Posts tagged veganism
on travel dreams with plantiful alexandra

writer: Emma ranne
picture: from Alexandra

Alexandra from @plantifulalexandra

A few months back we had the chance to meet up with our lovely German friend Alexandra to grab a coffee and have a chat. We first got to know Alex through Instagram where we’ve been following her insanely yummy looking (like really!) food creations pretty much ever since she started with Instagramming 3 years ago. We love Alexandra’s style of adding personal stories to her photos and look up to her skills in communicating her thoughts in such an authentic way through the online platform. This girl has inspired us multiple times.

When we met Alex she had just quit her day job and was about to head on an adventure that included surfing, Bali and exploring life in Australia. While sipping our coffees and matchas we talked about what it was in the first place that inspired Alexandra to hop on this adventure?

‘‘I had known for quite some time that I really wanted to travel and I wasn’t really enjoying the job I spent most of my days at. The job had pretty much just been about saving money for me, and once I had saved up enough I thought it was time to go.’’

 

What made you choose Bali and Australia?

I’m going to do a surf instructor’s course in Bali which will be my first stop. When it comes to Australia it’s actually their work and travel visa which is great for this kind of situation. Another reason for me would be that I really want to surf, which Australia obviously is quite the perfect fit for. I also know a lot of Instagrammers from Australia and it just looks like a really lovely place (also their vegan food scene, I’m really looking forward to that). Hmmm the only thing is that I’m not really a big fan of too hot weather but it should be all good, haha!

Any tips for someone scared of taking the step?

Just do it. I think you shouldn’t be too scared of following your dream. Especially if you don’t like your current situation and you feel very strong about wanting to do something else be it traveling or starting a new job. If it’s literally just fear that keeps you from making the change, the chances are pretty big that you’ll probably just regret not giving it a go.

 

Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?

Of course! I love the content of my friends @laurafruitfairy and @alexasearth. Hmm it’s really hard to just pick a few though.

 

Where do you source inspiration for your delicious looking recipes?

To be honest I don’t really do recipes. My cooking is more just me throwing things together, hahaha. In the beginning of being a vegan I used Instagram a lot to look for food inspiration. I think it’s just mainly about me seeing other people do delicious looking things and putting my favourite bits from their recipes together to create my own thing.

 

What would your perfect Sunday (anywhere in the world) look like?

My perfect Sunday… I’d wake up without an alarm around seven. Then I’d do some meditation and some stretching after which I’d have some breakfast outside at my terrace while reading a book and listening to some good music. After the slow breakfast I’d head for a surf as the waves obviously would be perfect. Then after a couple of hours, I’d come home, take a shower and meet up with some friends for lunch. In the afternoon it would be time for a little nap after which I’d maybe do some more surfing as the waves are still great. In the evening I’d meet with people for dinner, have a glass of wine and a good chat. The main point of the day would for it to be really relaxed.

We loved getting to meet Alexandra while she was exploring Helsinki and hope to see her again soon. You can follow up with Alexandra’s travels on Instagram. Seeing all the scenic travel pictures has really made us crave some adventure too.

 


 

 

 

 

summer rolls

(vegan, Gf)

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Colourful Vegan Summer Rolls

If I were to pick a favourite food I would never succeed, but Vietnamese summer rolls would be somewhere quite high up in my top foods list. I mean yummy food with a crafty factor to it when putting them together, how could I not love that? The rolling is the challenging part (check youtube for handy tutorials if you're new to this), but no matter the look the taste will pay off the effort in the end.

When it comes to summer roll fillings, you can let your imagination run wild. I went for the rainbow look this time (or in other words the ''I can't make up my mind so I'll go with it all'' -look). Experiment with your favourite veggies, herbs and sauces. Maybe go for some tofu? Or maybe something sweet to add some contrast. Try and throw in some fruit. Papaya and mango do magic!

in my rainbow rolls:

  • Rice paper (check out the Asian groceries)
  • Daikon sprouts
  • Spiralized carrots
  • Red cabbage, cut thinly
  • Avocado
  • Humus
  • Parsley

 

Tips:

  1. Try adding the sauce in the roll. Hummus works nice, peanut satay is a classic!
  2. Cut your veggies super thinly. It's also easier to roll if they're cut at about the same length.
    If you get everything cut into sticks of 7cm, I can tell your creations will look fine.
  3. Pop fresh herbs in the rolls. Maybe mint, basil or parsley like I did.
  4. Don't feel like you have to stick with the classic fillings.
    You could pretty much use anything that is either in sauce form or possible to be cut into sticks.
  5. Try this as a party food! You could ask everyone to bring some random fillings along. 
    Get crafty and creative together!

 

 

going plant based
 

writer: Emma Ranne
picture: Emma Ranne

Vegan Breakfast and flowers

so... Can I just like go for it?

Congratulations! You have decided to go plant based and are about to discover a whole new world of delicious foods. Something has sparked your inspiration to give up all animal products and to start living what they call: ’’the vegan life’’.

But how do you do it? Where should you start? At the start everything can feel a little overwhelming. All of a sudden there are whole new aspects to the food you consume: you become more aware of its origins and ingredients, need to gain information about how to nourish yourself with a different palette of foods and face lots of social encounters where people all of a sudden become very interested and opinionated about what you put on your plate.

