Kelp gets your metabolism going

Kelp bowl

Kelp bowl

Kelp noodles are one of many raw substitute for pasta. Many people choose it because it´s low in calories.
But there are many reasons why kelp should be included in your diet. Espacially if you are vegitarian, vegan or raw vegan. It´s high in nutrients, iodine and contains over 70 minerals, potassium, calcium, iron and amino acids.

If you hold a strict no animal protein diet you don´t eat the following:

Cheese
Cows milk
Eggs
Frozen Yogurt
Ice Cream
Saltwater fish
Shellfish
Yogurt

So you need to add either kelp or other seaweeds such as dulse, nori or kombu. One of the major reasons is your thyroid functions.

If your thyroid isn´t functioning the symtoms will effect your metabolism.
You will feel tiered, frozen, your body will be low on energy, dry skin, lifeless/brittel hair and you might become overwieght as a result.

Recognise any of these symtoms and add either the animal protein list to your diet or more seavegetables.

Kelp is really good if you don´t like the taste of seaweeds. It has no flavor at all and alot of crunch! Pasta al dente is totally possible if you use this little noodle.
So even though it´s called noodles you can just as well make an italian flavored pasta sauce or ad meat, fish or chicken. And if you´r gluten intolerant this will be a great substitute for pasta.

I love mine with hot chili, tamari, mashed up avocados, koriander, lemon juice and vegetables.

Raw cacao nice-cream with a hidden secret inside (medjool date salty syrup)

Raw cacao nice-cream with a hidden secret inside (medjool date salty syrup)

Buckwheat pancakes brunch

The king of brunches: buckwheat pancake brunch

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Blossom and string

Blossom and string

Plantlove

Plantlove

Siamese

Siamese

Hey little dude

Hey little dude

Raw zuccini terrin

Raw zuccini terrin

 

 

 

Condom of flowers is THE salad

A salad is a dish consisting of small pieces of food, which may be mixed with a sauce or salad dressing// Wikipedia

Buying salad sauvage from my favorite booth in the market in Nice

Buying salad sauvage from my favorite booth in the market in Nice

 

Left over salad in my lap

Left over salad in my lap

It´s also a beautiful way to serve plants. I some times say that raw food is a million opportunities to make a random salad look and taste amazing.

I love to roll mine up in rice paper och nori sheets, makes great finger food. I call the rice paper rolls for ”condom of flowers”.

Condom of flowers

Condom of flowers

Skinny or thick you choose

Skinny or thick you choose

Raw vegan sushi

Raw vegan sushi

Swiss chard wraps

Swiss chard wraps

Zuccini blossoms, shredded carrots, dijon mustard and avocado is a super yumy combo and a bit different than the regular asian once. Mix it up.

Or to serve it straight in a beautiful leaf of lettuce, chard, chiccoria or kale. Just put the filling in the leafy part.
Use sprouts, roots, fruits, meat, bird, beans, pasta, pizza, cheese or what ever you desire. Get touchy feely with your food, there are napkins you know.

The ultimate plate

The ultimate plate, photo Fredrik Skogkvist

Pimp with dressings, sauces or use funny little sauce cups to dip in. Or another favorit is to spray the dressing lightly with a mini water spray on to what your serving.

Cashew turmeric sauce

Cashew turmeric sauce

Raw lasange is also a way of serving salad

Raw lasange is also a way of serving salad

My favorite dressing is just lemon juice, salt and oliv oil. Massage it on your kale add some blueberries, pecans and creamy goats cheese.

Another sauce or more like a syrup is my date syrup, fresh berries ( black currants ) and some lemon juice. Pairs together beautifuly with mozzarella and basil.

If I´m making a speacial dinner I just put the ingredients on the table and then on a wooden board. On the table goes whole pieces of peaches, tomatoes on the wine, oliv branches, cedro lemons and just about everything you also have on the board cut up for eating.

