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Editor's letter

My singular purpose in this life is to love and be loved. To be an Unconditional Lover. Many years of un-learning what Osho calls the “The Undercurrent of your Being”, had me reeling from behaviors that were to either gain attention (what I thought was love) or to retreat when not satisfied (to hide from the thick of it all). Today, an innate understanding flows through me like the water that feeds all life, all beings, all Love. And, to what end?

 
 

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Loving unconditionally means not only accepting things exactly as they are; people, events, and the outside world, but to finding joy in them as well. What revealed itself to me through the process of removing the blockages to Love is that the expression of Love is also as fluid, as multidimensional and as ever changing as the universe we live in. Love’s expression has infinite variety; infinite beauty; infinite change and infinite potential. Infinite “right”.

For me, one expression of this Love is Nourrir. 2017 we walked through flames, over mountains and countless moments of doubt. Our path so far, where we plant our feet and our hearts right now, has been a test of ourselves. Was the mission of Nourrir compelling? Could I/we tell stories that not only inspired, but also encouraged us to feel an integral belonging to the paradigm shifts transforming our world? Could Nourrir have a life, an existence on its own? Could we build a community of so many different people, different interests with one heart and soul; to live our fullest lives today?

I believe we can. I believe we are doing it. I believe in the age of Aquarius. I believe in all of the paradigm shifts. I believe as Humans we are working towards seeing the Unconditional Love that inhabits us all, equally, without exception. Nourrir will be one conduit for that discovery. In 2018 and beyond, Nourrir will be a community we look to share our stories, listen to those of others, see the beauty surrounding us and shape the now into our wildest dreams. In 2018, we will continue to explore the Divine Feminine, Gender constructs and Love. We will focus mostly on the New Economic North - not a physical place, rather in the sense of a True North alignment, women are creating and how that will have ripple effects on all aspects of life as we transition out of one generation and into the full effects of Aquarius.

To begin that journey, we honor a few men. In an old Baha’i parable, society is described as a bird: shoot one wing (women) or another (men) and the bird can no longer fly. As you may know, I don’t personally believe in the binary gender concept, but, for today, we work under these auspices. And, our men have been called to re-examine themselves. Who do you know hasn’t been touched, floored and moved by the #metoo movement? So many stories, so much learning, so much positive to propel us forward. Nourrir will talk about the men who are participating in the change. Nourrir will talk about men who are living their dreams, pushing hard and by default helping to open doors for women.

Two thousand eighteen will also be a year of more change for the the magazine in other ways. We will change the format, update the website and become active on social media. I welcome Sara as our new Style Editor, Justin has a new title and expanded role as the Creative Director. Interested in working with us? Let me know! Also, we will plan offline events in cities around the world and much more! I personally invite you to participate in our shifting dialogue. Join the Nourrir family. Happy new year!

 

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NOURRIR TRAVEL

Around the world with Adi.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contributor

ADRIAN DANCIU

Romanian-American Cinematographer active in television and independent film, travel and lifestyle photography. Most of his work is centered around documentary projects, authentic places and people and the occasional narrative short film.

 
 
 

 
 

NOURRIR STYLE

Lady Dexter Goes Rogue

with Sara Stamschror-Lott

 
 

LADY DEXTER

For the woman who has capital to invest in a chic wardrobe - looks for under $1000

 
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Dolce and Gabanna

Jaquard Blazer, $2,817

 

Balenciaga Pantashoes,  $2,950

Vanda Satin Clutch with Jewel Applications, $4,445   

Vanda Satin Clutch with Jewel Applications, $4,445

 

 
Yellow Gold, Emeralds, Onyx and Diamonds, $73,000

Yellow Gold, Emeralds, Onyx and Diamonds, $73,000

 
 
 

GOES ROGUE

For the gal who has champagne tastes on a shoestring budget - looks for under $100

 
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ZARA

Double Breasted Printed Blazer, $89.90

 

Over the knee boot, Aldo, $130

Over the knee boot, Aldo, $130

Aldo Euronike Bag, $70.00

Aldo Euronike Bag, $70.00

 
Sterling Panther Tassel Necklace, QVC, $34.99

Sterling Panther Tassel Necklace, QVC, $34.99

 
 

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NOURRIR SPIRIT SPACE

with Vima Lumura

 

Economics and the Feminine

kindly note:  “SHE” is non-gender specific, as it refers to the the feminine principle in all.

