Making of Model Chocolate

Carolina, Fabio, Dirk and I recently spent some time in my Organice Your Life® kitchen in NYC making delicious chocolate treats! We first went through the Model Chocolate book by top model & OYL contributor Abigail O'Neill, and picked our 2 favorite recipes.

Lonneke & Carolina making chocolateLonneke & Carolina 

Australian model Abigail just released her first chocolate & super foods book full of yummy desserts & treats called "Model Chocolate". And send us a copy too to try some desserts! So we spent the whole night preparing the recipes and we had a lot of fun!

From the many, many recipes, I chose the pie Love Me Bittersweet Jaffa Pie and Carolina chose the cookies.

model chocolate book

The pie is a mix of pure, organic ingredients like shredded coconut, pure chocolate nibs & powder, orange oil, orange juice, macadamia nuts and dates.  It is probably the most expensive pie I ever made, as most of the ingredients are not cheap, but it is one of the best pies I ever tasted! The amount of each ingredient was really perfect, you could really taste the orange oil & juice in the "aftertaste". And all the ingredients are uncooked, organic and actually healthy for you! Of course you don't eat the whole pie at once, so after the pie was made, and we all had a piece with a nice cup of tea, we split the remaining pie and Carolina & Fabio took their half home. We later found out we all ate a little piece each night after dinner as a treat until it was finished! So the whole week we all enjoyed it. So in the end it was something we could enjoy for so long it wasn't an expensive pie at all.

macadamia dates coconut flakes 1The ingredients for the crust of the pie are mixed together in a blender.

making crust of raw pieFabio is making the crust of the pie by pressing the pie mixture really well to get a solid and strong bottom of the pie

pouring of chocolateFabio ads the chocolate mixture onto the crust

Carolina pouring chocolateCarolina sprinkles raw cacao nibs on top.

Model chocolate book 1Model Chocolate book with the chocolate pie after coming out of the fridge.

Model Chocolate pie 2We love a piece of this chocolate pie!

The whole recipe for this delicious pie you can find in the Model Chocolate book .

The cookies were a mix of ingredients like chocolate powder,spelt meal, maca, macadamia oil, coconut oil. These pictures are going to be posted in an article by Carolina so stay tuned!

If you are interested in making these recipes yourself , you can buy the Ebook  and/or the hardcopy in our OYL shop HERE>

What are you making next from the Model Chocolate recipe book?

Love, Lonneke

All pictures copyrighted by Organice Your life® 


Quinoa pasta with cashew pesto

This is a simple recipe but it makes you look like a true chef! Pasta with cashew pesto is delicious and nutritious using cashews as a creamy base. While the usual pesto is made of pine nuts & basil mixed together, this is proof you can use other nuts to get a creamy base, and arugula for the green color and flavoring. You can decide to make this pasta vegan by leaving out the parmesan cheese (I have to say the parmesan cheese helps the flavor a lot!). Quinoa pasta is the newest thing on the market: pasta made from quinoa. You can of course use any other pasta like whole wheat pasta. 

Quinoa pasta with homemade cashew pesto
This is a simple recipe but it makes you look like a true chef!

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Cuisine: italian
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 handfuls of cashews
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • olive oil
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • seasalt
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
  • basil (optional)
  • Quinoa pasta (or any other pasta you like) a cup per person

Instructions
  1. Mix the arugula, cashews, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese in a blender until a smooth texture.
  2. You could add basil for the flavoring, but is not necessary.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente, with a bit of seasalt & olive oil, following the instructions on the package. (I cook and turn heat to medium, and taste the pasta until I like the bite)
  4. Drain the pasta.
  5. Add the pesto to the pasta and mix well together.
  6. Serve & enjoy!

Notes
You can leave out the parmesan for a milder flavored sauce or if you want a vegan sauce. You can substitute for any other pasta kind. This pasta is nice with a piece of grilled fish like salmon ( if you eat fish) and grilled tomatoes!

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Love, Lonneke


My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

OYL Ambassador in Paris,Barbara Kiskovski, is on the hunt for the best organic & green finds in her city and during all of her travels around the World. This time she has listed  her favorite organic restaurants in Paris!

My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris.

French cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world! But with all the butter, cream and meat it can be hard for those who prefer an organic or vegan lifestyle to find suitable restaurants in Paris. Here are 5 of the best organic and super healthy and delicious spots in Paris. Bon Appétit!

Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du Marais: One of the most famous vegan restaurants in Paris. It is located in the trendy Marais district and is perfect for a healthy lunch break while shopping in the neighborhood! All dishes are vegan and use mostly organic ingredients. The quinoa burger is just one of their delicious signatures and their vegan cheese rolled in eggplants is a must-try. If you are a seitan fan, you can find it here as it is used to create vegan version of traditional French dishes. It also happens to be Lonneke’s favoriteorganic/vegan Parisian restaurant! Below is the Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon I had at my last visit.

Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon.

Le Potager du Marais  24 rue Rambuteau • 75003 Paris

 Le Grenier de Notre-Dame: Just off Notre-Dame Cathedral and in front of the oldest Parisian tree (planted in 1601!), this restaurant is the perfect hideaway after a long day of sightseeing or before venturing out to the neighboring bars. There is a huge choice of delicious dishes, all organic and mostly vegan. Additionally, their teas, such as the rose tea (with real roses inside!) are fantastic!

Le Grenier de Notre Dame  18, rue de la bûcherie 75005 Paris

 Pousse Pousse: All organic, all raw, all amazing. The originality of the dishes and their presentations are truly impressive. Pousse Pousse, is also a juice bar and a specialist of wheatgrass juice! They home-make “living’’ crackers using germinated seeds which you can buy along with many different seeds in the boutique part of the restaurant.

Pousse Pousse 7 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 75009 Paris

Sol Semilla (previously known as Voy Alimento): There is no other restaurant like this one in Paris and probably even in France! Voy Alimento’s kitchen is based on Superfoods, such as purple corn, Klamath or spirulina, which you can buy separately along with soups mixes and other healthy foods in the shop section.  The cool atmosphere with communal wooden tables and open kitchen make it the perfect place for a casual and super healthy lunch. Everyday is offered an “assiette du jour” (plate of the day), which is usually made up of multipleamazing tasting small dishes. It is 100% organic and vegan. (A must for allOld Lucky Duck or Caravan of Dreams addicts in NYC!)

Superfoods soup, drinks and plate at Voy Alimento

SOL Semilla, bar et cantine vegan, boutique de super aliments  23 rue des Vinaigriers - 75010 Paris - Tél : +33 (0)1 42 01 03 44

Bio Sphère Café: This little café might have the only lactose and gluten free French macarons in the World! And believe it or not they are absolutely amazing and entirely natural.  In addition, it offers some of the most original flavors I have ever seen or tasted such as quince & strawberry (made with beet juice for coloring!), chestnut, dark chocolate, pumpkin or apple tatin (think Tart Tatin but healthier and all natural!) See my juice and the macarons I bought at this cafe below!

A juice at Biosphere cafe

Bio Macarons at Bio Sphere

The café is 100% organic and gluten free and is the go-to spot for gluten free savory crepes and French desserts such as chocolate éclair or tarte au citron.

Bio Sphère Café 47 Rue de Laborde 75008 PARIS

I hope you enjoy these choices if you live in Paris or are visiting sometime on a trip!

kisses, Barbara

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Vegan green curry

Vegan green seitan curry

Cooking is not difficult!

Today I made a delicious green vegan curry with seitan (a wheat gluten used as protein in a vegetarian diet), check it out!

Green vegan seitan curry recipe
A delicious vegan green curry with healthy ingredients

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Ingredients
  • Thai white rice
  • Seitan (cut into cubes)
  • Green curry paste (as much to your liking)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 handfuls of string beans
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro
  • 200 ml Coconut milk
  • a table spoon of Coconut oil
  • 1 can of organic fruit
  • Salt

Instructions
  1. Put the rice in water with a pinch of salt and heat to boil. Turn lower when boiling and depending on kind of rice cook to perfection.
  2. Get a pan and heat the coconut oil and stir fry the seitan.
  3. Put the seitan in a bowl.
  4. Add the garlic in the hot pan
  5. Stir fry the onions, and later on the peppers and string beans.
  6. Add the coconut milk and green curry paste (add more of the paste if you want the curry spicier or more coconut milk if you want it milder)
  7. Let simmer for 20 min
  8. At last moment add the seitan and coriander/cilantro.
  9. Drain the rice.
  10. Plate your food with the rice, green curry and 2 spoons of the canned organic fruits. (You can find these with no sugar added!)
  11. Add some fresh cilantro and a pinch of salt as you like it.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

 I love simple recipes that are organic, vegetarian and/or vegan! They make you feel nourished with good vitamins and minerals and are not heavy on your stomach. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


Food by Lonneke: Roasted Artichokes

NEW VIDEO: Food by Lonneke: Roasted Artichokes

Hello!

