One for the good things from attending a workshop (apart from the things you get to learn), is the opportunity to meet new and talented people with the same passion as yours. Sometimes, if you are very lucky, then that person you meet, you get to connect with her in a particular and very special way. I am one of those lucky few !
I met Elli at Aiala’s food photography workshop which I attended during October last year. Our special bond was born out of chance and curiosity, both being attracted not only by the same photography, but also from the exactly the same thrill and feeling. I can only describe it as magic.
Taking the time to research my new found friend, through Instagram, I discovered Elli’s beautiful work and what a truly rewarding sight that was. Through breathtaking photographs, Elli shows her journey and passion for holistic health and nourishing healing foods.
The heart of the Garden
Elli is a holistic nutritionist in the making and founder of Garden-heart, an inspirational blog where she spreads to the world, her knowledge gained from her own personal battle to overcome the daily challenges born from an autoimmune disease. She guides her followers towards a health and well-being life style through tasty and seasonal recipes using nutrient-dense foods so necessary for our optimal health... having said all of this, now you will understand my reasoning, why I just had to get in touch with her (being a little bit afraid at the start, to be honest) to ask her to be a special guest on my little and tiny humble blog.
To my surprise and happiness, I felt the luckiest person on the Earth, as 2015 is the Year of Yes for Elli so she replied saying that I would be one of her 2015’s Yeses and that she would be delighted to be involved.
However, she not only accepted to my proposal but she invite me to be her blog’s guest as well, allowing us both to contribute to this beautiful project, made with lots of love, respect and enthusiast:A Lover’s Choice, Two Recipes for Romance.
The benefits of the cacao powder
Immediately, it was clear for Elli and I, that the focus for our project should be a healing ingredient. So what better time than Valentine’s Day to share with you two recipes made from cocoa powder; a great superfood potent with antioxidants and plenty of benefits.
For the most antioxidants, look for semi-sweet or dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa solids and the least amount of sugar. Dark chocolate without unhealthy additives, such as sugar, has been shown to lower the risk of cancer and strokes. Chocolate, also, improves immunity, greater longevity and quicker recovery from intense exercise.
So we had to show to you all the advantages and benefits of treating yourself by eating a small quantity of a quality chocolate or... making these chocolate avocado pudding with pecan brittle for you and your lover on Valentine’s Day.
chocolate avocado pudding with pecan brittle
1/2 cup dark chocolate, coarsely
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk, room temperature
4 medium-sized ripe avocados, with pits and skins removed
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
Melt down the chocolate in the top of a double boiler until smooth, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
Combine the avocados, coconut milk, honey and cacao powder in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until chilled to firm it up, then scoop the mousse into a small cups.
By Laura | Lau Sunday cooks - Adapted from Eva Kosmas Flores
Chocolate Hibiscus Truffles
Now, the star ingredient comes in the form of truffles. I’m amazed how Elli captures the exceptional purity of the cacao and the beauty of the hibiscus in these photographs. Aren’t they simply pure love?
For these Chocolate hibiscus truffles, I wanted to create an earthy feel to this recipe using Hibiscus and Cacao as the main ingredients and for the complimentary ingredient, I added Carob, which is perfect for anyone wishing to add a little sweet caramel taste but still keep the treat caffeine-free. Elli Dragoi
So, visit Elli on Garden Heart by clicking here and get the recipe of these gorgeous truffles and many more healthy tips and recipes!
I hope you have enjoyed these two recipes. I just want to take this opportunity to thank my lovely friend, Elli for joining me to share with you two of our favourite ways to indulge in chocolate.
Laura & Elli