Carrot Galette

A carrot galette with feta cheese on a cutting board

Can you even make a galette with carrots? Of course you can! Carrots make up one of our primary vegetable staples during the colder half of the year, and we turn to them almost daily for different applications.

We developed this recipe for our Easter Buffet, in hopes it would inspire to choose the in season produce over for example asparagus. Because the truth is, we’re still some weeks away from when the (locally grown) spring produce starts to arrive, and we better do Mother Earth the favor of staying away from veggies flown in from the other side of the world.

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Vegan Easter Buffet

an assortment of dishes on a table, including a carrot galette, crostini, white beans, roasted potatoes and veggie meatballs

Happy Easter, everyone! The 2020 edition looks a lot different for many of us, due to the current COVID-19 situation in the world, but we believe celebrations should still be allowed – or at least adapted versions. Small gatherings of just the family you live with count too! We already live our lives in a semi-isolated kind of fashion, with few interactions with people on a daily basis, but stick even more to ourselves this year. Much of that is because of pregnancy and the upcoming trip to the labor ward, when we all want to be as healthy as we possibly can be.

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Our Running Goals for 2020

Man running along a rocky coastline in Sweden.

(We wrote this piece right before the COVID-19 outbreak swept in over Europe. Even though a lot is likely to change – or has already changed – it seemed a waste to not share this anyway. At the end of the day, things could be back to semi-normal this summer, and some races might still happen. Anyway – just keep it in the back of your heads that this was put together during what literally feels like a different time. But escaping into the world running for a bit can’t hurt, can it?)

It’s nice to have goals, no? Whatever they are, having something to work towards is such a helpful tool in keeping motivation high. An important thing is of course to not compare your goals with others’ – something that’s notoriously difficult for a lot of people – and set yours based on what’s actually doable and will serve you, and not what you think you should be doing or accomplishing at a certain time and place.

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Support us on Patreon

Even though it’s a little bit scary, we’re very excited to tell you that we’ve gone ahead and created our own Patreon page. The reason behind this is simple: we want to be able to spend more of our time creating content for Live Slow Run Far. Putting out recipes, blog posts and such makes us sincerely happy and gets our creative juices flowing for real, but it’s not terrific when it comes to paying our bills. As we believe in keeping things free and accessible – and don’t want to go the route of annoying ads popping up left, right and center – we feel like we should at least give this crowdfunding-ish type of system a fair chance. It will most likely bring its own set of challenges and present us with at least a few rounds of trial and error, but hey, that’s part of life! We’re realistic and don’t expect Patreon to yield a full time salary (or two, for that matter) in the blink of an eye, but it seems too intriguing of a concept to not give a try. It’ll take many supporters to get the machinery going for real, sure, but that’s also the whole idea of crowdfunding!

If you’re already familiar with the Patreon concept and would like to support us – or are just curious about what we’re offering – feel free to stop here, and just click the following link, which will bring you straight to our Patreon page.

What is Patreon?

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Patreon, on the other hand, we’ll happily talk you through the details right here. In essence, Patreon is a website and business idea that provides creators of different kinds (be it podcasters, bloggers, Youtubers etc.) with an easy way of crowdfunding themselves. The concept is simple: if you’re a big fan of the content someone is producing and want to show your support, you can sign up to help them with a small (sometimes even very small) monetary contribution on a monthly basis. Often, creators set up different tiers for their supporters – it can range from as little as $1 per month to $500 – and for each level, you’ll get certain perks. It can be member-only blog posts, behind-the-scenes material, e-books, livestreams etc., and the purpose of these is, naturally, for the creator to have something a little special to offer in return for someone’s support. Creators can also create so-called goals, which basically mean that once a certain number of supporters (or patrons, as they’re called) has been met, the creator will do or start a certain thing. We went ahead and created some for us/our page, and one of the goals is this one: when we reach 200 supporters, we’ll go ahead and launch a podcast!

Becoming a member is easy, once you’ve found your way to our page at Patreon.com. You can choose between three different tiers, depending on what feels like the right fit for you, and you’ll receive an email confirming your membership immediately. In the future, you’ll also receive email notifications each time we’ve posted members-only content. You can of course also end your contribution whenever you’d like. We can’t thank you enough for even considering joining our community, and will welcome you with the most open of arms if you do. Let’s do this together!

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Winter Ratatouille With Wheat Berries

Bowl of pearled wheat with tomato sauce and winter vegetables.

Calling this a ratatouille might be a stretch, we know. And even though Wikipedia’s definition is forgivingly vague (“Recipes and cooking times differ widely, but common ingredients include tomato, garlic, onion, zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and some combination of leafy green herbs”), I feel like maybe we should have just called it a winter stew?

Anyway, here it is – and it’s rather divine. Not particularly French, perhaps, but divine nonetheless. Soft cubes of butternut squash in a creamy tomato sauce, boosted with kidney beans, kale and warming spices. Served over a bed of chewy wheat berries, it’s one of those comforting dishes that this time of year asks for time upon time. We like to make a big batch on a Sunday evening and then rest assured that we have at least a few dinners prepared for the week right there. And as with most stews, this one only gets better after a day or two, when the flavors have really blended and the creaminess somehow multiplied.

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Swedish Flatbread (Tunnbröd)

Flatbread in a pan on a wooden table.

To us, flatbread equals the perfect lunch or on-the-go sandwich bread. Filling options are endless, the rolls are extremely packing-friendly and they typically hold you over for a good while afterwards (extra plus when you’re out cross-country skiing or hiking).

And for those who have never taken to baking their own – the level of satisfaction when seeing the stack of perfectly imperfect rounds grow next to the hot pan is sky high. Yes, the process takes a little while as you need to cook them individually on the stove, but we think it’s almost meditative. How often do we find ourselves with such a calming, harmonious activity as flipping flatbread? Making sure no stress is involved and setting aside an appropriate amount of time are keys to it turning out that way of course, and that’s something we’re slowly learning. What’s up with us humans and always trying to speed things up? Why do we always think we’re in such a rush?

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Vegetable Growing For Beginners

You see all these people around you growing tons and tons of food and you would love to give it a go as well – but where and how in the world do you start?

We’re not too far away from being beginners ourselves, as we’re just about to embark on our third growing season adventure, and maybe that’s why we felt such a strong desire to actually sit down to write this post. Because… we get it. We get the overwhelmed feeling when people around you discuss methods of composting, mineral composition of the soil, ways of pruning and home-brewed fertilizers. We get all the confusion and seemingly “stupid” questions that pop up in your head, and we get all the frustration when things go wrong. But we also know all the wonders of vegetable growing and the infinite joy and happiness it can bring, and would therefore like nothing more than getting others to discover the same magic that we have. Hence, this post has come about. Read it from start to finish or skip around as you please – and go ahead and share it with all the aspiring green thumbs around you, of course!

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Baked Potatoes 3 Ways

Three baked potatoes on a plate

I’m not sure if you’ll agree here, but baked potatoes as a concept feels a little dated. It was something we had in our family a lot in the 90’s, but I sense it’s a dish that has fallen off the radar a bit since. As the potato lovers as we are though, we can’t have it that way. It’s a brilliant dish, when you think of it. You pop a few holes in the actual potatoes, place them in the oven for about an hour to care for themselves, and in the meantime, you whip up some toppings. Most likely, you’ll even have time to squeeze something else in there too. And then it’s time to eat, and it’ll be filling, delicious and nutritious all at the same time.

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