In the Peaks summer sun is such an event, blink and it’s gone, so we’ve been loving it! We’ve had the tent up in the garden and have filled it with blankets and cushions and tried our best to laze about like lions in the evening (in tents, they do that you know when no one is looking) but with a small baby lazing is just not possible and the moment a meal arrives she wants a meal, and we can’t watch anything on the laptop because most things we want to watch are dark or revolting and unsuitable for tiny precious hearts (Dan is mad keen on watching The Walking Dead (de ja vu, it comes with the tent for some reason) but I just can’t face the gore) and by the time she is asleep for the night (ish) so are we so we end up watching the same episode of something over and over in an attempt to see it at all. But do you know what, I’m fine with that. Being a Mum’s made me much more laid back I just go with the flow and enjoy the moments as they come. I thank my lucky stars and get on with it. Now the rain has come and everything in the tent is wet. Who cares? It’s so easy to get caught up in the small things, but it’s the meta we need to focus on. Our spiritual health, our duties as parents, spouses, sisters and brothers, our duty to each other, to our planet’s health and to our collective future, man, plant and beast (and bird, and moths, don’t forget them…). Let’s make ourselves strong and impervious and
ready to fight the good fight!
With a baby ruling the roost it’s most often about easy nutritional food these days, and we’ve been turning to the pasta, monster (I’m a pasta monster.), A LOT!! I started eating corn when heavily pregnant and there are so many nice gluten-free pastas made from corn, but they’re devoid of any goodness and so easy to eat too much of I find too. Portion sizes creep up and it’s so easy to lose perspective on this, something I have to fight being someone who battles with being overweight. I’m naturally a willful person and will turn to such foods habitually given the chance even if I know I prefer something healthier and feel much better by eating wholefoods or those closer to being whole. It’s perverse. It’s human nature. For me personally I now need to refocus on my anti-inflammatory diet, as advocated by this blog, and which until recently I have followed strictly, to reduce pain and to get to be as active as I can be. With a small baby it is easy to think, oh well, I can’t go far or very fast anyway, but when is it not a good thing to feel as healthy and pain-free as you can be and to be as mobile as possible?
go for it girl!!!
You have to be your own cheerleader!! I am currently building motivation to cut out grains once again and see how improved I feel. Motivation is key, and often you have to feed it and wait for that switch to switch inside and then you feel, I can do this, I am going to do this, and you know you can. You may fall off the wagon a few times but you will get back on and you will get there. This week I have cut out so-called treats that aren’t really treats at all, or even food really, and have been cooking filling stews and soups, eating fruit for pudding and not thinking so much about food as I do when I am off kilter. I’ve been eating my old-time favourite soba noodles and reminding myself how good they are. I’ve also discovered some lovely lentil and also pea pastas that are good, especially combined with other gluten-free pastas if the flavour is too strong for you. But I always come back to 100% buckwheat soba noodles, they’re so springy and nutritious and so quick and easy. I also love learning about Japanese culture, this recipe suggestion isn’t Japanese at all really but I hope to do something more so one day, Dan is especially interested in creating authentic dishes, I am more eclectic and wack-it-in-and-go-for-it. I watched this you tube video today about Japanese street fashion the designer behind Hei Hei, who’s style I LOVE from afar. Check it out. And also this video about Japanese shironuri artist Minori who is just incredible. Rae’s favourite music is shamisen, it’s her sleepy-time music but her ultimate favourite is to be stood up and moved round in a slow dramatic circle to it she just can’t stop grinning, eyes wide open, it’s so much fun! Especially if she’s wearing a sleeping bag and looks like a little ghost. Her favourite thing today is when I shriek CHEEKY MONKEEEEE kabuki style, which I did because she was being a very grizzly monkey.
For this meal, simply saute fresh summer vegetables, starting with onion, or scallions. I have used organic courgette, peas and chard with carrot and sweetcorn, and seasoned simply with garlic and bouillon and a dash of coconut cream or cream cheese, made cheesy with nutritional flakes and topped with crunchy roasted sunflower seeds. Nutritional yeast can be ordered online or found in any health food shop and is a great source of both B vitamins and cheesy flavour, it’s great stuff. I haven’t been prescriptive about amounts, it’s simple adaptable food, just throw in what you have to hand that’s seasonal and tasty and that you enjoy and make sure you don’t over cook the vegetables. Fresh, revitalising, light food packed with goodness. It looks pretty too, which is so good, working with the beautiful vegetables makes you feel good while you prepare and cook, and then you are pouring good energy and thanks into your food, which I think is important to cultivate when cooking as it is in all aspects of life ♥
- buckwheat noodles
- spinach or chard
- nutritional yeast
- coconut milk/ cream/ cream cheese
- olive oil or other
- ground black pepper
- sunflower seeds
Cook the noodles for 5 mins or so in simmering salted water, until springy and al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Wash and chop the vegetables, chop the carrot into small cubes and the rest how you like it. If using sweetcorn cobs then cook in simmering water for 5-10 mins and then when a bit cooled slice of the kernels. If using tinned sweetcorn then add to the vegetables last.
Saute onion in preferred oil, add garlic, add the carrot for 5 mins and then the rest of veg and stir, cooking for another 5 mins. Add the sweetcorn kernels, cream or cream cheese and nutritional yeast.Season to taste.
Heat a frying pan and roast sunflower seeds with a little salt, when browning remove from pan.
Add the noodles to the vegetables and sauce sprinkle with the seeds and serve piping hot.
WE’VE BEEN LISTENING TO… ‘Snow’ shamisen
WE’VE BEEN WATCHING… Jeremy Corbyn’s Glastonbury speech
I am so full of emotion by the political hope that Jeremy Corbyn is inspiring, just imagine! a career politician speaking passionately about our world, the rights of the people of the world, about the need to protect our precious planet, our environment, against the psychopathic greed of the big corporations. Let’s build our motivation, our spirits, and come together with positive strength and fight these bastards so we have a world in which we want to bring children into! So we have a world we can bring children into!!!!!
rise like a lion after slumber… we are many, they are few!