I’ve been asked to post more vegetarian and vegan recipes on twitter…. I wont lie, I sometime find it constraining to create vegan approved recipes but I try to look at it as a challenge. Now since I love challenges, this is actually pretty fun and this vegan cauliflower & watercress soup is of the deliciousness that I have been able to create up to date
In this recipe, I used a Lipton onion soup pouch because I find that it’s adding a fun new dimension to the taste but you really don’t have to add it in there What really makes this coup special is the grounded fenugreek seeds because they are giving you the impression of chicken broth without any being in there
Anyways, enough chatting and more tasting! …I hope you’ll enjoy this healthy recipe
I’m discovering myself a passion for herbalism…
When you think that herbal medicine have been around for centuries, it only seem normal and essential to me to try to learn a few basics. I guess it also goes with my fear of taking any chemical medicine, I’m always searching for a more natural and less intrusive method to heal any types of sickness I might encounter during the year. For me, herbalism is perfect for my everyday life and I’m the living proof that it works.
It’s funny because I wasn’t always like this but seems like the older I get, the more crazy/fascinated I become about everything that is tea related and herbalism in general. Plus, I find the human race lost so much of his heritage since everything is fed right up in our mouths since birth without us making any efforts. Every time I pick up my herbal medicine book, I feel like I’m also doing my part in the “preservation” of this knowledge.
Btw my first herbalism book was offered to me by a sweet fan of this blog… If you’re reading this, thank you so much again
Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you my homemade blend “LongeviTEA” that will help you fight and recover from all those bugs that we can catch during the year. Now I would like to precise that I do not proclaim that I found the secret to a long life with perfect health. This is a blend that I created from the information I have gathered on herbalism up to date and I’m sure this blend will be in constant evolution as I keep learning. You can feel free to research on all the herbs I have added in my blends and you’ll see that it’s a lot of goodness
If you can make this tea with FRESH top quality herbs, it will be a lot better for you but since it’s not everybody who can have a garden full of fresh herbs all year long (sad panda me, who’s currently stuck under the gray and cold weather of Montreal), the dried version will do the trick.
Like any other spices you have in the kitchen, make sure to keep your tea in an air tight container, in a cool, dry and dark place to preserve the freshness of the blend.
I’ve made this soup for a few friends who came for dinner and every time this soup was a hit. It’s flavorful, filling and seriously addictive. It’s part of those recipes that comes in your mind out of nowhere when you’re trying to empty a few things in the fridge. I just had made some amazing fish broth and I thought why not trying to be creative with it
I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy this recipe, it’s a bit more extravagant than some of my other posts but every minutes of preparation will be worth it!
…do I need to say anything else? ahah
Joke aside, this BBQ sauce is great as a dipping sauce and also a marinade. I tried it with chicken, beef, veal, lamb and tofu up to date and every time it was a hit!
I hope you’ll enjoy this fall recipe and create delicious meals with it.
The Cold & Flu fairy came to see me about a week ago and brought an amazing gift witch resulted in me being sick for the past week! What started like just a little bug that I thought was going to last a day, ended up becoming an uncontrollable cough that wakes me up at night and bothers me in my daily routine. I can even say that I started a resistance to the DayQuill and NyQuill because even when taking those meds, my dry and itchy throat is still there and there is not much I can do….
…or is there?
Taking a ton of medication is not my thing. I will, if it’s absolutely necessary, but even taking an Advil or anything of the sort when I have a headache annoys me. I’m all about simple and natural remedies but I do understand that real chemicals are sometimes required. Although today, I’m gonna be your guinea pig and test out a few hopefully delicious homemade remedies. I hope you’ll find this post entertaining, interesting and informative.
Remedy 1 – Honey, Lemon, Cinnamon and Cloves tea.
This is actually the first thing that worked the best for my dry cough around the forth and fifth day of sickness. I always keep a cup close to me and drink it when I need it. The benefit effects of honey, cinnamon, cloves and lemon for the flu symptoms have been proven many times, so obviously this has to work. You can buy a “all prepared” version at the pharmacy but personally, I find they always taste weird so instead I created my own. Here’s my recipe… in a big tall cup I add:
2 big cloves
1 tablespoon of non pasteurized honey
1 stick of cinnamon, slightly scratch with a knife or a fork
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (not from concentrate)
2 cups of hot water hot water
Remedy 2 – My homemade Spiced tea blend.
For the past few weeks, this homemade blend has replaced my daily soy latte chai tea. It’s DELICIOUS and i’m addicted to it… In bonus, it help relieve some symptoms of the cold and flu! In the early days of my sickness, this was my saver… Just make sure to add a bit of honey in your cup to help bring out all the delicious and spicy flavors while suiting your throat.
1 tablespoon of rooibos tea
1/2 teaspoon of Schezuan peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of whole cloves, coarsely crushed
2 cinnamon sticks, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of dried sprearmint leaves
1/2 teaspoon of whole green cardamom pods, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers
I’m gonna start this post by quoting my good friend François…
“The story was staged at night, high in the sky, between Montreal and Paris.“
I met François Chartier on my flight to Paris in late June of this year. It’s funny how life works in mysterious ways. Personally, I believe that nothing happens for no reason and that everything is connected and well calculated by this magical force all around us. I was not suppose to sit where I sat on that plane. When I received my first boarding pass, the fly attendant gave me a different seat but just when I was ready to go, some sort of feeling came to me and I suddenly felt obligated to ask her if she had gave me a seat close to a window. What can I say, I enjoy looking at the sky when I fly, it’s relaxing and magical to my eyes. I also kind of have a little “ritual” when I travel and it’s to listen to the song “Life Goes On” from the Long Beach Dub All Star while the plane take off as I look through the window and we pass inside the fluffy clouds. …don’t ask, that’s just what I do
Back to the boarding pass story, the fly attendant realized that she didn’t in fact, give me a window seat so she changed it! And with this simple question and by trusting my inner voice, I had mold my future in a way that I find pretty awesome and unexpected.
