All posts tagged: nourishment

Sweet & Sticky Fig & Pistachio Quinoa Porridge…& Eating Intuitively

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” This line generates a feeling of warmth within me… not just that it connects me to my own inner fire, or Agni as it’s known in Yoga.  Tuning in to our own inner Agni can connect us to feelings of internal physical warmth, we might also refer to it as ‘the fire in the belly’ or our passion for life… it could also relate to our metabolism and the way in which our digestive fire transforms our food in to fuel. Fire is transformational by nature.  Turning matter in to gas and ash.  Untamed, fire can be a destructive force at one end of the spectrum (Think ‘burn out’ in the metaphorical sense) or a damp smouldering smoky non starter at the other end (a lack of passion or a ‘non starter’). Keeping our Agni burning just bright enough is the work of our yoga practice, and I don’t just mean Asana, I mean our true connection with ourselves.  The mind and body working …

Turmeric Lattes and Living with Cancer

The wonderful news is that the biopsy results on the lymph nodes and tissue taken away during my Anterior Resection of the bowel (the surgery which took half of my colon away and stapled it back together), show clear.  No cancer cells were found.  In terms of living with cancer this is a victory.  What is means is that there are no visible tumours in my body, and the tissue around the tumour which was taken away is also healthy.  I’m really pleased, and enormously grateful that, for now, it looks as though I don’t need chemotherapy.  But there’s a but, you can feel it coming…  What it doesn’t show is that this body is capable of creating cancer.  This body already turned on itself.  For some reason, despite relatively good health, fitness and a healthy diet, the ‘C’ bomb trigger was pulled.  Whilst the disease itself may be gone, I hope never to return, there’s no getting away from the fact that this happened. that it was even possible. So while my supporters get …

Broccoli, Stilton & Walnut Soup

Going back to the fairy garden visuals of yesterday’s brussels sprouts post, if the brussels sprouts are the cabbages, then the broccoli would be the trees.  But I’d give them little super hero capes because broccoli is super…Especially sprouting broccoli.  Perhaps this is a project for a rainy day…?!  Or perhaps I have too much time on my hands… Either way, this soup is a little bit delicious.  The only ingredients here are the broccoli, Stilton & walnuts, and that’s because I’ve used a bone broth to soup them up… and there’s so much flavour and seasoning already there that no more is needed.  If you’re without a bone broth though, I’ll list a vegetable base alternative. Ingredients: 1 head broccoli 100g stilton 2 handfuls chopped walnuts Covered with chicken bone broth (about 600ml) or topped up with vegetable stock. If you don’t have any chicken bone broth then you can make a vegetable stock base from the following ingredients: 2 tbsps olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped into small cubes 1 stick …

Cumin Roast Chickpeas & Brutus fighting Popeye Salad “Give him the Twister Punch Popeye”

I love chickpeas… my kids love chickpeas and I use a lot of them. It’s minor panic time if there aren’t chickpeas in the house!  Oooo they’re just little pods of hearty nourishment, and they’re so versatile!  Apart from houmous, which I keep a vat of in the fridge always, They make a great soup and really beef up a salad too… We had this salad with our Harissa Roast Chicken, but it stands alone as a quick, healthy lunch too…Iron rich, great for the blood and full of vitamins says BBC Good Food. Scroll down for a classic Popeye moment… Ingredients (serves 4 as a side or 1-2 for lunch): 1 can chickpeas (drained) 1/2 bag baby spinach Juice 1/2 lemon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Generous pinch of cumin Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas & add to a roasting tin. 3. Sprinkle the chickpeas with salt, pepper, a generous pinch of cumin and a drizzle of olive oil.  Shake them up …