Year: 2016

Festive Chocolate Cake with a Hazelnut Frosting

Don’t you feel like these days are the worst of the entire year? You’ve celebrated Christmas with your families and friends, eaten way over your belly capacity, received wonderful presents – books, clothes, unidentified objects or money – as well as touching words & wishes, all of this with glitter on your face and dancing shoes on your feet. And now what? We’re crawling out of bed, wearing sunglasses to hide our lack of sleep, walking (and not tiptoeing) with a coffee in one hand and a glass of lemon water in the other, trying to flush out all the dirt we’ve accumulated in out bodies, crying because we’re not being offered gifts anymore, waiting for it to start all over again on New Year’s Eve. (Well ok, I am pushing things a little too far, but I am sure every one of us felt at least one of these things haha!).

The 2016 Christmas Gift: A Cranberry, Apple & Ginger Chutney

As there’s only one day left to wait before Christmas (or two…I always get mixed up anyway! It depends on when you’re celebrating it I believe haha!), I guess we’ve all put out hats, smiles and Christmas decorations (What !?) on, ready to swing and have fun with family and friends. You might be already well prepared, all your gifts done, your eyebrows waxed, whatever clothes you’re going to wear ready for you on a chair…well guess what? I am not at all! My eyebrows are waxed indeed but my gifts are far from done, my clothes are far from chosen and I can hardly think about all the things I have to do before tomorrow at midnight. As I am writing this article to you, I am actually putting my yoga gears on to leave and teach a yoga class, writing a shopping list for tomorrow’s Christmas gifts and eating the avocado on toast I forgot downstairs (forgetting my own food…that must be the Christmas spirit!). If you can picture yourself in the exact …

A Healthy Twist to Your Christmas Eve Dinner

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year My Darlings! Yes indeed I am a little early, but if you’re reading these lines, it might mean that you’ve been following me for quite a while. And therefore, you deserve all my warmest and best wishes as well as a whole lot of deliciousness at the end of what have been a tremendous, sometimes hard, but amazing year. Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever your doing, I am thanking the simple but beautiful human being in you, the light inside you I am trying to set fire to with my positive energy. I am creating this world for you to feel welcome into, to feel at ease; I want you to take whatever you like and to throw away the things you do not. If there’s one thing we have to remember at the end of the day/year, is that apart from all being equal and IMperfect (but exceptional), it’s essential for us all to cultivate our inner beauty and to use it to inspire others; if …

The Winter Yoga Pot

From the very beginning of this year, and even more round the end of it, I have started experiencing those odd but incredible “awareness” moments. Whenever in those, it is just as if my body’s was trying to tell me something, to slip a word in my head, an idea or a simple emotion. That feels weird to write down and even weirder to hear I believe, but I do not truly know who to express it. What I know for sure is that, for example, my body’s needed yoga these days, more than ever before. I knew it for I was kind of moving all the time, bending on one side, then the other, walking round my house, standing up as soon as I could feel tingling in my legs. I also know that I’ve needed much more sleep; it’s been two mornings in a row where I could not wake up. And for those who know me, nine hours’ sleep is not a habit of mine at all! I also know how I …

Best Sweet-Treat of Them All: Date Caramel Shortbread Squares

It might be because my home has been surrounded for fog for the past week, or that the temperature seems to be lowering down a little more every day, but I do not really feel like cooking savoury meals these days. The sole thing I am looking forward to whenever coming back home is curling up in my sofa, with a warm tea and something to satisfy my sweet tooth (a huge piece of something though!). Thus, my fridge and cupboards are filled with sweet treats and desserts, which I have the pleasure to enjoy by myself since my parents are not really into those… It’s been a week since being back from my short but amazing weekend in London, and apart from the serenity and peace I cultivated away from my home and routine, I brought back some amazing sweets in my luggage. Livia’s Kitchen’s shortbread millionaire bites are simple, natural and delicious snacks that you can bring with you wherever you go and enjoy at any time of the day (that because they …

Cardamom & Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

This is it. We’ve now entered the most fabulous time of the year, the most delicious month of all months, the most beautiful season of all – Christmas is on its way! If you’ve been following me on my social accounts, you might have seen that I’ve been away for the weekend, to shop, enjoy some “mum & I” time and even more importantly see the Christmas lights in London! As my work as a blogger follows me kind of everywhere I go, I started writing this article on the plane. Guess what? I fell asleep in the middle of it. When I woke up, and went through what I thought would be a great piece of art, I realized that what I had written did not mean anything at all…I therefore put it aside for a while before trying again; and here I am, cuddled up in a blanket, a hot cacao on my side, a cat on my lap, writing those fine lines to you. Just know that writing an article is not …