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Tell me about salads!

The summer sun has arrived!

The arrival of the first rays of Sun – even though it was really slow to point his nose this year – causes some changes in the way we eat if we take care to listen to. Each season a lot of nice surprises of nature, and the summer is an opportunity to indulge themselves with beautiful tomatoes, tasty melons, peppers trilogy and other delicious fruits when they are ripe and organic preferably.

Add merriment to your salads!

The variety of salads that you can imagine has no limits, and if you follow a few basic principles, you can vary the pleasures, whether it is an input or a dish.

We do not think often enough to use the fruit in our salads, it's ideal to eat during the meal, they bring interesting flavors.

I for my part attaches great importance to the colors in my salads, it is a landmark that I trust often when I Cook. The harmony of the colours is a good indication of the gustative harmony, even if the key to success is of course the seasoning. There too, the fruits may play a role interesting in the development of your sauces for salads.

The salad, flat zero waste!

If like me, you set the target zero waste, you will enjoy yourself to make your fridge leftover salad. A rest of pasta, bulgur, quinoa, a background of ratatouille, 2/3 Greens, a few grains of corn, a lonely tomato, half a cucumber, a touch of chives, the youngest of a family of Onion Tops and voila.

To keep your salad one meal on the other, simply use the sauce aside.

 A full meal

Given the multitude of different ingredients that can mix in a salad, it is easy to make a single dish full, healthy, nourishing, with the body nutrients.

Even if you are vegetarian, protein provided by cereals and/or legumes will be broadly sufficient. Should just be used to keep small remnants in good conditions to accommodate at best during the week.

Here is the example of this Red Bean Salad which is nothing more than a beautiful assortment of my fridge remains.

The sauce that makes the difference

For sauces, this is pretty much the same thing… Over your desires, start with a base and let your imagination, is infinite… You need to make the salad dressing traditional oil, an acidic element such as vinegar or lemon juice, and then of the salt and pepper. Then no need to buy salad dressing all made, you'll save money, and you'll see that yours are much better (and far richer in nutrients).

By dint make sauces salad, you eventually have variants that it loves more than others, and above all, it must adapt its dominant type of salad to be prepared. The sauce must transcend the flavors of the ingredients.

For example, a simple sauce that has rocked my childhood, my grandmother:

Squeeze the juice of one lemon in a case of mustard and 1 cac of puree of almonds, mix, salt and pepper. Add a garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped shallots, and add a good organic olive oil until sauce is creamy. You can relax 1-2 case of water so that it coats well the salad leaves (this will prevent the walnut oil). Choose a salad freshly harvested, slightly crisp, and at the last moment sprinkle with chives.

We are many to appreciate carrots grated with the juice of lemon and olive oil, but you can also add a teaspoon of mustard and orange juice that you have made to reduce a few minutes on the fire so that it thickens a bit. It's delicious, and carrots love orange juice!

Think spice and herbs

If you like Asian typed salads, grated ginger is inescapable, and combining crushed garlic, finely minced Lemongrass (fresh or frozen) and a hint of Chili, you get the sauces that titillate the taste buds.

As in this recipe of papaya to the pomelo salad and avocado.

A few ideas…

Use spices and herbs in sauces to salads to vary the pleasures while taking care of his health.

Mustard and pepper are the main spices used, yet it is possible to boost your salads by adding cumin grated carrots or beets, you can also add a few drops of black cumin oil or Nigella in your dressing, it's a treat!

What is turmeric, rice or pasta are its allies. Put not too much, but you choose quality, preferably organic shop. And little tip for cooking the rice if you don't have a steamer:

"I do nacrer 300g rice in in a pot in the oven with a cover."

When the rice is translucent, I add 500g of water, 1 pinch of salt, and especially 1 seed cardamom and 1/2 star anise flower. I cover and I put in 20 minutes at 200 ° C oven. After 20 minutes I go out the dish, I rid the rice and let cool. "It is delicately perfumed, and whether you eat it hot or cold in salads, it's a simple treat to make."