 

“As long as the feminine has limited belief in their value and creative potential, humanity will never meet the dream of a thriving economy for all.”

“She”

Blind to the mystery of her beauty, she was blamed and shamed for the feminine, creative, emotional and spiritual power she possessed.

Every day the walk to and from school was a gauntlet of obscene sexual gestures and remarks.  Her body would stiffen as she’d hasten her pace in zig zag strategy, crossing streets, failing to avoid the stench of creepiness that glommed on to her innocence like tar.  She could feel the disease, even though she didn’t understand what was being said or done.   

Dating was a tiring succession of machiavellian manipulators. She was humiliated, tossed out of cars, and harassed when she’d refuse their advances.
One incident she was knocked unconscious and raped.

Her graceful flow in life distorted into vigilant caution as protectors became predators.

Her mother’s influence subtly conveyed that her life weighed in the balance of a man’s world, where a woman is valued as an object and not worthy as a human being.

Yet there was an incorruptible light within, harboring a remembrance where nothing could insult her knowing.  

Realizing that light, was a pivotal awakening of her power, not only for herself but for others, as well. Her most intimate personal transformation synchronized with the revolution of events in the world.   

Surrendering to the will of her soul released haunting subterranean secrets. Grieving took it’s course while the unknown demanded she became its friend.
Simultaneously, the masks of millenniums fell from women’s faces as they fiercely confronted the unacceptable. The absence of moral integrity in country and community was exposed.  Saints and sages postured like absurd caricatures to avoid the consequences of their odious affairs.

In the season of her awakening, the throes of healing stripped away everything that hindered her love.  All that had happened to her, coupled with the sting of worldly illusion, refined her destiny with purpose.

The metamorphosis, into her spiritual nature, wove threads of light through her entire being.  Recognizing the sacredness of her sexuality, her sense of value resurrected from the strength of her divine nature. She could breathe life into the expansive reality of ever flourishing potential and abundance, dispelling the blinding maladies of scarcity, fear, lack, sacrifice, loss and selfishness.
 
Through her healing, she had the power to restore trust.  This new found freedom allowed her to participate in the flow of life beholding the truth that everything earned and given is a gift.

Her vision of a balanced and fair economy was sourced by nurturing a reciprocal relationship with the creative life force of nature…not a management of resources.

She knew instilling this remembrance in the hearts of humanity can reframe economic balance to thrive beyond survival.

The dream of making a difference in the world evolved into a way of life because she developed skill in fostering transformation into the light of her innate potential.  She knew, all that existed in truth or folly was created through consciousness, thus it can be transformed through consciousness. All it takes is, remembrance, a pure heart for the good of all and the courage to love unconditionally.     

She is no longer blind to the mystery of her beauty. She sees with different eyes not cast upon her luminous skin but set on the radiance of her self love and love for all to thrive eternally.

 

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Vocalist, Composer, Inspirational Speaker, and Writer. Vima creates music, performances, writings, courses and retreats serving as transcendental experiences for groups and audiences internationally. She bridges spirit, science, mystical wisdom and human experiences through the arts with transformational refinement with an otherworldly voice. Vima’s life-long immersion and education in music, chant, ancient cultures, and yoga merged with spiritual inner explorations establishes her ability to spontaneously interface deep spirituality with self actualized living.  Vima Lamura has has 7 CDs to her credit, a multitude of live performances with her Sound Mandala choir and World Beat Operas. She has authored and published four books as well as featured writer in international publications. Vima Lamura is also a recipient of grants and fellowships from the American Composers Forum, McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation. See More VimaLamura.com

Vocalist, Composer, Inspirational Speaker, and Writer. Vima creates music, performances, writings, courses and retreats serving as transcendental experiences for groups and audiences internationally. She bridges spirit, science, mystical wisdom and human experiences through the arts with transformational refinement with an otherworldly voice. Vima’s life-long immersion and education in music, chant, ancient cultures, and yoga merged with spiritual inner explorations establishes her ability to spontaneously interface deep spirituality with self actualized living.

