Italian Korean & Vegan – Healthy eats in London


I had an early Voice-Over job in Farringdon yesterday and when I was done at around 10 a clock I decided to walk to Shoreditch just for fun and to explore London a bit more on foot. Something I normally never have time for.
I came across areas I had never seen before. So much to explore even after 25 years as a Londoner.
Right in the middle of Brick Lane (famous for its curry houses and bagels) I stumbled on the most fantastic vegan cafe specializing in Italian and Korean cuisine in the most wonderful mix! Kimchi with everything! My kind of place.
I had a generous portion of hemp hotdogs with rice and 2 types of kimchi and home-made vegan parmesan. It was so delicious!
I’m already planning what I’m having next time it is a toss-up between  Kimchi lasagna or Kimchi tortollini..
The Italian chef Marco was cooking and making me feel very welcome at the same time. VEGAN YES is a happy place filled with glorious.


Vegan Yes is 64 Brick Lane.

X L

JACKFRUIT as a meat substitute

Have you tried Jackfruit yet? My first Jackfruit experience was at Farm Girl, I had the Blue Jack Tacos with BBQ flavoured pulled jackfruit. So delicious!
It is used as a meat substitute because of its texture – firm and flakey. Reminds me of tuna in its texture but also chicken breasts because it’s fairly tasteless. You need a strong sauce or spices and the jackfruit will soak it all up.
Jackfruit is only a meat substitute in terms of texture, it is not rich in protein. It is low in calories with only 95 kcal per 100g, and it comes with fiber, vitamins and minerals like, A, C and the B’s and is a good source of potassium.
But where Jackfruit really shines is when used as a meat substitute in Tacos, a curry or stew with a lots of flavours.
A tin of jackfruit is a bout £3 and you’ll find it in most health store shops.
It is the young green fruit that is used and it comes in salted water.
Jackfruits are enormous, it’s actually the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weigh between 3 and 30kg. It travels from far away places like India, Thailand and Brazil.
XL

 

Gluten Free Polenta Bread

Happy Monday! I’ve got a really good Polenta Bread recipe for you. Perfect for November when it’s getting colder outside and you want to drink tea and have delicious slice of bread in front of the fire/tv.
This is one of the super simple recipes that I want my teenager to know by heart so he can whip up a gluten-free tasty loaf just like that!
Hope you like it!

POLENTA BREAD

-300 gram Polenta Flour

-115 gram chickpea Flour

-1 egg replacer

-1 Tablespoon vinegar

-4 tablespoons Maple Syrup

-6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

-2 tablespoons Sun Flower Seeds

-1 tablespoons Chia Seeds

-2 teaspoons Sea Salt

-1 teaspoon Baking Powder

 

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte – Happy Halloween!

It looks like we need something warming after Trick or Treating tomorrow.
10 degrees C and 40% chance of rain is the weather forecast here in London.
This recipe for a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte will most certainly do the trick after an evening running after the kids – warming and festive in equal measures.
My Pumpkin Spice Latte comes with coffee and the kids have a tea based one.

Pumpkin Spice Latte – Coffee Based
– 1 cup milk (I like oat milk)
– 1/2 cup coffee
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte- Tea Based
– 1 cup rice milk
– 3 tablespoons strong cinnamon tea
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

Direction: Make the coffee or tea. Warm the milk, Mix or whisk everything but the cream. Pour into a cup and squirt cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon if you want.



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Indie Beauty Expo 2018


Indie Beauty Expo launched in Europe last week with a two day event in London. As a beauty junkie it was of course marked in ink in my calendar.
I tried on so many different lotions and potions that my phone was covered in the stuff, hence the blurry, un-clear pictures.
I came across so many interesting new brands, some that are yet to launch in Europe, and I met so many inspiring founders. Like Ericka Rodriguez founder of sexy vegan lipstick brand Axiology who picked out the colour Joy for me. A new favorite.

French oral care brand Lebon have the most beautiful packaging. They have a rose toothpaste that I have to try.
London brand Verdant Alchemy started trading this year. Their “Yoga” bath salt is divine.

Looking forward to next year, have a feeling it will be even bigger!

Why I Choose CLEAN BEAUTY Products

I love beauty products and make-up and have done since I was really young. My best Christmas present when I was 8 was a baby-blue nail polish, I was also allowed an apple flavoured lip-gloss that came in a funny tin. My most treasured possessions at the time 🙂

Nothing has changed. I still love my beauty products but I prefer them to be as “clean” as possible.
We expose ourselves to a cocktail of chemicals every day just by doing a minimum amount of grooming.  Showering, moisturizing, deodorizing, brushing our teeth..
It’s estimated that a women slap on an average of 2 kilograms of pure chemicals every year!! (for men that number is 1 kilogram)

We don’t really know how the body deals with all these substances or what happens when they are mixed with other chemicals.

A product might contain a substance that has been deemed safe in small amounts  but this does not take in to consideration the cocktail-effect you get by using several products on top of each other.
Some of these  products contains chemicals that are questionable and possible harmful for the environment and for our health.

Big brands are changing but only if there is a possibility of a big dent to their revenue. Body Shop and L’Oréal are facing out suspected cancer causing PFAS chemicals thanks to consumer pressure and boycotts.
But big corporations also spend large amounts of money to lobby for the continuous use of chemicals that have been classed as harmful as we’ve seen in the case of preservative PHMB.

I chose to buy most of my beauty products from brands with a mission to sell products that are gentle on the environment and ANY living organism.
We are spoilt for choice with new interesting products hitting the market on an almost a daily basis.
If a brands main mission is to provide clean and effective products, well, then I’m in!
X Lisa

Recipe: No-Bake STAR BARS gluten and nut free


Happy Monday! I got a new recipe for you: The perfect no-bake STAR-BAR! Filled with top-notch nutrients and very popular as a snack in my house.

I keep them in the freezer on a plate and the kids just go and take one when they need a yummy pick-me-up.
They are star shaped to make them look like cookies and also I love stars 🙂 Have them with a cup of warming liquorice or cinnamon tea and they will keep you full and satisfied for a long time.
I bring one with me when I pick up my hungry boy from school or pop one in his school bag if he has an after-school club.

Makes 12 STAR-BARS
– 1 1/2 cup oats
– 10 apricots
– 5 majool dates
– 2 tablespoons dried mango
– 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
– 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
– 1 tablespoon sprouted flax seeds
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds
– 1/2 tablespoon maca powder
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Direction:
Chop up the dried fruit. Put everything in the food processor and mix until a ball is formed. This takes a few minutes.
Flatten the dough so it’s about 0.5 centimeter thick, then using a star-shaped cookie cutter make shapes. Done!
You can store them in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Every Star-Bar contains about 152 kcal.

Hope you like them!

X Lisa

 

Clean Green Beauty Buys in OCTOBER

Hi everyone! This video is about new beauty, hair and  skin care products I have bought or have been using in October.
All of these products are paid for by me, no freebies here 🙂
I hope you like it and don’t forget to subscribe here.


The products in this video:
EcoSopia Hand and body wash
Elsa’s Deo
RMS un-cover (I have no 22)
Green People Fruitful Nights
Insight Daily Use Shampoo
4 in 1 Tabitha Conditioner
Corinne Taylor Re charge Bath salt

The Perfect Lunch Solution


Looking for the perfect quick, nutritious and practical lunch solution? Whether its al-desko or a quickie at home. Rolling up your leftovers with a delicious dip in a super food raw veggie wrap is the answer!
I’m obsessed with  wraps from Wrawp, They are completely raw and therefore bursting of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The ingredient list is a nutritionist’s wet dream: Organic lettuce, organic spinach, organic coconut, organic flax seeds, organic turmeric and black salt. Absolutely no pesky preservatives or fillers.  This is of course reflected in the price. 3 sheets are £9. But all worth it!
I start by spreading a layer of dip. The Lebanese Broad Bean Dip I did the other day is perfect. You’ll find the recipe here. Then I add any leftover food like a salad or stew or whatever. Two tablespoons of home-fermented foods for extra goodness. Wrap it up, cut in two and lunch is ready.





This Broad Bean Dip is amazing! Recipe here!

How to make Broad Bean Dip

This Lebanese Broad Bean Dip is so easy to make and it taste lovely! It’s completely vegan and gluten-free. Use it like you would use  hummus. It’s amazing on wraps, with salads or with oven baked  vegetables.

Broad Bean Dip

Ingredients:

  • 650 gram frozen broad beans
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon saltDirections: Put everything in a food processor and mix for a few minutes.

    XX Lisa