Monday, November 30, 2015

Asparagus




Asparagus is a very delicate vegetable in taste as well as in appearance.
It is very low in calories and sodium, and a very good source of dietary fibers( 2.1 gr of fibers for 100 gr of asparagus) which makes it a good support for the digestive system.
Native to Europe, northern africa and Asia, asparagus often originates in maritime habitat.
There are many variety of asparagus. White green or purple. The most common variety in the United States is the green one.
Asparagus is also a vitamines and mineral source. It is and excellent source of magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6 and zinc, and a good source of C, E and K vitamins as well as folic acid, niacin, iron, copper and phosphorus.




Studies have found that asparagus can help control type 2 diabetes by improving insuline secretion. It is a excellent source of antioxidant that can help in cancer prevention and a good diuretic. It can help prevent and fight kidney stones.
There are many ways of eating asparagus. One of my favorite way is simply to steam it and then dip it in balsamic vinegar dressing. I also like to roast in with garlic, onions and herbs in olive oil. Grilled asparagus on a barbecue are a delight.  There are many asparagus recipes out there. Just google them!!!



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fear of love


"Desert"  Reflexion 4- Watercolor by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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The beloved is I and I in this day.
At the heart of my life,
Love and I 
Contemplating the infinite of I.
The world is in eruption,
Fear of the beloved is in their heart in this day.
Love of all things, 
Eternal light, 
Love of I,
Why do they fear the greatest love?
Why do they fear love of I?
Questions and answers in this game without end.
Love is the master and light its command.
In love I rest for love is the master of my soul
and eternity the reward.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Silent prayers


"Desert"  Reflexion 3- Watercolor by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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In the desert of my life,
Shadows and silence.
The wind sculpts each day to its desire.
Silence and peace are at the core of my life.
Love and I,
Peace of I,
Silence of I and I in this day.
The universe is listening.
The beloved is I and I,
hearing the silent prayers of I and I.
Infinity and I in this day,
Is love and I in the forever of this magic instant.
Love, life,
 I and I,
In a silent prayer to the beloved.


Friday, November 27, 2015

The sun is rising


"Desert"  Reflexion 2- Watercolor by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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The sun is rising on the desert of my life,
Tender caress of the light,
Light bringing its shadows,
Sweetness of the light.
The light of my life is caressing me,
Bringing warmth to my body.
Awakening I and I
to the love of a new day.
The love of my life
Is holding me into its arms of light.
Love, light and the beloved are one,
Bringing peace to my life.
The beloved is embracing me,
Love of all things is embracing me,
For this day is light and love of I and I,
The old demons have become shadow of their fears,
The light is embracing all,
Love is the master of my soul,
and light its command.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Contemplation


"Desert"  Reflexion 1- Watercolor by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Quietness is my mom in this day,
Peacefulness is I and I,
For war is coming along,
Bringing its destruction.
The water has moved to a desert,
My home has become their playground
Cynicism, hatred and loss
playing their awful game
in my birthplace.
Quietness is I and I this day,
The beloved is I and I in this day
Contemplation, reflexion and love,
The master of my soul
is I and I in the forever of this day.
Quietness, peacefulness, foreverness,
Contemplation is I and I in this day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Artichoke

Artichoke is One of my favorite vegetables to eat which in fact is not a vegetable but a flower bud. It comes from the mediterranean peninsula and is a winter time edible.



This flower bud is full of good stuff for your health...and mine :).
It contains a large quantity of antioxidant which are good for the immune system, and for preventing cardiovascular disease and for cancer prevention. It is very low in calories and fat ( around 47 calories for 100g) , and that makes it a good addition to any low calorie diet.
It also helps lower the blood cholesterol, helps the digestive system and detoxify the liver. This is due to the cynarin it contains.

