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Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides is a World traveler, a connoisseur of lifestyle and a perceiver of situations. He has the charisma of seeing through things but seeing things coming in the future as trends although often creating trends! He is an extremely creative person capable of putting things together in a unique manner and has a way to present simple things in a stunning way. He is highly communicative and a people’s person thus a good trainer. He is flexible and adaptable coming from being a gypsy and an aristocrat the same time. His trade is being a consultant on food/drink and music, design and atmosphere, organization and management, personality coaching and…concepts, concepts, concepts!

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Inspired by the Amazon and mystical vast rainforest, Canaima is the National Park located in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar in the Amazonian. Home to breath taking cliffs and waterfalls, including the Angels falls, the highest in the world, this mysterious land contains many legends and myths and is of an unlike beauty in the whole world. Looking at the bottle sitting in front of me with the wooden top of the cork, I traveled to all that breathtaking scene of plunged greenery and the falling waters along the sounds of the birds and animals crossing from one end to the other. Life at its original form as it was meant to be from the beginning!






Canaima Gin is distilled in Venezuela at Dusa’s distillery alongside with the Diplomatico rum range. The master distillers in collaborations with the locals they have studied and hand picked up the best of fruit and herbs avoiding impurities and assuring the best quality. The outcome of Cainama gin comes from 10 exotic ingredients and traditional gin botanicals with one local fruit. There are 3,000 fruit in the rainforest but only 200 are known. Here the master distillers chose 10 different ones. Some are Merey (cashew), Acai berry, Uva de palma, Tupiro, Seje, Topoazu, etc. In the traditional botanical list they also used Juniper, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander, angelica root and fennel. Botanicals used in the gin are treated, macerated and distilled individually, producing small batches of 500 liters.






Canaïma Gin has partnered with two local foundations, including Tierra Viva, which developed the brand’s visibility material. The design and materials used for the brand were made by indigenous women, which created sustainable jobs for the different communities in the region.


The distilleries approach to sustainability and the preservation of the environment is already declared with their presentation of the Diplomatico range of rums. In this case of this Venezuelan Canaima gin a 10% from the sales will be donated to foundations working for the conservation of the Amazon.


Additionally, Canaïma is working with Saving the Amazon, which uses technology, mobile applications and the “human potential of indigenous communities” to tackle the destruction of the Amazon, and plant trees.



Experience Canaima gin


Nose: Citrus, fresh and fruit aromas. A hint of juniper and spice.


Palate and aftertaste: It starts with a spicy freshness, and a soft juniperesque burn follows. It has an opulent feel in the richness of taste. Fruit and depth of character is felt with references of a classic gin with a power. The aftertaste is sweet, round and leaves a spicy note as a reference to pepper and chilies. Definitely exotic and mysterious.

























Here is a recipe to make vegan burgers with lentils as there are so many ways!



1 cup green or brown cooked lentils

½ cup whole-milk Greek yogurt

¼ tsp. finely grated lemon zest

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, finely grated, divided

Kosher salt

6 oz. mushrooms

2 Tbsp. white miso

1  tbsp. chopped red onion

1 tbsp. fresh coriander

¼ tsp. smoked paprika, ¼ tbs. cumin

4 Tbsp. (or more) extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup (or more) easy oats


Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mashed consistency. If the mashed mixture seems too soft add a few more oats and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. With wet hands make the mixture into burgers and either pan fry with a little oil or better bake on baking paper until golden brown.



From there on the options are never ending! Build in a burger bun with any sauce you like, and have sweet potato fries and salad on the side. Or serve with a cold potato and onion salad or serve with bulgur and tahini sauce….I could write a book on the options.


Today we served them for lunch. Lentil burgers with avocado and orange type guacamole topped with pink peppercorns, mixed salad dressed in balsamic to give that acidic kick and tahini sauce.



Enjoy them and write back for your versions!


P.S. Pic taken with mobile phone during isolation covid-109


2020’s Vegan Food Trends

in Eats
on: 05 April 2020

Speakeasyhacker believes that after the Covid-19 crisis there will be many changes in our contacts, thinking etc. enough for sociologists to have a full meal on these, yet alone the financial tsunami that will penetrate all aspects of our lives. However, the prediction here is that there will be an explosion of Veganism with a large increase of the world population dedicating their nutrition on the wellbeing spectrum and mostly on plant based diets. Therefore menus will become more diverse and there will be more exploitation of what the world produces naturally. It will become a huge creativity bundle for all the chefs and all creating in the kitchen kingdom!


Here are some prediction on new trends emerging.

(Source Peta/org)




Plant based milks and various other editions will prove to be creamier that dairy milks as a base for yoghurt and definitely ice creams.  




Some giant companies already set the standard for eco-friendly packaging, and we predict that other vegan food companies will follow. Going vegan is already the best thing that you can do for the environment as an individual, so it’s even better that companies are considering the kind of impact that their packaging has as well. Yogurt companies offer dairy-free i.e. coconut yogurt in reusable glass jars, or in compostable packaging made with plant-based inks and adhesives, while others will continue to sell yogurt in terra-cotta clay pots, so you can reuse or repurpose them to hold plants or organize your office supplies etc.





Vegan options will have a huge impact on the fast food industry. Many beyond Meat/chicken options, ice cream flavors and other vegan sensations.




