Apple Butternut Squash Soup

apple butternut squash soupIn the Fall I love anything with an orange hue..

Indian Summer in Upstate New York

One time in Fall, my family and I drove up along the Hudson River in New York State, and ended up in Cold Spring, New York. Upstate New York is so beautiful to explore, especially in Fall, with all the colors of the leaves changing during Indian Summer.

That time when I ordered an amazing apple butternut squash soup

In Cold Spring, we went to dinner at this lovely Inn overlooking the river named Hudson House. I would recommend this cute restaurant with good food and nice people serving you. I ordered the Soup of the Day, which was a butternut Squash soup with roasted apples. It sounded like an interesting combination, but the flavor was so amazing I was adamant to make a soup like that myself at home! So here is my recipe for an apple butternut squash soup. It is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and AIP friendly too!

butternut squash

About this recipe

  1. It is AIP friendly (Autoimmune Protocol Diet Proof) because it does not contain any ingredients that are eliminated on this diet. Cloves are AIP compliant.
  2. It is vegan because it does not contain any ingredients derived from animals
  3. It is gluten-free as it does not contain any gluten.

Butternut Squash soup 1Love, Lonneke

apple butternut squash soup
A delicious light soup with a bit of tart and sweetness to it.

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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash without skin and cut into cubes.
  • 2 green apples without skin and cut in slices.
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Spread 1 tbsp of honey over the apple slices and put on a baking tray
  2. Roast apples until soft on 350F
  3. Cook the butternut squash and drain
  4. Put butternut squash and apples in blender and blend until a smooth soft texture.
  5. Add the ground cloves and cinnamon
  6. Heat the soup and mix well.
  7. Pour into cups and serve.

Notes
This soup is great as a starter, but also nice as a snack or to have it for breakfast. I love the smooth texture and taste! Kids will love it too.

 

 


AIP Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries

Since I try to follow the Autoimmune protocol Diet (AIP Diet) as much as possible, I had to discover new recipes. I spent some time looking for recipes that are lactose-free, gluten-free, and free of any other common food allergens. This AIP Coconut Cream Pie is one I made with coconut cream and blueberries, sweet potato flour and more delicious ingredients. My husband likes it too!

AIP Coconut cream pie with Blueberries AIP Diet

On the AIP Diet you eliminate seeds, nuts (except coconuts), grains, rice, milk products, fake sweeteners and certain herbs, fruits and vegetables. This makes it harder to eat any foods that are like bread, crackers, baked goods, desserts or pies. It takes a bit more time to find good recipes, but once you do, it truly makes you enjoy it when a recipe works out on the AIP Diet!

coconut cream pie baked AIP crust
coconut cream pie baked AIP crust

Bakery tools

I used some pretty nice bakery tools for baking this AIP coconut cream pie. This is what I used:

GreenLife Ceramic Bakeware Bundle, Turquoise (the round cake pan)

Smooth Stainless Steel Rolling Pin Pastry and Pizza Baker Roller Metal Kitchen Utensils Best for Fondant, Pie Crust, Cookie Flat Roll to smooth out the dough in the cake pan.

AIP Coconut cream pie with blueberries before putting it in the fridge

Favorite ingredients

These are some of my favorite ingredients I used for this recipe.

Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut, 7 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Non-Dairy Beverage, Unsweetened Vanilla, 32-Ounce, (Pack of 12)NOW Foods, Beef Gelatin Powder, Natural Thickening Agent, Source of Protein, 1-PoundShiloh Farms Organic Sweet Potato Flour - 12 Ounce BagLet's Do...Organic Coconut Flour, 16 Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)Love, Lonneke

the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge
the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge

 

AIP Diet Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries
A delicious pie perfect for those people following the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP)

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Cuisine: AIP Diet
Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 8

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Ingredients
  • For crust:
  • 2 bananas
  • ¾ cup sweet potato flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of (grass-fed) gelatin powder
  • for baking crust: 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • For filling:
  • Coconut Cream 7oz (200g)
  • Blueberries 6 oz
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or drink (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients for crust, except for the coconut oil.
  2. Roll into one big ball. (add coconut milk if it is too dry)
  3. Preheat the oven on 350 degrees.
  4. smear the coconut oil into a cake pan.
  5. Put the ball in the middle and use your fingers to spread it all over the cake pan.
  6. (you can also use a small pizza roller to spread it evenly.)
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes on 350 degrees. (or until crust is done well.)
  8. Take crust out of oven and let cool off.
  9. The filling:
  10. In a pan heat the coconut milk, coconut cream and blueberries for 10 minutes.
  11. Take off the heat and pour into mixer.
  12. Mix until smooth.
  13. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the crust.
  14. Let cool off and put in the fridge.
  15. Eat when completely cooled off and when the pie has become completely solid.
  16. Best is to keep it in the fridge overnight.

