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To entice you to stay on board and for your patience in waiting for my cookbook to be published one day terribly soon, I would like to share my updated, tested and perfected totally scrumptious Tahini Cookie Recipe! You're so welcome. 

Tahini Cookies

Cinnamon Lemon Vanilla

 

When I was working as a personal chef in Sydney, I was fortunate to cook for a lovely client called Mary that I baked these cookies for regularly. She needed foods that reduced inflammation and we found these to be just right, but still a treat. They are super healthy and nourishing. With all that divine maple syrup I promise you these guys are the bomb! Promise me you wont cut the maple syrup quantity, that would be a shame, they are super delicious with it and besides just calculate 1/2 cup maple is 120g divided by 30 cookies is only 4 grams per cookie. That’s not too bad. Enjoy!

Makes about 30 cookies about 6 cm wide

Dry ingredients

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup quinoa rolled/ flakes

1/2 shredded or desiccated coconut

1/2 roughly chopped almonds

2 tbsp chia seeds

Good pinch salt

1/2 tsp bicarb

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 cup currants

1/4 cup goji berries and/or chopped dates

Wet ingredients

1/4 cup tahini

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 rice milk

1/3 cup lemon juice, or juice of 1 lemon

Rind 1 lemon

Generous dash vanilla extract

ACTION!

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix both dry and wet together and let sit for a couple of minutes.

Prepare two baking trays with baking paper. Then dip your hands in water and form little cookies with your marvellous hands. You will have to dip your hands in the water regularly in order for the dough not to stick to your hands, just flick the water off after you’ve dipped. I am a bit lazy and like to plop balls onto the cooking trays and press them down with my hands all in one go at the end.

Bake 30 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! If they are not crunchy enough just re-bake them for another few minutes. Crunchy cookies are so much more exciting.

Tip: 

You could use rice syrup instead of maple syrup for a lower sugar solution, but that’s a sweetness option only for real whole-foodies, also add 10 drops vanilla stevia to pump up the sweetness when using rice syrup.

You could use walnuts instead of almonds.

Vegan, gluten-free gingerbread men & women VIDEO for you!

No, my awesome cookbook is not ready yet. I've been getting down with the 5Rhythms Dance Movement practice lately AND managing a school kitchen catering for 100 kids AND writing my cookbook AND making videos AND living, so sadly my book didn't make it in time for this Christmas, but who cares anyway (I do, that was my aim), but you can get it when it's ready and not just because the whole world is going shopping crazy. Having said that I think it's kind of sweet how most of the world is baking at the same time and I have just the right thing for THAT! ....  Check out my latest messy creation, a last minute Christmas Cookie video with music specially created by Trevor Brown for YOU ooh so exciting the music is fab!

Go on make some healthier Gingerbread Men & Women!

Check out www.trevorbrownmusic.com for more creative sounds. Loving this collaboration. Thank you.


Cook, Shoot & Win a copy of my upcoming cookbook! Here's how:

Would you like a free copy of my upcoming cookbook? All you have to do is make one of my recipes and photograph the results, and if the photos make it into the book you get a free copy. How does that sound for a sweet deal? Contact me to find out more. galasorganickitchen@gmail.com


Last minute Christmas gift ideas

Lucky enough to live in Australia? You can find delightful handmade ceramics made by one of my besties Blossom Young in Mullumbimby near Byron Bay, she created Moonrise Studios which now has a brand spanking new online shop with a 10% discount in December click here to jump on it!!

If you've been thinking about getting the new vegan cookbook 'Cooking with Kindness" by Edgars Mission animal rescue farm sanctuary, you can find a special 10% pre-christmas sale on the Booktopia website, click here to find your way. The book has 3 of my favourite recipes in it and lots of other delicious ones too of course. If you're not in Australia or New Zealand you can click here to get a copy. 


I'd like to share with you some supportive and juicy events that you might like to know about coming up in the new year that I recommend for a grounding and nourishing start into 2018:

I'll be heading to the 'Power of Intention' 5 Rhythms Dance Workshop in Linz, Austria, with Adam Barely: 'Dance deep and true, to open up your five essential powers: of being, feeling, knowing, seeing and healing. Out of these five powers comes the ability to truly choose, with everything you have'. To find out more click here. 

