Vanilla Lingonberry Overnight Oats

It’s finally the berry season again, and alongside with forever-favorites e.g. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and currants, lingonberries have become my number one berry at the moment. We all know berries are super good for you, containing a massive amount of powerful antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.

In Skandinavia lingonberries have been called the new super fruit. Since as compared to it’s perhaps better know sister cranberry, lingonberries contain a higher amount of antioxidants. Also all berries are a good source of flavonoids but lingonberries contain more flavonoids than any other berry. These red beauties also contain a wide variety of plant chemicals called polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants. These natural ingredients help neutralize the effects of the sun’s radiation and prevent the signs of aging on your skin. I shall call it a youth-boosting wonder-berry. 

Soaking (and activating) your oats overnight makes them easier to digest, which means your body can also absorb and use all the nutrients better. Not to mention, overnight oats are so easy to pack with and take-away. Lately I’ve been attending yoga classes early in the morning, and then enjoying my breakfast afterwards before heading to work. I only hope you’ll love this recipe as much as I do!

Vanilla Lingonberry Overnight Oats

(makes 2 servings)

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen lingonberries
1 cup coconut mylk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
salt to taste

Place the banana, lingonberries, coconut mylk and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add the rolled oats and chia seeds. Stir well to combine. Season with salt. Divide into two air-tight containers and place in the fridge overnight, or 12-24 hours. Serve with fresh fruit and berries. Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful week!

xx Ella

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Gluten and Nut free Seed Bread

You’ve probably already seen an endless amount of different variations of the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread. Still I couldn’t help but make my own version and after numerous tries I finally got it perfectly right.

Besides, seeds are super good for you and you should definitely include more of them in your daily diet.

I mean, seeds are naturally packed with real goodies and are one of the natural “superfoods” you want (and should) eat more, especially if you’re living an active lifestyle. They are also a great food supplement for those (us) living to a vegan and gluten free diet.

By including seeds in your weekly diet, the natural fibre, iron, protein, good fats, vitamins, and minerals they contain contribute to a wide range of potential health benefits. Seeds are a great source of energy, can help reduce fatigue and will contribute to healthy hair and skin, muscle and bone growth and maintaining a healthy heart. They also have immune system boosting qualities.

So without further ado, here we go

Oat and Seed Bread

(makes one loaf)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepitas
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp psyllium seed husks
1 tsp himalayan salt
1 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups water

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water and oil, stir well to combine. Scoop into a loaf pan and push down on the dough evenly. Leave aside for one or two hours for the psyllium, chia, flax seeds and oats do their magic.

Preheat the oven to 180 celsius. Pop the loaf into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the bread from the loaf, flip upside down and bake on the rack for another 30-45 minutes, or until golden and crispy on the outside. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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xx Ella

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Eating Rainbows at #OurMessyBrekku

A couple weeks back, on the Pride Week, we attended to a beautiful plant-based pop-up breakfast by the incredibly talented Ida Ginman, who I had the privilege to meet during my time in Australia, and her friend, the brekku-queen Tara Junker. The breakfast pop-up took place in a cute german cafe just few steps from our door step. Our Sunday morning couldn’t have had any better start.

Here are some photos of our rainbow breakfast spread. Obviously we had to try everything on the menu.

Rainbow Tapioca Pudding (coconut vanilla spiced tapioca pudding with

rhubarb and raspberry compote)

Unicorn Toast (pea mash, pickles and flowers / pink cauliflower spread, avo stars and peas)

Summer Feels Juice (watermelon, lime, strawberry and apple) and

Galaxy Raw Porridge (blueberry cacao buckwheat porridge with nordic berries)

Everything was so dreamy beautiful and delicious. You could tell these girls love what they do. To me, it’s so inspiring to see people bravely fulfilling their dreams and doing what they love. Always make sure you follow your heart and do what you want the most. Life is what we make of it.

Thank you again for having us girls. I’m already waiting for your next pop-up…

Thank you for reading, have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Mini Eggplant Mushroom Pizzas

Continuing the list of my current food obsession, next up is eggplant (or aubergine). There’s something in this vibrant purple beauty, and especially when roasted into a gooey deliciousness, that I just can’t get enough of. To twist my eggplant game a bit, I decided to turn them into pizza bites. This recipe was a success in our household and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. Please let me know how it goes, if you end up trying the recipe!

