Monday, 25 April 2016

Feng Shui Mamma. Successful Vegetarian Meals.

Before I begin, let me just say.. Feng Shui has actually inspired me to be more in the kitchen and to actually.. feel like cooking... and this is what happened:


You can damn rest assure that if your little one asks for more, it was indeed a great meal.
And since he kept going on about "Mmm.. it's very nice" I felt very proud of myself. Specially after the thank you hug I had from my sweetheart. 

So as a matter of celebration I am sharing my latest invention.. sort of.. cause you know, I kinda stole the recipe from my mother, I took the liberty of modifying it a bit to make it suitable for vegetarians. 

Avocado & Vegetable Soup.

How was it done? 

Instead of your regular chicken soup, use vegetable stock, add in some extra goodies (Black Pepper, Cumin, Garlic) to season. Then feel free to put in a bit of veggies. What I had at hand was Purple Onion and Courgette, so I sliced them in tiny bits and add it to the mix. In order to make it appealing I added pasta.. you know, for the little one. But I can see this as an optional item.

Now, normally my mom would make the Avocado mix (with cheese and cream) to add to a bare chicken soup, so instead, I served it to my vegetable soup. And it is quite good!





And for drinks:

Chai Tea Frappe. 

I have tried to make this drink before and it really is down to the genre of tea you choose to make it with. When it comes to black tea, you can't go too wrong, but for green and chai tea, it's a matter of trial - error. 

Dear #Costco, here is a hint: why don't you have tea tasters? 

However, I have found that the brand Gourmet Alessa, Vanilla Bombay Chai is a great option to make the frappe. 

How is it done?
Brew a tea bag or two in a bit of water. Allow some time to make it extra strong. Add lots of ice, greek style yogurt, soy milk (or almond, coconut, rice.. whatever is your fancy) and blend. Sprinkle some cinnamon and voilà!




Feng Shui Mamma is a happy, healthy mamma.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

#moodboard Boho - ethnic trends.




I am in the boho - ethnic mood...  Loving these ones so much!!



Lovely future buys from:
Anthropologie.com

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Outdoor dinner parties inspirational boards.


Not necessarily because of the lovely spring weather we have in central Mexico (sarcasm).. but because is the only way to tolerate the heat.

God save us all in this dry, hot weather.

Totally not enjoying it. But C'est la vie... I try to "endure" it by thinking I am somewhere exotic like Cannes or Morocco and wear my sunglasses as glamourous as I can.  :P

Gotta find joy in the simplest things ..






Outdoor mood ideas from:
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100layercake.com
casamenteiras.com
mostbeautifulthings.com
astrongaesthetic.blogspot.com
j-ai-dit-oui.com
dealmaecoracao.com
smp.com
adventuresincooking.com
kinfolk.com
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Decorating ideas: Hand painted murals



Recently I have been in the process of re - designing my kitchen and through my mind many things have arisen. Evidently I do not want to repeat old mistakes, the ones that once I had painted/ bought or put the new "bla" thing, I realised I didn't like it or it really didn't go with me nor what I was hoping to achieve for the mood I was so "carefully" creating.  

Errare humanum est and that is absolutely fine, its part of the process, at some point you will get it right or you will get bored and would want something new. 

The kitchen is an important space, more so for a veggetarian. It needs to be a place where you feel inspired to cook healthily, enjoy a cuppa tea in a feel that you may call a natural environment. 

So there, what I now know that works is to try to exercise our visual and memory muscles by asking  -without rushing- How does the place look where I feel inspired to cook, eat or just hang about? What elements are there in the room? How does it smell? What kind of light will I enjoy? What colours will there be? What about places I have felt that sense of comfort, how were they like? ... and for those of us who are more... your considered hipster type.. what kind of suggestions can I take from Feng Shui?

Given the location of my kitchen, I have two elements to play around ( I don't know if I can say: "Hey! Lucky me!" )  fire and earth. 

Following the brainstorming ideas, amongst them I thought about putting some wall paper, but rumours have had me informed that they tend to safeguard all sorts of plagues. So scratch that entirely. 