There is also the One Dance Tribe event in Hawaii that would surely be worth travelling around the globe for and ending up on one of the most fertile islands filled with like-minded individuals coming together to move, breathe, transform, discover and create. To find out more click here. 

AND

A 5 day Shamanic Womancraft Retreat in Goa, India, with Jane Hardwicke Collings 26-30 January 2018! I wholeheartedly recommend Jane's work in all its shapes and forms (I used to cater for her in Australia) and I can only imagine what her retreats may be like in the heat of the Indian sun and the Arabic Sea with swaying palms and ancient rituals in the earth to support. To find out more click here. 

I hope you're living it up, because we really don't know how long we've got!

Maria Carin

Enjoy your valentine...

Dear Foodies and lovers,

Here in Germany where I am in the moment the weather calls for something warm, however in Australia I hear the tropical weather has hit big time. A sweet valentine cookie recipe will interest more the Europeans, but I also have some recipe ideas for romantic valentines dinners. You know the ones that satisfy you but don't stuff, make you feel special, but don't give you gas? If you'd like a recipe for any of the dishes below email me and I'll send you my version: galasorganickitchen@gmail.com I look forward to reading from you!

My Valentines menu suggestion with photos for inspiration and wetting tastebuds.

Fresh Almond Milk with Vanilla sweetened with Medjool Dates

Beetroot hearts with Cashew Cream and Leek Slivers

Almond Pesto Filled Champignons

Cauliflower Falafel with turmeric and chia and Green Goddess Tahini Dip 

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Sundried Tomato Sauce Olives Basil and Pinenut Parmesan

Salad of Caramalised Walnut fresh Fig Arame and Rocket

And for dessert what about:

Orange and Almond Cake with Cardamom and Rosewater with Avocado Chocolate Icing and Berry Coulis

Any raw cheesecake

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Raspberries and Avocado Chocolate Icing

Strawberries dipped in Avocado Chocolate Mousse or Raw Chocolate

Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

Coco Pana Cotta with Vanilla and Berries

White Raspberry Chocolate Bark- this chic has it down check out her version of this recipe: The Unconventional Baker

What about making some Bath Pralines from my December post?

NOW TO THE RECIPE: Red Heart Cookies with Rosewater Lemon and Cardamon!

You can't really see the cookies, but what a nice photo?!

You can't really see the cookies, but what a nice photo?!

Red Heart Cookies with Rosewater Lemon and Cardamon

You are looking for a romantic delightful and healthy cookie recipe for your loved one/s? This one is for you, you can even make them just for yourself. Crunchy, a little sweet and exotically infused, these light pink heart shaped cookies are a good old fashioned looking but new age tasting creation. I wish you delicious moments.

Dry ingredients

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup buckwheat

1/2 cup corn flour/ maize flour

1/4 cup rice flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp bi-carb

1 tsp cardamon ground

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 lemon rind

Wet ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup rice syrup (if you like it sweet add an extra 1/4 cup of muscovado sugar to the rice syrup)

1 tbsp rosewater

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 small beetroot grated and juice squeezed 2-3 tbsp

ACTION!

To make the beetroot juice grate the beetroot on a fine grater and squeeze the juice out with your hands, squeezing like you mean it. Use the left over beetroot for a salad mixed with lemon, sultanas and mint.

Mix your dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Now knead them both into a nice non-sticking non-crumbling delicious dough. If you need to add more flour, do. If you’ve added too much flour add more rice syrup or coconut oil. Doughs can be tricky, but in other words you’re not lost if you muck up a little, you can always adjust.

Roll onto a floured surface, roll out to cut your heart cookie shapes.

Bake at 170C for 15 minutes- ish until they smell great and look slightly browned underneath, depends how you like cookies over or under done, or just right, you can do it! When they cool they firm exponentially. Enjoy.

Tip: If you don’t have rosewater just leave it out and add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or water instead. For an extra red effect you’ll unfortunately have to add a few drops of red food colouring, beetroot always looses it’s pink colour when baked. Try adding 1/3 cup chopped dates and 1/3 cup walnuts chopped instead of the rosewater, cardamon and lemon, this will be a sweet chewy nutty cookie. 

