Healthy Sweet Treat

In my consultations people often ask for healthy, guilt free, weight friendly sweets. Well, sweets are not healthy when eaten regularly. But there are some that contain less fat than others. Try my favorite little treat I recommend to those who find it difficult to resist eating something sweet once in a while:

Coconut Macaroons

What To Buy

What to Buy for 20-25 pieces
4 egg whites
1 pinch salt
½ vanilla bean seeds scraped out
150 g Acacia honey
1 drop bitter almond oil
65 g low fat quark cheese
200 g coconut desiccated
80 g honey black berry jam

How To Make It
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven at 210 degrees Celsius.
Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt, almond oil and the vanilla seeds until firm.
Cook the honey in a small pot for around 3 minutes. Gradually add the hot honey into the egg whites while continue whisking. Then carefully fold under the quark and coconut, do not stir too much to retain the foamy texture. Transfer the dough with two teaspoons in dollops (size of a walnut) onto the parchment paper on the baking tray. Make a small whole in each cookie and fill it with a little bit of jam. Close the dough over the jam.  Bake for 10-15 minutes at 210 degrees Celsius.

The biscuits can be kept in a box and cool and dry place for up to 3 days.

Chef Gabi’s Tip
There is no “healthy” cakes and biscuits to be precise. However above recipe is very low fat, high protein and better carb. Keep this for exceptions when you allow yourself to satisfy sweet cravings, but don’t consume them daily or in larger quantities.

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Talise Nutrition at The Swim Around Burj Al Arab Event

Last weekend Burj Al Arab hosted their annual “Swim around Burj Al Arab” event with a Talise Nutrition treats filled breakfast at their stunning garden. Spot my luxurious layered morning muesli (recipe) and other delicious goodness to refuel the healthy way after workout!

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Delicious Whole Spelt Galette

This recipe provides the good carbohydrates, and plenty of healthy goodness paired with delicious taste. I use my basic recipe for the base.

What To Buy for 1 Galette ( serves 4-6)

150 ml water

200g Whole Spelt flour

5g Fresh yeast

1/2 tsp acacia honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp Olive Oil

I topped the dough with the sauteed slices of 1 onion, 1 fennel bulb and a mix of 80 g low fat quark cheese with 5 g grated smoked tofu. All that goes in the preheated oven at 220 degrees for around 15 minutes until the dough is crispy and the surface golden.

Serve with winter lettuce on the side.

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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.
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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.

Festive Cooking in Souk Madinat

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah has every year a beautiful Festive Market, but this year topped it all! Built on a stage above the water, visitors can truly experience festive flair with stunning views and more entertainment and food.

Talise Nutrition healthy food preparations were showcased too of course – with delicious and preparable Christmas Flavors.

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Wishing you all Merry Christmas!

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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!

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

Tomato Jelly