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!

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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?

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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!

Avataq and the most wonderful herbal teas + Giveaway! \\ Avataq et les meilleures tisanes + Tirage!

(La version française est plus bas!)

When I worked at the Botanical Garden, I would often pass through the giftshop to look at the books… and teas. I would often leave with a box of Inuit herbal teas called “Northern Delights”. These were a staple to my tea collection and became usual gifts for friends and family. What I loved about these teas was that they were made from wild plants harvested in Nunavik, the Northern part of Quebec, by Inuit communities. Well, last week, I got to meet with Jeannie Oh at Avataq and she gave me a much broader and larger appreciation for these little tea bags. Let me take you with me!

 

First, it’s important to know that the herbal teas are actually the tip of the iceberg of a much broader project. In fact, Northern Delights Inuit Herbal Tea is produced by Avataq Cultural Institute, an Inuit owned non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the language, culture and identity of the Inuit of Nunavik.

 

Avataq receives its mandates from the Inuit Elders Conference of Nunavik, and operates a range of linguistic, heritage and cultural programs. Among others, these include the Inuktitut language promotion and preservation program, genealogy program, Nunavik museum program, Nunavik Inuit art collection, an artists’ support program, archaeology department, documentation and archives center, student assistance program, local cultural committees, traditional skills courses, as well as a research and publications program.

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Among many of Avataq’s projects was one that documented all the wild plants that were used in traditional Inuit medicine. Through this project, several trilingual plant guides were published, and they explained the different uses for the great variety of plants that can be found in this northern region. Flash forward a few years later, and the idea of creating a commercial Inuit herbal tea product that draw upon the knowledge of Inuit Elders that featuring Nunavik wild plants were born.

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The goal of the Inuit herbal tea product is to provide an opportunity for the Southerners in knowing, sharing, enjoying and enriching their discovery of Inuit culture and heritage. All profit generated from the sales of the herbal tea goes back to assisting Avataq in operating the cultural programs. The project also hired local Nunavimmiut (the people of Nunavik) in harvesting and drying the traditionally used plants to make the herbal teas. Five plants were selected and this is the birth of the Northern Delights Inuit herbal teas. Let me take you through each of these wonderful blends.

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The Labrador tea blend is rich and very relaxing. This plant is rich in vitamin C and was traditionally used for breathing problems and as a general health booster. It’s incredible to think that such a modest and common plant has wonderful properties.

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The Cloudberry tea blend is quite energizing and was traditionally used a tonic. This plant has a rich and layered flavour that is soothing and energizing at the same time. I love to drink this tea when I’m studying or correcting because it really helps me sustain my work.

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The Ground Juniper blend is my favourite. Juniper is quite an intense plant with a complex aroma that changes in intensity as you drink it. It has quite a distinctive flavour that can remind you of a soft mint or light bergamot. I love to drink this when I’m working on something complex because I feel like it helps me focus and stay on task.

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The Crowberry blend has the most amazing violet colour which goes great with its crisp flavour. I love to make this as an iced tea during the warmer months because of it’s beautiful colour. Its flavour is very fruity and reminds me a little of blueberries or jam.

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Finally, the Arctic blend feature Small Labrador Tea is the spiciest of them all and will please cinnamon lovers. This is the perfect herbal tea for a cold Fall evening spent sharing stories.

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I love that each one of these blends features plants that are used in the traditional Inuit herb lore. It is so important to preserve and promote this knowledge in every culture as it holds so much history and possible solutions. Another thing that is great about the teas is that because they are Avataq’s baby, they are made with a desire to involve and give opportunities to the Inuit communities. Each batch of tea is harvested by hand and dried by the local community, and the transformation process is closely overseen by Avataq to ensure that it respects fair trade and equity principles.

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Because these teas are too great not to be shared, Jeannie and I have decided to organize a giveaway. Three of you will receive a five-blend assortment box so that you can try all five amazing flavours and decide which one is your favourite. To participate to this giveaway here is what you need to do:

  1. Live in Canada
  2. Write down a comment below telling me which flavour of tea you are most excited to try out.
  3. Name of the communities living in Nunavik.
  4. Come back on the blog in a week to see if you won! The winners will also be announced on Facebook.