Vima Lamura has has 7 CDs to her credit, a multitude of live performances with her Sound Mandala choir and World Beat Operas. She has authored and published four books as well as featured writer in international publications. Vima Lamura is also a recipient of grants and fellowships from the American Composers Forum, McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation. See More VimaLamura.com

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ThE FUTURE IS WELL HATTED

Rising Star Milliner Celina Kane of Hat Make

 
 
 

Headwear and humans go hand in hand. We adorn our cranium with all kinds of accessories for hunting, worship, beauty and war as a form of communication and expression; a habit practiced for millennia. Today, crafts honed by hand and years of apprenticeship that were replaced by machines in the industrial revolution; machines are being replaced by technology; might be experiencing a Renaissance in this era of #shoplocal #ecofashion and #intentionalliving.

Even the fast fashion staples jumped on board the hat “trend”. Any person can walk into a Zara or H&M and pick up a $20 fedora. While lower prices may seem attractive and have certainly impacted the rise of hat sales, does fast fashion and mass manufacturing actually democratize style? We will have to explore this in another article...In any case, after the dissolution of the fashion rigidity of the last 1000 years where hats communicated such important details such as class or profession, and were required before one left the house, the rise of a hand-made custom hat heralds an era of individual expression and a return to the art of fashion.

Let’s establish one fact early, Celina Kane is a Milliner not a hat maker. She works on blocks that were custom made for her designs, she has a patent shape the Quadratto, and uses only the highest quality rabbit and wools. Celina explained, “Couture millinery is entirely handsewn with the highest quality materials in addition to being innovative in design. Millinery differs from hatting techniques in a few foundational ways not just traditionally feminine vs masculine styles.”

There was just something about hats that drew rising star, Celina Kane, to pursue Millinery. Believe it or not, Celina’s first hat was a classic 90’s style bucket hat! These days she favors a silk, couture turban of her own make. We sat down in her studio and over a coffee at Minneapolis staple Moose and Sadie’s to talk about craftwomanship, art in the family and our shared love of fine fabrics, travel, women in business and the new world order we are creating one hat at a time.

 
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Freya: Personally, I wear a hat almost everyday. Hats are one of my calling cards. They have opened doors for me and made me more “memorable”. Should every woman wear a hat per day, every day? How would you encourage women to embrace millinery into their wardrobe?

Celina: I don’t believe in rules when it comes to fashion so “a hat a day” isn’t really my goal or philosophy. However, I do believe that hats transform their wearer more than any other accessory; hats are powerful! That’s why women feel uncomfortable now wearing hats I think, because they do make you stand out. I encourage women to embrace millinery in their wardrobe exactly for this reason, radical self care means making bold choices to embrace your individuality and beauty. To feel more comfortable in a hat you love, “break it in” the way you would a new pair of shoes.... Wear it around your house, look in the mirror and tell yourself you

are powerful and gorgeous! After a little while wearing it I promise it will feel so natural and you’ll feel naked without it on.

Freya: I believe there is a paradigm shift taking place as the world awakens. This shift impacts the economic matrix. My way of describing this is that Women are becoming their own Economic North. What do you think? How do you feel this in your work part of the work?

Celina: I absolutely agree. It’s probably the only thing these days that makes me feel optimistic for the world, that people are waking up and realizing we have a commitment to ourselves and each other to do better in every way. I consider this in my work in two ways: (1) that my design serves it’s bearer, making them feel beautiful and empowered, loved and protected. (2) that my business practice serves my community, by making eco-friendly choices in materials and packaging, by collaborating with other local female artists, by building an inclusive environment for people to experience my work digitally and in person.