Vegan jerky is already all the rage, and more companies are coming out with new products all the time. How about kelp jerky? Shiitake mushroom?




Peanut and almond butters are already vegan pantry staples, but watermelon, hemp, and pumpkin seed butters are starting to gain traction, too. Seeds are allergy-friendly and full of essential nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.




A common ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine, the flaky texture of the banana blossom makes it perfect for vegan fish recipes. Banana blossom fish and chips can already be found at a number of vegan establishments, but the versatile flower is sure to make its way into other dishes, such as curries and salads.




The use of this versatile fruit to become burger or Bolognese meat, substitute pulled pork etc. will increase as it is quite a good alternative in texture too.




Fluffy Japanese pancakes appear into the vegan world with several rotating vegan flavors which have included Oreo Lovers, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Pineapple Coconut Brule. It will add more diversity in the vegan dessert menus.




Companies are meeting the demand for more on-the-go options for those of us with busy lifestyles. Whether you need a quick lunch option or you just don’t feel like cooking dinner, there will be more options for quick plant based meal options.




Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars, are refreshing syrups made from fresh fruit, sugar, and vinegar. The sweet and tangy concoctions are great for gut health and delicious when mixed with sparkling water or added to a cocktail. It’s super-easy to make your own, but you will also find store-bought versions.




Ruby lattes get their tint from powdered or juiced beets, which are packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beets are even thought to help lower blood pressure and increase exercise endurance. Their natural sweetness pairs well with warmed oat milk for an earthy, warming drink.




Acai remains a smoothie or a thicker substance to feature fruits and nuts etc. in all its versatile nature but more combinations with other fruits and vegetables, nuts and cereals, syrups and juices will become the vegan’s cocktail revolution!



An alternative to risotto and I recon lighter as we use orzo and less effort to make it tasty!



2 cups whole wheat orzo

1 lemon

½ cup white wine

½ ltr vegetable stock

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tbsp. of finely chopped onion

2 tbsp. of finely chopped leek a thumb of ginger, grated

1 tbsp. of grated fresh ginger

1 bunch of spinach roughly cut

Salt and pepper, 2 bay leaves

3 tbsp. olive oil

Grated parmesan (optional)

Roasted pine nuts, finely chopped basil or coriander leaves (optional)



In a pan heat the olive oil and fry till soft for 2-3 minutes, the onion, garlic, ginger and bay leaves. Add the chopped spinach and stir to become soft. Then add the orzo give it a stir and then the wine, vegetable stock and lemon, salt and pepper, and cook stirring on low heat. It will be good to make sure there is enough liquid or add some water to bring the orzo to a cooked consistency but maintaining the liquidity of the dish as if you are cooking a risotto. When cooked and with enough thick sauce, cover it for a moment and set aside to absorb. I would serve it while creamy having in mind that in 4-5 minutes it would absorb all the liquids. In that case stir in more water and bring it back to its creamier consistency.


Serve in bowls and grate on top parmesan cheese, sprinkle pine nuts and freshly cut basil or coriander leaves or both! Enjoy!


Note: Pic taken at home with mobile phone during restrictions ‘ home isolation’!


Socca Bread deals

in Eats
on: 31 March 2020

This is a large chickpea pancake from Provence area in France also called farinata. Traditionally cooked in wood ovens on copper disks, roughly cut and served hot or warm. It can take variations i.e to add chopped rosemary in the butter mix or curry or turmeric, garlic or pesto too. But do not restrict yourselves. Have it in squares with a dip of your choice, go South American, Asia, and Middle East, even go European and add horseradish cream and chopped smoked salmon with some leaves. Make it as a pizza bread base and top it up with cooked ratatouille, or tossed vegetables, tomato base stir fry and again top it up with fresh salad leaves for a bigger meal deal.


In France, my travel times I had this everywhere with olives on the side when ordering aperitifs the right time! Perfect with dry vermouth and a glass of proper chardonnay! 


Have fun, easy to make and do create your deals!


PREP TIME: 5 to 10 min

COOKING TIME: 6 to 8 min



1 cup chickpea flour (4 1/2 ounces)

1 cup water

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan and drizzling

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon za'atar or cumin or else



Prepare the chickpea batter. Whisk the chickpea flour, water, olive oil, and salt together in a medium bowl until smooth. Let rest for 30 minutes to give the flour time to absorb the water.


Preheat the oven and then the pan. Arrange an oven rack 6 inches below the broiler element and heat to 450°F. About 5 minutes before the batter is done resting, place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven and turn the oven to broil.


Add the batter to the prepared pan. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Add about 1 teaspoon of oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan when the pan is swirled. Pour the batter into the center of the pan. Tilt the pan so the batter coats the entire surface of the pan, if needed.


Broil the socca for 5 to 8 minutes. Broil until the top of the socca begin to blister and brown, 5 to 8 minutes. The socca should be fairly flexible in the middle but crispy on the edges. If the top is browning too quickly before the batter is fully set, move the skillet to a lower oven rack until ready.


Slice and serve. Use a flat spatula to work your way under the socca and ease it from the pan onto a cutting board. Slice it into wedges or squares, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with the za'atar if using.


NOTE Socca is best if eaten immediately after baking while still warm, but can be refrigerated and re-toasted for up to 1 week.

Photo taken at home with my mobile during lockdown!


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