Then however, I thought, why not painting it? Once I had painted some flowers and it looked pretty neat. It really does make a difference. 

How "arty" it will look depends on the skill that oneself or a friend may have, but worst case scenario, there are some already made that you can easily play along with. 

Here are some examples that I really dig. Of course, then it will be all about, what kind of mood will they create and what is the best suited for ma cuisine :)  



As you may imagine, I am not done remodeling. I still need to finish painting, buy some new curtains and invest in some basket - organic container to hide the evident mess. My kitchen is an open one and I prefer it like that. I like to see what I have and not to be searching on drawers.

I am really delighted with the great buy of two rustic metal - wood stools I found on facebook. They are in great condition and they were very cheap.
I have also gotten some ceramic pot plants that are now the home of some kitchen herbs (rosemary, organo and thyme). They bring so much life! I am loving them. Plus they keep bugs away (or so they say...)

Not quite there yet but finally.. getting somewhere! :)

Found on:
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Cath Kidtson
houseandgardenmagazine.co.uk
j-ai-dit-oui.com
ebay.com
alifelivedwell.com
mostbeautifulthings.com
cuttingedgesentcils.com
justb.com
stineshjem.blogspot.com
clarke&clarke

Monday, 21 March 2016

Quinoa Vegetarian Recipes for any occasion.

Because eating is nice... but it is a lot better when our food is healthy. It is good for our bodies, souls, spirit and the environment. 

Quinoa is one of those seeds- cereals that are favoured by athletes, vegetarians and vegans. This is given that it is highly nutritious, has lots of protein, calcium, potasium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, omega 6 and omega 3.    

It's similar to oats, easy to cook and goes well with pretty much anything. Here are some recipes to awaken the spirit of nutrition like never before :P 




Nutritious munchies from:
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GreatBritishChefs
WellAndFull
CamillaStyles
EatGood4Life
MySaladRecipes

Sunday, 6 March 2016

#moodboard Inspirations for a truly unique bathing suit.

Spring is pretty much here. I can see it on the renewed greenery from my tree. 

I have found myself saying stuff like "oh wow, it's hot" and suddenly my mind starts feeling like relaxing by the beach (or at the very least a swimming pool). I feel the desire of closing my eyes and listen to the relaxing sound of the waves coming back and forth, the breeze on my skin, sunglasses, the sand on my toes and a fresh drink by my side. 

Beach, swimming pool or plain puddle the new swimming suit collection that I have found is beyond lovely; I truly love anthropologie but the creations of Nanette Lepore are simply wowing me. So much personality, colour an details. A true classic. 

Let´s go shopping!!








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Designs from:
Anthropologie
Nanette Lepore
Dolce & Gabbana
Mod Cloth
Net - a - porter
Popsu.gr

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Guide for delicious veggie food.

"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are"

What we eat is how we feel, how we look, how our everyday life goes and how good or bad our health is.  

It's been a while since I posted about vegetarianism. 

Being a veggie forces you to think more about what you eat. Or at least that is something I have experienced since I became vegetarian myself. You have to be aware of what is on your plate, search for alternatives and keep in mind that if you go out to eat, you have to note to the staff about your regime to avoid food poisoning.

Beware:
 Rant ahead: 
Can you believe that in some places I have been, I have had to specify that chicken is still meat?. And no.. I can't just put it on a side...  
End of it.
Promise.

There is still not enough awareness on what vegetarians stand for and believe in.

When you are vegetarian you ultimately tend to eat more at home. Which is better: is more economic and healthier in the long run. You are responsible of what you buy and what you keep in the fridge. 

Giving that it is a lifestyle, slightly different than the common trend, it is important to keep at hand good recipes that have the great three factor: nutrition, deliciousness and easy to add to our routine. 

Here are some soon to be additions to my routine. Inspirational yummies:


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Deliciously found at:
pinchofyum.com
lacuisinedenathalie.com
tanyazouev.com
food52.com
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