I updated a new recipe video in the video section. Simple, easy and delicious, try it yourself! Roasted Artichokes OYL style.

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All you need is:

-Big artichokes

-Aluminum foil

-casserole pan

-oven

- salt & pepper

- mild olive oil (not extra virgin)

-lemon juice

-garlic.

Love, Lonneke


How to make a smoothie

Guidelines how to make a smoothie.

It is very easy and you will love it for everyday breakfast. Forget about eggs-bacon-toast-coffee kind of meal, which makes you feel like going back to bed right after you finish eating. Mind extra pounds on your waist. Not cute!

Have a smoothie for breakfast and you will have so much energy to enjoy your day. Sometimes I wish there are more hours in a day, cause I want to do so much and 12 hours isn't enough. But no more about me, let's get back to the smoothie.

  1. Banana. Yes, this is the base and you should always include banana in your smoothie, because bananas will make it very creamy, sweet (no additional sweeteners needed) and smoooooooth.
  2. Fruits. You can add any kind of fruit you like. Pick one: apple, mango, pear, strawberries, blueberries etc.
  3. Leafy greens. I bet you never though of putting spinach to your smoothie, but that's what will make your smoothie so healthy! It is very important to have greens in your diet, and the combination of fruits and greens is very yumm and easy to consume. You don't have to worry about eating salad (usually with salt, oil and other dressings to make it taste good) for the rest of the day.  So, pick one of the following: 2 cups of spinach or kale; 2 stalks of celery.
  4. Liquid. To blend everything very well, we need some kind of liquid. Choose one: 1 cup of pure water; coconut water;  fresh juice; 1 cup of  ice cubs.
  5. Superfoods. This is an extra twist. You don't have to add it but will be very beneficial if you do. Superfoods are good sours of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, extra fiber and extra good for you;) pick one: 1 table spoon of flax seeds or  chia seeds; goji berries;  acai; 1 table spoon of  maca.

LOVE, VAL


Iced tea!

Who says you can't enjoy a nice cold drink with no calories in the Summer?

I say you can!

I make my own iced tea.

How?
Boil water, make your favorite tea, and then let it cool off... Put it in the fridge. You can add fresh herbs for the flavor like fresh mint leaves. At the time of serving, you can add ice cubes. (or just a bit before) If you want to sweeten it, you can add agave syrup, honey, or liquid sugar( but that is not my favorite!) Supersimple!

It is very important in the heat especially, to stay hydrated, this is a good way to supply your body with water.

Enjoy!

My favorite is with fresh lemon juice added!


Quinoa Salad

Hello!!!

I made Quinoa salad for dinner, and it was so easy and simple yet delicious, so I thought I  had to chare it with my dear  OYL readers:) 

Quinoa is an excellent grain alternative. It is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Quinoa (like oats) contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source.

If you suffering from migraines, add quiona into your diet . "Quinoa is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps relax blood vessels, preventing the constriction and rebound dilation characteristic of migraines".

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly cooked quinoa
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2TS hemp oil ( or Olive oil)
  • handful basil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • sea salt & pepper
  • raw sheep feta cheese (it is optional. I bought it at my local farmers market today, so I added it to my salad. You can substitute to Olives)

Direction

Finely chop tomatoes, peppers and basil. Place it in a large bowl. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper . Add quinoa and feta cheese. Ready!


Interview with Mimi Kirk - the raw food diet enthusiast.

Curious about raw food diet and its benefits? I interviewed a 73 year old Mimi Kirk - the raw foodist, winner of an annual contest "Sexiest vegetarian over 50" and an author of    "Live Raw" the  raw food recipe book.  She shares with us her skin care routine, her exercise, a basic raw food recipe for beginners and her thoughts on the date December 21 2012.

 

You won an annual contest "Sexiest vegetarian over 50". Congratulations! You were a vegetarian for over 40 years. Why did you decide to "go raw"?

I went raw after finding out my blood pressure and cholesterol were up, and I started feeling little arthritic pains in my joints.

Once you went from cooked vegetarian to raw-vegan, did you notice any physical changes?

