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Chef’s shelfie: Green Kitchen Stories

  • 11.09.2017

Green kitchen stories“We’re surrounded by sourdough bakeries – it’s a hipster area,” says Luise Vindahl, of the central Stockholm flat she and David Frenkiel have shared for eight years, along with their three children – Elsa, seven, Isac, two, and Gabriel, five months. While the Green Kitchen Stories blog is known for its vibrant vegetarian recipes and beautiful photography, it happened more by chance than design. “When we met 10 years ago, I was vegetarian and Luise wasn’t,” explains David. “We were eating differently, which worked at the beginning. But when we started cooking together, we had to figure out which foods we had in common. That’s how the blog started.”
The pair now have four cookbooks under their belts (including Green Kitchen Travels, which documents their adventures around the world with daughter Elsa, aged seven months at the time), all packed with dishes that put veg centre stage. “Our cooking is modern but without too many dos and don’ts. It’s important to keep a balance and not feel bad about food.”
David and Luise create and shoot all of their dishes in this light-flooded flat, which is filled with Scandi homeware and interesting artwork. Pointing to the prints on the wall, David says, “We have lots of pieces and I like to keep everything in the same tones. They’re mostly made by friends – the black and white illustration of vegetables is by Grown & Gathered, an Australian couple who sell vegetables from the back of their van just north of Melbourne. The red one is by local illustrator Malin Källsen. It looks like lungs – it’s the only meaty thing in our kitchen!”
Jars filled with sauerkraut hint at Luise’s interest in nutrition. “It’s loaded with probiotics and prebiotics,” she says. “We make large amounts weekly and put a jar out at every meal so the kids can take some. Our blender runs almost daily, shredding cabbage for sauerkraut or making pesto and nut butters.”
While the couple use a lot of their own recipes, they also have hundreds of cookbooks. “We keep them on a huge shelf outside the kitchen,” says David. “They’re inspiring, and there’s something special about cooking from a book. We like chefs who mix classic and modern without trying to be trendy – our favourites are by Anna Jones, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater and Tara O’Brady.”

Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Every Day (£25, Hardie Grant) is out now

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