Meal Prep Hack: Chia Pudding

As I’m a student again and pretty busy, we have consistently meal prepped our food. We’ve very good and successful in doing this almost every week. This has reduced the amount of food we waste to almost nothing, but, more importantly, it has reduced my level of stress dramatically. I hate the feeling I get when I get home from school after a busy day, hangry, nervous and stressed, only to find that there’s nothing ready for me to eat.

One of the things I consistently prep every week is my chia pudding. I’ve been liking this a lot, and my friend La végé d’à côté suggested that I tried this as a healthy snack. Because I’m extra lazy, I prep an entire batch for the week, so that I’m always prepared in case I get hungry.

Here is what you need:

  • 8 tbs of chia whole chia seeds
  • 3 cups of plant milk (I use unsweetened vanilla oat milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Simply mix everything up in a clean glass container and place it in your fridge overnight. I give it a shake when go into the kitchen to make sure everything is doing ok during the first evening. After that it’s ready!

What I do once this is ready and waiting in the fridge: Every night when I prepare my lunch, I place 1/2 cup of chia pudding (it’s about 5 tablespoons) in a small mason jar and fill up the rest with frozen berries (my favourite is frozen dark cherries that I get from Costco: so fancy and delicious!). The next morning, it’s ready to enjoy! I really don’t miss the sugar because of the fruit and vanilla (a nice trick I learned when I went sugar free for two months). I find this super filling, and it makes the perfect snack to bring with me at school. I like that it provides a healthy dose of omegas and fiber. Mainly, I just love how delicious this is!

Let me know if you try it out!


Going sugar-free for 2 months

Last fall, I tried going sugar-free for 2 months. I had difficulties with my digestion, hormones and sleep. I decided to go on a sugar detox for 2 months to see if it could help me balance out whatever was going on on the inside. So for 2 months, I cut out refined sugars, dates, syrups and even fruits from my diet. This is what I learned from this experience.


1. Withdrawal is a pain. I know some doctors say that sugar cannot be considered a drug, but the withdrawal was something: headaches, intense cravings and major crabbiness. This lasted for about 10 days for me. Seriously, all I could think of was chocolate for 10 straight days.

2. Vanilla powder and almond butter rock. Vanilla bean powder is your ally! Because we are so used to adding vanilla to sweet treats, adding vanilla to unsweetened beverages and yoghurt tricks your brain into thinking you are eating something sweet. This seriously helped me so much! Almond butter is also a great snack because it is slightly sweet. Best snack: rice cracker with some almond butter and a sprinkle of vanilla powder and cinnamon. Yum!

3. Veggies are the best! Removing fruits from my diet was super hard because they were a big part of it. I compensated by adding a lot more vegetables. I realized that I was actually not hitting my vegetable requirements because I was eating so much fruit.

4. Not all veggies are equal. Because I ate more veggies, I stumbled upon combinations that didn’t really work out. I realized that combining high in sugar vegetables like butternut squash and corn had the same effect as eating sugary desserts. Instead, I tried to focus on dark leafy greens and low in sugar vegetables like broccoli and cucumbers.

5. Craving veggies is a thing. After about 3 weeks on this detox, I started craving vegetables. Not chocolate, but broccoli. I know, right?

6. Fermented foods rock! In an effort to help my microbiome get healthier and to help my digestion, I started including a lot more fermented foods in my diet. I tried to have about 1 to 2 tablespoons of kimchi or sauerkraut to my meals. This added a lot of flavours and really helped me avoid the after lunch down I usually got after eating.

7. Legumes and beans are great! And so much easier to digest! No bloating or any other unpleasantness.

8. Sugar is everywhere! It was difficult to avoid sugar as it is included in store-bought sauces, bread, and even in some brands of plain yoghurt. This cure really made me realize that sugar really is everywhere.

9. Falling asleep is so much easier. No more long hours waiting to fall asleep, I actually really felt tired when it was time to sleep. It also became a bit easier to wake up in the morning.