Notes
You can also make this recipe by replacing blueberries for things like lemon or strawberries.

 


Avocado on bread

More Bread Please.. or not?

I  love to get fresh baked, organic bread.  Eating it with some fresh organic butter, yum! Many people say it is not so good for your body ( think bloating, gaining weight etc.), and some say it is especially a bad idea when you suffer from an autoimmune disease like Celiac disease or Hashimoto's disease. Scientists think people who have an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto's disease like I have, have a body that sees gluten as an foreign invader and want to fight it, but accidentally mistake thyroid cells for gluten therefore also attacking the thyroid, oops! But I LOVE bread! How can I live without bread? Is that even possible? It is! I have been gluten-free and eating no bread for almost 10 months now on the AutoImmune Protocol diet, and it is hard, but my bloodwork does come back better with 35% less inflammation if I strictly stick to this AIP Diet. But I still crave bread every day. I think I always will have a bread addiction, even if I don't eat it. Let's explore my love of bread a little more!

Different kinds of bread that I love

The famous Italian ciabatta, the French baguette, the multi-grain breads that you can find in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden to name a few countries with great heave multi-grain breads. Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods in the world. Nothing gives a house a nicer smell in my opinion, than a loaf of fresh baked bread.

Lonneke at a farmers market looking at organic bre
Lonneke at a farmers market looking at organic bread

A few fun facts on bread

  • *Bread is usually made with simple ingredients, love & attention. You only need (wheat) flour, water, yeast and salt to make the bread. An oven to bake it, and some time to spend to make it. Bread is usually eaten the day it is baked.
  • *You know the French bread goes stale pretty quickly, as they are not allowed by law to use preservatives. That's why some French people buy fresh bread twice, in morning, and afternoon for dinner time (imagine the image of a French person on a bike with baguettes in the front basket or on the back of the bike under the carrier straps) You can revive stale baguettes by spraying it lightly with cold water, wrap it in a towel, and then put in a preheated oven on 350F for 5 minutes. You can also use stale baguettes by chopping it, spraying it with olive oil, and putting it in a preheated oven on 350F until the pieces get a brown color and become crunchy. Great addition for soups or salads. Talking about recycling!
  • French toast, a worldwide favorite sweet dish, is made with leftover bread slices. (another great way to recycle bread) Dipped in a mixture of lightly beaten eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon and then baked in a bit of butter. In my home country it is called "Wentelteefjes". Adding a bit of maple syrup, agave syrup or anything else sweet you like, it is a great Sunday Morning breakfast. There are so many different varieties in the world!.

    French Toast
    French toast
  • Another great thing is bread machines, if you are not that great of a baker. You can add all the ingredients and after about 4 hours you have fresh baked bread. There is a timer so you can time it. You can wake up in the morning with a great smelling house and warm bread! I can also add flaxseeds, raisins, cinnamon, nuts. Or olives, dried tomatoes for savory bread. The shape is not really like what you are used to for a loaf of bread, but it does taste good!

Abigail O'Neill shared a great recipe to make your own sourdough bread.

Avocado toast is my favorite

Check out this earlier article I wrote about Avocado Toast

Avocado on bread by Cafe Gitane
The famous Cafe Gitane avocado toast!

Going gluten-free

I was very sad when I found out I should not eat gluten anymore. I now only look and sniff at organic breads at farmers markets and bakeries. But luckily, more bakeries bake gluten-free bread, which is a great idea! You can also bake it at home, and I will go into gluten-free baking more on organiceyourlife.com in the future.

Le Pain Quotidien has their own loaf of bread made of seeds and gluten-free grains.

In Memory of Bread

To get over my mourning over bread, I read this great book called "In Memory of Bread" by a guy who was just like me obsessed with bread (and he was also obsessed with beer) until he found out that was exactly what was making him sick. (He suffers from a serious wheat allergy). His book shows him mourning over the loss of bread, his memories of eating freshly baked bread, brewing beer and his road back to health. While sharing reasons why he got to suffer from a serious wheat allergy, he is also finding solace in his gluten-free food future.

book in Memory of Bread by Paul Graham
Book in Memory of Bread by Paul Graham

I will always love bread, and if you can still eat it, please enjoy it as much as I always did!

