Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Metta!

My course on meditation and buddhist philosophy has come to an end. I enjoyed every aspect of it: the eye opening teachings, my funny and supportive classmates, the patient and knowledgeable instructors, the practice of group meditation...
Inspired by the great master Buddha, I created this ceramic sculpture; it is also an incense burner.
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Among the things my mind is still pondering over are the Four Noble Truths:
-Life is suffering… Or stress, or fear or pain, name it as you will. This truth might weight us down when we first hear it, but it helps us to avoid fantasy and to keep our vision grounded in reality. And reality is an excellent point of departure for the spiritual path.

-Suffering has its causes… Like our ignorance about the impermanence of every existing condition, our never ending desire for things or people that we find pleasant, and the anger we feel when we cannot have them.

-Suffering can be stopped… We can reach a state of being that would be free of anguish and heavy feelings: The Nirvana!

-There is a well known way out of suffering and into nirvana… The practice of compassion and meditation will takes us to the right direction. The Eight-fold path is an extremely practical guide.


(Caution! This is a rather personal version of the real thing.)  


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seven Great Women Artists!

March is the Women's History Month!
To celebrate the intelligence and courage
of all the fantastic women that I call friends,
I want to presente you seven contemporary artists
whose works blow me away! 
They are ceramic-sculptors, classical trained painters and illustrators 
of different ages and nationalities.
(Remember my 2013 post on the subject?)
Click on the images to see more of their art...
I'd like to know which one makes the biggest impression on you!
 
Japanese-American


http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/encounter/hong.html
Chinese















http://anajuan.net/ana-juan-mainmenu/
Spaniard



http://christinabothwell.com/
American



http://www.teresaoaxaca.com/
Mexican-American



http://www.rebeccadautremer.com/
French




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St0PS7uw2l8
German

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Puerto Rico III

This are some pictures I took during my last stay in Puerto Rico:
A time to enjoy family, nature, friends, long talks, a lot of food, tons of love... 








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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Unforgettable 2013!

I Hope is not too late to post the list of those nice things that will make me remember the year that just ended... 
After all, it's become a tradition in this blog!

It was the year of great figurative-art exhibitions here in Paris!  Ron Mueck (picture above), Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton in the Désir et volupté exhibit...
The dream of any representative-art lover!!!


I started taking a well structured cours on meditation and buddhist philosophy...
My ceramics slowly turned into figurative sculptures...

I learned to do healthy desserts without sugar and butter! You probably remeber my illustrated recipes. Look Under the cooking
tag if you don't...


I finally learned to do yoga's Sun Salutation by heart !
(Drawing by my talented yoga instructor Veronica).





I got back into the good habit of life drawing...


Last but far from being least, I met the lovely Airam Cotto, my dear cousin
Güi-Güi's daugther!!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Nice to be back!

Wanna know what I've been doing lately?
Well, I've been cooking things I used love when I was little,
like the sausage rice you see below:
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I've been sketching from life, like when I was in college:
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I've continued working on ceramics, my newest passion...
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And I've been to some wonderful exhibitions, my all times favorite thing to do!
Click on the link below to know more about the last one I saw:
The Renaissance and The Dream: Bosch, Veronese, Greco
Breathtaking!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Go Bananas!

Chocolate and banana... Is there a better combination than that?
(Remember my Choco-banana milkshake?)
There's also coconut and pineapple but that's number two on my list...  
Those who know me know that I'm trying to reduce my consumption of sugar, and not
only with the purpose of loosing weight. I've found a lot of information about the negative effects on sugar on our bodies. Some day I'll blog about it... probably for Halloween, for that information is pretty scary!
Today I want to share with you another cake recipe. It's a personal version of one that I found in my french book of desserts without regular sugar. Once again I substituted normal butter for almond butter and, of course, used xylitol sugar instead of cane sugar. This cake is really easy to make and the amounts are thought for a little cake for about four servings. Next time you invite a couple of friends over for coffee, consider this one.






































Pre-heat the oven at 350°F

-Mash the banana (it   should be well ripe, with plenty of brown frekles!)

-Mix the almond butter with the Xylitol sugar and the mashed bananaAdd the egg, and the milk.

-In a different bowl, mix the flour with the baking soda. Pour it onto the first mix and stir.

- Add the chocolate chips.
-Pour the dough into a silicone or a non-stick mold, and bake during 30 to 40 minutes.
(Remember you can add some agave sirop if you want it to be sweeter. However, a very ripe banana should give it some extra sweet !)
Here's the final result:








 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sweet Chocolate Cake (without sugar!)

What does a chocolate addict do when trying to loose weight?
She cuts out fat and sugar and leaves the amounts of chocolate untouched!

I want to share with you a little recipe I found in a french book of desserts in which sugar is substituted by natural sweeteners like Stevia, Xylitol and agave sirop. These contain none or little calories and do not acidify your body, as sugar does. Most of the recipes contain butter, but  the authors offer ways of substituting that, too. In this case, I used almond butter instead of animal butter (inspite of my fear of getting a bad texture!) and I ended up with a moist, spongy cake that had a delicate flavor. Chocolate comes first, then you find the sweet. If you really need it to be sweeter, just add more Xylitol or some agave sirop. You can find Xylitol in some organic/health food stores or online. Same with the almond butter, unless you follow Heather’s recipe to do your own!

Here go the ingredients:


































-Pre-heat the oven at 355°F
-Mix the almond butter with the Xylitol sugar and the salt. Add the eggs (one by one), and the milk.

-In a different bowl, mix the flour with the cocoa powder and the baking soda. Pour it onto the first mix and stir.

-Pour the dough into a silicone or a non-stick mold, and bake during 40 minutes. 

UPDATE!
After trying this recipe several times and in different ways, I can say that  adding one more table spoon of unswettened cocoa and two of agave sirup will enhance the taste of it...for those who like strong emotions!
Enjoy!