Author: The Glow Giver

Guest Recipe: Susan’s Victoria Sponge with Chia jam and Coconut Cream

Susan Jane is blessing us with another of her absolutely scrumptious recipes. If this cake is not a sign from the universe that you should start dancing on the healthy baking path, I do not know what you need…maybe cakes shooting stars ?! This Victoria Sponge is the very first recipe I have ever made when starting my plantbased diet. I remember it vividly – not only were my birthday party’s guests a little shocked to learn about what truly was in that cake, but I also was delighted to see that I could indulge myself with delicious treats while not feeling guilty at all. And all of this while still being fully aware of all the benefits of the food I was eating. There is nothing boring about healthy food – we are justing thinking out of fear because we have been taught that food (aka. survival) is about refined and animal products. This is how we have been raised because the society we’ve grown in has worked that way for decades (if not …

A Guide to Understand and Speak the Language of Gender (terms and other bits)

If someone told me that I would be writing those words, advocating for a more inclusive and accepting society, I would never have believed them. I would not have believed if someone had told me I would end up studying the complexities of gender and its impact on our society and modern world after a bachelor’s degree in International Relations either. But the point of it all is not to keep it for myself but to share it with the world; the broader impact of such knowledge is to educate and show how complex and yet beautiful life is. Today’s society is very much different from the one my parents and grandparents lived and evolved in. People are much more fluid, embracing new forms and meanings of gender so quickly that many of us are just lost to it all. It becomes even more complex to interact with people and accept those divergent ones because WE DON’T KNOW. Don’t know who they are, what they are, what category they are into, for human needs this …

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Los Angeles

I am the type of person who likes to organise (surprise!) every little detail when it comes to my exchange programs and road trips. Along the way, I create expectations regarding what I am about to discover – and we both know how bad expectations are. And well, if those past five months have taught me something is that “no plan is the best plan”! All of this to say, I had expectations about Los Angeles – and I was not disappointed. The bright sun shedding its warm light on avenues, the barren and dusty mountains with their monumental glories – a famous big white sign, an enchanting observatory – or the sea, its seducing blue shades and the wind blowing through one’s hair. If you go to LA, you will get the entire Californian experience (maybe not the evergreen forests cause that’s up north). You actually have so much that it becomes…too much – trying to find your way or to commute within the city takes ages on its own already. So if you …

Vanilla Plantbased Naked Layer Cake

This cake recipe came up as a challenge first. I have always loved window-shopping bakeries and cake stores, browsing on social medias feeds just to find the most beautiful cake creations. But to my despair, all of them contained refined sugar, white flour or dairy. Since we are never better served but by ourselves, I decided to make one on my own! It took a while to find the right ingredients and proportions, and I am sure it could get even better, but it is already a real dream come true as far as I am concerned. The texture is light, nutty and crunchy, making it perfectly filling. The tangy raspberry filling brings it to a whole new level, with a fresh and summery tone that you cannot do anything but love. But the best part of this cake is the very sweet, creamy and guilt-free ganache/frosting – to think that it was not obtained with butter nor refined sugar is a real personal success!      I am writing this article to you as …

Middle-Eastern Vibes – Muhammara (Roasted Pepper & Walnut Dip) Recipe

Before even being familiar with the concept of “netflix and chill”, I was casually spending my Saturday at home, with my cats, some brownies and a Sex And the City movie – nothing very original round here (apart that this is the gayest set ever). This is when I actually discovered about Muhammara – this traditional Middle Eastern red dip recipe that yet needs to invade our Western World. If it was attracting love and romance for Carrie, I had to try it out. I guess it ultimately does not, but that is not a big deal (trying to be funny here!). Anyways, as a hummus fan, I usually am complicated to content when it comes to dips and spread – this was until I met with this red shaded heavenly food. It is crunchy and sweet, yet owning a profound and earthy flavour. It is easily spreadable and is great as a side, as a dip or in sandwiches. I usually love using those specific nuts for their good monounsaturated fats and their magnesium, …

Marinated Tofu, Roasted Veggies & Basil Pistachio Pesto

Roasted veggies are the kings and queens of healthy cooking. No matter the weather or the season, you may basically roast everything in an oven or on a barbecue. It is not only a tasty and easy way to add vegetables to your diet but is also very cheap. What you’ll need is a fat (olive oil for example), spices (whatever you fancy), veggies and salt/pepper – it does not get as complicated as that. I am usually preparing those every week so that I have something to eat whenever I do not feel like cooking or just do not have the time. You would like to start meal-prepping? Roasted veggies are your friends! Along with those amazing vegetables, I usually love to marinate some tofu, which is a staple food for all vegetarian/vegan/plantbased eater looking for good quality plant-protein! Some people like it raw, and not marinated, but it is not my cup of tea. And if you are new to tofu, I would recommend marinating first so that it absorbs some delicious flavours …