Bilberry Powder, Nordic Wild Foods

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I have always wanted to try bilberry powder and was lucky to receive a delivery, a couple weeks ago from a company called Nordic Wild Foods.

Elina and Hanna, the founders of the company are from Finland like I am and are currently living in Hong Kong. They are two very lovely individuals who really care for and are passionate about their products. Their berries are hand picked from the Northern parts of Finland, which is known to be one of the cleanest places on Earth.

So what’s the difference between normal blueberries and bilberries? They both are good for us but bilberries have more proven health benefits. I did some research on this and they are proven to help with eye conditions, diabetes, cancer and better functioning of the overall body.  Wild berries grow in the northern latitudes and they’re especially rich in vitamins, flavonoids, minerals and antioxidants. You can read more about this from their website Nordic Wild Foods. When you cut it in half, a bilberry is darker compared to a blueberry and has a bit stronger flavour to it.

This powder has nothing added, so you will just get the pure flavour and benefits from the Nordic berries. I have made smoothies, breakfast and some baking with their powder, normally using 1-2 tsp per time.

 

Bilberry Chia Breakfast Pudding

  • Cup of Oat Milk
  • 3 tbsp of Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp of Bilberry Powder
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened Alpro Soy Yoghurt
  • Homemade granola

 

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Mini cheese cakes – makes two cakes with these measurements

For the base:
  • 50g / 4 Digestive vegan biscuits
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut oil
  • 40g Roasted Almonds
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
For the filling:
  • 175g Soy based cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of Bilberry Powder
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup of Oat Milk
  • 1 tbsp of Agar Flakes to 2/4 cup of water

 

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl – This will be my personal favourite this summer!

  • Half a cup of Coconut water
  • 1 cup of Coconut Yogurt
  • 1 tsp of Bilberry powder
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups of frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp of Maple syrup

 

 

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Happy cookings with your bilberry powder ❤

thevegescandi x

Bank holiday weekends are the best!

What a beautiful weekend we had! What did you get up to?

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We were wandering around Brighton last Friday with the best weather! 24 degrees and blue sky all weekend. Already thinking about the summer months and all the cool stuff that is coming up. In the UK the summer season starts in May and I would actually say it’s one of my favourite months living in Brighton. Food festival, The Great Escape music festival and Brighton Fringe all in one month. People here knows it’s the beginning of the summer and can just feel the happiness around.

There is always some cool pop up bars around and one of the newest ones is this Bison Beach Bar in Kemptown. Had couple of beers in the sun and actually ended getting a good workout as well, because we’re living on the other side of the town ha! If you are in town, go and check them out – have a beer and watch the waves.

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On Sunday we headed out to London. I used to live there for 2,5 years and as hectic it gets, it’s nice to visit every now and than, specially in the summer. Had the best day for it as well 🙂 If you haven’t been to London yet, you got to put this on your bucket list! Really vibrant, colourful and beautiful metropolis. There is so much I could tell you about London, but you should go and experience it yourself!

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Our plan was to head over to North – East to see Victoria Market. They organise this beautiful little food market every single Sunday between 10am – 4pm and I was happily surprised how many vegan products and food stools they had, heaven! The easiest way to get there from Central London is to take central line to Bethnal Green and walk the rest of the way. It’s a really nice little walk on a sunny day like this, took us about 15 minutes.

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First thing I wanted to have was a strong coffee 😀 Got there and had a oat milk flat white, soo delicious! Flat whites are great because they are made with double shot of Espresso and with less milk, but still getting the whole taste spectrum – ab favs!

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Instagram is such a great place to find pop ups, products, food or anything really but in this occasion I found all the food stools before we got there. If you want to check this market it’s @victoriaparkmkt I was most excited about these two   Crosstowndoughnuts + Jakesvegansteaks

 

PHILADELPHIA STYLE CHEEZESTEAKS

 

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This was SO good! Sub, seitan, mustard and melted vegan cheese… I could just go back for this. All the stakes are fresh and handmade. I really like their business idea, these aren’t just for vegans, the purpose is to show all the people around that vegan food is and can be really delicious and is able to fix those Sunday cravings. My boyfriend had one and he is not vegan, but said this was the best seitan he has ever had before – so win win! Next time I will need to have those steak fries..

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CROSSTOWN DOUGHNUTS

 

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I have wanted to try these for the past year because of Instagram! Lot of people that I follow have been raving about how good these are and YES I agree. My filling was peanut butter and blackcurrant jam.. Oh lord! These guys has few shops around London city if you cant make it to the market. I will join these Instagram hypers – DO IT!

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Lovely little market and a very special day.

I am already waiting my next holiday, luckily I have a week off in couple of weeks. I have started to do my own morning routine and exercises, so far so good! I have only started doing these ( it’s been two days ) but feel my day flows very differently.. I have never been a morning person and always thought people can’t change but maybe I was wrong. I will be posting updates how I’m getting on mainly on Instagram – Should I write a full post in here? Let me know your views in here or Instagram, really interested to hear. Do you exercise yourself? would you want to start? If you workout or do yoga/meditation what benefits have you experienced? Ping me a message and check out my Instagram account @thevegescandi

thevegescandi x

 

Brighton weekend

I haven’t had nice chilled Brighton weekend for a while and last weekend was exactly what I needed – friends, bit of shopping and organising our house. Have to admit that often I overbook myself, so these chilled weekends are so precious! Brighton as a city is really chilled place, but also so vibrant – events, gigs and workshops happening all the time. If you haven’t been yet, time to book a train or a flight to come see this place.

