Belén Vázquez Amaro is something of a slashie – part-stylist, photographer, recipe developer and yoga instructor – and her beautifully styled website reflects her diverse interests and talents, including wellness, which binds the threads together. In much the same way, In The Making by Belén is not a blog in the traditional sense; click on one tab for seasonal fare (mainly vegetarian and vegan dishes), another for professional work (she’s photographed for Electrolux and teamed up with Green Kitchen Stories) and another for her Yoga & Breakfast workshops (they look heavenly). Think a lifestyle site with elements of Tumblr, Pinterest and weekly recipe suggestions. The ethereal Belén (her portraits are also dotted throughout the site) hails from Spain but now calls Stockholm, Sweden home. You’ll observe this mix of cultures in her recipes, from Nordic saffron buns to Spanish rice pudding, and seasonal inflections. For an autumn brunch, think almond-milk polenta with roasted tomatoes and a warm salad of quinoa, kale and shaved heirloom carrots.
“Early autumn is a great time to visit farmers' markets. They’re full of colours and a variety of veggies and fruits. I always have the seasons in mind when thinking of what to cook and also what my body needs at that specific moment. Food is an important part of our lives, from the ingredients that we put on our plates to the way that we enjoy our meals. Personally, I like to eat healthily, but without forgetting flavour on the way.”
“For an autumn brunch, I like to bake seed-oat buns and make compote to pair them with from seasonal fruits, such as plums, pears, oranges, lemons or berries. Or, for a warm, nourishing, tasty salad, I combine grains, nuts, seeds and veggies. I particularly love the crunchiness of quinoa with roasted root vegetables and greens.
“When the weather starts to get really chilly, we like to sit inside with a warm cup of tea in our hands, or, even better, a hot cocoa with a touch of sweet spice, and observe oneself from inside out. Another warming dish is my grandmother’s arroz con leche, which she used to cook at this time of year. It is a kind of rice milk pudding, but slightly more fluid, and a typical Spanish dessert. Her house would smell of orange peel and cinnamon milk when she would prepare it and I was inspired by my memory of her when I came up with my own healthy take on her recipe.”
I started my blog to… Inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The must-cook recipe on my website is… Roasted cauliflower and sweet potato salad.
I can’t wait to go back to… Kerala, India to eat masala dosa and drink fresh coconut water.
My current food obsession is… Indian food, mung beans and sweet potatoes.
When I go back to my hometown… Barcelona, I go to a great place called Juicy Jones, which is where I had my first encounter with vegan food. I love the thali and their hummus spread. They also have great juices.
Cooking tip… When you bring home a bunch of herbs, rinse under cold water, shake to remove the water and then place in a plastic bag. Roll the bag to retain some air inside and then tie it. This will keep your herbs fresh!
I learnt to cook from… Friends. And from always trying new ways to eat healthier.
Wholesome food means… Whole food prepared with love.
Friends always ask me to cook my… Raw peanut butter and cacao bars.
I always have… Green leaves, plenty of veggies, a jar of homemade hummus, some grains soaking, nut milk and raw cacao nibs in my fridge.
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