So, bloom!

We are in the 3D world – the world where transformation is possible. We know this is possible because we can see a flower bloom. We have indeed already made the most difficult transformation – the transformation of soul to body. From nothing to something. Speaking in Strictly physical terms before we are ourselves we are nothing. I don’t recall knowing how to transform into a human or even from a child to an adult, do you? So, don’t worry about the details!  
If you’ve already gone from nothing to somethings and now have the gift of conscious choice – Choose to transform into whatever you wish! 

*notes on Creation : Studies From The Dramatic Universe by John G Bennet

Spiced Pink Sauerkraut

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to share something with the world; This is probably my favourite recipe i’ve ever created, its so good for your body and its so easy !

I’m obsessed with fermented foods at the moment and can’t get enough! The benefits from adding a simple side of fermented foods to your meal are exponential! The give a massive boost to your immune system as well as doing wonders to increase healthy gut flora, aiding digestion and assimilation of nutrients so you receive more benefits from the foods you’re already eating!

You’ve probably heard of probiotics and thats exactly what you’re getting from fermented foods! Although when you consume capsule probiotics they often contain chemicals and other additives that more or less undo the benefits they claim to contain, however when you consume raw, natural fermented foods you’re getting probiotics plus a whole lot of other beneficial nutrients that your body will love you for! Ancient cultures such as those that stemmed Traditional Chinese Medicine have long been advocates and consumers of fermented probiotic rich foods which they claim to increase life span and add to optimal health. In my personal experience, when your digestive system is happy, so are you! And when they taste this GREAT theres really no reason not to give them a go!
Especially if you have issues with its or digesting your favourite comfort foods; various proteins or heavy starchy things like bread, this can be a godsend!

I’ve been buying jars and jars of fermented foods recently and at near $20 a pop I thought surely I could do that at home – wait a week or so – and tailor them to suit my taste and get another dose of my favourite spices at 1/4 of the cost. Sure its seemed daunting at first but after #SaurkrautExperiment Number 1.. Im here to let you know that it really is too damn easy, super fun and well worth the minimal effort!

Ingredients;

Half a Chinese Cabbage
Half a Red Cabbage
1 TBSP Himalayan Pink Salt
1 tsp Tumeric
4 tsp toasted Fenugreek Seeds
1 clove of Garlic
1/4 of a Lemon
1 cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar
Lots of cracked Black Pepper

Method:

Finely slice the cabbage and add it into a large bowl with the salt and massage until a brine it starts releasing a brine.
Add the spices and continue to massage until the cabbage wilts and the size decreases by about half. Then pack it firmly into a jar and make sure there is at least an inch of brine at the top covering the cabbage.
Then seal the jar, its recommended that you use cling wrap and a rubber band to avoid the liquid expanding and spilling out..
Then leave it in a dark cupboard at room temperature for at least a week.
You can taste it intermittently to achieve your desired flavour, (I left mine for 10 days) then once your happy place it in the fridge as that drastically slows the fermentation process and enjoy with every meal ! ❤ 

 

Total eclipse of the mind, body and soul

Currently in western society I feel as though we’re under the impression that natural instincts are something that has far more to do with animals than humans. Animals that are perceived to have a lesser consciousness. When really its humans who are coming out looking stupid as we have so much more awareness available to us than just that of our thinking mind. It requires patience and stillness to hear, understand and master but once achieved the experience of life is taken to whole new level.

The intelligence of the body astounds me. It sends us signals constantly only most of us don’t know how to pay attention, don’t know what they mean or just choose to ignore them. “Gut feelings? But what about reason and rationality?!” Says the ego mind. But some things simply can’t be explained by typical “reason and rationality”, For example this past week or so I’ve been battling a wrist and hamstring injury. There was no specific moment that I injured them. I did not do anything out of the ordinary. Just my normal yoga practice everyday. So why all of a sudden have my wrist and at first hip then hamstring become inflamed?

Is it pure coincidence or the true explanation to discuss the fact that this week we have a powerful solar eclipse occurring at the new moon… Eclipses are a powerful time for the release of skewed perceptions and bad habits and new moons are the best time for setting new intentions and surrendering to your true path.

