Turmeric paste: where were you before?!?

I love golden milk or turmeric lattes, and I’m all for adding more turmeric and its anti-inflammatory goodness to my life. However, I have to admit that preparing this delicious drink from scratch every day is too much for me. I was about to give up, when I stumbled upon an instand drink I had in my tea shelf. This gave me an idea, and I decided to try to make my own turmeric paste. After all, mixing turmeric powder, spices and coconut oil should work, right?

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Well it does. The result is a thick cream that I keep in my fridge, that is ready to go with a “just add water” quality to it. This is perfect for busy nights as I just use one teaspoon of this golden paste in a teacup of hot water or milk. Instant turmeric latte. Yup.

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This clearcly is the answer to all of you lazy cooks (welcome to my corner!) and busy people who need a little bit of TLC (turmeric loving care) in their life. This recipe makes enough for about 2 weeks of daily turmeric drinks and takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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Cheers to that!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper grains
  • 1 quill of true cinnamon
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to keep a soft simmer going. Let sit on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and transwer your paste to a glass container with an air-tight lid. Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To make your golden milk: Heat up the milk of your choice or water and dissolve 1 tsp of the turmeric paste into it. Enjoy!

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Because this paste has everything to enhance the availability of the turmeric active agents (fat and pepper), it’s full proof! Adding just warm liquid to this makes it so convenient. It really is the best way I have found to make sure that I drink all of that golden magic. Let me know if you try it out!

Witch’s Brew: A comforting drink \\ Potion de sorcière: une boisson réconfortante

Because the cold is slowly setting in with Fall taking its place, I have been craving warm, comforting drinks. Of course, I love to snuggle up with a cup of tea, but sometimes, I feel fancy and decide to vamp it up a little bit. Tonight was one of those nights. Before I continue, I just want to take a minute to share with you that I’m completely in awe with my new mug. I had spotted it a few weeks ago and kept it in the back of my mind. When I saw it yesterday morning, lonely, I just had to bring it home. Now on to the recipe!

 

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Of course, witch’s brew is an unpredictable drink that will flow over when you decide to take a picture!

Here is what you need for each cup:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp hazelnut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (I used unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 dash of ground cloves
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • sweetener of your choice
  • optional: coconut cream garnish (this, unlike what I thought, does not float on top of drinks, so you can mix it in for extra creaminess): I used my recipe for coconut frosting, but did not put any sweetener in and used just on small box of coconut milk.

Here is what you do:

  1. In a saucepan set over medium heat, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Continue to stir until it is warm. Pour in your favourite cup and enjoy!

This is seriously rich and creamy and could probably do the trick if you are extra busy in mornings and want some quick energy. The hazelnut butter makes it super creamy and so flavourful. The different spices combination screams Fall and is perfect when you need a little boost. Let me know if you try this out!


Avec les températures fraîches qui commencent à s’installer avec l’automne, j’aime bien me préparer des petites boissons chaudes réconfortantes. En générale, je me contente de savourer un bon thé ou une bonne tisane, mais quelques fois, je me sens inspirée et je me prépare quelque chose de plus élaboré. Ce soir était un de ces soirs et j’en ai profité pour inaugurer ma magnifique tasse! Elle est si mignonne!

 

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Parce que les potions sont souvent imprévisibles, celle-ci a décidé de voyager hors de sa tasse au moment de prendre des photos!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin par tasse:

  • 1 tasse de lait d’amandes
  • 1 c. à thé de beurre de noisettes (ou tout autre beurre de noix)
  • 1 c. à thé de cacao (j’en ai utilisé du non-sucré)
  • 1/2 c. à thé de poudre de gingembre
  • 1/2 c.. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 1 pincée de poivre noir en poudre
  • 1 soupson de clou de girofle en poudre
  • optionel: de la crème de coco pour garnir (attention, ça ne flotte pas très bien! Vous pouvez par contre la mélanger au tout pour rendre cette boisson encore plus crémeuse.): j’ai utilisé ma recette de glaçage à la noix de coco sans mettre de sirop d’érable.
  1. Mélanger les ingrédients dans une casserole sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que tout soit bien mélangé et homogène. Verser dans votre tasse préférée et savourer!

Cette boisson est riche et crémeuse et est parfaite pour se remettre d’une journée difficile ou pour commencer la journée du bon pied. Le mélange d’épices est parfait pour donner une petit coup de pouce! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

 

 

Relaxing Tea and workshop update!