Love, Lonneke

 


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Raw Chocolate Eco Block

We models need chocolate right? It can get us from one casting to another, one shoot to another while still keeping us feeling light & energetic ...

Raw chocolate

Actually raw cacao chocolate is a wonderful superfood for any one of us who wants to look & feel our very best, as well as have the energy to meet our superhuman lifestyles!

Eco block chocolate

Today I'm going to give to you one of the 60+ recipes from MODEL CHOCOLATE - my supergorgeous raw chocolate recipe book, due out later this year.

This recipe is cheap, simple to make, & tastes delicious! It's raw energy food you can make in 10 minutes to have on hand all week (if it lasts that long!).

Creamed coconut

Creamed coconut is available from good health food stores or supermarkets, you can get it in a jar - such as the beautiful Artisana brand - which is more expensive, or in a blocks such as Royals which make this recipe super cheap! Find the blocks at Asian supermarkets or again, from the health food store.

 

Abi's Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Eco Block

Abi's 'Model Chocolate' Eco Block
A delicious recipe of chocolate from Abigail O'Neill's book "Model Chocolate"

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Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 200g creamed coconut
  • 2 big tablespoons raw honey or more
  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed rice bran or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 big tablespoon nut butter, optional (makes a slightly softer creamier chocolate)
  • ½ cup chopped raw brazil nuts
  • ½ cup mixed sultanas, currants & raisins
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup organic raw cacao powder

Instructions
  1. Line a flat tray with foil or non stick baking paper.
  2. Place creamed coconut into a glass bowl to melt over a larger bowl of boiled water.
  3. Remove from heat & mix in all other ingredients until combined.
  4. Using a spatula scrape out onto lined tray or mould & set in the fridge.

Notes
Supertips: you can add different kinds of nuts, seeds or dried fruits to make it a very special raw chocolate eco block!

 

10 minutes to prepare. 10 minutes to set. Makes a massive block to feed a family.

Stay tuned to for all the superfood chocolate you can eat! <3

Cacao love!

Abigail xxx

First published on August 22nd 2012, updated in 2019


Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate

I love to talk about raw chocolate! Check out my video and recipe below.

p.s If you would like to make this recipe for Frosty Fruity when you're going to have an actual frosty Xmas day, you can always swap the frozen fruits for some stewed fruit or dried fruits and perhaps some spices such as cinnamon, cayenne and nutmeg to make a more warming kind of chocolate treat.

Video of me talking about my book Model Chocolate and my health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVGozECa68

More raw chocolate recipes

My ebook with over 70 superfood chocolate recipes, as well as beauty, fashion, art and featuring some beautiful Australian models, is now live via my site abigailoneill.net for $25.

Love and chocolate xxx Abigail 

 

Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate
A delicious frosty & fruity chocolate treat!

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: snack

Ingredients
  • 60g cacao butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbs raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbs raw macadamia butter
  • 2 tbs raw dark agave
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup freshly frozen mango, diced
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries

Instructions
  1. Melt cacao butter with vanilla powder and coconut oil in a glass bowl over another bowl of boiled water.
  2. Remove from heat, whisk in macadamia butter, agave and cacao powder.
  3. Line a glass dish with greaseproof paper and squander frozen fruit into the base.
  4. Drizzle raw chocolate on top. Chill one minute in freezer. Serve.


Healthy snacks on the GO!

I've been asked a lot what I do to avoid unhealthy eating habits , so this article is dedicated to that. Some basic actions can really save your day!

Everywhere I go, I try to look for new places where I can find exciting organic food options. Also I go for greener options as much as I can, re using plastic and paper bags or water bottles for example - and always manage my diet to be the best as possible in the most different situations.

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Airplane Food

I don't like how plane food tastes and how it makes you feel bloated - so I've found a solution for it: always pack a few healthy snacks and a nice home made meal to eat on the plane...