Eggplant is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper. It also contains a healthy amount of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, vitamin K, and phytonutrients to support healthy brain function. Mushrooms are also super dense with nutrients but low with energy. They contain more copper, potassium, protein and selenium than either oyster or shiitake mushrooms. Champignons are also a good source of phosphorus, zinc, niacin and pantothenic acid.

This recipe is a lighter and healthier version of mini pizza bites, made with eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, red cabbage and topped with some fresh thyme. The preparation takes only ten minutes – dinner’s never been this easy to make!

Mini Eggplant Mushroom Pizzas

(makes approx. mini 10-12 pizzas)

1 large eggplant
2 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup tomato paste
8-10 cherry tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup grated red cabbage
dried oregano and basil
fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Start by preheating oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Slice the eggplant into about 2 cm thick slices. Place onto a baking tray. Spread the tomato paste evenly on every slice. Sprinkle some dried oregano and basil over. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the sliced mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and red cabbage. Top with fresh thyme. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Take out off the oven. Let cool a bit and serve. Enjoy!

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Have a beautiful week!

xx Ella

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Thai Green Vegetable Curry

Spring is really late this year in Finland, and for the past weeks we’ve experienced everything from blizzards and cold wind, to icy rains and freezing fog. It has only been 15 degrees to the highest, which after an Australian summer feels like winter to me. Needless to say warming spicy stew foods and soups have been quite popular in our household. To be honest I think my love for thai curries and indian dahl doesn’t really even depend on season or the temperature.

Of all the curries, thai green curry is my favorite. This time I combined a bunch of different vegetables to create a heavenly delicious blend of all the good nutrients in vegetables and the healing spices of curry. You can make different variations by changing the vegetables or their ratio. Add fresh herbs e.g. parsley or cilantro. And for extra protein tofu or different beans.

Stews make an excellent food prep meal too, as it’s easy (and cheap) to make a big pot of curry and rice ready for the nights you arrive home after a long day on the run, hungry and tired. Because when you couldn’t be any less bothered to cook something reasonably healthy for dinner, it’s easy to end up snacking something not so healthy. And personally nothing comforts me more than knowing there is some Thai Green Vegetable Curry ready to be heated in the fridge when I finish work late and am on the way back home.

I like to serve mine with wholegrain jasmine rice and some fresh greens.

Thai Green Vegetable Curry

(makes 6 servings)

2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
2-3 teaspoons thai green curry paste*
1 small sweet potato
1 small eggplant
1 head of broccoli
1 medium-sized zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1-2 cups coconut milk
2-3 kaffir lime leaves
3 cm knob of fresh ginger, grated
juice of a lime
2-3 tbsp coconut aminos
salt and pepper to taste

+ wholegrain jasmine rice for serving

*choose one without fish or shrimp sauce/paste

In a large pot bring the vegetable stock to boil. Add all the chopped vegetables, kaffir lime leaves, grated ginger and enough coconut milk to cover the vegetables. Let simmer covered for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Check the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer covered for another 5-10 minutes or until the vegetables are fully cooked. Take the pot off from the heat. Add the lime juice and coconut aminos, stir to combine. Serve with some wholegrain jasmine rice. Enjoy!

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Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Positano Photo Diaries

In late April we spend two days and one night in the stunning Amalfi Coast small town called Positano. The place was an absolute dream come true and I still need to pinch myself when I look through the photos taken there. We still have loads of photos in store hence I wanted to share some of the unseen magic with you.

So here’s our dreamy day in photos.

Majority of the photos taken by @veraolivias 

They say dreams come true here, but this was the dream I never even dared to dream.

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Turmeric Coconut Oats

Some time ago I finally returned from my travels and found my way to a place I shall call home for the next three-or-so months. After almost twelve months spent more or less on the road, living out of a suitcase in different surroundings, some of which have been more of a home to me and some less. It’d be an understatement to say I’m happy to be home at my own place for now. I have unpacked all my belongings, hanged my clothes in the closet, set my plant babies on the window sill together with my crystals and the books I carried with me all this time have a place on the bookshelf.

I have started in a new job, started working on my blog and creating recipes again. I have found a new yoga studio to start doing yoga regularly again and am in the process of creating a routine where work, personal life and well-being are in balance. Sometimes life gets busy, but your health is the most valuable treasure you have, it’s not worth  sacrificing for something temporary.

