These are THE most simple and delicious snacks, ever. And all you need is:
Nuts of your preference (here I used pecans, cashews and almonds)
Grill the nuts in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes, take them out— place them in a frying pan on low heat and add 2 spoonfuls of maple syrup. Rock the pan around until the syrup starts to turn slightly white, coating the nuts.
Et voilà! Honestly, I cannot stop snacking on these…!
First time ever, buying a raw Aloe—something I had my eyes on doing! I had to go on YouTube to see how I would peel it, (never eat the skin!) and by cutting the two edges, and carefully removing the large surfaces, (though with very slim-ey hands at the end) I was able to get some nice filets of transparent rectangles of aloe pulp! I used the pulp for a smoothie, and the rind…I rubbed on my skin (of course the inside facing the skin) for hydration! Feels gooey at first, but drys up quickly for a a toner. (Remove if you feel any itching!)
For the smoothie:
5-10 cm of aloe (the aloe is a bit amer-bitter so adjust at your preference)
1 ripe banana
2 cubes of frozen pineapple juice OR simply ice cubes
Not pictured, but I added some fresh pomegranate, which is also highly recommended!
After having tidy-ed up the house, I love to give it a finishing touch with some natural air purifiers. I honestly believe that it makes the air serene and calm, and brings everything back to zero. I often freshen up with these even when I just feel like my mind is cloudy, energy is low or body feels sluggish. My three big magic methods:
Aroma diffuser : Oils depending on the day & moment but combinations like lavender–citron–eucalyptus is 100%.
Dried sage: I’ve been using this for a long time now–when I teach I sometimes like to burn sage in the room before class to create a clean feel-good ambiance. At the moment, we also are growing our own sage which will be dried out for future use.
Palo Santo: A recent favorite. There is something so calming about the scent of pure wood, which also works as an incense. (*I would’t burn it for long–sometimes the aroma can get a bit strong)
Back in Japan, I searched around for a non-heated (非加熱) raw honey and found a bee maker who makes small batches in the countryside. Let’s just say, when you taste this kind of pure honey, you can never go back to any other kind.
There on, we traveled to Greece where we found les ruches (bee hives) in the mountains all over, and were amazed by their local honey.
Getting back home, keeping our eyes open in the big city life of Paris, we found that there are lots of opportunities here as well, for finding—and cultivating local honey. The art of this is called apiculture, bee-keeping. After contacting several associations, we will start our journey of a year and a half to learn the art and hopefully, one day have our own ruche to make honey of our own.
In the meantime, a collection of our honey at home:
Miel de bruyère from an apiculteur found at a morning local marché in Bandol
Honey from Le Rucher de Malakoff, made in the banlieu of Paris
Miel de Fleurs d’été from the Rucher de Balard, made on a rooftop right in Paris 15
Homemade honey from an old man on the island of Paros, Greece
Local market honey from a small island of 300 people in Greece, Schinoussa
Honey from a small local supermarket (who have their own organic garden) in the island of Amorgos, Greece.
Manuka Honey 18+ from New Zealand
Meli, heather honey from Ios island, Greece
Raw thyme honey from a village Kostos in Paros, Greece
These lids our household received for Christmas, is a life changer! Maybe for about half a year now, I ran out of plastic wrap–and decided in that case, to not use any. But in all honesty, leftovers are real, and things want to be covered when we keep them aside. I successfully passed the months without plastic wrap, but it was about time I come up with a solution. Then this happened. They come in a set of different sizes, so it works with about any plate. (The other day, I had carrot sticks left–which I put in a water glass, and the smallest lid fit as a cover for the glass!) Easy to wash and reusable—100% approve!
Let’s start the weekend with a yoga pause! At the lovely “Les Grands Voisins” in Denfert Rochereau (Line 4&6/RER B)
Really look forward to seeing everyone there 🙏Commençons le week-end avec un yoga pause! À bientôt🙌
VENUE : Les Grands Voisins
82 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014
*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE (5 min walk from the entrance)
HORAIRE : 10:30-11:30
(appreciate you coming 5-10 min before to secure a spot!)
PRIX: 10 Euros
There will be some mats but please bring your mat if you have one!
*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE is on the far left corner. From the entrance go straight, and stay on the left side, it’s all the way down at the end!
*C’est tout au fond dans le coin gauche. Quand vous êtes à l’entrée vous longez à gauche jusqu’à la médiathèque.