Quarterly Magazine Issue n°1 Spring 201 4
News and inspiration on green lifestyles, fashion, beauty, art & design, travel, culture, well-being and food
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Featured Picture “If we don’t end war, war will end us“ Herbert George Wells Lisbon, February 201 4
“Share it, don’t waste it!” Food sharing Fun with sprouting Ethical fabrics for less victims of fashion A gift from Gods: the olive tree Indian natural beauty Feeling soft: olive oil sugar scrub The little black dress Spring outfits picks Give an Indian touch to your style! + Highlighting Manish Arora Cork: magical material, treasure of Portugal Featured artist: Robbie Craig and his Northern Projects Album: “O Mistério” review Book: “Women who run with the wolves" review Movie: "A touch of spice" review Lisbon Birgi A lifestyle change: the benefits of going vegan Spring detox Apple cake Halva Green smoothie Dal Bhat
oodsharing.de is based in Germany, and it’s the first web platform that gives everyone the opportunity to share food otherwise destined to be thrown away The aim of the creators is to fight the alarming food waste that in Germany, as well as in any rich country of the western world, has become more and more unsustainable.
At foodsharing, they basically propose a new ethical way to be helpful by simply following the easy rule of "share it, don't waste it!"
The latest statistics show indeed a shameful behaviour that is damaging both society and the environment: every year, in Germany, each citizen throws away 80 kg of food; in Italy, it’s been estimated that 1 2.3 billion euros worth of food are annually wasted; according to FAO, 1 .3 billion tons of food is wasted globally throughout the whole food chain, from farmers to consumers, every year.
In this undeniably alarming picture, Foodsharing sustainable lifestyle model seems to give some hope in making our world a better place.
People in need will benefit from donations of food for free, while the environment will benefit from the wastage cut.
Their sharing concept is not addressed only to poor people, but to the whole Society. In fact, they ultimately wish to eradicate the limiting common feeling of ‘being ashamed from accepting things from others’. Foodsharing.de has delivered 7394 food baskets since its creation, and, according to the site, 29.727,32 kg of food have been saved from the rubbish bins.
A real success that has positively inspired many to start a similar project. The idea has already crossed the german borders and, lately, the food-sharing sites and no profit organisations have appeared in Italy, Austria, Switzerland ... The site offers its users a way to get together, to advertise and collect the excess food instead of throwing it away. No money is involved and the whole campaign is actually no-profit.
A more collaborative and caring attitude could certainly change the world, and foodsharing seems to be working well in the right direction.
f you have been fancying a home vegetable garden but have little time or no garden at all, you should give sprouting a try. It's the easiest way to explore the fun of home-growing your own healthy and natural food ingredients
Besides being fun, sprouting is also great for your health. In fact, you will be growing some real nutritional enhancers for very little money and almost no effort.
Sprouts are very high in nutrients indeed, (up to 1 5 times more than the original seeds they come from), and will add up great nutritional value to any of your meal. Vitamins, proteins, phytochemicals and minerals increase during the germinating process and will not be lost once the sprouts are ‘harvested’. They need to be refrigerated as soon as they are 'harvested' and can be kept in the fridge up to 1 week where they will keep growing and producing more nutrients.
There is a great variety of seeds to choose from, (legumes, cereals, oilseedsR) and there are many ways to make sprouts. You can use a “germinator”, a simple glass jar or even a common pasta bowl plate. For my first try, I decided to go for the easiest way. So, I chose lentils and a plate.
WHAT YOU NEED: - a handful of lentils - a plate with high borders - two clean kitchen cloths HOW YOU DO IT: - Rinse the lentils and put them in a container filled with water. Leave them overnight for about 1 2 hours. - In the morning, drain the lentils and put them in a plate where you have previously laid down a wet & wrung cloth. Cover with the other cloth and leave them in a dark place for about 1 2 hours. - Rinse the lentils delicately, then put them back in the plate and let them sit again in a dark place for 1 2 hours. - Repeat the third step every morning and evening, until they grow a little yellowish leaf. It will take about 3-4 days for the lentils, up to a week for other kinds of seeds. Three to four days later, they should be ready. Rince well before consuming, and allow them in the light for two hours before eating. You could try them in a salad with tomatoes, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
e know it since many years: cotton, which is the main textile fiber of our wardrobe, is the most polluting textile fiber in the world. From an environmental point of view, the results are catastrophic: conventional cotton alone uses 20% of pesticides sold worldwide for only 2.5 % of global agricultural land. It also requires a huge water consumption and generates a big emission of carbon dioxide. The health effects are disastrous. For the farmers first, who are performing 30 treatments per year:1 million are poisoned and 22,000 deaths are counted every year, according to WHO. On the consumer side , the risk comes from the dyeing, which contain heavy metals and allergens. Besides the health risks, the working conditions in the sector are alarming. Cotton is a major global market , which depends on big businesses. By selling fashionable clothing they generate huge profits, but all relies entirely on local low-paid labor.
