Nourishing Black Bean Stew with Avocado and Egg

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You probably know the feeling of wishing for the winter in the middle of summer and vice-versa, and it’s only recently that I discovered its roots. Being more present, participating mindfully, and embracing everything that goes on in your life are simple mind switches that will make us actually enjoy our reality. For me, summer means traveling, hiking, eating tons of blackberries and drinking cooling fresh juices during the long afternoons, and I know I didn’t have enough of these, nor was I present while…

3 Warming Soups for Liver Cleanse and Detox

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Our liver, the master metabolizer, filters the entire blood volume every three minutes. How about that? All our organs are important, but it’s the liver that processes and neutralizes all the chemicals our body is exposed to, from our food, environment, or personal care products. In healthy diets or detox diets, when we consume appreciable quantities of vegetables and fruits, our cells receive high concentrations of potassium which flushes out excess water and toxins, creating an …

Chai-Infused Fine Chocolate Truffles {Vegan}

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Tonight I’m listening to Romanian interwar jazz, and somehow I managed to get into the Christmas mood. The amazing voice of Maria Raducanu reminded me of all the feelings and emotions I had when I was a child around the holidays. I remember the winters of my childhood – it always snowed on Christmas Eve and it was so cold that our Christmas tree was frozen when my parents brought it from the market. We lived in a communist country, and although our parents struggled to …

Spiced Cauliflower Burger with Sauerkraut

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There’s nothing more comforting than turning fresh vegetables loaded with energy into nourishing food. I see the whole process – handpicking the ingredients from the farmers’ market, watching the yellow leaves falling on my way back, the grey sky, the basket on the kitchen shelf, the water breaking into drops while rinsing the vegetables, the first cut, choosing the spices, a sip of coffee, the grey sky, and half of my face mirroring in the window. And then, turning on the oven, hands going deep into the mixture, coconut oil sizzling in the pan, the meal that hides inside the …

Pumpkin, Pecans and Chocolate Fudge

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Pumpkin season is just starting, and today I came back from the farmers’ market with a huge, miffed orange fellow that will easily find its delicious place into my soups and curries. I really wanted to give this guy a new interpretation this fall, so I decided to pair it with chocolate and toasted pecan nuts and turn it into…