10. It was possible for me not to crave chocolate every single moment of the day. Seriously.

I hope this will help any of you who are considering reducing sugar. Let me know how it goes!

Herbal Teas Everyone Should Have!

Ah! It’s Fall! How glorious is that? I’m so ready for some colder temperatures, if only because it means I can cozy up with some warm tea in bed with a good book. If you know me, you will know that I’ve been on a tea-buying ban for two years now because my tea collection has gotten out of hand. Yeah. I haven’t bought any tea in two years, and I’d say I still have enough for 3 maybe 4 years… My tea collection has warranted comissioning my boyfriend for a special tea shelf to save room for food and plates in our cupboards. Seriously, if I don’t open up my own tea room someday, I’ll be shocked!

herbal tea

The only exception to my tea-buying ban has been herbal teas. Free of caffeine, I drink these every day as a gentle healing ritual. Medicinal herbal teas are very potent for small, daily aches, and so they don’t really count as tea, right?

I usually prepare a tea pot mixing a few herbs and spices. I love adding crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves or peppercorns as these spices help me stay warm in the colder months. Over the years, I’ve come to know what I like, and so I gravitate around the same herbs, but really, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of my most favourite herbal teas.

  1. Oatstraw: Yes, I know. Not only do I have a slight addiction to my morning oatmeal, I also drink oatstraw! Well, what can I say? This plant is wonderful! I like to drink oatstraw herbal tea because it is soothing and calming. Perfect if you are feeling like a buzzball! As it has a very mild taste, it’s a perfect base for all of your herbal tea mixes.
  2. Holy Basil or Tulsi: Another great one if you feel like you need to be more grounded, holy basil supports the nervous system and helps releave stress and anxiety. Plus, it is really yummy!
  3. Nettle: Super rich in nutrients and minerals, stingy nettle is delicious! It has a really “green” taste, and I think it’s one of the best plants for anyone, but especially for women and vegans who are always on the hunt for extra nutrients! Extra points to this one to help releave seasonal allergy symptoms!
  4. Rasberry leaves: Girls, if you have any, and I mean any, issue with your periods, this is the BOMB! It releaves PMS (crazy peach alert, be gone!), cramps, bloathing, heavy flow, and even the length of the period. It’s seriously a magical plant. It’s also very astringent, so I suppose it’s good for everyone, but really a must-have for all women.
  5. Calendula flowers: This one is so pretty! Bright yellow or explosive orange, I love adding these to my teapots as it makes everything more beautiful! These flowers are also very soothing and healing for the digestive track.
  6. Lavender buds: One of my favourite plants ever, lavender buds are so relaxing! I love how they add a touch of Provence to my teas. Plus, they are also great for your immune system. Be careful with this one: a little goes a long way!
  7. Thyme: A stapple in my house since I’ve been a kid, thyme is great for your immune system. Mix in a bit of honey or maple syrup, and you are in business!
  8. Verbena: A classic for a reason, this beautiful herb is lemony and fresh. Also a great one to drink to relax before going to bed or after a heavy meal to aid diggestion.

I hope this will encourage you to explore the facinating world of herbal teas! I easily find my herbs in health food stores and at my local herbalist (I’m very grateful to have such a good one so close by!), but you can also find them online. Be sure to by organic teas! A great option is also to grow them yourself! Calendula are super easy, and so is thyme. Have fun mixing and matching the different herbs and spices to create your own perfect cup of tea! Let me know what your favourites are and if you’d like me to share my favourite mixes!

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Remember that I’m not a doctor or a healthcare specialist. Please consult a doctor before adding these herbal teas into your life if you have any concerns or conditions.


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?


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.


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.


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!


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!

Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!


Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.


Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.


The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.


The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Tips and tricks to be more green \\\ Petits trucs écolos

In the last few weeks months, I have been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment. It’s not easy staying positive when environmental groups predict the end of the world while it feels like politics look the other way.


