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La Galette des Rois or How to Be King for A Day?

You may be back at work but don’t start the detox just yet, because Christmas doesn’t finish until the Twelfth Night is done. No, not the Shakespeare play of the same name, but the festivities marking Epiphany, the arrival of the three kings to baby Jesus.

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Galette des rois | OrganicIsBeautiful. Image Credit Wikipedia.

These days, not many people know much about Twelfth Night, but in the medieval and Tudor periods, it was more important than Christmas Day.

A French Tradition

Galette des rois France | OrganicIsBeautiful. Image Credit Wikipedia.In France, it is called a Galette des Rois and is puff pastry filled with almond paste or frangipane and in the north, Provence and Languedoc it is a Gateau des Rois, a rich brioche made with candied fruits and nuts. Either way, a “fève” or charm is hidden in the cake.

A bit of History

Epiphany is fixed in the christian calendar on January 6 each year, exactly 12 days after the birth of Jesus. And there are plenty of Epiphany rituals – especially regarding food. But as most people no longer have the day off work, it is celebrated on the first Sunday in January and theoretically that is the day, the galette may be cut.

Here in France, L’Epiphanie as it is called, is celebrated with cake.

La Galette des Rois or King’s Cake is eaten for several weeks starting right after Christmas. There are variations on the kind of cake, depending where in France you live.

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galette des rois

According to tradition, the cake must be divided so that each guest gets a slice plus an extra one called the part du Bon Dieu/Pauvre (Good Lord/Poor) which is reserved for any unexpected stranger. When there are children, the youngest, must go under the table and directs the person serving to whom each slice must be given. The lucky one who gets the fève/charm becomes king or queen for the day and is given a golden crown in paper to wear.

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Back to the Basic – A Killer Egg Salad Sandwich

Healthy + Delicious + Simple Recipe? OiB has it all figured out! Welcome to 2016 😉

Oh Yes =) Fellow bloggers and beloved readers, I suggest we kickstart 2016 with a simple and mouthwatering recipe that nutritious and easy to make. Following CH’s blog instructions, you will find below all the tips to create at home an awesome sandwich recipe today – Egg Salad Sandwich.

The perfect hardboiled egg with the goodness of crispy crunchy salad made with lettuce, onions and jalapenos – yumminess guaranteed. I love boiled egg sandwiches and this is a much fancier version of just the boiled egg and mayo combination.

Not only it makes for a tasty lunch or dinner, it is super easy to make. All you need is to hard boil eggs and meanwhile, whip up the easy salad. Mix everything together and tadaaaa – you are done 😀 This is a much loved dinner recipe at our home and a must try for all egg lovers! 🙂

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Eggs Salad Sandwich | OrganicIsBeautiful

To make Egg Salad Sandwich

Servings: 2          ****       Time: 20 mins      *****    Difficulty: EasyPrint

What I used:

  • Eggs Hardboiled, 2-3
  • Brown Bread Slices, 4-6
  • Iceberg Lettuce, few leaves
  • Eggless Mayonnaise, 2 tbsp
  • Paprika Powder, 1 tsp + extra (to sprinkle on top)
  • Pickled Jalapenos, 6-7 pieces
  • Onion, 1 medium
  • Mustard Sauce, 2 tsp
  • Salt, as required.

How I made:

  1.  In a bowl, add roughly chopped iceberg lettuce (washed and patted dry), finely chopped onions, mustard sauce, chopped jalapenos, paprika powder and egg-less mayonnaise. Add salt required and mix well. The salad is ready.

Fresh eggs | OrganicisBeautiful2. To make the sandwich, place half of the prepared salad on a bread slice. Cut the boiled egg into four slices and place it on top of the salad. Sprinkle some paprika powder on top.

3. Serve immediately either as closed or open sandwich!

NOTE

  • For perfect hardboiled egg, boil the egg for 12 mins on medium flame and remove from heat. Run the egg in cold water and remove the shell.
  • Egg can be mixed along with the salad. Also, egg can be chopped into bite sized pieces.
  • Other vegetables can be added to the salad, but I wanted egg to be the main ingredient.
  • I used eggless mayonnaise as I don’t like the egg version. Any flavored mayo can be added too.
  • Serve the sandwich immediately – it can go soggy in some time.