And with a lower water consumption, no GMOs, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, organic certified cotton ensures a clothing respectful for the skin and the environment. Organic cotton allows to purchase clothes products in Asian countries, with more certainty that employees have the required age, decent working conditions and wage. Read the labels and know that your purchases have an impact not only on the environment but also on people's lives.
Other plant fibers Flax: this rotation crop
represents only 0.3 % of the textile fiber produced in the world, although rainwater is enough to complete its irrigation, its heavy yield and its effects are positive to ecosystems. Italy offers a local high-quality production. Transformation process generally has a low impact on the environment but organic option remains the best.
Hemp: this robust plant requires no fertilizers or
Organic cotton as a solution
Organic cotton is grown in 22 countries and is a source of export for many developing countries. Turkey and India alone represent 70% of global supply. So choosing to wear organic cotton is supporting fair trade!
chemicals. China and France represent 95 % of world production. This really ecological material is not only used for the textile industry, but also used as an excellent natural insulator. A good alternative, that designers have not yet fully captured! Learn more about european flax and hemp : http://www.europeanflax.comcoton, C.
thena was the goddess of wisdom, war, arts and justice in Ancient Greece. The city of Athens was named after her. She gave the olive tree to Athenians as a gift. But not only was it one gift, Athenians used it for oil, food and wood. And surely it is nowadays one of the essentials of Mediterranean cuisine. I can hear the voice of my grand mum now: “this year we have only 10 liters of olive oil, this is the end of the world, need to find more3 ”
Only 1 0 liters for 1 2 month is bad, well for me it is too much oil but it depends how you use it. Olive oil is like medicine, beauty product, food and more for my family and many other Mediterraneans .
Beauty tips from my mum
“Your hair looks very dull ! You should use olive oil!” My mum always say this to me. In fact first I find it as an dirt act. Why would I want to put a glass of olive oil on my hand and walk an hour or two in the house with a plastic wrap on my head? After my mum some others also said the same thing to me. Well, then I decide I give it a chance. I was amazed, my hair looked shiny and had more moisture. But as I guessed it is a oily process get ready for it.
THE MEDICINE BOX In Turkey, when babies have constipation problems, olive oil is the direction to go. One spoon of olive oil and people believe that will help muscles to relax. The same thing, whenever I had a problem with my stomach all I get was a spoon of olive oil. It is an excellent medicine for burns, I know because I always burn myself and somehow I find myself with my good old friend, olive oil. The first time I heard about it was my mum too. She told me to put olive oil on where I burn myself, that will reveal the pain and help it to heal. That is a miracle, that really helps a lot for the pain and the healing process. It is also good for hight blood pressure, diabetics, cholesterol. But to work, you need to consume not so much of it otherwise, it will be like overdose effect.
Beauty potion (and other little tips) I used to like using high end body butter, lotionsR But then there was a time I met ecological products and organic food. Healthy living was good but somehow sometimes more expensive and not like the smells of my usual products. So I started to look for recipes I can try at home. But not only simple recipes we can use for one’s but also recipes for making my own body butter or soap. Oh boy, this was a long road to take! I struggle with the soap the most but did soaps for myself and body butters too. This adventure teach me a lot with experiencing the benefits of oils and learning more about their use. One of my favorite was again olive oil. It really helps the dry skin . All you need is to rub gently a little bit of olive oil to the dry area. Thats it. Though it has a smell and for those who don’t like the smell of it. I can suggest using a nice smelling essential oil with it. I sometimes use lavender oil. Olive oil is also amazing for makeup removing . And I always use it. Clean your make up with a bit of olive oil on a cotton and if you are afraid that oil is gonna stay on your face and cause acnes or so, you can wash your face and finish your ritual with rose water. You will see the difference! I.
or centuries, Indian women have used natural an d local ingredients for their beauty recipes: fruits, rose petals, nuts, milk, yogurt, honey, sandalwood, and most of all, ayurvedic herbs. Here are 3 very simple recipes, that you can do at home (sensitive skins, be careful):
Mix ¾ of a banana with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. If your skin is oily, you can add few drops of lemon juice. Gently apply on your skin, avoiding the eyes aera. Slice the rest of the banana and put it on the eyes. Rinse it with warm water as soon as you feel uncomfortable. The banana is moisturizing while the cinnamon (and the lemon) is antiseptic : it brings blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin and stop the acne-causing bacteria.
eczema and dark marks. It's a powerful antioxidant. It brings brightness and glow, very appreciated in the winter because of the absence of sunshine and vitamin D. It will also help to eliminate wrinkles! The Indian age-old tradition involves applying a turmeric mask on the face of the bride-to-be in order to make her skin perfect before her big day.
