Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweet & Savory Mediterranean Tapas, Flat-breads, Tarts & Galletes

Hazelnut cilantro spread w/ shaved fennel, roasted red bell 
peppers, French radishes, capers & cherry tomatoes

Hazelnut cilantro spread with  toasted artichoke, 
olives & cherry tomatoes

Anju red pear w/ herbes de Provence flatbread

Persimmons & Fennel Flatbread w. Pomegranate seeds

Yellow squash & Tarragon Flatbread 

Lemon-Dill-Butter Been Spread on Pita Bread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread on Flatbread w/ baby spinach 
and black olives

Watermelon Fennel Salad

Fennel French Radishes Flatbread w/Zaatar spice &
Pomegranate seeds

Asparagus Chestnut Flatbread 

Persimmon Basil Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Orange Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Pear Pistachio Tart

Valentine's Artisan Chocolates

Plum Lavender Galette

Pear Fig Lavender Tart

Anju Pear Orange Lavender Tart

Chocolate Orange Lavender Tart

Pear Lavender Tartlet

Persimmon Chocolate Pistachio 

Persimmon Lavender Pistachio Tart

Artisan Chocolate

Plum Lavender Tart

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Promote Love & Sensuality in Your Life!

Your Valentine's Day Gift to Yourself! 

Make your bedroom clutter-free, serene and romantic to promote peaceful rest, enhanced love life and happy Relationships!

1.       Declutter your bedroom. Keep what’s essential and let go of any items that have no relevance to Serenity and Romance.
2.      Remove pictures, objects and art forms (from the past and present) that do not represent, invite, promote or attract Love, Unity and Sensuality.
3.      Keep work-related items such as electronics devices, bookshelves and work desk out of your bedroom. 
4.     Declutter your closets and donate items you haven't worn in six months to a year. 
5.      Bring tranquility into your bedroom by choosing calming colors such as light blue or soft lavender.
6.     Invest in high quality bedding with a solid pattern and soft, nourishing texture.
7.      Add light fragrant candles or essential-oil diffuser in your bedroom. The scent of Lavender induces relaxation. Rose and Jasmine scents promote Sensuality, Love and Romance.
8.     Promote Love and Sensuality in your life by adding books such as The Goddess' Guide to Love, the Art of Sensual Aromatherapy (or other love related books of your own liking) to your nightstands.

The goal is to invite serenity, love and sensuality into your life. Whether you are single or in a relationship shouldn’t matter!

Most of All, Be Awesome and Love Yourself Without Limits!

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin Cfiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beetroot also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

This beautiful and colorful spread is super yummy, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with seeded baguette, wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies too. It's even more delightful with a glass of fruity red wine such as Pinot Noir.  

You can enjoy it as spread on bread sandwiches, pizza or flatbread and more (just let your culinary imagination go wild)! 

Ingredients (serving size 10):

3 medium red beetroots
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/5 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cumin seeds 
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Few fresh dill sprigs 


Peel beetroots, wash and pad dry with paper towel. Chop into medium size pieces, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle of see salt and roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I roast beetroots in a pyrex glass dish loosely covered with parchment paper, which accelerates the cooking time. Remove beetroots from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes. 

In a food processor, combine roasted beetroots, walnuts, seal salt, olive oil, cumin seeds and garlic cloves. Process until roughly smooth. Add Meyer lemon rind and juice and process 3-4 more times. Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few Meyer lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.


Chef Ellie Lavender