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Sunday, December 9, 2018

THE ULTIMATE VEGAN PASTA RECIPE // homemade fresh pasta without eggs

Hello everyone! I haven’t made homemade pasta since going vegan, because I had this idea that homemade fresh vegan pasta would be less good than the homemade pasta with eggs I used to make. But I decided to give it a go, because I know most dry pasta as vegan anyway, so my ideas regarding fresh vegan pasta were very poorly founded. And boy, have I missed out. I made this recipe and I loved it so much, I ate the entire thing, no joke. I had my basil-spinach pasta with lemon zest, salt and pepper and I was the happiest of campers.

also watch: making vegan calzones

Step 1: Start by mixing 2 cups of durum flour with 1 cup ordinary flour. Add 1 tbsp of salt and a pinch of sugar. For a bit of yellow colour (which usually comes from egg yolk) I added some turmeric. Mix your dry ingredients with ½ a cup of olive oil and 1 cup of water (it can be necessary to add more water, so add it little by little) The consistency should resemble a cookie dough. Set it aside for a while.

also watch: how I store greens plastic free

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Step 2: While the pasta dough is resting it’s time to make the greens! Blend together ½ a cup of olive oil with ½ a cup of water. Add whatever greens you prefer. I used 2 cups of fresh spinach and 1 cup of fresh basil. Blend it until it resembles a thick juice.

also watch: making pink vegan pancakes

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Step 3: Knead the dough together with the juice. It’ll be super sticky at first by keep adding flour to the dough until it resembles a collective mass. The more you work the dough the more the colour will become consistent. Just take a look at the difference between the top and bottom pictures.

also watch: I cooked my family a vegan zero waste dinner

Step 4: It’s time to roll out the dough. I use a pasta machine, but you can also use a rolling pin (it’ll take a little longer but definitely possible). Roll the dough to the desired thinness (as depicted above). When the desired thinness is reached, fold the dough three-four times on itself and roll it again. I’ve skipped this step so many times, but seriously the pasta will be way more flexible and have a way better texture, so I recommend you do it although it seems like a weird step. Also, it will help with the consistent colouring.

also read: stir-fry with vegan nuggets

Step 5: When you have reached the desire thinness (again), it’s time to decide which pasta shape you want. I love both cappellini, which is super delicate and thin and tagliatelle, which is thicker and wider. I also tried to make a few farfalle which turned out way better than I had hoped. Boil salted water and don’t cook the pasta for longer than 3 minutes. The most important tips here are: wait until the water is completely boiling before you add the pasta and boil the pasta in the largest pot you have.

also read: recipe – vegan cauliflower bites

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Step 6: Eat and be happy. As I said, I literally ate this pasta naked, no sauce, no sides (apart from basil leaves and lemon zest). It has so much flavour and the texture is to die for. You can also experiment with other colour, beets, activated charcoal etc.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Guide to Zero Waste Gift Giving

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Also watch: MY ZERO WASTE HOLIDAY TIPS // 5 Tricks to Lessen Your Impact

Glade jul, grønne jul! Ønsker du dig en jul med mere bæredygtighed, der ikke går på kompromis med hyggen, så er Sustain Dailys julestafet som skabt for dig! Hver dag åbnes en ny låge til masser af juleinspiration, så du dag for dag kommer tættere på en grønnere jul.

 

Hello everybody! I have never been one to respect wish lists or registers, neither have I ever been one to simply walk into a department store and purchase products that I hope my loved ones will cherish; because sadly, the fewest of us actually cherish the mass-produced goods that we are so insistently told to by advertisers to buy. I believe that for a lot of people January is spent returning or exchanging gifts that where either just not right or maybe even entirely off. In either case I suggest we look at gifts that require less packaging, and certainly no disposable gift wrapping. Yeah gift wrapping is an issue of mine, as there is annually spent 2.9 billion dollars on gift wrap in the US alone, and most gift wrapping is a combined product and thus must go to landfills. Not to talk about the unethical and unsustainable production of most goods, i.e. fast fashion and other cheap products. I stopped buying out of quantity a long time ago, and instead focus of items that last forever, like the “buy me once” products. However, for the most part I love to give experiences. I have put together a zero waste gift guide, providing you with inspiration for experience-based gifts and you will not want to exchange and that will last you a lifetime.

Also watch: Waste-Free Gift Wrapping // Zero Waste Holiday Vlog
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Also watch: Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Vlog 2017
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Also read: My Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Guide 2016
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Also read: How To Deal With Non-Zero Waste Gifts
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Stir-Fry with Vegan Nuggets // Recipe

Also read: 3 Easy Zero Waste Recipes

Hello everybody! Even though we are now entering December, and also wtf I am not ready, we can still enjoy dishes that are far from holiday themed. Actually I sometimes prefer that, otherwise I will be fed up with Christmas before it even begins. Therefore, I enjoy a good stir-fry, any time of the year.

This is one of those dishes that will rid you of all food scraps or small veggie pieces; it is the perfect anti-food waste recipe. I recommend not looking to much at what kind of vegetables I used, but look in your own fridge and use what you have, or what you can find plastic free. This recipe is not meant to be followed step by step, but more as inspiration. Let’s fight food waste!

Also I did a collab with LikeMeat in Instagram recently and they gave me an insane amount of the boxes with vegan meat alternatives. This is also a recipe that lets me use some of them, so that’s a win-win. LikeMeat’s vegan nuggets come in cardboard – no plastic packaging and I am in heaven. The first time I tried them I had them just with ketchup, they are heavenly and they have saved me from hangover cravings so many times at this point.

