It’s been half a year already since I touched down on Californian ground for the first time ever. I fell for Los Angeles from that very first minute: The sun, palm trees, friendly people and salty air persuaded me immediately. With Summer still not having arrived in London ultimately (will he even come at all, I start to wonder?), all I can rely on right now is: some California dreaming. Here is to a flashback to sandy feet and salty breezes, plus let me also tell you of some future plans about going back.
I don’t actually remember how, but luckily came across the Goodroots instagram account a few months ago where I first read about this year’s Goodroots London festival. I ordered my ticket straight away, plus signed up for a talk with Melissa from Hemsley&Hemsley and Madeleine Shaw, being super excited to finally meet my personal heroes in real life, try delicious healthy food and check out what’s new in the industry. Today was the day: Stoke Newington celebrated Goodroots London, and I have taken a few photographs and summarised the event for you.
Hey, you, guys! I know you keep seeing all those spiralised vegetables everywhere, wondering why the hell suddenly everyone is so obsessed with spaghetti-shaped carrots, tagliatelle-shaped broccoli, linguine-shaped beetroot? Err, well, I don’t know why, but, yes, it’s awesome! Really, I mean you can eat a whole plate of pasta, without eating literally one single pasta, if that makes any sense!? Anyway, here is a new video – urgh, I know it took me forever –, and it involves beautiful green courgette-shaped pasta: How to make courgetti with pesto, there you go!
Whilst I normally travel towards East London for my Sunday brunch, surprisingly (for me, at least) there are also a few hidden gems to be discovered in the very centre of London. Ethos Foods, for instance, is one of them: a breakfast, lunch, dinner and – as of late – Sunday brunch spot just off Oxford Street, which focuses on healthy, fresh and vegetarian meals with some vegan, raw and gluten-free options, too. Lucky me, I was invited to try the Sunday brunch at Ethos Foods. Here is to my review!
After I was being so good, posting new posts on the blog regularly over the past few months, you might have wondered where I suddenly disappeared to. Don’t worry, I’m still here, well, kind of. I actually spend most of my days in a parallel universe where just me, myself and my camera (ok, my laptop, too, and a lot of food and thoughts and creativity) happen to have access to. I am writing a book! How exciting is that!?
Living in London I am genuinely impressed by the amount of coffeeshops, bars and restaurants there are to discover, not to mention the shops, markets and sights. But it’s even more than that: Only just walking through the city can sometimes feel like a journey from one world to another, passing parks, people and public spaces. One of my favourite places to go still is East London, where people could not be more inspiring, the vibe is creative and the air buzzing and vibrant. Hence, I am taking you on a small tour today: Exploring London – a day in East London.
There are not many things which make me as happy as a colourful plate full of fresh, delicious, tasty and nutrient-rich ingredients. That sounds pretty dramatic, I know, but on a day-to-day basis, given long hours at uni and work, long commutes and dark Winter days (I know they are getting brighter, yay!), it is actually true. Hence, I came up with a new recipe for today’s blog post which is bursting from colours. May I introduce: A red and green grainy salad with a pea, mint and avocado mash. Think black quinoa, freekeh and spelt, perfected with crunchy tender-stem broccoli, earthy beets, tasty radishes, aromatic peas and edamame beans, juicy pomegranate and salty feta cheese, perfected with a creamy pea, mint and avocado mash. Woah!
So, I guess my pancake obsession is back. After having had a whole lot of pancakes in the first few months of 2015, I somehow lost track of making them after having moved to London in last year’s Summer. A new kitchen, new schedules, new foods: I suppose that “all things new” simply distracted me from making my favourite breakfast. But after moving houses within London a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t think of a better way to treat myself to a small(ish) housewarming pancake stack. Et voilà – for you: the recipe for my vanilla, spelt and almond pancakes with blueberry chia seeds compote!