As for herbs, it is according to taste. Personally, I like not too mix them, they each have such personality. Whether it's the chives, coriander, parsley, chervil, tarragon, basil, mint, it is always better for the carving knife and add it at the last moment, you preserve her outfit and its aromatic qualities.

And as simple things are often the best:

Try this salad recipe:

"Mix two or three salads from the garden, or BIO, well washed and dried thoroughly, which you cut leaves in 2.

Add a bouquet of fresh herbs and mix well:

Sticks of 3 cm chives, flowering of dill, tarragon, flat parsley leaves, and flowering of coriander leaves.

Finish by adding raspberry vinegar dressing at the last moment, it really an entry in its own right".

You can play!

You will of course find many recipes of salads which will feed the Blog, and feel free to give us your impressions, your stuff and your recipe ideas.

Now it's your turn…


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Cooking Ayurvedic or dietetics to measure

My corner grocer is Indian

I visit regularly to the Indian in my neighborhood grocer to find all kinds of preparations or local spices, and I start in tests…

You have no doubt random your urban walks was tempted to bring Indian cooking bags, but in doubt of the result, you have dropped the idea. I started for you…

Attention, fragile, abstain!

Below, I deliver you my recipe for chicken "Achar Gosht" (of the same name that bought spice mix).
A true recipe for chicken with Indian, tasty and without long preparation. One sachet of spices dug up in an Indian grocery, and the round is played. Careful, as in all these exotic spice blends, you should never follow the package directions, because they are intended for local, so beware, go ahead gradually!

Little India in Paris

Is by visiting this grocer, and pacing the 10th arrondissement of Paris and its typical Indian district (it is there like, guaranteed change of scenery!) not far from the station North and the rue du faubourg Saint-Denis, that I got interested in this kitchen more closely. If you pass by there, enjoy the smells of spices and perfumes of the passage Brady nicknamed Little India, contemplate the shelves of colorful saris, and if the heart tells you, stop in one of many restaurants (Pooja or Yasmin).

Caro then had the good idea to offer me my first Ayurvedic cooking classes, and I emerged in full of new ideas, a complete book on Ayurveda under arm

Ayurve what?

Ayurveda is a traditional medicine from the ancient texts, the Vedas (2nd millennium BC). It aims at maintaining health, disease healing and well-being.

It falls to peak, that's kinda what we wanted to talk about on this blog!

It is reassuring to see that there are interesting alternatives to allopathic medicine, full of common sense, close to us (our spiritual and physical body), of the world that surrounds us and its wealth. These alternatives help us look evil at its source and correct it so that it not return over the long term, instead of simply to silence the pain that will inevitably return…

We will try to introduce you to the key of Ayurveda, regarded in India as a medical full – the curriculum of training to be hard Ayurvedic doctor 12 years! -in which food is paramount. And if you want to deepen as we, you will discover an infinite universe of solutions to stay healthy…

The first idea of this approach is that the human being is composed of five elements,

the "Pancha Maha Bhutas': Ether, Air, fire, water and Earth.

These five elements support the physical, but also emotional and mental body to keep it healthy.

Our five senses are linked: Ether / sound, Air/touch, fire/view, water/taste, Earth/smell.

They are associated with the energies of the living named "Doshas" and are three-fold:

-Vata (combination of air and ether),.

 o Vata is dry, light, cold, rough, subtle…

o Vata is intelligence that manages the movement.

o Vata is located in the large intestine, the spleen and the skeleton.

o Vata is in the lower part of the body

-Pitta (fire and water combined),

o Pitta is so oily, penetrating, hot, light, smelly, liquid, pungent…

o Pitta is the intelligence that manages the transformation.

o Pitta is located in the digestive system, circulatory system, blood, cells, sweat.

o Pitta is in the middle of the body

-Kapha (Earth and water combined),

o Kapha is so moist, creamy, cold, heavy, slow, sticky, sweet, firm, static…

o Kapha is the intelligence of cohesion.

o Kapha is located in the respiratory system, stomach, head, joints, neck, the adipose tissue, mucus.

o Kapha is on the top of the body and in the chest

They define our deep nature. Any disturbance of balance has any repercussions.