Freya: You also do some speaking, tell us more about how you think sharing relates to your craft and to the world at large?

Celina: As a couture milliner I feel I am an ambassador for a small craft. So to share my love of millinery helps to bring back an interest in it and raises awareness for consumers about quality and artistic value. I also feel very passionate about ethical small business practices. Sharing information about the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry is important to me, again to teach consumers how to make smarter choices and to hopefully help build a healthier world.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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NOURRIR POETRY

For Girls Growing into Their Hips

By Hannah Sawyerr (poetnamedhannah@gmail.com)


This is for girls growing into their hips
For girls growing into their hips like our mamas did
Like our mama’s mama did

For girls learning how to sway
Like lovers do
In jazz clubs
Like seesaws
Like winds do—
For girls discovering magic in our bone structure
Striking even the Godliest men
Urging them to seek forgiveness
On Sunday mornings
for thought of engaging in secret sin
A shake
That makes those same repenting men
Love us and lust us
And sometimes not like us—
For girls who built their own throne
We are royalty
Like Kingdom come
Lek King kam na ya
Like sometimes the King
Really is a Woman.
Woman,
This is for the day you realize you are more than just
periods
or pleasure
or even pretty

There will come a day when you embrace your sprouting hips
As if they were sprouting wings
A day when you learn to wear your hips
Like adolescent boys wear cheap cologne
A day when you bottle the girl inside
And days upon days when she will want to stay there
So this, for girls growing into woman
For woman who on occasion shrinks back into girl
Walk heavy,
Or thin hip proud
Own your beauty
Full, out loud


This is for girls growing into their hips—
This is for girls growing into their hips
Who woke up one morning and said
“Hey, today I think I’m going to walk it like a woman today or somethin’”
“Like the kind who can stand in her own hips, today… or somethin’”
 

*“Kings Come Here” (Krio)

 
 

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NOURRIR health

Le Regime Alimentaire Sans Gluten : effet de mode ou benefique pour notre sante?

 
 
 

by Marc Benouaiche

 

Le gluten : a été décrit en 1742 par Giacomo Beccari, Professeur à l’Université de Bologne .

du latin gluten « colle, glu.. » initialement appelé glutine. On le retrouve dans les grains de nombreuses céréales ( blé, Seigle, Orge, etc... ) ; il est constitué de 2 protéines : le prolamine et la glutéine ; insoluble dans l’eau, il donne à la farine des propriétés visco-élastiques, exploité en agroalimentaires pour donner une structures aux produits.

Le blé moderne contient 2 à 4 fois plus de gluten que dans les années 50, pour permettre une grande maniabilité dans les pétrins industriels. Le blé actuel est porteur de 42 chromosomes alors que le blé originel en contenait 14 les ingénieurs l’appelle « frankenblé »

Il est responsable chez une infime partie de la population d’un trouble spécifique de la digestion nommé maladie coeliaque. La prévalence de la maladie a été estimée à environ 0.5%-1% dans différentes régions du monde.

Depuis 2010, il fait l’objet d’un vaste effet de mode de régimes alimentaires spécialisés « sans gluten » ou « gluten free » sans réel fondement scientifique ou médical.

Cependant, en 2015, une équipe de scientifique de Toronto (Jamnik J, Garcia-Bailo Borchers CH, El-Sohemy A Gluten intake is positively associated with plasma Alpha2-Macroglobulin in Young Adults. J Nutr 2015 Apr 8 ) confirme l’impact inflammatoire du gluten du blé chez les personnes ne souffrant pas de maladie coeliaque.

L’ hypersensibilité alimentaire au gluten occasionnerait des symptômes digestifs ( colite, diarrhée ou constipation ) mais le plus souvent des signes cliniques atypiques comme les migraines, les aphtes, la fatigue chronique, l’acné, l’insomnie, l’anxiété, la dépression, l’hyperactivité, l’autisme, les douleurs musculaires ou articulaires, les infections à
répétitions, l
’obésité et le diabète mais aussi l’endométriose dont les poussées
inflammatoires douloureuses lors des règles serait nettement améliorées par l’éviction du gluten.