Artichoke flower bud

My favorite way to eat artichoke is to steam it and eat it with balsamic dressing. You take of the leaves and dip them in your vinegar dressing or any of your favorite sauce, and scrap off the fleshy base with your teeth until you get near to the heart. There is then a "hairy" part that is not edible and that you need to remove before getting to the heart. The heart is the reward of the warrior ;) ....soooo delightful!!!
But there are so many other ways to eat artichoke, from pizza to paella. Just google it and you will find a lot of great recipes to enjoy.
If you want to have the best of the artichoke health benefits, like lowering the blood cholesterol or detoxifying the liver, you can use the artichoke bud leaves that you can boil in water. Once boiled, you will remove the leaves and drink the water, or add it to any of your culinary preparation.

Artichoke flower in bloom



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Songs from the Baobab




"Songs from the baobab" is an audio book with amazing illustrations.
This one, I have been reading and singing with my older boys when they were young.
It is a compilation of children lullaby from all aver africa, beautifully illustrated in this beautiful book for children.
The one below is in mandeka language from Mali, but they are all so beautiful. I recommend this book.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Song of the sea




"Song of the sea" is my favorite movie of the past years. It is supposedly a children movie, but I can tell you that adults may fall in love too.
It has a beautiful story inspired by celtic legends, it has amazing drawings which has become rare these days in animated movies, it has beautiful lyrics, and it is full of teachings about love and loss, but also about brotherhood and spirituality.  If you haven't seen it already, I recommend it to you!
A wonderful moment of visual poetry!!
Below is the favorite song of my little boy and I, that he has been singing since.... with so much seriousness and heart! Yes we do believe ;)


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Care of love


The hibiscus - Ceramic sculpture by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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The flower of mine
is love of all things
In love I rest,
For love is like a flower
whose perfume
is divine
Transcendance of love,
is resting place of mine.
Care of love,
Is duty of my life,
For love is the master of my soul
And peace its hidden virtue.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pomegranate



Not only the pomegranate's a beautiful fruit, it has lots of virtues.
Pomegranate contains more antioxidants than cranberry, and is effective at reducing heart disease risks.
It reduces blood pressure, and inhibit viral infections.
Researches have also shown that pomegranate can help in prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer prevention.
So even though seeding pomegranate is not easy, it is a great add to your healthy diet.



One trick that I found to seed pomegranate without a big mess is to cut it in half, and then seed it in a big bowl full of water. The seed would go down while the peel would stay on the surface. Easy peasy!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Artist Odani Motohiko

I wanted to share with you the work of the japanese Artist Odani Motohiko.
He is actually one of my favorite living sculptor.
I believe his works evokes so well the world of the spirit...leaving us without words but so full of concepts. I let you appreciate.....

Phantom limb by artist Odani Motohiko ( I do not own copyright for this image)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Love of my life

"Ocean and sun encounter"  Reflexion 4 - Watercolor by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Sun rising with a new day.
Reflecting in I,
My light.
New day, new things to come.
Reflection of I 
In the water of my life.
Love of my life Is I and I in this day.
Peace at least
For the old demons have seen what darkness looks like.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Butterfly wings


The butterfly - Ceramic sculpture by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Spreading my wings
Over the world
Under your eyes
Oh beloved
Love of all things,
Love in all things
Unbelievable beauty
Danse of the wings,
Butterly danse.
You made me,
You made me wings,
Beauty and joy,
Humility and pardon.
I love you my creator.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Onion



Onion is a vegetable from the allium family that has been bred for more than 7 000 years. This might be the reason why today, there is no known wild onion found in nature.
There are many varieties of onion, yellow onion, red onion, white onion, and the green onion also called scallion or spring onion which is an onion that is harvested before having fully developed its bulb and roots.
It is usually the bulb of the plant that is consumed, except for green onions which leaves are used for food consumption.
Onion is used as a culinary base ingredient all over the world. It is also used as the main ingredient in some dishes such as the onion soup.
Peeling and cutting an onion can be eye irritating, but this can be avoided by peeling and cutting it into a basin of water

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Onion is rich in biotin, manganese, cooper and B6 vitamin and one of the richest vegetables (but not the richest) in flavonoids (phytonutrient).
Studies have found that flavonoids may help improve the anti-inflamatory system.
In cancer clinical studies, Flavonoids were proved to reduce the risk of gastric carcinoma in women, and the risk of aerodigestive tract cancer for smokers.
It is in cardiovascular disease prevention that flavonoid has the most health effect.
It inhibits blood coagulation and the formation of platelet aggregation. It reduces risks of atherosclerosis, arterial blood pressure and risks of hypertension. It modifies vascular inflammatory mechanism and blood lipid level.
Flavonoids also improves capillary system, and affects the aging mechanism and has antibacterial virtues.


