Model Chocolate recipe book by Abigail O'Neill

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Model Chocolate Book

OYL contributor & Top Model Abigail O'Neill is a raw chocolatier, and superfood connoisseur, who just published her first recipe book "MODEL CHOCOLATE" with over 80 delicious & nutritious recipes. You can buy it in Ebook or hardcover, and these books are our first product in our OYL Shop HERE!

Giveaway

We gave away 5 Ebooks and one Hardcopy worth over $60. The 5 winners of the 5 E books have been announced on our social media. Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. The winner of the hardcover book was Jurgen Behrens from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as he sent in this great creative picture & quote of him and chocolate!

 

Model Chocolate giveaway

Love, the OYL team

first published on September 28th 2013, updated in 2019


My grandma's Banana Cake

I love food and all that is involved with it : searching for the nicest ingredients , prepping  and cooking. In my opinion there is no better reason to gather your loved ones than for a good homemade meal.

My grandmother's recipe

When I was living by myself working as a model in France, one way I found to stay connected to my dear ones, specially with my grandma in this case, was to work on some family recipes. My beloved grandma used to make some delicious food in her humble kitchen and my favorite of all times dessert was the banana cake she did with the simplest ingredients.

I took her handwritten recipe note everywhere I went even though I knew the recipe by heart. I liked the way she wrote things down so she would never forget. I was in love withe her recipe books and how disorganized in an organized way they were.

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My friend Elle and I in a picnic reunion in Paris few years ago: we were the queen of cakes

Modeling and baking

Throughout my years modeling around the World, I have made many tummies very happy. My friends used to invite me in so I would bake the cake for birthdays, gatherings and reunions. I was pretty happy to make such a simple task into an event. So I was well known by my grandma's banana cake and now I'm trilled to share it's recipe with all of you.

Like I said, I like to use the simplest ingredients. And the most important one is LOVE.

Enjoy this banana cake!

XoXo Carol

 

As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavour!
As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavor!

 

The Infamous Banana Cake
A delicious banana cake ( unfortunately not suitable for those of you that are lactose or gluten intolerant.)

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Recipe type: bakery
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( of your preference any kind works well - Demerara is a good option)
  • 2 cups of White Wheat Flour ( if your not feeling too evil for the day, you can try the whole wheat version )
  • 1 and a half cups of whole milk
  • 4oz Butter ( 113 grams )
  • Cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 bananas depending on their size.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven at 380 degrees F ( 240 Celsius ) before starting. Grease a round baking pan with butter. Cut thick rounds of bananas to glue them around the edges and at the bottom of the baking pan.Cover the perfectly placed bananas with cinnamon powder and make sure they are all covered with a thin layer of the spice. After that in a separate bowl, mix in the flour , milk , butter ( it can be melted or cut it in big numbs ) , baking powder and sugar. There's no need of mixer machines to make this mixture, you can air it out with a simple hand tool. If you opted to not melting the butter, don't bother if the mix doesn't look perfectly smooth and you can still see the numbs of butter, that's one of my grandma's secrets! Pour this tick mixture on top of your bananas and cover the top with cinnamon again and the same amount of sugar, so it gets a little crunchy skin. Put in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. Check if it's baked sticking a toothpick in the center if it's not, let it in the oven for another 5 minutes os so.

 

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Great for kids birthday parties, the little ones really enjoyed this yummy treat

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.

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

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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

 


Organic and vegetarian Thanksgiving

The nicest thing about Thanksgiving is being with your family and/or friends, and eating good food! Food is the best when it is shared.

Thanksgiving in New York City

When I am in New York City during Thanksgiving, I usually make a big nThanksgiving dinner with the help of my friends. And all my friends without plans for Thanksgiving are always welcome to join. This always gives a nice and spontaneous group of friends that get to know each other over a nice dinner.

Thanskgiving at Lonneke's
Thanskgiving at Lonneke's
Another Thanksgiving at Lonneke's

The preparation for Thanksgiving is to me the most fun. I buy nice plates and napkins and decoration for the table. I go to the farmers market to buy the veggies of the season.  I make fresh soup and hot spiced apple cider. I make a sweet pie and chocolates for dessert.

Most families will eat turkey this season, but there are many vegetarian options too for the main course.  Like this Hazelnut cranberry roast by Field Roast:

I am also obsessed with Candle Cafe restaurant. They bring delicious vegan recipes for the main course of your vegetarian Thanksgiving:

https://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Holiday-Cooking-Candle-Cafe/dp/1607746476/ref=asc_df_1607746476/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312281022958&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5535407376824911477&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9067609&hvtargid=aud-801381245258:pla-568788174442&psc=1

 

Some recipe ideas to have a very Organice Your Life Thanksgiving for everyone:

Starter:

Roasted Artichokes.

Pumpkin soup with apples

Main:

A vegan celebration roast by Field Roast

(or the hazelnut cranberry roast by Field Roast as mentioned in earlier in the article)

(A roasted real turkey for people who eat turkey is optional)

Red Wine Vegan Risotto

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Sweet potato puree or roasted sweet potatoes

Cranberry sauce from scratch

or

Roasted Salmon from the oven

with

roasted stuffed red bell peppers

Dessert:

Raw Chocolate Fondue.

Old fashioned Apple Pie.

Abigail O'Neill's Pumpkin Pie

 

What are you cooking this Thanksgiving?

Love, Lonneke

First published on November 24th 2014, Updated in 2019


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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Prep time: 
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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


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

My supergorgeous raw chocolate book is 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.

You can find the book HERE!

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL

First updated on December 28th 2011, updated in 2019