The past few weeks I have felt some resistance in moving ahead and have even had some old behaviour patterns rear their ugly heads – I now can see it that that was in fact necessary so i could once and for all stop romanticising who I once wished to be and see these patterns and habits in the new light of my awakened self; See them for what they truly are, how they are not a part of me and have challenged me to go deeper into myself and clear out any remaining debris from my subconscious in terms of past fears, losses and pain that I was reluctant to let go.

“This eclipse occurs on Aquarius/Leo axis… In Aquarius we are asked to release who we thought we were in our social groups and adjust our goals, ideal vision of who we are and what life is ‘about’. The north node (Rahu) is in Leo, the sign of Shining Self, sovereignty and leadership. This Solar eclipse foreshadows a reassesment of who we are and how we are running our Kingdom. ” – Asha Maria ; TheExistentialAstrologer .

This is very much on par with what I have been experiencing as of late and I found it very interesting that the right wrist is all about how you hold yourself, the role you play and how you are viewed by society. So no wonder my wrist has been aching as I’m releasing my attachment once again to the person I used to want to be, the path I used to want to follow and accepting that that path no longer serves my highest good, it is no longer for me. Which bring up the fear of “If I’m not that who am I?” Which is the wonderful thing about the leo aspect; Kings and queens of the jungle. We can feel strong standing in our truth, owning our power by walking our talk, and just allowing ourselves to BE. And finding strength and support by being vulnerable enough to surrender to the truest version of ourselves and fearing not that we are unsure of the path in front of us but feeling excited because we are no longer bound by pointless habits and tribulations for we are free!

As for my hip and hamstring; Your hips hold the tension of unprocessed emotions. During a yoga practice I felt a large release in my IT band and after that I felt like I was getting my flow back, on the mat and off. Then my hamstring started to pull. I realised it was because of those old patterns resurfacing; an old injury was resurfacing. I was treating myself in a similar way to how I did when I was training to be a dancer and I would tear my hamstring over and over again and basically ignore it and try to push it further out of fear of being held back, fear of not being good enough. I was again processing those similar emotions. But this time with loving kindness by the end of it. Just going gently and quietly listening to what my body needs and that is revealing deeper layers of how I can be kind to my mind and my heart. Things that for many many years I sorely neglected.

At this time I am grateful for the wisdom I’ve gained, I’m grateful for the challenges as eventually they will help others overcome similar challenges as well as push me forward. I’m looking forward to setting some spectacular new intentions this new moon and for the first time in my life not being afraid of a solar eclipse! Also very thankful for the beautiful and wise words of Asha Maria, always providing timely comfort and clarity ❤

G x

 

Magic Mango raw stirfry sauce !

Magic mango obsession continues…

  
This recipe was inspired by Nourish To Health ! Thank you for the timely and fantastic raw recipe that I added my own twist to !

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of fresh mango
1 bunch of Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 an Avocado
1/2 a Capsicum
1 Brussel Sprout
1 Stalk of Celery
1 handful of Macadamia Nuts
1 TBSP Tahini
1 tsp Sumac
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Juice from 3/4 of a Fresh Lime
1 cm Fresh Ginger
1cm of a Fresh Chilli
3 Cloves of Garlic

Method:
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or in a bowl with an immersion blender plus water until it forms a smooth consistency !

= Raw Mango Chilli Basil Sauce 😀

I then lightly fried some onions in a wok, added zucchini ribbons & chopped cherry tomatoes and stirred the sauce through with some hemp seeds and served it with some raw carrot sticks dipped in the sauce because it is just THAT GREAT plus some Authentic Organic Kimchi that I got from my lovely; ‘Auntie Organic’ at the Fremantle Markets ! Best lady, best produce, best fermented foods!

  
I hope the kimchi I make next week will live up to the standard :p

G x

Magic Manifesting Mango Coconut & Lime Raw Vegan ‘Cheesecakes’

This year we have had an abundance of mangos falling into our backyard from our neighbours tree that hangs over our back fence. It has almost been to good to be true!
Plus they are the sweetest juiciest mangos you could ever imagine, Ive been filled with gratitude and the house has been filled with the sweet smell for weeks! I knew I had to make something in which they were the star of the show. The only raw deserts I’ve tried my hand at thus far was protein balls so I thought it was definitely time to try raw vegan ‘cheesecake’! This recipe really is magic! I pretty much winged it and followed my intuition on this one and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

I soaked my nuts before hand with a citrine crystal to infuse them with energies of joy and abundance – exactly what the mangoes were making me feel! As well as a whole lot of gratitude! Citrine is amazing for manifesting success and particularly success in business. It resonates with the Solar Plexus chakra of personal power and brings energies of creativity, happiness and courage, it may assist one to find the positive reasons to carry on in times of hardship or confusion it is also enhances energy and is great for the metabolism.