The past weeks I’ve also paid more attention to my diet again. During traveling it’s sometimes hard to find the optimal nutrition your body and mind need, even though in my opinion I ate quite healthy on the road as well. At the moment my diet consists of foods that are rich in nutrients and easy to digest, easy for your body to absorb and use. For me this means dark green smoothies, big green salad bowls with rice, sweet potatoes and hummus(!), rich and spicy curries and dahl, oatmeals of all kind and multiple cups of herbal teas.

I’ve been really loving turmeric in all forms; lattes, soups, dahl, porridge… you name it. And when it comes to nutrition, if I could give you one advice to always go for, it’d be

Your body is wise and it knows what it needs hence you should always listen to your body.

Turmeric is the vibrant golden yellow powder that comes from the root of the perennial Curcuma longa plant. It has been used for centuries in Asia and is widely known for its multiple health benefits. Turmeric is known to have a particular affinity for the blood and is thereby able to circulate its positive health benefits throughout the body. It is also known to promote digestion, support the brain and nervous system, support healthy blood sugar levels and proper liver function, nourish the heart and circulatory system and boost the immune system. Food truly is your medicine.

Adding turmeric to your oatmeal not only gives it an amazing golden color but also adds all the health benefits to start your day right. Give your body some loving, and try these creamy Turmeric Coconut Oats for brekky.

Turmeric Coconut Oats

(makes 2 servings)

1 cup whole oat groats
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 cm knob fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cloves
pinch of saffron
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp coconut sugar or pure maple syrup
pinch of salt and black pepper

Place the coconut milk into a pot and bring to boil. Add the oat groats and all the spices, and let simmer covered about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rolled oats and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the oats are fully cooked.

Pour into bowls, serve with coconut milk, freshly grated coconut and some fruits and berries. A dollop of coconut yogurt would go perfectly with this one as well. Enjoy!

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Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Vegan Eats in Rome

Two weeks ago we went to Italy with my family. We spent few nights in Positano and then a week in Rome. It was absolutely a dream come true and especially Positano will have a special place in my heart forever. Finding vegan food in Italy was surprisingly easy, even though there were only a few fully vegan/vegetarian restaurants. However in most of the restaurants, especially in Amalfi Coast, you can pretty easily order roasted/cooked vegetables and different side salads that are vegan, even if the menu itself would have little to none vegan options. Also ordering vegetarian pasta or pizza without cheese was possible in most of the places we went.

When in Rome we found some great vegan and vegetarian restaurants that had amazing vegan food. Since so many of you have been asking my recommendations for where to eat in Italy, here are some of our favorite vegan or vegan friendly places I’d recommend to check out if you’re in Rome and looking for a place to eat.

4. Voglia di Pizza

Via dei Giubbonari, 33

www.vogliadipizzaglutenfree.com

We were searching for a vegan and gluten free pizza in Rome when dear old friend Google suggested to try Voglia di Pizza. This Pizzeria had good reviews and trip advisor points of 4, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant didn’t let us down, and we ended up eating pizza here two days in a row, because why not. The first time it was quite busy and we had to wait for our food around 45 minutes but the next time it was quiet and our food was ready in less than 15 minutes. They have a different menu for gluten free food and normal food, and plenty of vegetarian options. We asked our pizza without cheese to make it vegan. Our favorite was the Vegetariana with selection of grilled veggies and mushrooms. The gluten free base was mind-blowing and actually baked in the restaurant and not just a heated ready-made-frozen one. If your looking for gluten free vegan pizza in Rome, Voglia di Pizza is your place.

3. 100 % Bio, Cucina Biologica

Piazza di Porta San Paolo

www.centropercento.bio

Bio’s Café is a 100 % organic café/restaurant just right down the street from Colosseum. They have a variety of different vegan take-away snacks and treats, sweet and savory and also a 100 % organic vegan lunch buffet. You pay by weight which can get a bit expensive but is totally worth it. Also their drinks menu is worth of checking out. You’ll find heaps of different hot and cold beverages, teas, coffees, sparkling refreshers eg.