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare
(http://www.himalayahealthcare.com) I discovered this fantastic brand during my trip in India! I bought the PureHands sanitizer in Rishikesh. You can discover the products (there is an organic range) on the website. Some Basil (Tulsi) Pick a few fresh leaves, wash products are available abroad. You can also order some products via Amazon (Health & them, then bruise them in a Personal Care › “Himalaya Herbals”). Or if you mortar. Pour in few drops of are lucky, you can find some products in Indian vegetable oil (olive oil for shops! example) and continue to I already tested the Organique Toothpaste Neem pound until you achieve a & Pomegranate, the FootCare Cream, the green paste. Apply the paste over your face, avoiding the eye contours. Leave for 1 5 minutes Revitalizing Night Cream and the Kajal - for captivating eyes! before rinsing it off. The basil’s anti-bacterial effect will help to prevent acne and your skin will “Himalaya products are natural, safe and feel fresh and smooth !
efficacious. Some of the products contain honey, bees wax, lanolin, milk and milk products that are of animal origin. But, these ingredients are obtained without harming animals. All other ingredients like proteins, glycerine and fatty alcohols are sourced from vegetables.”
Mix ½ table spoon of tumeric with 1 table spoon of almond oil. Apply paste to your freshly washed face, avoiding the eyes and nostrils. After 20 minutes, the mask should be hard. Rub it off with warm water. Turmeric has anti-bacterial qualities that help combatting acne, And of course, no animal testing.
o you believe in home-made beauty products? I sometimes feel, I am lazy to prepare them however, nobody denies they work and sometimes even better then the hight end products. lemon, for freshness and adjusting your skin color. Doesnâ€™t it sounds good? Ingredients 5 tablespoon of sugar 2 tablespoon of olive oil half a small lemon
The quantity of the lemon juice can be different so be sure you have lots of sugar. What you want is a mixture mostly sugar, not sugar swimming in liquids. What i experience that when sugar is a lot it is working better for pealing. Gently rub the mixture to your skin and rinse it after 2- minutes.
Olive oil is known as magic when it comes to
heal, and soften you skin. But what about something that really takes away the dead skin and leaves us with smooth skin. Oh, and something also for adjusting the skin color.
My skin really felt soft afterwards. It works really good but the smell of the olive oil is not for me. So i decide to add an essential oil so that i donâ€™t smell like oil. So donâ€™t forget drop of an essential oil you like.
This is for lightening scars and acne marks. So, i looked for the ingredients that will work for three of my needs. Olive oil for moisturizing,
sugar for taking away the dead skin and
e all have that little black dress. Well, if you don’t, you must buy one because it is a saver! When I say saver, I mean really a saver. I was not very sure of that until two years from now. Now, I have 5 black dresses: long, short, skater black dressI But I started to realize I did not wear them as often as I would like. Because, for example, they have back decolletes and in a cold winter day, I can get frozen. Then I started to play around a bit with dresses and different styles. Especially in mid seasons, when the weather is very unexpected, so it is always nice to have something extra.
Lady likeI Here, is our simple black dress with twist of lady like hair band. Lace is always great detail in the head and I believe it gives a bit of vintage twist.
Hello, Cutie Lets imagine it is a lazy Sunday and you don’t even want to get dress because it is also cold outside. Then, take you black dress multiply it with a knit and add some tights and flat shoes which comes equal to a cutie comfy. I have add a bit of lace in the hair as a tie but you can use scarf as a hair band which is very chic too.
Rock it Baby! I love rock style and Britain gives me lots of inspiration. 50s’ is also special, a bit rock’n'roll and here you go in a way you rock the dance floor! In this case, a night out in a bar can be perfect for this outfit and actually you can just take off your shirt and continue the rest of the night in a different style. As you have changed your outfit.
Monday morning I open the window. I can hear the sparrows singing. I want to breathe the air of spring but it’s a bit chilly. I need to feel girly and comfy to find enough motivation to go out. My Ekyog dress and jersey tights are what I need! The golden detail brings sparkles in my eyes. Sigh. We’re monday and my grumpy mood makes me grab my buckles boots. Just perfect! It gives a rock touch to my outfit. Trench coat in case of rain, quick look at my watch: yep, I just have the time to take a coffee before moving on my working day! Saturday afternoon The sun is out and I fancy a walk in the city. The occasion is good to wear a little spring outfit: my white striped Ekyog dress (from an old collection but so 201 4!) and a vest to keep warm. And to run through the streets with doggy, better choose some comfortable ballerina! Spring is also hanging on my ears with these cute butterfly earrings. Wait, something is missingR Oh yes, my sunglasses! Now I’m ready to enjoy my day in the sun, feel the air in my hairs and put some flowers in it! Happy week-end everyone!
Friday evening My love called me a couple hours ago: “Let’s go out tonight!” But no clue about the place we’re going to. I guess I need to be classy but not too much. I’ll opt for pants, for a change! This Ekyog carrot shape is sober, and very soft. But I’m going to shine with the golden detail of my pretty Ekyog top and my glittery shoes! Perfect match! Now the make-up: tonight I dare red lipstick. A touch of scent behind the ears and inside the wrists, cellphone in the glistening clutch bag and I’m ready for my rendez-vous! Find all the shooting and more on the magazine’s blog! C.
ometimes, we like to travel with our clothes, remembering a trip or just wishing to escapeI Bright colors, flower motifs, flashy jewelery: wholeheartedly or just with a discreet touch, you can easily play with your wardrobe as if you return from the New Dheliâ€™s Fashion Week! Blouse: Esprit Pants: Benetton Necklace and earrings: vintage Handwoven scarf from India
In 1 997, he launched his own label Manish Arora and started selling his creations in India. Three years later, the designer took part in the first Indian Fashion Week and performed at Hong Kong Fashion Week. Manish launched his first store in New Delhi in 2002. From 2003, he began to give notoriety for his work abroad - particularly in Paris. From 2005, he showed his collections in London and in 2008, the spring-summer collection was a triumph in the French capital.
Bangles and Tika from Nepal Make-up: Himalaya Herbals Kajal
Manish Arora, the rising indian designer I first discover Manish Arora while switching over Fashion TV - not that I spend my life on this channel but I like to check time to time to get inspiration and, I must admit, I was fascinated. Before my eyes, an amazing and colorful Spring / Summer collection, from pastels to flashy colors! Born in Mumbai, Manish Arora first studied commerce before deciding to change course and to apply at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. He graduated in 1 994 with the Best Student Award.
His haute couture collections are obviously inspired by Indian folklore - borrowing Bollywood style - giving birth to colorful silhouettes, with a dominant pink, representative of the brand, extravagant shapes and cranky motifs. In 2011 , the designer was nominated artistic director of the house Paco Rabanne, but he announced his departure the following year to concentrate on his various projects (Manish Aarora for Amrapali Jewelry, Indian for Manish Arora collection...)
http://manisharora.com Find some shopping ideas on A Muse blog!
he cork oak is a typical type of the western Mediterranean region, implanted over thousands of years in Portugal, Spain and North Africa. It is also sparingly present in the south of France and on the western coast of Italy. Its bark offers a natural material, 1 00 % recyclable.
With a remarkable longevity (over 200 years) this tree is the only type in the world with such a bark: cork. It consists of dead cells, which walls are waterproofed by a chemical called suberin. All trees produce their bark but only the cork oak adds annually rings of cork.
used in the manufacture of insulation materials or coating, but also for accessories, shoes, clothes, furniture and fantastic decorative items. A great design opportunity!
The first stripping is performed only when the tree has reached the age of 25, then the following take place every 9 years. This method does not harm or affect the development of the tree. But it is only after the third debarking that the cork gets sufficient quality to make caps, for example.
A tree with multiple benefits The cork oak is naturally present in montados, domains formed by sparse undergrowth pasture. These natural areas are governed by an agro-forestry-pastoral mode of operation, allowing to feed livestock with grassland, logging trees and harvest the undergrowth natural products. Cork is 1 00% used: nothing is lost. Chips obtained during the manufacture of caps are
Portugal is by far the leading producer of cork, with 60 % of world exports. Besides the social and economic importance of the sector, implementation and exploitation of the cork oak plays an important role from an environmental point of view. Protection of soil
The tree is well adapted to arid environments because it keeps its moisture levels through a deep root system. Promoting infiltration of rainwater, montados have a positive role in the
regulation of the water cycle and provide a rampart against desertification. Biodiversity conservation
Montados provides home for between 1 5 000 and 25 000 plant species and many animal species (woodland birds, raptors, rodents, insects... ), particularly the Iberian lynx, the most endangered feline in the world.
Highlighting Cork & Co Cork & Co is a new eco-brand and concept store in Lisbon that proposes the very best o Portuguese products made of cork: clothes, bags, accessories, furniture and home design. Absorption of carbon dioxide
The first scientific analyzes suggest that montados, and cork oak therefore, play an important role in carbon sequestration and hence the reduction of greenhouse gases from human activities. With such results, it is clear that the cork is an ecological alternative for the planet!
The shop is located Rua das Salgadeiras, close to PraĂ§a CamĂľes, the heart of Bairro Alto / Chiado area. Sustainable and gorgeous: how can you resist? http://www.corkandcompany.pt https://www.facebook.com/Cork.and.Co
showcase of artworks from the Yellowknife visual artist Robbie Craig's latest project - www.rcraig.org
Robbie Craig is a visual artist based in Canada, born in an artistic family with a creative background, he grows up sketching his favourite characters until his teenage years. Life distractions keep him away from drawing for a while, and it's only several years later, when he finally finds â€˜his true homeâ€™, that the passion from his youth re-emerges again. Inspired by the stunning nature of the cold North, he buys a sketch pad and finally begins to draw again.