We were planning to do a trip to Ikea the other weekend, but ended up staying in London for longer so that got cancelled, instead we went in last Friday… I’ve wanted to get couple of frames up for ages on our living room wall so was pretty excited about this. The idea was to have black and white photo collage. I bought that Finland city – poster from Helsinki last December and planning to build the collage around it. Where do you get your pictures framed? I’m still a newbie in this so all the advises welcome!

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After living in London for few years, it really made me appreciate nature and home. London life can be fabulous and great, but definitely not for everyone. I spent all my summers on the country side whilst growing up so probably this was one of the reasons why I fell in love with the beach in Brighton. 

For 3 years I have wanted to buy a professional camera and last week I did it!! If you’re looking into buying one I can really recommend Sony. My Camera is Sony a6000 with 50mm 1.8 Lens, great for food photography and great for anything really. Super happy with it 🙂 Had to take my camera for a test drive with a friend and actually ended up spending a lovely Saturday afternoon with her. If you’re looking for a nice cafe in Hove, The Flour Pot Bakery is awesome.

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Sunday we had more coffees and some vegan cakes at Sugar Dough, 18 Market St, Brighton. Really cute cafe in the South Lanes. I’ve never had a chocolate mud cake before, but this was ace! Favourite barista style coffee at the moment got to be oat milk Flat White, if you haven’t had one please do!!

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There is something about Sundays in Brighton, I don’t know how to explain or describe it other than having that feeling of Sunday – sounds silly but I’m sure people who live in this city feels the same. The feel of community, we all managed another week, charging batteries for the coming week. We often go to a pub on Sundays, have a couple of beers, see friends or family and eat Sunday roast. Everyone is super relaxed and just enjoying themselves. Long walks on the sea front.. The list goes on – living the best life possible and remembering to be grateful for it all, everything and everyone.

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Couple of shops we went in the North Laines, I fell in love with… And I know already where my next pay check goes haha! So one of them is this beautiful body and hair care shop called Aesop – check them out Aesop.com

Just the shop on it’s own has such a unique and beautiful look, you want to buy everything from there… Or maybe it’s just me?

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Another one is called Lucy and Yak, selling ethical fashion. Their shop opened in Brighton few weeks ago and this was my first visit, but will be back there soon. Beautiful summer wear – just in time for the music festival season too! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from there, but please go and check out their website, I want to buy all their designs – Lucy and Yak

And to finish off – this picture was taken just before I got soaking wet, can see that storm coming along the coast… Had a brilliant weekend, more of these please!

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Weekend in Helsinki

 

This holiday was so needed. I travelled to Finland and spent a lovely weekend in Helsinki with some friends and actually got to do quite a lot. People who know me, I’m always doing stuff so it felt quite natural to be out n’ about the whole time. If you are planning a visit to Helsinki, I would recommend to stay at least 4 days.

 

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Flight from London to Helsinki was absolutely fine. I travelled with Norwegian that is one of the cheapest airlines from London to Finland. I think they are pretty good considering the pricing and overall.  Do you like making friends while you’re travelling? I always make new friends in the plane, specially if I’m travelling on my own, mainly because I’m afraid of flying and also you get to hear the greatest life stories! This time I talked about David Bowie with this older man who was travelling to Finland to see his son who is married with a Finnish woman.

I had those coriander soy noodles at Cafe Bar No 9 in Helsinki. They were ok, would say 7/10. I have noticed it’s pretty difficult to be vegan while you’re travelling because all these places would have one dish for you and it’s normally Falafel in a wrap. Any experiences?? I loose my interest really easily if I keep having the same stuff. I should have done more research as well, so I blame myself this time 😀 Home cooking options and supermarkets are the next level though comparing to the UK. You have got so many options and products there to cook with. I always feel like a little kid going into the supermarket in Finland, always so excited!8CD96B1A-41B5-4359-B9B7-460CFA86DBCE

Pretty much all the snow was melted in Helsinki, but it was still very beautiful. All these colourful streets and alleyways in Ullanlinna, Helsinki.

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Nicest areas to stay in Helsinki I would say are Eira, Ullanlinna, Kamppi and Punavuori. This is if you’re travelling to the country as a tourist and want to be in central Helsinki, in walking distance to everything.

9E6D7D7B-6073-45FF-8C58-A8E1F2249F86One really fun thing we did this Friday was Yrjönkadun uimahalli, this is a day Spa with 3 different saunas and it’s only 15 euros for an entry. Good heads up though, they have women’s days separate from guys because most of the people swim naked in here. You can wear a swimming suit, but pretty much everyone is naked so it just feels natural. Also with that 15 euros you get a little cabin upstairs where you can change and you’ll have a waitress  – obviously we had some champagne! It felt like the place had so much history and character. Such a nice afternoon xx

 

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Saturday went drinking cocktails at the Helsinki Drink Festival. Was so nice to see all these Finnish companies and brands to stand in one place. Two of my favourites from the night must have been Koskenkorva vodka and Napue gin.

 

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Gin – Tonic – Cranberries – Rosemary

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Hopefully next time the weather is a bit warmer, it was only -6 degrees but I’m starting to feel like it’s time for the summer – don’t you think?

 

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Until next time Finland …. Where to next?

thevegescandi