Author: Ewelina

Gluten free banana bread

This is the best banana bread you will ever have, if I may say so myself! The texture is just perfect – light and spongy and I love having it with either a bit of butter or just simply on its own! This recipe has a lower sugar content than you would find in other recipes. If you fancy something sweeter, why not add a bit of jam! Here is the recipe – you can thank me later 🙂 Ingredients: 280g buckwheat flour 5 small to medium ripe bananas (in small chunks) 80ml honey (or 80g coconut sugar) 100g melted, cooled down coconut oil 50ml almond milk 1 egg 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp biocarbonate of soda 1 tsp baking powder Preparation: Preheat your oven to about 180 degrees Celsius Use a loaf tin and spread some butter inside Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until you achieve a smooth dough consistency (I use Thermomix and set it for the bread mix function for about 5-7min) Pour the mixture into the tin …

Starting again

Have you ever been thinking of doing something new and challenging,  maybe something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time, be it run a marathon, change career or maybe even set up your own company and follow your dreams? But do thoughts of how perfect it needs to be, how long it will take you to achieve your goal, and how other people who are already doing it excel at it, scare and paralyze you from moving forward? I cannot count how many times this has happened to me. Take my blog, for example. This is the third blog I’ve set up in the past 4 years and I’ve spent countless hours and so much energy on perfecting every little detail of Pattern of Taste (with the help of one of my best friends, Anna). Yet, I keep on having long breaks from updating it. There were quite a few things stopping me from keeping it up, but mainly comparing myself to how other people, mainly professionals, do it. The thought of the …

Video: top supefoods benefits + tasting

Watch this quick guide to most popular superfoods and their main benefits. We decided to taste them in their natural state, or as shots, which was a challenging task with some of them (spirulina, we are talking about you!). In reality, they are just better if added to your smoothie or veg juice! We hope that the great benefits of superfoods will encourage you to try some of them!

Gaia Creams review – Chia &Peach Kernal superpower blend

When we received the Chia & Peach Kernal superpower blend from Gaia we have been a little anxious as we haven’t used a skincare oil in a while! We straightaway looked at its properties and the ingredients which suitable for both of us, despite hang very different skin types. We have already written in more detail about Gaia, their amazing products and company ethos, and this oil was no less perfect. When we tried it the first time, we were mainly interested in the consistency of the oil. Whilst it is quite rich and a small amount goes a long way, it is also really well absorbed. Often, oils are associated with leaving a thick layer and clogging up pored, however this isn’t the case with this product! We have been applying it before sleep, as it might be a bit too heavy if you are doing your make up in the morning in a rush, and you wake up with glowing and well-moisturized skin. The serum is great for sensitive skin or with eczema …

Organic food – to buy or not to buy?

Organic food, and whether buying it is more beneficial for people and the environment, is an on-going debate. You can find a number of articles in press and online, analysing the results of various studies, which often are contradictory and inconclusive. Whilst big corporations are said to have paid for some of them to work to their advantage, by ‘proving’ that pesticides and GMOs don’t have negative impact on the planet and us, you will still find a lot of independent studies. I wanted to make my own stand on this topic, and so I started with defining the meaning of the term ‘organic food’. The word itself has taken its meaning from the organic matter that farmers use to fertilise the soil. Conventional farmers on the other hand, instead of using compost and animal manure, opt in for synthetic fertilizers. How convenient for them!! And I am not just being sarcastic here. My grandparents used to use animal matter on their farm and so I remember the smell during my holidays thre as a …

Courgette pasta with spicy avocado sauce

Courgettes have recently become my new love and I really enjoy replacing pasta dishes with them. Thanks to that I no longer feel tired and lethargic after the meal. What are the benefits of eating courgettes? They are rich in magnesium and potassium, helping balance the blood pressure, and also the immune system boosting vitamin C. If you are watching your weight, you may want to know that courgettes have a high water content and are very low in calories. One more reason to get a bunch of these and include them in your diet! Substituting pasta with courgettes is very simple; you can eat it raw or slightly steamed, and add various sauces to it. Even though I have been making this pasta for a while now, I can’t believe that I still haven’t got around to buying a vegetable spiralizer to be able to make spaghetti! Oh well, for those of you who are the lucky owners of one, use that. Those of you who are like me and don’t own a spiralizer, …

Raw chocolate and chia seeds power bites

I can’t live without chocolate so having learned to make my own raw treats has been a breakthrough for me last month! And so much better on my pocket 🙂 Do you know that feeling when you are at work and it approaches about 4pm, and you need a little treat to pick you up? I definitely do and my go-to treat has recently been a Nakd raw bar. They are yummy, however I want to know exactly what’s in my food if I eat it regularly and ‘natural flavouring’ always worries me, as I don’t know what companies mean by that! Why can’t they just say exactly which flavouring they used? One of my first attempts at making raw treats were delicious Chocolate Orange Cookies from nutriliciousliving blog. They came out so yummy and full of natural flavour! Since then, I became addicted to testing my own recipes and replacing store bought treats with homemade. I decided to create energy bites, with raw cocoa (my favourite), maca and chia seeds to provide me with …

(Green) Beetroot Smoothie

I thought I will continue with the beetroot theme I started on the blog recently and share a green beetroot smoothie recipe with you. Beetroot has an exceptional nutritional value, which is why many consider it a superfood. You can read more in my recent post. The first time I made this smoothie was  after a long day at work – I needed a boost of energy! I fell in love with it as it has hidden leafy greens in it too – the perfect pick-me-up breakfast or or a post workout snack! The colour of just one beet is so overwhelming that it tuned it into a deliciously pretty red that I am completely obsessed with. If you want this smoothie to be less pulpy, you can use a medium glass of beetroot juice instead of a beetroot and put slightly less greens. Ingredients: – Handful of cabbage leaves (you can use other leafy greens) – 1 small beetroot or a medium glass of beetroot juice – 1-2 cups of water (depends on how …

Gaia Creams – the holistic approach to skincare

Trust me – ‘Less is More’ when it comes to healthy skin care. The key is to support your skin’s natural processes and stimulate its intelligence, not to fight with it. Anna McGurran Founder & owner of Gaia Creams Skin is our largest organ and it absorbs whatever we put on it. Therefore, changing what I treat my skin with has been as important to me as what I eat. Gaia creams were one of the first skincare products I fell in love with almost two years ago when I started my transition to healthier living and now I cannot live without them! The company’s ethos is based on strong ethical and ecological principles, and the idea for the products was born out of passion to provide gorgeous skin care, using non-toxic, cruelty free and vegan ingredients. What I love about Gaia skincare No added perfume ingredients, which I previously found to irritate my skin straight away after using. They have a natural fragrance derived from the ingredients used in each individual cream, often taking you back …

The health benefits of beetroot

Beetroot has an exceptional nutritional value, which is why many consider it a superfood. It contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which have amazing health benefits for us. What are the health benefits you can get from beetroots? Beetroots have a unique mix of antioxidants, a bit unusual for red vegetables. For those of you who are interested in the details like me, most vegetables contain carotenoids (beta-carotene in particular), whilst red vegetables get their colour from anthocyanins. However, beets are unique in also including and getting their colour from betalain antioxidant pigment. For this reason, they stand out in their ability to deliver a wider scope of benefits for the body than most other vegetables: Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, they are especially beneficial for heart health, reduction of blood pressure and protection of other organs. Great source of folic acid, potassium, magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 and C. Promote a healthy complexion and hair, and increased energy, mainly through supporting your body in detoxification. Help with stamina …