So, what is one to do? As I asked myself this question, I realized that the power I really had was quite small, but, at the same time, quite significant. I have no money to give to environmental groups, no will to pursue a political career, but I do have my every day decisions. These decisions can seem small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but they are still so important. I really believe that it is through individual and grassroot efforts that change will happen. Here are a few things I’m trying to do to help our beautiful planet.

  1. Use a reusable bottle: I’m in love with my S’well bottle, and so it’s not a chore to lug it around everywhere with me. It keeps my water fresh and my teas warm for several hours as it is insulated. It looks really nice, and it forces me to drink more water every day. By using this water bottle, I’m not using any plastic ones, and that is a big step in the right direction.
  2. Invest in reusable straws and containers: Plastic straws are a huge problem for marine life when more often then not they aren’t even necessary. I found some metal straws that are great for when I really want to be fancy and have a straw in my drink. As for reusable containers, they are so much more better than using cling-film or plastic bags. You can use them over and over and over and over again! Plus, they really help to keep my fridge organized. I also found some really cute ones made out of ceramic, and I just love using them!
  3. Cook my own beans and legumes instead of buying cans: This one is a bit more time consuming, and I’m still working on a system to make my life easier. A neat trick is to cook big batch of beans and to freeze individual portions in containers. That way, it’s as easy as pulling out a can of beans, but without the waste!
  4. Using clothe bags instead of plastic: Get creative! Use old t-shirts, throw blankets or curtains to make yourself some beautiful reusable grocery and produce bags. If you are not the crafty type, you can buy some beautiful ones all over the internet and in local stores. Really, I don’t go anywhere without mine!
  5. Walk as much as possible and combine stops when you need to take the car: When I lived in the city, I used to go pretty much everywhere by foot or by public transportation. Now that I’m in a more rural area, it’s a bit more difficult not to use a car. That’s why I really think it through when I drive to make sure that I will be  making only one car journey and hit multiple stops in the same journey. And when I have more time, it’s by foot for sure! It’s so refreshing to walk around and it gives me much necessary time to think and relax.
  6. Buy local foods and encourage local stores whenever possible: Again, this is not always possible, but I really try to make an effort when I have to buy things. I like shopping in our local coop for food, visit a local farm from fresh and organic produce, and buy books from the local bookstore instead of ordering them online. More than supporting the environment by choosing proximity, it also makes me feel like I’m part of a community. It’s always nice to know who grows your food and to be a familiar face in local shops.
  7. Eat vegan (of course!): Eating a plant-based diet is a more environmentally friendly choice because you eat, well, plants “directly”. What I mean by this is that you don’t need to grow plants that are then fed to animals, nor do you have to use various techinques to fish. There are plenty of resources online, so I encourage you to do some research and get informed on where and how our food is produced.
  8. Buy smart: To reduce waste, I tend to do a lot some of research before I buy anything. I do this for clothes, books and electronics. Usually, what happens is that after I have researched a product, asked myself if I really need it, and waited for a couple of days, I often don’t even buy the product. I often realize that I just wanted to spend money, that I was bored or that I was influenced by commercials or offers. The up-side is that when I do end up buying something, I’m really happy and I have something that is really useful.

I hope these tips will be useful to some of you and will encourage you to reflect on your own environmental impact. Let me know what your tricks are!

(psst, if you want weekly inspiration, a friend just started her own blog where she posts zero-waste challenges! Go check Lau out!)

Dans les dernières semaines, j’ai beaucoup réfléchi à mon impact sur l’environnement. Il n’est pas facile de rester positif quand les groupes environnementaux prédisent la fin du monde pendant que les dirigeants semblent occupés à regarder dans l’autre direction.


