If you are anything like me, you will love the fact that the current weather allows us to spend as much time outside as possible. I actually end up not only exercising, reading and eating outside these days, but also take my laptop into the garden whenever I can, hang my washing outside, and even leave the house to do a quick phone call, or my nails. Yes, I’m THAT excited about summer! If you don’t have access to a garden or balcony, there must be at least a local park in your area I bet! Do you like picnics? Then I suggest you make these delicious vegan summer rolls, and take a book, friend or your partner with you and enjoy summer as long as it lasts!
As most people are aware of, being a student has its benefits. Sleeping in on a Monday morning, meeting friends for coffee on a Tuesday afternoon, or visiting a yoga class at 11am on a Wednesday – you know what I mean. However, I tend to jam-pack every day with as many to dos and tasks as I can, and have only just recently started to remember myself that I won’t be a student forever. So, I told myself that I should, whenever I can, enjoy my free time to the fullest! It’s summer in London, and I want to explore the city in the sunshine as often as I can. One of the first stops on my route is Camden – not my most favourite neighborhood if I am being very honest, yet there are some places worth a visit!
Wowzaz! Now this is what I call a vegan berry tart! I would go so far to say it has all the delicious things the healthy sweet lover could ask for in a tart: a delicious almond-based crust, a layer of crunchy dark, dark chocolate, a sweet vanilla custard filling, a colourful range of summer berries, and on top of all that whipped coconut cream. Did I mention the tart is vegan and free from refined sugar? Now, get your baking essentials ready and the oven hot, you may want to bake this tart whilst berry season lasts!
Like other people get excited about their summer holidays, a pair of new shoes, an invite to a rooftop party or a visit by a good, old friend, I get excited about the summer produce. Honestly, to me there is (nearly) nothing more beautiful than the variety of berries, pip fruits, aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes one can find at the farmer’s market these days. Speaking of tomatoes: Here is a brand-new recipe for you. Easy as A-B-C, quick and utterly delicious. Vegan tomato avocado salad with toasted sesame seeds and coriander – voilà, for you!
In need of summer? Gotcha! Whether you will be heading towards warmer sceneries soon or have, like me, already been away for a while and are now suffering from those post holiday blues (anyway, yes, also if you are on holidays right now), I’ve got something for you: deliciously creamy soba noodles with mango and cucumber slices, seasoned with a chili and lime vinaigrette, and perfected with crunchy honey-glazed prawns on wooden skewers. You ready? Check it out!
Despite London’s immense size and numerous areas, I find myself in the south east, between Bermondsey, Peckham and Greenwich to be precise, at most times. Here is where I work, live, went to business school, go swimming, do yoga and run in the parks. Quite naturally by now – after a year in London! – I have also found my favourite cafés, shops and markets in the area. One of the destinations I head to regularly both on a Saturday and Sunday is Maltby Street Market.
Of all the beautiful areas London offers, Notting Hill is the one which I love most. May it be for its beautiful (and often colorful) houses, the très chic people or the variety of cosy coffeeshops one can find between Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove: A tour to Noting Hill never ceases to impress me! Today I took my camera with me and filmed my way through the pretty neighbourhood. Et voilà – a new video: A day in Notting Hill!
Just in time before elderflower season is coming to its end, my sister, a friend and I managed to organise a little trip into the countryside. Well, we actually didn’t make it any further than zone 3 in London, but even that was enough to find a few trees full of the beautiful white blossoms. I filmed the picking and cooking after, watch the full video here: how to make elderflower cordial.