I’m not going to say anything about Trump or THE OBSCENE HORROR OF IT ALL. Okay, I am, but hey! such is the spirit of the times, we can say anything we want and writhe around the truth like snakes, right? NO! I’ll just have an (honest) mini rant, you have your feeling and opinion, I have mine, they may overlap, they may not. I express my utter sympathy to all the sane Americans out there (believe me we are
ignorant loonies frustrated humans (somewhat misguidedly) exercising our agency here too, take BREXIT. Oh God. Please. Take it, away.). In my mind I cannot accept that what’s-her-name Maggie Thatcher wannabe is Prime Minister, though I saw it coming a mile off, and I avoided even looking at David Cameron’s, or his scum-bag side-kick’s, elitist face during his time at number 10 because it was just such a depressing reality. Tony Blair’s smug pseudo-left-wing lying face was just as bad. Hey-ho (she said with grim light-heartedness), life is a process, sometimes issues need working through to get to a better place. Only that place is hard to visualise, and the bog we’re in is dark and heavy. We must fight this rise of intolerance and selfishness. I know we don’t live in a country where the government abducts and murders its own citizens and so perspective is needed (although murdering citizens of other countries is just as bad isn’t it? and we could talk about degrees of such things, deprivation and poverty, our position of influence in the world and post-colonial responsibility, but that’s a whole messy can of worms to open), but BREXIT felt like a triple punch in the stomach. It was like flu, we were so disorientated, so gutted, it was just awful, and made us feel even more alienated and detached. I can only empathise with what so many Americans are feeling now, and I know though part of a similar-ish trend, it’s worse. Left-wing mainstream politics, where is it? Old Labour was trampled underfoot by the suits of New Labour. The ****ards were too busy tucking into a nice corporate dinner raising a glass of vintage wine to Canary Wharf and screw the rest of us, right? And looks like it’s the same in the USA. Hilary Clinton is no-ones idea of a good Democrat, or a good politician, I don’t care that she’s a woman, I tried to feel it did but it does not make up for much. The Clinton Foundation is horrifying, truly. I may be British but the president of America is an important figure in my life. When Obama was voted in Dan and I stayed up all night and were on cloud 9, it was just unbelievable. For the first time in my life I felt real political hope, it was so incredibly powerful, so emotional to realise just how little I had had, and how painful a burden that was to live with. But the system is a ball-breaker and that feeling fizzled out. Now I just feel like the world is a crazy place that’s not meant to be easy. It’s a bad joke getting more and more audacious.
I have a daughter growing in my womb and I want her to be strong and impervious. She’s going to have to be. I will teach her that, and give her the confidence to believe in herself and her future. And we’ll share chocolate + hazelnut ice-cream too, smile and feel good 🙂
Okay, so it’s not a foundation to future political hope, but it’ll lift your spirits and make you feel stronger.
when in crisis turn to chocolate.
I’m NUTS, about ice-cream. I find it one of those foods that can immediately make me feel better. It’s a wonder-food. Chocolate ice-cream = even better medicine. They should dole it out in queues, in waiting rooms, when the train’s late. To people making confused irrational political statements. It’d save the NHS (long may it survive the right-wing agenda)
millions billions in the long run. Stress = poison = illness. Chocolate ice-cream = sweet relief. And it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. It doesn’t have to be dairy, or crammed with refined sugar, or lacking nutrients, it’s always going to be something that’s a treat, but it can be a treat you feel good about eating – before, during and after, which is my rule for a healthy and balanced relationship to food. Like this super nutty chocolate + hazelnut ice-cream with crunchy and chewy bits, a delicious sweet protein packed treat that will make you feel fantastic and sooth those autumn blues. Food has such an important role to play in how we feel, in how armed we are to cope with life’s challenges, and in how we can love ourselves and others. Nurturing food that makes us feel good and gives us a hug is such a fantastic tool to have. Just tell yourself, it’ll be okay, there’s a greater picture. Smile. Share smiles and keep on keeping on and striving for understanding of and compassion towards each other and what’s good in this world. Remembering that it is in the end only an illusion, and all that is important are our actions and the love we have ♥
- Cup of hazelnuts, 100g
- 1 cans worth of solid coconut milk
- 20 stevia drops (or double the unrefined sugar)
- 1/3 cup of unrefined natural syrup or sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp vanilla paste/ essence
- 10 dates or so, or date pieces
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs, or crushed cacao paste pieces
For quickest results chill your cans of coconut milk. You want a cans worth of solid coconut if possible (i.e. if 2 cans are half solid use all the solid), but if it is looser it still makes a good ice-cream, add a tbsp or so of coconut oil if very loose, but for best results you want creamy solids.
If you are using coconut sugar, or brown sugar, then melt it with the coconut cream (and cool before using in an ice-cream maker).
Toast the hazelnuts in a thick pan until releasing their aroma and browning, or in an oven for 10 mins at 180 C (350 F), cool and grind them into a powder (I don't rub off skins as they have lots of goodness in them but you can). The longer and darker you roast the stronger the flavour, but be careful not to burn. If you like a nutty texture then grind some of the hazelnuts rougher, if you like less dense nuttiness you could use half the nuts.
Blend all ingredients and add to your frozen ice-cream maker and churn. If you like soft serve it's ready to go, if you want it firmer then freeze, taking out of the freezer 5 mins or so before serving to allow it to soften. Alternatively add to a lidded container and freeze, churning by hand every hour if possible.
Add chopped dates and cacao nibs for extra texture. Ideally use chewy dates, break them into pieces.
You can add extra flavours too, nut extracts, espresso, Use cacao instead of or combined with cocoa. Make it with a rich sugar like coconut or brown sugar and it's just so moreish with a lovely salty caramel vibe. It's so good!
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Good luck with your next journey Pat, you are a true pure-hearted star and you will be so missed in this world, we ♥ you forever xxxxxx