Kiran Vyas gives some simplified examples related to imbalances in doshas:

-Pain is related to an imbalance in Vata

-Heat (fever or inflammation) is linked to a Pitta imbalance

-The itch is related to an imbalance of Kapha

The structure of our body is defined by seven vital tissues, "Dhatus"

. Their function is to ensure the smooth functioning of the body. :

-Plasma rasa: or "foster juice", "raw water".

-Rakta: red blood cells or "raw material of fire.

-Mamsa: muscle tissue, "raw land".

-Meda: fat, "raw land".

-Asthi: bone tissue and cartilage.

-Majja: the spinal cord and nerves,

-Shukra and Artava: semen and reproductive tissues. "raw water".

Each Dhatu nourishes the following

Another Ayurvedic principle: the "Srotas" are vital channels of our body that circulate energy. Any poor circulation due to a point of blockage or inhibition has consequences.

We find this same principle in other medicines or energy disciplines across Asia, as Shiatsu or traditional Chinese medicine.

Ayurveda distinguishes then 13 "Agnis" or "lights", which is the "digestive fire" of the stomach or

-Jatharagni: well digest the food but also the events of life helps us stay healthy.

When Jathragni does not digest food properly, due to a poor diet, or simply because of the environment that can be stressful and disrupt us, food becomes assimilated or not evacuated and form what is called Ama (toxins).

The other lights are:

-Five fires that reside in the liver, responsible for the transformation of the digested food.

-Seven fires of the fabrics, their correct training manager

Then three "Malas" or "removals": it is to eliminate everything that the body doesn't need.

-Sveda: sweat

-Purisha: stools

-Mutra: urine

The importance of good feeding in every sense of the term

Many agree this is a bit complex we grant you, but what you should remember it is Ayurveda places an emphasis to our food, be it material or spiritual.

Each food, each spice, helped maintain a balance of our energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and also how to cook.

So as for me – as for many stressed city dwellers! -Pitta is in excess, a few factors that can unbalance it are moderate (too spicy, hot, acidic, salty food, alcohol, cigarettes, hot and humid weather, too much stress and pressure), and cause a reactive redness and hypersensitive skin…

Nutrition Ayurvedic consultant could be an interesting to help you approach to determine your Doshique nature, and balance it.

In the meantime you can do the test and discover your deep nature on this site: http://www.leparadisier.com/ayurveda.html.

A few basic tips that we can apply in everyday lif[1]e:

-adapt its food to its temperament, its age and its activity

-Eat only when hungry

-Do not suddenly change her eating habits

-Avoid the consumption of cold drinks that disrupt Agni

-Respect the food compatibility

-Fresh food, not reheated, eat organic if possible

-Eat a healthy and serene atmosphere

-Eat the hard food first, then soft and liquid to finish

-Fruit (mild flavor) should be eaten at the beginning of meals

-Acidic and salty flavors should be consumed in the middle of meals

-The pungent, bitter and astringent flavors should be consumed after a meal

Eggplant and potato in the Indian (Baigan dahi)

Here is a recipe for very simple Ayurvedic cuisine that I learned during my course, and according to my trainer has the advantage to spare the three Doshas..

This recipe has been the opportunity to discover a spice with many digestive properties: the Asa foetida.

It is a medicinal resinous gum from a tree native to Asia. It is a very fragrant, close to that of the garlic taste powder that is used at the beginning of cooking. The advantage of this spice according to Ayurveda, is that it eliminates incompatibilities between certain foods. It is also an excellent tonic which increases the vital impetus, a find so available in Indian grocery stores of course.


It also massages, body treatments, relaxation, meditation, and of course yoga, but this is another story…

Source (and further): Kiran Vyas – the big book of Ayurveda – edition Marabout 2016). A book exciting and very accessible, even when the subject is vast and complex.

[1] Source: www.artdevivre.com