How to make organic coffee at home

It is hard to not like coffee! And while you can get really nice (and expensive) coffee to go in fancy coffeeshops, nothing beats a delicious cup of organic coffee at home.

How we make my favorite cup of coffee

This Organice Your Life clip shows you how we make the best organic coffee at home in New York City! This time it was a Latte macchiato, made with my favorite organic coffee by Antica Tostatura Triestina, an Italian coffee company of my friend Alessandro Hausbrandt. Antica has many kinds and flavors of coffee. My husband likes the regular beans, and I like the decaf beans.

READ MORE: Antica Tostatura Triestina

Organic coffee

Why we prefer organic coffee? Because this way the beans are produced and grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides. Also, especially for decaf coffee it is important to know how the caffeine is extracted from the beans, as many companies do it with lots of bad chemicals.

Homemade coffee

For your homemade coffee, all you need next to the delicious organic ground coffee is a little stovetop espresso maker, a milk frother and organic (vegan) milk. if you have whole beans you also need a grinder.

Just an FYI when you watch the clip: the milk that gets frothed is heated in a skillet until warm.

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

Antica Tostatura Triestina coffee

Att cafe organic

 

 


How to make homemade Almond Milk

Today I want to share a great recipe for homemade almond milk. I always have fresh almond milk in my fridge. It stays fresh up to 5 days. Great alternative for cows, soy or rice milk. It's easy to make, super yummy and you know what's in it cause you make it YOURSELF! ( think of other nasty ingredients that you buy together with your supermarket almond milk).

Homemade Almond Milk
A drink ideal to add to your own smoothies, coffee or tea or to drink on its own.

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: milk

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of organic raw almonds (soaked in water over night)
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 1-2 dates (pits removed)
  • pinch of sea salt (pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt)
  • pinch of vanilla (whole dry vanilla powder or vanilla extract without alcohol)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • -good blender (I use Blendec)
  • -nut milk bag

Instructions
  1. Put everything into blender and run for 30-40 seconds. Pour the mixture into a strainer or nut milk bag to separate pulp and milk. That's it!
  2. Use it together with granola for breakfast or make nutritious banana and strawberry smoothie. Put it in your coffee or tea. Add cacao and you've got chocolate almond milk! Variations are endless!

Also check out my video on how to make Brazil Nut Milk!

READ MORE: 5 tools for a healthy kitchen

READ MORE: breakfast Smoothie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mYoMlG8UX8

 

Enjoy!

love, Valentina

This article was published on organiceyourlife.com by Valentina Zelyeava on June 29th 2012, updated in 2020


CACAO VANILLA HALVA

Here's a little idea for you to get more cacao into your day as well as more calcium: Cacao Vanilla Halva!

About sesame

Sesame halva has long been hailed a beauty food in many European wellness clinics & for good reason! Lots of good fats, vitamins & minerals & so delicious & easy to make.

In my book I like to make it a little less traditional by topping it all up with the extra antioxidants & chocolatey goodness of raw cacao.

READ MORE: Model Chocolate book by Abigail

How to make a halva

To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, placing into a bowl, add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part. Layer the vanilla into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva. DONE! An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CACAO VANILLA HALVA
An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • sesame seeds
  • a little pure vanilla
  • raw honey (not too much)
  • raw cacao powder
  • a little maple syrup

Instructions
  1. To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. placing mixture into a bowl.
  3. add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part.
  4. Layer the vanilla part into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva.
  5. DONE!

LOVE 7 CHOCOLATE XX ABIGAIL

First published by Abigail O'Neill on organiceyourlife.com on June 24th 2012, updated in 2020


Savory Seasoning

These delicious cheesy savory seasoning mix sprinkles are great on just about anything. From soups to tomato on toasted wholegrain bread to salads! SOO YUM. I've just made a delicious organic spinach/goats cheese/potato/portabello mushroom bake for the family which I'm topping with my Savoury Sprinkles for extra delish & nutrients too!! :)

 

Savory Seasoning Sprinkles
Savory Seasoning Sprinkles Recipe Type : seasoning mix Cuisine: vegan Author: Lonneke Engel A cheesy savory seasoning mix to add to many recipes

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: seasoning mix
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon chives, dried
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, dried (optional may use oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric, ground (optional)

Instructions
  1. TOAST sesame seeds lightly in a frypan without oil, stirring constantly until a subtle golden brown. Cool. Place seeds & all other ingredients into a blender (or coffee grinder)
  2. Dry blend on high until fine.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge until needed.
  4. Keeps for ages!

