goth Food Everywhere
You may have noticed (unless you live happy disconnected life) that earlier this year a bunch of “goth” foods have flooded the internet. These crazy food trends come and go out this season it was having everything in black. Ice cream, bagels, mostly soft serve were dyed this dark deep color in order to appeal to our dark soul. I myself drooled over those quite a lot but I was a lso a bit disappointed.
Want to know why?
I made my first black ice cream already about a year ago.
Charcoal For Detox
I have discovered the powers of activated charcoal already a long time ago and I have been using it constantly ever since. I turned into it because of it superb black color, all from nature, but it also has some great health benefits. I use the one manufactured from coconut shells and I am loving it. You can order it online or maybe find it in your local health store.
When you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances. It is often used as a treatment for mild poisoning, it is also prescribed against stomach pains and for gas relief. (that is amazing) Essentially it is a great cleansing ingredient, but you should always take it in small doses.
Luckily for us, the color payoff is incredible even for small amounts.
Berries Made Black
I used my simple berry nicecream recipe as a base for this “goth” creation. The dark berries, actually my favorites, work very well to help and create the black color. You can obviously choose any other nic ceram base but there are some rules to remember. If you want more grey, use yellow and light fruits – bananas, mangoes, pineapples, if you want more earthy and dark go either for green – kale, kiwi, or violet like me. Just remember that strong red ingredients usually end up purple instead of black. (sadly too many berries ruin the goth creation.
Other than that – GET CREATIVE! I often add a teaspoon of charcoal more for the health benefits other than the looks.
What do you think?
Will you give it a try?
Good luck! I will be looking forward to seeing you this weekend then.
Happy Wednesday again!
Actually at this very moment of new blogpost release I will be sitting in a train on my way to Berlin.. SO EXCITED!
Obviously I couldn’t leave without preparing another recipe for you. And this week it is so special!
Because it is a celebration of succeeded at first try making my own nut milk.
Ready to learn more?
Nuts Instead of Cows
I was never a fan of dairy milk to begin with, I kinda enjoyed it in my cereal and in baked goods but that was the end. I never truly appreciated the whole glass a milk a day and I would never want to ruin my cookies by dipping them in it. So it wasn’t very difficult to say goodbye to cow’s milk when becoming vegan, only what will I cover my cereal with?
I quickly realized I sort of hate soya milk and coconut milk has too strong taste for my breakfast bowl. Rice milk is enjoyable but my favorite is by far almond milk. I love the taste of almonds just as they are and in their milk form, they still have that delicious creamy flavor. So I chose my substitute.
Almond milk is also pretty good for you, low in sodium and high in healthy fats, it keeps your heart healthy and provides your bones with calcium and vitamin D. On top of that the high concentration of vitamin E makes almond milk perfect clear skin food.
Milk Your Own Nuts
The one complaint I hear a lot is that vegan substitutes are often much more expensive and more difficult to find. Sure, good quality almond (or any other plant) milk is on the pricier side, plus you need some digging to make sure you are buying the right kind, but it is well worth it in my opinion. The difference is not so big and you are doing it for yourself.
Also, why not just make your own milk at home? It may look like a complicated process but it is actually super easy and speedy. I too was surprised by how quickly I was able to fill up my fridge with homemade bottles of plant mylk. And let me tell you, I am never going back to storebought stuff.
That is why this week I have decided to show you how to do it yourself and save money and make your body happy. Keep in mind that similar tutorial works for other nuts and seeds as well, you might just need to adjust the measurements accordingly.
Make It Rosy
If you follow me on IG (as you should here) you could have seen how happy I was when coming home with two bottles of special edition Rose Strawberry Almond Milk. I bought this original flavor at a veggie festival and I became obsessed. Overall, I am falling more and more in love with roses and the many ways you can use these beautiful flowers.
With that in mind I set off to make my first homemade milk. I bought high quality raw whole almonds in my local bulk market (be picky with your nuts) and made sure to soak them for about 14 hours before i was ready to make the mylk. I used an empty mason jar as you need to leave enough room as the almonds expand. The only thing left was what kind of almond liquid should I make?
Remembering the lovely taste of rose strawberry combo I realized I could make it rosy too!! I did some research and learned a couple things.
Pick only pesticide free roses, homegrown are the best. (or go organic) You will only need a few leaves so do not avoid splurging a bit.
The best smelling roses taste the best as well. Smell them carefully and choose the most fragrant ones.
It is up to you how many petals you use but do not throw in too much, it might not do your body justice.
With those thing in mind I harvested few petals from my garden and started working. Last thing, to sift your milk you will need some kind of unbleached cloth. You can buy cheese cloths or nut bags or just like me, grab natural (and clean) 100 percent cotton children’s cloth.
What are we waiting for?
Let’s milk some almonds.
I sincerely hope you can be as happy with your result as I was.