Well no need to worry, you don’t have to deal with all of this on your own. We’ve put together a little how to guide that will get you started.

 

What is a plant based diet? Am I like only going to munch on kale?

A plant based diet consists of only plant based foods. Basically when you go plant based you give up meat, fish, dairy, eggs and other animal products such as honey and switch them to legumes, fruits, grains, nuts, beans and such. It might sound a bit challenging at first, if animal products have been a solid part of your eating habits up until now, but soon you’ll discover a whole new world of surprisingly limitless options. Fun fact: it’s estimated that there are about 50 000 to 80 000 different kinds of edible plants in the world, and I bet you haven’t tried them all. What first might seem like narrowing down your diet, can actually turn out to be a broadening of your food horizons.

 

How do I do the actual switch?

Some people switch their diet in one night. Some need more time. There are many ways to go vegan and if you find it a bit challenging to make such a change in one go, you don’t have to do so. Maybe you are still pondering if this is your thing. Well babe, take your time. In the end it’s all up to you, and you’ll see what works best in your case. You’ve already taken a little step (I mean you would not be still reading this if you weren’t even slightly considering you could maybe do this switch).

Here are some ideas for how you can discover the vegan world, in baby steps. You'll have all control without there being a need for you to commit to anything (in the end, your're not getting married to anyone here, you’re just considering making a diet switch... for the better!)

 

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1. every vegan meal counts

Like really. Every single one of them. You could start with having one vegan day a week or a plant based meal a day. This will allow you to slowly build it up, get familiar with options and discover new recipes at a convenient pace that works for you.

 

2. Drop it one by one

You could also just start by giving up the animal products one by one. Maybe start off with dropping meat, then when you’re comfortable with that you can leave out the eggs and after that the dairy. This allows you to slowly build up your new eating habits and gives you time to consider replacers for each product one by one.
 

 

3. Ehhh... but how do I deal with giving up dairy?

Giving up dairy...how does one do that? This is most often found to be the hardest part. ’’Ehm yeah cool but how on earth can you give up cheese’’, is probably the most commonly asked question right after ’’where do you get your protein from’’ that new vegans face. Milk is easy. There’s tons of tasty alternatives out there ranging from almond to oat milk and so on. Cheese has quite a central role in many western cuisines and we are used to it being a part of almost any meal. Just start discovering alternatives. Put hummus or for example tahini on your sandwich, start using nutritional yeast on top of pastas, check out recipes from other cuisines like Asian and Indian where cheese isn’t a star ingredient and you could even try out vegan cheeses, that are pretty easy to find these days in the larger grocery stores.
 

4. turn it into an adventure

Keep it super varietal and exciting. Try out different products and recipes and go check out vegan restaurants and cafes. Soon you won’t even have time to miss the food you used to eat, because oh boy there are so many plant based recipes and products around. Just start browsing. 

 

+5. Explore together

Maybe you have a friend that is interested in going on this kitchen adventure with you. You could cook vegan food together, go out and give that one cool vegan restaurant a try and obviously it's nice to have someone to share your new vegan finds with. Also check out the infinite world of vegan Instagram accounts. Gather inspiration, connect with cool people and share your creations. 

 

We will be sharing more tips and thoughts on the basics of the plant based diet at Inlace soon. Meanwhile, stay tuned. Oh and if you haven't already...you're more than welcome to browse our recipe section! It's fully plant based, 100% delicious and will get you started.

the best vegan carrot cake
 

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writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Carrot cake is the perfect cake for brunches, parties and rainy afternoons. It’s nothing too fancy, but like they say ’’the less fancy the cake, the more delicious it will taste’’ (ok I just made that up, but I think it’s actually quite true most of the time). This cake is packed with carrots and cheered up with some cozy spices. It’s very easy to make, and I’ve declared it to be the fail proof cake recipe after multiple attempts with my rather un precise measuring style (doesn’t always work out when baking).

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How:

  1. Peel and grate the carrot in a separate bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and all the liquids in another. Mix the flours with the liquids in small bits, stirring slowly in between (avoid stirring too much). Add the carrots and mix once more.

  2. Pour your dough in a floured cake form. Bake the cake at 200C for about 45 min. Let the cake cool down completely before adding the frosting.

  3. Prepare the frosting by first mixing the cream cheese with the margarine and then slowly adding the icing sugar and mixing well in between. The frosting should be quite thick, so keep on adding icing sugar till it seems like it could stay on top of the cake. Spice the frosting with a tiny bit of lemon juice to cut the sweetness.

  4. Decorate the cake with nuts, seeds and maybe some lilies. Enjoy it with a cup of tea and a bunch of friends. Perfect for brunches, parties and rainy afternoons. 

the cake

  • 2 big grated carrots (about 4dl)

  • 7dl flour

  • 1 tspvanilla sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp clove

  • 0,5 tsp ginger

  • a sprinkle of salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 3 dl brown sugar

  • 1 dl water

  • 2 dl rap seed oil

  • 0,5 dl brown syrup

  • 2,5 dl vegan vanilla sauce (I used Oatly) 
     

the frosting:

  • 150g vegan cream cheese (I used ’på mackan’ cream cheese from Oatly)

  • 50g vegan margarine (room temperature)

  • 3,5-4,5dl icing sugar

  • 1 tsp lemon juice