Spicy Jambolaya

Maybe you think “Jambolaya” is the title of a Latin song and maybe you’re right…
Nevertheless, “Jambalaya” is also known as a rice-based Creole dish.

While rice is mainly associated with sushi, risotto or paella, it is also widely used as a major ingredient in Caribbean islands, Indian Ocean islands and Louisiana cuisine.
Traditionally, the base of this dish is made of rice enriched with various additives depending on the region, such as local weights, seafood, or meat enriched with citrus acidity. For my special jambalaya, I usually use tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans, squash, zucchini, vegan sausages, or tofu, some herbs and spices.

Basically, it is a simple one-pot dish and we can prepare it from what we have at our average household disposal.



1 cup of rice
3 cups of water or vegetable broth
a couple of tablespoons of oil
1 large zucchini
1 bell pepper
1 onion
3 spring onion
3 cloves of garlic
a handful of colorful tomatoes
a couple of vegan sausages
5 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 teaspoon of sweet pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper or chopped chili pepper
parsley or cilantro
1/4 lemon juice


Wash the vegetables and cut them into similarly sized cubes.
Separately, chop the onions, garlic, chili and coriander.
Put the chopped onion, chopped chili garlic, and paprika into a large frying pan with oil.
Fry everything for about 2 minutes.
Add the rice and fry for a few minutes until it turns glassy.
Add all chopped vegetables, mix and stew for about 4 minutes. Add tomato puree and water or broth.
Finally, heat up some oil in a separate pan. Add chopped soy sausages and fry until the sausages are golden brown.
Add the sausages to the pot and mix everything
Add fresh cut tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and spring onion.



As always let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments section below.

What is the most popular way to cook rice in your part of the world?


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Love chocolate

Revolutionary chocolate that takes the internet by storm. All you need is love … and what’s the best aphrodisiac if not chocolate?

Which is why for this valentine’s day I have prepared for you this last minute recipe that requires only 3 common ingredients. Let us make a love chocolate!

If you were planning to make a special Valentine’s Day dessert, but something did not work out or going out is not an option than keep or reading as this is a recipe for you.

– Chocolate or several chocolate bars, depending on the size of the tin. My mold was very large and in my case I needed 4 chocolates.
– Your favourite nuts. I used a handful of pistachios but I was also tempted to use cashew nuts.
– Additional ingredients and spices, although unnecessary, will be appreciated. I used frozen dried strawberries and a tiny bit of chilli – highly recommended, but you may also add additional type of nuts, dried fruit, jelly beans, dried flower petals or even honeycomb crumbs.

Cut or crush the chocolate into small pieces and melt it slowly on a small fire – remember to keep slowly steering the chocolate to not let it boil. Dissolve chocolate in a water bath, i.e. boil the hot water and then put in it your smaller (pot, bowl) filled with chocolate. This will control the melting process. It may sound complicated but trust me frying the chocolate directlly over the hob will jeprodize the process. Alternativelly you could use a microwave.
Pour the melted chocolate into a heart-shaped mold, garnish with nuts and let it cool. if you want to speed up the process, put the mold in the fridge or freezer, of course, after it has already cooled down to not damage your appliances.

P.S. if you don’t have a mold, just cut the heart out of the cardboard, wrap the tape and put out the climbing film. That’s what I did!

Love chocolate

Enjoy the result!

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The Last Samurai and violet honey

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life” said Katsumoto the samurai, a leader of the last remaining Japanese village which hasn’t been yet transformed and industrialized by the western culture.

Perhaps it’s a common perversion but I often find myself to remember nature and food quotes best from any movie or a book I happen to experience in my life. Maybe each one of us seeks his/her own wisdom… or maybe just like the last samurai some of us are feeling trapped and cornered, our ideals sold out, our trust abused and honour dishonoured. Maybe that’s the moment when we should all stop and think for a while, perhaps even consider to search for our own state of mind cherry blossom?

How would it look like and when would you know if you have found one already? If you haven’t watched yet the movie “Last Samurai” then my dear reader, I strongly recommend you to do so and let me know what inspiration have you felt in your heart after watching it in the comments section below.

While I haven’t devoted my entire life, only the whole morning 😉 to find a hundred violets flowers I also seek for my very own cherry blossom. I think part of it consists of this blog where I can channel my passion into new recipe formulas for anyone to try out and find peace in your body with Mother Nature and your inner-self.
Anyway back to the violets which in case you didn’t know smell best in the evening. If you would like to use them in your kitchen, then I definitely recommend the early morning for the harvest-time. Their beauty is really fleeting and they must be used immediately after breaking up, because they wilt very quickly. Furthermore to enjoy them, I transform them into refreshing lemonades, flower ice cubes, add to cakes, or simply administrate in amber dandelion syrup.

This syrup with violets is my favourite and I would love to share its recipe with you today.
If you already know my dandelion honey recipe, or even better yet you are the lucky owner of this golden nectar, you should be already halfway through the implementation of this recipe. The field trip (for me always the most exciting part) is also the most challenging one depending on where you live. You must survey your local area for either the forest or a garden in order to harvest some fresh flowers of violets.
Once you have captured them, you may begin the enchanting process and watch as the magic unfolds in front of your eyes.

Your precious ingredients:
1 jar of dandelion honey from my previous recipe
A handful of flower violets.

Create superb quality honey with nature pure violets of life for your loved ones.
As always I like to keep things really simple whenever possible and let the nature do the work for you and me. All you have to do is put the violets in the jar and …yes wait for it…close it again. The proportions in this recipe are obviously not crucial, but try not to pour too many flowers into one jar and remember that the flowers should be dried and above all fresh. It might seem like a very simple, to say even a trivial trick but I encourage you to leave the violets in your jar for a few days and try that unique flavour with that special aftertaste. Be careful though as water can spoil our honey, so it’s good to spread our violets on a paper towel for a moment so that it will be absorbed by some form of cloth.

If you preserve the violets in honey in such way they will not only retain their beautiful colour for a long time but also extend the honey lifetime for up to a year and that I am speaking from my personal experience. Whether it will last longer than a year though? – that I can’t promise as honey served in such way always attracts a lot of unnecessary attention and if you invite your family and friends often I guarantee you it will not last that long 🙂

Honey Wishes to You

I am very curious what you think about the movie The Last Samurai and what are your favorite flowers and whether you happen to eat them. Let me know in the comments section below.

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