Posted on April 13, 2016
4 minutes of a break 🙂
Posted on November 23, 2015
I love his stuff … simple as that … many happy memories of my youth …
Posted on October 13, 2015
Cowspiracy, taken from Youtube .. an interesting educational (?) watch ….,
Love and coconuts,
Posted on July 1, 2015
I just read this and wanted to share it …. I found it compelling and profound, and really quite stirring ….
The darkness is in every one of us
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
to read the full piece, so I don’t get done for copyright infringement!!
It’s from The Monthly.
Posted on May 18, 2015
YES!! Did you ever think about that … WE ARE STARDUST!
I guess the ancient yogis were quantum physicians ….
The other day in my yoga class, when the students were in Savasana, I felt an immense sense of connection, a hug from the universe if you like, and I heard this loud, clear and confident voice in my head ( it was me! ) telling me to remember this:
I AM JUST AN ENERGY, A FORCE, AND A SPIRIT HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE ….
When life throws it’s curve balls …
I didn’t realise when life starts going all nonlinear, how easy it is to just completely forget all the stuff I intellectually and experientially know and have learned and practiced over these last few years.
It just gets emptied out of the pot in one big gloop, like thick, chunky soup and all that gets left are the BITS THAT STICK TO THE SIDE OF THE POT – old gooey patterns and burnt bits of behaviours that don’t serve anyone.
Never saw that coming!
I thought it had it all figured out and would know what to do and how to respond when the world of matter and form closed in with all it’s free gifts of fear and anxiety!
Anyway, guess that’s really when we’ve got to knuckle down to ‘the work’ … and I have to acknowledge that perhaps for the first time in my life, I’m grateful for the opportunity to turn towards and sit with the challenges, instead of running away from them. And grateful too for the mental, spiritual and physical strategies, and support with which I am truly blessed.
It’s bloody hard work, but isn’t it funny how sometimes, that which you think is the object of all your problems, can be the very thing that holds all the solutions.
Or more precisely, if objectively studied, can turn out to be the map and toll fare for the roads that will lead you in the direction of the City-Of-Resolving-The-Issues-All-By-Your-Own-Self!! 🙂
I feel such a great sense of relief, comfort, inspiration and excitement, when I can remind myself of what I feel I already know at such a deep level (the energy / spirit part) , and just keep forgetting (the human part) … and it’s little videos like this one, that for me, are the markers on the road that get me on my way again, with my wholesome soup in my backpack, all set once more for the trip!! 🙂
“The fact of the matter is, the substance of the universe is consciousness …”
Thought it was time to share it with you.
PS. I wonder if I had read THIS book when I was a child, if it would have made it all a little easier now?!
This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.
Grounded in current science, this extraordinary and beautiful book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas, and is available HERE at Pure-Li Marketplace.
Posted on March 31, 2015
I am a great admirer of Brené Brown and a fan of her work … it resonates deeply with me and my learned behaviours.
I am familiar with this story, but here is a cute animation to go with it from the RSA, (who do some really cool stuff!).
Hope you enjoy it, don’t blame me if it irks you!
Posted on March 23, 2015
I just watched this TED talk by Monica Lewinsky.
They are you & me.
Yes please Monica – I want to be an ‘UPSTANDER’, I do not support or accept this ‘norm’. Please friends, remind me when I fall victim to it. And I will, I am not innocent either, but I WANT to be more mindful and not be a part of it.
WHO THE HELL DO WE THINK WE ARE?!
My guess is WE DON’T KNOW.
I don’t remember thinking too much about Monica Lewinsky, back in the day. Or imagining what it must have been like for her.
That really shocks me.
Posted on March 10, 2015
Posted on March 3, 2015
I love making fresh almond milk.
And it’s creeping comfortably into my routine of late, I seem to be preparing fresh batches every few days. And then I realised I could freeze it!
It’s really satisfying to drink.
And so much creamier, and tastier than anything store bought. Plus of course, it doesn’t have anything in it I don’t want, like crappy ‘vegetable’ oils, preservatives or the carcinogenic and inflammatory carageenan which are some common additives you’ll find in store bought packs.
Once you’ve separated the pulp from the milk, you can always add it to your breakfast cereal or smoothies, dry it out and store it in a jar to use as flour, but I wanted to make something else more solid with mine.