You know, everybody have a bucket list. Just a few things that you want to accomplish or try out before you die. Going to a wine tasting event was one of the things I had on my bucket list. I always thought it looked so fun to be in this sort of social events, wearing fancy clothes, tasting wine and eating small bites while looking at who of the fancy ladies over there were going to break the first wine glass. ahahah
Joke aside, I’m a very simple person but once in a while I enjoy a little bit of jet set nights, where you always meet interesting and passionate people. It create interesting blog posts (like this one) and you always end up leaving with wonderful memories. Lucky for me, I have really sweet friends who invite me to social events happening in Montreal from time to time but never the wine tasting event came up.
On my flight to Paris, on my way to Budapest, I met a friend. Stuck in a 3 seats section for 8h, I got to know a little bit more who’s M. Chartier and I have to admit that he’s a very friendly, simple and humble person. We chatted for 6-7h straight about wine, food, life and travel. I told him about my cooking blog, we started chatting about his books. It’s really rare that I get to have such interesting conversations with my seat partner on a plane, even if I often try to say hi in hope that it sparks a dialogue, it’s never that interesting. I don’t know why people don’t talk to each others more.. it’s true after all.. aren’t we all humans seeking for the same friendship and happiness in the end?
At that time, I had no idea who he was and I probably looked a bit retarded for not knowing him but eh… we all, at least once, have one of those moments in our life right?! lol
Only weeks later, his name came up in one of the very interesting foodie conversations I often have with my next door neighbor and this is where I remembered that I had heard that name (François Chartier) before. After my palpitating food and wine conversation, I ran back home and checked the business card I had left on my desk from that gentleman I met on the plane. As a matter of fact, it was really him and I suddenly felt embarrassed for not insisting more on taking a photo together while we were at the baggage check in Paris just before we split ways and I ran to go catch my next plane.
The next day I wrote François an email, explained what happened (apologized for not recognized him) and I kind of felt less embarrassed to do so. Mister Chartier seem to be a spiritual individual and he believe that nothing happens without a reason. If we met on that plane and got along so well… it must be for something bigger, something probably delicious too since I’m all about food and he’s all about wine!
When he answered my email, that’s where he invited me to the launch of his new line of wine, in Montreal that took place on October 1.
…Do I need to explain how excited I was??!
Searching for a healthy and “guilt free” dip to serve at your next party?! This easy and flavorful corn dip is definitely an option to explore!
OOhh my basil plants are happy with me this year. I think I have found THE perfect spot on the balcony to place them because they have been giving me fresh basil for the past few months like CRAZY! For the people who are following me on twitter, you know what I’m talking about. I was tweeting my harvests almost daily for a while and kept taking your suggestions on what I could do with all that amazing basil. One of my sweet followers had the great idea of suggesting me to do basil salt. I LOVED the concept but I wanted to do different. Often I like to use basil as a fun desert flavor ( don’t do a weird face, wait till you taste my strawberry/basil pie) so I thought, if we can make basil salt, we can for sure make basil sugar!
Using the same process as we would to create basil salt and like I’ve done for my “pesto” powder, I created this recipe for a fresh and flavorful basil sugar that you will be able to use in all sort of delicious ideas; cookies, tarts, pies, cakes, yogurt or just on top of fresh fruits… this aromatic sugar wont disappoint. Try it out, SERIOUSLY!
Yoohoo it’s Friday! What about a light recipe that is also easy, fast and delicious that could be the hit of tonight’s friendly gathering! If you have peaches, blue cheese, walnuts and baguette laying around, you have everything you need to realize in 5 minutes these delicious amuse bouches!
…Now who’s getting the beer?
Let’s jazz up those good old chicken fingers with this super crunchy almond and oats crust. Use the same crust on a full breast, slice it and it’s perfect for a salad! I usually prepare a pot in advance and use the crust mix when I need it. It’s like having my own pimped out shake and bake ready to use in my pantry. If you want to make a big batch in advance and keep it for a long time, place your mix in the fridge and use it when you need it.
I’ve also had interesting result with fish fingers using this same mixture.
Welcome to my blog everyone :) My name is Ariel, some of you might already know me by my modeling name Ariel Rebel. I'm French Canadian, born in 1985 in Montreal and I recently decided that it was the time for me to follow one of my passion which is cooking and make you discover this side of my personality. I hope you will enjoy my culinary blog and please feel free to drop me a line in the comment section or use the feedback button on the side of the page to let me know what you like and dislike about my site, suggest me recipes and even ask me any question about friendly collaborations or promotions :) Oh and even before you start reading my recipes and start freaking out on all the spelling mistakes I might have made, keep in mind that my first language is French and I do my best at writing in the best English as I can :) *************************************** You can also follow me @ ***************************************Read More...
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