I really hope you take a minute to participate because these are such wonderfully yummy teas with a purpose. Not only are you discovering and appreciating wonderful local plants, but you are also encouraging the preservation of a rich cultural heritage. Cheers to that!


Lorsque je travaillais au Jardin Botanique de Montréal, je passais régulièrement à la boutique pour regarder les beaux livres… et les thés. Je repartais souvent avec une boîte de tisanes inuit appelées Délice Boréal. Ces tisanes sont vites devenues un incontournable dans ma collection de thé et ont souvent figurées parmi les cadeaux que j’offrais à ma famille et à mes amis pour Noel. Ce que j’aimais le plus de ces tisanes, c’est qu’elles étaient faites avec des plantes sauvages récoltées dans le nord du Québec par des communautés inuit. La semaine dernière, j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Jeannie Oh aux bureaux d’Avataq. Cette rencontre m’a donné une nouvelle et plus grande perspective par rapport à ces petits sachets, et je dois dire que je les apprécie encore plus maintenant. Laissez-moi vous amener avec moi à la découverte de ce magnifique produit.

En premier, il est important de savoir que ces tisanes sont en fait la pointe de l’iceberg d’un projet beaucoup plus large. En fait, les tisanes Délice Boréal sont produites par l’institut culturel Avataq, une organisation sans but lucratif qui a pour mission de protéger et de promouvoir la culture, l’identité et la langue des Inuits du Nord du Québec, le Nunavik.

Avataq reçoit ses mandats de la Conférence des Aînés du Nunavik, et coordonne plusieurs programmes linguistiques, patrimoniaux et culturels. Ceux-ci inclus par exemple le programme de promotion et de préservation de la langue Inuktitut, un programme de généalogie, le musée Nunavik, la collection d’art inuit du Nunavik, un programme de support aux artistes Inuits, un département d’archéologie, un centre de documentation et d’archives, un programme d’assistance aux étudiants, des comités locaux, des ateliers d’artisanat et de savoirs ancestraux et également un département de recherche et de publication.

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Parmi ces nombreux projets, on en retrouve également un sur l’herboristerie traditionnelle des Inuits, où l’objectif était de répertorier les plantes utilisées dans la médecine traditionnelle inuit.  Par la suite, plusieurs guides trilingues de plantes médicinales nordiques ont été publiés et on y retrouve les différents usages médicinaux d’une grande variété de plantes qui poussent dans le Nunavik. Quelques années plus tard, l’idée de créer une ligne de tisanes commerciales destinées au grand public bourgeonne. Ces tisanes s’appuieront sur le savoir traditionnel inuit et tisseront un pont entre les peuples du Nord et ceux du Sud.

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Ce faisant, Avataq se munie d’une opportunité de plus pour partager la culture et l’héritage inuit au travers de délicieuses tisanes. Tous les profits générés par ces ventes reviennent à l’organisation et servent à subventionner leurs différents programmes. Le projet créé également de l’emploi dans les communautés des Inuits car on a besoin de Nunavimmiuts (les populations du Nunavik) pour récolter et préparer les herbes qui serviront à faire les tisanes. Suite à un processus de recherche, cinq plantes sont sélectionnées et les tisanes Délice Boréal voient le jour. Laissez-moi vous présenter ces merveilles.

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Le mélange du thé du Labrador est riche et relaxant. Cette plante riche en vitamine C était traditionnellement utilisée lors de problèmes respiratoires et comme tonique général. Il est incroyable qu’une plante aussi modeste possède de si grandes propriétés!

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Le mélange de la ronce petit-mûrier est énergisant et cela s’explique puisque cette plante était également utilisée comme un tonic. Sa saveur est riche et a beaucoup de profondeur tout en étant réconfortante et requinquante à la fois. J’adore savourer ce thé lorsque j’étudie ou lorsque je corrige car il m’aide vraiment à passer au travers de mon travail.

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Le mélange au genévrier est mon préféré. Le genévrier est une plante au goût intense et avec un arôme complexe qui passe par différents niveaux d’intensité au fur et à mesure de chaque gorgée. C’est un goût vraiment unique qui peut faire penser à une menthe très douce ou à de la bergamote. Je bois également ce thé lorsque je travaille sur une tâche difficile car il m’aide à rester concentrée.