I spend so much time in airports and airplanes that if I don't take proper care, I will end up eating something not good for me. The first time I made my own bowl with plenty of healthy food I felt much more vitality and energy to handle those never ending 10 hours seated on a plane. Everyone should try it! No shame! Even the plane staff helped me out heating the meal, and there it goes a tip if you wanna do the same: take an aluminum bowl to make it easier, then ask someone to heat for you just the way they do it with regular food they serve it.

fotoThis beautiful plate was made with love by my boyfriend and it's all organic quinoa beets and carrots with tilapia filet and caramelized onions and some boiled egg whites! YUMMY

foto 3That meal was the first one we made to eat healthy on the go: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes and fish filet

Snacks at work

Sometimes at work, snacks before or after lunch time, are not nutritious enough to help me get going through my day of hard work. So again I've found a solution. I ALWAYS take with me energy protein bars, nuts and other organic healthy snacks in little bowls that fit in my bag. I will never go to work unprepared, because we never know what's for breakfast and lunch. I'm known by stylists and beauty artists for doing it ( they usually sees me sneaking in my purse ), they call me "smart girl" and I have the pleasure to share my treats with them.

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These are a few simple things you could integrate in to your routine, or if you don't have a routine (in my case).  You just need to think ahead of all difficult situations you're gonna be dealing with, so you are prepared for everything!

Follow these tips on a daily basis:

  • Try not to stay more than 3 hours without eating, ALWAYS have some good snacks with you, otherwise will won't even notice that it's been hours since you bite something.
  • Drink water! sometimes your body will trick you, so you might think you're hungry and would end up cheating with bad snacks, when your body it's JUST thirsty !
  • If you don't exercise that much ( or as much as you'd like to ); always goes for smart choices: stairs instead of elevators, go walking or biking to work  - do not ever lose a chance of moving your body!

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Stay healthy!

XO Carol

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First published on October 8th 2013, updated in 2019


Teff, the Love Grass

You got to love grass.. but just the right one! Common names for Eragrostis tef include teff and Williams Lovegrass. Teff is an ancient cereal native to the northern Ethiopian Highlands of Northeast Africa. It is very versatile, may promote weight loss, is great for athletes and vegetarians, is gluten-free, and tastes good!

Small seed: Great Nutritional Value

Teff is a cross between wheat and grass. Teff is a type of grass that is considered a "whole grain" cereal. The word “Teff” is an Amharic word that means "lost". The name was kept for this grain for being so tiny, that if dropped, the grains would be close to impossible to retrieve. Because the beads are so small, it is not possible to peel them before they are milled. Teff flour is always whole wheat flour, which means that it is rich in dietary fiber.

Teff nutritional value consists of Proteins and an excellent balance of Amino acids. It is actually a much richer source of essential amino acids than wheat or barley. Teff also consists of Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, and Copper. It is also extremely abundant in healthy Manganese, and extremely low in Cholesterol, Saturated fat and Sodium.

Teff and Weight loss?

More and more people are looking for weight loss diets. For many years most of them learn to live with the fact that some fats they consume are bad for the body and others are good. Similar characteristics of carbohydrates are being discovered. Scientists consider it likely that the food sources that do not raise your blood sugar levels too much are less likely to be stored as fat AND maybe can even burn fat! By a steady release of glucose over several hours, Teff may help to suppress hunger, preventing you from overeating. Foods that suppress hunger are believed to be able to promote weight loss.

The Teff Athlete

The great success of the Ethiopian athletes Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele by themselves are partly attributed to teff. With its low Glycemic Index, teff provides a continuous supply of glucose to the body over several hours. it has slow digesting carbohydrates and contains a lot of iron, which unlike iron from other cereals is well absorbed into the body. These properties make teff suitable as nutrition for endurance athletes.

For athletes a high iron intake is critical for the conservation of red blood cells. A high number of red blood cells improves the intake and release of oxygen, which is directly related to the endurance and fitness. Humans usually compensate their daily loss of iron through meat, since most grains are not the best source of iron for the body. Teff is an exception, so it’s a great source of iron for vegetarians as well. The B-Vitamin complex in teff are important in relation to good energy.

Gluten-Free

Our health and our daily food intake are much more connected than we often like. Unlike 20 years ago the average Westerner consumes consciously or unconsciously a (too) large amount of grain originated gluten. Although teff contains some kind of gluten, it is suitable for people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance), because the gluten in teff does not contain the a-gliadin-fraction that causes a reaction in those with celiac disease. It does however contains all unique qualities that nutritionists find so appealing in cereals.

Gluten is also shunned by another group: People who simply think gluten encourages weight gain and who claim to feel more energetic when they don't consume it. They say humans didn't evolve the ability to digest certain domesticated grains containing gluten, and that avoiding gluten leads to more energy, better absorption of nutrients, and loss of excess weight.

So some people prefer a mostly gluten free diet because it has a positive effect on losing the last bits of stubborn belly fat and has a positive effect on their energy level they claim. A strict gluten-free diet forces you to stay away from some refined carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain. Could this just be where the weight-loss secret lies?