The Cookie Cat Dips
I can now go dip my new Kookie Cat Cookies I received last week and I won’t be afraid about ruining their taste at all. Having a super sweet tooth and I am so happy I can snack like this knowing I am making my body both happier and healthier. As I teamed
up with the Kookie Cat company to test their beauties I wrote a bit more about them on my IG. I am excited to say that I was taken aback by the wonderful taste after being a tiny bit skeptical (like with ny product of this kind) when I checked the packaging learning that these candies are gluten free, wheat free, soy free and basically free from everything. What else is left to put inside?
The answer is just crunchy goodness. I fell in love with the nice combos, my favorite has to be Hemp Seed Cacao cookie, but for example my roommate tried to steal all of the Vanilla Choc Chip. You are doing some great work Kookie Cat Company. Plus the name is so cute :D.
Please remember that I am honestly sharing my thought with you right now. I am actually just munching on the Walnut Cocoa Cookie as I am writing and sipping my Rose Almond milk. It has almost disappeared already.
With that opinion out of my way,
what are we waiting for?
Let’s milk some almonds.
I sincerely hope you can be as happy with your result as I was.
Let me know.
See you on Sunday in Berlin.
How are you doing?
I am back with another breakfast recipe this week. As you can tell breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it is absolutely essential for me to have it in order to function like a human being whole day.
It is super important if you want to have a balanced lifestyle that you do not forget to eat. I honestly can’t understand how some people do it without it. Like I would not want to ever get out of my bed if there was no sign of food waiting for me.
Who is even Bircher?
The word muesli as the food itself comes from Swiss German as Musli and means something like mash up. The original recipe was developed and thus named after a doctor Maximillian Bircher-Benner who came up with the original breakfast mix in order to feed his hospital patients. Sounds really like a perfect health food right?
It is based on rolled oats, dried fruits and nuts. The doctor himself served it soaked overnight with a yoghurt, lime juice and fresh apple – so he also made the original overnight oats. What an awesome guy.
Muesli as we know it was popularized in the second half of the 20th Century and nowadays, I would say it is staple. More even in European countries, as in many places (like US) cereals and sugary mixes are preferred over this “birdfood”.
Make It Home And Save Up
You can find thousands of different prepackaged muesli mixes at stores but be careful. There are several reason as to why I would encourage you to make your own mix at home.
First of all, the nutrition can be really deceiving. Many muesli mixes labeled as healthy contain so much added sugar and other artificial flavorings, that you might be better off with those cinnamon toast crunch. If you need to buy it, read the label carefully and keep an eye for the added sugars.
Second, it is pretty expensive. Unless you go for the most basic version, which is often the bad stuff I mentioned before, you can end up paying a lot of money. Trust me when I say plain rolled oats and packet of mixed nuts and seeds is much cheaper.
Spice Things Up
I make a lot of muesli, granola and general breakfast foods at home. One thing I always enjoy is trying new flavors and combinations. Even with this recipe, adding some cinnamon can make a difference. Or try different fruit, once you have the base down there are no rules. Go wild or go home.
With that said would you like to finally read the basic Muesli Mix I have for you this week?
I hope you enjoy it.
See you on Sunday.
I am so sorry for being absent for so long but I had to deal with loads of exams. I would love to say its all done now but unfortunately, more stress is yet to come. Nevertheless, I am back and since it’s Wednesday I have a recipe for you.
But this time I have to move my usual video post to this day as well, meaning I have both recipe and a recipe video for you.
What is it this time?
The Best Brain Foods
I am well aware of the fact that so many people are having their exams right now. Constant studying only to find out you still can’t remember all parts of Earths atmosphere. It’s ok, I struggle too. But what I have found out recently, especially when it comes to exams, I really heavily on my routine and my power foods. What are those?
Every healthy food carries some kind of benefits to our body and a group called brain foods obviously targets our brain. How? Some nutrients are known to enhance focus, some boost memory and some simply make us calm the hell down. I have done a lot of research and asked many people and from that, I have put together my own list of foods I need to consume before walking in the exam room.
Shall I get to them?
walnuts or any nuts overall contain a lot of protein, which is a great nutrient anyway, but nuts are also known to enhance your alertness. Beware of peanuts though, they are not really nuts but legumes.
all berries are amazing creatures filled with antioxidants but blueberries especially boost memory and are said to help with decision making. So when not sure in between the C or D trust the berry.
Apple contain a lot of fiber that helps with digestion but did you know that their part Acetylcholine also means greater perception and reduces your anxiety? Really having your apple a day is a good idea.
It fill you up well and have a lot of potassium which is known to lower blood pleasure to help you freak out less. My old math teacher always stressed the importance of banana before exam and she was one smart lady, so I diligently follow her advice and you should too.
These little things are overall nutrient powerhouse but are especially beneficial to our brain power, enhancing focus. Say no to that distracting fly behind the window.