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Le mélange à la camarine noire à une couleur violette qui est parfaite pour aller avec le goût acidulé et frais de cette tisane. Ce thé est parfait pour l’été en thé glacé. Il est également très fruité et me fait penser à des bleuets ou à de la confiture.

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Finalement, le mélange arctique contient du petit thé du Labrador et saura plaire aux amateurs d’épices et de cannelle. Parfait pour une longue soirée d’automne à se raconter des histoires!

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Chacun de ces thés est unique et met en vedette une plante tirée du savoir traditionnel inuit. Il est crucial de préserver et de promouvoir ces connaissances car elles sont porteuses d’histoires mais également d’inspirations et de solutions pour le futur. Comme ces tisanes sont le bébé d’Avataq, elles sont faites avec le désir d’impliquer et de donner des opportunités aux communautés du Nunavik. Chaque lot de thé est cueilli à la main et séché par les communautés, tandis que le processus de transformation est étroitement contrôlé par Avataq pour assurer que les principes d’équité soient respectés.

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Parce que ces thés sont trop bons pour ne pas être partagés, Jeannie et moi avons décidé de vous organiser un tirage. Trois d’entre vous recevront un assortiment des cinq saveurs. Vous pourrez ainsi choisir votre favorite! Pour participer à ce tirage vous devez :

  1. Vivre au Canada;
  2. M’écrire un commentaire ci-dessous pour me dire quelle saveur de tisane vous intrigue le plus;
  3. Me nommer une des communautés du Nunavik;
  4. Revenir sur le blogue dans une semaine pour voir si vous avez gagné! Les gagnants seront également annoncés sur la page facebook du blogue.

J’espère que vous prendrez tous une minute pour participer car ce sont vraiment de très bonnes tisanes! Vous découvrirez de magnifiques plantes locales tout en encourageant la préservation de l’héritage culturel inuit. Quoi demander de plus?

 

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!

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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Because Outer Happiness is pretty great!

A few days ago, I contacted Outer Happiness, an Montreal-based Etsy store specialized in vegan body products like bath salts, body scrubs, masks and even candles. The products looked really cute, and the scent combinations sounded amazing! Marina, the shop owner, was kind enough to give me a few samples to try out: how exciting!

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I took advantage of the rainy week-end to pamper myself. It is so important to take a break from time to time and just take care of ourselves! The first product I tried out was the white tea and ginger revitalizing boy scrub.

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Now, I have to tell you the smell of this is INCREDIBLE! The ginger makes this scrub super energizing and fresh. Made with Himalayan and Dead Sea salts, this is a perfect body scrub as it is quite chunky. Enriched with vitamin E, avocado oil and almond oil, it is also super hydrating and soothing to the skin. It left it smooth and so soft!

After that amazing scrub, I relaxed a bit with a strawberries and champagne bath. Doesn’t this sound amazing? Well it was!

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The smell of this is wonderful: you feel like you are bathing in a giant strawberry candy! Made with Epsom salt and bicarbonate of soda, this bath salt is super detoxifying and relaxing. I felt like my muscles were unclenching one by one. It was great!

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Once out of the bath, the Argan oil left my skin soft and hydrated. Plus the strawberry smell lingered too, which was fun! I can’t wait to use this salt in my bath again! It’s so great!

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If you like pampering yourself, I really encourage you to try out Outer Happiness products because they are AMAZING! The packaging is reusable and super cute, and they really make you feel like you are using luxurious products, while not breaking your bank. These little wonders are very affordable and are also helping the world be a better place as one dollar per sale goes to Save the Children. How great? I will totally be buying some of her products in the future as I think they would make perfect gifts. Marina is super friendly so don’t hesitate to get in touch with her if you have an idea for a custom order. Make sure to go check her store out! It’s amazing! And support her amazing work by liking her Facebook page. Let me know if you try out some of her products!

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!