Possible Ways of Enjoying Teff

The flavor and aroma of the whole grain are mild, nutty and slightly sweet. It is similar to millet and quinoa in cooking, but the seed is much smaller and cooks faster, thus using less fuel.

Teff is an extremely versatile grain and one should not fear from experimenting in the kitchen. The easiest way of incorporating this food into your diet is by making use of teff flour. You can use teff flour for baking an apple pie crust or even for waffles and pancakes. You can even use boiled or steamed teff as an alternative to rice. Teff is also an extremely tasty and healthy grain to make porridge out of. All you need to do is add some crushed nuts and fresh fruits to your cooked teff. It is also extremely tasty to make in stews and even stir fries. Or you can make Injera, a typical Ethiopian flatbread that is on their menu daily.

RELATED: Teff Fitness Food pancake recipe

Teff Panecakes

READ MORE: Could Teff find foothold in warming California?

Sources

Eragrostis tef – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Fitness Republic:

Teff voor een smakelijk glutenvrij leven – Teff Centre:

Is gluten making us fat? – Men’sHealth

First published in 2012, updated in 2019


Raw Mini Christmas Puddings

Hi everyone at OYL!!! Well here it is. Last minute post of the year for me! I was in the kitchen this afternoon making up a raw non-chocolate version of my 'Choka-fruit Puddin' (recipe in my book) and of course posted a pic to Instagram promising to share the recipe. So here it is. These tiny puddings are the most simple, delicious Xmas treats you'll ever make, and so good, that when people find out they're healthy as well, they will probably beg you for the recipe.

Raw Mini Christmas Puddings
The most simple and delicious tiny raw puddings.The most delicious Xmas treats you’ll ever make!

Author:
Cuisine: Raw
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup organic dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup organic pitted dried prunes, diced
  • ¾ cup mixed organic sultanas and currants
  • 1 Tablespoon organic goji berries
  • ½ cup dried Kiwi Fruit, optional – for colour, diced
  • 8 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Zest of 1 organic orange
  • Fresh juice of 1 orange
  • 1 dessertspoon rum (for flavour only, optional!)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 cups almond meal (OR to make nut free – you may use ground coconut instead)

Instructions
  1. Mix together all dried fruits, spices, freshly squeezed juice, hot water and rum if using.
  2. Place this mixture at room temperature for 12 – 24hours, 2 of those hours may have mixture placed into the sunlight or in a warmer place. To be honest I didn’t have time, so only sat the fruity mixture in the sun for 1 hour then continued on with the recipe.
  3. Add in the almond meal and mix well. Form mixture into mini puddings with your hands, and decorate with goji berries or anything you fancy. Sit them in little muffin-tin liners and chill until Xmas day!
  4. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed, with freshly made raw coconut cream, raw banana or mango ice-cream (made by simply whizzing up frozen fruit in a food processor) ‘The Dreamcrème’ (again, in my book) your favourite vegan ice-cream, or yogurt such as Co-Yo.


FOOD IS THE NEW BLACK

TRENDS and TRENDSETTERS. Sometimes we love them or hate them, depending on our personal preferences in taste or style, but there's a new kid on the block and surprisingly, she's just as lovely on the inside as she looks on the outside, her name is real FOOD. No wonder everyone is falling in love.

foodisthenewblack

I came across this caption this morning 'Food is the new Black'. Love it. It sums up my concept of modern food preparation nicely. So I shared it on my Instagram. As many of you know, over the last couple of years I've poured my heart and soul into creating a book called 'Model Chocolate'.

Often in the not-so-distant-past, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan or vegetarian food has been considered 'rabbit' or 'hippie food' by mainstream food lovers. I personally wanted to change that. When I came up with the idea of my 'superfood meets fashion' styled cookbook, my desire was that it would revolutionise the way people thought about 'healthy' foods, and to inspire them that alternative food preparation could be as interesting, delicious and even spunky as the food they were used to. Actually, healthful, nutritious and deliciously natural foods are much more than that! Real food, unprocessed, and prepared as close to nature as possible more than just satisfies. It helps to create the wonderful synergy within our bodies to inspire change on more than simply a physical level. It uplifts the way we think, the choices we make in other areas of our lives, and motivates inspiration to live richer lives than what we considered possible.

