Candle light dinner for two

Hi again!

I know I’ve been gone for a few days, but I’ve been quite busy with a lot of to do’s. Yesterday, I drove to Masfjorden, which is more on the country side, a little less than 1,5 hours away, to do some freelance makeup work. I have some family there which was going to a wedding today, and styled some of the guests. I had to drive there yesterday, because the day today started early to get everything done in time. I really didn’t mind thug, because I got to visit my grandmother as well, which was very nice. It was also really fun doing both makeup and hair, especially since I haven’t done very much makeup work lately. I almost forgot how much I love it.

For tonight dinner me and Henrik decided we wanted Mexican, more precisely nachos. Surprisingly, Henrik agreed to make vegan nachos, as long as I made the dinner, and he could put some cheese on his half (so more of a vegetarian nachos for him). I found this very exciting, and gladly made dinner, because he usually has minced meat in his nachos, and I of course prefer it if he cuts down on the meat. Even better, he actually enjoyed it! We even agreed that from now on we’ll make vegetarian nachos, instead of making two different nachos, and we’ll just skip the cheese on my half. IMG_0332

We decided to eat on the coffee table, which is a first, and made it quite a romantic setting, perfect for date night and some quality time. Nothing is more of a perfect date than Mexican food and Netflix. IMG_0335

We’re going to watch a movie now, so I’ll see you later! Have a great night!

-IK

Quick & easy VEGAN burger!

Hi lovelies!

So today I’ve had the day off work, but I had quite a few appointments planned, so I was preparing myself for a very hectic day. Turns out though, because I started the day quite early, I had plenty of time! That was a very pleasant surprise since I easily get stressed if I’m on a very tight schedule.  It feels great to have gotten so much done today, a very well used day off!

Henrik went to barbecue with his parents this afternoon because I had an appointment with a bride I’m doing hair and makeup for in a few weeks. Therefore, I had to find myself something for dinner. I didn’t want anything fancy, and was aiming for something that was quick and easy to make. I ended up making myself a delicious Portobello burger! I’ve been craving a burger for some time now, and knew I wanted to make it out of a portobello mushroom, which I am loving btw! Originally, I had planned on making this on the grill as a barbecue burger, but you know how it goes. Not everything goes according to plan here.

I had both the burger buns and the Portobello mushroom on hand, so it was the perfect timing. I did it very simple, I just cooked the Portobello in a frying pan, with some water and soy sauce, and heated the burger buns in the oven. Just by doing these simple steps, you’ve got yourself a super simple burger. We also had some leftover potatoes that I figured I might as well get a use of, and reheated them in the frying pan with the Portobello.

Lastly, I added some lettuce, hummus, vegan cheese (Vio life Original) and ketchup to complete that delicious burger!

IMG_0234Voila! A quick, easy and delicious vegan burger! And you thought vegan food was boring? Naah.

Quick tip!: Because the Portobello mushrooms are so big, slice it in half(sideways), so it will cook faster.

  • You can also cook the Portobello in oil, using water might make the burger a little runny because the portobello absorbs a lot of the liquid.

xx

-IK

Going vegan

Hi everyone!

About a year ago I stumbled upon the vegan corner of YouTube. Not on purpose, I honestly never understood veganism. However, for some reason i was intrigued by this Youtubers, they had such a healthy diet and mentality, just what I was wanting myself. After a while of research I made my decision. I was going vegan. And I did. And I still am.

However, a lot have happened since I first started experimenting with vegan dishes in the kitchen to where I am today. I’ve certainly learned a lot over the past year and thought that I might share my experiences with you. Have in mind that these are things I’ve learned over the course of the year. These are issues that seems very difficult to me as a new vegan, but that I’ve learned how to overcome and how to deal with. I am not saying these things are easy in the beginning, they’re not. But as you become more experienced and confident, they do get easier.

If you lived your whole life eating meat, eggs and dairy products, it might seem very overwhelming to cut these out of your diet. Like what’s left to eat? Lettuce? Wrong. So wrong. You can basically eat whatever you’ve eaten before. Just a vegan version of it of course. Any dish can be made vegan. You just have to do things a little differently and have a different mindset. Watch YouTube videos, they are great when it comes to learning to cook/eat vegan! I have no problems making myself breakfast, lunch, dinner or any other meal. There are so many foods that are naturally vegan, and so many different ways to prepare it, that the variations are endless. If I want tacos? No problem, I’ll make bean-tacos! Same with Nachos, just without the cheese. And if you want to make it with cheese, there are quite a few vegan cheeses out here. To be honest though, not all of them are very good. The vegan cheese is defiantly a trials and error project. And there might be a lot of error before you find the right one.