Earl Grey Vegan Ice Cream

I have a confession to make: I’m completely tea obsessed. I have been on a no-buying tea since last November, survived the craze for Christmas teas, and still have a full tea library and a tea cupboard that don’t seem to by any less crowded. It is crazy! I don’t know what it is about tea, I just love the way it feels to discover a new blend, to imagine the aromas, and then to sit down with a fresh cup with a good book (or a thousand copies to correct). One of my favourite teas is earl grey. It is a classic for a reason: fresh, round and so relaxing! It got me thinking, and I decided to try making earl grey ice cream!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tbs coconut oil (I used deodorized, but you can use regular)
  • 3 tbs earl grey tea, or two teabags
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs maple syrup

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Here is what you do:

  1. Boil one cup of almond milk. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat.
  2. Add the coconut oil and the tea, and let steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, soak the pitted dates in the remaining 3 cups of milk. Add the vanilla.
  4. After 10 minutes, blend the dates in the milk until completely smooth.
  5. Place a strainer over a large bowl and strain the tea. Press the tea leaves with a spoon to get every drop of earl grey flavour. Strain the date milk. Mix in the maple syrup.
  6. Place the milk in the fridge until completely cooled. Use your ice cream maker according to instructions, then transfer the freshly churned ice cream in a plastic container and let sit in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen. Enjoy!

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This ice cream is light but full of flavour! It’s the perfect option for hot days if you love earl grey: the bergamot aroma is full and wholesome. The almond milk keeps everything soft, while the coconut oil brings a little bit of richness to the mix. This is very refreshing without being overly sweet. It really is the perfect cuppa for summer days!

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Let me know if you try this out or what’s your favourite tea!

 

Vegan Pecan Sandies Cookies

Tonight I was craving cookies. Of course I ran to our pantry and looked for chocolate chips. Deception, deception: no more chocolate chips. So, I grabbed the next best thing: pecans.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbs pistachio oil (or extra coconut oil)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  1. In a large pan, toast the pecans on medium heat for 10 minutes. You want them to be slightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from the heat and roughly chop them up.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients with your fingers or a fork. I find that using my hands to mix everything up works really well because it helps the coconut oil soften and bind everything up.
  3. Roll the dough between two parchment paper pieces until it is 5mm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out around 30 cookies. You might need to re-roll your dough a few times to get all of it cut out.
  4. Spread your cookies on a lined cookie sheet and place in a oven set at 325F for 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool and store them in an air-tight container.

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These cookies are crumbly, not too sweet, full of pecans, soft and very light. They really have that buttery feel that is so typical of sandies and other shortbread cookies. If you like these, you might want to give my coconut shortbread cookies a try too. Both of these are super satisfying and will make you forget that you’re out of chocolate. Yes! Let me know if you try them out!

Chai Coconut Mascarpone Cups

This week-end I was craving desserts, in particular yogurt parfaits where you place fruit over yogurt and add nuts, granola or other toppings. I have been experimenting with vegan yogurt, but so far the results have not been to my liking. Yet, I yearned for this rich cream consistency. So, I gathered a few things that I thought would work out and created this!

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Amazingly smooth, rich and thick, this cream is reminiscent of a simple yogurt or mascarpone cheese. I had to add a little bit of excitement to it (even though I was so happy to have cream, I was pretty much already dancing in my kitchen), and so I decided to add some Chai spices: cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper and cloves. This really makes this cream unique and quite spectacular and it reminds me of mascarpone cheese.

Here is what you need for the cream:

  • 250mL of coconut milk
  • 4 tbs of almond powder
  • 4 tbs of coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup or honey
  • 5 cardamon pods
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of black pepper corns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Topping ideas: Fresh berries, coconut flakes, crushed almonds, shopped dates, chocolate chips, granola, grilled nuts: use your imagination!

Here is what you do for the cream:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the coconut milk, oil and sweetener on medium heat.
  2. Crush the cardamon pods in your mortar (or use the back of a spoon). Set aside.
  3. Add the almond powder in the pan and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken up (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add the spices and vanilla extract and let them infuse for 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick to your liking.
  5. Remove from the heat and strain to remove the spices.
  6. Let the cream set and firm up in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving with your favourite toppings.
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I used some fresh raspberries, coconut flakes and sweet samosas.

I used some of the fruit leather to make sweet samosas (how-to tomorrow). It’s fun and easy! And that cream! So much flavours and the consistency is just smooth and thick and wonderful. Of course, you could avoid using the spices for a mellower flavour. This is a great substitution for yogurt and makes for an easy dessert. Let me know if you try it out and if you like it!

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