Month: January 2014

Salmon, on a bed of asparagus

It does not get a lot easier than this! Make a small portion for an entrée, or a larger portion for a main course. Filled to the brim with heart healthy Omega 3 fats, stacked with fibres, B vitamins, anti oxidants,quick, easy to make and yummy to taste all all words suited for this dish. Let´s get on with it! Ingredients for 4 people (entrée size); 600 gr of smoked or gravad salmon, in thin slices 300 gr fresh, green asparagus 75 gr parmesan cheese – if you are lactose intolerant , leave the parmesan out and substitute with roasted pine nuts fresh dill coarse black pepper lemon Allow the asparagus to boil in lightly salted water for about 3-4 minutes. Drape the salmon over the asparagus, squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice atop, add some freshly grated parmesan or roasted pine nuts, dress with the dill and black pepper. Enjoy! Advertisements

Quinotto

What? Spelling mistake? Quinoa what? Well, it is kind of like a risotto but with quinoa. For those of you new to quinoa it is a grain native of Central and South America, Low GI and containing a large portion of protein. Next to that I would of course not be featuring it here if it weren´t yummy as well as healthy :-). This is a really quick and easy recipe. Lunch, dinner, side dish for the BBQ or for the buffet, for the lunch box, for the picknick – very versatile as you can see. You can use any quinoa – white, red, black or a mix of them all. This recipe is for 4 people. Ingredients: 3 tbspns olive oil 1 small red onion 1 garlic clove 150 gr chickpeas 2,5 dl cooked quinoa 1 dl parmesan –  if you are lactose intolerant, use goat cheese Unless you already have, start with boling the quinoa according to the information on the  package so that you have your boiled quinoa mentioned in the list above …

For H….. – and for M

You arrived with a bunch of our “season-friends”, smile from cheek to cheek as if you had swallowed the sun. My heart fluttered, euphoria “He is here”, “he really came” A wonderful summer could not come to a better end. More than a hundred very special people, connected in ways most outsiders never would understand gathered in the evening sun this day in August. Short speech, the bar open, the band playing, the buffet inviting everyone to celebrate. The air was alive, the hearts were filled to the brim, the beer was cold. “Will you come with me?” “Yes”, I whispered. Your hands were warm. “Tonight I have to host this party but tomorrow I am all yours. We have the rest of our lives ahead of us”. My words held a promise. Two souls, young, fearless and bright amidst this crowd of connected spirits, snowflakes being our glue. It is night. I lie here curled up against his body. My face drowning in his naked chest, my whole being shivering, quaking. I try to …

Pumpkin Soup with ginger and leek

Yes it is January, and yes, Halloween is very far away. But, we still have pumpking lying around in the veggiebowl and it´s still good. So if you are in the same situation as us, don´t let it sit around much longer – try this easy, yummy, slightly spicy and of course very healthy soup! The reciepe is for 2 people. Ingredients 1 small pumpkin 2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped a piece of fresh ginger, about thumbsize soy or oat milk or cream vegetable bouillon salt ´n pepper honey 1 thin leek, sliced in tiny little rings Here we go; Clean the pumpkin, slice it in half and remove the seeds. Cut the pumpkin in slices, peeling it as well if you´d like (it´s not necessary if you have given it a good scrub). Then you take the slices and cut these into small pieces. Peel and grate the ginger. Put the pumpkin, the ginger, the finely chopped garlic, bouillon and a pinch of salt in the pan. Add the soy or oat …

Tunasalad, with kidneybeans

If you are in a hurry, or just not up for cooking a lot, you are hungry, you want something tasty, healthy and you still want to make sure you either don´t ruin that workout you just had or have just exhausted yourself in front of your agenda planning all the workouts in for the coming weeks and months – here´s a quick, easy, yummy and “making sure you get all the good fats, healthy proteins, great antioxidants, fibre, minerals, vitamins you need” meal. Great for lunch and/or dinner! Even fits great for a lunchbox, or an evening on the boardwalk with your feet dangling over the water while you watch the seagulls doing their dance. Recipe for 1 person: Ingredients: 1 stalk of celery, including the leaves 1 dl sugar snaps 0,5 yellow or red capsicum 1 can of tuna in oil/brine 1 dl red kidney beans, cooked or canned 1 boiled egg 0,5 avocado Fresh basil A few pfefferoni´s 1 tbspn balsamic vinegar 2 tbspn olive oil A pinch of sea salt A …

Green beans marinated in tahini

This recipe is surprisingly yummy I must say. When I first came across it I thought ;” how can something so easy to cook really be good? “ Well, less than 10 minutes later I had to laugh out loud at myself as it was yummylicious! Hubby and I had this side dish with grilled tuna the first time, and today I had it with marinated spicy tofu from the supermarket. You can have it with any of your favorite protein , and it is a great dish for on buffets as well as it is just as yummy cold as slightly warm. Aside from being totally delish, green beans are filled with fibre, folate, Vitamin K as well as carotenoids – giving us endurance, loads of anti oxidants and a well working intestinal flora, and who doesn´t want to feel great, have luminous skin and enough number 2´s daily!?! Tahini, next to the olive oil in this recipe, supplies us with heart healthy fats and is filling as well. Add the garlic to that …

News / Workshop Vijnana Yoga, January 19th at Eva´z

Sunday 19th of Jan, 14.00 – 17.00, theme : Connecting Eva´z Yoga & Pilates, Herenweg 89, Heemstede Price : 35 euro pp In this workshop we will work on the principle of Connecting throughout the asana´s, the pranayama, in the mediation and even in savasana/the relaxation. Through Connecting we move as one body, we collect all the fragments together and focus through one mind, we breathe aligning the pranic body with the physical body in unison. In the sitting/meditation Connecting puts us on the path towards Oneness whether we are looking for the authentic yoga/union or “just” more peace of mind, enhanced wellbeing and the flow of creativity. We will work both with the western approach to anatomy and physiology in line with the eastern approach to the movement of energy throughout the body – to experience and discover the Connection between the two as well as being able to work with whichever approach fits you the best. Whether you are relatively new to yoga or have been on this part for quite some time …

News / Yoga Nidra, next week Friday @ Iyengar Yoga Haarlem

Next week Friday, January 10th, at 20.00, it is time for the monthly Yoga Nidra practice again which I guide at Iyengar Yoga Haarlem. I would love to welcome you all for this deeply relaxing practice. The lesson / practice is 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs are 10 euro’s. Yoga Nidra means “deep sleep”. It is an ancient practice that has been, and is still being, practiced by yogi´s since thousands of years as a compliment to mediation, asana and pranayama. In Yoga Nidra we go into a conscious deep sleep where we go through all the different layers of the mind and body into the deep stillness within. For the yogis since ancient times the practice has been used, and is being used, to clean up old samskara´s – old patterns, which are disturbing the stillness of the mind. In modern days the practice of Yoga Nidra is being used in several more places than in the complete yoga practices ; Army veterans suffering from PTSD are following Yoga Nidra as part …