Athens Snapshots Part 1

This post is going to be slightly different from my usual recipe posts. In this post I am going to be sharing some of the photographs I took when I was in Athens, Greece a while back.

 

I posted two photos of this trip on my Instagram a while back, but here are some more just for the joy of it! I have been trying to build a sort of a light, white, and bright theme on my Instagram page, so most of these photographs would not even qualify for my Instagram page right now. If you follow me there @emilylainpelto, I would love to hear what you think of it!

 

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I went to Athens for a week with my boyfriend just for fun. We both have a week of from university since it was Easter, so why not explore a little bit!

 

This first photo was actually taken when we went for a little hike up a hill with a tiny church on top of it. The view of the city was amazing from there! I actually shot a bit of a sunset timelapse on top of this hill. I have been meaning to go thought that an a few other video clips from this trip for the past few weeks but I just haven’t got around doing it yet. But when I do, the might be a Youtube video coming up!

 

The Youtube thing is something I have been thinking of quite a bit lately. And of course I would love to know your thoughts on this one! Do just like reading blogs – on this kind of posts, as well as on recipe posts – or are cooking/baking videos, and pretty much any kind of videos about life or travel something you would be interested in watching on Youtube?

 

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This photo is from the Syntagma square. We stayed at an Airbnb apartment just outside the city centre. This square was a few metro stops away from our place, and all of the shops etc. are just about near this. This photo was taken during daytime, but we actually came and sat around for couple of evenings, and the vibe during an almost nighttime was really cool in Athens, and specially the city center areas.

 

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I feel like I cannot not smile whenever I look at this one. Green just has to be the most amazing color. This was taken in a park called The National Garden. In my opinion it was more of a park than a garden. Everything was growing freely, and you could walk for such a long time there and always find yourself in a new place. So calm, and beautiful overall!

 

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All of the tree photographs above where taken in the Parthenon arena. If you don’t know, it is the first Olympic arena. I am just all about that white marble. And the stairs are so steep, I definitely got a descent workout that day.

 

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This photo above was taken from the same hill (if I remember correctly), as the first photo of this post. I just really like the colors of the sky in this one.

 

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When it comes to the architecture of the city I definitely have mixed feelings. There were a lot of old, well-maintained, beautiful buildings, but there definitely were a lot of not-so-well-maintained buildings as well. Overall thought, just beautiful. The building this photo was taken in front of was actually one of the prettiest I saw. This was in an area near the Acropolis hill. The houses were nice and colorful. That being said, of course I had to take a photo in front of the only completely white building.

 

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On a note of FOOD

 

For some reason I didn’t really take any photos of the food I ate there, which is really weird since I my days pretty much consist of thinking about what will I eat next, and then actually eating. Never the less, I thought that I would give a few thought on that anyways. Finding vegan option was slightly more difficult than I anticipated for. There was just a lot of yogurt in everything that could have been fine otherwise. One other thing I noticed was that not everyone really understood what we were looking for when we asked whether they have vegan options. I did my best thought when it comes to food on this trip. There were a couple on vegetarian compromises but otherwise all good!

 

Foods I hands down fell in love with on this trip were zucchini, and even mushrooms somewhat. I never really had either, but I am definitely going to try to incorporate those into my diet more, and maybe even post some recipes containing zucchini or mushrooms in the future. And on a dessert note, I found a bakery that sold 100% chocolate sorbet, and wow. It was more of an ice cream that i sorbet in my opinion, and boy was it the best ice cream I have ever had. Actually, I had that three times in a course of a week. It was that good, and no I am missing it that sorbet here in Finland.

 

My apologies on not posting too often lately! I’m going to try to get back on posting weekly!

 

Hope you enjoyed this little travel post! You can find me @emilylainpelto on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also follow me on bloglovin’, do you never miss a post!

 

I have a lot more photographs¬†from this trip so I will be making a Part 2 soon! But don’t worry if you read my blog for the recipes, We’ll be back to our usual recipe posts soon! I actually have something quite delicious planed out, so keep an eye out for that!