Also read: Falafel Recipe and Buy It Once Attitude

Ingredients: 

For the stir-fry I used: 1 cup of fresh spinach // 1 cup of bok choi // 1 small onion // 2 tbsps of spring onion // 2 cups of cooked noodles // 1 cup of broccoli //  ½ a cup of peas // LikeMeat vegan nuggets

For the sauce I used: 4 tbsps of soy sauce // 2 tbsps of sweet chili sauce // 1 tbsp of peanut butter // salt, pepper and garlic to taste

Also watch: Vegan Taco Cake // Plantbased Threadbanger Remake

This is how I did it: Heat a pan or a skillet and add a few tbsps of frying oil. When the oil is adequately hot, stir in onions and a few tbsps of the sauce. Let that simmer for about 3 minutes, then add the noodles with additional oil. (heat another pan and fry the vegan nuggets until golden brown). When the noodles are nice and fried add in the greens; also turn the heat down at this point. Lastly add the vegan nuggets with the rest of the sauce.

Also read: Recipe // Vegan Cauliflower Bites
Some of the ingredients is sponsored by LikeMeat
Monday, November 19, 2018

How To Survive Black Friday

Also read: Why I Only Need 1 Pair Of Jeans

Hello everybody! I realise the cliché nature of jumping on this bandwagon and talking about big consumer holidays. But let’s make a deal: as soon as people stop supporting them, I’ll stop talking about them. My number 1 mantra is that everything we do will leave an impact and everything we do is important. Also, where would we be without the motivation to change larger things? Here goes. Whenever I log on to social media and whenever I walk down the street I see stores and brands promoting the black friday tradition and I wish it would stop. Therefore I’ve put together a few tips to make this “holiday” a bit more bearable (and also to stick it to fast fashion some more).

Also watch: Decluttering // What To Get Rid Of and Why

Thrift stores: If you have an urgent need to go on a crazy shopping spree (I get it, it’s social and you hang out with friends or family, it’s a nice time and I have nothing against a nice time), spend your money somewhere good. Go absolutely crazy in a thrift store. The money will go to someone who needs it, and you don’t support any unsustainable and unethical productions. That is what we in the biz call a win-win.

Charity: If you cannot find any thrift stores, but you still have an urgent need to spend some money, skip the thrift shop step and simply donate some money to charity. Plant a tree, smile to a stranger or buy a homeless person a meal. The amount of good you can do to spread joy and kindness is endless.

Buy consciously: I am not saying that you cannot buy new clothes ever again. I support a number of conscious fashion brands who all have an extremely transparent production, with fair wages for workers, no chemical spills and organic materials.

I think one of the most important things is to remember the real cost of an item. Whenever a store is trying to push some super cheap clothing, someone else will pay the price. A t-shirt should not cost $1. If it does, something is seriously wrong with the product. We have developed an industry which relies on disposable clothing, meaning that our clothes are cheap and last only a short time and that is unsustainable. Luckily, we can change that. These industries only have power because we give them power, so refuse. It is the single best consumer rule.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The 1 Fact That Turned Me Vegan

Hello everybody! Whilst filming my vegan confessions video something dawned on me. I started reflecting on my journey from a conventional/uninformed point of view, to a straight up anti-vegan, to a vegetarian, and then at last, to a fully grown vegan . I see people struggling with veganism, and even vegetarianism every day, with stuff like not wanting to give up bacon or the mind-numbing cheese craving. Some people struggle because they feel victimized by vegans. Criticism feels awful, and some people struggle because they want to give up animal products but lack the strength or motivation to do so. I see my own behavior so much in those cravings, in those onions, and problems.  So I thought I would tell you how everything changed for me after I realised one simple thing.

Also watch: STRANGE SIDE EFFECTS FROM VEGANISM

I had all the info about the meat industry whilst supporting it. I knew exactly how damaging animal agriculture is to the environment, I knew exactly how sentient animals are, how capable of emotion and connection. Still I let the fact that I somewhat enjoyed the way these animals tasted become a more salient factor than the value of their lives. It seems insane to think about, but that is the hard truth and it applies to almost all of us. We like the way something tastes so much that we would kill for it. It is scientific fact that a vegan diet is the healthiest for the human body, and that fact is supported by countless research reports, read an example here. I knew all of these things and yet, I continued to eat animals.

Also watch: MY VEGETARIAN JOURNEY // MY DIET NOW

It’s not about me. This tiny sentence changed my life. I started thinking about my cravings as an addiction, a weakness of the mind, a habit that I had to break. I decided that no more animals should die because I refused to eat vegetables instead. Think about your cravings for cheese or steak as a selfish act, because that is what it is; and the refusal to give in to that craving as a selfless act. Whenever I go a day as vegan I succeed, I become a positive impact in a culture that still glorifies animal agriculture, and that refuses to see the destruction that our habits and preferences have caused.

Also watch: I ORDERED MEAT // My Vegetarian Milestone

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Telling yourself that the earth is not here to serve you, you’re here to serve it, really makes all the difference. For so long I was unaffected by the consequences of my food choices, because everywhere I looked I was supported, applauded and praised for my continuous decision to eat meat, no question. My family thought it was hilarious that could eat a massive steak in one sitting, my town has an annual hot dog marathon and every commercial I ever saw told me that milk would make me strong. Taking these factors into consideration, it is not difficult to see why so many people, myself included, find it difficult to let go. But it’s not a about us.  Someone said to me not long ago: “we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

Also watch: “TALKING ABOUT BY WHY I AM NOT A VEGAN” VIDEO

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