Plant lovers can have thier fun while still sharing with the meat lovers. Make the salad the center piece and add/make the extra bits around it.

Kitchen Sauvage

Kitchen Sauvage, photo: Fredrik Skogkvist

Then we can share everything and eat with our hands to good wine and music. These nights are epic and I call them Kitchen Sauvage.

Let the pictures inspire you more than my words. Make up your own combos.

And if all you use is lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber made with an open mind it can turn out pretty damn good as long as you want to.

When in france

When in france

 

 

 

No more hunger games…..

It´s important to get your fibers and protein. Or you´ll end up playing the ”Hunger Games” like I´ve the past week.

In France it was easy to eat lightly. The days where filled with only plant food breakfasts, juice for lunch and something more foody after the sun had set.
With the heat the most important intake of the day was water and minerals such as salt.

When I practice a lot of bikram yoga or if I´m exposed to warmer weather I use my Friway Well salt spray.
Made with ionised water and mineral salt it´s a great little invention to keep your salt intake without adding the bad salts.

Also on vacation there is no stress and yoga everyday so my system gets pretty much balanced out from the city lifes overindulgence and work.

A clean body is more receptive to the food you eat. A little yoga everyday helps.

A clean body is more receptive to the food you eat. A little yoga everyday helps as well

But once I got back home and the heat diminished, I was back at work and my hunger kicked in.
I´m pretty good at reading my bodies signals but this time my head was`t with me so instead of eating more and drinking less juice I just continued as the week before.

Cold, tired hitting the snooze button each morning instead of yoga before work I just didn´t get it.
Untill a couple of days later I realized that even though loaded with nutrients I needed something more meaty and had to add more fibers to my diet when back at my regular speedy life.

So this weekend I´ve been making gluten free flat bread and eating fish. Carbs and protein.

ENJOY LIFE

Fishlys and oysters

Fishlys and oysters

More oysters....

More oysters…. Great for minerals and salt, maybe post yoga :)

Everyday is a new day and so are you listen to your needs move from there

Everyday is a new day and so are you listen to your needs move from there

 

For many years I didn´t eat meat due to yoga filosophy and not listening to my needs.
I ended up totally depressed and just craving bad stuff such as too much coffee, sugar and bad habits.

 

For every coffee drink dubble the amount of water and up your intake of greens.

For every coffee drink dubble the amount of water and up your intake of greens

 

And before those years I didn´t eat anything. So even though my mind and body can work on starvation mode my soul can´t anymore.

So from time to time.
REGULARY, once a week or more I eat animals. I´m happier and more free this way and working with food I just couldn´t eat everything.

I mean why do we call it nut cheese, plant yogurt, zuccini pasta or raw vegan beef if we weren´t inspierd by the tastes and forms used in the more traditional cooking.
Also it´s easier to explain the foods and a busniess to made money from, so easy does it.

It´s not only animal protein that is excluded from peoples diets but carbs, gluten and lactoes.

Pizza lover

Pizza lover

 

Eat your carbs with flowers and cheese

Eat your carbs with flowers and cheese

Gluten free flat bread brunch

Gluten free flat bread brunch

Get an expert to tell you what you can and can´t eat, don´t guess. There are many important nutrients in these products and to exclude them for random diets could be realy bad.
To eat organic and local is also a great way to stay away from allergies and upset tummies, bad ph level and mood swings.

I tought I was allergic to gluten and lactoes but if I eat ”lagom” and choose organic products there´s no problem at all.
Veggies should come from the earth and soil. Meat should be grassfed and chickens roam freely.

Life is so much richer these days when food is not an issue and just something to enjoy.

SWISS CHARD

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Beets great blodsugar stabalizer

Beets  are a great bloodsugar stabalizer

We got some beautiful Swiss Chard and beets to the work this week. Both these plants are great blood sugar stabalizers since they help regulate the speed of digestion and keep food moving at the right pace through our digestive tract.