La correction de l’hypersensibilité au gluten se fait par éviction temporaire de certains aliments (6 mois minimum) La réparation de la perméabilité des intestins fait appel à une supplémentation en :

- Probiotiques, Zinc, Magnésium Puis 1 à 2 mois plus tard :

  • -  La glutamine (surtout lors de la pratique de sports intensifs)

  • -  Omega 3 pris au repas du soir

    La correction de la dysbiose digestive doit être avant tout naturelle.Préférez donc l’alcalinisation naturelle (fruits et légumes cuits, citrates, eaux bicarbonatées..) avec la diminution du café, des sucres raffinés et de la levure de boulanger.

 

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NOURRIR Spotlight

Executive Producer of Combat Jack, Aaron "A-King" Howard

 
 
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Tragedies and crossroads can divide people into two categories, those who commit to living their best life and those who become overwhelmed by the pain only to never re-emerge. Though Aaron “A-King” Howard continues to mourn the recent loss of his friend, business partner and co-host, Reggie Osse, he has charged forward with newfound motivation and purpose. He is a resource, cornerstone and refuge for those in mourning around him as he continues to implement the vision he shared with Osse for the Loud Speakers Network. As Executive Producer and co-host of the Combat Jack show, A-King spent many years in the chair next to Reggie Osse. There was a time when it was just him, Osse and Dallas Penn, searching for their place within the burgeoning podcast world. A-King carries so many memories of their time together and during the Reunion episode with Just Blaze and co-hosts Premier Pete and Dallas Penn, he found himself able to open up alongside his Combat Jack family. A-King has had to kickstart the new year knowing that his family at the Loud Speakers Network is devastated and in a state of shock. Passing through the halls and staring into the eyes of disbelief and sadness in his colleagues has been wearying. Loud Speakers Network ended the Combat Jack show this past week which means that for A-King, the time is now to strategize and develop new faces who can deliver groundbreaking content that connects with their current LSN audience, targets new listeners and maintains their current course of success.

 

 
 
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A-King sat down with Nourrir to talk with us about his humble beginnings, success and visions for the future. Born Aaron Howard to a Barbadian family, he was deeply ensconsed in his role as a young father and husband and begrudgingly maintained a 9-5 that required too much time and too little creativity. His square routine found him scanning craigslist, yearning for new avenues to present themselves. One day, a DUMBO internet radio station caught his interest. A natural conversationalist and master at networking, A-King knew which road to take, scored his own show and was soon offered the position of programming director.  “I had to really establish myself in my talent. I had to step it up in terms of visibility and become viable. I always had a saying that if nobody sees what you’re doing then how are you goin’ to attract opportunity.” Dallas Penn introduced him to Reggie in the beginning. “They came to the studio and we had a good conversation about what we do here.” Osse was the attorney of Jay-Z, Roc-a-Fella Records, Damon Dash, Nice & Smooth and a slew of other Hip-hop greats. Both Penn and A-King knew that any podcast show with Reggie at the helm would make noise. Reggie’s commentary and opinions were credible, authentic and attractive to listeners. HIs ‘Daily Mathematics’ site had already established his following and a program would be a logical next step. Osse wanted A-King to be a part of the Combat Jack Show show from day one. “We didn’t know what we were doing.” King reminisces. “We was doing test runs and the test runs were always live. So we just ran from there.” The Combat Jack show exploded from the start and internets loved it. Their Bring Your Own Blogger BBQ was a tremendous success. It was free and the first of its kind. There had never before been a BBQ which celebrated the internets, their web fam, hip-hop bloggers and podcast celebrities that maintain the digital world. They had expected no more than 250 people but to their surprise 500 people showed up. 2 Food boys, Karen Civil, elite bloggers and their friends all in the same space and reveling in an experience that A-King calls ” the brightest moment in hip-hop over the last decade".