It really seemed the changes were very quickly noticed. My skin looked better, and I just looked younger. I certainly felt younger and after 6  month, my doctor said my cholesterol was down 26 points and my blood pressure was normalized, and I've never felt an arthritic pain since going raw.

How do you stay motivated?

the results of how I felt and looked eating raw foods, and of course my age was enough motivation. I felt if I didn't change my diet, even though I thought I ate healthy, I could get worse as I aged, so it was easy for me to make the commitment.

What recipe would you suggest, from your book, for someone who is new to raw food?

I like to encourage people just starting out to fix a green juice or smoothie every morning. Don't give anything up, just add the drink. slowly you will notice how good you feel having this nutritious drink will help you transition. Then have a salad for lunch, eat a cooked healthy dinner and slowly make the change to raw. I find all raw best for personally, but if someone at 75-80% raw, that would make a big difference in one's health.

A basic green juice contains 2 apples, 4-5 stalks celery, 1/2 cucumber, 3-4 handfuls spinach. Juice. If you blend, you will need to add water to desired texture. I changed this basic drink by adding berries, a banana, or other fruits in season. There are lots of green drinks and smoothies in my new book "Live Raw", raw food recipes for good health and timeless beauty.

What are your favorite places to shop for local and organic produce when you are prepering your meals?

Being a California girl, I have to give a top grade for my home town. I now live in the San Diego area and there is a organic farm stand 10 minutes from my home. They have some of the best produce I've ever tasted. I also like to support all local organic growers. I really think the produce is superior to even health food stores.

What's your skin and hair care routing like?

I use 100% coconut oil on my face and body. It is so nourishing to my skin. I even use it in my hair before I wash it. Any products that are organic and not tested on animals I will give it a try. My hair is colored in a beauty shop, they claim what they use to colr my hai, has very little chemicals,a nd since there is no smell or burning on my scalp, I tend to think that is true. My hair is very healthy beacuse of what I put in my body more then what I use on the outside.

I've read somewhere that you practice Qigong. Tell us little bit about it.

I do a varity of exercise, Qiqong is a spiritual practice as well as a external one. I also like yoga for the same reason. They both are gentle stretching with an inner balance. I also like to walk as I feel it's like a meditation.

In your opinion, what are the essencial keys to harmony living with your body and nature?

I think our bodies need nature. we should walk barefoot on grass, in the sand and feel the Earth to ground us. Being in nature is so healing. Deep breathing, and feeling the connectedness to all living things is very energizing.

There are a lot of theories about the date December 21 2012. What are your thoughts about it?

I think the world is going through a major change at the moment, but nobody knows for sure what will happen Dec 2012, its all speculations, but when I first learend to meditate at age 30, my guru mentioned the Kali Yuga happening in 2012. He said it would be a time of realization, some who are already working on this will have it easier, than those who have to adjust quickly. I think it could be an evolution of consciuosnedd, and perhaps a refinement of our mental energies. I think we live in very exciting times, and Im looking forward to experience what life has to offer.

One place that we will never see Mimi Kirk?

Jumping out of an airplane.

What's your motto?

Be kind, compassionate, laugh a lot, and give and recive love with all your heart.

 

check out Mimi's website http://youngonrawfood.com/


MODEL CHOCOLATE

HI BELOVED OYL READERS :D

Hope you've had a most delightful Xmas, & may every healthy & beautiful vision for yourself come true in 2012.

My supergorgeous raw chocolate book is coming. There is a quote, "SOONER THAN YOU THINK, LONGER THAN YOU WISH" & it definitely applies here!!!

 

 MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ BRINGING YOU MORE ENERGY, LOVE & BEAUTY WITH EVERY SUPER- GORGEOUS BITE ♥

There are over 50 recipes ranging from breakfasts to desserts with everything in between. Stuff like my Jaffa Chocolate Pie, to varied chocolate blocks, miscellaneous things like chocolate syrup, a very special herbal tea, a beauty mask & bath, lots of art, stunning images & best of all... 90% of the recipes I've created are SUGAR FREE, DAIRY FREE, completely natural, GLUTEN FREE! There are NUT FREE CHOCOLATES too! Everything has been thought of, and I just cant wait to share all the chocolate love with you.

No it's not a dream, a chocolate revolution is coming! Like my fb page Model Chocolate, aswell as my personal page - Abigail O'Neill to stay TUNED. I'll be posting pics, info on release dates etc there...

Thanks so much also to those who have already 'liked' my PAGES, & your supportive words, so thankful for each & every one, not long now!

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL