torek, 05. julij 2016

Coconut Bars / Kokosove rezine


My mother was very strong.
Once, she picked up a coconut
and smashed it against my father's head.
It taught me about women defending themselves
and not collapsing in a heap.

-Alice Walker

Today, I would like to talk about a very special day, when I became a volunteer for one day. I've always wanted to do something like this but I never had the courage and confidence. Couple of months ago I FINALLY became confident and I said YES when the opportunity presented itself.

The event was organized by the Institute Open hearts day and Happy house, plus, the volunteers were the coolest people from B:HIP Europe. We spent the day with hundred children from less privileged backgrounds. It started squeezing me in my heart as soon as children started to come, because it made me feel sad, that such events are even necessary at all. I expected that the children will be scared and sad and it was just the opposite. They were mostly open, happy and could hardly wait to experience something new, which made me happy.

This was the first time that I experienced the feeling when a child turns to you, trusts you, listens to you and allows you to teach him/her something new. What a nice feeling.

Recipe of the day is again a sweet one but healthy sweet. We will not destroy our bodies, right peeps ?! =)

With love, Neja
Danes bi rada govorila o posebnemu dnevu, ko sem za en dan postala prostovoljka. Vedno sem si želela narediti nekaj takšnega pa nikoli nisem imela poguma in samozavesti. Par mesecev nazaj sem KONČNO postala samozavestna in zato sem bila ZA, ko se je ponudila priložnost.

Dogodek sta organizirala Zavod dan odprtih src in Srečna hiša, poleg tega pa so bili zraven kot prostovoljci najbolj cool ljudje iz B:HIP Europe. Dan smo preživeli s stotimi otroci iz socialno šibkejših okolij.  Začelo me je stiskati pri srcu takoj, ko so otroci začeli prihajati, ker mi je bilo hudo, da so taki dogodki sploh potrebni. Pričakovala sem, da bodo otroci zaprti in žalostni in bilo je ravno obratno. Večinoma so bili odprti, veseli in komaj so čakali, da bodo lahko doživeli nekaj novega, kar me je osrečilo.

Prvič sem doživela občutek, ko se otrok obrne nate, ti zaupa, te posluša in ti pusti, da ga nekaj novega naučiš. Občutek je zelo lep. 

Recept dneva je spet sladek ampak zdravo sladek. Ker sebe pa ne bomo uničevali ane?! =)

Z ljubeznijo, Neja


Recipe adapted from: Art and the kitchen

The Recipe

Ingredients 

1 cup organic coconut oil
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup organic maple syrup
12 ounces organic dark chocolate

The process

Warm coconut oil just until it is liquified.

Add shredded coconut, and maple syrup.

Combine well.

Line shallow baking pan with parchment paper (I used 30x9 cm).

Press mixture into baking pan, freeze or refrigerate until solid.

Melt chocolate and spread over coconut.

Cut into bars and keep refrigerated.

Cut bars at room temperature to make chocolate easier to cut.
Sestavine

210 g kokosovega olja
185 g kokosove moke
85 g javorjevega sirupa
340 g temne čokolade

Postopek

Na nizkem ognju segrejte kokosovo olje, samo toliko, da se utekočini.

Dodajte kokosovo moko in javorjev sirup.

Dobro premešajte.

V pekač vstavite peki papir (jaz sem uporabila  30x9 cm).

Maso stresite v pekač in jo dobro pritisnite k dnu, postavite v hladilnik ali skrinjo za 20 min.

Stopite čokolado in jo prelijte po vrhu kokosove mase.

Narežite na rezine in jih hranite v hladilniku.

Rezine narežite potem, ko boste maso nekaj časa pustili na sobni temperaturi, da se bo čokolada lažje rezala in ne bo pokala.

nedelja, 12. junij 2016

Quinoa Chocolate Clusters / Cokoladke s kvinojo


And so she decided 
to start living 
the life she'd imagined.

Everything changed in the past few months. I socialize with new and old people. Sometimes I don't recognize myself. It is true what they say: If you want to have a different life, you have to make a different decisions. This is the only path to lead a different life. I am having so much more fun now, that I'm not stuck anymore. I am preparing a longer post about this topic for my  Neja's Milkshake section.

I started working out in addition to all this new things…. with someone who, unlike me, actually knows stuff  about fitness. The new me is waking up at 6 am..and I even workout in the morning. Me ... the night owl ?? I do not feel the need for unhealthy food... for  white sugar. I eat 4x - 5x / day and I am never hungry. I want to enjoy as much quality food as possible.

Therefore, I gladly tested RAWR chocolate. All Rawr chocolate bars are raw, vegan, gluten-free, contain 100% organic ingredients, naturally sweetened and have a Fairtrade certificate. I like it, especially the one with menthol in it. My toung still wants something sweet now and then. I am so happy that these super cool Quinoa Chocolate Clusters  are wainting for me in the fridge. Few and quality ingredients plus done in a heartbeat!

With love, Neja
Zadnje mesece je vse na glavo..vse je drugače. Družim se z novimi in starimi ljudmi. Včasih še same sebe ne prepoznam…svojega življenja. Res je, kar pravijo: Če hočeš imeti drugačno življenje, moraš začeti sprejemati drugačne odločitve. Le tako se lahko kaj spremeni. Boljše se imam, odkar ne stojim več na mestu. O tem pripravljam malo daljši zapis za Neja's Milkshake.