One of the virtues of onion that is not well known is its healing power in holistic medicine for ear infection. I have personally tried it several time on myself, and it worked 100% of the time. This does not mean it will work 100% of the time for you, but you might want to try it next time you have an ear infection and don't want to go through antibiotic treatment which are not very good at healing ear infections.
To use the onion as a remedy, you have to chop a piece of onion, steam it or heat it for a few minutes. put it in a gauze, and once it has come to a temperature that your body can support ( the ear is a very sensitive area), put the gauze packed with warm chopped onions on your ear and hold it with a headband or an old scarf. Leave it on your ear for the night if it is night time, or as long as you can if it is daytime. repeat as needed. The warmth of the onion will ease the pain, while the vapor from the onion will penetrate inside your ear cavity, healing it. Don't ask me how it works.... it just does :)
You might stink after this treatment, but you will feel much better. Anyone who is subject to ear infection knows the pain....




Sunday, November 15, 2015

Doily

Doilies are so delicates, it says so much about the hands and heart who built them.


This collection was inspired by doilies, and for the pillows and envelopes, made of antiques and vintage material. The doilies on the ceramics were designed by hand, following the doily tradition of building one step at the time.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fire danse


"Ocean and Sun encounter" Reflexion 3 - watercolor  by Mariam Martinet aka Angelshair
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Elusion of the light melting with the sky,
Fire danse.
Reflexion of my light in the sky.
Melting point of I
Synchronicity of I and I
The frontiers are fuzzy,
Life is in control,
Dancing I to its fire danse.
Fire danse,
melting point of I and I
for the resurrection of my soul


Friday, November 13, 2015

Resurrection


"Ocean and Sun encounter" Reflexion 2 - watercolor  by Mariam Martinet aka Angelshair
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Fusion is I and I
in resurrection of I
Magic instant,
The greatest of love,
The I in I melt
for the resurrection of my soul.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our ancestors the apes.

Chauvet cave painting (France)

My post about my son's artwork and his drawing of a mammoth in a prehistorical style made me think about prehistorical art, and of course about prehistorical artists.
We know so little about the prehistorical era, what we know comes only from our deduction about the pieces of bones and artefacts that we find in the ground or in caves.
When these deductions go in the way of the actual scientific development and knowledge, everything is fine. But when the clues and deductions seems to go in a different way, we prefer to escape the subject in order to keep our actual convictions strong.
I am actually wondering how with the discovery of the Chauvet caves in the south of France( the oldest ever discovered cave at this time), it was discovered in 1994, no scientist came out to question the actual evolution theory.
I am not a scientist, but with no reel honesty can you keep on defending this theory at the viewing of the drawings in this cave.


Chauvet cave painting (France)

As you can see in the pictures, these drawings are so evolved, but we, humanity, had supposedly to work on our skills thousands of years to obtain such a strong two dimensional representation ability.
These drawings show us three things:
- Our ancestors were skilled artists, the kind of skills that you can acquire today after a few years of art school.
-Our ancestors had deep anatomical knowledge, just look at the proportions and joint articulations placement.
-Our ancestors had good abstraction skills and the ability to represent a 3D object into a 2D plan.

In regard to these conclusions, and seen the strength of the drawings, they are almost alive, we cannot but question ourselves with honesty, how less evolved than us were our ancestors? How ape like were they?