As I said above, I realized very quickly that eating at my own place was no problem at all. However, the problem occurred when I went to eat at someone else’s house. I of course didn’t want to be rude and not eat anything, nor did I expect them to make vegan food for me. Very few people knows how to cook vegan food, because it’s so far from what they’re used to. The solution? Bring you own food. I know it might sound weird or rude, but it’s easier and better for everyone.  I’m not saying you should bring an entire meal when you go to a dinner party, just bring a little bit. Usually, a lot of the side dishes are vegan, while the main dish is not. Just bring your own main dish, and eat whatever side dishes are served. Like when we for example have fajita at my boyfriend’s parent’s house,  I just bring my own vegan fajitas/taco filling. No problem.

Another thing I’ve struggled with is eating at restaurants. There are not a lot of vegan restaurants here in Norway. I actually don’t believe we have a single one here in Bergen, which if I’m honest, have been rather difficult. It took me a while to have the courage to ask for what I really wanted. Usually restaurants have a few vegetarian options though, and a good place to start is with one of those dishes. They contain no meat, but usually does contain dairy products, most often cheese. In those cases, just ask for the dish without cheese. You might get some weird looks, I know I’ve gotten a few, but it’s alright. After a while as you get more confident with yourself as a vegan, these things will no longer be a struggle.

Last thing I want to add is that it might not be a perfect and easy road. In certain situations I’ve eaten non-vegan food, and usually felt pretty bad about it afterwards. Like I was not a worthy vegan. Though some people might see it that way, I’ve grown to see it differently. I look at it as a lesson learned, another bump in the road of this vegan journey of mine. It’s a journey, and for me, not an overnight change. I am actively changing my lifestyle for the better, and even thug I might not be perfect, I’m doing a lot better than before this journey began. I’ve eaten meat, dairy and eggs for 21 years, and all of my family and friends still does. When I change my lifestyle so drastically I need to accept that I might have some setbacks. Some people just wake up one day and from that day on, they are vegan. Never looking back. I am not one of those. I’ve realized I need time, I need to experiment, do some trials and errors to find what works for me. The longer I’m getting into this lifestyle though, the easier it gets. I am far more comfortable with it today than I was 6 months ago, and I’m positive this is the right path for me. I’ve got a journey ahead of me, but I’m already well on my way.

If you’ve got any questions, just let me know!

-IK

How to make the PERFECT oatmeal!

Hi lovelies!

My favorite breakfast is oatmeal, it’s just so filling and satisfying. It’s without a doubt the breakfast that keeps me full for the longest, and an added bonus: it’s healthy! I know a lot of people might dread oatmeal because it’s so boring and plain, and I used to be one of those people. I didn’t really like the taste of it, as well as I never seemed to get it right. I am here today though, to tell you how you can make the perfect oatmeal, that tastes both creamy and delicious! It’s all about how you make it. Of course.

The first secret I am going to tell you is to process your oats in the blender, so that it’ll become more of a chunky flour. You can make it as fine as you’d like, but I personally like it to be a little chunky. The reason this makes such a huge different is because it makes the oatmeal a lot creamier. And it’s still just as healthy, it’s still oats, you’ve just made them into more finer pieces. Sounds like a hassle? not at all! instead of blending the oats every time you’re making oatmeal, blend up a big batch at once and store in a container. That way you will have it easily accessible whenever you can yourself a bowl of oatmeal!

Then on to the process of actually making the oatmeal. Here’s the ingredients I use. (I also use water, but I didn’t bother to add it in the photo)

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  • 1dl oats, I muse quick oats
  • 2dl Water
  • 1 Banana
  • A little bit of plant-based milk (way better for your health)
  • A dash of cinnamon (of course)
  1. I add the oats (more of the chunky oat-flour) to the bowl that I’m gonna use, and add twice the amount of water. I like to cook mine in the microwave because it’s a lot faster, but you can cook it one the stove if you’d like. I cook it in the microwave for about 1,5 minutes.IMG_0010
  2. While the oats are cooking, I slice the banana in half. Here come secret number 2! I then mash one of the half until it becomes a smooth banana-mash. It might not look too appetizing, but I am going to add this to the oatmeal after it’s been in the microwave for 1,5 minutes. Mix this really well so it’s evenly distributed in the oatmeal. this will make it even creamier and sweeter! It’s a natural way to sweetened the oatmeal! The other half of the banana i slice into pieces and use as topping.
  3. After I’ve added the banana-mash into the oatmeal I usually let it cook for another 30 second. Lastly, I add a tiny bit of the plant-based milk I’m using to make it taste even more delicious and creamy.
  4. Lastly, I add my toppings. I use the other half of my banana, a good dash of cinnamon (love this stuff!) and a little bit of coconut shreds. The toppings may vary, like today I added some chia seeds as well, because they’re a great source to omega 3.

IMG_0017You can top it off with whatever fruits of berries you’d like, the possibilities are endless! Trust me, oatmeal is not boring!

Let me know if you’ve tried this or have any other suggestions!

-IK