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Chocolate overnight oats

This porridge is so full of nutrition and goodness. It’s so incredibly delicious and it will fill you up until lunchtime. It takes 5 mins to make and you’ll feel like you’re in for a treat in the morning.

You’ll need:

1 ripe banana

4 tbsp oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Start by mashing a banana. When the banana is mashed, add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Pop your mixture in the fridge to set overnight. If you forget to do this, whip your oats together in the morning and allow the mixture to set for at least 2 hrs and it will be just as good.

Add some garnish and you’re good to go!

Sweet tomato jam

This is easily the best tomato jam I’ve ever eaten. It’s so full of flavour, I’ve eaten half a jar with a spoon whilst writing this post.

This recipe is so ridiculously easy, it will take you literally 5 mins to prep.

To make 1 jar you’ll need:

500g fresh tomatoes

5 tbsp olive oil

1/2 fresh chilli pepper

1 tbsp cinnamon

Salt, pepper & for seasoning

To make this jam simply cut the tomatoes into medium chunks. Add chilli pepper & season with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, pepper & cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees (gas mark 5) and put the jam to roast for about 3 hrs. Check on the tomatoes every 30 mins and turn them if needed. I wanted the tomatoes to be well done so it brings out additional flavours, but if you don’t like your tomatoes to have a slight burn, then leave them in the oven for about 2 hrs instead. Voila!

Almond pulp macaroons


To make these macaroons you can use the pulp from the almond milk.

You’ll need:

1 cup of wet almond pulp

1/2 cup of dates – soaked, drained & mashed

2 tbsp coconut oil

3 shakes of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients until they form a sticky dough. Scoop batter 1 tablespoon at a time onto a lined baking sheet.

Bake at 5 gas mark for 25 minutes, until golden around the edges.

The big day in Vung Tau, Vietnam #2

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After the morning ceremony we went to the hotel to get some rest and get ready for the evening part.

The evening part was a mix of Vietnamese and Finnish traditions. The Vietnamese part involved ceremony on the stage with fireworks, champagne pyramid and traditional Vietnamese greetings at the entrance whilst the Finnish part involved Duyen wearing a white dress, serving some Finnish food and celebrating the wedding with an after party & dancing*.

What a lovely and happy day it was! I can’t help but keep smiling every time I look at the pictures!

*Did you know that Vietnamese don’t dance? It’s simply too hot!

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The big day in Vung Tau, Vietnam #1

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The first part of the ceremony was held in Vietnamese tradition where 6 men carried boxes full of presents and 6 girls received the presents. We were all dressed in traditional Ao Dai dresses and the ceremony couldn’t be any better!

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Hello #VungTau

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After few days in Saigon we all felt very tired from the city so we decided to go to Vung Tau one day early. Vung Tau was just incredible! Very beautiful, peaceful and clean. We had few days before the wedding so we just enjoyed our time by the pool and explored the city.

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My home for one week
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backwards

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We rented bikes. In total it cost us 400k Vietnamese Dong (approx. £13) to rent 2 bikes for 24hours

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Full tank for 2 bikes cost us 50k VN dong (£1.60).
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Street barber shop
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Boys checking bikes

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Locals were parading through the streets with these odd cars to mark Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.

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Local bus #NoJoke

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In the evening Lasse kindly tried to teach me how to ride a bike. After failing miserably he said I must be the worst driver in the world :)

Saigon, oh you little treat!

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Good morning Saigon

Some of you may know that I’m a big food lover. I find it hard to eat the same food every day therefore I desperately seek diversity in my meals. And there really isn’t better place for trying different food than Saigon. So eating is what we did the most in Saigon. We tried duck embryo soup, frogs, ostrich, jelly fish, snails and lots more.

And of course some sight seeing in between – just to be sure we have some pictures for the family album.

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Street seller selling freshly squeezed juice
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Coffee break

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Japanese tourists posing
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Street sellers
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This pop up restaurant is built in between two demolished buildings.
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These clay grills are served on tables. Eat ‘n’ grill at the same time.
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Snails for dinner
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Duck embryo soup

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Local zoo in Saigon
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After hours of wandering around the zoo we went for some Pho
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Reunification Palace in Saigon
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@ Ben Thanh Market
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Rain in Vietnam is simply divine

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Much needed coffee break with the birthday girl
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Boys got some cake to celebrate Martina’s birthday

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B-bye Nha Trang, hello Saigon!

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We were all so sad to leave Nha Trang. The beach, the sea, the food, the nightlife, everything was just so perfect! But the boys had their suit fitting at 7pm in Saigon so we kissed the city goodbye and boarded the plane.

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Before breakfast we decided to go for one last swim in Nha Trang.

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This restaurant in Nha Trang is particularly famous for serving jellyfish for breakfast.
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So jellyfish for breakfast it is!

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After relaxing morning in Nha Trang, we packed our bags and headed right to the airport.
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Boys had their suits made in Saigon. Apparently Michael Jackson’s dad made a suit at the very same place.
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One man, three tailors.
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She said to Lasse “You are so tall and handsome I won’t be able to sleep tonight!” True story.
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Deal.

 

Nha Trang #2

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Fish farm in Nha Trang.
Fish farm worker is transporting some props for the farm.

I saw a jellyfish illuminate! I saw it right in front of me whilst I was snorkeling and suddenly it illuminated in red dotty colour! It is safe to say that it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!

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In Vietnamese country side this round plastic device is still used as a fishing rod.
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Arto’s ready to go snorkeling.
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On our way to the resort on an island.
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Floating restaurant in Nha Trang with fish farm attached to it. Customers can go around the farm and choose which fish they want to eat for lunch.

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Live music on the boat.
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Arriving to the resort.

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Shower on the beach
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Baywatch
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Nha Trang has its own Hollywood.
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After returning to the city we went for a grill. These clay pots are used for grilling food on the table.
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“Mot, hai, ba, YO” – “Cheers” in Vietnamese

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