Chauvet cave painting (France)

Do you think science will start rethinking its evolutionary theory? Of course not. Science knows everything unless otherwise proven. Science knows that our ancestors were ape evolved creatures the same way science knew a few years ago that life couldn't exist without oxygen until it was proven wrong. What a strange way to keep humans under its control. The same way of working that it reproches to its old enemy, religion.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Carrot



Carrot is one of the most consumed vegetable in the world. The wild variety from which the now bred carrot derived is believed to be native to Persia.

The beautiful orange color of the carrot added to its sweet taste makes it a good introductory vegetable to children's meal, which is great since this vegetable is full of health benefits.

The carrot root is rich in fiber making it a great help for the digestive system, it is extra rich in vitamin A which support the bone system as well as the vision. Note that although carrot is thought to restore your vision, it will not unless your vision malfunction is due to a vitamin A deficiency. But, if you do have a vitamin A deficiency, then carrot is one of the greatest source of vitamin A.

Carrot is rich in Biotin....ladies, think hair, nail and skin ;)



Carrot is also rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C. These help cell growth, help prevent cells damage, and help protect your system against cardio vascular disease.

Some studies conducted in the Netherland over ten years, have found that the increase of the consomption of carrot on a weekly basis could decrease the risk of cardio vascular disease by up to 32%. See details here.
Some other studies have found that smokers who consumed carrot at least once a week decreased their chance of developing a lung cancer by three compared to those who did not eat carrot. See details here.
Carrot has also proven to play a preventive role for colon and prostate cancer, and carrot juice extract was proven to inhibit cell progression in leukemia. See details here.




Although the root is the most consumed part of the carrot, the leaves are also consumed in some parts of the world.
The carrot soup is yummy, healthy, and so nature friendly since no part of the plant is lost.

It's easy to make, all you need is your carrot leaves, an onion, a potato, salt and pepper to add to taste.  Put everything in your cooking pot with water. once everything is cooked, put in the mixer and mix to taste. You can then if you want to, add some butter or sour cream, and tada!!.

Carrot leaves can also be used as a remedy for mouth ulcer. The carrot leaves are boiled for ten minutes in water. Once cooled down, this decoction is used as a mouth rinse until the mouth is healed.

All this chit-chat made me hungry... I am going to make myself a carrot salad :)








Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Artist Sory Kora

Sory Kora is a young amazing artist who also happens to be my older son.
* proud mama wink here*

Artwork by Sory Kora copyright © 2015 all rights reserved 
Remember a few years ago I posted about my sons drawing. You can see the post here.
Good seed right?
He has been drawing and painting since a young age, and a few months ago, he participated in a group exhibition at the Friedman Gallery in Soho..... at age 18, the kind of things I've never done even though I am 40 and something, almost 21 :).
So I am very, VERY proud to introduce you to the work of an awesome boy.


Artwork by Sory Kora copyright © 2015 all rights reserved  

And this is a piece of work that I have been keeping for years, that he made at age 8.


Artwork by Sory Kora copyright © 2015 all rights reserved  


Monday, November 9, 2015

Water danse


Korafola ( The Kora player) - Print by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's hair
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Danse my heart,
To the rythme of I.
Danse my heart,
to the shadow of your fears.
Danse my heart,
on the recognition of your value.
To the dirt,
danse your water,
To the mean,
be the danse of water.
Danse my heart,
for you are my water danse.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Peacock


The peacock is a symbol of royalty and immortality.
This collection was inspired by this beautiful bird.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Peace and I


Resting place - Ceramic sculpture by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Love and I
is
joy and I
Sublime and I
Is
Beauty and I
Sacredness and I
is
Transcendance and I
What about
Simplicity and I
or
laughter and I
It's in
Love and I
Resting place of my soul
Peace and I
is
Mother of I

Friday, November 6, 2015

Ginger roots

Ginger or ginger root is one of these plants with thousands virtues.



