Living in the city I am fond of every trace of nature that I come across. From the lovely green parks to the woods and waters on the borders of Amsterdam, as well as visiting the other cities in beautiful areas of the Netherlands. I wanted to just share with you some nice plants that I saw this week that blew my mind... hihi.
Just amazing colors that were incredibly bright and shapes that I couldn't almost believe were real.
These times are very beautiful in my life as well as my surroundings. I cannot hold back my fascination on these beautiful sceneries. You must have seen beautiful natural treasures yourself. I have seen some amazing pictures on social media lately. Please share your pics here or leave a reply if you like ♡♡♡
Today was hot.. it was a wonderful day for being in the forest. And I had a very nice time. It's the season for picking all kinds of nice fruits. Just a short distance from my house is a beautiful area to breathe nature.
I went out and along the way I discovered Elderberry trees. They are maturing nicely. The scents are just amazing!
Did you know that Elderberries are full of antioxidants? Also they lower the cholesterol, improve vision, and are great for the heart health? In general they are great boosters for the immune system. Used for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections. Cook them first and make a syrup for example. Or make your own wine. When you have a whole lot of the Elderberries, just freeze them and later cook them to sweeten your pancakes adding sugar or rice syrup as I would. MMMjummmmm! Well actually I am busy right now with my own recipe for an Elderberry Energy Ball, it's almost finished.. almost can't wait to share more with you.. <3
Japanese Sweets are delicious and healthy too.
I got fascinated by pictures on Pinterest of Japanese cooking. It's so inspiring to me how delicate and good looking food can be.
You can join me please and try these recipes yourself. I would like to see your results and try outs. Send me a post via the blog in the menu above. I would love that.
I have begun to make Matcha cakes, Matcha energy balls and lots of Matcha teas. Such an amazing taste it is. And the tasteful combinations are various. Try adding white chocolate or make your own white chocolate by mixing cocoa butter with a sweetener.
Have you tried these colorful balls above yet? Mochi they are called or Daifuku (meaning "Good Luck" in Japanese).
'The traditional way of cooking mochi rice is to steam it over a wood fire, and then pound it in a tree trunk pestle with a big wooden mallet. Nowadays a food processor or spice grinder are used for the preparation.
Then, while the mochi is still hot, you grab a little ball of it, make a disk, then pop a ball of sweet bean paste into the center. Wrap up the bean paste, then quickly pat the mochi into a bun shape. Hurry! You have to wrap up all the mochi balls before it cools down and gets stiff. This will give you a basic "daifuku." '*
The dough is a base of rice or rice flower. By the way rice flower the same ingredient that is used to make spring rolls. Spring rolls are in fact originally Vietnamese, not Japanese, I believe. The ingredients are rolled in rice sheets. You may also know these fresh and aromatic snacks by the name of summer rolls.
Great name, isn't it?
Filled with shrimps, bean sprouts, parsley, egg and avocado or whatever ingredient you prefer, these are a healthy snack that you must try. If you haven't yet. Or another fun idea is to take the ingredients and put them in a nice clean glass jar. Sprinkle some chili sauce, and off you go to work, school, or the park. Give it a try!
Welcome to my blog. I am Lisette. I love everything about healthy nutrition and sweet food. My fascination for pastry, chocolate, pies and desserts is endless. I have read so many inspiring food blogs. I absolutely adore the blogs with beautiful pictures. To read about new trends, ways to replace animal ingredients by vegan ingredients, new retail concepts etc.
I was hesitant about starting my own food blog, because I thought I wasn't ready for it. I now feel like I have to write. It keeps popping up in my mind. Now is the right time for me. I hope you enjoy it.
"You are what you eat", a familiar saying. So true, isn't it? Everything with which we fill our stomach has a certain effect on how we feel.
Food is energy. It is mixed directly with the materials of our body. Partly used, stored and dismantled. Each individual has a personal experience, because each body is unique.
How do you want to feel? How can you stay in good condition?
When I think of something nice, I feel filled with joy. "Soon I'm going to eat a delicious snack", I am thinking for example. By this thought I feel like I'm already busy eating it. The energy you experience when thinking of food can be the same energy that you feel when you actually eat.
In reaction with the body a new balance is reached when your food has reached your stomach. Therein all kinds of complicated processes play a role. The effect is a new feeling. Do you eat a banana then it could be that the present substance tryptophan helps to manufacture melatonin and serotonin, resulting in a feeling of relaxation.
I feel a lot of gratitude towards my body and also towards the healthy foods that are available on this planet for us. Since 2015 I have started to make healthy energy balls. Working with alternative sugars, instead of refined white sugar, I discovered many more flavors and textures. A bliss to work with! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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