Sugar-Free Rosmary and Lemon Muffin

Sugar-Free Rosmary and Lemon Muffin

Spices are a very important element in the kitchen, because they give intensity and flavour to food. They can even completely modify tasteless dishes. In my kitchen, in fact, I have built a small shelf which I filled with jars of different spices that are full of colors, smells and goodness.

For today’s recipe I decided to use a spice which is full of many benefits: the rosemary. This herb is good for the brain, it has a flavour that reduces stress and improves mood, it contrasts halitosis, it keeps skin younger and protects the liver. Many people use this ingredient only for salty preparations. To tell the truth, it is also perfect for sweet dishes, as in the case of these soft and fragrant muffins, with a special and inviting flavor.

Let’s do aromatherapy while cooking!

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Altenative Pesto | Summer recipe

Altenative Pesto | Summer recipe

The noise from the pages of a novel that joins  the rippling of the waves, the Sun on my skin, the sand under my feet and the freshness of the water, which removes any negative vibes: if you are free today, I advise you to reach the nearest beach!

A day at the beach is not just a way to relax, but an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits that this place hides.

The benefits of the Sea

It is well known that sunbathing reduces depression and bad mood; however it does not only improve mood: sunlight stimulates vitamin D synthesis and it is essential for the growth and health of bones, hair and skin.

Salt water contains many minerals with antibacterial properties, which can be absorbed by human bodies through an immersion in the water. Mineral salt also stimulates and contrasts blood circulation and fluid retention. In addition, sea water eliminates skin impurities due to its salt and makes it smooth and shiny. The sand can be used as an exfoliating and the sea air helps breathing.

The sea improves physical shape: go for long walks to lose weight and tone up the muscles. The Sea has also a draining effect, it enhances relaxation and wellness: the ocean is a free spa, that maybe you have always underestimated.

I’m super busy with my job and, at the right time, the beach is only a mirage. To enjoy what is my desire, though, I’m going to enjoy a fresh and flavorful dinner. I will combine toasted pine nuts, arugula, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, for a creamy, versatile and fragrant pesto sauce: prepare it for your snacks at the seaside!

Ingredients:

  • 100 g Rocket
  • 100 g Basil
  • 20 g Macadamia nuts
  • 20 g Brazilian nuts
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 70 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt.

 Method:

  1. In a baking pan, toast pine nuts, and often shake the pan, until they become brown and leave to cool.
  2. With a kitchen mixer whisk the garlic, pine nuts and walnuts.
  3. Add rocket and basil (wash it before), a little oil and blend them together.
  4. Continue to mix arugula leaves and basil until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  5. Add salt to taste

My advices:

  • Blend the pesto quickly to avoid overheating and basil turns black for the heat. (you can also add some ice, to avoid it).
  • If you do not have to consume pesto immediately, put it in a jar and cover with the olive oil to preserve.
  • This pesto is excellent for seasoning a pasta with cherry tomatoes.

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Raw and Sugar Free Chocolate Tart

Raw and Sugar Free Chocolate Tart

What we need to be happy are emotions and sharing our feelings with people we love, but also being alone is important. Be lonely does not mean to be melancholy, but learn to appreciate the essence of small things: the company of a good book, music, a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

I frequently have breaks; I like to get off the bus a few stops before my house and walk in silence. Today, I was on Stoke Newington and I stopped at Abney Park Cemetery: one of the most beautiful monumental cemeteries and nature reserve in London, where you can have long walks between trees and dense vegetation. One of the things I love about this city is the pure and innocent relationship it has with death: the tombs are placed safely in the parks since they are not considered something dark and inviolable.

After my spiritual break, I stopped shopping at Whole Foods Market, which is located on the same street. I purchased dates, coconut oil (strictly cold squeezed) and nuts: have you no desire of something fresh, healthy and sweet?

Dates are anti-inflammatory, energizers, and they are good for ones brain, intestine and bones. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, it is easy to digest and accelerates metabolism. Walnuts are good for ones heart, they have a high energy value, they are great for healthy skin and hair. Moreover, they are anticancer and nourishing. These three ingredients are the basis for sugar free chocolate raw pies: try them and remember that being in love with oneself also means eating healthy foods!

The recipe (for 5-6 people)

Ingredients:

For the cake base:

  • 180 g dates
  • 120 g gluten free oat
  • 30 g walnuts

For the cream:

  • 100 g dates
  • 200 g cashew nuts
  • 20 g bitter powder chocolate
  • 20 g coconut flour
  • 120 ml water
  • 30 ml coconut oil
  • 30 g agave syrup
  • 10 ml vanilla extract

For garnishing:

  • Fresh fruit at your choice.

Method:

For the cake base:

  • In a kitchen mixer mince nuts, dates and oat;
  • Blend until mixture is stew and can be worked by hands;
  • Pour the mixture into 6 tart moulds;
  • Let them stand in the freezer while you are preparing the cream.

For the cream:

  • Blend the cashew nuts, dates, coconut flour and cocoa powder all together;
  • Mix water and coconut oil;
  • Add agave syrup and vanilla extract, blending until you get a smooth and homogeneous mixture;
  • Distribute the cream on pies;
  • Garnish the cake base with fresh fruits and serve.

 My advices:

  • This dessert can be directly served (it will have a very creamy consistency), but if you prefer a more solid cream you can stuff the pies and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator;
  • You can use the same doses to make a cake, instead of pies;
  • This cream is great if accompanied with strawberries and raspberries;
  • If you like this recipe I recommend you to try the Raw cake recipe. You find recipes here

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