Que faire alors? En me posant cette question, je me suis rendue compte que le pouvoir que j’avais d’influencer les choses était assez restreint, mais en même temps tellement important. Je n’ai pas d’argent à donner à mes organisations préférées, ni d’ambitions politiques, mais je fais des choix tous les jours. Ces décisions peuvent sembler limitées ou sans importance, mais c’est tout le contraire! Je suis convaincue que c’est par des efforts individuels et communautaires que le changement peut arriver. Voici quelques petites décisions que je fais pour aider notre belle planète.

  1. Utiliser une bouteille réutilisable: J’adore ma bouteille S’well, donc ce n’est pas une corvée de la trainer avec moi partout. Elle garde mon eau fraîche et mon thé chaud puisqu’elle est isolée. J’aime bien son look aussi, et l’avoir avec moi me rappelle de boire de l’eau régulièrement. En l’utilisant, je n’utilise pas de bouteille en plastique jettable, et ça c’est vraiment chouette.
  2. Investir dans des pailles et contenants réutilisables: Les pailles en plastique causent de graves problèmes aux populations marines alors qu’elles ne nous sont généralement pas indispensables. J’ai trouvé des pailles en métal, donc réutilisables, pour quand je me sens vraiment “prout-prout” et que j’ai besoin d’une paille pour boire. Quant aux contenants réutilisables, ils sont une belle alternative au film et aux sacs de plastique. On peut les réutiliser encore et encore et encore et encore! Ils m’aident aussi à garder mon frigo organisé, et j’en ai trouvé des trop mignons en céramique que j’adore utiliser.
  3. Cuire mes propres haricotes au lieu d’acheter des conserves: Ce truc demande un peu plus de temps, et je suis encore en train de travailler sur son implantation. Un bon truc est de cuire de grosses quantités de légumineuses et de les congeler en portions individuelles dans des contenants pour avoir des “conserves” faites maison et zero-déchet!
  4. Utiliser des sacs en tissus au lieu du plastique: Soyez créatifs! Utilisez de vieux t-shirts, jetées ou rideaux pour vous faire de jolis sacs réutilisables pour vos légumes, pains et courses. Si les travaux manuels ce n’est pas votre truc, il existe une panoplie d’options que vous pouvez trouver localement ou sur internet.
  5. Marcher autant que possible et combiner les arrêts en voiture: Lorsque je vivais en ville, je me deplaçais principalement à pied ou en transport en commun. Maintenant que je suis dans une région plus rurale, il est un peu plus difficile de se passer d’une voiture. C’est pour ça que je planifie mes déplacements de façon intelligente: je ne prend jamais la voiture que pour un seul arrêt et je m’assure de maximiser au maximum mes voyage en voiture. Et lorsque j’ai plus de temps, c’est à pied! C’est tellement agréable de vagabonder et ça me donne le temps de réfléchir et de relaxer.
  6. Acheter de la nourriture locale et encourager les commerces de proximité lorsque possible: Encore une fois ce n’est pas toujours possible, mais j’essaye vraiment de faire un effort lors de mes achats. J’aime acheter notre nourriture dans notre coop locale, visiter la ferme pour des légumes super frais, et acheter mes livres chez la libraire d’à côté. Plus que de limiter mon impact sur l’environnement en gardant mes courses à proximité, j’encouraget aussi ma communauté. Il est toujours sympa de savoir qui fait pousser ma nourriture et d’être un visage familier dans les commerces du coin.
  7. Manger végan (bien sur!): Manger un régime végétalien est un choix environnementalement plus conscient car on mange les plantes “directement”. Au lieu de faire pousser des plantes que l’on transporte par la suite jusqu’aux animaux pour les nourrir, ou d’utiliser des techniques de pêche plus ou moins complexes, on mange simplement les plantes. La quantité d’information disponible sur internet est simplement incroyable alors je vous encourage fortement à vous questionner sur comment et où votre nourriture est produite.
  8. Acheter intelligent: Pour limiter ma production de déchets, je fais généralement vraiment beaucoup de recherches avant d’acheter quoi que ce soit: vêtements, livres et appareils électroniques. Habituellement, après avoir fait mes recherches, je me demande si j’ai vraiment besoin de l’article en question, puis j’attend quelques jours et je finis par ne même pas l’acheter! En évitant les achats impulsifs, je me rends souvent compte que j’avais simplement envie de dépenser de l’argent, que je m’ennuyais ou que j’avais été influencée par des publicités. Le plus, c’est que lorsque j’achète quelque chose, ça me fais vraiment plaisir et j’ai quelque chose de vraiment utile!