His unique styled paintings capture the grace of Canada pure landscapes and the fascinating beauty of its magnificent wildlife. Elegantly stylized with a graphic feel, they beautifully depict timeless fragments of the northern life.
Wolf packs, muskoxes, caribou families and the bright coloured aurora are originally represented. The wavy lines and the curved shapes animate the paintings and bring them to life. The sky moves, as if it was changing form continuously, while the pines dance. You can almost feel the breeze and the wind through the trees, yet itâ€™s never too cold. The blues are often warm and the scenes always homelike comfortable and welcoming .
You can admire more of Robbie Craigâ€˜s artworks on www.rcraig.org Or follow him on his Northern Projects facebook page: facebook.com/robbiecraigsnorthernprojects P.
Teresa Salgueiro is a famous Lisboan fado singer. In 1 986, aged only 1 7, she formed Madredeus, the most famous Portuguese group. Thanks to a French radio contest, I discovered her last album O Mistério. I totally fell in love with (gorgeous) Teresa’s crystal voice as soon as I recieved the album. Bringing more appeasement than melancholy, all songs are little jewels. My favorite immediately was the track 11 , entitled Lisboa... Eu so queria desenhar nesta melodia O amor à minha cidade Teimosa fantasia I just wanted to draw this melody The love of my city A stubborn fantasy
Learn more: http://www.teresasalgueiro.pt/en
B ook description: Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. “A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.”
Review: This book is a must have for every woman! Through a combination of
stories we all heard in our childhood and contemporary casework, Clarissa Estes reveals that the “wild woman” exists in each of us. For Clarissa (I call her by her firstname, as I would do for a benevolent aunt) the “wild woman” is this ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. And that has been repressed by a male-oriented system for ages... Each woman will recognize herself in an example or another. Through reading, it’s like diving into our own psychology, we can understand past mistakes, learn to break the cylces and find a new breath, an inspiration. It can hurt, but it will heal for sure. C.
“A Touch of Spice” Original name: Politiki Kouzina Writer and Director: Tassos Boulmetis Origin: A Greek + Turkish movie Year : 2003 It was a while ago, when ı first watch this movie, being a Mediterranean I was living in Uk. I was missing my ways of living all the family jokes, traditions and food. I come across this movie. The story is very impressive. It is story of a Greek boy called Fanis, when he was young he live in Istanbul with his family and his grand father had a spice shop. His live was happy, his mother has a Turkish friend and she has a daughter and Fanis had a crush on her. But at the Time Turkish and Greek governments were having problems and both countries decided to exchange each others citizens. So Greeks citizens in Turkey must leave Turkey and the Turkish ones had to leave Greece. Which is also a true event. Although Fanis’s grandfather and mother has Turkish citizenship his father was Greek, he could not stay in Turkey so Fanis and his family leave for Greece while his grandfather stays. Leaving his grandfather and Turkey makes Fanis very sad and he started to develop a very big interest in cooking and his family become very concerned about this obsessionR I.
Cidade das Sete Colinas (The City of Seven Hills – choose comfy shoes!), Rainha do Mar (Queen of the Sea), Lisbon reminds us she once was the capital of the world. From here people went to India, discovered unknown countries, toured the worldI
This glorious (and questionable) period is over, and now Lisbon combines past and modernity in a pleasant sweetness of life. Composed of several neighborhoods, all deserve a visit: Bairro Alto, Baixa, Chiado, Alcântara, Alfama and of course Belém, a must seen... Near the Eduardo VII Park (Marques de Pombal) the Avenida da Liberdade is leading to the river. On its left (when you go down) Sant’ Ana neighborhood is less famous, but its quiet and authentic small streets are agreeable to walk.
Quick tour The best place to get a coffe and pastries : at
Cafe A Brasileira (Rua Garrett 1 20) you can drink a bica (espresso) and eat delicious pasteis de nata between loud portuguese seniors and other touristsR
A great place to eat: Jardim das
Cerejas, this vegan and vegetarian restaurant (Caçada do sacramento, 36 / Baixa-Chiado) offers an exquisite buffet (7,5 €uros) and the staff (all are veg) is super nice!
Cabo Da Roca, the westernmost place of continental Europe
The best view on the city: there are many observation
towers in the city but Santa Luzia is a great spot to overview the roofs and the Tagus, after a short ride in the mythic electrico 28!
One museum to visit: there are many very interesting museums to visit in Lisbon, but the MUDE is the place to be for design & fashion lovers! With a rich collection of over 2500 objects, it shows the expertise of international and Portuguese design. An extra short trip: Cabo Da Roca, the westernmost place of continental Europe (otherwise our Irish friends would not be happy) is about 42 km from Lisbon. A worldâ€™s end worth contemplating!
Which souvenirs to bring back? A gallo (rooster), the
national emblem, a bottle of porto or vinho verde (green wine), a piece of cork design or some azulejos (tiles)!,
Where to shop: in Bairro Alto. In the evening, the shops
close but other doors open, revealing unsuspected cafes and bars!