Today was such an exciting day! If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen that I organized a workshop that happened tonight. I was really nervous that no one would show up, but 20 people came, and they were the best people I could have hoped for for my first vegan workshop. I seriously had a lot of fun discussing nutrition and meal planning with everyone who participated. Thank you so much!

 

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Thank you so much for participating in my workshop! It was great meeting you all!

 

So now that I’m home, I’m looking forward to enjoying a nice cup of herbal tea and reflect on this wonderful evening. Here is one of my mom’s favourite: Three Gingers by Pukka. We love Pukka teas: the packaging in itself is just so ridiculously beautiful, it’s a great reason to get those pretty boxes. The flavours are also so authentic and fresh. This one is a mix of ginger, galengal and turmeric: perfect for when you have a cold, ate too much, or just feel like something soothing and exotic.

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Give this a try if you have a chance! I’ll be posting some pretty exciting recipes by the end of the week, so stay tuned. I’ve been really busy these few days, but things should be back on track in the next few days. Again, thank you for you support and for reading this blog! Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude!

Hemp milk, straight and Indian style

Today was a stressful day for me. I had to head down to my new school board to see what teaching jobs were available after the people on the priority list had their choices. Ah! The joys of moving and changing school board… I wouldn’t say that everything I have done so far is out the window, but me not being on the priority list anymore is certainly not something I was looking forward to. Let me know how the teaching employment system is in your country, but I can safely say that what we have in Quebec is pretty stressful and keeps teachers in a precarious state for many years.

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That being said, I knew what was coming, so I decided to prepare a comforting drink for when I would come back from that day of waiting and stressing so that I could relax a little before taking the car to the big city (more on that soon!). I decided to try making hemp milk because we haven’t received our fridge yet, so milk has been a scarce resource in the last few days. Here goes!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup hemp seeds hearts
  • 1 cup water + 3-4 cups water to be used later
  • sweetener of your choice (optional, I didn’t use any)

For the spiced version:

  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed open
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • dash of vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Let the hemp seeds soak in 1 cup of water for a few hours or overnight. Drain and rinse.
  2. If you are doing the straight version, place the hemp hearts in your blender along with 3 or 4 cups of water depending on how thick you want your milk to be. Blend until smooth. Add the sweetener if you want. You can strain the milk if you want it to be extra smooth, or enjoy as is!
  3. If you want to make the spiced version, place 1 cup of the water you want to use (1 out of 3 or 4 total) in a small pot and mix in the cardamom pods, peppercorn and cinnamon powder. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain and set aside. Process the hemp hearts with the remaining water, orange blossom water and vanilla extract in your blender until smooth. Strain the milk and add the spiced water and sweetener (optional). Give a quick stir and enjoy!

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This is really simple and perfect if you are out of milk, or looking for another plant-based alternative. The spiced version is very rich and is great if you enjoy chai tea. The orange blossom water gives this spicy drink a refreshing side while also complementing the cardamom very well. This is great warm or cold, so you can enjoy it anytime! And look at how white it is!  Let me know what you think!

 


 

Pour faire ce magnifique lait aux graines de chanvres, voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de graines de chanvre écallées
  • 1 tasse d’eau + 3-4 tasse d’eau à utiliser plus tar
  • Édulcorant de votre choix (optionnel, je n’en ai pas utilisé)

Pour la version épicée:

  • 1 c. à c. d’eau de fleur d’oranger
  • 4 gousses de cardamome, ouvertes
  • 1/2 c. à c. de grains de poivre noire
  • 1/2 c. à c. de cannelle en poudre
  • Quelques gouttes d’extrait de vanille

Voici ce que vous devez faire:

  1. Faire tremper les graines de chanvre dans 1 tasse d’eau pour quelques heures. Filtrer pour retirer l’eau et rinser.
  2. Pour la version de base, mettre les graines de chanvre dans votre mixeur avec 3 ou 4 tasses d’eau selon la consistance de lait que vous préférez. Ajouter votre édulcorant et mixer jusqu’à ce que toutes les graines soient pulvérisées. Si vous le souhaitez, passer le lait au travers dans tamis pour le rendre crémeux. Voilà!
  3. Pour la version épicée, porter 1 tasse d’eau à ébullition. Ajouter la cardamome, le poivre et la cannelle et laisser frémir pour 5 minutes. Retirer du feu, filtrer et réserver. Mixer les graines de chanvre avec 2 ou 3 tasses d’eau, l’eau de fleur d’oranger et la vanille. Ajouter l’eau épicée et bien mélanger. Encore une fois, il est possible de filtrer le lait pour obtenir un résultat plus crémeux. Voilà!

