Thursday, November 16, 2017

What is Feng Shui and why is it important?

What is Feng Shui and why is it important?

Feng Shui is the art of arranging your home and work environments to enhance the flow of positive energy (chi), love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life. When energy flow is stagnant or obstructed (i.e. clutter), it can have a direct negative impact on your life! If you have found that your environment doesn’t make you feel good or bring forth happiness, productivity and prosperity, there’s likely an obstruction of energy flow that needs to be addressed.

One of the essential tools in Feng Shui is the Bagua map. It provides a blueprint and a formula to improve and enhance nine significant areas in your life: 1) abundance-prosperity, 2) fame-reputation, 3) love-relationship, 4) health-family, 5) balance-harmony, 6) children-creativity, 7) knowledge-self cultivation, 8) career-life purpose, and 9) helpful people-travel.

Decluttering is the all important first step in the Feng Shui process! If energy (chi) can't flow freely, nothing else can begin to improve! The next step is the organization, which will bring clarity and empowerment. Lastly, the application of Feng Shui principles will cultivate and enhance balance, harmony, love, happiness and prosperity. If this sounds transformational, it is.

Your home is your sanctuary. It represents you and your inner-self. When you mindfully design inspiring living and working environments based on the principles of Feng Shui, you'll cultivate and enhance love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Heavenly Vegan Lemon-Dill Hummus Recipe!

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Heavenly Vegan Lemon-Dill Hummus Recipe! 

The beauty of making hummus at home is that you can play around with the Ingredients of your liking. I use a varieties of beans and fresh herbs when making hummus!  This is my white kidney beans, lemon-dill vegan hummus, which can be enjoyed with pita bread, wholegrain crackers
and even as spread on sandwich breads.

Ingredients (serving size 4-6 people), pic 7:
• 2 Cans white kidney beans (AKA Fagioli Cannellini bean), liquid drained.
• 1/4 Tsp. sea salt
• 2 Garlic cloves pealed and roughly chopped
• 1/3 Olive oil
• 1/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 Cup lemon rind
• 1/2 Cup roughly chopped fresh dill
• 1/3 Cup small capers
• 1/2 Tsp. ground Cumin
• A few dill sprigs for garnish

1. Juice and rind the lemon peel, pic. 6
2. Place all ingredients (including lemon juice & rind) into a food processor, pic. 5
3. Process until the hummus is coarsely pureed, pic. 4
4. Place hummus in a bowl, drizzle some olive oil, and garnish with lemon rind, capers and dill, pic. 3
5. Toast pita bread lightly, place a spoon full of hummus on it and garnish lemon rind, capers and dill, pic. 2 & 1
6. Enjoy with a few slices of persimmons or any other fruits of your liking.  

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Meet Chef Ellie Lavender!


My name is Ellie Lavender, founder & CEO of Lavender Design + Cuisine. I'm also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Interior Designer, Culinary Instructor, Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef and Artisan Chocolatier.

My journey as a self-taught vegan Mediterranean chef started at age 7 with my decision to become a vegetarian. Having asked my mom to prepare vegetarian foods, her reply was: “It’s time for you to learn how to cook so that you can make any kind of food you want”. I started cooking and found absolute joy in experimenting with the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs (lavender always being my favorite) from our organic garden. This early encounter with the joy of cooking led me to create Lavender Cuisine because cooking truly is my greatest passion! 

The name Lavender Cuisine comes from my wonderful experience with the amazing healing power of lavender—a story that has its origins in my early childhood in the south of France. I was introduced to lavender at the age of six. My mom used to make me a glass of warm milk infused with lavender flowers and honey whenever I had an upset stomach or could not sleep. It always made me feel good and was simply wonderful. 

I learned the art of cooking and baking with culinary lavender at a very early age by experimenting with it and loving the results. Culinary lavender adds a delightful and exotic flavor to any sweet or savory creation.

I offer the following services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay. I use a wide variety of fresh, organic local produce and ingredients from local farmer’s markets in Santa Cruz County.
  • Personal chef services featuring organic, seasonal, local and sustainable Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean gourmet cuisine prepared in your kitchen and tailored to your personal taste.
  • Private, group and corporate culinary classes including artisan chocolate making, Vegetarian/ Vegan Mediterranean cooking, and wine pairing (minimum 5 people, maximum 100)
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean catering for all occasions (up to 100 people).
Lavender has touched my life in many magical ways and I would welcome the opportunity to introduce it into yours.

Chef Ellie Lavender
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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