Fruit, nut & chocolate Shapes

I keep posting how my son, Ulysses is dictating what is happening in the kitchen! As I surrender control I keep surprising myself with how easy creative yummy treats can be, the down side to this method can be that your caught without supplies in the kitchen; thank fully this was not one of those occasions. 😀

You choose your ingredients we kind of threw together the following and apart from the 250g of Almonds and 1 1/2 bars of chocolate I have no idea really what happened.

In an 8inch cake tin we managed to throw in a blended mix of:

  • Almonds
  • Currants
  • Flax seed
  • Coconut oil
  • Dates
  • Sea salt

We had cutter shapes from Halloween so we used those, we then melted the chocolate, which was a mix of a dark and chocolate/orange. Poured the melted chocolate over the cut out shapes whilst still in the cutters and popped them in the fridge to set.

  Removed the cutters and happy chocolate way before its time Halloween yummy ness. We also had a star for some balance. 💥

Enjoy

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Choco-rific Malt Loaf & Apricots

the other day my 4 year old son said ‘daddy I would love some apricots covered with chocolate’, being a fan of au chocolate I was happy to oblige, at the same time my wife was itching for a snack and so the old ‘one stone two birds’ action came into play.

I love simplicity and this was exactly that, melt some dark chocolate in a pan with sea or rock salt and coconut oil, slice your organic fruit malt loaf and take the stones out of the apricots. Place on a plate and once the chocolate is ready pour over the top. I added cacao nibs, bananas, cashew nuts and hemp seeds for extra flair. Place in the fridge and be as patient as you can waiting for the chocolate to harden.

Happy choco-holic days 😀

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Bhuna Curry – vegan style. 

Now my mum is a curry fan and so I have been raised on curry, however my youth a curry always had meat in it, being a vegetarian these days meant this would have to change.

The key is mushrooms, tofu and potatoes, it’s not really the meat we need or crave a lot of the time it’s the texture. My main reason for sharing this vegan Bhuna curry served with vegetable samosas is to bring the simple message that TEXTURE can be what makes or breaks a great Vegan Curry and vegan dish for that matter. 

Enjoy 

Matt 

The Yoga Health Coach

Healthy! Yes or No?

the last blog I posted I named The Poor Mans Salad, this one was close to being called The Poor Mans Vegan Burger!

I went for the above title because the burger is refined and pre-made and chips are so far removed from a potatoe it is almost rude to associate the chip with the potatoe and I’m pretty sure the quantity of tomatoes in tomatoe ketchup is slim, but on the other side of the scales is kale, wild rocket from the garden, black sesame seeds, sea salt and fresh salad topping, so What constitutes healthy?

Now I’m a fan of the Raw Food Chef Russel James and have made amazing Raw Food Burgers amongst other delights, but times have changed for me and I have tightened my purse strings so to speak and therefor I do the best I can with the time and finances available to me.

Many will be in a similar situation and I hope this arrives at your door like a breath of fresh air because I have found after being both a carnivore see food western diet eater and a 100% Raw Food Vegan; you can balance your diet and remain super strong, super healthy and super active. I thought I would loose a lot of vitality as my diet was forced to change, however through Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation and spending time in nature and with family I have actually grown stronger and are more aware of my life force energy and above all emotional well being.

I am not stating my current diet is best! No if I had my preference I would be eating small quantities, seasonal, local, wild and mostly raw, that would be my ideal, but I am totally cool with this transitory period and hope others will feel great about the choices they sometimes have to make because ultimately the decider in health is in the subtle details such as your emotional health.

To you all in great health, I must go eat a burger😀

Matt 

The Yoga Health Coach

A Poor Man’s Salad

I’m not really poor in a spiritual sense or any other kinda way except ‘financial!’ 

Now I’m not going to moan about that it’s a choice! I have chosen to dedicate my time to raising my family and the pay off is less money.

Yesterday I met with a friend I had not seen for a couple of years, a couple of years ago money was more abundant and so a diet rich in super foods and all that jazz was possible, however as I happily explained to my friend my raw vegan diet was no longer affordable and I was ok with this.

I am now most of the time a Vegan who dives into the odd pizza and most super foods as we have come to know them are no longer on the menu except chlorella. I laughed with my friend at my change in stance and view on what was nourishing and what is not.

Time is a teacher and sometimes we are humbled as our ideals dissolve, but I still love great food and nowadays the great food me and my family eat is affordable great food and the dish I share with you is exactly that.

A friend recently ignited my interest in Millet a simple grain from Africa/Asia and I have fallen in love with it.

I simply prepare a good old salad with cucumber, lettuce, red pepper, celery and wild rocket from the garden, this is mixed with olive oil, sea salt, tahini, apple cider vinegar, mustard and honey.

Next we cook the Millet with garlic, onions, peas and mushrooms mixed with a sundries tomatoe paste. I also added some black sesame seeds. 

Add the two together and viola a super yummy delicious poor man’s salad that in reality is everything it needs to be.

Enjoy.

Matt

Blue Moon (Ambessa Chant/meditation)

yesterday was a blue moon, which simply means that in the month of July we had two full moons and the second full moon is called a blue moon. We have all heard the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ and that’s because a blue moon doesn’t come round that often and in some cultures the calendar year is extended to 13 months in the year of a blue moon.

We were all excited to get to the woods after dark and build a fire to honour this natural cycle, we joked that on a Friday night in a busy city we were heading into the quiet and darkness of the woods whilst the city was coming to life with all the late night parties and functions that occur on a Friday night!

We found a spot and built a fire, even at this point it feels as though the primal clocks are taking you back to a near forgotten time, a time where gathering wood to make the fire, banter about life and the actual common-unity with nature and man is being left in the rear view mirror.

With the fire burning we offer piece to the north, east, south and west, our gaze rests upon the ever changing flickers of flames that dance from the wooden embers from which they rise.

It is time for AMBESSA! Ambessa is the inviting of the lion spirit within you to surface and come out, to move away from the flock of sheep and roar your true self into the present. It is not easy to burn the shackles of illusion for they are welded together deep within the temple of your being, but as you step upon the earth in the face of the fire and the wind; as you chant the Ambessa a primal force rises and breaks through the restraints you find yourself bound by and a free dance of liberation pours forth from the inner essence of your being. At first you tug upon your chains afraid to break them, at first you fear the unknown that freedom offers, but as you let go of your fears as you dance your dance with reckless abandon the chains will break the fear will dissolve and liberation will be yours.

We then sat in seated meditation and traveled with the freedom of spirit that knows no boundaries, sound filled the air a chant begun and union was felt and finally silence except for the sounds of nature was embraced.

To finish this offering to the blue moon we shared tea and light snacks whilst the flickers of the Flames gently died down.

Life is found in these simple moments.

A couple of hours later we were awake and down by the sea front for mountain practice although today’s was a lighter more peaceful approach and I am left feeling light, energised and deeply grateful for natures playground and the people whom I get to share that playground with.

Below is a link to a YouTube video on our Mountain Practice.

Mountain Practice
To you all in great health.

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach