Healthy Eats: London – Farm Girl

I have finally had lunch at Farmers Girl!  The Australian style healthy cafe serving delicious and healthy food is very popular and long queues at my nearest outlet in Notting Hill have put me off.
Not giving up though, and the other day I made it to the Carnaby Street eatery. I had an hour to kill between voice over jobs in Soho and I was starving for lunch already at 11.30, perfect for beating the lunch time rush. I can report I understand the long ques, It’s so worth it!
I had the Blue Jack Tacos in the picture above. (BBQ pulled jackfruit, guacamole, pineapple , lettuce and vegan mayo) Gluten free, nut free and vegan.  OMG! My food heaven!!  I will defiantly come again. 5 out of 5 from me!


A nice oasis above the hustle and bustle on Carnaby Street. As soon as lunchtime arrived it has heaving with customers and delivery drivers picking up orders.

You can combine your healthy lunch with a swishy blow-dry at Duck & Dry’s salon.

The obligatory swing seat.

The deliciousness from above 🙂

XX Lisa

 

Cooking with Kids: RAMEN (vegan & gluten free)


Vegan Gluten Free RAMEN

– Noodles (227 gram)

– Marinated Tofu 160 gram

– 2 carrots

– 2 pak choi

– 1 onion

– 5 garlic cloves

– fresh ginger (about an inch)

– 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoon stock powder

– 6 cups water

– 1 tablespoon tamari + 1 teaspoon

– 2 tablespoon miso paste

– 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

– 1 teaspoon dried daikon or other mushroom (optional)

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– spring onion (the green bits)

Directions:
prepare the broth: boil water, stock powder, chopped yellow onion, garlic,  chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of miso, tamari. Let simmer for about an hour (or shorter if you are in a hurry)
Heat up the oil, soften chopped carrots and pak choi. add tamari and miso paste.
Prepare your noodles.
Sieve the broth but keep the onion garlic mix.
Assemble: Put broth in a bowl, add the noodles. On top place the tofu, glazed vegetables on top. Add a tablespoon of the onion mix and sprinkle over spring onion. Serve.

 

Space Clearing Mist

This is the space clearing mist I’m obsessed with at the moment,  that I mentioned in yesterdays blog post. Every time a spray this mist I immediately feel uplifted and refreshed. I spray it on top of my head and in front of me and then quickly walk into the beautifully smelling dew. You know that calming feeling you get when you are next to a waterfall? That’s the sense I get from using aura mists.
The  Peace & Harmony mist from Findhorn Flower Essences comes in a sturdy glass bottle and the spray gives an even delicate misty cloud. The fragrance is absolutely divine,  a mix of Rose & Frankincense. My favorite combination.
X Lisa

Guided Meditations, EFT Tapping and Space Clearing Mist

 

I normally have a positive outlook on life. I’m generally convinced that tomorrow will deliver a fabulous solution to any problem I’m facing. Having said that I have periods in my life when I feel scared and out of control. When I’m wrestling a nagging feeling that nothing will ever change.  Feeling stuck and not being able to change a situation by myself, not believing in my own power. That’s my shadow. I normally don’t go to long with these thoughts as I know they lead me nowhere good. If and when I start feeling stressed and uncomfortable I have a strategy that makes me feel relaxed and in control. After a few weeks I start to wake up happy and excited again. (Without anything actually having changed at all!) But the sunnier mood that emerges also brings a wider perspective and clear guidance of what steps to take to move on from an unpleasant situation.

Firstly, I force my brain to change the way I’m thinking. For me, positive  guided meditations is gold! They have been a game changer in elevating my own inner wellbeing since I got my first Sony Walkman (yellow & water proof).
I listen to them in the morning and evening when I need them. The positive affirmations and fantasies you go through in a guided meditation brings in a sense of happiness, that I feel continues throughout the day.
That’s why I was moved to record my own Morning & Evening Guided Meditations. I know what works for me, maybe they can work for you as well. You can find them here.

My second strategy is using EFT Tapping. Tapping is a combination of Chinese Acupressure and psychology that alter your brain and energy system. This is done by tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points, at the same time as you are talking through different emotions and situations. If you are interested there are loads of great videos on Youtube that you can follow. It’s easy, quick and really effective!

Beautifully smelling Space Clearing Mists works wonders for lifting your mood. It clears and purifies both your space and feelings. One of my favorite mists is Peace & Harmony by Findhorn Flower Essences.

XX Lisa

 

Cooking with Kids: Taco Rice – Vegan

Hi! The kids were off for half-term last week and me and my 10 year old made a couple of delicious, quick and easy-to-make dinners.
We recorded a few new recipes and this is the first one in this new series.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
XXX

TACO RICE
Ingredients:

– rice for 4 people

– 1 tin of pinto beans about 235 gram

– 1 celery stick

– 1 red bell pepper

– 1 onion

1 garlic clove

– handful of Kalamata olives

– 1 cup of tomatoes

– salad (romaine)

– 3 tablespoons tomato pure

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– 1 1/2 tablespoon mixed taco spice

– 1 tablespoon stock powder + 1/3 cup water

– tamari to taste

– black pepper

Directions:
Cook the rice. Fry the chopped union in coconut oil. Add the chopped red pepper, celery and garlic. Add stock powder + water, tomato pure, taco spice and pinto beans then tamari and black pepper. Let it simmer for a few minutes while you place chopped romaine lettuce in serving bowls. Chop up tomatos and olives. Combine the rice with the sauce and place on top of the salad. Add chopped tomatoes on top of the taco rice and then olives on top of tomatoes. Serve.

 

Fermentation for Beginners Step-By-Step

Hi all!
This is a very simple How-To Fermentation Video. No bells and whistles just a pure minimalistic ferment to get you started for a healthy, happy gut!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Thank you! XXX

Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

An every-day easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that kids love! You should defiantly try this one.


Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

1/2 cup of dried split red lentils or 1 1/ cup cooked

400 gram tinned chopped tomatoes (1 tin)

2 large carrots

1 onion

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons tomato puree

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon stock powder (bouillon)

1-2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano dried

1/2 basil dried

1/2 thyme dried

tamari and lots of black pepper to taste

A few tablespoons of water if needed

Vegan parmesan cheese for grating

Sprinkle of nutritial yeast

Spaghetti

 

Instruction:

Cut union and garlic, grate the carrots. Heat up pan and add coconut oil fry the union until soft. Add the garlic and carrots, fry until soft. Add everything else except the cheese and nutritional yeast. Lower the temperature and let simmer as you boil your pasta.
Serve on a bed of pasta. Grate the veggie cheese and nutritional yeast on top.
Serve with a small green salad.

Get Creative With Herbs

 

Hi everyone,
I was send a really interesting book about herbs a few weeks ago. It’s written by  Henriette Kress a herbalist who lives and works in Finland.
In this book she’s covered anything from finding herbs and picking them to what concoctions to make from the herbs, like lotions and potions and teas and foods. I got inspired to make a herbal tea with rose petals and a  body oil that smells divine!

 

Brazil Nuts for Selenium

If you follow me on YouTube you have probably heard me go on about having 2 brazil nuts every single day. The reason is that brazil nuts are the number one source for the super important trace mineral Selenium. Selenium acts like an antioxidant and boosts immunity. Very important to keep healthy.

I soak my nuts overnight to 1. make the minerals, vitamins and enzymes come alive and 2. to remove the nuts “defence” i.e. the phytic acid, making the nutrients in the nut readily available for the body to use.
After I have my nuts soaked overnight I rinse and dry them and they are ready to be eaten. 2 nuts are enough.

Don’t buy Brazil Nuts in bulk as they spoil quite quickly. Stick to small  bags and store in the fridge.
XX L

Super Quick Vegan Dinner

When I’m in Stockholm I always pop in to Renee Voltaire’s health food store/cafe to pick up some interesting food stuff. If you are not familiar with Renee Voltaire she is the Queen of Clean Eating in Sweden. Her shop Pep-Stop in Östermalm is a must for me  (along with Svenskt Tenn, Acne and Eytys). There’s always something new, innovative and tasty in her beautiful shop. Last time I was there I picked up a Veggie Burger Mix with Beet and Chia, put it at the back of my cupboard and totally forgot about it.
This week I had a spring clean-out of said cupboard, found the bag and decided to mix and cook even though I was confident the kids would turn up there nones as per usual. Not so!! The loved it and said they would have it again. I’m amazed. It contains, buckwheat, quinoa, linseed, chia seeds, ginger and beetroot. You mix it with water. Let it soak. Make  little patties and fry. Very quick.

Here in the UK you can order online and  Totally Swedish on 32 Crawford Street in London and in Barnes stock a few of her products. Sadly not this mix.