On a roll here... with a Deep Green Smoothie

Hello folks all over the world,

Have you seen the videos on my youtube channel? I’ve made them to inspire you, to wet your appetite and get you into your kitchen.

I’m on a roll here and have another video for you on a very specific green smoothie combination. You might be beyond green smoothies by now, I hope not, as I certainly still love to break up my regular breakfasts with green, light, cleansing and delicious liquids. Perfect for a spring morning in the Northern Hemmisphere.

May this Prune Kale and Orange Smoothie tickle your fancy. Watch the new smoothie video here. It’s filled with vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and buckets of fibre. Just make sure to soak the prunes overnight for a smoother digestion and don’t overdo it on the kale leaves, then you’ll have a perfect balance of green, bitter, sweet and mmmm….lots of mmmmmm.

Thanks to Trevor Brown for his homemade wonderful and 100% organic music: www.trevorbrownmusic.com.

In Australia autumn is in full swing so I have another little video for my yummy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard recipe right here for you. You’re welcome.

Do write , or comment and let me know how you went, I’d love to hear (read) from you!

Maria-Carin

www.galasorganickitchen.com

Are you licking your purple fingers from picking ripe berries or delighting in winters' preserved treasures?

Whether you're in the heat of the European summer or in the middle of winter in Australia, may I share with you my new video recipe which should satisfy and serve all, no matter what season: Brown Rice Salad ala Trevor Brown! Mr. Brown is a talented multi-instrumentalist, but I bet you didn't know that he not only succeeds in making satisfying interesting creations on stage, but in the kitchen too. Many moons ago, along with Edwina Blush, he introduced me to finger licking brown rice salads that are totally worth getting your shopping bags out for and heading to collect some simple but savvy ingredients to make this nutritious and hip swinging delicious salad.

Trevor Brown is touring in Europe this summer check out his website trevorbrownmusic.com to find out where and what.

On 15 September I'll be hosting a cooking show & talk on vegan and gluten-free plant-based goodness to support cancer patients at the Radiation Therapy Clinic in Freiburg, Germany. Contact me to find out more.

On Sunday 22nd of October I am excited to announce a vegan & gluten-free cooking class with the delectable Solveig Hansen in Freiburg, Germany, in her restaurant The Kantine, to find out more email me and check out the flyer here.

I'll be in the US and Canada in November/ December, Colorado, Michigan and Quebec to be precise, so if you want to organise a class with me over there let me know ASAP!

Here is the tasty video and the recipe for you!

Enjoy cooking for yourself,

Maria-Carin

 

Brown Rice Salad ala Trevor Brown

with Kale Beetroot Avocado and Sesame

Trevor Brown is a freelance composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, director, producer, sound designer, occasional academic and radio presenter and generally an interesting person that you just have to love. He also makes the best brown rice salads and he has allowed me to share this recipe with you. When you hear his music you will surely be able to imagine that his food creations taste really very unique and intrinsic nevertheless in their simplicity. www.trevorbrownmusic.com. This macrobiotic dish was one of my first few encounters with incredibly healthy and sexy delicious food, many many moons ago, that I will never forget. 

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water

Pinch salt

6 x 6 cm piece kombu seaweed

8 leaves kale

1 bunch spring onions

2 garlic cloves

1 medium beetroot

1 ripe avocado

Olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

1/2 red capsicum, chopped finely

2 tbsp sultanas

Dressing

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tbsp umeboshi vinegar

1 tbsp tamari and salt, to taste

1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped very finely

2-4 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

To garnish

Fresh coriander

Few more roasted sesame seeds

ACTION!

Soak the rice in water overnight and strain it in the morning. Add fresh water so that there is a thumb tips amount of water covering the rice and bring it to a boil with a pinch of salt and kombu, if you found the latter in the shops if not leave it out, no worries. Cook with the lid on until perfectly ready.

Slice the kale and spring onion and fry both with olive oil. Then add garlic and tamari and fry everything until nice and golden brown. However, be gentle on the heat as not to burn the garlic otherwise it looses its flavour.

Grate the beetroot. Cut the avocado.

In a big beautiful salad bowl throw everything together, the avocado last otherwise it will turn to mush. Add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Now it’s time for the avocado.

Garnish with the sesame seeds, freshly chopped coriander and devour!

Be my valentine. Be your own valentine. Be his, hers, their valentine. Whatever you do make these vanilla white chocolate hearts!