Finally. Another great way to justify more chocolate in your life, dark chocolate helps fight stress and improves blood flow, even boost memory. The combo of fiber, iron and flavonols is enough to make me not guilty about eating the whole bar on the exam morning. Sadly, milk chocolate won’t do the same so grab that extra cocoa chocolate. (which I prefer personally anyway)
Wow. So many great foods to help your brain perform better. And you can always just feel better, I sometimes thing just knowing I have this backup is enough.
Brain Power Bowl Recipe
Since I introduced you to many benefits of these foods, I have a great recipe incorporating them all together.
It is my favorite quick breakfast for busy mornings and I filled it especially with the brain foods to make me feel more confident before my exam. You can always adjust the serving sizes, add more seasoning or some sweet syrup. The oats are optional, sometimes more nuts make their way into my bowl but oats are also super healthy and when I need to fill up more I include them as well.
I hope you enjoy it. I wish you all the luck for your exams and studies, I am fighting with you.
I am back with another recipe video for you!
How have you been doing lately?
With all the upcoming exams my leaves of stress have skyrocketed and what better way to make it all nice and better than by eating a lot right?
But let’s not forget to be somewhat healthy. You might think that at times of stress and pressure it will be great to dive into that bag of chips or order triple fries at McDonalds. Nope.
Not only it won’t talk the stress away but it will also make you feel like shit.
I mean if you want treat yourself. Just do not go overboard and forget all the good stuff that you can be munching on.
I just eat a ton. Even healthy food should not be overeaten but I stil feel better about eating four cups of carrots and hummus then bags of oreos.
And why am I heading with all that?
I craved some raw granola. So I made it.
Raw During Breakfast
First of all, it is not completely raw. You would have to leave out the oat flakes and if you are on a solely raw diet, just do that and enjoy this recipe with raw syrup. But the reason why I call it raw is because you do not have to bake this mix as you do the regular granola.
Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor and you are done.
What is the magic of this dish?
I have to warn you, rawnola is highly addictive. I am not kidding when I say I may have eaten half of it just like that, no breakfast time needed. See my healthy comfort food?
What I also like about this recipe is that you can customize it whatever way you like. It is always new and fresh and super delicious. Some day I feel like adding more dried fruit, some chia seeds or maybe some nutmeg. It all works.
The base is always the same. Some dates, coconut, nuts, oats and syrup. I rarely make the same exact version twice and this all is just a base I wanted to provide you with so you can make your own DREAM COME TRUE!
How does it sound so far?
Do you think this might be your next favorite breakfast?
I think it will.
Enjoy the recipe!
How are you doing?
Lately I have been so so busy (realizing I say this in every post) as I just dived in, unvolunatrilt, into the exam and graduation months. Kill me please.
So I need to simplify my everyday routine as much as I can. Simple breakfast, super quick lunch and 10 min dinner in order to use up my time in the best way possible.
Who cares I then spent 3 hours procrastinating rather than actually studying. I tried ok?
Why am I even mentioning this?
The recipe I prepared for you this week is one of my staples and is on the list of simple breakfasts I can throw together in a short time and still makes me happy.
The Art Of a Smoothie
Smoothie are life. Smoothies are my comfort foods, my best friends on sleepy mornings. They look amazing, do not take a lot of work and can be super versatile. There are so many flavors, toppings, no rules on how to make a good smoothie. Just put together what you like and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I have to say, in the years I have been making myself breakfast smoothie bowls I have a hard time switching to a different breakfast food. Do I ever get bored of my smoothies?
No never. None of them is like the previous one, I rarely use perfectly portioned ingredients and I like to throw in this and that, just what I have on hand. I have already showed you how to make a delicious ORANGE AND CHOCOLATE NICECREAM and the process of making a smoothie is basically the same. I differentiate between smoothies and nicecreams just based on their consistency – smoothie is more liquid, nicecream thicker and creamy (use more bananas).
You can call your creation however you like, just make sure you enjoy it.
Why green monster?
Well, I like monsters and it is green. In fact, I often make it such a shade of green, it is monstrous. (sorry…)
I was always strict about keeping my smoothies purely fruit based, I was always scared of adding vegetable to my breakfasts. Surely it will be just gross.
Oh boy, how wrong was I.
The first time I dared to put couple leaves of my favorite baby spinach into my mango smoothie, I couldn’t even tell a difference. Afterwards, I felt great. You know that feeling after you have just finished eating a salad? That’s the kind of mood I was in.
I gradually started adding more and more leafy greens into my fruit smoothies and bomer, I still love them. When I put a heaping cup of spinach into my blender I realized, that pineapple might be a nice counterbalance to the veggies. Wow!
How my green monster smoothie was born.
I deepened the green color by adding one of my favorite superfoods, spirulina. It has many health benefits, it is said to help with weight management, but you have to be careful with the portion size. Adding more than one flat teaspoon could cost you the joy from the smoothie.
So be careful.
I guess that is all I have for you today.
I hope you liked it and good luck whatever you are up to!