Poleg vsega dogajanja je novo tudi to, da sem začela trenirati..skupaj z nekom, ki se za razliko od mene spozna na fitnes. Po novem vstajam ob 6ih in že dop treniram. Jaz…nočna sova??  Ne čutim potrebe po nezdravi hrani..po belemu sladkorju. Jem 4x – 5x / dan in nikoli nisem lačna. Uživati hočem čim bolj kvalitetno hrano.

Zato sem z veseljem testirala RAWR čokolade. Vse Rawr čokolade so presne, veganske, brez glutena, vsebujejo 100% organske sestavine, naravno sladkane in imajo Fairtrade certifikat. Meni so všeč, še posebno mi je bila mentolova všeč. Sem pa tja si še vedno zaželim nekaj sladkega. Prav pomirjena sem, ker imam v hladilniku na čakanju tele super cool čokoladke s kvinojo. Malo sestavin, hitro narejeno in kvalitetna živila!

Z ljubeznijo, Neja



Recipe adapted from: Wendy Polisi

The Recipe

Ingredients

1 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup quinoa, rinsed
1 pinch sea salt
3½ ounces Chocolate Bar

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add coconut oil and allow to melt. Add quinoa and cook, stirring often, for about 5 to 8 minute, until the seeds are golden brown. They should expand slightly and a few seeds will start popping out of your pan. (But nothing like pop corn. The change will be to their texture.) Transfer to a medium bowl.

Place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler. (You can also use a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water) Heat until melted, stirring often to prevent burning. Be careful not to get any water into the chocolate!

When the chocolate is melted, add it to quinoa and stir well until combined.

Drop by spoonfuls into prepared parchment paper.

Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, until hardened.

Keep it in the refrigerator.
Sestavine

1 žlica kokosovega olja
90 g oprane kvinoje
1 ščepec soli
100 g veganske, presne čokolade

Postopek

Na pekač položite peki papir.

Na srednje močnem ognju segrejte ponev. Dodajte kokosovo olje in pustite, da se stopi. Dodajte kvinojo, pogosto mešajte (pazite, da je ne zažgete)  in jo pustite  približno 5 do 8 minut, dokler se seme ne obarva zlato rjave barve.
Kvinojo nato preložite v drugo posodo.

Čokolado stopite v posodi nad vrelo vodo. Bodite previdni, da ne bo kaj vode kapnilo v čokolado!

Ko se čokolada ne raztopi, jo prelijte čez kvinojo in dobro premešajte.

Z žličko zajemite maso in jo spustite na peki papir.

Postavite v zamrzovalnik za 15-20 minut, dokler se čokolada ne strdi.

Čokoladke hranite v hladilniku.

torek, 05. april 2016

Coconut Vanilla Quinoa Porridge / Kvinojina kasa s kokosom in vanilijo


“Happiness [is] only real when shared” 
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

I took a little break from typing, cooking and taking pics. That's what I really needed. In the meantime, my life changed a lot, it was hard but now I'm stronger, better and I look forward to the future.

This blog will be rearranged a bit, in terms of the type of recipes. I have decided that I will post healthy recipes and I hope that you will cook with me, look at my photos and leave some comments.

The sponsor of this post is Ohana vanilla. When I received the package of vanilla, that vanilla scent poured through it, even though it was hermetically packaged. Vanilla pods were soft and I can confirm that this is quality stuff. Sheldon is the one who sent me vanilla and he could not be more kind and helpful.


Still with love, Neja
Vzela sem si malo pavze od tipkanja, kuhanja in fotkanja. To sem res potrebovala. Vmes se je v mojem življenju veliko spremenilo, bilo je težko ampak sedaj sem močnejša, boljša in veselim se prihodnosti.

Ta blog bom malce preuredila, kar se tiče tipa receptov. Odločila sem se, da bom objavljala zdrave recepte in upam, da jih boste kuhali skupaj z mano, se ustavili ob mojih fotografijah in pustili kakšen komentar.

Sponzor današnje objave je Ohana vanilla. Ko sem dobila paket vanilije je vse dišalo po njej, čeprav je bila neprodušno zapakirana. Vanilijini stroki so bili mehki in lahko potrdim, da je tole kvalitetna roba. Sheldon je tisti, ki mi je vanilijo poslal in ne bi mogla bolj pohvaliti njegove prijaznosti in ustrežljivosti.

Še vedno z ljubeznijo, Neja


The Recipe

INGREDIENTS

Serves 1, cooks in 20 minutes 

1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1.5 cups unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 vanilla beans (seeds)
strawberries
coconut for garnish

METHOD

1. Heat coconut milk until just boiled, then add quinoa and reduce heat, stir a lot.

2. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, then remove from heat, add coconut sugar, vanilla seeds and stir.

3.  Transfer into serving bowl, garnish and serve warm.

SESTAVINE

1 porcija, čas priprave: 20 min

85 g oprane kvinoje
300 g (375 ml) kokosovega mleka (redkega, tistega, ki se ga da piti)
1 žlica kokosovega sladkorja
2 vanilijeva stroka (semena)
jagode
nariban kokos za okras

POSTOPEK

1. Segrejte kokosovo mleko, tik pred vretjem dodajte kvinojo in zmanjšajte ogenj, stalno mešajte.

2. Kvinoja naj se kuha 15-20 min, nato odtsranite z ognja, dodajte kokosov sladkor in vanilijina semena, premešajte.

3.Preložite v skodelico, dodajte jagode in posipajte z naribanim kokosom.