Everything was great until their station took on a two-week reno project. Osse and A-King knew there was no way they’d be able to recover two full weeks off air. In walks Chris Morrow, who was working Power 105. A fan, he offered them a spot where they’d have to record the shows and put them out as podcasts. “We started to like the format because we could edit it and clean it up. We got used to that format. We ended up not going back to the internet radio station.”  Their status and popularity had already skyrocketed and personalities were seeking them out for interviews instead of the other way around. The more interviews they completed, the better able they were at identifying potential hosts who could handle and develop their very own podcast. Hotshots like Angela Yee, whose bawdy ‘Lip Service’ podcast allowed her to revisit her daytime content on relationships, and heavyweight Keith Fury, who had a massive following on YouTube. Keith came to do a guest spot on the Combat Jack show and they all knew right away he needed his own platform. Now he’s with ‘The Read’ which is one of the Loud Speakers Network's biggest podcasts.

“[We] realized that we needed to produce podcasts and so we created the Loud Speakers Network.” LSN has no funding and was co-founded by Reggie Osse and Chris Morrow. Word has it that less than a thousand dollars starting capital was all that was needed to get this groundbreaking network off the ground and the promising new deal with Spotify has helped secure their position on the map and highlighted their enterprise savvy.  “It’s helped [spawn] some of the best podcasts in the business” A-King proudly states. From Ed Lover’s “C’mon Son” to Charlemagne’s ‘The God’ to “On 1 with Angela Rye’ which premiered just this Fall with the esteemed Maxine Waters as her first guest. “I reached out to [Angela] earlier this year, right after the whole frisking thing at the airport. She came on the show and wasn’t too familiar with the Combat Jack show but her team was and they were like... we are doing this.” A. King could not let her go without pitching her the network. “You need this platform. You can do it in DC. Let’s do it.” He told her. Her political perspectives are a change of pace for the network but just what they need to demonstrate a broader scope and vision.

A-King and the Loud Speakers Network are currently introducing new shows and have  a few others in the wings. “There are some other high profile names that I’m working on....whether they make the cut is on them! ” He always keeps his eye out for talent and advises others to work on content while honing their crafts. “If you start focusing on money you will get stressed and burnt out. There are a lot of kids looking for opportunity but a lot of kids are trying to fast track it. We are in a copycat culture. Worry about what it is that you’re doing. That’s what’s gonna to get you where you want to go.”  

 
 

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NOURRIR EDITORIAL

First Look

Vintage Fur from Luxury Garage Sale

Styled by Selena

Earings from Bell Isle Design Co.

Fingerless Gloves from Agnelle

Shirt from Alasdair NY

Boots from Selena's closet

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Second Look

Sunglasses from Ray Ban

Dress from Emma Berg

OVer the knee boots from Scanlan Theodore

Earings are from Belle Isle Design Co.

Watch from Omega

 
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NOURRIR TABLE

My Chocolate Dream Cake

by Teri Anne Lott

 

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Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened Coco powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup hot coffee (yes coffee should be hot) 1 cup milk
2 eggs (at room temp)
2 tsp Vanilla

Frosting
2 sticks (1 cup) SALTED butter (room temp)
3 1/2- 4 cups confectioners sugar
3 Tbsp heavy cream
12 oz Chocolate chunks ( I use 60% or better but semi sweet chips work as well) 1 tbsp Vanilla

Chocolate Ganache/ Gold topping
8oz Chocolate chunks ( I use 60% or better but semi sweet chips work as well) 3/4 heavy whipping cream
Edible Gold luster dust
1 tbsp vodka

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Prepare 2 8in round pans, *I use a 2inch deep and and a 4in deep pan, so I can get 3 even layers when its time to cut and level cakes . Coat the pans in vegetable oil and a dusting of flour to prevent the cake from sticking to pan. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl sift together Flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and Coco powder. Mix in the sugar. Add oil, hot coffee and milk. Beat at medium speed until fully incorporated. Beat in eggs one at a time and lastly add in vanilla. Beat at medium speed until everything is fully incorporated. If your mixture looks runny that means you are doing it right, don’t be alarmed. Pour your cakes batter into prepared pans and put in oven for about 45 minutes. The double pan will cook a little longer than the single. I always insert a tooth pick into the middle to make sure they are done. If it comes out clean you are good to go.

