Cooking with Kindness!

Hello animal and wholefoods lovers,

I don't want to start with a cliche 'I'm so excited to tell you that...', but I have to, I am so damn excited to tell you about a new cookbook called Cooking with Kindness that Edgars Mission in Australia has recently published, featuring Australia's best vegan chefs and restaurants. I am humbly honoured that 3 of my favourite recipes are in the book for you! Edgars Mission is a not-for-profit Farm Sanctuary that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans and this cookbook is going to make even more positive changes for not just animals, but also your health and cooking mojo, in so many kitchens across the lands. If you're in Australia you can get a copy at www.edgarsmission.org.au.

I've made my first ever video for you of one of the recipes in the book: My fav Cauliflower Chia Turmeric Fritters with Green Goddess Tahini Dip, because I know that seeing the recipe being made is a huge step towards actually making it. I am super stoked, jumping up and down, that Trevor Brown, a freelance composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, director, producer, sound designer, occasional academic and radio presenter, has created music specially for these videos! Check out www.trevorbrownmusic.com and watch the videos on youtube here!  

Like that's not enough, I have another offering for you: As you now surely all know my cookbook making is happening, but I also have a life and work besides sitting at my dear laptop writing a cookbook and I can't find the time to take photos of all the recipes that still need yum pics to go with them. So, I had an idea: You make one of my recipes and take photos of it and if a photo is super delicious and gorgeous for my cookbook I will add it in the book and you get a free copy when the book is finally done. What do you say? I think that's a sweet deal, I hope you do too. If interested email me to find out which recipes are waiting for a sexy food photo: galasorganickitchen@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

A tribal dance facilitator at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat up in Queensland, Australia, ones said: "If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?".

I like that.

Maria Carin

Gala's recipes to test for you.

Hi wholefoods lover,

You've probably heard that I am writing a vegan, gluten-free cookbook, right? Thing is I have never done anything like it so my tactics, systems and executions are a bit unique and well sometimes not as efficient, so it's taking me years to compile, but compile I did. There are only so many recipes that I can test myself and so I am asking for your help. I have attached 10 recipes that need testing in this blog post and I would love your feedback on them! You could try them all, or just one. Every little bit of external advice is helpful.

As my parents are Slovakian and I grew up in an international boarding school in England and lived in Australia for 14 years, with the last nearly 2 years living in Germany, my English is also a tad unique and I appreciate your opinion on my writing, the explanation of the method, the general lay out and order. If you are really keen and want to help with choosing photos for the recipes then you can email me and I would be so grateful for your help: galasorganickitchen@gmail.com. 

My friend Darn Small took lots of delicious photos of my food over the years and as he shoots liberally I have so many pics to choose from and a cookbook usually benefits from only 1 pic per recipe. Do you want to help get these vegan recipes out in the world and love yourself up while you do so? I hope so. Cooking for oneself is a wonderful meditation, physical and emotional therapy, specially with animal friendly recipes that are healthy and delicious. 

So, let's do it!

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

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