Tai Chi and Healthy Food

Any workout and good, healthy food is a perfect match. However – here is something special and a holistic exercise you must try: Tai Chi.

You can learn from and train with the expert: Madinat Jumeirah’s Master Can from the Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy in the Henan Province of China. Exclusive to Talise Spa from 1st November 2013 until 31st April 2014, Master Can will pass on his knowledge of the ancient Chinese martial art by giving individual and group classes of Kung Fu and Tai Chi. For bookings or enquiries, please call + 9714-3666818 or email MJtalise@jumeirah.com.

Today morning I witnessed this very special workout and prepared a healthy treat for the participants afterwards.

What a better way to start your morning with a calm and meditative workout by the beach followed by a very healthy breakfast – young coconut, puffed amaranth muesli, fresh cut fruits and yoghurt!

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Spa Nibbles

Right now I pepared a few bites to a special group in Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah….what better way to end a day than being pampered and have some healthy snacks on the side table in the relaxation room?
I especially am in love with the “snowy strawberries”: Fresh strawberries dipped in organic honey sweetened chocolate and coated with crispy puffed Amaranth.

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Have a great evening!

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!

Dubai TV filming at Talise Wellness, Madinat Jumeirah

It is a busy season indeed. Healthy food is much in demand! Here is a sneak peak into our recent filming for “Daleelok Show” on Dubai TV. It was all about healthy living and Talise - enjoy the pictures. We will let you know when it will be aired soon!

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PRO CHEF AWARD … so honoured

I am extremely honoured and very proud to be awarded with the
PRO CHEF MIDDLE EAST AWARD “Culinary Influencer of the Year”. This is a moment that makes me speechless, does not happen too often.
And I definitely LOVE the frying pan shaped Award, this is so cool!

A big Thank You to all who support the importance of healthy cooking.

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Summer flavors to stay in shape

It is still summer here in Dubai, but now with pleasant temperatures outside again. Just lovely for the beginning beach season. Light an low fat food helps to stay in perfect bikini shape!
If you don’t want to sacrifice lean cuisine to flavor, you should try my Aromatic Tomato Agar Agar, topped with spiced vegetables and fried sage leaves and an encapsuled yoghurt dollop -  all vegetarian summer flavors. Delicious! I serve this at Madinat Jumeirah on special occasions and show how to make it in my cooking classes. To register, please drop me an email gabriele.kurz@jumeirah.com

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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.