2. Gelateria Della Palma

Via della Maddalena, 19/23

www.dellapalma.it


When in Rome and Italy gelato is a must. Rome is full of different gelaterias and it’s not hard to find vegan gelato, however there are significant differences in taste. The best gelato we ever had was in Della Palma. It’s a rather large ice cream bar with over 150 flavors and a good selection of soy based vegan options as well, eg. coconut, mint, strawberry, nocciola/haselnut, pistachio, chocolate, orange chocolate… They also have gluten free and vegan cones. A medium size includes three different flavors, either in cone or cup, and it’s only 3,5e. Our favorite flavors were definitely coconut, mint and nocciola. Also try chocolate, strawberry and pistachio.

1. Il Margutta Vegetarian Food and Art

Via Margutta 118

www.ilmargutta.bio

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Easily the best vegetarian restaurant we discovered during our stay. It is a bit fancier than most of the places, but super cosy and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I also really fell in love with the interior as they have a lot of art on the walls and hanging PLANTS. (What else can you ask for?) We went here twice, and both times we were there at lunch time. They serve Green Brunch from Monday till Friday from 12am till 15:30am and they also have a Saturday Brunch. It gets rather busy at lunch time, so you may wanna make a table reservation or be there at 12:00 sharp. They also serve a la carte dinner and have a good selection of drinks in their Bio Bar.

The Green Brunch is a buffet lunch where you can have a starter soup with bread, one big plate for the mains and a dessert. It only costs 15e for person (on weekdays), and is totally worth it. Almost all the dishes are vegan (+very healthy). They also have at least one vegan dessert every day and/or a fruit salad, that’s obviously vegan if you don’t feel like anything too sweet. At lunch time you can also order ice tea, they have daily changing flavors that are all to die for. A glass costs 3e. I highly recommend to try them as well!

I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment them down below 😘

Thank you so much for reading!

Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Henna Party Campaign for Gypsy and the Thief

Recently I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people creating a Henna Party campaign for Gypsy and the Thief.

I wanted to share some of the magic created in form of photos. A special thankyou the loveliest and talented Sharni @sharrosecreative for the most beautiful henna creations.

All photos taken by @river.hazel

For thousands of years henna has been used as a sacred form of adornment and beauty. There is something magic about being adorned with natural henna, and even more so when you’re with a group of special women. Henna empowers the goddess within each of us, dropping into the parts of ourselves that are beautiful and forever magic.

Every single one of us is unique and wonderful, henna is a fantastic way to express ourselves and feel the beauty that is truly within.

Embracing your divine feminine is a magical and powerful thing. When we embrace it together it becomes even more powerful.

Get the special women of your life together and spend an afternoon embracing the magic of the divine feminine and admiring beauty in all its form.

My special women-

Ashleigh @ashleighhobbs & Zoe @zolkrebs

More info and how to book a private henna party session on gypsyandthethief.com.au

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Sydney City Guide: My Favorites

Hey there, how are you doing?

I hope all is well with you wherever in the world you are! My apologies for the long silence what comes to my blog, but traveling and food blogging don’t really go very well together. Not having a kitchen makes recipe developing a bit hard, hence why new recipes have to wait till I get back home from my travels and have a proper kitchen with oven and all! I’ve been posting heaps more of my travels and food on my instagram tho, so if you feel like wanting to know more of what’s going on at the moment and following my adventures click here!

Since I’ve spent a good amount of time in Sydney during the past couple of months, I thought it would be interesting to share some of my favorite spots to see and go and places to eat vegan! Feel free to comment down below if you have any further questions!

Most of the photos taken by my lovely sister @veraolivias

BEACH

Palm Beach

The view up from the lighthouse

Catch a bus from Wynyard station and go see one of the most northern beaches of Sydney. The journey takes up to two hours but is definitely worth it. Up north it’s less crowded and the beach is definitely one of my favorites.

Also do: Climb up the stairs to the lighthouse, the view is amazing!

Bondi Beach

I don’t think we need words here, just go…

You can get to Bondi Beach easily by catching a train from Central Station or Town Hall towards Bondi Junction. From Bondi Junction you can either catch a bus or walk down to the beach. It takes about 10-15 minutes by bus, depending on traffic and about 20-30 minutes by foot. There are also direct buses from around the CBD towards Bondi.