The edible ginger root is the rhizome of the Zingiber plant. It is native to china but is now grown in Asia, Africa, South america and the caribean. In India, China and Japan, ginger is an ingredient for cuisine, and also used as a spice or to make juice. In Africa, it is used to make juice and as a spice. You can google many recipes for the african ginger juice ( here is one of them, the Malian one ;)) and other ginger recipes.




Ginger is used as a medicine all over the world.
Ginger root is very rich in fibers and contains essential oils such as gingerol, zinger one, farnesene, and shogoal as well as essential nutrients and vitamine B-6 and B-5.
Many serious medical studies have found that ginger can help prevent colon cancer by reducing the colon inflammation. It has antioxydant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor effect on cells and is proven to kill ovarian cancer cells. It helps reduce the nauseas provoked by chemotherapy or during pregnancy. It helps reduce blood pressure in hypertension cases and helps restore liver damage caused by acetaminophen and so on.
You can find a great article about medical studies on ginger roots here.




See I told you! One of these miraculous plants :)
I personally use ginger when I have respiratory infection, and it works most of the time. Some people will make ginger tea, but what works well for me is to chew thinly sliced ginger seasoned with sea salt several time a day. the antibacterial action of the sea salt combined with the anti-inflamatory effect of the ginger has great results.



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Love and I


The mother water - Ceramic sculpture by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Grace,
Impulsion,
The universe in motion.
Inspiration,
Expiration,
the universe in expansion.
Pause,
Love,
I and I
Sublime transcendance of I
Water,
Flawless,
emptiness,
Sacredness and I
Beauty,
Transcendance,
Love and I

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Clouds, ephemeris and the beauty of life.



Mother earth has worn her white coat
Beauty of life.
Mother you are the most beautiful.
After I ran all over the universe,
You are the one I come back to.
Pressing myself against your coat.
Warmth,
Love,
Beauty of life.
Mother, why are they being so mean?
shhhh my child,
stay still
Mother,
why are they being so selfish?
shhh my child,
Stay still.
Mother,
Why are they hurting us?
My child,
beautiful eyes,
eyes of mine,
My child,
How is my love?
It's the greatest mother
My child,
How is my warmth?
It's the warmest mother.
Shh my child, 
Stay still
You are in my womb and that is the answer.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The embrace


Butterfly Nebula - Hubble space telescope

Among the stars,
Infinity and I.
Touch, 
Light,
My eternity.
Serenity,
Beauty,
Love and I
Eyes of I
In my hand, your hand.
Love.
Beauty of the light.
Love.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Flower danse

The Lotus - Ceramic sculpture by Mariam Martinet aka Angel's Hair
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Flower danse, tense.
Body opening, feelings flowing.
It's you.
Love.
Wholeness,
Emptiness,
Sacredness,
It's you Love.
I in I
Where are you love?
I am in I, said love.
Heart,
Rythme,
Tension.
The universe in expansion.
Love is in control.
Where is my body?
It's in love.
Flower danse, tense.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus flower is not only a beautiful flower, it is also an edible one, believed to be native to Africa.



There are hundreds of varieties of hibiscus. The red one is the most commonly used for teas drinks and cooking, but the white one as well as the blue one may be used as edible.

Hibiscus is rich in Iron, copper and manganese ,and it is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidant, and therefore a great support for cancer prevention and anti-aging.
The hibiscus tea consumed daily may help reduce blood pressure.
Some studies have also found that hibiscus tea can help increase HLD cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol in type 2 diabetes.




Although hibiscus flower is most commonly used to makec  tea in the US, I have grown up in africa drinking hibiscus decoction as a refreshing drink.


 There are two very simple ways to prepare the hibiscus drink. The dried hibiscus flower is put into a jar of fresh water and left overnight, or it is boiled for a few minutes in hot water and left to cool down. in either cases, once the flower has released all its pigments, and the water is red, the flowers are removed from the water. You can then add any type of sweetener of your choice, or leave it natural. In Africa, people would add sugar and a small amount of vanilla  and/or mint and lemon to add to the taste. Red hibiscus decoction is drank fresh or with some ice. This is apparently a decoction that was known from ancient egyptians.




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