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous seront utiles et qu’ils vous encourageront à faire le point sur votre propre impact environnemental. Partagez vos trucs en commentaires!

(psst, si vous manquez d’inspiration, une amie à commencé son propre blog où elle partage ses trucs zero-déchet sous la forme de défis! Allez rendre visite à Lau!)


What I’ve been eating for the last 2 months!

When I work on my blog, I like to experiment with new recipes, try out new products, invent new ways to eat ordinary foods. This worked for me for the last year or so. However, about two months ago, I started craving the same dish. Over and over again. So much in fact, that it’s starting to be a running gag in our house. My boyfriend will come home from work and say things like: “Can’t wait for my quinoa-tofu-broccoli tonight!” Yeah. That’s what I have been craving every day for two months now. Not chocolate cake (although I’ve had my days), not fancy and exotic fruits, not my mom’s food. Nope. Just quinoa, tofu and some kind of grilled veggies (it’s not my fault broccoli is so cheap), or salad greens if I want something fresh.


Now, here’s the issue. I have been feeling completely satisfied eating those quinoa bowls every day. There is something reassuring and structuring in preparing big batches of food and just having to plate your daily servings. No fuss, no rush. However, it’s difficult to blog about the exact same bowl you’ve been having. Now that the temperatures have been going up (finally), I’m hoping to crave something else and to hopefully have some variety back in my kitchen. I’m sure grilled broccoli, tofu and quinoa will stay in my heart for long though! Here’s a few tips if you are stuck in the same rut as me.

For your grilled veggies:

  1. I’ve been loving using infused olive oils to add an extra kick of flavour. Try lemon or rosemary infused oils for a fresh taste, or go for the classic chili oil. I usually rub about 1 tbs onto the vegetables before placing them in the oven. Yum!
  2. I’ve also like sprinkling some freshly ground pepper on the baked veggies. I know, it’s nothing groundbreaking (you see what I’ve done here, right?), but it’s a classic for a reason. Why not go crazy and try different types of peppers? I love white pepper for its spiciness, but pink pepper brings a whole different range of flavours. Experiment with kitchen staples!
  3. Add some lemon juice and lemon zest! Fresh lemon zest gives such a nice aroma to the most simple dishes. Plus, it makes me feel like a fancy chef when I zest lemons. You zest have to try it out!

For your tofu:

  1. Vary the type and bite size: I tend to go for extra firm tofu because I like how it crips up when you pan fry it. The smaller the pieces, the crispier they will be. If you feel like having some bacon, you can cut your tofu into small cubes and add a few drops of liquid smoke to your marinade or sauce. Soft tofu can also be a great option to mix things up a little. I love to gently cooking soft tofu in some soy sauce. Very simple, but so good.
  2. If you really don’t feel like cooking, you can simple cube your firm tofu and mix it with the vegetables. Put everything in the oven, and that’s it! Bing, bang, boom.
  3. If you really, really don’t feel like cooking, you can also substitute the tofu for canned beans. Rinse them well, and they are ready to go, but you can also cook them in some tomato sauce or curry spices for something a bit more elaborate.

For your quinoa:

  1. Make sure that you cook it in enough water. I usually use 4.5 cups of water for 2 cups of quinoa. I place everything in a pot on high heat. I then reduce the heat to medium once it starts boiling. I put a lid on the pot and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let it sit until you are ready to eat. The result: light and fluffy quinoa! Yum.
  2. Add some stuff: I like adding some corn, chopped carrots or peas to the quinoa as it is cooking. It adds some bite to it and makes it extra yummy. Plus it adds a touch of colour to the mix.
  3. Make sure that you don’t add salt to the cooking water as it will harden the quinoa.

That’s it! This is perfect for meal prepping because you can prepare big quantities of everything and save your food in the fridge. It’s so quick to plate up and makes for great lunches to bring at work. Plus, you can add fresh veggies or sauces according to your daily cravings. So, yeah, that’s what has been going on in my kitchen lately. And guess what? I’m now heating up some quinoa, broccoli and tofu for lunch. Cannot wait!

Abstract: My new Netlfix obsession\\\ Abstract: Ma nouvelle obsession Netflix

(version française plus bas)

A few days ago, Netflix launched a new show called Abstract: The Art of Design. It is taking me all my willpower not to binge watch all the episodes at once, so I thought I would share it with you in case you are wondering what to do this week.


Abstract is made on the same model as Chef’s Table (another Netflix obsession). Each episode follows a designer and goes over how they became designers, what challenges they faced and what important events molded their careers. I find it so inspiring to see how great contemporary designers came to be so great. As each episode also covers different types of designers (graphic, shoes, scenography, architecture, and many others), it’s really interesting to see how each discipline works.

One of the things that I find to be incredibly fascinating is to see the work process of each designer. I feel like it’s a good reminder to see how much work, reflection, and trials there are before an idea comes to life.

I really recommend this show to anyone who is looking for some inspiration, hope or to learn about daily objects. I’m pretty sure anyone can learn something from this show, or at least be amazed by how different artists work. I’m certainly smitten.

(For those of you who are wondering where the recipes are, some new things are coming up really soon; I have just been a very lazy and busy cook this week!)

Il y a quelques jours, Netflix a lancé une nouvelle émission: Abstract: The Art of Design. Il m’a fallu rassembler toute ma volonté pour ne pas regarder tous les épisodes d’un coup, alors je me suis dit que je partagerais ma nouvelle obsession au cas où vous chercheriez quelque chose à voir cette semaine.


Abstract fonctionne comme la géniale émission Netflix Chef’s Table (une autre obsession). Chaque épisode présente un designer et explique comment cette personne en est venue au design, quelles difficultés ont été surmontées et quels évènements importants ont modelé leurs carrières. Je trouve ça tellement inspirant de voir comment les designers contemporains célèbres en sont venus à être les grands designers de notre époque. Chaque épisode couvre aussi différentes disciplines de design (graphisme, chaussures, scénographie, architectures et plusieurs autres) ce qui permet aux spectateurs de voir differents aspects artistiques.

Une des choses que j’aime le plus de cette émission, et qui est vraiment fascinant, c’est de voir le processus créatif de chaque designer. Je trouve que c’est une bonne façon de se souvenir combien de travail, de temps, de réflection et d’essais sont requis avant qu’une idée ne prenne vie.

Je vous recommende vraiment Abstract, surtout si vous cherchez un peu d’inspiration ou si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur des objets de tous les jours. Je suis certaine que vous apprendrez quelque chose ou que vous serez fascinés par le travail fabuleux de ces artistes. Je suis vraiment sous le charme!

(Pour ceux qui se demandent où sont les recettes, plusieurs arrivent: j’ai simplement été une cuisinière un peu débordée cette semaine!)




Planning a fun date for Valentine’s Day \\\ Planifier une journée spéciale pour la Saint-Valentin

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Valentine’s Day is coming! Probably the cheesiest holiday in the year, it’s still a great excuse to treat yourself and to tell people you love that you love them. That’s great in my book. Because I’m in major saving mode since the New Year’s, my Valentine’s day budget is pretty much set at 0$. And that is really exciting! Indeed, very exciting because it means that I’ll need to use my creativity and think outside of the box. So, here are a few ideas that you can put in place if you don’t want to go all red and pink, chocolate, roses and still share some love.


