Valentine’s Day Recipes … a bit of French History and Madame De Montespan

Hey Everyone!!

Tomorrow we celebrate Valentine’s Day … truthfully speaking I don’t celebrate it as much as other holidays but I guess it’s a good excuse to get together and remind couples of their love and passion 😉 Sometimes it’s hard, especially if you have been married for a while, one tends to forget about it all, the passion, the excitement and all that comes with starting a new fresh relationship!

My beautiful children reminded me once again of the excitement of life and the freshness with which they view everything that comes their way. This is my daughter Ellie’s valentines card to me … It’s fascinating how much love children are capable of giving to you and life.

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Now, let’s get back to the subject of this post … Madame De Montespan. She was a great woman, a french aristocrat in the 16th century. She is said to have been extremely beautiful and witty and to have a had a strong passion for cooking. In those times nobles and royals didn’t need to know how to cook so it was a rarity. She’s also been involved in witchcraft and deadly poisons, although never convicted of it herself.

She had a fervid passion for creating potions, elixirs and aphrodisiac foods. She is still most notably known as King Louis XIV’s mistress with whom she had 7 children. She was such a strong presence at Court and acknowledged for what she was, that she managed to get them all officially recognised by the King with all the titles and benefits that come with it.

This week’s recipe is special and one of the originals of Madame De Montespan. Here’s the video for you, Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to stay young while living life

Morning Peeps of the cyberspace!

A few years ago I had my second child, Gabriel. I had put on quite a bit of weight during the pregnancy and after 6 months of having given birth I was not shedding any weight at all! I was also not particularly satisfied with my life in general and I was working within an environment that didn’t make me feel appreciated.

My relationship with my husband was ok. But underneath it all I was unhappy with myself.

Me and the family decided to move to the UK for a while. I was able to take a different viewpoint about my life once I had changed environment. I weeded out some old unnecessary friends, I changed my diet, I spent some quality time with my husband and became more spiritual. We stayed outside of London, in the country side, and that helped a lot. Having lived in Rome for the majority of my life tainted my personality, chaotic, frantic and nervousness was the order of my day!

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After having spent a few months outside of it all I started to chill out. Kids were happy, husband more relaxed, we started eating better organic food from local farms and most importantly I had left behind a few negative people that had entered my day to day life while in Rome. Over a period of 6 months I went back to my ideal weight, I felt happy and looked way better! I made some new friends and life was good all around!

In conclusion, when life looks shitty have a look around and make some necessary changes, in my case the most remarkable change happened after I got rid of ungrateful and negative people. That alone brought a smile to my face. Of course you should also eat well and take good care of yourself and when possible eat some Italian food!!

Love,

La Pixie Dust

Kissing Strangers – How Do You feel About It?

Morning! I just opened up my facebook page and saw this on my feed ….. Well needless to say I opened it and got inspired. Love is a beautiful thing and sometimes I forget what it feels like … I am not sure if I am alone on this one but being married for a while, makes me forget that buzz. Did I loose it? Is there anyway to get it back? I feel a little nostalgic about it. If feels so good, do you remember it? The first kiss, the first few weeks with someone you love. Everything is brighter, everyone is wonderful, you feel on top of the world, all your senses are enhanced and all the problems in the world seem to have disappeared. It a euphoric state and I am not ashamed to say that I miss it …. Pleaaaaaase come back to me, Nadia in Love where have you gone?

 

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ENJOY it… May the love be with you.
PS: I am going to talk about it with my husband and see what we can do about this 🙂