How To Make Chocolate Petals To Decorate Sweets

Chocolate petals or flowers are a beautiful addition to any cake or dessert. If you think it’s difficult, no worries just stay tuned for the technique! 😉

 

To make chocolate petals you will need: some baking paper and/or acetate/rhodoid sheets,  a piping bag (if you cannot make one with the baking paper), some vegan chocolate, a bent spatula and something cylindrical like a french baguette mold or a muffin mold.

     

 

 

 

 

Make the piping bag with the baking paper or use one reusable.

Start with tempering your chocolate (better if you would like the chocolate ending shining and glossy). You can skip this step if you don’t care 🙂

After cutting some bands of the baking paper, use the piping bag with your tempered chocolate on the baking paper or acetate sheet as the picture shows:

Working quickly before the chocolate hardens curve it up into a half circle. Carefully transfer the chocolate petals on their baking paper(or acetate sheet) to your mold and set aside in the fridge.

Here is the result after a few minutes, the petals became harder and the chocolate is now solid, like this:

 

Last step is to gently remove the paper from the petals. You can use it as it is or also make chocolate flower sticking them all together…

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Raw “Millefeuille” (Fat free, Sugar Free)

This raw millefeuille will blow your mind, as it is crunchy, creamy, sweet and sooo tasty!….

For this recipe, you will only need a blender or a food processor, some dates, bananas and apples. If you have time you can soak the dates (I’ve used medjool), otherwise it’s fine.

Chop the apples in slices, cut bananas into thin and long slices, prepare the dates caramel using your blender (dates+ water – the water we soak the dates in or filtered water), set aside.

Prepare the millefeuille: first layer is banana slices, second layer is apple slices, third layer is caramel sauce, repeat all over until you have nothing left 😀

-You can add a pinch of cinnamon on top or into the caramel sauce, if you like it-

Keep refrigerated if you can resist the temptation, or serve it as it is! Bon appetit!

 

 

 

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I am always grateful to meet people who became friends, even with the distance. Joe is one of them. We share the same passion of vegan food. We had good times cooking together in Montreal. Here’s his recipe of Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.

 


VEGAN SHEPHERD'S PIE
Ingredients: 
- Yellow potatoes 1,5kg
-Sweet potatoes 600g
-Vegan margarine 100g
-Crumbled tofu 150g
-Spanish onions 200g
-Grounded sunflower seeds 75g
-Grounded flax seeds 75g
-Vegetable oil 100ml
-Yeast flakes 50g
-Tamari sauce 25ml
-Smoked Paprika powder 3g
-Corn in grains 300g
-Creamed corn 1200g
("mais en creme", canadian preserves)

Directions:
Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and pound with the margarine. Salt, pepper to taste and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the tofu, the onions, the sunflower /Flax seeds, the yeast flakes, the tamari sauce and some oil.
Then pour on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake at 350 ° F for 10 minutes. Towel at half-cooking.
Start the dishes starting with vegan '' meat '', corn, creamed corn and potatoes. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

....and Voila! Tabernak c'que c'est good!

If you are in Montreal make sure to check JOE LE RATON VEGE

 

 

Miraculous Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) is a plant rich in amino acids, vitamins A, C, F, B, niacin, and has traces of vitamin B12, with awesome anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, healing, and soothing benefits for your skin, but also hair and intestines. I believe everyone should grow this beautiful precious plant…


WAYS TO USE FRESH ALOE VERA:

  • Sunburn Remedy: Lots of chemicals and preservatives are found in beauty products, even vegan and organic ones. It is cheap and easy to get rid of your sunburns…
  • Cleansing Juice: because it contains vitamins and minerals, using a small amount of aloe vera gel (skin off), you can add to your organic fresh juices. Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics. Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
  • Moisturising face mask
  • Aloe vera reduces irritated skin, rashes, itchy bites..
  • Exfoliant and moisturise – slice a piece of the leave, sprinkle some sugar onto the flesh and just spread over your body an hour or two before having a shower.
  • Acne treatment: it is anti-microbial so it clears off the bacteria. Apply the aloe over the face.
  • Hair conditioner: Help hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair!
  • Clear sinuses and airways: Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma
    (…)

Make sure to get rid of the yellow liquid (aloe vera latex) as it may cause some rashes on your skin and probably other intestinal problems… To remove aloe latex, you should peel the thin layer of leaf first. After extracting the gel like substance, you will find the latex fluid under the leaf.