The place to hear fado: in Alfama, late in the evening
(with minimal precaution) you may catch a melancholy song. More authentic (and cheaper) than the specialized bars!
n a February morning, I am walking down the wavy roads, in between the rustic houses of an Aegean town Birgi. I feel in ease, it is a pleasure to be there, after the tearing concrete structure of İzmir. It almost feels like a postcard from the past yet still the present. You will know what I mean when you are there. Wood and stone speaks their way out to your heart.
those who dont know, Birgi is a town located in the Aegean region of Turkey at the west cost with a distance of 1 20 km to İzmir. Well, if you are visiting Turkey you must know where is İzmir right? It is where most of the west cost vacationist lands to. Road to Birgi is very traditional road and actually the area is a bit industrial so there are not very much touristic things to catch up with. But if you rend a car try to visit neighborhood towns such as Ödemiş.
upper part of the town where I have taken these rustic photos of these two almost demolished houses. The village is a protected area and as I know no building can be build without permission and none can be demolished without permission. So some of the houses just get stuck between past and the present. Some people might thing it looks hunting leaving almost demolishing houses like that. But I do like to watch them, the history screaming, hunting romance calling and rustic countryside kind of houses. I get attracted to them like a magnet. These few houses I featured in the photos are all located to the upper part of the village from the mosque.
A little history
It is famous for its meatballs. Road to Birgi passes from industrial area which is a contradiction to Nostalgia of Birgi. Pretty architecture, wood meets stone kind of love story, going on at the whole portrait of the village. A very harmonic one. Some details on the buildings such as this little frescoes on the walls makes the village more like a treasure box for time travelers. I suggest first, take a little walk to the narrow roads of the village to have a sneak peak of the life. This is what I always do before going deeper to the arts and culture. In my short discovery trip, I have seen people sorting out potatoes in a small square. That was a fun little detail about the daily life of the village. Then I move forward to the
Birgi, like most of the Anatolia was occupied varieties of civilizations such as Frigs, Lydians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines. These are the civilizations generally known by Europeans. Then maybe you might not heard of Aydınogulları signories. Well let me tell you a quick history before Ottomans hit the scene.
Central Asian steppes were getting infertile while the population was growing and Turkic groups in the area started to immigrate in different ways to find resources. Some of them started to move on Byzantine empire.
I n 1 071 a group led by the leader Alparslan (hero-lion) attacked Byzantine empire and they won. From that day on Turks started to settle Anatolia and established seniorities. Aydınogulları (sons of Aydın) was one of them established in the Aegean area and was founded by Aydınoğlu Mehmed Bey (Sir Mehmet the Aydınoglu). Birgi was the center of this seigniory. At this point these signatories were mostly Muslims. Like medieval European villages, Medieval Turkish ones are also established around a religious building, in this case Great mosque of Birgi. The great mosque of Birgi was constructed by Aydınoğlu Mehmet bey 1 31 2-1 31 3. The building is made of stone but it has an amazing woodworking mihrab (altar) and minbar. Unfortunately I have no photo from the inside of the building as I was unlucky that imam has went to a funeral and locked the mosque for a while. So we could not visit the mosque. Well be aware Turkey is extremely humane place. The village is divided into two by a river. On the upper part there is the mosque and market area and then down part of the river there is a mansion called Çakırağa konağı (mansion of Cakıraga). The first thing i notice in the mansion was, Baroque wall paintings. Delicate flowers and pastel colors. Almost feels like every romantic girls dream kind of home with flowers everywhere. The mansion was constructed in 1 761 , by a merchant , Sir Mehmet Cakıraglu. It has tree floors, first floor is for kitchen, stable, waiting room, stableRetc. Then other floors served as chambers, chambers I have seen have lovely fire places decorated with flowers. princess Some of the wall paintings are remarkable, there are two rooms themed by cities of İstanbul and Izmir. It is suggested that illustration of the two cities in two different rooms were painted for the ladies of the mansion who might have missed their city of origins. What a thoughtful action. I really enjoyed the mansion though really wondered how it looked like with the people running around and the elites themselves. As their taste of art looks so in up to its date, and very European and Ottoman at the same time. While wondering around, I could not stop thinking how people living in this house have seen the beauty of this house. Well, in a moment a servant climbing stairs might have has the same angle as me taking this photo below.
A strange angle to look at a wall painting however, we all see things in strange angles and we don’t even think about it right.
