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#2 In My Basket

The season is (finally) changing, and even though it’s still cold, the Winter vegetables are starting to go out of season. There are still the root vegetables and the Winter apples and pears but kale is going out of season now so it may be my last kilo of kale for a while. This week I’ll be eating so much kale!

I’ll take you through what I had in my basket this Saturday after my outing to market. Favourite outing of the week. By far .

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Organic and fresh Jersey cow milk. For those of you that have lived in Europe, you must have also noticed their milk isn’t real milk, and to be honest it kind of freaks me out. You can keep it out of the fridge without it going off. It’s been so processed that it is no longer milk. So for my lattés and chai, I get this organic milk which is actually very good for you and full of lots of nutrients. I think that you need to put in your body what feels right. I respect fully the people who are lactose intolerant, and they should steer clear of my raw milk, but for those of you that can digest milk, please look at the way it’s been treated and ask yourself if the milk you are eating has any nutrient value, or if it’s like the freaky milk you find everywhere here in France. Without getting too political, it is also a great way to support local farmers. Lobbying by the government and big supermarkets is very strong in all countries. We need to think about the small producers and the quality of their products is absolutely one hundred times better than what you find in a supermarket.

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Fresh sourdough bread.

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Chocolate bread with a dark chocolate heart.

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Organic blood oranges.

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Sweet potato. Baked with coconut oil. TO DIE FOR.

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Gorgeous snow-white like apples.

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Fresh beetroots and their leaves which I use in salads.

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My new capsules from Terre de Cafe. I’ll be writing about this place soon.

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And of course, I got a big bag of kale.

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This is what I call real yoghurt, folks!

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J’s brunch.

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My brunch. No ham.

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In the side salad I put beetroot leaves, sprouted lentils and grated beetroots. I like my eggs scrambled so I did them with olive oil and kale. J likes his eggs fried so I sprinkled kale on them as they were cooking. The cheese is cantal, which is one of my favourite cheeses!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. What did you buy and cook this weekend? Anything special?

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#1- In My Basket

I hope you all had a lovely weekend lovelies. Saturday was a gorgeously sunny day here in Paris so I got excited and took out my basket and flask of coffee and myself out to market to get some fresh vegetables. I do that every Saturday, but seeing it’s an important part of my weekend I thought you may enjoy knowing what fresh food I get each weekend, depending on the season and what I’m cooking, and showing you what I cook with it all. How does that sound? This little series will give you an insight into my Saturday mornings at market here in Paris.

In My Basket

In My Basket

Fresh parsley and coriander.

In My Basket

In My Basket

Fresh ginger.

In My Basket

In My Basket

Four fresh beetroots.

In My Basket

In My Basket

My pretty pink glitter flask that I took my coffee with me in. I’m such a girl.

In My Basket

In My Basket

A bag of fresh organic kale. Obsessed, much?

In My Basket

In My Basket

Loaf of sourdough bread that had literally just been pulled out of the oven when I got it from my bakery.

In My Basket

In My Basket

With my fresh ingredients I made myself a kale, sprouted lentil, raw beetroot, grated ginger, and roasted beetroot (which I roast in coconut oil) salad with a dash of olive oil. The bread was still warm so I boiled two eggs and had them with some salted butter on toast. I can’t tell you how good it was.

In My Basket

In My Basket

In My Basket

In My Basket

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Coconut Lentil Soup

I made this a few weeks back because it’s rich like comfort food without being unhealthy or fatty .I’m dreaming of going back to India or Asia so I took myself there with the spices and coconut milk I based this soup on.

You’ll need:

800ml of organic coconut milk
a cup of organic green lentils
a cup of kale
a cup of baby spinach
turmeric
ginger
200g of very thin rice noodles
3 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of ghee

fry up the spices in coconut oil and let them simmer until the turmeric is sizzling and the oil is yellow. Put in the cup of lentils and cover them in oil and let them simmer around 2-3 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir until it’s lightly boiling then turn down the heat. When the lentils are soft, which should take around 25 minutes, add in a cup of water to add some extra liquid before adding the rice noodles and greens. Add two teaspoons of ghee for a nutty flavour.

When everything is soft serve and I would suggest cutting up a bunch of coriander to serve. I also grated a small amount of fresh lemon or lime zest to give this soup some bite!

Let this soup take you somewhere exotic in your mind.

coconut lentil soup

coconut lentil soup

coconut lentil soup

coconut lentil soup

coconut lentil soup

coconut lentil soup

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Boulangerie at the marché couvert in the Batignolles

This boulangerie caught my eye because of the artisan feel and the fact that the croissants are still hot when I get them in the morning. When my hands are cold and I walk home to make a latté, there is nothing better than pulling apart a warm croissant and sipping on my coffee while pouring over the morning news. Yes, life in Paris is certainly wonderful when I take the time to treat myself in this way.

Their treats are baked freshly every morning and are completely homemade, which is quite rare. No frozen croissants here, folks. They even have sourdough bread (“au levain” in French). Yes you heard me.