DIY Gift : 4 ingredients Matcha Truffles

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Because I believe in homesteading and the joy of Do-It-Yourself….winter time especially all-christmas-new-year-period is another excuse to consume,

I suggest you to look at this recipe, and realise how easy it is to make. I promise your cherished ones will love these matcha cocoa truffles.

 

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 For about 15 of them you will need: 

For the filling: mix 180g coconut butter with one and an half Tablespoon of matcha tea powder and two Tablespoons of coconut nectar. Put 10 minutes in the freezer.

For the ganache: rawcocoa with sweetener & some cocoa butter (or simply vegan dark chocolate)

-some nice packagings for your truffles


You can keep these little things in the fridge or in the freezer for longer (up to three months)

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Ce que j’ai appris durant mon CAP PĂątissier (article in french)

Sorry guys this post is going to be in french… I can translate it later if needed.

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Chaque parcours est diffĂ©rent. Chaque expĂ©rience a du positif et du nĂ©gatif. Je partage avec vous, cette fois en français, une part de ma vie, pour ne pas dire un “morceau de gĂąteau”… 🙂

On m’a plusieurs fois demandĂ©, que ce soit durant un entretien professionnel ou tout simplement en parlant avec les un(e)s et les autres, pourquoi j’ai un CAP PĂątissier mais je n’exerce pas le mĂ©tier de patissiere “traditionnelle”.

“Comment ça, vous avez un CAP PĂątissier, et pourquoi donc vous faites du sans lactose, sans Ɠufs, sans gluten, des “raw” cheezecakes…?”

 

Ce que j’ai appris pendant mon CAP PĂątissier:

  • les techniques, les diffĂ©rentes textures, les dosages, la rigueur (parfois), dĂ©velopper ma crĂ©ativitĂ©, travailler sur un petit plan de travail: l’organisation, mettre en valeur une rĂ©alisation…chercher les Ă©quivalents en vĂ©gĂ©tal

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  • de belles rencontres (la folie parfois eheh), des gens passionnĂ©s qui y passent littĂ©ralement toute leur vie, des gens patients la pour nous transmettre leur savoir-faire

  • Attention, je coupe le cote positif comme ça d’un coup, je suis un peu brusque mais honnĂȘte jusqu’au bout .

  • la PĂątisserie Française est raffinĂ©e mais c’est AUSSI une belle industrie (notez l’ironie avec l’adjectif devant “industrie” qui renforce le terme pĂ©joratif): Ɠufs en poudre, jaunes/blancs en bouteilles, beurre en conditionnement de 25kg, gĂ©latine a n’en plus va, colorants alimentaires (le rouge “cochenille” fait a base d’insecte cochenille, par exemple), additifs, Ă©paississants et autres produits dĂ©jĂ  “tout faits” pour donner l’illusion du fait maison… dans la (sur)consommation. la malbouffe cachĂ©e par l’apparence du gĂąteau, j’appellerais cela un peu de la junk food a la française. En bref, des choses pas trĂšs jolies-jolies.

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Ce qu’on ne m’a jamais dis pendant mon CAP PĂątissier…

mais dont je me suis informée et documentée:

(J’étais vĂ©gĂ©tarienne pendant trois ans avant de comprendre tout cela…)

  • La gĂ©latine est obtenue a partir de broiements d’os et de peaux animales. Humm cet insert aux fruits rouges….me direz-vous?