Birgi, The End As Birgi is not a huge village you can go around it maximum 3 hours. Then maybe you can have a look at the merchants selling local goods in front of the mosque. They have some really great products and most of them are handmade and most likely as organic as possible. I have bought hand made pastas, and nuts. If you are hungry, there are some local restaurants, they are through the road behind the mosque. I have nor eaten in Birgi, I have been to Ödemiş. Another town nearby. It is famous with its meatballs. I should have try it right. If you have time do it. It is a different style meatball and one should try. The news is try to go there on Tuesday. There is a huge street market where you can find very good quality and very reasonable priced food and other things, you name it. I have bought almonds and walnuts they are super tasty. So you can do tourism while shopping as well. Let me know if you go to Birgi, I really wonder how you see it!
view on popularity, benefits and utility of a healthy vegan diet
Vegan diet seems popular among popular people l People following this philosophy are known these days, from Ben Stiller to Bill Clinton, Alanis as vegans. Morrisettes to Natalie Portman, lately weâ€™ve heard of many celebrities who, for a variety of Although, originally, veganism is strictly reasons, have decided to give up on their animal inked to its ethical compassionate way of products consumption to adopt a healthier living, sometimes a distinction is made lifestyle. between different categories of vegans: ethical vegans, dietary vegans and However, the phenomenon doesnâ€™t appear to environmental vegans . only apply to celebrities, and veganism itself seems to become more and more popular among common people too. â€“ In fact, according to the most recent statistics, the overall number The motivation for going vegan can often vary from one person to another, some decide to of vegetarians and vegans in the world have become vegan for animal rights , some for considerably increased in the last few years environmental reasons , some for health matters , some other for weight loss .
WHAT IS VEGANISM?
Veganism is a life philosophy based on the abstention from using any product coming from animals for any purpose; (including food, clothing and cosmetics). It is a form of protest against the exploitation of non-human animals, and it's carried out by refusing to treat sentient beings as human commodity.
As a matter of fact, a vegan lifestyle would not only help abused animals from human exploitation, it would also help the environment from the unsustainable harvesting and massive use of vital resources, (such as land, fuel and water), for industrial farming. It's commonly known that a high meat consumption has a devastating environmental impact and a direct link to Global Warming:
FAO reports claim that livestock farming produces 1 8 percent of the whole world’s GH gas emissions. Furthermore, a growing number of nutritionists and studies worldwide confirm that a healthy vegan diet could undeniably benefit many. Our dietary habits are fundamentally linked to our overall health. As Hippocrates said many centuries ago:
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”
Other than that, eating good and healthy vegan food could even help you lose a few unwanted pounds! A study published on the American Journal of Medicine shows that a plant based vegan plan can reduce cholesterol, improve insulin sensitivity and help with a healthy weight loss.
The ultimate question that every vegan has been asked at least once: “So... What do you eat?”
A plant-based diet, when preferring fresh over heavily processed food, limiting salt and sugar and choosing a great variety of vegetables, fruits, seeds, whole grains, nuts, beans and other legumes, could actually be one of the healthiest way of eating. A healthy balanced vegan diet would indeed provide you plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, fibers, minerals and healthy oils while reducing the overall intake of harmful fats and cholesterol. Avoiding animal products could also help to reduce the risk of numerous diseases according to latest reports. – Several studies show that a high consumption of animal fat and proteins can result into a raised risk of developing cancer, diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis. The National Cancer Institute, claims that red meat eaters have a higher risk of dying prematurely, mostly from heart disease and cancer –
Despite common belief, a vegan diet can offer a great variety of food to eat. Afterall, the only things vegans avoid are meat, dairies and eggs. Besides the great assortment of commonly known fruit, vegetable, legumes, cereals and nuts, for the nostalgic omnivores there are many alternatives to the ‘normal’ food people are used to, like vegetable cheese and milk, veg burgers, falafels, egg replacers and so on. Vegans may also be quite creative with their cooking, they usually experiment many exotic meals and are quite open to different culture cuisines.
Curious about vegan food? You can find many recipes on the web, also don't forget to check out A Muse blog and magazine, we'll be regurlary publishing some interesting vegan recipes! P.
e all wait for itI Spring! Letting go coats and scarves. Running barefoot in the grassI Nevertheless, even if the first sunshine makes us feel alive, we may feel tired at this period of year. This is the perfect time to cleanse and wake our body! Indeed, spring is a transition period where your body is more receptive to a detox cure. Detox â€“ detoxification â€“ is the process of eliminating toxic substances from your body. The habit to detoxify the body is not new. In many cultures, there are rituals of fasting for example, aimed to purify the body. But before beginning any detox diet, it is always good to check with your doctor, especially if you have health concerns. For a start, a long detox weekend will already be very beneficial. Start the day positively, eat light and drink plenty. All day long, hydration comes through juices, fruits and vegetables cocktails, teas and water of course, that are refreshing and draining.
Classic but effective, the Lemon
Half Lemon juice in a glass of hot water It drains the kidneys, and its citric acid stimulates the liver, which detoxifies the whole body.
Aloe vera, the magic plant
Tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice Excellent liver draining, anti cholesterol, antioxidant, hypo-glycemic, it facilitates the elimination of toxins, cleanses the blood and protects from bacteria!
