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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Fresh cottage cheese, with tomato, cucumber and parsley waits to be dipped with wholesome arabic bread…..
…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.
I am excited to talk today 10 – 11 am on Dubai Eye Radio about Talise Nutrition and what we do at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in terms of healthy lifestyle support. As well, I am looking foreward to seeing some of my readers at the Yoga Retreat that starts today at Madinat Jumeirah!
A few years ago vegan guests were an exception in restaurants, special requests once in a while. And now: More and more people prefer vegan food, and they dine out and demand it - a quite interesting change in the culinary landscape. Vegan seems to be the new cool lifestyle everywhere. See what I found recently in a German Magazine:
I love vegan food. Despite I am not considering myself as a strict vegan person, because I am eating dairy once in a while I have to admit I feel much better without. Vegan often has a lighter and fresher approach to cooking and eating. For example the following recipe ”Zucchini Spaghetti & Bean Sprout Roulade” is one of my favourites for summer, when there are great zucchinis, tomatoes and bell peppers. My recipe has been featured recently in Good Health Arabia Magazine, and here is the English version for all who don’t understand Arabic.
The Orange Salt mentioned in below recipe is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. I love to finish dishes with it on the plate. Look here for a detailed description how to make it.
Enjoy and stay healthy this summer!
Zucchini Spaghetti and Bean Sprout Roulade 2 portions
What to buy
Flat leave Parsley
How to prepare it Grate some skin off the orange and mix with 2 teaspoons of salt. Keep this orange salt aside for garnish. Dice the tomato, ½ of the carrot, ½ of the shallots and simmer in little olive oil with agave syrup and balsamic to a relish. Crush the garlic. Deseed the red pepper, cut roughly and roast in the oven at 200 degrees together with garlic, remaining carrots and shallots, drizzled with olive oil until very soft. Blend with the oil to a paste and press through a fine sieve. Season both sauces with salt and pepper and keep aside.
Slice half of the zucchini very thin lengthwise and lay a 8×8 square on a sheet of cling film. Blend tofu with lemon juice, little olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix it with the bean sprouts and roll the mix in the zucchini sheet. Cut the rolls in 3-5 cm pieces. Slice half of the zucchini to spaghetti. Toss them in a hot pan with a few drops of olive oil for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange on plate with fenugreek and orange salt sprinkles.
Chef Gabi’s Tip Sprouts are so called Living Foods, and very beneficial to our body system. Living Foods provide the purest energy available through food, are packed with vitamins and minerals and are naturally high in fiber.
At Madinat Jumeirah Talise Spa and Talise Nutrition team up for the First Talise Luxury Yoga Retreat. As wellbeing and beauty stems from within, healthy food is as important as perfectly executed asanas!
I am looking forward to cooking with and for you and share tips and recipes for delicious and nutritious food.
It is summer in Dubai, and by nature this means quite hot weather. This summer I have almost spent entirely in Dubai. And enjoyed it! One reason is a newly purchased, beautiful ice cream maker at home, all my pride, especially in this hot weather. Prefering sugar free, additive free food for myself I usually never eat ice cream or sorbet which is not home made. Because of the heat I currently do mainly sorbets at home. Delicious, pure fruit purees with no or very little agave syrup or acacia honey, depending on the sweetness of the fruits. Sometimes I just don’t add anything. Sometimes I add some spices too. It is ready in almost no time and such a pleasure to snack on!
See here how a basic healthy and pure fruit sorbet is made:
Choose a ripe and sweet fruit, my current favorites are pineapple or strawberries.
Wash, clean or peel the fruits, and puree them with a little amount of water. Just enough for the blade to take the fruits. Add agave syrup if necessary and a dash of lime juice to taste. For the pineapple sorbet I didn’t add anything. Often fruits are by nature perfectly sweet. Adding a little bit of pure vanilla to strawberries or a little bit of ginger to pineapple is a good idea but not a must. Try it if you like - the sorbets you see pictured here are pure and taste great as they are…. Strain. This is an option but I do it because the texture of the sorbet turns out much more smooth. Beauty tip: The leftover in the sieve, especially pineapple or strawberry, makes a great face mask, mixed with natural yoghurt Pour the strained fruit puree into the ice cream maker and turn it on. Depending of the volume you make this can take from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Then the sorbet is ready to serve!
I often or always make more than I can consume in one go. Hence I store my sorbet in a small container in my freezer. Ready to take out any time. By the way …. pictured below is one of the rare occasions I ordered “normal” sorbet in a restaurant. It was on a trip abroad. I especially loved the inspirational text on the placemat. So true.