Delicious Cardamom Saffron Cookies

Baking the healthy way! It is the season for cookies and here is one new favorite of mine, definitely with Arabian flavors, and wholesome of course. They are quickly made and so delicious. If you wish to try your hand on baking, here is the recipe:

Cardamom Saffron Cookies

What to Buy for 40 small cookiesimage
1 g Cardamom seeds, roughly ground with mortar and pestle
0.1 g Saffron
150 g Butter (room temperature)
80 g Acacia honey
Organic orange zest (from 1 orange)
50 ml Orange juice
225 g Finely ground whole spelt flour
1 pinch Salt
100 g Finely ground almonds
1 Egg
120 g Dark chocolate

How to Make It
Warm up the orange juice and dissolve the saffron in it. Whisk the butter with honey, cardamom, orange zest, and a little bit salt to a creamy texture. Add the egg and continue stirring. When mixed well add flour, almonds and saffron-orange-mix and fold under. Form small cookies of the soft dough mixture with the help of a piping bag on a baking tray lined with pergament paper and chill for a minimum of one hour or over night before baking.
Bake the cookies at 180 degrees Celsius for 5 – 7 minutes. Once the cookies are chilled, dip the tips in melted  dark chocolate.

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Chef Gabi’s Tip
They taste best freshly baked. However I recommend to keep the remaining cookies in an airtight container and refrigerated for further use.
Enjoy and have a lovely winter day!

Pumpkin and Polenta Stars, Cranberry Cabbage

Festive season includes often overeating on food that is not so good for us. Let us show you delicious dishes that are light, nutritiously healthy and bring the typical festive flavors to your plate!

Pumpkin & Polenta Stars, Cranberry Cabbage

What to Buy for 4 portions

50g Polenta
150 ml Milk and water each
10 g Butter
80 g Savoy Cabbage
300 g Butternut
50 ml Orange juice
5 g Agave Syrup
1 g Cinnamon Stick
1 Onion and 1 Garlic
5 ml Olive oil
5 g Rock Salt
10 g Parsley

How to Make   It

Bring water and milk to a boil  and stir in the polenta. Cook for 5 minutes, add the butter and season with   salt. Spread the polenta on a tray to chill and cut out stars. Put then   either in the oven to bake until golden or pan fry them in little olive oil.
Peel and slice the pumpkin. Cut stars from the pumpkin slices and simmer them   in a non stick pan with some olive oil, a dash of agave syrup and little   orange juice.
Dice garlic and onion, cut savoy cabbage and sauté them together with olive   oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper and chopped parsley. In a separate pan simmer the   cranberries with the remaining agave syrup.
Arrange on plates and enjoy!image
This is how we presented the tasters at the Festive Market – sorry for the picture quality but I do hope it gives you at least an idea of it.
Chef Gabi’s   Tip

This dish is great to prepare and needs only a few final touches before serving.

Today in THE NATIONAL

Interesting read about gluten intolerance and the food scene.
Read The National article here.

Enjoy my recipe of today, guaranteed gluten free, and perfect to take along for a picnic outside:

Honey Sweetened Milk Rice & Berries
2 portions

What to Buy
50 g milk rice
1 small cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 organic lemon (you’ll need skin and juice)
30 ml agave syrup or acacia honey
300 ml rice milk
175 g seasonal berries

How to Make it
Simmer the rice in 300 ml rice milk, seasoned witha thin slice of lemon zest and the cinnamon stick. This takes up to 25 minutes, until the rice is soft and all liquid absorbed. The texture should be similar to a good risotto, soft and still a little bit runny. remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon zest.
Add some of the honey or agave syrup when the rice is already cooked and and removed from the stove.
Marinate the berries with some honey and a dash of fresh pressed lemon juice.
Ideally serve this delicious rice warm, sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon powder and with the cold berries on the side.

Chef Gabi’s Tip
You can also take cows milk or soy milk for this recipe.
Rice is gluten free. A good choice even for baking. Cakes, pan cakes, muffins, most recipes can be used for a gluten free version with rice flour. I personally am not often craving sweet food, but this milk rice I sometimes love to eat! Reminds me of a summer day at home in Germany.

Have a blessed and healthy weekend!

Wellbeing Tip No. 7 – Raw Pralines

Today’s post is for those with a sweet tooth. Because raw food can be so much more than just salads. Dried or dehydrated ingredients also belong to this section, which adds  more excitement to exploring raw food preparation.

These simple raw pralines are a great option to satisfy the taste buds and highly beneficial for the energy level. If I would work in an office I would add them to my daily lunch box!

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Aren’t they pretty? I served these simple but very delicious ones recently at a Talise event in Madinat Jumeirah.

Here is how you can make them at home:
Pit and chop dates and dried apricots. Add a generous splash of orange blossom water, orange juice and a pinch of orange zest. Wet your hands and form bite size marbles of this base.

Roll the marbles in crushed dried hibiscus, finely cut lime leaves and sesame seeds. Voila!

Wishing you a healthy and delicious weekend.

Raw Food is Pure Goodness!

Add some RAW FOOD to you life and stay healthy and energetic. You can also read about its significant benefits here…. Needless to say living in sunny and warm Dubai eating Raw is just a great thing to do in this climate!

Detox Rolls

Below delicious and pure Detox Rolls, made from grated organic roots vegetables, wheat grass vinaigrette and paper thin cucumber slices have been served at the Madinat Jumeirah Luxury Yoga Retreat last weekend!

Yoga Retreat breakfast 2

Another wonderful morning by the beach at Al Quasr Hotel….after a blissful workout a very healthy breakfast awaited our guests of our first Luxury Yoga Retreat at Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy the pictures of the weekend and try my Amaranth Muesli!

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Fresh cottage cheese, with tomato, cucumber and parsley waits to be dipped with wholesome arabic bread…..

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…and my dairy free and gluten free Amaranth muesli for a perfect powerful start into the day – plenty of diced fruits like banana, apple, water melon, papaya, mango, orange topped by freshly puffed amaranth seeds.

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Healthy Beach Breakfast

Good morning from Al Quasr Beach!
After an early morning Yoga workout this is exactly what nourishes body and soul…..
If you are not with us this morning you can get the recipe for the muesli here to make it at home.
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!