Deliciously Ella With Friends Cookbook Review

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I got the cookbook Deliciously Ella with Friends last week when it came out – I pre-ordered this book from amazon just because I was so exited to get my hands on it. And oh boy have I been cooking from it since. I thought I would share with you my opinions about this book, and tell a little bit about the recipes I have tested out so far. If you are looking for a good, staple plant-based cookbook, this here might just be what you are looking for.

 

I am still quite new to this whole plant-based cooking, and eating scene, and sometimes I screw up quite badly. That is why I think it is nice to have a few cookbooks to learn a bit from. Someone else has already gone through trying what ingredients work with what, and sometimes it is nice not to have to go through the process of trial and error.

 

This cookbook by Ella Woodward is filled with delicious goodness, and it is written with a loving touch. What really made me feel good about this book was the little introduction in the beginning. It is all right to modify any recipes ever and one should not be too hard on herself/himself when it comes to healthy eating. That’s all I needed to hear.

 

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The recipes in this cookbook are divided into six different categories: Mornings, Light & Easy, Feasts, Sides, Parties, and Sweets. Not going to lie, my favorite so far just by looking is definitely the Sweets category. But then again, what I really need some help in, from a few cookbooks, are making my breakfast time a bit more inventive, and fun, as well as cooking savory dishes, and knowing what works and what doesn’t with the savory dishes.

 

I have been skimming the book back and forth, and I find these recipes easily modifiable if needed for any reason. That is without a doubt a huge¬†plus. When it comes to the familiarity of ingredients, to me there were both familiar, and unfamiliar ingredients. I think this cookbook could be a nice addition in anyone’s bookshelf since adding new foods and ingredients to your diet is a nice way to change things up. And most of the time it is easier to add new ingredients when you have ready, and proven-to-work recipes on hand.

 

This cookbook is promised to be filled with tasty recipes to enjoy with friends – the name sort of says it already, and I think it truly is filled with those. You can find a lot healthy recipes that will not make your friends and family run out the door when you invite them to a dinner party from this book. I must say, that it is one of my favorite qualities of this book since I do sometimes find some of my friends and family somewhat skeptical about plant-based eating.

 

Another thing I would like to talk about is the level of difficulty. I found the recipes clear and therefore, quite easy as well. There are quick recipes, not so quick recipes, and also easy, and not so easy recipes. But still, I find that by just sticking to the instructions, these are all recipes any home cook can survive, and have a delicious, healthy meal on the table at the end.

 

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Now, let’s jump on to the recipes I have been making the past week from this cookbook. From top to down on the pictures I have made Pepper, Mango, Cucumber & Peanut Salad, Baked Sweet Potato & Sesame Falafels, Almond Butter Rocky Roads, Roasted Almond Butter Bars, and Pistachio & Orange Truffle Bites. And there are so so many recipes in the that I am eager to try out!

 

I did some modifications to the recipes to suite what I had easily available to me. Which is definitely what you should do as well making any recipe ever if you want to. Just make it suit you the best.

 

The cucumber salad is my favorite dish out of the cooking I have done from this book so far. It is a recipe that will definitely become a frequent visitor in my dinner table. I have been thinking for a while now that I should get into eating a little more salads of different kinds, and the salad dressing recipe of this cucumber salad is juts to die for. Having a dressing like that will absolutely make me want to eat a salad.

 

The other day I make sweet potato falafels with some mashed potato. As you might already quess, the falafels were great. The mix of different seasonings to work with a nice falafel was something I really needed to get more knowledge of. And now that I have tested this one, I know how to make a killer falafel.

 

The rocky roads, and the truffle bites honestly surprised me. So far, I have personally used quite a bit of different substitutes in to dairy etc. products in my own baking. It is actually really pleasant to notice how nice treats one can make without the substitutes, just with fruits and a bit more natural products. Again, a great cookbook to get started with a bit more of a healthy baking style.

 

Last but not least, the breakfast bars. The taste of these actually reminds me of apple pie. I feel like these just disappeared in few mornings. So good.

 

I almost feel a bit bad about my book review here since I have nothing else but nice things to say. But honestly though, this cookbook has been good to me so far. I would love it if you shared your favorite cookbook in the comments with me! Or maybe if you have gotten this Deliciously Ella book as well!

 

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