Do you want to be my valentine? Has anyone ever asked you that? I don't think I've been, but I've asked myself whether I'm my own best lover on this manufactured and commercial day.

Wiki tells me: Valentine's Day is also called Feast of Saint Valentine (oh!), originating as a Western Christian feast day (great excuse for making my new yummy recipe if you don't mind the Christian component) honouring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as "valentines". (How lovely)

In my books it's valentines on any other spontaneous day of the year. Still on this day we are reminded of love. It is when I like to check in with myself if I have loved myself enough, made my boundaries clear, taken care of myself by being honest, dancing wildly, running through fresh air, eating well (that box is always ticked), allowed myself to just 'be' (never ticked enough) and if I'm allowing myself to be loved by another (getting there). I enjoy being my own companion, but sharing love with another is totally delicious, divine and why not embrace being human by owning up to the fact that we all want and need to be loved by each other?! We can dissolve into eternal oneness when we are dead.

If you want to smell good from within, to feel good from within, to radiate life from within, for your beloved, what better way to start than eating wholesome vegan food such as Miso Soup and Sprouted Bread? Watch my new very organic videos with music by Trevor Brown for these two wholesome recipes on YouTube!

For the day of LOVE may I highly recommend making my brand spanking new Vanilla White Chocolate Hearts with toasted Hazelnuts hidden in the centre. They remind me of Rafaellos, you know those naughty sugar loaded delicious snowy white balls, with a creamy center that I wanted to drown myself in when I was a teenager. My new hearts don't just taste even better, but are actually good for you, leave you feeling great and craving for more. What a suitable valentines treat. Make these for yourself, your lover/s, a friend or even your mum or dad. Celebrating love certainly encompasses all beings and being kind to animals by eating more vegan foods is a tasty way to start. I've made a video for you on how to make these lush creamy love hearts accompanied by another delightful talented piece of music by Trevor Brown, take a look right here! Your feedback on your recipe trials are much welcomed over here at Gala's (mobile & global) Organic Kitchen.

Here's to LOVE mhhhhh

Maria-Carin Gala

I'm still looking for recipe makers and shooters, email me if interested or to find out more. I'd be delighted to hear from you! galasorganickitchen@gmail.com

Happy belated New Year dear healthy foodies!

The Christmas gluttony has been overcome and now rejuvenating things such as Miso Soup and Sprouted Bread can take centre stage. What better way to introduce two alkalising, balancing, grounding, nourishing dishes such as these infused with Trevor Brown's homemade music?! Miso soup is supposedly one of the best hang over cures, but I enjoy it best when I've eaten too much decadent food. I reckon it could be a good time for miso soup in January for all of us, right? Here are two videos for YOU! Check out trevorbrownmusic.com for more of this talented multi-instrumentalist.

Miso Soup with excellent music by Trevor Brown.


Sprouted Bread with excellent music by Trevor Brown.

I hope you are feeling positive and inspired about this brand new year. I've started with a 5Rhythms dance workshop, which for me always brings the essentials to light, awakens curiosity and determination to live the life I want to live, right now. Not later, now. Besides moving ones body all day brings out a strong appetite too, which in other words means a creative natural flow of recipe ideas. Obviously this supports my main mission, which is to finish my first cookbook and finally brings me to my point: I need your HELP AIUTO HILFE, because I still need more sexy food photos for the cookbook! See below how you can help:

Cook, Shoot & Win a copy of my upcoming cookbook! Here's how: 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 what recipes are awaiting you or to find out more. galasorganickitchen@gmail.com

Enjoy the two new videos and may you fast and feast to your liking. I enjoy swinging to the extremities of the pendulum, always looking for a sense of equilibrium, whether it be making a wholesome meal after an evening of too much lush food and wine, or cooking up a banquette after a day cycling and hiking in the black forest when starvation reached its peak. We can always make decision that serve our bodies best. In my opinion Macrobiotics understands this the best: The teachings that if you eat very salty foods it will make you crave very sweet foods and vice versa, is so very useful and was one of my first tools to manoeuvre out of bad food habits. Try it out and see if it's true for you, it certainly is for me. When I eat a burger and chips I will inevitably be dying for an icy cold kombucha or something similar that's sweet. When I eat too much fruit I go searching, like a wild boar, for salty roasted nuts or crackers. Good luck with your food addictions and cravings, I know about these too well. Therapy could be useful too ;) Wishing a happy life, now YES!

Maria Carin

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