  • Le lait et ses dĂ©rivĂ©s (produits laitiers) : une souffrance insoupçonnĂ©e. Comme tous les mammifĂšres, une vache produit du lait seulement quand elle a un petit. Ainsi, dans l’industrie laitiĂšre, on l’insĂ©mine artificiellement tous les ans, pour qu’elle ait un veau. La mĂšre et son petit sont sĂ©parĂ©s rapidement aprĂšs la naissance pour rĂ©server le lait Ă  la consommation humaine. Une vache laitiĂšre est tuĂ©e Ă  l’abattoir vers ses 5 ans. Aux femmes qui ont des enfants, celles-ci pourront peut-ĂȘtre m’entendre la dessus? Je vous Ă©pargne les images CHOC mais si vous ĂȘtes intĂ©ressĂ©(e)s dans la rubrique “ressources” de ce site vous trouverez dĂ©jĂ  pas mal d’infos.

  • Les Ɠufs? Aussi bien pour le bio que pour le plein air, les poussins naissent dans des couvoirs. Ne pouvant produire d’Ɠufs, les mĂąles sont broyĂ©s ou gazĂ©s : ils sont inutiles, ne grossiront pas, les souches de poulets Ă  viande Ă©tant diffĂ©rentes de celles des poules pondeuses. 70 % de la production d’Ɠufs en France provient de poules encagĂ©es : impossibilitĂ© d’étendre aisĂ©ment les ailes, de courir ou de gratter la terre. Au bout d’un an de ponte, elles sont envoyĂ©es Ă  l’abattoir pour ĂȘtre abattues.

  • Le sucre blanc (mais les autres sucres aussi) est dĂ©pourvu de nutriments…et concrĂštement pourrit notre santĂ©. Je vous conseillerai toujours de choisir le meilleur sucre: les fruits! Si vous dĂ©sirez sucrer vos pĂątisseries vĂ©gĂ©tales, prĂ©fĂ©rez un sirop de dattes fait maison, des fruits (une compote de pommes/poires bio 100% fruits faite maison, une banane entiĂšre etc) ou de la mĂ©lasse noire qui reste intĂ©ressante au niveau nutritif…

  • L’apparence ne fait pas tout. Ceci est valable non seulement pour les gĂąteaux. Cherchez un peu a comprendre: ce petit gĂąteau qui a l’air si tentant, est-il aussi bon pour mon corps et ma santĂ©, est-il aussi bon pour une question d’éthique? (ce que je viens de dĂ©tailler briĂšvement auparavant)- Est-ce que mon plaisir personnel passe avant la vie d’autrui? Est-ce que je suis egoiste a ce point?

  • Comme dans l’industrie, dans le milieu professionnel, les personnes intĂ©ressĂ©es aux produits vĂ©gĂ©taliens ne le sont pas forcement par compassion pour les animaux mais plutĂŽt par intĂ©rĂȘt (financier). Mon expĂ©rience a Paris avec un certain Biocoop Dad… par exemple qui voulait que je sois patissiere avec eux, vĂ©gĂ©talienne bien entendu mais traditionnelle aussi! Comme quoi, ce qui se cache derriĂšre le BIO ce n’est pas forcement Ă©thique! Et c’est bien connu, dans le milieu du travail actuel, ta mentalitĂ© tu te la gardes au placard hein….  J’ai vĂ©cu plus ou moins la mĂȘme chose auparavant en Sardaigne.

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  • Les alternatives existent. Je les ai dĂ©couvertes un peu avant et pendant ce CAP PĂątissier en 2013/2014, et le plus beau c’est que je suis continuellement en train d’apprendre! Voulons nous participer a un monde meilleur ou voulons nous participer au massacre des temps modernes? C’est peut ĂȘtre exagĂ©rĂ© pour vous, mais pour moi cela ne l’est pas. Il n’y a pas de petite(s) action(s), le choix nous le faisons chaque jour dans nos assiettes, au moins trois fois par jour et nous avons tous/tes le moyen d’agir!

