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Chasing the tiger nuts in Paris

3 Dec

La Noix Tigree goes to Paris!
Great news for those of us living in Paris, the tiger nuts comes to town!!!

You already know everything about the tiger nuts right?

Let’s give you a quick tour just to be sure you have the basics.
The tiger nut grows in the ground and looks like weird little nuts.
They are usually pressed and drunk in Valencia, Spain and it’s then called Horchata de Chufa.

Celine, the owner and founder of La Noix Tigree, decided it was time for Celine, owner and founder of La Noix TigreeParis to wake up at the sound of this delicious and healthy nut (root)!

We met Celine and had an interesting and healthy chat about this healthy nut which is not even a nut!

1/ How did you discover the tiger nuts?
I was living in Montpellier as a teenager and I’ve been to Barcelona from time to time where I discovered the spanished valencian version of the tiger nut milk called Horchata de Chufa . Since then I’ve been trying to find it in France.

2/ Why the tiger nuts? 
They are so good and so healthy at the same time. I don’t understand why we can’t find them more easily here!

They are also called earth almonds, which explains a lot of their aspects: the taste goes between almond and chestnut, ther skin is thicker than the almond’s and you can eat the whole root.

Actually tiger nuts are not nuts, they are tubers like potatoes!

3/ Describe us the process of production? 
Like an almond milk I soak the tiger nuts, then I mix them with mineral water and I filter them.

That is for the plain flavor that I am using as a basis for all the other flavors.

Then depending on the flavor, I can add cold pressed fresh fruit juices (for the carott & ginger for instance) or powder (for the Matcha version).

Everything is cold except the Chai tea for which I infuse the tea separately in hot water and I make it cooler before adding it to the plain version.

You are going for cold pressed, why?  What are the benefits of cold press? 
La Noix Tigrée drinks are cold pressed and handmade because tiger nut milk is delicate and quite unstable while you heat it. There is no hot process yet that can keep the flavor and the quality of the milk.

The cold pressed process keeps all the nutriments that will benefit to your health.

4/ Can you introduce us to your products?
La Noix Tigrée (pronounced La Noa Teagrey) products are a wide range of organic sugar free tiger nut milk drinks which goes from plain to Golden milk – Curcuma flavor.

Tiger nut is the root of the Cyperus Esculentus plant that grows in south of Spain and west Africa.

It is well appreciated for its fibers, unsaturated fat, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, vitamin E contents

All the ingredients are organic and I don’t add any sugar or dates, the tiger nut I am using is naturally sweetened.

The drinks are raw and healthy, very good for people who are dairy intolerant and their fibers make them very easy to digest.

I love drinking it before and after practising sport because it gives me a lot of energy without giving me the impression that I am heavy. And it lasts because there is no sugar added. It’s a good way to rehydrate yourself. The Baobab version will bring extra calcium and vitamin C, the spirulina version will bring extra vegetable proteins…Everybody can find a flavor that suits him!

5/ Where can we find you?
Now on La Noix Tigrée facebook page or La Noix Tigrée on Instagram.

Very soon, I’ll open an e-shop and La Noix Tigrée will be available at different partners boutiques in Paris like detox restaurants, fitness studios, …

I am starting with Paris and I have the project to deliver the whole France very soon!

Celine organises tiger nuts tastings in Paris. If you want your colleagues, friends, customers to discover tiger nuts don’t hesitate to contact Céline.

I love granola!

23 Nov

my granola I never ate granola before January 2015 when I discovered 1111granola in melbourne. It was so good that my stock lasted less than a month. Then I started to hunt granola in Parisian supermarkets but never found the right one (in France, we have mostly muesli not granola and it’s not the same). So I bought it abroad while traveling.

My colleague, who studied at UCLA, told me it was super easy to cook and dared me to try …

I’m good at eating but not really at cooking … so I gave it a try!

The last granola I ate was peanut butter and nuts so let’s go for homemade peanut butter and nuts ganola.

I found a super easy recipe and try to gather the ingredients.

Here’s the list:

  • Peanut butter, 1/2 cup
  • Maple syrup, 1/2 cup
  • Oatmeal, 4 cups
  • Cinnamon powder, 2 tiny pinches
  • Mix of nuts, 3 handfuls
  • Raisins, whatever you want

And the instructions are easy to follow (even for me),

  • Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup and put it for 30 seconds in the microwave
  • Stir and make a beautiful paste
  • Pour the oatmeal and stir to make it homogeneous
  • Put the cinnamon powder in and stir
  • Put the nuts in and stir

… Basically if you can stir, you will make it!

my granola

DON’T put the raisins in, don’t or they will dry, get black and basically melt and burned … and we don’t want that … I did during my first attempt so I prefer to share the info before you try it too …

  • Preheat the oven to 210C/410F
  • Spread the mix on waxed paper … I don’t have any so I put it in my silicone baking pan in the shape of a star …
  • Then when the oven is ready, turn down the heat to 180C/156F and let it cook  for 12 minutes.