How to serve

Serve as mentioned or try over steamed or stir-fried vegetables or sprinkled over whole baked sweet potatoes, slit open,  & stuffed with greens such as rocket & finely chopped parsley & lashings of my  Tasty Hempy Dressing! YUMMMM!

LOVE & chocolate xxx Abigail

PS. To make these sprinkles 100% RAW simply soak sesame seeds to activate 4hrs & drain. Dehydrate them until completely dry & continue with recipe! My fave.

First published on organiceyourlife.com by Abigail O'Neill on April 13th 2012, updated in 2020.


Black Bean Brownies by Lonneke for Vogue Nederland

One Christmas, Vogue Nederland gathered 5 women who are food experts to share a recipe that would together make up that year's "Vogue NL Christmas Dinner" (or in Dutch: Vogue Kerst Diner.  For some reason they have removed the page on their website, but we still have this delicious treat for you!

I was asked to submit the dessert.

Here you can find the recipe in English for the vegan Black Bean Brownies by Lonneke for Vogue Nederland:

Vogue NL Christmas Dinner
A simple and delicious chocolate dessert that is a bit healthier due to the use of black beans. Also great as an in between snack if you need some extra energy.

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: black bean brownies Christmas edition
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • a can of black beans, rinsed and cooked for 1 hour. (about 240 gr of black beans after draining them)
  • 2 teaspoons broken flaxseeds
  • 4 tsp water
  • 10 gr raw cocoa powder
  • 40 gr oatmeal flakes
  • ⅙ tsp salt
  • 75 gr sweetness (I used a mix of 40 gr of maple syrup and 35 gr of agave syrup)
  • 20 gr coconut oil
  • 20 gr cacao butter
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 130 gr chocolate chips or small pieces of chocolate of your choice
  • 4 table spoons of shredded coconut
  • decoration:
  • mint leaves
  • frozen blue berries
  • half a cup of beet juice

Instructions
  1. Heat oven at 180C (about 350F)
  2. Mix the broken flaxseeds with the water until it becomes a jelly
  3. Mix all other products in a mixer except the chocolate chips.
  4. Afterwards mix in the chocolate chips in the dough with a spoon
  5. Pour the dough into a non stick or buttered up baking pan and preferably make a ½ inch thick layer of dough.
  6. Bake it in 15-18 minutes.
  7. Let it cool a bit and cut the brownie into squares.
  8. Pour a bit of coconut flakes on top, which will make it look a bit like Winter.
  9. For the sauce in the picture I mixed a bit of beet juice and frozen blueberries and warmed it for a second so it mixes. I poured it on the plate with a spoon in a pattern.
  10. For decoration you can use a small mint leaf.
  11. Serve with a scoop of organic ice cream, like vanilla ice cream.
  12. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 


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.

Author:
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

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.

 

 


Abi's Pumpkin Pie

Hi again! How's everyone?

Most people who know me know I prefer raw desserts (especially RAW CHOCOLATE!) but every now & then I'll cook an old fashioned favourite with local organic ingredients. Tonight I'm treating the family to pumpkin pie for dessert & I quickly jotted down the recipe as I went so I could share it with you. :) I haven't made it for years! Pumpkins are so fresh and lovely at the markets just now. I use fresh organic eggs in this recipe, because I have well loved hens of my own, but you could replace these with chia seeds.

BEGIN WITH:

2 cups pumpkin (I used the 'jap' variety, butternut is also lovely)

2 cups dates

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 cup water

COOK TOGETHER until most of the water is absorbed and the dates & pumpkin soft. Place into blender, then ADD:

1 270ml can coconut cream

3-4 organic eggs (OR two tablespoons chia seeds + 3/4 cup water)

1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

BLEND until smooth. Pour into prepared crust (below), sprinkle with cinnamon & BAKE 45 minutes in a fan forced over at 175'C or until the pie is nicely set through & slightly browned.

SPELT CRUST:

So simple!

2 cups wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup rice bran oil OR use a little organic butter in place of part of the oil

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Water. Just enough to bind.

MIX. Press into a lined pie dish & bake until semi cooked at 180'C.