Like beets, chard is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. The betalain pigments in chard have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

Take care if your pregnant you should stay away from these 2 and spinach. Also included in this family called the chenopod is quinoa.

 

 

 

 

 

Annons

Farmers market and raw ”redbeet tartar”

Always on the look out for new fresh, organic and local plants to work with I took a trip to the first Farmers Market this year.

My favorite farmer for herbs was at her booth. I got some coriander with root and all, holy basil and mint.
She gave me onions so I can grow my own onion flowers.

Whether in France or some other trip, on walks or at work my system never stops to take in information and products to use.
It´s more than work or a hobby. It´s one of my passions. I feel more like an artist when making food.
Not one to follow recepies I enter a kitchen and see what´s there and try to make something with what I´ve got. I´ve learnt to trust my instinct and palate to find the marriage between flavors, texture, color and combos.

In plant food one of the big issues for me right now is texture. I´m searching for that perfect crunch without burning something to a crisp.

It´s actully not so hard to make meals. You just tune in and listen to what your body wants and needs. It takes some practice but start with simple dishes and take it from there. 

If you speak swedish and want to listen to something really interesting about taste, flavors and the new development of our senses this radio program is great. P1 listen to link here.

For recipe scroll down.

Ramson capers, pickles, baked parsnip and reed beet beef

Ramson capers, pickles, baked parsnip and red beet tartar

Prepp for raw beet beef

Prepp for raw beet tartar

Into the wild

Into the wild

Perfection is imperfection

Perfection is imperfection

Brunch

Brunch

Summer

Summer

Mini bell peppers

Mini bell peppers

Squash

Squash

Handfull

Handfull

On the board

On the board

Ditching powders for these perfect smoothie boosters

Ditching powders for these perfect smoothie boosters

Marriege between mint and basil

Marriage between mint and basil

Asian green I can´t remember name of and Swedish squash blossom

Asian green I can´t remember name of and Swedish squash blossom

Wann Wallens onion flowers

Wann Wallens onion flowers

New Zeeland broccoli and daikon

New Zeeland broccoli and daikon

For beet tartar

4-5 redbeets (uncooked).
4-5 sundried tomatoes.1 dl activated pecans.
1 tsp of salt.
1/2 tbs of coldpressed olive oil.

Soak the tomatoes and pour away the water. You can save it if you need more moisture when mixing.

Mix all the ingredients, best is to use the pulse button so you can control how chuncky you want yout beef.

Strain in a strainer to get rid of excess juice and place the beet beef on a lettuce leave.

Side dishes:

I´ve pickled ramson capers with mini cucumbers a couple of weeks before that become perfect for this dish.

I also oven baked spirlized parsnip in salt this morning for extra crunch.

You can use regular dijon.
I made a cashew mustard paste with soaked cashews, lemon, grinded mustard seeds, horseradish and turmeric.

Finely chopped fresh red onions. I let the sit in some lemon juice and salt to get the activated and it takes away some of the strenght of the onions.

 

 

The body and the naked food made with loads of plants, color and love

The days when vegan food was considerded weird or too ”hippie like” are numbered. Very soon we, who love this food will all be able to get what we desire and have longed for at other places than in our own kitchens.
And it will look beautiful and taste even better.
The plant food movement around the world is seeing to that.

Top of the line resturants such as Noma have vegan chefs and use water cleaners to enhance their vegetables, both taste and quality. No one is excluded. And in the process nature is taken care of, local products are brought to light as well as local farmers.

At my work Stockholms Matmarknad we seek out the best products. Plant or animal. We get inspired and learn from each other so we can bring our hay to the stack in this movment.

More and more people grow their own veggies. Foraging and urban farming are two of this seasons most used words on IG.
People are starting to care about thier food and where it comes from. Food is starting to matter.

Raw food is not only for hardcore yogis and health freaks.

