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Tumeric Latte

Today, on OiB, we will talk a killer spicy we all know. The Turmeric.

Turmeric is an amazing super food. We all love it to spice up a blend meal. Did you know it was the best base for  latte? Yes.

Coupled with the soothing properties of ginger (to both your stomach and your muscles), this latte is not only delicious but good for you as well! You know that I am found of lemon tea in my AM routine. It is my must have! What about my PM habits? I usually reach out for some green snacks: my lovely edamame. The good thing about being a Frenchie in South East Asia, is that I can get some fresh veggie straight from my local garden at great quality for almost nothing! A good supplement is the turmeric latte. Read below for the tutorial nicely coupled by  WW.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 2 tsp of raw coconut oil
  • 2 packets of Truvia (you can also use regular sugar, 1 tbsp)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • Pinch of sea salt. Wondering the awesome benefits of Sea Salt? Click Here.
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What to do:

  • Heat up the almond milk until it is simmering.
  • Pour almond milk in the blender and add in the other ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and frothy.

Enjoy xx

Amanda,

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Mediterranean Pizza with Cauliflower

This recipe is great for beginners, comer backers, and those who love to work with their hands. This “pizza” would work great with any choice of toppings, however I chose to make a Mediterranean version to eaaaaaaaaaaase myself back in.

Enjoy.

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 The Recipe – 

The Crust:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup powdered parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1sp salt
  • 1 large egg

Toppings:

  • 1 can olives; drained (you can choose any olives you like, I went with green)

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  • 1 can artichoke hearts; drained
  • feta cheese; crumbled
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes
  • fresh arugula
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

LEVEL: Easy

Directions – 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse the cauliflower florets to a fine powder (it should resemble snow and you should have about 2 1/2 cups).

Next, transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and puncture the plastic 3-4 times with a fork. Microwave cauliflower 4 minutes. Next, on a thin, clean, dry kitchen towel, dump out the cauliflower and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible (you will be surprised by the amount of water. This may take a few minutes.) In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, and egg until well combined.

Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. It is important to make sure your round is thin and even. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. (I did 10 minutes).

Next, remove the crust from the oven. Once it is cool to the touch, brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

While the pizza is cooking, in a large bowl dress the arugula with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When the pizza is done, remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate and top with dressed arugula.

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Vegan Appetizer | OrganicIsBeautiful

Bon Appetit!

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Amanda

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Lets get messy…Ethically!

Watch out guys! Today, in OiB, I intend to ignite to taste buds widely! Oh Yes 😉 Since starting OiB 4 months ago, I love teasing you with one or two mouthwatering recipes of simple yet good food. Eggs, Avocado, rice, quinoa… the list is long. Those same products are also the one I rely on in my daily skin care routine:

6 Natural Cures to Dry Skin? Yes – DIY tutorial 

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The (Surprising) Beauty Benefits of Rice and Green Tea Powders. 

Lime, Lemon & Lemongrass

Natural Preservatives
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I love simple. My kitchen is my Bathroom and vice versa. Yet, a question arises this morning after I drunk my lemon water, scrubed my face with green tea and and my hair with coconut oil, (Yes, a pampering sunday morning):

How, as a ordinary consumer, can I know that my food and skin care ingredient are not only healthy & natural but also ethically processed?

Thats a hard one, isn’t it? The short answer: CERTIFICATION. The longer one? read below 😉

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What are Organic Certification for?

I wrote in the past about the difference between “organic” and “nature” and that its all about personal choice. This is where Organic certification comes in, giving me those much desired assurances that what I am consuming is exactly what I expect it to be. Like you, organic products I consume vary in range and include

  • Fruits – The good think of living in Malaysia, I am surrounding by exotic and delicious fruits. (Will write a post about my fancy love/hate relation with the local foods here).
  • Vegetables
  • Wines
  • Cheeses

I source my products from a range of places such as local Organic markets, shops and direct sales farms where the foods were produced. Having the foods from different sources further enhances my requirement to ensure my foods are organic. This is where certification comes in…

Do you live in Italy, Uk or Bolivia (Hola Boliviano) ? Don’t worry, the table below lists the major state entities.

So, how does it work?

In simple terms Organic certification is a set a rules and regulations that apply to the organic production, labelling and control of something that is going to be classified as an organic product. Organic control bodies licence and regulate organic operators to ensure compliance to a set of standards and that we as a consumer have our requirements of a product being organic met.

Below you will find a brief list of some the processes involved in the production of organic food which may be regulated:

  • Production process of organic foods or products
  • Importation of organic foods from third countries
  • Labelling of organic products

To further enhance the Organic identity of a product, labelling of organic products usually contain a list of ingredients as well as the name of the producer, processor or distributor.

Some Local Involvements

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The Organic food production act is what legislates organic food production in the USA.

Historically federal legislation defined three levels of organic foods:

 

  • Products made entirely of certified organic ingredients which could be labelled “100% organic”
  • Products with at least 95% organic ingredients which could be labelled “organic”
  • A minimum of 70% organic ingredients that could be labelled “organic ingredients”

Similar to the USA, in Europe the term organic is defined by law where rules apply to organic production. Organic control bodies (CBs) license individual organic operators who need to comply with a specific set of standards and meet requirements in order for something to be marketed as organic. Each or all of the activities involved in organic product production require registration with an approved control body.

… and Limitations.

Historic differences between the USA and Europe made it difficult for producers from overseas to get their organic practices recognised accordingly.