I served the pie at room temperature with pure coconut yogurt & extra maple syrup

 

Actually quite nutritious & high in protein, good fats & fibre this pie would be perfect served after nice salad with lots of dark leafy greens or as it is with a pot of tea!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on March 19th 2012, updated in 2019

This recipe is great for Thanksgiving too!


Chocolate chia seeds pudding

This is a delicious breakfast or snack we used to eat a lot at home!

I love chia seeds pudding for a change, so try out this chocolate chia seeds pudding!

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Chocolate Chia seed pudding
chocolate Chia seed pudding

Author:
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
base:
  • ⅔ cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups rice milk
  • half a tea spoon of vanilla powder
  • 2 spoons of raw chocolate powder
  • teaspoon of maple syrup
topping:
  • raw cacao nibs
  • white mulberries

Instructions
  1. Add ⅔ cup chia seeds to 3 cups of rice milk, and put in fridge overnight to soak (or let sit for at least 4 hours)
  2. mix the chia seed pudding in a blender
  3. Add the chocolate powder and the maple syrup and blend together
  4. Sprinkle the raw cacao nibs and white mulberries on top.

Notes
The base of this recipe is a great base for other breakfast dishes too. instead of chocolate you can add other fruits like apples or bananas, nuts and seeds you like. I will add more recipes for chia seed pudding in the future!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

Love Lonneke


Indian lentil soup

Healthy lentil soup

Try this simple and delicious recipe for Lentil soup.

Super healthy, tasty and filling!

Love, Lonneke

Healthy lentil soup
a nourishing and warming soup that gives you peace of mind and strength

Author:
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of (red) lentils
  • 3 Scallions , chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 medium celery, chopped
  • Salt/pepper
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 8 cups of water

Instructions
  1. Put everything in stockpot.
  2. Add water until everything is really under water. (If during cooking the soup dries up add more water).
  3. Put on stove on turn low heat and let it cook for an hour. The lentils became soft and spread all over the soup.
  4. Take out bay leaves.

Notes
You can add bouillon powder or bone broth for a more depth in flavor

 

 

 

 


Raw Carrot Soup

Today I have something very special to share with you: a delicious raw soup!

Raw carrot soup

If you still not sure about raw blended soups, try this one! Its a creamy carrot soup with avocado! So delicious and healthy! And let me tell you, it took 5 minutes or less to make it. All you need is freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1 avocado and spices. No cooking involved, no messy dishes and pots to clean up after. Its perfect lunch recipe for busy people.

Carrot Soup Recipe
a delicious colorful raw soup filled with many nutrients

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed carrot juice
  • 1 avocado
  • sea salt
  • curry powder
  • turmeric powder

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Ready!

 

 

Carrots are exceptional sourse of Vitamin A,C, K  and potassium. Contains high level of beta-carotene  and dietiery fiber.

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable, which is famous for its anti-infalmmatory properties and high content of antioxidants. * If you are pregnant or breast feeding DON'T include turmeric in this recipe.

Avocado is a great sours of a healthy fat and the best food sours of Vitamin E.

Love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on January 15th 2019, 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"

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

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


Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice

If you have been reading my posts, you know that I’m all about smoothies, juices and raw food recipes. I love to be creative in the kitchen and raw vegetables and fruits are huge inspiration to me.

 

Sometimes I go to supermarket without knowing what I want for dinner, I just buy what’s in-season and look for fresh ingredients. I don’t remember last time I bought something that is canned, bottled or frozen… Anyways, back to my veggies :)

When I get home, I simply put my produce on the table and start creating my meal: it can be blended soup, big salad, a smoothie, raw pasta made with zucchini, or just simple juice.

One morning I made a beet-pineapple-cucumber juice. WOW! It came out so incredibly delicious! It’s a real treat!

Before you run to your juicer (I hope I inspire you so much, that you have to “run” to make my recipes) I must warn you, that after juicing all the ingredients, my kitchen turned out to be  a crime scene - deep red color with drops of blood aka beet juice everywhere! Even on a ceiling.

But trust me, the mess is so worth the result!

 

Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice
a light juice to enjoy at any time of the day

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: juice
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 beet root
  • ½ pineapple
  • 1 larg cucumber

Instructions
  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer. Serve in a tall glass cup to enjoy the gorgeous purple color!

LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva

First published July 24th 2011, updated in 2019