And here it is! I have a full week stock of granola read to dive in my chia pudding every morning !!

If I can do it, so can you!

Chase It, the Show! Episode 2, all about chia seeds!

5 Nov

ChaseIt_BC_rectoThanks for coming back to Chase It, the Show episode 2!

In this episode, I’ll walk you through the mystery of chia seeds from the seeds and its superpower, to recipe from a world well-known pastry chef to health info from our in-house doctor.

Thank you

  • @pierrickboyer, the famous pastry chef from Melbourne, for your great chia pudding recipe
  • JB from @espconsulting13, for your healthy comments
  • Philippe Swan for the great music

and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel

Follow the trail

9 Mar

chia pudding on the left and granola on the rightI love trail mix. It’s an easy way to eat healthy food as a snack.
Recently I discovered the granola and its a revelation.
I though granola was not for me because the oat (it didn’t look good to me, not sweet enough for me … Whatever).
Then, my best friend in Melbourne introduced me to the 1111Granola. I though this could be the new best friend of my breakfast and go along like horse and carriage with my chia pudding.
The 1111Granola is made home made with love by the owner Rob Rabba.

my bff for the breakfast Mango and granola soy cherry yaourt topped with chia seeds and granola

2 varieties are available so far Macadamia & Cranberries as well as Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia.
I’m a fan of the Macadamia & Cranberries, a mixture of macadamia nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Blended carefully with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. Our gourmet mix is coated with natural honey and spiced with cinnamon.
The Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia is Gluten Free with puffed quinoa, rice puffs and rice flakes, mixed with macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blended with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. It’s is coated with natural honey and spiced with Cinnamon.

Did you know that granola is NOT muesli, granola is baked until crisp and sweetened unlike muesli! So now, we know the difference.

More info
. Official 1111granola website
. Follow @1111granola
. Instagram 1111granola

Ever tried Tiger nuts?

3 Nov

Homemade HorchataHave you ever tried Horchata drink ? I haven’t !
Until I took a short trip in Valencia (Spain), where I found an Horchata kit in El Corto Ingles supermarket.
I didn’t  really know what it was but the bottle was cute and it said on the sticker that it was an authentic drink from Valencia!
Super excited, I brought it home and made my first Horchata (1 portion of concentrated Horchata for 4 portions of very cold water).
And it was a revelation! I love it!

Horachata kit Horchata kit Horchata from Valencia

Not only does it taste great (kind of nutty) but it is also a healthy drink.
Check this out:
It is a plain and simple drink with no preservative nor coloring, it is non dairy and gluten free.
Horchata keeps blood cholesterol under control, it’s a source of fibers, proteins, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1 C and E.
It also helps with the digestion.

But now that I’m back in Paris, there’s no Horchata around (there’s the brand Chufi but it’s dairy …) so after looking everywhere desperately, I found a Spanish online grocery store selling the famous tiger nuts that are used to make Horchata.

I decided to try making my own Horchata.
I bought a hand mixer, a strainer and I’m now ready to tackle the Horchata like a real Valencia girl … that I’m not!
I received my tiger nuts (through the mail), I just need to add water and sugar.
The proportions are the following
. 250gr chufa (tiger nuts)
. 125gr sugar (I make it light with only 25gr)
. 1L water

Socking the nuts add water Photo 1-11-2014 5 55 03 pm

I’m trying to pay attention to what I eat so I reduce the sugar in my alimentation.
I cut the amount of sugar drastically in the recipe (and it was way too sweet anyways).
. Phase 1, let’s soak the nuts in water, when it is soft, rinse them and put them in a bowl.
. Phase 2, pour the 250ml of water in and use the blender. The mix turns white right away.
. Phase 3, add 750ml of water and blend.
. Phase 4, use the strainer to reject the paste of the nuts to only keep the liquid.
. Phase 5, add the 750ml of water, sugar, stir and here you go, fresh Horchata home made!

More infos
. Follow @balensya
. Official website balensya.es
. Like their page fb.com/balensya

PS: Nutrition facts
. 400kcal per 100g, 4.15% Proteins, 26.54% Starch, 21.23% Glucose, 24.13% Fibre, 4.77% Water
. MINERALS: Magnesium 1070mg/Kg, Sodium 206mg/Kg, Potasium 7100mg/Kg, Phosphorus 2557mg/Kg, Calcium 179mg/Kg

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