Month: July 2013

Connecting With Your Dharma

“Connect with your talents and begin a project that employs your natural gifts and really inspires you to serve. Don’t think about what is possible, think about what will really move you. Then begin with what you have from where you are at. The moment you start your project, the moment you do one little thing to move closer to your goal, everything shifts. Purpose, focus and inspiration increase. Things start to happen to move your project forward. Out of the blue, people and situations show up to help you. It is one of the mystical secrets of success that the world hears what’s in your heart – and responds.” – Mahatma Das Advertisements

I See You

“You know… they say an elephant never forgets.  What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” – Bill Murray , ‘Larger Than Life’ I got to play with elephants today thanks to my Mom (very, very happy face mom :) and wow what an experience. We spent the afternoon at The Elephant Sanctuary  in Hazyview, Mpumalanga and learnt everything there is to know about ellies. Did you know they have unique footprints like us; they move surprisingly quietly due to a shock-absorber type tissue on the soles of their feet; and they can communicate via seismic vibrations felt in the ground!?! I can’t usually handle seeing animals in captivity, it’s just not right and the animals don’t ever seem happy. You can see it in their eyes. It made me feel a bit better though that the ellies here, Casper (27 yrs) and Gitzo (14 yrs), were originally up for auction as part of a culling project, and if they weren’t saved they would’ve ended up in the zoo or circus. There’s something extremely captivating about …

Tamari Toasted Seeds

According to Patrick Pitchford, author of Healing with Wholefoods, the best way to eat seeds or nuts is to soak them overnight to initiate the sprouting process, which makes fats and proteins more digestible. Then dry and eat raw or roast them. “Roasting reduces the effect of rancidity and cuts down on the oiliness, making nuts and seeds easier to digest. Lightly roasting increases their warming qualities making them perfect for the cooler seasons and better for cold or deficient individuals.” I like to toast them by dry frying them in a pan and adding some Tamari sauce for flavor. Yummmmm….. I think it was my friend and foodie, Susan Marque, who introduced this to me. How to make them: Choose your seeds – I usually use Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds. – Add Pumpkin Seeds to a heated pan (on high heat), spread evenly and dry fry. – Make sure you shake the pan to prevent burning. After a few minutes the seeds will begin to make a popping sound. – Add the Sunflower …

Into The Wild

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

My Favourite Yogis in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a little piece of heaven nestling at the base of the Himalayas on the banks of the holy Mother Ganges. It is known to be one of the most spiritual places in India and also referred to as the “world Capital of yoga”, and for good reason. From the moment you arrive in Rishikesh you can sense there’s something different about this place, a very special kind of energy resonates here. The Ganges flows through the centre of the town and on either side the banks are lined with Ashrams, yoga centers, cafes, jewelry and book shops, and places offering massage or other ayurvedic therapies. The great thing about staying in Rishikesh is that there is so much yoga to choose from, from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Kundalini to traditional Hatha. I’ve been to many different teachers in Rishikesh, but these are my two favourites… Surinder Singh (Hatha Yoga) My absolute favorite teacher is Surinder Singh… an inspiring teacher who teaches Hatha with an Iyengar influence. His yoga to me feels like an art …

Gluten-free Chia Seed Crumpets

Ok I am now addicted to making crumpets for breakfast! Feels like a treat yet they are so nutritious, easy to make and can be combined with any number of fruit combinations. I love this recipe (adapted from Larissa Green’s Love Green Food) because it’s not only gluten-free but also sugar-free (ok it has 1 tbsp xylitol)… Ingredients (makes approx. 10 crumpets): – 1 cup rice flour – 1/2 cup coconut flour – 2 tbsp chia seeds (pre-soaked in water for 10 mins) *great vegan source of omega-3 / ancient superfood – 1 1/2 cups of milk (I used half cow’s milk, half soy milk) – pinch of salt – 1 tbsp xylitol powder – 2 medium eggs – ghee/butter for frying – a selection of fruit (I used diced persimmon, pomegranate seeds & stewed apple) ————————————————————————- 1. Add the flour, salt & xylitol to a bowl and mix well. 2. Make a well in the middle. Then add the eggs to the well and start by whisking the eggs. 3. Slowly mix in the flour, and finally add …

Aaah Nostalgia…

nos·tal·gia:  A sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.   I am busy preparing for my move to Taiwan, and part of that preparation is a major decluttering. I’ve had some boxes and bags stored at my parent’s farm for a few years now and it’s finally time to let them go. Sometimes I feel like life is a beautiful act of learning to let go. Releasing our attachment to physical forms that weigh us down and make us heavy, releasing our attachment to people, outcomes, feelings and experiences; freeing us up for the new that life has to offer. I’ll never forget the lightness I felt when I left South Africa to live in Japan a few years back, leaving with nothing but my backpack and a small carry bag. It was liberating! And now as I venture out into the world again, this time I plan to be gone for a lot longer so I want to free myself up  just a little more. Whilst decluttering, …

Buckwheat Crumpets, Stewed Apple & Berries

Yummm… made these for breakfast this morning and they were simply delicious. I used the pancake recipe from Larissa Green’s cookbook Love Green Food and adapted it to make crumpets. These are gluten-free and virtually sugar-free too! Ingredients (makes 8 – 10 pancakes): – 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour (or another flour, such as rice flour) – 2 cups of milk or water (I used half cow’s milk, half soy milk) – pinch of salt – 1 tbs honey or rapadura sugar (I used xylitol powder) – 2 medium eggs (must be happy eggs of course!) – ghee or butter for frying – a selection of fruit (I sliced up some banana, added blueberries & stewed up some apple in cinnamon, cloves & cardamon) ————————————————————————- 1. Add the flour, salt & optional sugar to a bowl and mix well. 2. Make a well in the middle. Then add the eggs to the well and start by whisking the eggs. 3. Slowly mix in the flour, and finally add the milk/water, slowly incorporating more of the flour into …

Omega-3 Green Smoothie

I made this for mid-morning brekkie this AM and it was surprisingly drinkable. I have been wanting to add flax seeds  (aka linseeds) to my diet for a while now and decided the best way to get my daily dose would be in a yummy green smoothie, getting in all the goodness in one go. If you are using whole flax seeds, it’s best to soak them overnight in a some water (with approx. 2.5cm covering the top). This softens the seed for ease of digestion and produces a gel-like substance which is lubricating for the intestines. Alternatively if you have a coffee grinder you can grind the flax seeds. You can buy flax meal at the health store but this isn’t advisable as the seeds lose some of their essential oil content. Did you know that flax seeds provide the highest vegetal source of omega 3s (i.e. alpha linolenic acid (ALA)?  A whopping 53% of its oil is composed of ALA; and additionally it has a good omega 3:6 ratio. As Patrick Pitchford points out in …