Mathilde, a Ladurée Tea

The last time we visited some family in France, I got the chance to raid a Ladurée store. Now, if ever you are going to Paris, I highly recommend visiting one of their uniquely cute pastry shops. Mind you, they don’t have a huge selection of vegan treats, but the feel of the store is so luxurious and Parisian that it’s worth it on its on. Splashes of happy colours are arranged in a very tasteful and delicate way to create an atmosphere of calm and pleasure. So, I was admiring their cuteness when I spotted rows of colourful boxes: TEAS!

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To my boyfriend’s dismay, I flew right in front of them and started smelling the most wonderfully scented teas: magnolia, jasmine, orange blossom, cinnamon, strawberry, raspberry: there is something for everyone! I think I was very reasonable and selected two teas: the house blend and the Mathilde.

 

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Le thé Mathilde, so fresh and delicious!

 

The Mathilde has probably become my favourite tea of all times. A mix of Chinese green and black teas with a generous side of orange blossom. That’s it.

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I love how simple the scent of this tea is: it really allows the different aromas from the green tea and black tea to shine through while leaving you with the feeling of having walked in the most magical orange tree orchard. It’s sophisticated without being heavy, scented but not fake.

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If ever you have the chance to visit Paris, or have someone you know going, you must try this tea out. It’s perfect for every occasion, so tasty and tasteful, and so delicious!

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Turmeric Milk, a relaxing drink

A few years ago, I went through a back injury that has gotten better, but still makes me feel like an old lady every time the temperatures are changing. To soothe the inflammation that is causing my pain, I like to add turmeric to my food. I put this everywhere! I love the colour, its mild flavour and potency. Tonight I wanted to try out turmeric milk, because I found some really fresh turmeric today. I have to say this is really relaxing, and as I’m drinking this while writing, I just feel like going to bed with a good book!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 inch piece of turmeric or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup of plant milk (I used almond)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • maple syrup to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Place the milk in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. As the milk is heating up, wash and peel the turmeric piece and grate it in the milk.
  3. Add the cinnamon and stir. Once boiling, remove the milk from the stove.
  4. Pour the turmeric milk in your favourite mug and enjoy! You can strain it in if you like.

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This is so relaxing! If you feel like you need a little push to go to unwind, I really suggest trying this out! This would also be perfect after an intense workout to relieve some of the inflammation, or anytime you feel like drinking an amazingly orange drink! Let me know if you try it out!

Yorkshire Gold, a breakfast staple

I have mentioned before that I have slight tea addiction. Well, it’s not getting any better because I have discovered a new must for difficult mornings: Yorkshire Gold classic black tea.

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This is a very classic tea, and for a good reason! The taste is rich, deep and slightly bitter. No fruit, no flower, just pure tea leaves: a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Rwanda leaves give a very strong aroma and a round feeling to this straight tea.

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This is the perfect morning tea as it is quite strong. It also perfectly complements a sweet breakfast or desert, like my raspberry-chocolate tart. I think the strong flavour would also make this tea perfect to make London Fogs. Yum! Let me know what your favourite breakfast tea is!

Cocktail Time: Pimm’s Cup!

I’m not a big fan of alcohol, and so my cocktail culture is very tiny. However, a few weeks ago I went for drinks with colleagues and discovered Pimm’s cups. Wow! So light and refreshing: they are clearly a perfect summer drink. Since spring is finally here, it is totally okay to kick-start the season with a nice drink, right? Plus it’s British, so why not?

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Here is what you need for each drink:

  • 1/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 cup 7-Up or ginger ale
  • ice (I didn’t have any, so I used frozen cranberries instead: worked out well!)
  • a few slices of cucumber
  • a few mint leaves
  • a few berries (I used blackberries, but strawberries or raspberries also work well)
  • a slice of lime, lemon or orange

Here is what you do:

  1. Fill your glass with ice. Add the cucumber, mint, berries and lime slice.
  2. Mix in the Pimm’s and 7-Up. Give a quick stir and enjoy!

This is a great drink if you are looking for something fresh and customizable with what you have on hand. Pimm’s has a great herbal flavour which makes this drink perfect for a warm day. Be careful though, there is gin here: this might turn your head a little! Let me know how you like to prepare your Pimm’s cups, or what’s your favourite drink!