If you love beautiful and healthy food, there’s a high chance that you’re one of Virpi Mikkonen’s over 153 000 Instagram followers that she runs with her alias, Vanelja. This self-confessed ‘dessert and brekkie queen’ wears many hats. A recipe designer, food writer and entrepreneur, she cooks food and bakes pastries that not only taste and look beautiful but make one feel light and happy. Thus far, she has published four cookbooks and been running her internationally renowned site, Vanelja, for four years. We asked her to design a healthy but tasty version of gingerbread for Christmas moments that are gentle for the body and the mind—and had a chat with her about balance and boundary-breaking food.