 Je voulais partager avec vous mon tĂ©moignage car je pense que l’on n’est pas censĂ© rentrer dans des cases bĂȘtement…C’est ce que la sociĂ©tĂ© aurait voulu pour moi et pour tant d’autres, mais j’ai choisi la compassion et non la cruautĂ©.

Dans quel genre de monde voulez vous vivre? Vous votez pour ça chaque jour.

 

 

French Viennoiseries: Chocolatines & Croissants

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Always wanted to try the typical French breakfast?  This recipe is for you!  Obviously always vegan and I promise it’s crispy on the outside, soft on the inside….what a treat!!…. Because we don’t wait until Christmas to offer you this gift 😉

RECETTE Technique EN FRANCAIS

FULL RECIPE IN ENGLISH VERSION

 

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Best food combinations to maximise your energy! – 80/10/10 –

This is based on my personal experiences with food/nutrition/sport and I am doing better when I am eating this way. I’m not saying that you HAVE to eat this way, I just share with you a way to maximise your energy with easier digestion….

Wherever I stay, I always bring this to put on my kitchen closets/shelves to check and do the right combo. Eat the energy you want to become.

 

Basically, what are we talking about in terms of foods? 80/10/10 works out easily and naturally 
if your calories break down approximately as follows:

90 to 97% from sweet and nonsweet fruits
2 to 6% from tender, leafy greens and celery
0 to 8% from everything else (other vegetables like cabbage and broccoli, plus fatty fruits, nuts, and seeds)


You can generally accomplish this with two or three large fruit meals during the day, plus a large salad in the evening. 
Fruit predominates heavily, yet you consume as many greens as you like.

Main Source: the 80/10/10 by Douglas N. Graham

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Disclaimer

The information contained in The 80/10/10 Diet is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. Dr. Douglas Graham does not give medical advice or engage in the practice of medicine. Under no circumstances does Dr. Graham recommend particular treatment for specific individuals, and he recommends in all cases that you consult your physician or a qualified practitioner before pursuing any course of treatment or making any changes to your diet or medications. — Douglas N. Graham, DC

Over and over again, I hear people saying they’ve tried “everything” to lose weight—low fat, high fat, low carb, high carb, low protein, high protein, all kinds of pills, shots, powders, and shakes—you name it and they say they’ve tried it. The main cause of their failure is misinformation. There are reasons for each of these dietary failures. What they were told was “low fat,” usually 30%, actually is not low fat at all, and they have no idea how to get to an effective low-fat 10% as described in this book. High-fat diets can be dangerous and put you at risk for the diseases that most Westerners die from prematurely. Low-carb diets are also dangerous, and most people have no idea that the ideal diet consists of 80% carbs.

But, it must be the right carbs.

FRUITS ARE CARBS – FRUITS ARE FAST FOOD

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Other Fundamental Elements of Health

Are You Thriving or Surviving?

Rate yourself, from zero to ten, in each of the following areas.

 

1. Clean, fresh air

2. Pure water

3. Foods for which we are biologically designed

4. Sufficient sleep

5. Rest and relaxation

6. Vigorous activity

7. Emotional poise and stability

8. Sunshine and natural light

9. Comfortable temperature

10. Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility

11. Human touch

12. Thought, cogitation, and meditation

13. Friendships and companionship

14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)

15. Love and appreciation

16. Play and recreation

17. Pleasant environment

18. Amusement and entertainment

19. Sense of humor, mirth, and merriment

20. Security of life and its means

21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment

22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests)

23. Self-control and self-mastery

24. Individual sovereignty

25. Expression of reproductive instincts

26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses

27. Self-confidence

28. Positive self-image and sense of self-worth

29. Internal and external cleanliness

30. Smiles

31. Music and all other arts

32. Biophilia (love of nature)

Pumpkin Coconut Chai Latte

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“Balance should be the goal of those looking for health, since being too yin or too yang without being stable to return to balance constitutes a state of disease. A modern person will often be simultaneously too yin and too yang. This is because yin and yang have not emerged, due to a lifestyle more extreme than the person can integrate. When one is well balanced, it is possible to become either very yin or very yang in response to the demands of the moment, without being stranded in a simultaneous excess of yin and yang, which is always stressful. The balanced person easily expands or contracts, becomes more active or passive and at the same time remains anchored in stillness (emptiness permeated with Wonderful Existence), the place where yin and yang fuse into unified reality.”