To use products such as chia seeds, buckwheat and drink juices are becoming more than a silly trend.
The methods used by raw food chefs have caught the eye of other chefs, or it it the other way around.
Who really care as long as the word is spreading that this is just another way to prepare food. It broadens the spectra of what we can eat and it makes us healthier even if that isn´t what we sought out to become.

I´m one of the lucky ones and can eat almost everything in normal amounts. If I overindulge or underindulge I feel bad.
Both body and my mind gets disturbed. BUT note this it has taken me all my life to get to this point and the journey has been hard and painful.

But it was worth it and it continues everyday. I hope for the rest of my life and the richness it has brought to me I hope to share with others.

I practice yoga daily and have done so for the past 15 years, no day is the same. The practice changes as life moves on. It´s just like brushing my teeth. I don´t really think about it but without yoga as without the brushing it is just unthinkable.

All of this and more has helped to deal with my low self esteem and disrespect to my body. I´m 41 years now and as I look at pictures of me at lets say the age of 20, I can´t get passed the thought, why was I so unhappy with that?

Well the answer is simple to me now. Your body and how it looks has little to do with what you eat or don´t eat. That´s just the headache, the symptom of something much deeper rooted in you.

The eating is just a way to control what can´t be. And to not deal with what actully can be dealt with.

As with alot of these issues we deal with them in quite harsh ways. We feel bad that we have issues and this becomes a hinder to becoming more healthy.

Who doesn´t have issues, if it´s not food it´s something else.

This is why plantfood is not diet to me and it´s not food as medicine. It´s just like brushing my teeth. I don´t really think about eating this way and would rather eat a good goatscheese than over eat nuts and seeds. Just as anything else when eaten to much makes me sick.

Thur my blogging here I want to create a forum where instead of talking about detoxes and cleanses as removing the lustfullness in life. To transform the ”detoxlife” into finding the tools to add the good stuff first.

First you learn how to crawl then walk. And then you can make what you want with your world.

Recepie for sprouted wild rice risotto below.

 

WIld white currants

WIld white currants

I make plantfood every weekday at Stockholms Matmarknad

I make plantfood every weekday at Stockholms Matmarknad

Plantlove

Plantlove

Homemade

Homemade

The color purple

The color purple

WIldrice risotto with almond parmesan

WIldrice risotto with almond parmesan

Just me and some petals

Just me and some petals. Photo: Fredrik Skogkvist.

 

Wild rice rainbow risotto.

Soak 2 dl of wild rice over night.

Rinse in morning and let them sprout for 3 days.

Turn the rice in tarrogon, lemon zest, cold pressed apple cider vinegare and cold pressed oil of your choice.

Mandolin half of a small cauliflower head into the rice mix. If you can find purple this will boost the dish in color without effect on the taste.

Pimp with small tomatoes, again use color!

Color is such and easy way to make any dish go from a bore to a beauty!!!!!

Almond parmesan is easily made with soaked and rinsed almonds and for better taste you acctivate them in 40° in your oven. I prefare to work with dry nuts instead of wet.

Here I used 1 dl of almonds.

3 tbs of kombucha.

2 tbs of nutrient yeast.

1 tsp of turmeric.

Lemon juice and zest, maybe half a lemon.

1 tsp of pink salt.

Mix and use straight away or store in a cheese cloth for 2-3 days.

Glutenfritt

PIZZA RUSTICA ( See below for english version )

Jag gjorde den här pizzan för ett repotage i tidningen Gourmets majnummer med fotografen Fredik Skogkvist som tar de mesta av de bilder jag inte tar själv på mig eller maten jag tillreder.