So let me encourage you to 'get your VOGUE on'! By that I mean go with the still-fairly-new trend of a healthier way of eating. Why not take the plunge and experience all that life has to offer you. It's becoming easier than ever to choose natural, organic, life-filled foods. Let's get behind a trend which will not only enrich our own lives, but make our world a truly better place, encouraging sustainable farming and produce which will in time become affordable for all. modelchocolatemodelchocVOGUE

 

Recently Vogue Australia shared my book in the health section of their magazine. This has been the highlight of my yet-young cookbook Author career.

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I'm excited about the food revolution. Are you?


Bare Burger NYC review

In NYC we can find a lot of restaurants. A lot of fast-food restaurants, as well as high-end cuisine. Any kind of cuisine you can find here as well. And organic versions of these fast food & high end restaurants are here too. I really like Bare Burger NYC.

Bare Burger NYC started with I believe just one place downtown NYC close to the NYU area, and quickly expanded, maybe also because of their franchise system. Loved by students and locals who appreciate good, simple comfort food with a low price tag, this place becomes such a success fast that new Bare Burger NYC restaurants are opening all over town. There are over 15 restaurants also outside of NYC.

We go quite a lot as it is easy and very close to where we live. And the choices of salads and burgers give you plenty of different choices to choose from each time! Their menu includes big healthy salads, healthier versions of burgers with organic ingredients, organic fries, organic milkshakes & beer: Check their MENU.

I have been going here from the beginning. Their restaurant has a nice vibe and the terrace as well. Bare Burger NYC now has made 50% of the menu all vegan and even offer gluten-free options!

George & DavidBareburger La Guardia place Terrace ( usually the terrace is full of tables) with my best friends George & David

Lonneke eating Portabella mushroom burger

Love a burger? Bare Burger has a great system for you to choose your ideal burger! Pick your bun, patty, toppings, sauces and sides. Ever heard of an elk or bison burger? or a black bean burger? They got them here! And all organic of course.

Veggie quinoa burger

Love fries? I love the sweet potato fries! And they fry them in peanut oil (they say it is healthier) And they come with 4 Bare Burger original dips.. still deciding which one is my favorite....

Love a milkshake? They got a milkshake made for you from scratch! Fresh ice cream, organic fruits, a bit of organic cane sugar and shake it baby!

Oh, and if you really want to eat healthy: they have a few nice salads and you can add just a patty without the bun to it. Problem solved.

Mexican SaladThe Mexican Salad at Bare Burger

Bare Burger LogoEven the interior is from reclaimed materials, and the ambiance is relaxed, cosy and a great place to bring your friends, or go to with people who are difficult eaters. (hey, everyone likes fries and burgers right?)

Click the Button for all Bare Burger locations in NYC  and enjoy the food!

Love, Lonneke


Raw Chocolate Fondue

It is always time to celebrate, for instance with a delicious raw chocolate fondue!

[threecol_one]CELEBRATE:
*Love
*Life
*Connections
*Acceptance
*Beauty
*Antioxidants (LOL - seriously)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]REFRESH:
*Time out - recreation
*Hydrotherapy
*Massage - touch
*Nature
*Film, music or art
*Lovemaking (if applicable)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]RENEW:
*Commitments/vows
*Faith in yourself and others
*Your body, mind, soul[/threecol_one_last]

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Abigail in her 'Garden of Eden'

Below is a fondue idea from my book Model Chocolate which I love to enjoy during a big essential oil bath with my husband, sharing a pot of green tea if it's cold or a spicy exotic herbal/fruity drink such as 'Celtica' mmm!

Celtica
Celtica
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

Suitable for all kinds of love; take the opportunity to share a healthy raw chocolate experience with your single friends or couple besties, love of your life or soulmate.

RAW CHOCOLATE FONDUE idea

Fruit suggestions ~
Mango, cut into chunks
Strawberries, halved
Starfruit, sliced into stars
Fresh nectarines, pitted, quartered
Cherries, grapes or lychees, whole
Banana, sliced

OR any seasonal organic fruits of your choice - express yourself!

Fondue Dipping Chocolate

I love a plain raw chocolate recipe such as my Classic Dark (in the book) for dipping, or simply use any of your favourite raw chocolate recipes!

Prepare raw chocolate of your choice. While cacao or coconut butters are melting you can start chopping your favourite fresh fruits and making up a beautifully arranged platter. Place a couple of small forks on the side. Finish mixing up chocolate and serve in a small bowl at the centre of the fruit plate. No need to keep warm. Enjoy! The raw chocolate should thicken naturally as it stands depending on the weather. <3

Enjoy!

xxx Abigail