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

For fresh brioche, croissants, maracon, pain au chocolats and all sorts of cakes head to:

Marché Couvert des Batignolles
96 bis Rue Lermercier
75017 Paris

métro Brochant.

The boulangerie is just by the entrance of rue Batignolles.

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French Onion Soup

There is nothing better to warm yourself up in Winter than a bowl of steaming French onion soup.
Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. They were, throughout history, seen as food for poor people, as onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 18th century, made from beef broth, and caramelized onions. It is often finished by being placed under a grill in a ramekin traditionally with croutons and gruyère melted on top. The crouton on top is reminiscent of ancient soups.

Today, it is still a soup that don’t cost a lot to make but is not at all seen as a soup for the poor (not that we care because it’s delicious! It’s just interesting to see how things change with time).

french onion soup oh la la livia

french onion soup oh la la livia

For two people I used:

8 brown onions
Teaspoon of coconut oil
Herbes de Provence
Bay leaves
6 cloves of garlic
Gruyère

Fry up the onion in the coconut oil until they are soft. Now add them to a saucepan with the coconut oil (this doesn’t flavour the soup at all, it’s just the healthy option, see here for details.) Now add about 5 cups of water and keep adding water when the levels get low. Keep it simmering on low for a couple of hours.

French Onion Soup with croutons by Oh la la Livia

French Onion Soup with croutons by Oh la la Livia

For the croutons, I put them in the oven with cheese on them and placed them on the top of the soup.
Delish! Enjoy and keep warm this Winter

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The Best Cupcake Sprinkles I’ve Ever Seen

I was lucky enough to be sent a huge box of sprinkles from Laura from The Sprinkle Box Shop. Not only are her sprinkles bright and colourful, but they come in generous sizes and she sends them off quickly! The quality is really high, they don’t crumple or discolour like many sprinkles do.

Laura is a young and inspired lady that started her business whilst organising her son’s 2nd birthday party last year. Laura had ideas racing through her mind at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning while feeding their at the time 4- month-old baby girl. This turned into details on paper, which turned into conversations and connections, resulting in her own business a year later.

There is not a single colour that she doesn’t do!

I made flourless chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and the sprinkles rocked my socks!

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A Kids Cupcake Class with Jolis Kids Paris

For my special little 11-year-old friend’s birthday, we got her a cupcake that she could invite 7 of her best friends to. In this day and age where kids are spoilt rotten with material goods, we thought it would be good to do an old-fashioned “hands-on” event. Jolis Kids Paris does all kinds of parties for children. Nathalie was great and kept the 7 children entertained for two hours.

All of the enfants went home happy with their little box of goodies excited to show their parents. It was so so precious.

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Raw Kale and Beetroot salad with Tahini Dressing

This salad is just divine. So earthy and refreshing. When I finally got my hands on some kale thanks to The Kale Project here in Paris, I went a bit kale nuts. Kristen from The Kale Project and I made this last week for a big vitamin boost.

You’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of curly, green kale
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 large golden beet (or two medium) You could also use regular red beets
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 -2 cm (1 inch) of ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari
  • 3 Tbsp Tahini
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime

Wash and cup up the kale into very small pieces, otherwise it’s a bit too leafy.

Peel the beets and grate them.

Grate the carrots.

Mix everything up.

Blend the salad dressing in a blender and pour it over the salad.

Enjoy it! My J enjoyed it which is really saying something.

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How Do You Do Your Cheese Platter?

Living in France, cheese does play a big role in everyday life. I go through phases where I love it and hate it. At the moment I’m going through a stage where I still am crazy about the stuff,  but not at night time. I like a bit of fruit with it to break it up, and I always make sure I have a soft goat’s cheese.

How do you do yours?

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In Oh La La Livia’s Kitchen This Week

I am always curious to see what food people buy, I love looking in fridges (that seems strange?). So I thought you may be interested in seeing how I filled my fridge this week.

The weather is getting cooler, so I changed my vegetable and fruit selection. I am favouring fruits that I can grill with unrefined sugar and vanilla and vegetables that I can put in soups and roasts.

Figs: What better way to eat them than grilled with herbs of Provence and served with fresh goat’s cheese?

I have been meaning to get my hands on some himalayan salt. I finally did and boy is it tasty!
But what can it do for you I hear you ask? This is by far the purest salt available on earth and is absolutely uncontaminated with any toxins or pollutants. Some other great things it can do for you:

  1. Regulate the water content throughout your body.
  2. Promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
  3. Promotes blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
  4. Assists in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
  5. Absorbs food particles through your intestinal tract.
  6. Supports respiratory health.
  7. Promotes sinus health.
  8. Prevents muscle cramps.
  9. Promotes bone strength.
  10. Regulates your sleep — it naturally promotes sleep.
  11. Supports your libido. (WOOOP!)
  12. Promotes vascular health.
  13. In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR PEOPLE?

But what really made my day was the Turkish coffee gift I received from my lovely friend Emily. You can see my priorities are right, but come on, Turkish coffee is just so great.

With a spoonful of this unrefined, unaltered brown sugar it makes it even more delicious.

More details to come about this wonder sugar very soon.

What new additions do you have in your kitchen this week?

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