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

Summer time, protein breakfasts and random vegan tidbits.

Dear foodies and Gala's Organic Kitchen followers,

I can't believe I am still in Germany, after 6 months I am starting to feel the flow of this country a little. Infused with people making, creating, coming together, there are many delicious healthy foodie moments to share with you. I do this best via Instagram so head over there, even though I find it a rather thin representation of what I show, as I often prefer to live the moment rather than shoot it. Even foodie moments. I personally love looking at other peoples photos of their food and get daily inspirations, I hope my photos inspire you to make something deliciously healthy and tasty for precious yourself.

As some of you know my mum has cancer and so I get to bring my healthy cancer- fighting or immune-supporting recipes into her/ our life. The other week we went to a new oncologist because mum has decided against chemotherapy as the previous oncologist said he will not work with her any further because of her decision and told her he won't support her anymore. The new oncologist was said to be more open-minded and have an understanding of alternative treatments. Well, at the first appointment he said "no I would not advice cancer patients to stop eating sugar, or carbs as that would damage the quality of life" !!! What the?! Doesn't he know that eating only natural sugars is REALLY TASY FUN AND EXCITING? Obviously not and to top it off he suggested eating red meat for over well-being. There was more to that conversation, but I'll leave it at this point. During the course of the last 6 months I have not heard from any doctors any advice on nutrition, only from the naturopaths. I have had it with 'normal doctors' for the time being and am resorting to a diet based on our intuition and feeling what feels right to eat when and behold it naturally does not contains sugar, meat, dairy or white flour. Mum is very good at listening to her body and what it wants to eat, yes often it's basmati rice and chicken wings, but overall she's, totally naturally if I made add, ditched all sweet treats and dairy. She's eating what she feels like with a little inspiration from me and I trust this so much more than a famous oncologist who does not look very healthy himself and advices patients that nutrition is not a major key for cancer management and the only thing that can help is chemotherapy.

Back to recipes, I've had this urge to share with you some protein rich breakfast ideas as people ask me regularly what can vegans possibly eat that has a good amount of protein for breakfast if they can't, or chooses not to eat, eggs, dairy, many grains or meat? 

Here are some ideas:

1) Chia puddings oh the world of chia puddings.

2) Granola made with coconut flakes, almonds, pepitas, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut oil and spice but I believe our good old oats are actually a good source of carbs even containing some protein.

3) Sprouted grain bread or pancakes made with protein flours.

4) Coconut yogurt, soy yogurt, almond yogurt, cashew yogurt with nuts, seeds and fruit.

5) Almond milk. Almond milk smoothies with protein powders, or oats and banana cinnamon.

6) Breads and muffins using nut meals and coconut flour adding protein powder. Sweet or savoury!

7) Scrambled tofu with protein bread.

8) Porridge with quinoa, amaranth, brown rice or millet. Sweet or savoury endless variations!

9) Baked beans or avocado on protein bread.

10) Crumbles using nuts, seeds and coconut flour.

As far as I'm concerned one can eat bliss balls or raw cakes for breakfast, soups and fritters, nut and seed slices, muffins and cakes if they are made with less sweetener and protein rich flours, for a protein rich vegan breakfast.

Next time you are feeling sorry for yourself about not being able to eat this and that, know that it's only in your head and that the heavenly world of healthy, nutritious, protein rich food awaits you.

Would you like to test one of my recipes from any of these breakfasts? Just email me at galasorganickitchen@gmail.com and I will be more than happy to send you a recipe to trial at home and hopefully bring a new breeze into your morning breakfast repertoire.

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