Takes pans out oven and immediately take cakes out and put on rack to cool. While the cakes are cooling prepare the frosting.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Melt the chocolate and let it cool before you add it to the butter mixture. (Chocolate should not be hot, it will just melt the butter if it is). Beat butter and chocolate together, then take turns alternating adding confectioners sugar one cup at a time with heavy cream one table spoon at a time. Once everything is added, beat in vanilla. If buttercream frosting is too thick add a little cream, if it’s too wet add a little confectioners sugar.

Lastly we will prepare the chocolate ganache on top.

Take heavy cream and put it in a sauce pan, on the stove. Heat it up until it just begins to boil. Immediately take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes and then begin to whisk until smooth. The heat from the cream should have melted the chocolate and you should have a gorgeous chocolate ganache mixture.

Assembling the cake.
*important, cakes should be completely cool before you begin frosting. If you need to put your cakes in the freezer to help cooling process then you should. If the cake is warm, the frosting will melt (remember it’s just butter and sugar).

Cut the tops off both cakes so they are level for stacking. On the 4in deep cake, cut it half so each layer is 2in. If you have a cake leveler it helps.
Place 1 cake layer on cake board, frost the top and repeat same process for the other two layers. Frost the outside of the cake then scrape the icing off to create the “Naked cake look”. Drizzle the chocolate ganache over top of cake an let it run down the sides a little. Once you have achieved desired look, place cake in freezer for 20 min so the ganache can harden a bit so we can paint it. Take cake out the freezer and mix the gold luster dust with the vodka, paint the ganache with your gold paint.if your paint is too runny add a little more edible gold luster dust. For the toppers you can use whatever you like. I just covered some strawberries in the extra melted chocolate and made some shapes with the chocolate and let everything dry and harden. I also piped extra frosting onto the cake for decoration. You can use chocolate candy, cookies or whatever you like to adorn your master piece !

 
 
Teri Anne Lott  is a self taught baker who loves to bringing others joy through food. After graduating from Howard University in Washington, DC and beginning to work her way up the corporate ladder in marketing and sales she found her outlet to be making food look and taste delicious. Her hobby began to consume her life as she started selling cakes and building her social media presence on her YouTube channel and Instagram (@Lottie_Treats) teaching others how to make her delicious treats. She finally left her job in Los Angeles and moved back home to Saint Paul, MN to start her own business Lottie’s Treats And Sweets where she creates custom treats for others. Teri prides herself on making dishes that are not only Instagram worthy, but they taste amazing as well.     Follow her on Instagram

Teri Anne Lott is a self taught baker who loves to bringing others joy through food. After graduating from Howard University in Washington, DC and beginning to work her way up the corporate ladder in marketing and sales she found her outlet to be making food look and taste delicious. Her hobby began to consume her life as she started selling cakes and building her social media presence on her YouTube channel and Instagram (@Lottie_Treats) teaching others how to make her delicious treats. She finally left her job in Los Angeles and moved back home to Saint Paul, MN to start her own business Lottie’s Treats And Sweets where she creates custom treats for others. Teri prides herself on making dishes that are not only Instagram worthy, but they taste amazing as well. 

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The Nourrir Mission

"Nourrir, the French word meaning “to nourish” is a multi-media lifestyle magazine designed to feed all five of the senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. We will feature food, fashion, travel, current events and women who inspire us. We don’t want to tell women how they are supposed to be, we want to give them information that will support their path, today. With commitment to responsive and insightful storytelling, and a keen and fresh editorial eye, Nourrir dares women to not only be good enough, but exceptional. We believe in you."

 
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