Granted, Rituals had an easy time with me when they invited the Ayurveda cooking event a few weeks ago. Because they covered two of my absolute favorite things: cooking and learning something new! If you throw a pack of great fashion and lifestyle bloggers and a fine white wine into the mix, nothing really can go wrong.
In order for us all to get through the winter in the right way and to really put into practice our good intentions of the New Year, Rituals did not just put on a presentation of his harmonious Ayurveda collection for skin and hair and soul (how profound!), but offered us a great Cooking session.
She was led by Stephanie Albert of Parvatasana, an ayurvedic consultant, who was not only crazy “down to earth” and sympathetic, but also a really great cooking teacher, who also introduced us to the basics of Ayurveda while snipping and pricking.
AYURVEDA FOR DUMMIES (the Steffi abstract that already had two glasses of white wine in it)
- Ayur means life, Veda science. In India, this “life science” has been practiced for over 5000 years.
- The aim is a holistic balance between body, mind, and soul, which should ensure a long, happy life.
- Ayurveda has become a sophisticated healthcare system in the western world. Not only do you want to prevent illness, but you also want to build a better relationship with yourself and nature thanks to good rituals (get it?).
- Ayurveda is based on three basic principles: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We have all these three elements in us … but they are different in each of them. Here you can read more about these three guys and what they are good for.
The whole thing was really exciting, and not so “sectarian” at all. Without a thorough, personal consultation with Stephanie, I’m pretty much a Kapha guy: Stable, well balanced and very social … but with a tendency to slow. To be balanced, I should obviously eat spicy spices and regularly stimulate my body with “activating” scrubs.
I DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT NOW ON THE SITE, even if all the beautiful Ayurvedic products were scary …
So I plunged into “my” court with even more vigor, which I prepared with the totally funny Beatrice Lessi from the blog “Ask the Monsters”. And really delicious was that I can share the recipe with you fadägrad, yay!
Ayurvedic winter vegetable stew
- sesame oil
- 1 medium-sized Wirz
- 300 g of potatoes
- 300 g of carrots
- 1 stick of leek
- 100 g of ground almonds
- Oat cream (in the health food store, quasi vegan cream substitute)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and coriander seeds, ground
- 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp garam masala (curry mix), salt and chili if desired
Wash the vegetables and cut them into small pieces. Heat some sesame oil in a large pan and add the ground spices (cumin and coriander seeds) and fry briefly. Add the sliced leek and the ground almonds, steam briefly. Then add the remaining spices (turmeric, garam masala, salt, and chili) and vegetables and fill with approx. 500 ml of water. Cook for about 30 minutes, add some water if necessary, but do not stir too often. Finally, season with oat cream and serve!
HEY! COME BACK.
WE ARE NOT FINISHED YET!
Nom nom. So fine!
Quite generally, Ayurveda advises that a healthy body should have six different tastes in each meal, regardless of type, and that it should pay attention to a balanced distribution of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. Spices provide a tasty kick and ideal digestion while we take care to eat in a pleasant environment and slowly and enjoyably.
And in terms of beauty, there are also Ayurveda treats … these are known for millennia for their beautifying properties:
Logically, the Rituals Ayurveda line also put on well-being thanks to cleansing, clarification and pampering program for skin and hair. Indian fragrance , sweet almond oil and Himalayan honey and (depending on the effect of the product) also peppermint or Himalayan salt are the main types of fragrance .
Incidentally, my favorite products of the Ayurveda line are the Energy Bubbles bubble bath (500ml, 21 francs) and the Shikaki Secret hair conditioner (200ml, 14.50 francs), which I like to use as a scary, fragrant hair cure during the Energy Bubbles bath.
So, now I do what I do best … and wish you a totally consistent, hopefully totally enjoyable-pleasures, Cara!