All posts tagged: Comfort food

Grain-free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you’re looking for an easy, quick, amazing, mouth-watering and not vain at all cookie recipe, well you’d better choose this one. When the colder months arrive, I usually am desperately looking for those deliciously chocolaty comfort foods, not only because chocolate is life but because my body needs some sun within if it does not get it from the sky itself. This does not prevent you from making them in the middle of summer of course. Did you know that a cacao tree is called a Theobroma Cacao, which means “Food of the Gods” ? And that cacao is actually one of the best stimulants + containing more antioxidants than any other food on the planet ? Well now you know! Anyway, those cookies are absolutely fantastic, scrumptious as a dessert and even better when eaten as a snack, as they are indulging but guilt-free and actually very good for you. Full of good and quickly metabolised fats, healthy carbohydrates and some superfoods, those really are a fridge’s must-have (you’ve still got to eat …

Ras-el Hanout Carrot Soup with Crushed Pistachios & Coconut Milk

Ras-el Hanout is a North African spice blend that is traditionally made out of the merchant’s best spices. It is usually added to savoury dishes, meat or fish, stirred into couscous or rice, but I believe it to be delicious with all the things, especially soups and winter or spring vegetables. There is no definitive composition of spices that makes up ras-el-hanout, but it actually is up to every family, shop and merchant to choose from all their spices; however, if you’d fancy a little precision and do not like the unknown, here are the fourteen usual spices it consists of: cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, coriander seed, ginger, allspice, chill peppers, nutmeg, mace, peppercorn, paprika, fenugreek and turmeric. It’s a red-gold powder, which actually is quite sweet but can really be sprinkled on top of everything. If you do not know what to do with a few rotting vegetables, a pumpkin or even some Kale

Easter Almond Scones w/ Coconut Yogurt & Raspberry Jam

I feel like I’ve kind of always been sensitive, not in an emotional way (of course, but that’s not the point here), but more in way of being affected by change, and that from very early in life. Whatever may the change be, related to the seasons, the temperatures or the weathers, just as well as environmental changes in general, I am so deeply affected by it that my emotions, mood and energy levels are all topsy-turvy. I do love change, which helps us break away from our own routine, from our habits, which makes us do things we would never have done, take risks, put ourselves in question. But as much as I love it, those emotions, mood and energy rollercoasters that come with it are very much tiring. For instance, since we’ve passed the Spring Equinox, I’ve been feeling either on a high or very tired and drained energy wise, as if this astronomic event has changed something in me. I do not know how you feel about that, but what I know …

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 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 …

Cauliflower, Tomato & Chickpeas Garam Masala Curry

I bet that many (at least what people tell me) of you are stopped from eating a little healthier or simply taking time to prepare your own meals because you’re a busy bee. Take care of oneself is not only a matter of time but of organisation and routine; as soon as you start giving that specific thing some time in your life, you’ll never really think about it again. Let me explain. At first, and like people usually believe my life to be, I was kind of overwhelmed with it all. I had to prepare my breakfast, my lunch and even dinner sometimes, and was rushing all round the house and kitchen like crazy to find my ingredients (and I am not even mentioning the stress of a lack of a few…!) and some inspiration. And at that time, I used to spend hours preparing my food. But when I started doing my “meal preparation” (aka meal prep.) on Sunday, it truly changed my life. I am never asking myself what I’ll eat during …