A visit to Copenhagen: Woodah Hostel

We recently came back from a five-day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was one of our best trips so far, we had time to see a lot of things, we met great people and we were (mostly) lucky with the weather. There’s a lot to say about the trip, so I will divide it into a few separate posts.

We stayed in Woodah Hostel, a small hostel with two dorm rooms and one double room, as well as a vegetarian café. It’s located at Abel Cathrinesgade 1-3 (Vesterbro), a few blocks away from the Copenhagen central station. We stayed in the 8 bed dorm which cost 33 € per bed, per night. The price includes bed linens, a locker with padlock and a vegetarian breakfast. They also have a donation based yoga class most mornings, if enough people have signed up the night before.

woodah hostel

We simply loved the place. Even though it is located in Copenhagen’s red light district, we never felt unsafe there. It’s simple and cozy and the atmosphere is great. The staff is very nice and easy to talk to, the breakfast is mostly vegan and we met some great people there. It was not hard to feel at home. Since you sleep in a dorm room and people come and go at different hours, the sleep will of course not be great if you are a light sleeper like me, but the bunk beds were built in a way that you could have privacy while sleeping (see picture below). If I would mention something negative about the hostel it would be the fact that it doesn’t have a kitchen for the guests, so you can’t save money during a longer stay by cooking your own food, but for us this was not really a problem.

woodah hostel

I definitely recommend this place if you are going to Copenhagen!

Bread with carrot and apple

I’ve been on a baking spree lately. As a change from the sweet baked goods I decided to bake bread. We had some meat of carrot and apple left from juicing the day before, so I searched the mighty internet for a bread including these two ingredients. I found one in a Swedish blog that I decided to make (you can find it here), I will post it in English below.

bread with carrot and apple

Bread with carrot and apple

3 dl water
25 g yeast
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
5 tbsp flax seeds
2 dl shredded carrot
1 dl shredded apple
about 8 dl flour of your choice (I used a whole-wheat flour)

Heat the water to 37 degrees celsius. Break the yeast into a big bowl and pour over part of the water, mix until the yeast has dissolved. Add the rest of the water, oil, salt, sugar, flax seeds, shredded carrot and shredded apple. Add the flour little by little. Mix the dough well before leaving it to rise covered with a towel for 45 minutes.
Grease and flour a baking pan. Pour the dough into it and let it rise for another 25 minutes. Brush the bread with water and spread some flax seeds over. Bake the bread in the oven (preheated to 200 degrees celsius) for 40-45 minutes.

 

Cupcake tryouts

I had an unexpected day off today, so I decided to bake some cupcakes. I tried out a new basic recipe and improvised with part of the flavors out of that recipe; orange with same flavored frosting and chocolate with chocolate-coffee frosting.

The recipe that I used, along with a lot of other recipes and tips on vegan baking, can be found on kamomillankonditoria.com, a blog that I highly recommend for those of you who understand Finnish and like to learn more about vegan baking!

cupcakes

What do vegans eat? #1. Tofu

I love tofu. I can eat the flavored ones straight out of the package, which kind of pictures how much I love it.

Tofu might be a quite mysterious food to the one who has never tried it before, though. I remember the first time I tried to cook tofu. Emphasis on tried. I was a new vegetarian, probably 14-15 years old, I had heard of tofu and wanted to try it out, so we bought one piece, but I had no idea how to cook it. It tasted horrible. Or actually, it tasted absolutely nothing.

Tofu, which can also be called bean curd, is a cheese-looking (but not cheese tasting) food made out of soybeans. You can actually make tofu at home, the process is a bit similar to making your own cheese. Tofu can be found in many different variations; it can be firm or soft, it can be natural or marinated in different flavors. You can also find sausages and other things made out of tofu, both those are a subject for another post.

natural tofu

Tofu can be used in all kinds of different dishes, all the way from deserts to barbecue. It can be used in for example stir fries, soups or patties, or in smoothies or pies as a substitute for dairy or eggs. It’s just a very versatile food.

So how did I go from hating tofu to loving it? I simply learned how to prepare it. I’m certainly no tofu master chef, and to be honest I’m a bit lost in the jungle of all the different types too. However, my best tip in learning how to cook with tofu is to just try it out, and not only once, because it might not turn out well the first time. Learning to cook new things always takes time.

If you have never even tasted tofu, it might be an idea to try it in a restaurant before trying to cook it yourself. The best place to try it out might be in some kind of Asian place. These kind of restaurants usually offer tofu as one of the meat alternatives for many of their dishes, so next time maybe you just choose the tofu instead of beef or chicken in your curry. Maybe you’ll be hooked too, who knows? (Keep in mind though that even if you would not like it the first time, you might still change your mind later on, since many of our food preferences are acquired over time)