And also do: the Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, or at least to Bronte…

Tamarama Beach and Bondi Cliffs

FOOD

Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood

1/1 Newland St, Bondi Junction

Green bowl on the right and Indian Falafels on the left + Banana Cacao smoothie

New York Cheesecake flavored soft serve

Roasted bowl, Chickpea wrap and Berry Cacao Smoothie

Miso-Date Salted Caramel soft serve sundae with choc-chip brownie sprinkles

My favorite place to eat in Sydney is definitely Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood. Serving 100 % vegan and gluten free, probiotic Indian menu of healthy dosa wraps, dosa bowls, ayurvedic thali tasting platter, amazing smoothies and warm drinks (think masala chai🍵!) with a weekly changing soft serve sundae (🍦!) flavor. This is the place where I find myself going again and again, and everytime I just love everything a bit more. Definitely try the Indian falafels, thick ‘n creamy chocolate smoothies and do not make the mistake of leaving without a soft serve sundae for dessert!

Orchard St

Wairoa Ave, North Bondi, Juice and Raw Food Elixir Bar

2-16 Glenmore Rd, Paddington, Raw Takeaway

Smoothie and cold-pressed juice heaven

Green Lassi

Coconut mylk coffee elixir, raw cakes and life changing smoothies

Valentine’s day cake

The best smoothies, juices, elixirs and raw cakes in Sydney! Orchard St is the place to charge with nutrient dense, all vegan, certified organic, non-gmo, local and sustainably prepared raw, healthy foods. Pick one of their delicious smoothies, savory salad bowls or heavenly delicious raw cakes (🍰!) and start glowing! PS. the aesthetics (😍!!)

Earth to Table

85 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction

Green Superfood smoothie bowl, Blue Majik smoothie and Berry Acai bowl

The prettiest Berry Acai Bowls

Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake with Blueberry Acai nice cream

If you’re up for more raw goodies and the best acai bowls in Sydney, Earth to Table is literally your heaven on earth. Everything is raw, vegan and gluten free, and they also serve an all-day breakfast. Definitely try the smoothies and smoothie bowls, weekend special pancakes, iconic earth burger and the cakes. For all my fellows suffering from nut-allergies most of the granolas are also nut-free (mentioned on the menu🚫🌰🥜!), yay!

MARKETS

Glebe Markets

Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Succulent heaven

Crystals

One of my absolutely favorite things to do on weekends is going around all the amazing markets Sydney has to offer. For cool-ass second hand and vintage clothing, beautiful handmade jewellery and crystals, live music, art and tasty street food, Glebe Markets is a must. Held at Glebe Public School every Saturday from 10am till 4pm these markets are my favorite of all the Saturday markets.

For farmers markets I’d recommend the ones in Bondi Beach but there are also heaps of other good farmers markets around the city, just google the closest ones from your location and stock up with fresh fruit, veggies and all the other goodies! 🥕🍇🥒🍓🍠🥔🌽🥑🍊🍎🍉🍑🍌

HIKE

The Blue Mountains

visitnsw.com/BlueMountains

Blue Mountains

The views are amazing

Katoomba Falls

Katoomba Falls part 2

You can catch the train from Central Station to Katoomba. It takes on average two hours and if you’re traveling on a budget choose a Sunday when all the trains cost only 2,5 dollars (return!). You can hike around for free as much as you want, so no need for paid tours unless you want to go rock climbing, abseiling or canyoning. You can see all the best parts of the Mountains from the lookout points and if you’re up for a good hike take the stairs down from Three Sisters and Honeymoon Bridge and walk the Bushwalk to Katoomba Falls. It takes approximately 2 hours all together, but if you’re up for a good exercise it’s definitely a nice walk and also not so tourist-packed! For overnight stays and sunrise/sunset chasing there are nice hostels in Katoomba as well!

OTHER

Take a walk from Sydney Opera House to Lavender Bay

The view from the Harbour Bridge

The view from Milsons Point

Lavender Bay

The city in sunrise

One of my favorite things to do is to walk from the Sydney Opera House to Lavender Bay. You can start from the Sydney Botanic Gardens, walk past the Opera House and over the Harbour Bridge witnessing the most amazing viewes of Sydney. Go down the stairs at Milsons Point and walk along Broughton street to get to Olympic drive and past the North Sydney Olympic Pools. Right after you’ll see the Luna Park, Sydney’s most iconic (and scariest) amusement park. Continue past Luna Park and you’ll arrive to Lavender Bay. The harbour is beautiful especially in the mornings during the sunrise and of course at night time when the sun sets. There are some lovely parks and you can also continue along the harbour all the way to Blues Point Reserve where you see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and also get them in the same picture.

Thank you for reading, feel free to comment down below if any further questions!

Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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