  1. For your special lady or gentleman friend: What can be more romantic than some time spent in nature with your significant other? Bringing a hot beverage along! Granted, the weather needs to cooperate for this to be enjoyable, but considering that it’s not too cold, pouring rain or a complete blizzard outside, why not pack some hot chocolate, tea or coffee in a thermos, some mugs and go outside! The walk in itself can be a great occasion to talk and reconnect if you have been busy bees. Why not discuss your relationship, reminisce about your first dates, and just celebrate the time that you have spent together.
  2. For your special, significant friend: With time, most of my friends have moved too far away countries, got busy, and occasions to spend time together in person are harder to organize and far apart. Why not take some time to write them a handwritten letter? Go all out: use colors and get creative! Celebrate the important times in your relationship and take some time to say why your friend is so important and great.
  3. For your much-loved family members: Spend some time together! Why not organize a baking afternoon or make bath bombs with your parent or sibling? Put some music on, get making, and just talk. Time spent with family members is precious but really doesn’t need to be expensive. It can be a great occasion to try out something that your mom, dad, sister or brother enjoys doing: tag along to the gym, the workshop or in the kitchen.

Of course, these are three ideas that can be personalized to anyone. They were inspired by the important people in my life, but why not go on a walk’n’tea with your friends? I really hope you take Valentine’s Day as an occasion to be together and to make memories. Just be together and enjoy each other’s company! Happy Valentine’s Day!

La Saint-Valentin est là! C’est probablement la fête la plus quétaine de toutes les fêtes, mais c’est aussi une occasion de se faire plaisir et de dire aux gens qu’on aime, qu’on les aime. Et ça, c’est plutôt sympa! Parce que je suis en mode «super-economies» depuis le nouvel an, mon budget Saint-Valentin gravite autour de 0$. Et ça, c’est exitant! Premièrement parce que ça implique zero magasinage, et aussi parce que c’est le moment d’être créatif et de faire quelque chose d’unique. Voici quelques idées que vous pouvez facilement planifier si vous aussi vous voulez éviter de dépenser tout l’argent du monde, devenir rose et rouge, et être malade d’avoir mangé trop de chocolat.


  1. Walk’n’tea: Qu’est-ce qui est plus romantique que du temps passé en nature avec votre moitié? Apportez une boisson chaude avec vous! Bon, c’est sur que s’il fait -20 000C, qu’il pleut des cordes ou que c’est le blizzard dehors, c’est peut-être pas la meilleure option. Si la température coopère, cependant, pourquoi pas mettre du chocolat chaud, du thé ou du café dans un thermos avec des petites tasses et aller dehors? La marche vous donnera l’occasion de vous parler, de vous souvenir de vos débuts et de célébrer le temps que vous avez passé ensemble.
  2. À vos crayons: Avec le temps, la majeure partie de mes amis a déménagé, est très occupée et les occasions de se voir sont rares et difficiles à planifier. Pourquoi ne pas prendre du temps pour écrire une lettre manuscrite? Sortez vos crayons de couleurs et soyez créatifs! Célébrez les moments importants de votre amitié et prenez le temps de leur dire pourquoi ils sont importants.
  3. Passer du temps ensemble: Pourquoi ne pas organiser une après-midi à cuisiner ou à faire des bombes de bain avec un parent ou une soeur? Mettez de la musique, gardez vos mains occupées, et parlez-vous! Le temps passé avec les membres de sa famille est précieux, mais n’a pas à être dispendieux. Ça peut aussi être une occasion d’explorer et d’essayer les passe-temps préférés de vos proches: suivez-les au gym, à l’atelier ou dans leur cuisine.

Bien entendu, ces idées peuvent être personalisées à toute personne. Pourquoi ne pas prendre une walk’n’tea avec une amie? J’espère que vous prendrez la Saint-Valentin comme une occasion de vous faire des nouveaux souvenirs avec les gens importants de votre vie. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!

Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

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In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.


Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.


Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.


These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!

Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.


Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés


Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!


C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!