Kitchen Stories with Hannah Ellen from @dudeellen
Today I'm excited to share you a very inspiring lady's story - her name is Hannah Ellen. I've been following Hannah's blog since I was about 15 or 16 (I can't believe how the time flies). She has brought a lot of light into my life with her writing - go read her stories (link down below). I think it's easy to relate to people with similar interests and issues in life and that has definitely been the case with me following Hannah.
One thing I love about Hannah is her style of photography, especially her dreamy breakfast bowls. This is why I figured why not ask her if she'd like to be a part of my 'Kitchen Stories' and share a little more about what she likes to eat and cook. I was so happy when she said yes.
Let us all now be inspired by this beautiful and creative soul, Hannah Ellen.
Hi Hannah, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi darling! Yes, absolutely. So, my full name is Hannah Ellen Josefin Ingelsten, but I call myself Hannah Ellen, or Hannah for those who’re not into long names. I’m a creative creature living in Malmö, Sweden. My everyday life consists of taking photographs, writing and creating content for my channels, Instagram and Blog. I also work a little bit as a creator for different companies, mostly as a photograph or food creator. I am also a student, I study full time creative writing, and when I’m not doing that I love to spend my time with my nose in a book or at a café drinking coffee with my friends.
You have a wonderful blog and Instagram filled with beautiful everyday snaps - you sometimes share your cooking on these platforms as well. When and how did you get into cooking? How about plant based foods?
I’ve always been into cooking. You know at home when you’re growing up how you often have one special shore that you’ve assigned to take care off? Well, at least it was like that in my house and the shore I usually were assigned to do was cooking. Especially when I was 17 and became a vegetarian, then I really started to create a lot in the kitchen so my parents would see how beautiful, yummy and healthy a vegetarian meal could be! Honestly, I wanted to be a vegetarian mostly for my image back then, but with time I learned that not only did I feel a lot better by not eating meat, I also felt like I was contributing to a better society when I was eating. And that’s when I got in to plant based food! I want my food to be cooked from scratch, using seasonally picked organic veggies, which according to me both contributes to your own personal health and the wellness of the earth.
Name three must haves in your kitchen.
Oh! That’s a hard one. But I must say I cant get by without avocados, sweet potatoes and sea salt. Although, my latest addiction is kiwi fruit (organic, so you don’t have to peel them), so maybe I’ll say that instead of the salt.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why?
Breakfast! Or rather, brunch! Plant based breakfasts are so fun and colourful and for me, it’s so much more fun to create a fun breakfast than a lunch or dinner. A breakfast can be everything from a green and delicious smoothie bowl to a sweet potato with creamy yoghurt, almond butter and strawberries, or a hot bow of oatmeal with the sweetness of banana and dates. Yum! I am usually not super hungry in the morning, but if I wait until brunch-time I can have both the smoothie and the avocado toasts for example. Yum!
Would you like to share your favourite breakfast recipe?
My favourite green smoothie of course! Just mix the following ingredients:
About a handfull of frozen mango
2 Fresh pitted dates
a handful off fresh spinach and a handful of frozen kale
a teaspoon of spirulina, wheat grass or something similar
a thin slice of lemon (organic, with the pale on) and ginger, as big and thick as a coin
a spoonful of Coconut milk
Put a little bit of nut butter on top, some coconut flakes and maybe fresh blueberries, YUM!
What would your perfect food day look like?
Waking up after a good night sleep, seeing the first sunrays of the day are painting my bedroom wall in glitter, I start my day with a good read and a cup of hot lemon water before heading out for breakfast at a cozy café with a couple of friends. Hopefully there is both avocado, acai, nut butter and coffee involved! After that we might go for a long walk, maybe a stroll by the sea and buy some fresh spring flowers at my local florist. When we’ve said goodbye I might go home, eat some banana pancakes with coconut milk and blueberries on the floor whilst listening to some records on the vinyl and browse through interior magazines. In the afternoon, I’ll have coffee with a friend outside, it’s just warm enough that you can take of your jacket, but not summer quite yet, I don’t like to sweat, unless I’m working out. And speaking of that! Before dinner I’ll go for a spinning class and then I’ll eat my dinner – which ideally include loads of sweet potato - on the couch watching tv-series, a comedy or crime! After dinner it’s chocolate time, and maybe I’ll have the company of a cat, a that would be ideal! Or maybe I’ll go out for a kombucha or evening tea at my friends restaurant. I don’t drink alcohol myself and kombucha Is always a fun non-alcoholic option for me!
You live in Malmö, in the south of Sweden. Do you have any places, shops, cafes (anything really) you would like your foodie friends to know about?
Yes oh yes! My friends opened a vegan restaurant and wine bar called Mineral that I highly recommend one to go to there. F.y.n is a lovely and minimalistic vegetarian café where you can find me most afternoons working. Ab Småland, Butik Fabrik and Liebling are all cool and fun stores with a feeling of retro, and if you haven’t strolled through my cute neighbourhood S:t Knut, then you’ve really missed something!
We all have a sweet tooth, don’t we? What do you prefer to have when you need that sweet kick? Feel free to share a recipe as well.
I love chocolate covered nuts. That is my favourite snack, definitely. But if I’d eat a cake or something like that, I usually go with a raw snickers cake. My oh my, peanut butter, banana and chocolate all together is an incredible mix! Or a semi-raw brownie! My oh my, I just LOVE raw cakes!
I remember reading about your dream to open your very own cafe (Need a partner? I’m in!). What would your very own cafe be like? Please share your daydream with us.
Yey! I’d love to open a café with you! My ideal café is a minimalistic but still very cozy and bohemian area where you’ll find great coffee, lots of raw cakes and a few simple easy lunches such as banana pancakes, avocado toasts, a sweet potato-pumpkin-soup and a yummy salad with a big spoon of hummus. There’ll be lots of plants and candles on all tables, I’ll play soft 60’s-80’s music and pets are of course welcome here! I’d love to decorate with cool vintage finds and lots of blankets and pillows to get just that cozy and friendly atmosphere. I’d want people to be relaxed when they’re visiting my café, the should be feeling like they’re treating themselves to yumminess that makes their bodies happy, warm and nourished. And of course, it should be very Instagram-friendly, haha.
You’re such an inspiring young woman - you really are! Where do you get your own inspiration from? Any particular blogger or foodies out there that inspire you?
Thank you so much, you’re so sweet! I get a lot of inspo from fellow bloggers and Instagramers. I had the pleasure to meet dear Agnez from Cashew Kitchen last summer and she is really a lovely inspiration to me. Also, my friend Liv @livrickardsdotter on Instagram is so talented in the kitchen! Also, I really love @shutthekaleup’s Instagram stories and the Swedish vintage queen, the blogger Elsa billgren (elsa.elle.se) always make me feel like I want to live life to the fullest!
Thanks for the interview darling! This was so fun!