Healthy Beach Breakfast

Good morning from Al Quasr Beach!
After an early morning Yoga workout this is exactly what nourishes body and soul…..
If you are not with us this morning you can get the recipe for the muesli here to make it at home.
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

First Talise Luxury Yoga Retreat – save the date!

At Madinat Jumeirah Talise Spa and Talise Nutrition team up for the First Talise Luxury Yoga Retreat. As wellbeing and beauty stems from within, healthy food is as important as perfectly executed asanas!
I am looking forward to cooking with and for you and share tips and recipes for delicious and nutritious food.

To read more and for bookings please log onto For more details please call Talise Spa on +9714-3666818.

Keep balance this weekend and see you at Madinat Jumeirah!


Cocoa Swiss Roll

Home made jam part 2!
I used the raspberry jam (pictured above right)  to flavor my recently home made cocoa swiss roll. I have shared a similar recipe last year. But here is the “dark” brother – also very delicious.  See the recipe here but replace 120 g millet flour with 60 g cocoa powder and 40 g whole spelt flour, skip the almonds. Don’t worry about the difference in flour and cocoa though, cocoa powder is much lighter in weight than volume! Below is a step by step image guide. Enjoy!


Cool and Green Lemonade for Hot Summer Days

My favorite drinks in summer are green herbal or sweet fruity lemonades – home made of course.
If you happen to have a similar blessing of mint like me, cut it to encourage even better growth and make this refreshing green lemonade:

Place 10 freshly cut mint stalks with the leaves in the blender, add 500 ml still water, 1 cup of crushed ice, the juice of 1 organic lemon and approximately 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or acacia honey (take more if you love the lemonade sweeter).
Blend the ingredients well for around 30 seconds, then strain through a fine sieve. 
Enjoy the green drink immediately after preparation to avoid discoloring and loss of freshness.
This drink has a convincing strong green and minty flavor, is full of chlorophyll, menthol and Vitamin C and is my secret weapon against the summer heat and thirst. The fresh breeze you feel on your taste buds when you take the first sip is something you won’t want to miss anymore once you have tried it.

Stay healthy and enjoy the summer!
Another fruity and mild lemonade recipe will be featured soon on this blog.

Raw Food Gourmet Dinner

Raw Food is gaining popularity. Not to mention that this is perfect for the hot summer season to stay fresh, hydrated and fit health food enthusiasts know about the benefits of eating raw. Many do so from time to time to detox or to stock up the extra dose of vitamins and freshness, some eat raw only for a lifestyle and some are curious to find out how it feels and ….tastes! Have you ever tried raw bread? A raw soup? Raw lasagna? If not and you wish to do so, you can either sign up for one of my raw food classes (for those who like to prepare it at home) or just sit back and book a set menu with me in any of our restaurants in Madinat Jumeirah.
For me as a chef with profound health food background and lifestyle it is always a pleasure to create and serve food that is thoroughly beneficial and delicious for my guests. There are not many restaurants in the world to serve raw food culinary experience I am proud we at Madinat Jumeirah do. And so I prepared with my team last Friday for a lovely group – all experienced raw food enthusiasts (wow) – a pure RAW FOOD DINNER in five courses, served at the romantic Khaymat Al Bahar:

I hope you enjoy the impressions!                           

Botanical Garden Harvest
with sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Chilled Green Pea Gazpacho
with Air Dried Back Olive Crackers

Buckwheat Tabouleh (see similar recipe, just with quinoa, here)

Raw Vegetable Lasagna (see recipe here)

….and the sweet finish: Dessert!

If you would like to learn how to prepare raw dishes, drop me a line and sign up to my next Raw Food Class on June 30, 11 am to 2 pm in Magnolia, Al Quasr. The original date was in May but had to be rescheduled  due to the fact I worked for a short time in our beautiful new Jumeirah Hotel in Rome. But now it is happening, promise. And it will be a perfect hot climate treat.
We will prepare interesting things like raw bread, raw nuts cheese, raw cake…..
Looking forward to seeing you there!