Why? Those wanting trade both sides of the Atlantic may have required two lots of certification (one for USA standards and one for European) which also resulted in increased costs. An agreement was recently made between the US and Europe that allowed for European organic certification to be allowed with impunity into the US. Within this is the concurrence that organic standards are fairly equivalent across both markets. The agreement also brought with it a number of others advantages such as:

  • Connecting farmers and organisations both sides of the Atlantic
  • New opportunities
  • Less bureaucracy & costs
  • Improvements in transparency on organic products and standards

The most important thing for me and you as consumers of organic products is the increased uniformity between Europe and the US symbolising increased confidence in the recognition of what I can truly believe is an organic food and product.

Furthermore this huge step gives recognition for Organic produce itself and emphasises the importance of Co-operation and relations around the world which ultimately gives you and I the satisfaction as a consumer that we are getting exactly what we want and that is 100% Organic.

Amanda,

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With Love.

You know you are awesome, right? So, lets keep it simple and straightforward. I know your time is precious on this Valentine Day. OiB is all about self-love and exploration. I always say:

A bad day is a wasted day.

Simple. Right? I thought on this day of love, we should all treat our own self, and celebrate the beauty of…being happy! Empowered by a lifestyle full of simple dreams, daily joy and overall, surrounding by positive vibes. The type of vibe that makes you say, with no blink, no doubt or no discomfort, to your loved ones, today:

A bad day is a wasted day. 

If you can apply this motto today, and why not tomorrow as well, then it is my duty to tell you something: you are awesome! Inspired by Catherine, the little list below compels the top of the top treats that, I hope, will put a smile on your face ;

♥ You deserve:

To be pampered

Meaning, to have your favourite flowers sitting on your windowsill in a beautiful, brightly colored vase. From OiB, to your little heart, I’m sending you a massive hug and those beautiful hand picked bunch of flowers 😉

To look in the mirror and feel completely at peace with the reflection.

Easy to say, I know. So, remember that you are unique and perfectly imperfect.
There is no one in the world exactly like you and that makes you wonderful. Then, write a list of all the things you love about yourself both physical and not.

For instance, from my previous post, you know that I now loooove my legs 😉

You deserve to feel healthy and beautiful.

Lemon water, a kick start morning additive to consider - organicisbeautifulWhat I do? I kickstart my day with a glass of warm lemon water. So drink some tea, eat some fruits and veggies, and remember to drink lots of water.

Also remember that food is fuel for your body and you need it if you’re going to be doing amazing things today. Which you are.

To have a long, lovely day.

Today and every day. Since we are not greedy, we will start a day at a time 😉
A sunrise to start off your day with a peaceful smile? Or why not go outside of your comfort zone and try something that you’ve always wanted to do, but were always too afraid to.

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To feel silly and goofy.

How does it work? 3 things.

  1. Dance wherever you want, whenever you want, and act like no ones watching.
  2. Make fun of yourself, constantly. Auto-derision as we say in French is a keen company!
  3. Always feel confident. No matter what you wear, how you hair looks like or makeup you went for this morning.  It’s your body, so who cares what anyone else thinks?
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Love | OrganicIsBeautiful

And, the most important, 

And, finally, always remember: you deserve love ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Love your surroundings. Love the earth. Love what you do. Love what you wear. Love the people in your life. And most importantly, remember to love yourself. 

Happy Valentine Day.

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Let the Monkey Year Begins – Happy CNY 2016!

Gong xi fa cai! (Or Kung hei fat choy! if you’re speaking Cantonese.) The eighth of February on year 2016 is the first day of a new year according to the Chinese calendar.

The annual celebration of Chinese New Year sees endless baked treats and other savoury delights being sold, served and consumed by Chinese communities in Malaysia throughout the 15-day festive period. Kuala Lumpur becomes an empty, shops closed, same goes with restaurants. 

The Red Envelop

There are, of course, many delicious and luxurious food to savour in utter delight. I still remember in 2014, Chinese New Year felt on a working day, we all received a red envelop from our managers with some money inside. This symbolic tradition comes with a Chinese new year gold red decoration with the writing “年年有余 (nian nian you yu)” meaning “abundance of everything every year”.

It’s all about Mandarin and Pineapples tart!

Ever wondered why the exchange of Mandarin Oranges is so important, and why there would always be pineapple tarts in each home?

Exactly eight pineapple tarts.

Mandarin Oranges are believed to bring prosperity thanks to its Cantonese pronunciation, which sounds similar to gold. It is part of Chinese New Year tradition to offer a pair of Mandarin Oranges to respected seniors and hosts during house visiting

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Chinese New Year | OrganicIsBeautiful

The repetition of Chinese New Year Goodies is no random occurrence, as each snack is essentially symbolic of a meaningful purpose. The next time someone in the family asks, “Why do we always have to eat xxx during Chinese New Year?”

The Number 8.

Eight is a number favoured by the Chinese because it sounds similar to the word “wealth”. Nine and ten are also considered good numbers because they mean “infinity” and “perfection” respectively. If you closely observe Chinese paintings of koi fish, horses, deities, or dragons, there would always be eight, nine, or ten subjects in a painting.

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EIGHT The number 8 symbolizes good luck and wealth because the Chinese word for 8 sounds like the Chinese word for fortune or wealth.

Now, I would like to wish everyone.

新年快乐,恭喜发财!祝你一帆风顺,二龙腾飞,三羊开泰,四季平安,五福临门,六六大顺,七星高照,八方来财,九九同心,十全十美。
Happy new year, gong xi fa cai! Wish you one smooth sailing, two dragons soaring, three lambs good luck, four seasons peace, five blessings nearing, six big accomplishments, seven stars shining, eight sides prosperity, nine always together, ten perfection. (Note: The words “nine” and “infinity” sound similar; ten is a perfect number.)

Amanda,

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