So the other day I made up these brownies and truffles with the left over almond pulp.
They are quite simply DELIGHTFUL, and what’s really handy about them is that they’re stored in the freezer, so they’re just sitting there waiting for you whenever you feel like something rich, sweet, and nutritious, and you don’t have to worry about keeping them fresh.
Their consistency straight from the freezer is surprisingly accessible – they’re cold – but not tooth-nervy cold, they’re firm but also sort of chewy.
I’m thrilled with them!
This recipe makes up quite a lot of goodies – the quantity can be reduced accordingly, depending how much pulp you’ve got. We go through quite a lot of almond milk, and I yielded approx. 30 brownies AND approx. 50 truffles, or maybe a little more?!
Now you can keep them plain, without adding any flavours to them for a pure chocolatey experience, but I’m a choc-orange and choc-mint fan, so I use these combos quite frequently … you can add whatever flavours you love! ‘Drop and try’ to find your desired taste – I used about 6 – 8 drops in this mix of each.
For a special occasion, some of you might even like to use Baileys or Kahlua or something like that?!
I like to have a selection, so once the basic mix is blended, I separate it into little dishes and add the essences accordingly.
I have a lovely collection of natural & organic food flavours, a brand called MEDICINE FLOWER, they are pure extractions without alcohol or additives.
But using a good quality 100% essential oil of orange or peppermint works too, and you can get them from your local herbalist/naturopath/healthfood store. Quality oil and nothing less than 100% pure essential oil is best, maybe ask to check it’s food grade first, if you’re unsure.
I made my brownies plain with no flavours added, and the truffles using orange, and some more using mint essence.
These oils and essences might seem pricey, but you’re only using a few drops at a time so they last for ages. I use them in smoothies and to flavour other foods, so it’s not just for one recipe! (And you could even double up on their use by burning them in your oil burner to fragrance your home, or add to your bath if you so wish!)
As I said, THIS MAKES A BIG BATCH. Halve or quarter the ingredients if you need to, but remember they keep in the freezer so they won’t go off!
1.5 cups almond pulp (squeezed, dry to touch)
1.5 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts
3 cups pitted dates, rinsed, or 1.5 cups date paste.
15 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
12 tablespoons dessicated coconut (no nasties added)
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
10 drops liquid stevia
3 tablespoons of coconut sugar syrup (optional- just if like me, you’ve got some in a jar in the fridge!)
1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla powder (if you didn’t use my date paste recipe above)
A few drops each of 100% essential oil of peppermint and/or orange – to your taste
Maybe some fresh or freeze-fried raspberries to prettify.
1. First place cashews in your food processor and process until they become small and turn to flour.
2. Add to the cashews, the date paste or dates & vanilla, process again until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed. (If you’re using dates, I like to squidge them as I throw them in, to be 100% sure there’s not one pit left in there!)
3. Add the remaining ingredients, and process again until the mixture turns a lovely dark chocolatey brown. Stop processing before it gets too buttery.
4. Elect how much of your mixture you want to use as brownies and how much as truffles.
To Make My Bangin’ & Beauteous Brownies:
Decide if you’re going to add flavouring and add it here, mixing it in well, in separate bowls if making a selection, or perhaps keeping them just a chocolatey affair.
Empty & scrape the mixture into a brownie dish or cake/oven pan that’s been lined with parchment paper and press down very firmly using your clean hands.
Place this raw almond pulp fudgey brownie mix into the freezer for at least one hour.
I like to slice mine up, sprinkle with chopped almonds, pistachios, or freeze-dried raspberries and keep them in sealed containers in the freezer ready at a moment’s notice for gob-popping!
Always keep them in the freezer to preserve and to retain their consistency.
To Make My Triumphant Truffles:
Add your flavouring if using.
Roll them into small balls (they are quite rich), I like to use gloves if I’m making balls for entertaining, it’s just polite really, isn’t it?!
Roll the balls in chopped nuts or desiccated coconut or BOTH! and freeze!
Et Voilá … they’re the bomb!
My Raw Chocolate Brownies & Truffles Recipe
Give them a whirl and tell me how you go!
Hope you love them,