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Pupcakes for Man’s Best Friend 

We’re pretty sure you are clever enough to have figured out that, no we didn’t misspell cupcakes, and yes, pupcakes are a little treat we whipped up for all the FP members who have a wagging tail.

It’s not uncommon to have numerous pups running around the FP office on any given day and last fall a new team member was added whom you’ve likely seen on insta – Taxi, the chocolate and golden dachshund. Having a puppy can be a bit of a whirlwind and to add to it, now-a-days there is almost as much discussion about what we feed our fur-friends as what we contemplate feeding ourselves. As soon as Taxi popped into the picture, we started getting questions. What would we give the dog, kibble or fresh? Would she be vegan or flexitarian? Would we dare periodic fasting?

We have close friends who give their little Tudor only fresh meatballs from a delicatessen on the other side of town, and other friends who specially ferment veggies for their pup. Recently we even received dog probiotics, which you could just sprinkle over your dog’s food. A stupendous idea given that we know the importance of caring for our own gut health, although not everyone is super into buying supplements for their dogs, no matter how much they love them.

This last year with Taxi has been full of  kisses and fetch sessions. And today we are spoiling her with some handmade pupcakes, not because it is necessary but because it feels nice to give her a special treat, that we know is good for her, after everything she’s given us this last year ( well, minus the 365+ bags of poo).

Happy Birthday, Taxi!

Pupcakes
(8 pieces)

1/2 cup grated carrot
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup preferred flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of psyllium fiber powder

Set the oven to 175°C/350°F. Mix everything except for the carrots in a food processor and then stir in the carrots. Fill the muffin molds to 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.

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Plato’s Summer Bubbly

We are in the middle of the summer months of June, July, August and vacay time has just begun. We intend to stay far away from the city and fully enjoy the sun, wind and water on Sweden’s beautiful west coast for several weeks. The anticipation is killing us! In a few weeks, our third book, Näringsjägaren (the Nutrient Hunter), will release in Sweden, and after months of intense typing, we feel well worth a few weeks of rest. But before we make ourselves too at home in the hammock we feel it necessary to celebrate the finished book script with a glass of sparkling wine.

Wine, you say, but what does your gut flora think about that?

When we try to explain our approach to food and health, we often turn to our dear friend Plato and his first-class theories. For those who are unfamiliar with some of his concepts, Plato’s theory, the World of Forms, consist of two worlds: 1) the world of ideal forms (the perfect ideal) and 2) the perceptible world (reality).

Plato was likely not overly interested in turmeric and green smoothies, however we still like to think that it is possible to draw parallels from his concepts to our relationships with food. 

Simply explained, one could say that if the ideal world consists of the research and science that exists about how we should eat and drink in order for the body to maintain optimal form, then we, our children and our cravings are the perceptible world. We strive for optimal, but also surrender to reality.

In the perceptible world (a.k.a, reality), it is impossible to be perfect, and that’s OK. What would life be if we didn’t fall for temptation now and then?

Today we fell for the temptation to cheers with a luxurious glass of bubbly. On another day we might thank kindly but decline and instead fill our glasses with some Plato’s summer bubbly instead. Which is without a doubt our absolute best substitute for champagne. By the way, the recipe is also in our new book (have we mentioned that the book script is finally ready?). Cheers!

Plato’s bubbly
(1 glass)

bubble water (carbonated spring water)
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar

Pour bubble water and the vinegar into a champagne glass and sip just as you would with a glass of champagne. For a nice touch toss in a fresh raspberry!

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Knife Sharpening the Easy Way

Hot tip today for our ladies and gents in the U.S.! What is sharp and indispensable in the kitchen, many chefs’ prized possession and something, though you own more than one that you paid a pretty penny for, you are likely neglecting?  

If you guessed: knife  – then you just might be sharper than your blades are right now.

If you  haven’t heard of Knife Aid yet then keep reading. Seriously such a genius way to keep your knives in tip top shape for all of us modernistas out there too lazy to do it ourselves or take them in somewhere to get it done. 

Here’s us: “Hmm, my knives kind of suck lately (consider taking them in somewhere and then reflect on our life’s truth). I guess I’ll just have to live with sucky knives because, no, no I am not going to wrap my knives up individually and drive them somewhere to be sharpened and forget them three times over the next two weeks before I manage to pick them up.” 

But now we don’t have to live with sucky knives because Knife Aid offers knife sharpening services via the net and your very own mailbox. 

They can even make repairs to your knives, not in the sense that you snapped the knife in half when you thought you could just ninja chop a coconut open (not that we’ve ever done that), but they are wizards at  fixing chips and broken tips. You can check out this insta post for a glimpse of what they can do, or visit their website knifeaid.com to check out their services. 

You’re welcome for this amazing tip, also please trust us when we say, do not test the coconut chopping theory at home on your own knives.  

Virtually everyone has knives and unless yours are magical, they will need sharpening at some point. This is literally the smartest way to get it done by professionals!

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Watermelon Raspberry Popsicle Drink

A few days ago we got “the feeling” and made a refreshing summer drink. You know the feeling where you just get the desire to do something purely because you want to, not because you are supposed to. When summer vibes take over your brain, you have sun kissed skin and after your first deep breathe in a long time you suddenly feel full of energy again, that’s how we’ve been feeling since completing our most recent book. 

So we decided to put that energy into magnifying the summer vibes and what says summer more than painting your nails yellow and enjoying some refreshing popsicles! 

Popsicles with watermelon and raspberries
(8 popsicles)

Popsicles:
1/2 medium watermelon
1 ½ cups frozen raspberries

Drink:
1 cherry (per glass)
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (per glass)
natural spring bubble water

In a blender, mix the watermelon with the frozen raspberries and freeze in small ice cream molds (it works in just an ice cube tray too). Spend the rest of the day doing something that you really like. The next day you fill a festive glass with bubble water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, then top it off with a popsicle and a cherry. Enjoy the summer vibes, maybe even call up a friend and invite them to the party!

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