A few days in a Baltic State…crispy kale chips in a steam oven!

Developments in Bon Bean’s product range took my husband and I to Lithuania. The capital, Vilnius, is a charming city full of churches and cobbled streets, craft beer and I must say everyone we talked to was warm and charming too. A great antidote to having to put on the thermals and woolly jumpers for a weekend after leaving Nice and it’s balmy 24C!!!

On the first morning we explored the town and found a market with all the local produce – they specialise in honey, kefir to name but a couple of the delights we encountered. The market stalls were housed cosily under one roof and right in the middle was a little old lady selling organic kale and other fresh veg from her farm. We hit the jackpot! We also found a food truck selling beetroot hummus, bliss balls and some other treats. It set me up for the time we were there. Luckily, I also had a stash of pear slices that travelled well and were a great emergency snack.

Managed to make kale chips in a steam oven – yes they were actually crispy and the steam oven is now on my kitchen wishlist!

Vilnius has a range of vegan options, even in regular restaurants, and  in one of their most famous cake shops, Pinavija, I was over the moon to find they served porridge made of rice flakes with cinnamon with almond milk instead of regular milk. A perfect start to the day! For the rest of the time I drank lots of herbal tea, not so much water and slept well. That must have been good for me! Still on the prep week but moving in the right direction. Will be back home by the time I start the cleanse proper.

Cheat of the stay was a cheeky glass of wine over dinner. We had a wonderfully successful trip and it was worth a toast!