Then a green smoothie, a small bowl of organic cereals with almonds or walnuts, vegetable milk (almond, oat, rice or soya) and a cup of Green tea or Cherry Stem tea.
Top ten spring allies
Strawberry: rich in vitamin C, it is stimulating the liver.
Radish: it contains sulfur and fiber which activate
digestion and stimulate the liver. D andelion: it has a positive effect on the liver and gallbladder, and water retention. Asparagus: a good source of fiber that give a boost to the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Carrot: antioxidants stimulate the liver and regulate intestinal transit . Pineapple: diuretic, it contains bromelain which facilitates the digestion of proteins. Green beans : a good source of minerals. It is purifying and helps the kidneys. Cherry : rich in antioxidants and potassium, it is a powerful diuretic. Cucumber: contains minerals, it is an excellent depurative. Beet : its fibers facilitate difficult digestion. Its potassium content stimulate the kidneys.
1 0 banned during detox Cigarette Alcohol Caffeine
Ready made meals Low-fat products White bread Fats (butter, cheeseI) Salt Sugar Meat.
And no detox on the sofa! To eliminate the toxins, we breathe and do sport : running, swimming, cyclingR The sun is out, no more excuses!
Ingredients: 4 apples 1 big lemon (lemon zest) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 /2 cup whole-grain flour 1 /2 cup white sugar 1 /2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda
A Treat to Please You: Easy to Make Delicious Apple Cake A nice, moist, delicate and perfumed Apple Cake. This recipe is actually vegan and requires no eggs, no milk and no butter!
1 /2 teaspoon of salt 1 cup rice milk almost 1 /2 cup vegetable oil 2 table-spoon cider 1 table-spoon vanilla vanilla flavoured icing sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 1 80 C/356 F and grease a cake tin with vegetable margarine (or oil). Put all the dry ingredients, including lemon zest, into one big bowl and mix it with a wooden spoon. Put all the liquid ingredients into a container and stir. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix with a wooden spoon, add the chopped apples and mix again.Pour the mixture into the cake tin, add the sliced apples on top and bake for 35/40 minutes until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Let it cool off for a little while, then sprinkle vanilla flavoured icing sugar.
IIngredients: 1 cup of samolina 1 ,5 cups of sugar 2 cups of water
An Oriental taste: Semolina Halva IIn Turkey we call this dessert “İrmik helvası” (semolina halva)! You can eat it hot, in winter, which will warm you deeply and cold in summer with a ball of ice cream and rose petals over it.
1 cup pealed almonds 3 full spoons of butter
Now, start with low hear and add your butter into a casserole. Start heating and then when it mets add your semolina and start to stir. Then add the almonds. Continue stirring do not stop. Stir it until the almonds are golden brown and add the sugar. Then stir, until sugar is mixed and add the water. You will see the mixture seems like boiling like a volcano. Boil it for 4 minutes in low heat and when the water almost evaporates turn off the heat and close the cover of the casserole and wait 3 more minutes. Now, you can either serve it hot with cinnamon or serve them in bowls and wait until it cools down.
Ingredients: 1 cup of spinach leaves 1 kiwi, peeled 1 apple, peeled 1 small piece of ginger
Raw Green Smoothie Green organic smoothies are great energy boosters and weight loss helpers. Nourrishing (thanks to vegetable proteins) and tasty (thanks to natural fruit sugar) this drink is an interesting ally to clean your organism!
Place the leaves and the juice (or vegetable milk – rice, almond, soya, coconut – or even water) in your blender and blend gently. Add the chopped fruits and ginger, and blend again. You can use frozen spinach or add some ice cubes if you want to chill your smoothie. Drink it in the 1 0 minutes if you want to keep the benefits of vitamins and nutrients.
Dal : 1 cup red lentils (masoor dal) 3 cups of water 1 tomato, poched and sliced or tomato sauce ½ onion, sliced 1 clove of garlic ½ table spoon garam massala (cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, clove and turmeric) 1 table spoon clarified butter (ghee) or vegetable oil
Dal Bhat Put the rice to cook (the easiest way is to use a rice cooker). Wash the lentils. Heat the ghee or oil. Add onion and garlic and a pinch of garam massala, stir fry. Stir in the lentils and wait few minutes before adding the tomato and chilli.
1 cup of fresh juice ice cubes (optionnal)
dried red chili and salt to taste Spicy spinach: 200g of spinach 1 tomato, poched and sliced or tomato sauce ½ onion, sliced 1 table spoon ginger, minced 1 table spoon clarified butter (ghee) or vegetable oil 1 cup soya cream ½ table spoon garam massala dried red chili and salt to taste
Heat a few minutes and cover with water. Bring to boil. Add the remaining spices, salt and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Heat the ghee or oil. Add onion and ginger and a pinch of garam massala. Melt the spinach down before adding the tomato and chilli. Heat a few minutes and cover with cream. Add the remaining spices, salt and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Serve the lentil soup in a bowl next to the rice and spicy spinach.
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