(from “Healing with whole foods” by Paul Pitchford)

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I definitely prefer eating/drinking raw foods but when the weather is cold in fall time (or when we have a non stop rain week…) I sometimes like this kind of hot treat…..

For this recipe, I’ve used homemade coconut milk (which is basically two tablespoons of coconut flour and about half liter of filtered water that I’ve been bringing to a boil.) but you can also find coconut milk from grocery stores.

Use about 150g of the pumpkin, skinless and of course seedless. Chop into cubes and add to the coconut milk (300ml) in a small pan.

Add spices according to your taste: from 1/4 of a teaspoon to a whole teaspoon of each spice: cinnamon, ground nutmeg, one, two or three cloves, ginger + chili (if you want to add some pep) + two or three fresh dates for natural sweetener.

Let the mixture cook on a medium fire for 15-20 minutes. Then, blend it. Serve it hot. It’s really delicate! If you’re a sweet tooth, you can dip your homemade vegan caramelized cocoa beans, choc&hazelnut cookies in it 😉

 

What people think of Squitti’s Cakes

If you are curious about our cakes and what we are doing,

you can check out reviews of our customers and people who tried our cakes:

  • On Happycow.net :

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  • On YouTube:

From Joe – Le Raton Vege, Montreal (in French, Quebecois)

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From Ariadna y Ernesto (in Spanish)  screenshot-from-2016-10-30-141552

 

From Biren (in English)

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From dumpster to dinner plate

Listening to "LA REVOLTE" 

It’s hard to imagine any of the commuters you will see in the centre of your city, for example, not owning a watch or a good pair of shoes or any of the other essentials to get them through the day. And everywhere they go there’s another ad or a store trying to sell them more. That’s consumerism in a nutshell. Something doesn’t work anymore? — Buy a new one! Need a change? — Buy something new!

The 90’s were a decade that brought us the extreme shopping channel, the dot-com bubble and more luxuries that we could ever imagine. But then, the bubble burst. Wall Street crumbled and we got slammed by a once in a life time recession. Then we paused for a moment to reassess


 

ALL FOOD IS SALVAGED FROM THE WASTED OF CAPITALISM

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Capitalism is the childish idea that there’s no suck thing as too much

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Food goes to trash while millions starve

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Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.Logo_864

Freeganism is a sustainable practice that’s about creating alternatives and Do-It-Yourself habits. If you need fruits or vegetables, then don’t buy those from a capitalist company that exploits animals in the farms or people on the fields. Grow your own fruits and veggies. This is the real freedom — to produce goods on your own and with your friends, to create communities consisting of mutually supportive people and relationships. Freedom, solidarity, independence — this is FREEDOM.

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Make sure to check these beauties: Freecycle.orgFreegan.infoTrashwiki.orgFoodisfree Food Not Bombs

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Cruelty free Crepes

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This recipe was published in the Biocontact magazine, October 2016 (free sample in organic shops in France)

Ingredients you will need are:

  • 200g T80 wheat flour
  • 60g chickpeas flour
  • 70g non refined cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • half of a vanilla pod
  • 50cl (500ml) homemade hemp mylk or any other kind of non dairy mylk
  • 2cl (20ml) extra virgin olive oil

As a traditional crepes dough, in a large bowl, blend the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Cover and let it at ambient temperature for more than half an hour. Lightly oil a crepe pan and place it over medium heat. When the pan is hot, cook the crepe until it is golden, then flip it and cook the other side. Repeat the steps for any crepe until there’s no more dough left.

Enjoy with homemade raspberry coulis, carob sauce, fruits jam, according to your taste!..