Awesome pictures, delicious recipe and easy to read content from CH’s Blog.

Thank you for stopping by,

Amanda 😉

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Vegetarian Lunch: Black Rice Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit

When I’m working from home, hearty salads are a lunch staple. I don’t often allow myself enough time to make a full meal with meat or fish, but I also find cold sandwiches to get old and repetitive. What solves that old and repetitive problem? A colorful, fragrant, seasonal grain salad.

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Categorie: Healthy Recipes | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

If you’ve never tried black rice (often referred to as forbidden rice or Japonica black rice), it has a pleasant chewiness that makes for a most satisfying salad. It also has a subtle sweetness, so pairing it with a more bitter citrus like grapefruit and a creamy avocado results in the perfect flavor combination.

A few steps

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1 cup black rice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 avocado, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
And… 2 green onions, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

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Clove | OrganicIsBeautiful

∴ A few steps

1- Prepare the rice: Rinse the rice and drain in a fine-mesh strainer. In a small saucepan with a lid, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the 1 3/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Add the drained rice to the boiling water and bring back to a full boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 40 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Let the rice sit, covered, for 10 minutes, and then uncover and allow it to come to room temperature (as this is a cold salad).

2- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, orange juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and rice wine vinegar until fully combined.

3- Put together the salad: Once the rice is cooled, transfer it to a medium-size bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the grapefruit, avocado and green onion and toss a few times to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to two days.

Recipe from TheKitchn

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21 Ways to Drink Water

Coca Cola, Seven Up or Fanta…? Say Au Revoir to the soft drink & Thank You to OiB to remain you the essentials ;). Today, lets rediscover the basics, especially how water is simply the best for your own metabolism. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.

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Categorie: Wellness | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

SerenaGlow shared some new healthy tips on how to simply improve your eating habits without neglecting the importance of drinking water. 

Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.

Eat yourself into hydration!

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Water | OrganicIsBeautiful

Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?

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Argan Oil, you will never get tired of it!

I am always very busy, either up for some new experiences or catching with friends after work (did you say lady’s night? 😉 ), I know how it feels when your day to day life constantly put a huge strain on the appearance of your hair.

And we all know hair can easily become tired and damaged through:

Constant colouring.
→ Heat from straighteners and hairdryers.
Use of damaging and destructive conditioners. 

Many products only coat the hair as opposed to getting to the very root of the problem of replacing lost oils.

So, I thought what best to concoct a sweet post on the natural ways to maintain a constant appearance of healthy well hydrated hair that looks always looks like it does the moment you leave the salon. And your hair will say thank you! Oh Yes!

Say Hi to Argan Oil

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Argan tree | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Argan oil naturally protects your hair and skin during high pressure and somewhat stressful lifestyles.

Using Argan oil allows you to take an organic approach by treating hair by repair, conditioning, controlling frizz and ultimately restoring a positive balance of healthy hair and natural beauty.

All in once! I already love it, and use it regularly. Argan oil is made up from a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins that combine to help:
Conditioning of the hair and roots
 Improve and encourage hair growth
Treat the scalp naturally

Can it get even better?

The answer is Yes. As Argan oil is non comedogenic it does not clog up pores which could otherwise lead to follicles on the scalp becoming blocked and greasy.

How Argan oil is produced

As a natural solution from Morocco, Argan oil is produced using a traditional made by hand extrication techniques that ensures the product maintains its purity, is unrefined and has nothing taken away or added to it at the time of production.

Production is usually in small quantities to ensure it maintains the highest levels of purification and integrity to ensure you are satisfied with the end result. It is a slow and progressive process.

Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful
Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful

 The result.

The positive effects of Argan oil can be instant and can provide you with provide you with: SIMPLICITY. A Luxurious appearance with minimal effort.

Just a few drops of Argan oil is all it takes. Daily application massaged into your hair creates a smooth hydrated and silkier looking healthy appearance.

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Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful

 

My experience? I personally love it, I apply it on my hair to nourish as well as on my skin to repair after a long day at work. Don’t worry, I will soon add some homemade Argan oil recipe for skin and hair and add them to OiB blog.  Just for you 😉

I want to hear your thought and personal experience. What about you? How often do you use Argan Oil? Is it for your skin or your hair, or both?

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