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Scandinavian couple David and Luise write a vegetarian blog, Green Kitchen Stories, where they create vegetarian recipes with natural ingredients. Digital content producer Hannah caught up with them to talk about their new book.
Luise: We work together – David is the photographer and I'm the nutritionist. We create vegetarian recipes, write cookbooks and write our blog.
David: Well, there was The Green Kitchen (£25, Hardie Grant) first, then Green Kitchen Travels (£25, Hardie Grant) and now there's Green Kitchen Smoothies (£15, Hardie Grant).
D: We spend days in the kitchen cooking and testing smoothie recipes, but what's nice is that everyone can make one. All you need is a blender and you just throw in whatever you want.
L: It's something we do on a daily basis. We'll have a smoothie for breakfast or midday snack, or for when we pick the kids up from preschool.
D & L: It's not very complicated, so you can't really fail, but you can get it wrong colour-wise – a brown smoothie (unless it's chocolate) isn't very appetising. If you were expecting it to be red or blue or green but it turns out brown, it probably means you used too many ingredients with different colours.
Mocha morning buzz from Green Kitchen Smoothies
L: Not everyone has to be vegetarian to be healthy or save the planet, but everyone can eat more vegetables and less meat. I eat some meat; David has been a vegetarian for 20 years. The kids are vegetarian, sometimes they have fish but their diet is mostly plant based.
D: I've been a vegetarian for such a long time, I don't even remember how it was before. But I have this image of it where if I have a big steak then I feel tired and bloated. When we eat, it's not always light food, we have lots of proteins and carbs and nuts and seeds and lentils, and it's colourful.
L: Our daughter Elsa really likes broccoli. She's six so she's always changing what she likes. Sometimes she loves avocado on toast then the next day she says she hates avocado. Anything that's hands on, like a build-your-own dinner, salad or pasta salad.
D: It all starts with the seasons, for example autumn will be mushrooms, berries, apples. Then from there we take inspiration from Instagram, blogs and places we've visited. Sometimes we need to find a solution for something, for example I don't eat a lot of bread but how do I make a sandwich?
L: We just did a YouTube video for broccoli flatbreads – we blended broccoli or you can use beetroot or carrots. Then mixed it with almond flour and eggs and flattened and baked it and then cut into pieces. We have used different vegetables and it works well. The colours are also really lovely.
D: It has definitely changed the way we interact with readers; when they make recipes and tag us in them, it's so interesting to see. Do they fail? Does it look like what we did? Also which recipes are they are cooking? It's nice to see which are the most popular recipes. It's also great to follow our followers and see what happens in their kitchens.
D: Breakfast recipes, simple recipes with short ingredients lists. Our turmeric breakfast muffins are immensely popular.
Upside-down breakfast from Green Kitchen Smoothies
GREEN KITCHEN SMOOTHIES: Healthy and colourful smoothiesfor every day by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl (Hardie Grant, £15.00) is out now.