 

Happy holidays from Gala's Organic Kitchen

Merry what? More and more gifts to collect, where is the merry, where is the gratefulness for what you already have, for what you can create with your own two hands? For being able to move your body, digest, breathe, shout, hug and laugh? Those things are not to be taken for granted. I never expected that I would be in Germany again for another winter, this time without mum, as she passed away in September. I decided life was rather mysterious and surprising, mostly not in the way I want it to be. I sway from being utterly angry, to seeing the good in all, to lethargic existence, to explosive awakening passion and calmly wondering what's up next. I was at the One Dance Tribe dance event in Europe this June and whilst dancing I caught myself planning my mums funeral. I thought that's ridiculous, she's still alive and straight away organised a garden party to celebrate her life. May you realise how blessed you are to love someone, anyone in your life and show it to them now, because you never know how long they, or you, will be around.

Through my mums passing I have decided that sharing healthier recipes with you all is very important, but also very importantly that you have fun making them while enjoying your precious life. Getting out into nature, getting some oxygen in your brain, getting your blood flowing, using your creativity, caring for your community, expressing your emotions! There are so many things we can do for our overall health and wellbeing. At my mums death bed I saw what was not so important and what was. Going with the flow of good vibrations is certainly a great key for directing your gondola. So, I feel it's about time I share a couple of recipes with you that might help with Christmas craziness in an inexpensive and joyful way. My vegan, sugar and gluten-free cookbook is definitely on the top of my new to do list. If you like you can contact me to test recipes, I would be so happy to hear from you.

Love from Miss Gala.

1 ) Chocolate Gingerbread Wafers or Schokoladen Lebkuchen Oblaten

Chocolate Gingerbread Wafers

From Insta post: Hold your horses #gluten free #sugarfree germans let me introduce you to a brand new, new-age #schokolebkuchen #oblaten #vegancookierecipe! Or in english #chocolategingerbread wafercookie. Sounds better in german and touches on traditional baking roots, perhaps producing melancholy feelings. 

Heat your magic oven to 170C.

Dry mix: 1/2 cup #almondmeal, 1/2 cup #buckwheatflour, 1/4 cup cacao, 1tbsp #lebkuchengewürz or #gingerbreadspice, 2 #oranges zest only, 1/2 tsp bicarb, 1 pinch salt -mix well.

Wet mix: 1/4 cup #groundlinseeds mixed with 1/4 cup warm water let sit 15 minutes then add 1/2 cup #ricesirup or even better 1/4 cup rice syrup with 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup #coconutoil.

Mix the two, with two spoons spoon small blobs of batter on a wafer, as they will undoubtedly exponentially grow, bake 25 minutes. Let cool, show off, eat, enjoy the moment on this #troubledearth#veganbaking#glutenfreebaking #glutenfreexmas#glutenfreecookie #sugarfreecookies#vegansugarfreebaking#areyoulivingyourdream #areyoulivingfully#spreadlove #onecookieatatime#galasorganickitchen 

2) Bath Pralines finally something for your skin not just your mouth!

These bubbling beauties are theoretically edible, but I would rather plunge them in my bath tub or foot soak, for a northern hemisphere warming winter moment. What a sweet Christmas present, right?! I used just one praline for one bath and my skin was so very smooth from the coconut oil. A great way to use up dried roses that you just can't let go off, in this case from my mums funeral celebration.

Ingredients

150g bi-carb soda

20g citric acid

3 tbsp corn starch organic of course

3 tbsp epsom salts

20g very fragrant and pretty tea or rose petals

1/4 cup coconut oil

10 drops of your favourite essential oil, I used holiday joy from DoTerra which is a tantalising combination of Siberian fir, wild orange, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, heaven

ACTION!

Mix the dry ingredients well, followed by the wet ones. Press into ice moulds, heart shapes are nice, and leave to dry, the oil to cool and harden. Pack, or use. Marvellous.

Tip: You can add a few drops of food colouring, beetroot juice doesn't work so well as they won't  fizz properly. You can sprinkle the moulds with a few crushed rose petals before filling. Try different layers with different colours. Have fun and enjoy your bubbling smooth fragrant bath experience.

Enjoy yourself

Vegan gluten free AND delicious cookie recipes for you!

Hello foodie friends,

It's that time of the year when no matter what the weather one has to bake at least one cookie for Christmas. I say why not if you are feeling it. Here are two of my favourite cookie recipes. Oh and remember to breathe!

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