En grönsakspizza gjord på botten av en ugns- torkad raw pizzadeg.
BOTTEN:
3 dl groddat bovetemjöl
2 dl ljusa chiafrön
2 dl mandel
1⁄2 tsk havssalt
1⁄2 dl surkål
1⁄2 dl kombucha
2 msk kallpressad olivolja

TOMATSÅS:
1 morot
1 vitlök
4 dl soltorkade tomater
1 citron, finrivet skal och saft 1 tsk finhackad färsk chili 1⁄2 tsk havs salt
2 msk agavesirap TOPPING:
2 dl nötost
1 msk basilikablad
2 dl pepprig rucola
2 väl mogna tomater
1⁄2 gul lök
1 liten fänkål
1⁄2 tsk svartpeppar
2 endiver

DU BEHÖVER OCKSÅ: mixer
2 bakplåtspapper

1 Värm ugnen till 30°. Mixa bovetemjöl, chiafrön, mandel och salt noga. Mixa surkål, kombucha och olja separat. Knåda ihop mjölblandningen och surkålsblandningen till en slät deg.

2 Dela degen i två och kavla ut bitarna till rundlar mellan bakplåtspapperen. Lägg rundlarna på ugnsplåt och torka i ugn över natten med ugns- luckan på glänt.

3 Tomatsås: Skala moroten och riv den fint. Skala alla vitlöksklyftorna. Hacka de soltorkade tomaterna fint. Blanda samman morot, tomat, citronskal och citronsaft. Tillsätt chili, salt och agavesirap. Pressa ner vitlöken och blanda sam- man.

4 En timme före servering: Värm ugnen till 30°. Bre nötosten på pizzabottnarna, lägg på basilikan och toppa med tomatsåsen. Torka i ugnen med ugnsluckan på glänt.

5 Skiva tomat, lök och fänkål tunt. Ta ut pizzorna och toppa med tomat, lök, fänkål och rucola. Mal över svartpeppar.

6 Servering: Skär pizzan i trekantiga bitar. Lägg upp pizzan ihop med endiveblad på en stor tallrik. Lägg varje pizzaslice i ett blad och ät med händerna.

 

Crisp bread pizza

Crisp bread pizza

Buckwheath pan pizzas

Buckwheath pan pizzas

Whitebeet in apple cider and coconut nectar

Whitebeet in apple cider and coconut nectar

Chioggabeets

Chioggabeets

Reedbeets

Reedbeets

Work in progress "body image"

Work in progress ”body image”

Flower pizza

Flower pizza

Pretty pizza plate

Pretty pizza plate

On the board

On the board

Watercress salad

Watercress salad

Seed pods and "body image" polaroid

Seed pods and ”body image” polaroid

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Homemade

Homemade

Gluten free crisp bread pizza with eggs and chantarells

Gluten free crisp bread pizza with eggs and chantarells

Ramson capers and pickled mini cucumbers

Ramson capers and pickled mini cucumbers

Pizza rustica

I made this pizza for the swedish magazine Gourmet in it´s May issue with photographer Fredik Skogkvist who takes most of the pictures of the food I make and of me.

A vegetable pizza made with an oven dried raw pizza dough.

Crust:
3 cups sprouted buckwheat flour
2 cups light chia seeds
2 cups almonds flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup sauerkraut
1/2 cup kombucha
2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil

 You’ll also need: blender and 2 sheets baking paper.

1 Preheat the oven to 40 °. Mix buckwheat flour, chia seeds, almond flour and salt thoroughly in mixer. Mix sauerkraut, kombucha and oil separately. Place in a bowl mix and knead the 2 doughs together.
2 Divide the dough in 2 and roll out the pieces into circles between the backing sheets. Place them on a baking tray and dry in the oven overnight with the oven door a bit open.
Annons

Neo Hedonism

I förra numret av Svenska Gourmet drog jag och min muse/friend/fellow wine lover på en road trip via natur vin gårdar, marknader och sen hem till min föräldrar för att plåta mina favvo recept.

Jag är på väg tillbaka för en mini vacance och kommer säkerligen hitta på nya favoriter att dela med mig till er under nästa vecka. Stay tuned.

Foto: Fredrik Skogkvist.

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