I chose to add hemp seeds as they are one of the best foods for your pineal gland, which controls the third eye and a definitive key to unlocking your grand powers of manifestation. We are all amazing human beings with the capacity to create, shape and manifest our desired reality and becoming aware of and strengthening the pineal gland is step in the right direction!

To lend a little more magic, I happened to find the perfect little moulds for mini cheesecakes in a kitchen drawer and had no idea how many it would make – It turned out to be 11. Talk about divine…

Ingredients:

For the base…
1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Fine Coconut
3/4 cup Pitted Medijool Dates
3 TBSP Coconut Oil
Zest of 2 small Limes
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

For the filling…
1 cup Cashews
1 cup Macadamia
1 cup Fresh Mango
1/4 cup Agave Syrup
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Canned Coconut Milk
1 TBSP Hemp Seeds
1 tsp Turmeric
Juice of 6 small Limes

Method

Roughly chop the nuts and place all the ingredients for the base into a food processor until it binds together and forms something of a dough like consistency. Press evenly into moulds and place in the freezer to set whilst you prepare the filling.

Drain the nuts, I roughly chopped them swell and then place the rest of the ingredients, besides the hemp seeds, into the food processor and process until smooth, I used an immersion blender at the end to get the consistency I was after. S
Stir in the hemp seeds
Pour evenly on top of the base and into the moulds, sprinkle some more hemp seeds on top and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

Voilé !

Rasam Soupe for autumn chills

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I discovered Rasam at an amazing Hari Krishna restaurant called Analakshmi on the swan river. If you’re in Perth, don’t hesitate to pay them a visit, I cannot recommend this place enough. Besides the stellar views from the balcony tables the beautiful souls who offer their time and love to this enterprise is heart-warming. There is such an heir of respect and love through the whole enterprise. And as its one of the 8-limbs of yoga to give selflessly they present you with a buffet of nourishing, healing, asking that you take whatever you like without waste and pay whatever you can afford. ❤

Rasam is a very popular ayrvedic recipe can be used on its own as a medicine or part of a traditional meal with rice to aid digestion. It is excellent at balancing the Vata Dosha which is said to be the leader of the 3 doshas as it governs movement; Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it! Balanced Vata allows for healthy movement of the body and the mind; breathing, blood flow, waste elimination, and movement of thoughts across the mind, therefore reducing the tendency to get stuck in negative habits!

I used a blend of a couple of different recipes I found online, made my own rasam powder and followed my intuition and the result was bang on in terms of traditional flavours!

Ingredients:

Rasam Powder:
1½ TBSP Yellow Dal
1½ TBSP Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Black Pepper

3 cups of water
8 Large Tomatos
5-6 Garlic cloves
1 Onion
1 inch of fresh ginger
1/4 cup fresh coriander
15 Curry Leaves
3/4 TBSP Tamarind Paste
1 tsp Tumeric
1 tsp Yellow Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
2 TBSP Olive oil
Salt to taste

Vegetables if you wish:
Celery
Carrot
Green Beans
Asparagus

Method:
I made a tomato puree by frying the onion and 3 cloves of garlic then adding fresh diced tomatoes and left it to simmer and reduce for an hour or so. Then once cooled I whizzed it with an immersion blender.

Toast the ingredients for the Rasam power in a dry pan until the aromatics are released and the cumin goes a darker brown. Once cooled crush into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.

For some reason I thought it was appropriate to make a semi course paste with the coriander, ginger, remainder of the garlic and rasam powder by blitzing it in a food processor.

Then heat the oil in a large pot, add the mustard seeds, once they start to crackle and pop add the curry leaves and sauté for a minute then add the tomato puree along with the tamarind, the semi course coriander paste, and water.
Stir and bring to the boil once then reduce to a simmer until the veggies are cooked.
Serve with fresh coriander leaves!

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