A Peek into Her Cabinet: Vannie Hong

Ever since moving into my own apartment last September, I uncovered my ties to the kitchen. Unlike the marble counter top at my parents’ place, the corner space is small and cramped. Regardless, I love it. Maybe it's the warmly lit stove top light or the white porcelain plates, but every piece of my experience with food has reminded me of home.

The small, but warm kitchen space that I share with my roommate

The small, but warm kitchen space that I share with my roommate

I started experimenting with hearty yet healthy plant-based recipes. It was the simple joy of creating, integrating, and celebrating the finished products that made me smile. I was my own scientist in my “lab coat”. Whether it was kneading, stirring, or chopping, I was solely focused on the process and had never felt more at peace. But of course, with the increasing number of experimentations came the heftier grocery bills.

When my roommate and I both need some destress time, we sure take advantage of it! 

When my roommate and I both need some destress time, we sure take advantage of it! 

Over a long-due catch up with our previous HeWe Co-Chair, Emily, she introduced me to Elimento Online Market. Not only have the Co-Founders been in the Vancouver health food industry for over 20 years, they really believe in clean sourcing and sourcing ethically. Oh boy, how pleased I was to find the products I already love with a sweeter price tag! I sure took advantage of the student coupon in our last semester’s Exam Care Package to stock up on my kitchen staples.

Here are just a couple of my favourites! 

100% Organic Small Rolled Oats

It was a recent discovery for me to find out how versatile these badasses are! Besides cooking them with almond milk for breakfast, I started making sweet matcha granola and various pastries with the oat flour. Think homemade bread and blueberry turmeric muffins...

Picture & Recipe of Matcha Granola from Peaceful Cuisine

Picture & Recipe of Matcha Granola from Peaceful Cuisine

Blueberry Turmeric Muffins from Green Kitchen Stories  

Blueberry Turmeric Muffins from Green Kitchen Stories

 

Pure Coconut Water

Tap water does the job for my daily hydration, so coconut water freaks me out a little bit from time to time. When I received a bottle of these in our exam care package last semester, it sat in my fridge for weeks. When my laziness to go on grocery trips kicked in, I had to crack it open as an almond milk replacement for my smoothie. It was then I realized that it adds the perfect creaminess and sweetness to your daily blend.

My go-to green blend in my humble abode: a handful of dino kale, half of an apple, half of a banana, a cup of coconut water, and two ice cubes!

My go-to green blend in my humble abode: a handful of dino kale, half of an apple, half of a banana, a cup of coconut water, and two ice cubes!

Whole Pitted Dates

As a kid that grew up eating dried jujube, or Chinese red dates, the sweetness of organic dates tastes like pure sugar. However, these Everland dates are the perfect substitute for my mid-afternoon brownie craving. They are a key player in my almond & cacao energy balls as well!

Almond & Cacao Energy Balls from Deliciously Ella  

Almond & Cacao Energy Balls from Deliciously Ella

 

Smooth, Natural Almond Butter

I spend too much of my life browsing through the nut butter section at Whole Foods, trying to justify the money I drop on a small jar. I was so surprised to find this affordable, yet all natural one on the website.

Soon enough, you can find it on my yoghurt parfaits, oatmeals, toasted bread, in my smoothies and yes, the energy balls that I mentioned above.

*Caution: they can be a little bit too addicting*

The best porridge recipe from Jamie Oliver

The best porridge recipe from Jamie Oliver

giveaway

We have brought you an exam survival package with all four goodies included and one item of your choice from Elimento's website! Contest closes on April 7, 2017 at 9:00pm.

If you are looking to save some bucks like I always am, happy shopping at Elimento!